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Music

Alice Parker runs workshops and does guest conducting with church choral groups, university choirs and others. Photo courtesy of Alice Parker.

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and keeping their voices raised in song. For Alice Parker, Smith class of 1947, choral music has been a lifelong calling — as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band that plays funk and neo-soul songs. The band will play its first-ever show at RibFest, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet as the centerpiece: Sept. 20, also at 8 p.m., and Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, Northampton. Featuring the Bronx Wanderers, Union Jack, Joe Pucci and the American Longboards. Activities for children. $20 per person; ages 12 and under free. salute2summer.com Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Three County Fair Fest in Northampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Three County Fair will close out its run on Monday with something new: The Three County Fair Fest, a day-long musical festival featuring 13 Valley bands. A $10 ticket to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Who knew? Johnny Memphis has a band

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Johnny Memphis has been a high-profile champion of local music in the Valley for more than 30 years, whether in print, on the radio or cable access. Now the always-supportive Memphis has quietly stepped into the spotlight himself, … 1

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Josh Groban — Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $70, $90. mohegansun.com Roomful of Teeth— Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $15, $20, $25. massmoca.org Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, …

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about …

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier …

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Span of Sunshine’s Steve Koziol celebrates his new babies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

“I was ambitious,” said Steve Koziol, vocalist/guitarist of the western Masssacusetts-based quartet Span of Sunshine. “‘Let’s get this done before the baby’s born!’” He’s referring to the group’s new five-song EP, “Ray of June,” and the baby is …