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Weekend Planner — Celebration: Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Expanding its July 4th celebration beyond the annual concert by New Hampshire’s Westmoreland Town Band, Old Deerfield and the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association are preparing to welcome the Stone Soul Peter Brace Brigade of Springfield for an encampment on the lawns of Memorial Hall Museum on Saturday. Made up of ancestors of Springfield’s African-American Civil War veterans, the brigade will …

Weekend Planner — Music: Mohawk Trail Concerts’ ‘Jazz on the River’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The town of Charlemont is 250 years old this year, and to help celebrate Mohawk Trail Concerts is offering a free “Jazz on the River” concert at the town bridge on Route 2, overlooking the Deerfield River. Set for July 4 at 4 p.m., the concert will feature the Odd Couple Quartet — …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Idina Menzel — Sat., July 11, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com R. Kelly — Thurs., Fri., Sat., July 16, 17, 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $65-$95. foxwoods.com Jerry Seinfeld — Sat., July 18, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $82.50-$150. foxwoods.com Kelly Clarkson — Thurs., July 23, 7 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $79, $99. mohegansun.com Daryl Hall …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Amherst Jazz Orchestra opens at new home, One Bar & Grill, and other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Amherst Jazz Orchestra — a 17-piece big band that plays classic tunes from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Charlie Parker and other legendary composers — has been a Valley mainstay since the ’90s. Next week the …

Headliners: Mak’hela, the Jewish Chorus of Western Massachusetts at Yiddish Book Center; Della Mae at the Iron Horse

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The rite stuff “It is the Jewish soul that interests me, the complex, glowing, agitated soul that I feel vibrating through the Bible,” wrote Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959). Commissioned by a San Francisco synagogue in the …

McCartney, Metallica to headline Lollapalooza

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar and The Weeknd are also on the …

Q&A: Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart on music, tech

Monday, May 25, 2015

BOSTON — Keith Lockhart was just 35 and a musical wunderkind when he took over as conductor of the Boston Pops in 1995. Now in his 20th season, Lockhart has raised his baton 1,700 times to lead the …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Brian Marchese’s Sitting Next to Brian at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Back in December, Northampton singer/songwriter/drummer-and-more Brian Marchese released a 12-song collection called “The Cobbler,” his fourth album under the name Sitting Next To Brian. But before he and his bandmates could give the CD a big release party, …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy …

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record. She won eight awards …