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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHAMPTON JAZZ FESTIVAL
Etienne Charles

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul Arslanian, one of the festival’s coordinators and the director of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, an event that will be part of the … 0

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) crooned “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” as “Pioneer Frankie Valli,” sliding smoothly across the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. The Eric Olsson Band opens. The band started as a one-time lark … 0

Weekend Planner — ‘Cabaret Alive’

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sponsored by Hilltown Arts Alive and the Worthington Historical Society, Saturday’s third annual Hilltown “Cabaret Alive!” will feature jazz and blues vocalist Samirah Evans (pictured), an appearance by Carol Channing impersonator Roxanne Labato-Bailey, plus dancing to the music … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: For Valley jazz lovers, The Loft Lounge in Northampton is the place to be

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tucked-away scenes are hidden all around Northampton — like the dedicated who crowd The Basement in Northampton late every Saturday night to dance to the grooviest soul/garage 45s at Woolly Bully, or the knowledgeable regulars armed with Bananagrams … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lionel Richie — Sat., July 26, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $65, $85. mohegansun.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 26, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com Band of Horses, Midlake — Mon., July 28, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $31. … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bear Hands play catchy pop at Pearl Street, and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop music’s clothes keep changing but the form underneath is the same — it has to be catchy, the song needs hooks, your ears need to be grabbed. And “Giants,” a single from Brooklyn band Bear Hands, grabs … 0

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain

Monday, July 14, 2014

Green River Festival only gets better, even in the rain   All girl band The Snaz were the youngest musicians playing at the fest. Another Green River Festival is in the history books, and this one was a great one, different in some ways, but the same in how … 0

Sold-out Green River Festival melds music, food, balloons

Sunday, July 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — From French-Chilean hip-hop at the far end of the lower field, uphill through hula-hoopers and ball players, past a string quartet to a field filled with umbrellas, beach blankets, and the blues, the Greenfield Community College … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The music scene takes a note from summer, and sizzles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It’s seriously summer, and the thermometer on the melting porch isn’t the only thing approaching triple digits — the concert calendar is as busy as it gets, with a dizzying number of shows happening, both indoor and outdoor. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Buckley Chamber Players

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Formed in 2007, the Buckley Chamber Players consists of Five College music faculty members violinist Joel Pitchon (Smith College), cellist Volcy Pelletier (Smith College) and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst College), plus violist Ronald Carbone, first chair of the … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Maxwell Hughes at the Montague Bookmill and other gigs in the Valley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two hands and a six-string acoustic guitar. Maxwell Hughes starts with those average implements and builds music that lives in the same neighborhood as creative greats like Michael Hedges, Kaki King and Tommy Emmanuel. Hughes uses alternate tunings … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Justin Timberlake — Fri., July 18, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $75, $125, $195. mohegansun.com Netsayi — Zimbabwean folk singer Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Sarah McLachlan — Sun., July 20, 8 p.m., … 0