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Roger Salloom, left, Charles Neville

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this year by one of his “fellow travelers and heroes,” Charles Neville. Neville’s son, Khalif, played keyboards. Other band members included Jeff Dostal, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started in Boston, and a simple YouTube video of the band performing the Jackson 5’s “I …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David Mamet’s weirdly real two-character comedy. George is the blowhard; Emil the listener. They talk about …

Lifetime TV to feature several touring Broadway shows

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” will feature several touring Broadway shows this summer, including behind-the-curtain peeks on “Kinky Boots,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “If/Then” and “Cabaret.” The shows will …

Drumstick maker Firth dies at 85

Monday, July 27, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Everett “Vic” Firth, a longtime timpanist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra who launched a successful drumstick company bearing his name, has died at 85. Firth, who died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Boston, joined the Boston Symphony in 1952 and served for …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lauri McNamara: Enjoying the ‘puzzles of music’

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lauri McNamara is mighty with the pen. I met her soon after she moved to the Valley from Martha’s Vineyard in 2002, because like me, she was at a lot of live concerts, scribbling in a notebook. But …

Weekend planner — Music: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Formerly known as the Valley Rock Choir, the recently rechristened Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus returns to the stage of the Academy of Music in Northampton this weekend for a tribute to the California bands of ’60s …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: NRBQ and many other bands play FallsFest festival at Beachgrounds in South Hadley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of bands played the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA last month, but the one that seemed to cause seismic waves of raves wasn’t a whippersnapper indie ensemble, but NRBQ, who’ve been rollicking around the world …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar at the Iron Horse; Dinosaur Jr at Mountain Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SULTAN OF SWING Omara “Bombino” Moctar is like any guitarist who grew up in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa and found inspiration by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler — which is to say, he isn’t quite like any other rock guitarist. In 2006, …

Advance bookings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger — Tues., July 28, 7 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Deep Purple — Fri., July 30, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com Trampled By Turtles — Fri., …

Landmark Boston-area music club closing down

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — A landmark Boston-area club known for the eclectic mix of artists that graced its stage is closing after nearly 50 years in business. Carla DeLellis, owner of Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, tells The Boston Globe it will close early next year. …

Newport Folk marks 50 years since Dylan’s electric stunner

Sunday, July 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, …