Tuned In by Ken Maiuri (2/8/19)

  • Trailer Park Matt Cavanaugh Photo

  • The Brother Brothers Morten Fog Photo

  • Gabe’s Mystery Band

  • Marcia Ball Mary Bruton Photo

  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Published: 2/8/2019 10:50:03 AM

Think of a library and you think “Shhh!” But boisterous area band Trailer Park plans to raise the roof to raise money for the future of the Greenfield Public Library with a show at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 9, at 8 p.m.

The good-time “barbecue rock” quintet, whose lineup includes saxophonists Greg Lauzon and Greenfield resident Rick Page, is throwing a “Love Your Library Dance Rally,” and a portion of the proceeds will go toward funding for a proposed new library building.

“Libraries are essential,” Page said in an interview last week. “They make books available to people of all ages, social and economic backgrounds. They are a hub of the community.”

Lauzon added, “It seemed like lots of people thought the Internet would make libraries obsolete, but we are discovering that a good library also serves as a vital community center, and that the Internet can be pretty much the opposite of that!”

“I have never found people involved in libraries to be self-serving,” bassist Tom Mahnken said. “They truly want to help people in their quest for knowledge and entertainment. They have the high ideal that a populace with access to information is the groundwork of a just and thriving society. So if those people think they need a new library to better serve the people, I believe them.”

Mahnken’s been a library fan since his preteen years, when his family frequented the Jones Library and, after a move to Ashfield, the Belding Memorial Library, where he found one particularly important book, "How to Play the Guitar.”

“That was my first step towards the life I've lived ever since,” he said. “Many years later, that book was still there, and I was able to see the date stamp from when I got it out. I loved that.”

The Brother Brothers and local trio Eavesdrop, two groups known for their beautiful harmonizing, perform at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 8 at 7 p.m.

 

ABBA Mania pays tribute to the Swedish pop legends at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Friday, February 8, at 8 p.m.

 

Folk/blues favorite Chris Smither plays two nights at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Friday, February 8 and Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

 

Multi-instrumentalist/filmmaker Gabe Bernini is releasing a new album today, and to celebrate, his group Gabe’s Mystery Band is making its first-ever live appearance, sharing the bill with Raspberry Jam (indie dance-rock from Greenfield) and Stoner Will and the Narks (chill rock from Hadley). At The Parlor Room in Northampton on Friday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Comedian Steven Wright comes back to town for a gig at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Friday, February 8, at 8 p.m.

 

Tetramono, The Deep State, Church & Puppets and The Big Why make up the quadruple-bill at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence on Saturday, February 9, at 9 p.m. 

 

Unnamed Band (aka Wendy Eisenberg, Ruth Garbus, Neil Young, Andy Allen, and Donny Shaw), Arkm Foam (improv-noisers), Henry Fraser (Brooklyn-based bassist/composer) and NANA Visitor (dance music by Paul LaBrecque and Sarah Lanzillotta) will be at the Root Cellar in Greenfield on Sunday, February 10, at 7 p.m. 

 

Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist Marcia Ball brings her rollicking New Orleans blues and boogie-woogie back to the Iron Horse on Monday, February 11, at 7 p.m.

 

 

New Orleans trumpeter/composer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah plays “stretch music” — a “genre-blind musical form that attempts to stretch jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible” — and his quintet plays Bowker Auditorium on the UMass Amherst campus on Thursday, February 14, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Ken Maiuri can be reached at tunedincolumn@gmail.com 




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