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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland; On the road through Clubworld

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This column usually focuses on things local, but beyond the Valley lies a whole Clubworld of venues, found everywhere from bustling city centers to the serious boonies. I was recently on a 4,500-mile business trip, via van. It was a band tour with performances at 12 venues in 17 days, from the Vermont/Canada border all the way down to Georgia, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Violinist Kinga Augustyn at Sevenars Music Festival

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

On a mission to disabuse those who think the roster of Polish composers begins and ends with Frédéric Chopin, New York-based, Polish-born violinist Kinga Augustyn recently released a highly praised CD (“Polish Violin Music”) filled with mazurkas, polonaises and other works by names mostly unknown to American audiences (Aleksander Zarzycki, Zygmunt Noskowski, Piotr …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The band Ween was a powerful two-headed monster. Dean (Mickey Melchiondo) had the insane guitar skills, Gene (Aaron Freeman) the soulful vocals, and they took their serious talents and warped them in fun-house mirrors of recording tricks and humor that ranged from cute to happy-to-offend. They and their tight-knit band were known for …

Summer songs soak up the sunshine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By Malcolm X Abram Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and the time is right, for ... listening to your favorite summer songs. Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, which marks the height …

Chris Brown, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. …

Squire, bassist with Yes, dies at 67

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when …

Sit up and take notice: Green River Festival wins national attention in 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Over the past 29 years, the Green River Festival has become an institution in western Massachusetts, the go-to outdoor musical event of the summer. What started as a modest two-band concert in 1986 has grown into a three-day …

Updating a classic: Mohawk Trails Concerts makes changes with new director, season

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

After 45 years, Mohawk Trail Concerts is getting ready for a re-tuning this season, with Montague cellist Mark Fraser taking on the role of executive artistic director. In a way, the series is experiencing something of a generational …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Alastair Moock at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Following the footsteps of his boyhood heroes Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, gravelly voiced Alastair Moock set out along the path of a social-activist folksinger intent on knocking down walls between musical genres and different audiences. In 2006, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘From the Mountains to the Sea — The Folk Song Collecting Work of Anne and Frank Warner’

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What distinguishes traditional folk music from other folk music? “We look at traditional folk songs as those that have been sung for many generations and tend to be perpetuated orally, as opposed to modern folk songs which have …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A bureau of memories: Late brother’s music inspires new CD

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

November 1965. Beatlemania was still in full swing, The Byrds had given folk music an amplified lift with jangling electric guitars, and new young bands were popping up in garages, basements and living rooms all over the country. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lonesome Brothers celebrate 30 years together and other musical happenings this week

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Two summery Saturdays ago, local singer/songwriters Jim Armenti and Ray Mason played separate daytime solo sets inside the Platinum Pony in Easthampton. The air was heavy with humidity and the crowd was heavy with other local musicians, intently …