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Ruth Black sits in front of a painting of her husband Arnold Black who died in 2000. The couple founded Mohawk Trail Concerts in 1969 and Ruth Black plans to retire as artistic director after this summer's season.

Ruth Black to retire as artistic director of Mohawk Trail Concerts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

CHARLEMONT — It was in late 1960s that musicians Ruth and Arnold Black came up from New York City one summer to visit composer Alice Parker’s cottage in Hawley, fell in love with the region and the charm and acoustics of the Federated Church. The Blacks founded the Mohawk Trail Concert series in 1969, bringing many renowned musicians to the Federated Church over the past 45 years. And when its leader, violinist/composer Arnold Black died in 2000, Ruth Black took over her husband’s duties as executive artistic director, winning two “National Award for Adventurous Programming” from Chamber Music America/ASCAP during that time. She has announced … 0

Melissa Etheridge stood out by standing up

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The last thing Melissa Etheridge ever imagined for her career was activism. But as a long-sought life in rock ‘n’ roll began to take hold, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter discovered that being herself also meant standing up for herself. “Seriously and truthfully, I never wanted to be activist,” said Etheridge. “I’m seriously lazy at heart. I just wanted to be a rock ‘n’ roll … 0

Building on the past, with an eye toward the future: Young@Heart Chorus charts new course as an independent group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

They’ve long been an institution in the Valley as well as a hit in other parts of the country. They’ve toured overseas, been the subject of an acclaimed documentary and become a symbol of elderly people staking out new definitions of aging — as well as bringing new interpretations to pop, rock and … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Who was Slint?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who was Slint? “Teenagers who thought about music differently than other people did,” is one fan’s simple description of the game-changing quartet from Louisville, Ky. The band only made two enigmatic records in the late ’80s and broke … 0

Headliners: Irish Rovers at the Calvin; pianist Krystian Tkaczewski at MHC

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No more a-roving Unlike Cher, whose ongoing farewell tour seems to have begun a decade or so ago, the famous Irish Rovers really are packing it in as a touring outfit — their current “Farewell to Rovin’ ” … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cher — Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $124.75, $154.75. mohegansun.com The Machine performs Pink Floyd — Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Feist Solo: The Mettle Tour — Wed., April … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kiss Me Once Kylie Minogue Warner Bros.; $19.17 The latest offering from pop goddess Kylie Minogue is like a narcotic disco dream, slightly confused about the time-space continuum, yet very delightful. With her 12th studio album — her … 0

Rolling Stones postpone dates after death of L’Wren Scott

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Rolling Stones have thus far postponed a total of seven concert dates after the death of L’Wren Scott, the designer, celebrity stylist and former model who’s long been romantically linked to Stones leader Mick Jagger. All of the dates are part of the “14 … 0

Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies

Monday, March 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. Publicist Michele Adler confirmed Monday that Asheton died Saturday. No other details were provided. Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he’s “never heard anyone play … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Tuxedos and poise — UMass Wind Ensemble performs at Fine Arts Center in Amherst

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The last time I can recall being in the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Concert Hall was in 1989 to see Public Image Limited. Lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) wailed and strutted and spat loogies … 0

Performance by Jupiter String Quartet a joyous occasion

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The final concert of Music in Deerfield’s 2013-2014 season was presented by the Jupiter String Quartet Sunday at Sage Hall at Smith College. The time, 4 o’clock on a brilliantly sunny afternoon, seemed to affect everyone in chasing … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keyboard man Marco Benevento often plays with his fantastic trio, but on rare occasion he heads out on his own for an evening of solo piano, which is what he’ll present at the Arts Block in Greenfield on … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: The Haberdashery

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Haberdashery is a retail store in Easthampton devoted to “supporting the rising tides of a post-consumerist culture” by providing “materials, information, guidance and instruction for a wide variety of pursuits towards self-sufficiency,” including candle-making, book-binding, upholstery, agriculture, … 0