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CAROL LOLLIS
Signature Sounds president Jim Olsen calls Smither "a musician's musician."

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

Weekend Planner — Music: Rt 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An up-and-coming talented group of classical musicians, most of whom studied at various times at UMass and are now living in New York City, the Rt 9 Ensemble came together through a passion for collaboration and for sharing classical music in non-traditional venues. Beginning their second season, they return to their old stomping …

Music review: ‘Brilliant’ Ariel Quartet opens 36th season of Music in Deerfield at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience. The group, which was formed in Israel in 1998, is the quartet in residence at the Conservatory of the University of …

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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 …

Weekend Planner — Music: The Three County Fair Fest in Northampton

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Three County Fair will close out its run on Monday with something new: The Three County Fair Fest, a day-long musical festival featuring 13 Valley bands. A $10 ticket to the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at the Iron Horse in Northampton and other local gigs this week

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Excitement about Kentucky-born singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson has spread like wildfire. His old-school country ways have transformed people disillusioned with the genre into rejuvenated music lovers. Dedicated new fans pop up wherever he goes, thankful to finally be hearing …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Who knew? Johnny Memphis has a band

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Johnny Memphis has been a high-profile champion of local music in the Valley for more than 30 years, whether in print, on the radio or cable access. Now the always-supportive Memphis has quietly stepped into the spotlight himself, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Same Old Blues at Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

They may call themselves Same Old Blues, but they do put their own spin on the music. Dennis Shapson, guitar; Jon Lawless, harmonica; and Alan Kurtz, washboard and bones, perform ragtime country blues with a focus on Piedmont …