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Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton.

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.” On Saturday, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares hosts …

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Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kenny Chesney — Fri. and Sat., April 24-25, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $95, $125. mohegansun.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., April 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; $25 Five College students and UMass …

Percy Sledge dies; sang No. 1 hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Protomartyr brings moody, muscular rock to Iron Horse; Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room, both in Northampton

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Detroit band Protomartyr is keeping post-punk drama alive and well, carrying on in the tradition of The Fall, Pere Ubu and other acts where the frontman doesn’t need an instrument, he just strikes up an intense one-sided conversation …

Weekend Planner — Music: Amherst College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A work of vast scale conceived as a paean to the natural world, Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony is performed less often than his other symphonies due to its great length (an hour and a half) and the extravagant …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“We’re all gonna die.” Those words are sung in breathy unison by Sufjan Stevens, with multiple recordings of his voice stacked together so that he becomes a feather-light choir. The blunt truth is spun so prettily that you …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., Apri 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; …

Mick Jagger: ‘Empire’ is ‘a really good show’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK — “Empire” is a powerhouse, but it might have just received its biggest endorsement: Mick Jagger says he’s a fan of the musical drama series. “It’s been very successful and it’s great that a show about …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jimmy Webb gives his all at Iron Horse concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Who knows, I may get around to playing a song here in a minute,” Jimmy Webb said with a grin during one of his many rambling and engaging stories at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton Saturday …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow, Jeff Louie perform at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting at Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington some 25 years ago, Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow and Jeff Louie went on to divergent musical careers, Holstein (pictured) as a violinist, Marlow as cellist, and Louie as a musician proficient …