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JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your ticket. As Jamie Kent sees it, Nashville, long the storied home of country music, has become much more than that: It’s also …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks his highly musical mind. But as technically impressive as his playing is, Bradlee has another …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist Guy Fishman and fortepianist Ian Watson, the performance on Oct. 26 by Arcadia Players at …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …

Weekend planner — Music: 10th Annual Band Festival at Pines Theater in Florence

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“Community bands are largely composed of wind and percussion instruments and are widespread across the country,” notes Alfred Barten, who plays saxophone with the Florence Community Band. “In the Valley alone there are bands in Florence, Amherst, Belchertown, …

Tuned In: The Sun Parade has new EP, local show with Jake Klar and Wydyde at Hinge in Northampton

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Northampton quartet The Sun Parade will soon be off on a national tour, including some dates opening for their skyrocketing old friends Lake Street Dive. Before they hit the road, catch their local show featuring the official release …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Charles Neville at the Iron Horse in Northampton; Cliff Eberhardt at ‘Song and Story Swap’ at Nacul Center in Amherst

Thursday, September 4, 2014

THIS NEVILLE LEFT HOME Charles Neville, the only one of the brothers from the fabled New Orleans jazz group who ever lived far from home for long periods of time, might also have the most varied musical background of the quintet. The saxophonist has made his mark in …

Headliners: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra; ‘Salute 2 Summer’

Thursday, September 4, 2014

‘No ear plugs are needed... ’ ...reassures Tatsuya Nakatani, the Japanese-born, Pennsylvania-based acoustic sound artist responsible for the Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra, a touring project designed to “inspire cross-artistic community collaborations.” How it works is this: Nakatani shows …

Advance Bookings: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Kevin James and much more coming up in the Valley

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $37-$134. xlcenter.com Kevin James — Sat., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. …

Bring the swing: Musicians hit the streets for 4th annual Northampton Jazz Festival

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Organizers of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival, which will take place Sept. 2-6, say bringing the music to the streets helps carry on a great jazz tradition: That’s how jazz was fostered in this country, says Paul …

Clubland: Ken Maiuri shares his impressions of this year’s ‘Transperformance’

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Backstage at “Transperformance” Tuesday night, Ray Mason turned to me and said, marveling, “Where else can you see Christ backing Frankie Valli?” We were in a daze of amazement as Renaissance man Monte Belmonte (from 93.9 The River) …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes at the Iron Horse, and much, much more

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes are Melbourne, Australia’s smartly dressed contribution to the world of retro soul (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings), and they’ll bring their ’60s-influenced soul/spy/garage-pop to the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Salute 2 Summer — Sat., Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Look Park, Northampton. Featuring the Bronx Wanderers, Union Jack, Joe Pucci and the American Longboards. Activities for children. $20 per person; ages 12 and under free. salute2summer.com Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers — Sat., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., XL …