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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995 file photo, Ralph Johnson, from left,  Phillip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White, of Earth, Wind & Fire  in Los Angeles. Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire borrowed elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and although White had ceased touring with the group since a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s, the group had continued to tour. Born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 19, 1941, …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world or something. And if I was King Arthur then, I should at least be Lord …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pop-up music: The Expandable Brass Band takes it to the streets

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Since 2009, the Pioneer Valley-based Expandable Brass Band has been taking it to the streets ... and sometimes the sidewalks, as they did last Thursday afternoon during the sunny early hours of First Night Northampton. It was 1:30 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

La Boheme — PanOpera performs Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30, $45 general; $25, $40 students and seniors. academyofmusictheatre.com Frankenstein and The Masque of the Red Death — …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni at The Parlor Room and much, much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Countless performers describe their sound as “roots music,” but the husband-and-wife duo of Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni use that phrase in a fuller sense than most. Bennett is co-founder of Sylvester Manor, a 243-acre nonprofit educational farm, …

Pierre Boulez, radical titan of modern music, dies at 90

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, a towering figure in contemporary music, was an enfant terrible who mellowed with age but never flagged from his crusade to push music lovers and the music establishment to let go of the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Glenn Roth at Mocha Maya’s and much more music this week in the Valley

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fingerstyle guitarist Glenn Roth is an underground artist in the most literal sense of the word — the busy musician spends a good amount of sunny daytime performing deep in the New York City subway system, filling busy …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: ‘Bach at New Year’s’; Hilltown Families music party at Flywheel

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BETTER WITH BACH Back in the day, I would have been a Bach groupie. I believe every day can only be enhanced by listening to works composed by Johann Sebastian, the German Baroque musician (1685-1750). His music is just that sublime. The Berkshire Bach Ensemble will perform some …

Headliners: Berkshire Bach Society’s ‘Bach at New Year’s’ at Academy of Music; ‘Marion Dodd and The Hampshire Bookshop,’ exhibit at Book Arts Gallery, Smith College

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bach again Returning to the Academy of Music in Northampton Jan. 2 for its annual “Bach at New Year’s” concert, the 20-member Berkshire Bach Society will be making use of the stellar collection of soloists it has accumulated …

And all that jazz: A conversation with Paul Arslanian

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

For the last few years, pianist Paul Arslanian has been a key part of the Northampton Jazz Workshop, a popular weekly open session that happened for several years at the Clarion Hotel. Now the hotel has closed, and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Stop your mope-in’, keep on hope-in’ ’: Coming full circle

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before the new year wipes the short-term slate clean, here’s a holiday-inspired tribute to my dad’s dad, my Pépère, who inspired me to start playing music — and, I later discovered, knew a thing or two about Clubland, …

Weekend planner — Kids: ‘Morning Music Party’ at Flywheel

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hilltown Families celebrates the arrival of the new year Friday with the first of its monthly “Morning Music Party” series at Flywheel in Easthampton. During a free breakfast of fresh pancakes, juice and fruit, kids will be treated …