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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates Celestial Shore and local band Bunnies at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton Monday at 8 p.m. “Electric Balloon,” Ava Luna’s second full-length …

Advance bookings: Tig Notaro at the Calvin Theatre and much, much more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tig Notaro — Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Cher Dressed to Kill Tour — Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $29.50-$129.50. xlcenter.com Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. …

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. …

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Advance Booking, big acts coming to the area: Cher, Tig Notaro, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Josh Groban, Kevin James, more

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yanni — Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$85. foxwoods.com Lost Bayou Ramblers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Isley Brothers — Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$85. foxwoods.com Josh Groban …

Musicians gather to fete Lynyrd Skynyrd

Monday, August 11, 2014

ATLANTA (AP — Lynyrd Skynyrd is getting the tribute treatment. An all-star cast of performers will salute the seminal Southern rock band during the taping of “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.” The Nov. 12 concert will feature performances from Gregg …

The path less traveled: Pioneer Valley Symphony receives award for ‘adventurous programming’

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Playing in a symphony orchestra ought to be risky business says musical conductor Paul Phillips, who for 20 years has led the Pioneer Valley Symphony along innovative musical paths. Taking those risks is just the thing to keep …

Weekend Planner — Music: Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An effort to reignite the Hoop City Jazz & Arts Festival — which originated as a supposedly annual event in 2010 but ended the next year when a tornado damaged Court Square — Saturday’s Springfield Jazz & Roots …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Joshua Crane releases CD, ‘King Catalpa,’ at Easthampton show

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Joshua Crane and I are not sports-minded guys. But in the search for a quiet place for an interview last weekend, we ended up on a dusty bench behind home plate at an empty diamond at Northampton’s Sheldon …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Soul Rebels at Iron Horse in Northampton and other musical happenings in the Valley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Orleans brass bands are good for the soul, and one of that city’s most celebrated funky ensembles, the aptly named Soul Rebels, will take over the room at the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 8:30 p.m. …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Jason Isbell — Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org George Lopez — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $40-$65. foxwoods.com Yanni …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 …

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Susan Angeletti at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“I’m starting a new blues ‘n’ soul, glitter-queen, rock ‘n’ roll house gig at beautiful downtown Fitzwilly’s starting this Thursday night!” shouts local blues diva Susan Angeletti. Yes, if you’re anywhere in downtown Northampton July 31 you’ll likely …