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Weekend Planner — Music: Mitch Chakour at 1794 Meeting House in New Salem

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Music producer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and teacher at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School, Amherst’s Mitch Chakour has had an illustrious 35-year career in music, including working with Bonnie Raitt, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Joe Cocker, sharing stages with James Brown, B. B. King, Aerosmith and Muddy Waters and writing for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. On Saturday Chakour will be at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem for a roots-rock concert featuring Deric Dyer on sax, Cliff Goodwin on guitar, bassist Wolf Ginandes and drummer Marty Richards. The 7:30 p.m. show will be preceded by a champagne reception. $15 admission; children 12 and under … 0

Advance Bookings: Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin and other area gigs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Aug. 2, 4 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Moody Blues — Wed., Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $39.50. mohegansun.com Jason Isbell — Fri., Aug. 15, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $24/$30. massmoca.org Elysian Fields — Sat., Aug. 16, 8 … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazzman Alex Snydman’s Valley visit includes gig at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I was interviewing jazz drummer Alex Snydman and I couldn’t write fast enough. I’d asked him if there was a moment when he realized that jazz was the music for him, the life he wanted to pursue, and his excited response zoomed along like a thrill ride for music fans of any age. … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jazz great Sheila Jordan sings at Arts Block in Greenfield, and more music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 29, 2014

There are a lot of jazz lovers in this Valley, and the Arts Block in Greenfield is one of the venues that hosts many a jazz show each month. Vocalist Samirah Evans has her own regular concert series … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘The Bright-Sized Life’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School celebrates its numerous music ensembles — Spectrum a Cappella, the Rock Ensemble, the Pop/R&B and the Groovy Truth Jazz Ensemble, among others — with a two-night showcase Thursday and Friday … 0

REVIEW: Kurt Vile finds tight groove in Pearl Street show

Thursday, May 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The only thing Kurt Vile offered at the top of his Pearl Street show Saturday night was a quick, clipped “hey.” But his fans weren’t there for his chummy persona. What the diminutive Philly rocker lacks in real-time charisma he makes up for with a unshakable … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: NRBQ has new album; XTC tribute show at Iron Horse in Northampton

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“Do you feel it?” “Ain’t it all right?” “That’s neat, that’s nice.” “Keep this love goin’.” “I feel so good and I want you to feel good, too.” It’s been a running theme through the long lifetime of … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Opera showcase, North Hall Arts Festival

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The most popular French opera in history, Charles Gounod’s “Faust,” is replete with great melodies, including the bright and buoyant “Jewel Song,” which coloratura soprano Angela Leson (pictured) will perform this weekend at North Hall in Huntington. The … 0

Music review: Pioneer Valley Symphony masters sea music by Vaughan Williams, Ravel

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus celebrated their 75th anniversary with a remarkable concert Saturday, performed at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before a large and appreciative audience. It is rare that … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: World Party at Iron Horse in Northampton and more, this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Karl Wallinger has been making music under the name World Party since the mid-1980s. Like the Beatles, he appreciates melody and optimism; like Prince, he loves creating in his studio. That winning combination gave Wallinger’s World Party timeless … 0

Sea Voyage: Pioneer Valley Symphony closes season with music of Vaughan Williams, Ravel

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

There’s nothing like almost dying to put new life into you. So it was for the young, nature-adoring, beauty-bewitched British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who underwent such an experience just after his first marriage — a near death … 0

Art People: Anne Louise White | musician, teacher

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Music is so much more than entertainment, says Anne Louise White, a singer, pianist, choral director and music teacher. It’s a way to build community, to learn about history, to reach across cultural barriers, and to feed our … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Northampton Community Music Center’s Springfest

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A rite of spring since 1995, the Northampton Community Music Center’s Springfest finds hundreds of NCMC students and faculty taking to the streets of downtown Northampton for a day of public performances and festivities. Running 10:30 a.m. to … 0