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Songwriter Pat Alger at the Nashville Songwriters Association International Friday, September 13, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn.

Weekend Planner — Music: Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Chris Brashear perform at Watermelon Wednesdays

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Why is the new season of Watermelon Wednesdays beginning on a Thursday? Referring to the triple bill of Pat Alger, Jim Rooney and Chris Brashear, set to perform May 28 at the West Whately Chapel, WW organizer Paul Newlin said, “I had to make a rare exception [to the scheduling] to get these guys.” Known as “the songwriters’ songwriter,” Alger (pictured) has penned hits for Peter, Paul and Mary, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Brenda Lee, Crystal Gayle and many more. As a performer, he’s recorded three solo albums. In 2010 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. When he’s not working as …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The next generation of drummers takes the throne

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Describing Joe Fitzpatrick as “a drummer” doesn’t begin to hint at the scope of his dedication: at last check he was a regular member of 12 local bands, he substitutes in countless others, and the 51-year-old has been a drum teacher since the age of 9. One of Fitzpatrick’s main groups is Trailer …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Buddy Guy, Tom Hambridge — Sat., June 6, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $38.50, $48.50, $58.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Chris Tucker — Sat., June 13, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35, $55. foxwoods.com Bette Midler — Sat., June …

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Weekend Planner — Music: Brooklyn Rider celebrates new album at Smith College concert

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The cutting-edge string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the release of a new album, “Brooklyn Rider Almanac,” for which it commissioned 15 works by composers from the worlds of jazz …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Finding the right vibe at the 13th Floor Music Lounge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Northampton music scene was in flux last fall, and Robert Robinson, an employee at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, was taking note. The Elevens had closed, the Sierra Grille stopped its long-running weekly live music …

Advance bookings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Tallest Man on Earth — Wed., May 13, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $29.50, $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Earth, Wind & Fire — …

Art Maker: Carl Clements | Musician

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Easthampton musician Carl Clements, 51, is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music. And we do mean active. In addition to being a visiting assistant music professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, he is working …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Of Montreal comes to Pearl Street, and lots more music in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Of Montreal began as a modest pop band, with homespun ’60s-influenced songs that came straight from frontman Kevin Barnes’ heart (in fact, his group’s name is a gravestone of sorts for a failed relationship with someone from that …

Headliners: Lydia Lunch at 13th Floor Music Lounge; Katie and Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time for Lunch Amid the garbage-strewn streets of drug-and-crime-ravaged downtown New York City in the late ’70s, the New Wave music scene nihilistically turned in on itself and gave birth to the No Wave movement, a short-lived but …

‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ get a leading 12 Tony noms

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One …

Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 …