Wilbraham’s The Gallery have pieced together an impressive rock ’n’ roll portfolio in the last couple of years. In addition to working with producer Warren Huart (of Aerosmith/The Fray infamy) on their latest release, Restless, the folk-infused pop-rock foursome have garnered some spins on AOL Music, charted at College Music Journal and procured some favorable ink in Rolling Stone, to name a choice few accolades.
This Friday, Aug. 8, The Gallery bring along a few friends when their current national tour makes a local stop at the Iron Horse.
“If it weren’t for the support of everyone back home, it’s hard to imagine we would have had the courage to make this our career,” notes Gallery percussionist Ryan Cooney. “We’ve been working really hard on new music and touring steadily, but we always love to come back to our Northeast.”
Hitching their cart for the ride on a nationwide trek that kicked off in San Fran July 22 and wraps at Flagstaff, Arizona’s The Hive Aug. 26 are co-headliners Honor By August and openers Alexis Keegan, Shayna Leigh and Mikey Wax. Tix for the multi-act evening are $15 in advance and available at thegallerymusic.com.
The prior evening, Aug. 7, Portland, Ore.-based electro-poppers the Wild Ones Horse around as well, promoting their latest disc, Keep It Safe. Though this is their debut effort, the synth-driven quintet has already earned praise from the likes of NPR, Time and Spin with singer Danielle Sullivan’s voice drawing frequent comparisons to The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. Tix are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and available at iheg.com.
Meanwhile, at Connecticut’s Palace Theater (thestaffordpalacetheater.com), it’s been a long time since Zep-replicators Kashmir have rocked ’n’ rolled. And apparently, it’s going to be a bit longer yet, as the Kashmir show originally slated for Aug. 2 has been pushed back to March 14, 2015. Tickets for the Aug. 2 show will be honored at that time or can be returned at point of purchase for a full refund.
If that news has you feeling blue, why not soak up the sounds of the second annual Stafford Springs Blues Fest, occurring at Stafford’s Hyde Park and The Palace Aug. 9?
Room Full of Blues founder Duke Robillard heads this year’s installment for the outdoor portion of the event on a bill rounded out with the likes of Mike Law & The Playboys, Lydia Warren and Mike Crandall, to name a choice few.
At 8 p.m., the event moves into the Palace Theater proper with Arizona Maid and Jeff Pitchell. Tix can be purchased for Hyde Park only for $20 or as a Palace/Hyde Park combo pass at $35 at Stafford’s First Niagara Bank, Stafford Spirits or Hydeville Package store.
And finally, in the cents-less acts of audio department, Music in Common’s International Youth Summit culminates with a free concert at the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington Sunday, Aug. 10. Participating students from the U.S., Israel, Palestine and Jordan are slated to perform selected songs and screen videos and discuss their experiences throughout the program. For more info, kindly point your browser to musicincommon.org.•
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