Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: ‘The Rusty Nail Re-Union’ with James Montgomery and Peter Newland

Last modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Rusty Nail is one of those long-gone area clubs that people still regularly speak of with love. Blues vocalist and harmonica man James Montgomery played many a gig at the Sunderland nightspot, and for the first time in decades, he’s returning to that town to play a show at the O’s on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Joining Montgomery and his band for the special evening is Peter Newland, leader of the locally legendary band FAT. They’re calling the night “The Rusty Nail Re-Union.”

Over the years Montgomery and Newland have shared bills and sat in with each other numerous times; the two frontmen are looking forward to the O’s gig as another opportunity to let their musical chemistry spark.

Montgomery has been putting out albums regularly since the 1970s and his latest is “From Detroit to the Delta,” which features guest stars aplenty — Johnny Winter, Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford, Darryl McDaniels (aka DMC of Run-DMC), James Cotton and The Uptown Horns.

Bear Grass (a folk-rock quartet from Troy, New York, led by Katie Hammon), Rosary Beard (the unique acoustic instrumental duo of Matthew Loiacono and Hunter Sagehorn) and Northampton band Spinster play the Montague Bookmill Friday at 8 p.m.

Easthampton’s Cottage Street Cultural Chaos street festival will showcase (in addition to local artists and restaurants) a cavalcade of musical acts at venues around town on Saturday, including an all-day lineup at the Luthiers Co-Op, starting at 11 a.m. — The Woman Songwriter Collective, The Pineapples, The Doug MacMillan Trio, Masala Jazz, Illuminata Dance Co., Peter Blanchette, The Knot and The Mark Nomad Trio — and many other acts elsewhere, such as Iroko Nuevo, The Quaboag Vibe, Lauri McNamara, Bok Choy Trio, Abe Loomis and more. See the full schedule at

Vocalist/guitarist/violinist Tracy Grammer, who just moved back to the area, will team up with multi-instrumentalist Jim Henry for a show at the Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday at 7 p.m. Grammer has been writing a new song every week this year as part of the RealWomenRealSongs songwriting challenge.

Boneshaker, a raw free-jazz trio led by saxophonist Mars Williams (of The Waitresses, The Psychedelic Furs and more), is the latest group to appear in the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert series. The band plays Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Local arts magazine Meat for Tea celebrates its latest issue with another of its popular live shows, this one entitled “Le Cirque de Lapin de la Poussiere.” Expect music from Bunnies and Dust Witch, plus films and art on display, all happening at Sonelab in Easthampton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Leeds, England, is a city known for its history of post-punk bands; one of the newest is Eagulls, an attitude-filled quintet in the general neighborhood of Killing Joke, The Cure and Joy Division. The group just released its debut full-length album and will play the Iron Horse in Northampton Tuesday at 7 p.m. Local band Alottle starts off the night.

Gypsy swing duo Tim Kliphuis, violin (pictured), and Dan Stiernberg , mandolin, kick off this summer’s season of Watermelon Wednesdays concerts, held in the intimate West Whately Chapel. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Cold and Lovely — Meghan Toohey (of the Weepies and others) and Nicole Fiorentino (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt and more) — count Curve as an influence and you can hear it in their electronic-tinged rock. See them at Flywheel in Easthampton Thursday at 7 p.m.

The Yeti Set, Lexi Weege and The Leafies You Gave Me are at the Sierra Grille in Northampton Thursday at 10 p.m.


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