Tuned In: A tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and more

  • Nona Hatay

  • Mark Mulcahy in “Father Willie”

  • Jamie Kent

  • Peter Blanchette

  • Vernon Reid. Photo by Joseph Hero

Published: 5/18/2018 9:58:15 AM

Jimi Hendrix was an inspirational musician and force of nature, and two people inspired by his vivid sound and vision — Northampton artist Nona Hatay and guitarist Vernon Reid — are joining forces for a multimedia event, The Hendrix by Hatay Experience, at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield tonight, Friday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Guitarist/vocalist Vernon Reid (who ruled the late-’80s alternative airwaves with his band Living Colour) headlines the musical part of the night with his group Band of Gypsys Revisited (Andre Lassalle on guitar/vocals, Jared Michael Nickerson on bass/vocals and James ‘Biscuit’ Rouse on drums/vocals). They’ll perform their interpretations of Hendrix classics at 9:30 p.m. 

Local band The Medicinal Purpose plays first at 8:30 p.m., preceded by a Purple Haze Fashion Show at 8 p.m.

Nona Hatay photographed Hendrix at Madison Square Garden on May 18, 1969, and to celebrate the 49-year anniversary of that momentous occasion, she’ll showcase a retrospective of her art — an exhibit that includes more than 50 photos that she took at that special show — with a reception from 6:30-8 p.m.

It’s the first time Hatay has put it all in one spot for the public to see, including photos and experimental art using those photos, like hand-colored giclée prints from the Hard Rock International collection, and photos of Hendrix printed on canvas, leather and fabric. The retrospective will be presented in New York City next year, but this local event will be its unveiling. 

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo appears at The Iron Horse in Northampton on Friday at 7 p.m. Kris Gruen opens.

“Father Willie,” the local short film starring Mark Mulcahy (pictured above) and directed by Jason Mazzotta, gets a screening at a concert that features musical performances by some of the cast, including Kimaya Diggs, Claudia Malibu and Gentle Hen, at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center on Friday at 8 p.m.

Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase is a bimonthly “mini music festival” currently in its 3rd season. The latest round of competitors is Old Flame (indie rock from Turners Falls), Mike Spector (R&B from Hopkinton), Lush Honey (funk/rock from Northampton), Arc City Angels (alternative/metal from Holyoke), and Zillawatt (fusion/funk from East Hartford, Connecticut). Each will play a 20-minute set, vying for gift certificates and other prizes and a chance to move on to the next round. This month’s guest judges are Academy of Music Theatre Manager Addie MacDonald, Connor Rowen from Telefunken Elektroakustik, and Valley Music Showcase producer Mark Sherry. The special guest band is last round’s 1st place winner, The Heavy Calm (progressive rock from Hartford). It all happens at New City Brewery in Easthampton on Friday at 8 p.m.

Jamie Kent (at right) and Friends, featuring the JFK Jazz Band, will be at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Saturday at 8 p.m. The FrannyO Show starts off the night.

It’s a stellar hip hop show featuring Wu-Tang Clan man Ghostface Killah, The Problemaddicts and LS Camp at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield on Saturday at 9 p.m.

“Legends, Beats & Grooves” is an educational meet-and-greet hip hop DJ showcase featuring turntable pioneers Grandwizard Theodore, Large Professor, and DJ Tony Tone, plus Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Jay One, Billy Busch and DJ Rec (plus other guests) at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. The event includes a panel discussion and DJ demonstrations.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet (featuring Chris and Dan, sons of jazz legend Dave) appears at Hawks & Reed on Sunday at 7 p.m. Local mainstays The Joe Belmont Experience start off the night.

Nunofyrbeeswax, a minimalist garage rock duo from Berlin, Germany, plays The Root Cellar in Greenfield on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The masterful Peter Blanchette (pictured at left) — guitarist, arranger, conductor, inventor of the 11-string archguitar, founder/director of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, and so much more! — plays a dinner concert at Hawks & Reed on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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