Staff Picks: The Demse Legacy, Northampton Record Fair and more

The Demse Legacy • Sunday

About six months ago, beloved Valley reggae band The Alchemystics lost leader Demse Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White in a car accident. While coping with their loss, the band surged ahead into festival season. Now, they’re taking a minute to breathe and remember the men they lost with some of the music that brought them all together. They’ll be joined by ReBelle, Cheat Code, Bay Rd, and DJ Vibewise for a benefit show for Zullo’s family. The concert is Sunday at Gateway City Arts, 3-9 p.m., with a suggested donation of $20 at the door. — Amanda Drane

Northampton Record Fair! • Saturday

That nostalgic delight I feel when I sift through used vinyl is like no other. When I find that piece that I didn’t even know I was looking for, it reminds me of winning the lottery. I’ve been on a huge Blondie kick lately, so that’s the gold I’ll be searching for. On Saturday, local and regional record dealers will be set up in the back room of the Deuce all day, with DJs spinning vinyl in the background. Early admission from 9-10:30 a.m. is $5 for the hardcore vinyl heads’ first dibs. Free admission from 10:30 a.m.-5p.m., and all ages. The Deuce (World War II Club), 50 Conz St., Northampton. — Jennifer Levesque

Boxcars: Railroad Imagery in Realism • Now – March

Looking at these paintings is like looking at a ghost — the soul is there, but the flesh is rusting. Old machines chug away, belching smoke as they race along tracks with views of graffiti-stained backdoors and trash, as shadowy figures quickly rip from sight. These paintings capture the disappointment, reality, and romance of riding the rails. Boxcars: Railroad Imagery In Contemporary Realism, now through March 16, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. — Kristin Palpini

The Nite Caps • Saturday

All our talk about the slow birth of a new Greenfield nightlife don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing. I love craft pizza, local beer, and a good whiskey selection as much as anyone else, but The Arts Block on Court Square helps to round out the restaurant scene with live events. On Saturday Dec. 5 the venue’s cafe space hosts a night of music and dance with country and western swing band The Nite Caps. The band plays at 8 p.m., but if you can’t keep your toes from tappin,’ arrive by 7:30 for some two-step dance lessons. $8 in advance; $10 at the door. — Hunter Styles

 

Author: Advocate Staff

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