• Alice Bag. Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy

  • Cam’ron

  • Melody Trucks Band Rylan Love

  • Visions of Morphine

Published: 8/3/2018 9:58:08 AM

Singer/songwriter, musician, author, artist, archivist, educator, feminist and “lifelong badass” Alice Bag appears at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Thursday at 9 p.m. Opening the show is Full Bush, a Philly-based post-punk quartet.

In the late-’70s, Alice Bag (aka Alicia Armendariz, born and raised in East Los Angeles) founded The Bags, one of the first Los Angeles punk bands, which soon became The Alice Bag Band (featured in Penelope Spheeris’ legendary documentary about the scene, “The Decline of Western Civilization”). 

The group was short-lived, but she never stopped creating art and being a self-described troublemaker, with such bands as Castration Squad, Cholita, and Las Tres. 

Bag was an elementary school teacher for more than two decades, and in recent years penned two books — the critically acclaimed memoir and “Chicana punk story” “Violence Girl” (subtitled “East L.A. rage to Hollywood stage”) and the self-published “Pipe Bomb for the Soul,” based on her 1986 diaries, inspired by her life-changing time in post-revolutionary Nicaragua.

She released a self-titled solo debut in 2016 and another album back in March, “Blueprint,” named one of the best records of the year-so-far by NPR, with songs that deal with inequality, ageism, body shaming, the current political climate and more.

"She’s been a prolific and guiding light for Chicana punks,” said one writer. “She continues that force-of-nature output with fierce songs of protest and massive shredding.”

Be sure to check out Alice Bag’s website for her historically important, informative and inspiring archive of interviews with women of the L.A. punk scene.

Vapors of Morphine features original Morphine members Dana Colley (baritone sax) and Jerome Deupree (drums) joined by slide guitarist Jeremy Lyons to perform the songs of that famed Boston band, originally led by the late Mark Sandman. At the Academy of Music Theatre at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Admission is free!

Wolf Eyes does a special two-night residency at The Root Cellar in Greenfield on Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Melody Trucks (daughter of Butch Trucks, the late and much-loved Allman Brothers drummer) calls herself a late-bloomer, having started her first band at age 45. The vocalist/percussionist is on tour with her band and they’ll appear at Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton on Friday at 10 p.m.

Greenfield will be western MA’s one-stop hip-hop capital with a weekend of concerts featuring local favorites and national stars. Bizarre (known for his time with the Detroit group D12) kicks off the weekend with a show at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Friday at 10 p.m. Grammy-nominated rapper Cam’ron (pictured above right), founder of The Diplomats, takes the stage at Hawks & Reed on Saturday at 9 p.m. And in between the two showcases is the heart of the weekend, the all-day Foundation Festival, bringing together a who’s-who of western MA hip hop artists, more than 30 performers on two stages, at Energy Park in Greenfield and inside the Pushkin Gallery, on Saturday from 2-10 p.m.

Playtopia was Mike Flood’s mind-warping rock trio in the ’90s, and they’re playing a reunion show, sharing a bill with The Glad Machine at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton on Friday at 9:30 p.m. The show is brought to you by The Buzz, A Honey Pot Production. Free admission.

Elementary school teachers by day, energetic rock band by night — that’s No Small Children, whose music has been played on legendary radio station KROQ and Hot Topic stores across the country. The band is on tour for their new album “What Do the Kids Say?” and will play the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence on Friday at 8 p.m.

Fire Letters, John Trudeau, Grey Matter (Eric ex-Sebadoh) and Celseigh make up the quadruple-bill at a Valley Show Girl Presents concert at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence on Saturday at 9 p.m.

Boston-based vocalist Cindy Scott and guitarist Brian Seeger are the guest soloists with the Green Street Trio at the Northampton Jazz Workshop at City Sports Grille inside Spare Time Northampton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The famous open jazz jam session follows at 8:30 p.m.

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