Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Threesies third show

  • Threesies Julian Parker-Burns photo

  • Sam Amidon John Spinks photo

  • Haley Heynderickx Evan James Benally Atwood photo

  • Steve Davis

  • Thurston Moore Vera Marmelo photo

  • Beasthampton

Published: 11/29/2019 9:53:09 AM

The Threesies only ever play three shows a year, and with their last 2019 gig taking place during the holiday season, the unique eight-piece cover band is bringing together a big extended family, inviting a gang of guest vocalists to join them at the Parlor Room in Northampton tonight, Friday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The band’s eternal mission? “Eradicating the Tyranny of 4/4 time in Modern Song Form — for 90 minutes, at least.” The Threesies do this by only playing songs in 3/4 time and its variations (waltzes, jigs, rockers and strolls in 3/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8), but you needn’t know any music theory to enjoy their show. Their songbook includes “Manic Depression” by Jimi Hendrix, “Bird On a Wire” by Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved a Man” and many more.

The Threesies are the brainchild of bassist Paul Kochanski. He’s a busy musician who tours internationally with Al Anderson, Swinging Steaks, Lori McKenna, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Look Park and others, but he continues to make time for The Threesies, clearly still tickled and inspired by the concept (which sometimes finds the group taking famous non-waltz songs by Pink Floyd and The Beatles and deftly molding them to fit 3/4 time).

Joining Kochanski on stage are Kay McKinstry, Jim Henry, Anand Nayak, Chris Brashear, Chris Haynes, J.J. O’Connell and Jason Smith (nearly everyone takes turns at the microphone), and at press time the special guest vocalists were scheduled to include Tracy Grammer, Jerks On the Loose and Wishbone Zoe (with a couple others expected to join in).

Drummer O’Connell has played with Kochanski in countless bands and recording sessions since 1998. “He’s the super-cool older brother I never had,” he said, and added that The Threesies have their own yearly family tradition, “Meat and Sing,” where the whole big band convenes at Haynes’ house for a cookout. “Then the instruments come out and we gather around the dining room table and play and sing for hours, despite the food coma. I can’t think of any other band I’ve been in that does that.”

Singer/songwriter Stephen Kellogg began his musical career in the Valley, and he returns to the area for a show at the Iron Horse on Friday, November 29, at 7 p.m. Casey is the opening act.

Brattleboro native and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon reworks traditional songs in spellbinding and adventurous ways, and he appears at the Parlor Room in Northampton on Saturday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Eamon O’Leary opens.

Roger Salloom put out a new album last year, “Hearty,” and the local singer/songwriter brings his lifetime of original songs (and some choice covers) back to the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield for another night of rock, folk, roots, country and soul, on Saturday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Starting off the show is vocalist/songwriter Ptah Brown.

A new trio featuring old friends Miro Sprague (piano), Marty Jaffe (bass) and Jason Ennis (guitar) will perform original compositions — influenced by Brazilian sounds, classical chamber music, funk and more — at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Sunday, December 1, at 7 p.m.

Haley Heynderickx put out her debut full-length album last year, “I Need to Start a Garden,” a heart-grabbing collection of often beautiful songs; the sing-along single “Oom Sha La La” is a warm highlight. Heynderickx takes the stage at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Tre Burt starts off the night.

NYC trombonist Steve Davis is the guest soloist with the Green Street Trio at this week’s Northampton Jazz Workshop at City Sports Grille inside Spare Time Northampton on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. The open jazz jam follows at 8:30 p.m.

The Thurston Moore Group begins its U.S. tour with a show at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Tuesday, December 3, at 8 p.m. Also on the bill is Devin Brahja Waldman.

The Holiday One Drop is a reggae dance party and toy drive, featuring live music from Soultree, Dave Noonan’s Green Island, The Burnie T All-Stars (with members of Amandla and Rhythm Inc), and One Eye Cheshire (featuring members of the Equalites), at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Thursday, December 5, at 8 p.m.

Beasthampton (the Easthampton rock trio of Jeff and Jenna Lloyd and Miranda Brown), PussyVision (Easthampton-based dark industrial queer electronic music; “haunted femme hell” is one of the act’s self-descriptors), and Margaret (solo project from Madden Aleia of Plants of the Bible) make up the triple-bill at this week’s Reanimate the Bay State concert at the Sierra Grille in Northampton on Thursday at 10 p.m.

Ken Maiuri can be reached at tunedincolumn@gmail.com.




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