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JASON PICARD
Singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes in her home in Granby on Saturday afternoon, Feb 1st.

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more than three decades — during which time she graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in voice and songwriting …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA Today, People magazine, US Weekly and Billboard. On Nov. 22, he’ll be at the Academy …

Music Review: Jeremy Denk dazzles at Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pianist Jeremy Denk, who performed Nov. 13 in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an engaging personality. He is also a master of communication, both spoken (as he showed during this recital) and written (as readers of The New Yorker have found). Denk opened the program with Haydn’s C major …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skrillex — Thurs., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $32-$67. mullinscenter.com Salute 2 Summer — Rescheduled concert with The Bronx Wanderers Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Florence VFW. $20. salute2summer.com Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt — Fri., …

Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wistaria Chamber Music Society celebrates the 25th anniversary of the death of the American composer Virgil Thomson Oct. 11 with a concert of chamber works by Thomson and three of his friends and students: Lou Harrison, John Cage …

Advance Bookings: Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin and more

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz — Sun., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Skrillex …

Music Review: Smith College music department, invited professionals, shine in performance of choral masterpiece, C.P.E. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A remarkable concert was performed in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel of Smith College on Sunday. It was presented by the Smith College music department in honor of the 300th anniversary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second of the six sons of Johann Sebastian …

A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s Bar & Grill in Worthington and at Greenfield’s Independence Day celebration. Featuring acoustic, …

Headliners: Regina Carter at UMass Amherst; Aspire to Inspire, Laura Whitely at WWII Club in Northampton

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A master of improvisational jazz violin... ...Regina Carter is known for her amalgamation of a wide range of styles — Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, folk, world — into a signature style that she’s lately been directing into adventurous territory. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fundraiser for Karl Hendricks at Flywheel, and much, much more

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Karl Hendricks (pictured) was diagnosed with oral cancer this past spring. After three surgeries and a course of radiation treatments, he’s back working part-time at the store he owns, Sound Cat Records, though he can barely …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — …

Advance Bookings: Lil' John, Mamma Mia!, O.A.R., Cirque Dreams

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …