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Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. As Philip Norman wrote in “Shout,” his 1980 biography of the band, McCartney felt the Beatles, by ceasing to tour, “had broken …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” a strong performance with a real dedication to the crazy majesty of …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $49.50. mohegansun.com Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Mary Jane Jones at HINGE in Northampton and other music in the Valley

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not like The Mary Jane Jones wasn’t dynamic enough when it began as a simple quartet — the soulful local band was led by powerhouse vocalist Mandy Pachios and guitarist/arranger Dan Thomas, whose musical inspirations range from …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Pianist Jeremy Denk — Sat., March 28, 8 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $20, $50, $55 general; $10, $12, $15 Five College and GCC students and youth 17 …

Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Lambert to perform at ACM Awards April 19

Thursday, March 12, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — A-list acts including Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and George Strait are set to perform April 19 at the Academy of Country Music’s 50th awards show. The ACMs announced Wednesday that Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Eric …

Gaye’s children win $7.4M award for ‘Blurred Lines’

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million Tuesday after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit song of 2013. Marvin Gaye’s daughter …

Madonna, Rihanna, Sam Smith to perform at iHeartRadio Awards

Monday, March 9, 2015

NEW YORK — Madonna, Rihanna and Sam Smith will perform at the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards this month. Iggy Azalea, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Meghan Trainor will also hit the stage on March 29 at …

Jamaica moving to reclaim global dominance in reggae

Sunday, March 8, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For decades, the sound of Jamaica has been reggae, the infectious, uniquely syncopated music that transformed the small Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. But the genre’s success has taken it far beyond its roots, …

Hampshire Life: KEN MAIURI’S Tuned In

Thursday, March 5, 2015

“They rock!” That two-word sentence has been uttered by more than a couple smiling fans of The Snaz, a young band from Brattleboro that’s wowed the powers that be at 93.9 The River and the Iron Horse Entertainment …

Music, movie mogul David Geffen donates $100M to Lincoln Center

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse …