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KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a Mini-palooza inside The Deuce (aka the World War II Club) in Northampton Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., an all-day affair with two stages of continuous music. Half the proceeds will benefit the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. The lineup includes such performers as Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (featuring Eric Gaffney, co-founder …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With a couple of glasses of merlot or a bottle of moltepulciano at your candle-lit table …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by the NNA Tapes label. Both create an intimate space where gentle acoustic guitar, voice and …

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Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Izzard — Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$65. foxwoods.com Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent …

Weekend Planner — Kids: music with Nick Deysher

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

While engaging imagination and musicianship to transport kids to outer space in one song and then back in time 65 million years to stomp around with the dinosaurs in another, children’s singer Nick Deysher keeps the sensibilities of …

Weekend Planner — Music: Northern Harmony’s ‘Music in Midwinter’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Based in Vermont, Northern Harmony is a shifting collaboration of singers and instrumentalists that explores choral traditions from the Renaissance to contemporary world music. In its latest configuration — a quartet consisting of Suzannah Park, Emily Miller, Patty …

Track Record

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records; $16.88 Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a real-life grown-up. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Daniels at the Iron Horse and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jeff Daniels doesn’t just tell stories through his acting roles (HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the “Dumb & Dumber” movies, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and countless other films and TV shows) — he’s also a singer/songwriter with a knack …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: 2014: A year to remember — a ‘best of’ wrap-up

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year 2014 has waved goodbye, and before my memory slips away with it, here’s a Clubland “best of” wrap-up, sharing concert highlights of the previous year, where more than ever venues seemed to be super-packed or cricket-quiet; …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Amherst Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On Monday night the Amherst Jazz Orchestra will mark the start of its 16th year of bimonthly performances at the Amherst Brewing Company. Appearing on the first and third Mondays of each month, the AJO — founded and …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clementine reunites at the O’s in Sunderland and other musical happenings this week in the Valley’s clubs and restaurants

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The guitar-driven rock sound of the post-Nirvana ’90s comes roaring back to life when the reunited Clementine plays its first show in more than 15 years, at the O’s in Sunderland Friday at 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the …

Headliners: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus; the Sub Rosa Collective

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Like karaoke, only bigger One measure of the expansion of the Valley Rock Choir is the fact that it recently jettisoned its parochial name and rechristened itself more grandiosely as Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus. Another is …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Live — Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Izzard — Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$65. foxwoods.com Fleetwood …