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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Duhks play the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Friday, July 3, 2015

Grammy-nominated folk fusion band The Duhks has gone through its share of lineup shifts since it blasted out of Winnipeg in 2002, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the engine at the band’s core — the strong clawhammer banjo playing of Leonard Podolak and the soulful vocals of Jessee Havey. The Duhks’ most recent album is 2014’s “Beyond the …

Weekend Planner — Celebration: Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Expanding its July 4th celebration beyond the annual concert by New Hampshire’s Westmoreland Town Band, Old Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are preparing to welcome the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade of Springfield for an encampment on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Saturday. Made up of ancestors of Springfield’s …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts’ ‘Jazz on the River’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The town of Charlemont is 250 years old this year, and to help celebrate Mohawk Trail Concerts is offering a free “Jazz on the River” concert at the town bridge on Route 2, overlooking the Deerfield River. Set for July 4 at 4 p.m., the concert will feature the Odd Couple Quartet — …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: After the death of founding member Demse Zullo and friend-of-the-band Brian ‘Budzy’ White, The Alchemystics vow to continue the music

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Positivity. It’s the word that sums up the energy and output of local reggae/hip-hop/soul/rock band The Alchemystics since its Northampton beginnings in 2003. A recent event in the group’s history would have given them reason enough to douse …

Signature Sounds to bring live music to Pines Theater

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

More live music will be on tap this summer at the Pines Theater in Northampton, as Signature Sounds plans to present an all-day concert with multiple acts, including Brooklyn-based, jazz-pop favorites Lake Street Dive. The Aug. 30 show, …

Music Review: Da Camera Singers concert pays tribute to women composers through the ages

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Da Camera Singers gave a largely successful performance Sunday — the third it has performed this year of choral music composed by women from the ninth century to the present day. The concert, presented in Helen Hills Hills Chapel at Smith College in Northampton, followed brilliant performances …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Chris Tucker — Sat., June 13, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35, $55. foxwoods.com Bette Midler — Sat., June 13, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $102, $152, $232. mohegansun.com RP Quartet and Joscho Stephan with Tim Kliphius — Fri., June 19, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: British singer/songwriter Olivia Chaney at the Parlor Room — a must-see concert

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Being a proactive music fan involves a lot of stumbling in the dark, hoping to discover something illuminating. You feel lucky to find a flicker, but every so often something burns quietly bright — like the timeless sound …

Janet Jackson to release 1st album in 7 years

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK — “Let’s Wait Awhile”? Not really. Janet Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall. The pop icon said on her website Wednesday that the album, not yet titled, will be released on her own label, Rhythm Nation Records, via Bertelsmann Music Group. …

Stones seeking new fans with ‘Sticky Fingers’ re-release

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON — Keith Richards doesn’t keep a list of the Top 10 Rolling Stones albums. But he’s happy to place “Sticky Fingers,” being re-released in a deluxe edition next week, near the very …

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 …

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 …

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 …