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Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route from the Connecticut River to the Hudson …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a concert series at Amherst College. Fast-forward 30-odd years and Smith and Artymiw, longtime acclaimed musicians, …

Sunderland native Noah Jackson competes on ‘The Voice’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Noah Jackson, a Sunderland native and graduate of Northampton High School, has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show “The Voice.” On the show, contestants sing to four judges — singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5, country singer Blake Shelton, singer/songwriter …

Giving back: Singer-songwriter’s new album to benefit Safe Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Once, Joslyn Thomas was a victim of abuse. Now, Thomas, 27, is using her talents as a musician to lend her support to Safe Passage, the organization she credits with saving her life. Thomas says she was emotionally …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts season finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Mohawk Trail Concert series concludes its 2015 season Sunday with a recital in honor Ruth Black, who died at her home in Amherst May 7. With her husband, Arnold, Black was a founding member of MTC and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Making music in Cloud Cuckooland

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Todd Rundgren was once nicknamed “The Hermit of Mink Hollow”; local musician Jim Weeks is “The Hermit of Pleasant Street.” Weeks runs his own recording studio, a Northampton hideaway of creativity called Cloud Cuckooland, and he has much …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30, $35. academyofmusictheatre.com Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kamasi Washington brings ‘The Epic’ to Iron Horse

Thursday, August 20, 2015

If an artist is inspired to create something on a vast canvas, I want to experience it. David Foster Wallace’s 1000-page “Infinite Jest,” Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew,” Joni Mitchell’s “Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter,” Yes’ “Tales from Topographic Oceans” …

Roomful of Teeth: Unique octet to perform at MassMoCA

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

No, we’re not talking about an exhibit of chattering teeth in summer’s heat, or a newly discovered Warhol painting of Mick Jagger’s dentures. Rather, we’re referring to the Aug. 28 performance at Mass MoCA by Roomful of Teeth, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Former ‘Valley guy’ Ari Vais releases EP on Northampton’s Rub Wrongways record label

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and self-described rock ’n’ roller Ari Vais lived in Northampton for only three years, from 1995 to 1998, but while he’s been all over the map ever since — including New York City, London and …

Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society’s ‘Concerts at 7’

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

“Plainfield Congregational Church is a beautiful large space, with splendid acoustics, a fine concert grand piano and windows that glow with the sunset — as lovely a place for music as any in the region,” says David Perkins, …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kenny Wayne Shepherd — Fri., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Idina Menzel — Sat., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., Tanglewood. $24.50-$149.50. bso.org The Milk Carton Kids — Mon., Sept. 7, 8 p.m., …

Track Record

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ricki and the Flash, original motion picture soundtrack Various artists Republic Records Meryl Streep is simply unstoppable. After dipping her toes in the musical genre quite frequently in the last decade, Streep goes full-on rock star in the …