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Tuned In: Nick Cave, and more

  • Honeysuckle. © Stephanie Craig Photography 2017

  • Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop

  • Caitlin Canty. David McClister

  • PHOTO BY Jerry Brown



Friday, April 27, 2018

Interviews on stage can often end with an interactive Q&A with the audience. Some bands (Shellac, TW Walsh, David Bazan) have even punctuated their concerts with such interactions, honestly asking between songs, “Any questions?”

Nick Cave is going one step further with his event “So, What Do You Want To Know?” The intense frontman of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (and singer/songwriter/composer/author/screenwriter/actor) is making the Q&A the sole focus for an evening of conversation and open discussion inspired by his 2017 world tour. It’s a rare opportunity — Cave is only doing this for four US dates, and one of them is at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Monday at 8 p.m. 

“The audience can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to answer,” Cave said in a press statement earlier this year. “I do have some things to say. I can always play some songs at the piano if all goes horribly wrong. But, I don’t know, I’ve got a good feeling about this one. The more frank and intimate the questions, the more interesting the evening will be.”

Cave said he has always appreciated the Q&A format — just not the formal interviews that precede them and take up most of the time. “There has been a connection happening with the audience through the recent live shows where we have all shown a kind of willingness to open up, and I thought that a direct conversation with the audience might be valuable,” he said.

Singer/songwriter Caitlin Canty has a new record out, “Motel Bouquet,” and she’ll appear at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Friday (tonight) at 7 p.m. Noam Pikelny opens.

Karen from HR’s Hoe Down offers up “an evening of drunken country bull****” featuring live musical performances by Lily Sickles, Eastern Mountain Time, Miranda Brown, and Maria Conchita at the The Ashfield Lake House in Ashfield on Friday at 8 p.m. 

Tony Vacca and Massamba Diop team up for their Senegal-America Project — a drum workshop and evening of “world fusion” — at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Locals The Big Sway, The Greys and Lush Honey join NYC band Giga Herbs at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Oroboro, John Trudeau, Rebel Base and Joy On Fire make up the local quadruple-bill at the Perch venue at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Pianist Dave Burrell plays the final show of the 29th season of the Magic Triangle Jazz Series at Bezanson Recital Hall at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on Wednesday at 8 p.m. As one music critic/fan once said, “Burrell crams a century of jazz history into every chugging stride episode and churning dissonance.” Said another, “Burrell’s take on jazz tradition is intelligent and willful, refusing the categories thrust upon it by outsiders. He deserves the attention of all listeners who crave the unmistakable thump of authenticity.” Hopefully he’ll find time to play his jaunty original ditty from the ’60s, “Margie Pargie” (A.M. Rag).”

Boston-based progressive folk trio Honeysuckle (shown at left) plays The Parlor Room on Thursday at 7 p.m. Izzy Heltai starts off the night.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix bring their crowd-pleasing blues and boogie to Hawks & Reed on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.