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Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about it. Then one day, frustrated by a spell of songwriter’s block, she decided to set the text of a poem as an … 0

Ken Mairui’s Tuned In: Alottle at the Platinum Pony in Easthampton, and lots more Valley music this week

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The proprietors of little ol’ Popcorn Noir, an intimate Easthampton space that started off by showing free films and serving food and drink, always had bigger plans. They opened in 2011, expanded next door in 2012, and earlier this year entered a cocoon of rethinking and renovations. Now the revamped business has burst … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Steampunk music, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Both in conjunction with the New England Steampunk Meetup (a monthly gathering of steampunks held at sites throughout New England) and as the culminating event of the exhibit “Steampunk Springfield Armory: Reimagining Our Nation’s Weaponry” (on view through Sept. 28), the Springfield Armory National Historic Site is hosting a musical extravaganza Saturday. Running … 0

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Johnny Mann, leader of singing group, dies at 85

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann, whose singing group was a staple of recordings and TV shows in the 1950s and ‘60s, died Wednesday at his home in Anderson, S.C. He was 85. Mann had been treated for heart problems in recent years, said his daughter, Susie Mann. … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easthampton’s Flywheel has a history of hosting underground bands that later burst into the big time — Bright Eyes, Ra Ra Riot and tUnE-yArDs are three that immediately come to mind — and now there’s another to add … 0


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Middle school pals don’t always stick together, especially through high school and college and beyond, but Hadley natives Michael Sokol, David Skelly and Brett Long have stayed tight. They’ve gone to concerts, geeked out over music they love, … 0

A joyful gathering of Djangologists Northampton’s gypsy jazz festival keeps on rolling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Django Reinhardt likely didn’t set out to create a style all his own. But when the legendary French guitarist looked for a way to play the American jazz he was hearing on records back in the 1930s, the … 0

Art People: Alice Ivy-Pemberton | violinist

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It began, as these things often do, as more of an afterthought than a well-laid plan. When Alice Ivy-Pemberton was 4, living in Leverett, a friend of her mother’s was looking for someone to take violin lessons with … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: ‘The Rusty Nail Re-Union’ with James Montgomery and Peter Newland

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Rusty Nail is one of those long-gone area clubs that people still regularly speak of with love. Blues vocalist and harmonica man James Montgomery played many a gig at the Sunderland nightspot, and for the first time … 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