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Music

Area Briefs

Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 systems to be installed by Northeast Solar of Hatfield. To RSVP, contact Stephanie Ciccarello via e-mail at cicarellos@amherstma.gov Hatfield BALLOTS READY: Absentee … 0

Headliners

Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group 10 years ago. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from contemporary gospel to traditional praise and worship … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, (pictured), ZEBU!, Sam Gas Can and Secret Lover — will join forces at the second-floor … 0

Tuned In Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For 40 years, Fitzwilly’s has been a Northampton landmark for eating and drinking and this weekend, to celebrate the anniversary, they’ll turn their parking lot into a place for music and dancing. The summery happening is called “Party … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0

Clubland

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Tuesday night, Beck played up in North Adams at Mass MoCA — or, as it could have been named, Northampton West, since countless locals had made the trek: musicians, professors, bartenders, filmmakers, deejays, poets, painters, parents and … 0

MTV bringing ‘TRL’ back for 1 day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — MTV will reprise its former “Total Request Live” countdown show for a day with breakthrough pop singer Ariana Grande. The network announced Wednesday it will bring back the series on July 2. Grande has … 0

Johnny Mann, leader of singing group, dies at 85

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann, whose singing group was a staple of recordings and TV shows in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Wednesday at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. Mann had been treated for heart problems in recent years, said his daughter, Susie Mann. … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easthampton’s Flywheel has a history of hosting underground bands that later burst into the big time — Bright Eyes, Ra Ra Riot and tUnE-yArDs are three that immediately come to mind — and now there’s another to add … 0

Clubland

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Middle school pals don’t always stick together, especially through high school and college and beyond, but Hadley natives Michael Sokol, David Skelly and Brett Long have stayed tight. They’ve gone to concerts, geeked out over music they love, … 0

A joyful gathering of Djangologists Northampton’s gypsy jazz festival keeps on rolling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Django Reinhardt likely didn’t set out to create a style all his own. But when the legendary French guitarist looked for a way to play the American jazz he was hearing on records back in the 1930s, the … 0

Art People: Alice Ivy-Pemberton | violinist

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It began, as these things often do, as more of an afterthought than a well-laid plan. When Alice Ivy-Pemberton was 4, living in Leverett, a friend of her mother’s was looking for someone to take violin lessons with … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: ‘The Rusty Nail Re-Union’ with James Montgomery and Peter Newland

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Rusty Nail is one of those long-gone area clubs that people still regularly speak of with love. Blues vocalist and harmonica man James Montgomery played many a gig at the Sunderland nightspot, and for the first time … 0