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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 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Huey Lewis and the News — Sun., June 28, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $22-$69. bso.org Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga — Tues., June 30, 8 p.m., Tanglewood. $30-$179. bso.org Shania Twain — Fri., July 3, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. …

Second Gary Biardi Memorial Concert on Sunday will benefit Millside Park in Easthampton

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — City resident Gary Biardi, who died in 2013, loved music and roller blading on the Manhan Rail Trail. That’s why Elaine Wood of Easthampton last year organized musicians to play at Millside Park to raise money …

Playin’ the blues: Keb’ Mo’ brings songs from his latest album to Northampton

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Keb’ Mo’ got pegged early in his career as a modern link to historic bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy. With a smooth vocal style that offered just a hint of grit, and an acoustic guitar …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Django in June’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The annual “Django in June” concerts at the Academy of Music in Northampton are actually the culmination of a week-long “Django Camp” on the Smith College campus during which musicians from across the country gather to immerse themselves …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Easthampton gets its groove on with 2nd annual ‘Cultural Chaos’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afternoon near-summer sun ablaze, I stood on the closed-to-traffic Cottage Street in Easthampton, blinking, getting accustomed to the tide of happy people moving around me. Because even brighter than the sunshine was the community spirit on this special …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Diana Krall — Sun., June 21, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $26.50-$115. bso.org Mike Gordon — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30. academyofmusictheatre.com Keb’ Mo’ — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, …

Track record

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Orchestra ArtistShare; $22.95 Maria Schneider’s big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans. “The Thompson …

Art Maker: Jeff Olmsted | composer/songwriter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Composer/songwriter Jeff Olmsted, 60, is a native of Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. He spent most of his adult life in the New York City area, where he founded and directed the Interfaith Fellowship Choir. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: EZTV transports its summer sound from Brooklyn to Florence

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of lovingly recorded layers of strummed and jangling guitars. Big Star, The Go-Betweens, The La’s, Real Estate — whatever the decade, that sparkling summery sound sticks around, as comforting as breeze in the sun-splashed …

Finnegan begin again: Hampshire College alum’s adaptation of ‘impenetrable’ James Joyce novel is music to the ears

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Hampshire College alumnus hopes to inspire more readers to tackle the “impenetrable” text of “Finnegans Wake,” the 1939 novel by Irish writer James Joyce, through a musical version of the book. Derek Pyle, 24, who lives in …