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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1995 file photo, Ralph Johnson, from left,  Phillip Bailey, Maurice White and Verdine White, of Earth, Wind & Fire  in Los Angeles. Maurice White, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, died at home in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, said his brother, Verdine White. He was 74. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Earth, Wind & Fire founder dies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday. He was 74. The source for a wealth of euphoric hits in the 1970s and early ’80s, including “Shining Star,” “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” Earth, Wind & Fire borrowed elements from funk, soul, gospel and pop. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and although White had ceased touring with the group since a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the ’90s, the group had continued to tour. Born in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 19, 1941, …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. “I figured that one day I’ll go to England and save the world or something. And if I was King Arthur then, I should at least be Lord …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge America” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant is awarded each year to organizations that provide opportunities in the arts to underserved populations. Whole Children, …

Weekend Planner — Sound tracks: The Super 8 Players

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Super 8 Players is Jason Mazzotta, Debbie Way and Ken Maiuri — two vocalists and a guitarist/ukulele player whose repertoire consists entirely of songs from movie sound tracks, such as “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing …

Weekend Planner — Storytelling: Christopher Thomas Elliott at Song & Story Swap

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

You may know Chris Elliott as one half of Austin and Elliott, the Valley duo (that’s Lisa Austin) devoted to the harmonic recounting of “tales of love gone wrong and death done right.” On his own, however, Christopher …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Rock Voices — Sat., Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $15 general; $12 seniors; $8 students; children 12 and under free (only through the box office). academyofmusictheatre.com La Boheme — PanOpera performs Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 …

Track Record

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Royalty Chris Brown RCA; $13.96 Chris Brown knows his strengths, and on his seventh studio album, “Royalty,” the singer plays to them with solid success. It’s a feat worth applauding, considering how disparate the multi-dimensional singer’s specialties seem …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Sobs and cheers: A musical year in review

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Before the end of December zips and the calendar flips, a note about Clubland: 2015 marks this column’s 20th anniversary. It started appearing in the pages of the Gazette in April 1995, and a recent scan through the …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Robert ‘Bobby’ LaRoche at Luthiers Co-Op

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Remembered in the Valley as the founding member of The Sighs — the Northampton-based pop-rock band that rose to national recognition over a 10 year period beginning in the early 1980s — Robert “Bobby” LaRoche has never abandoned …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Slapin-Solomon Duo

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The South Hadley-based Slapin-Solomon Duo is Scott Slapin and Tanya Solomon, two professional violists who play for weddings, gallery openings and private parties (“We have the range of a string quartet, but we play for half the price!”) …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Want to ring in the new year with something classic? Ladies and gentlemen, right here on our stage, it’s 1964: The No. 1 Beatles Tribute Show in the World, making another return engagement by popular demand, at the …

Headliners: Girls Guns and Glory’s ‘Tribute to Hank Williams’; Rubblebucket’s New Year’s concerts

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Honoring the shows that never were Despite being unable to read or notate music, country-western music legend Hank Williams (1937-1953) crafted the classics “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’ ” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and …

Music review: Reviewer finds variety in weekend concerts at Mount Holyoke, Smith

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Friday, the Arcadia Players gave its annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in the Abbey Chapel of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley. Led by Ian Watson, who conducted (mostly) from the harpsichord, the performance was the best I have heard by the Arcadia Players (I’ve attended or …