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Friday, July 25, 2014

Amherst SOLARIZE CELEBRATION: A celebration to recognize the town’s record-breaking sign-ups for Solarize Amherst will be held at Town Hall Tuesday. Residents can come to the Town Room between 6 and 8 p.m. for refreshments and drinks. The amount of contracted capacity is 1.2 megawatts spread over 174 systems to be installed by Northeast Solar of Hatfield. To RSVP, contact Stephanie Ciccarello via e-mail at cicarellos@amherstma.gov Hatfield BALLOTS READY: Absentee … 0


Friday, July 25, 2014

United by religious faith... ...and a desire to minister to the community with their talents, Springfield’s Women of Faith Ensemble is a tight-knit group. “We laugh together, cry together, pray together and encourage each other in life as women of faith,” says Vanessa Ford, who founded the group 10 years ago. The ensemble’s repertoire ranges from contemporary gospel to traditional praise and worship … 0

Tuned In: Big rock show Monday at 13th Floor Music Lounge and other musical events this week in the Valley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Monday night isn’t the typical time for a big rock show, but the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence won’t let the work week get in the way of a good time. Four energetic acts — Free Pizza, (pictured), ZEBU!, Sam Gas Can and Secret Lover — will join forces at the second-floor … 0

NHS grad Abigail Adams to present violin recital June 15 at First Churches in Northampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Abigail Adams, who graduated June 1 from Northampton High School, will celebrate with a violin recital June 15 at 4 p.m. at First Churches Sanctuary in Northampton. A reception will follow in Lyman Hall. Adams, 18, who has … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Boneshaker

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Hostilities in Progress,” the debut CD of Boneshaker, was listed by Downbeat magazine as one of the best recordings of 2013. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is presenting a concert by the trio — reed player Mars Williams, bassist … 0

The long and the short of it: A review of last Saturday’s music at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In a Valley of live venues, the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence is one of the newest kids on the block. Located above JJ’s Tavern, its painted logo adorns the stage wall: the “13th” in a moon, … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon Rangers — Thurs., June 19, 7:30 p.m., The Bushnell, Hartford. $29.50 and up. bushnell.org An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel — Thurs., June 19, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, … 0

Ray Davies, estranged brother Dave hint at a Kinks reunion

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One of the most enduring sibling rivalries of the last half century is showing signs of a detente: The Kinks’ Ray Davies has confirmed conversations with his younger brother Dave that could reunite the band after decades of fraternal distance. Creators of such stone-cold rock classics as “All … 0

Tony wins for ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ McDonald, Cranston

Monday, June 9, 2014

NEW YORK — The lethal romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” got a lot of love at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, nabbing the best new musical trophy on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make … 0

Last stop, Texas, for country star George Strait

Sunday, June 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people … 0

Music review: Da Camera Singers soar in 40th anniversary concert

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In its 40th anniversary concert Sunday, Da Camera Singers presented Johann Sebastian Bach’s “B minor Mass,” and very nearly built a stairway to heaven. Credit should be given to the group’s conductor, Sheila Heffernon, for the months of … 1

Weekend Planner — Music: Roger Salloom at Arts Block in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The irrepressible Roger Salloom brings his infectious sound and eclectic band of studio-quality musicians back to Greenfield for a gig at The Arts Block Saturday night. In addition to opener Natalie McKnight, he’ll be joined by Joe Boyle, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Cuddle Magic gets cozy at the Dream Away Lodge

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brilliant Brooklyn band Cuddle Magic ended a three-week tour of the United States Sunday with a stop at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, a venue that has its own kind of magic. “If you think you’re lost, … 0