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Nightcrawler: Tru to Form

Rock show without a home finds sanctuary at Florence VFW; United Way paging all Docs Who Rock.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The United Way of Pioneer Valley is paging all “Docs Who Rock” for its annual fundraising concert. Pictured is Sutureself at last year’s event.

Tru Entertainment founder/namesake John Tru said he was going to have an all-ages rock show on Sunday, March 10. And that’s just what he’s doing, despite, as he recently revealed to the Crawler, a fairly major logistical hurdle to overcome.

“I had it all set up, and have been holding other shows at Headquarters in Agawam,” he explains. “The next thing I know, the bar closes abruptly and I am feverishly looking for a place to put all these bands I lined up!”

At the suggestion of a friend, Tru says his concert eventually found sanctuary at the Florence VFW, which happened to have the exact date and time open.

The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. and features sets by Holyoke’s Arc City Angels, industrial heavyweights Q, Sakara, NIM, Silent Feedback and North Adams prog-rockers The Lost and Never Found.

“I basically hand-picked bands that I had seen at other Valley area shows and was impressed with,” Tru says.

Tix are $7 and can be purchased either online at purplepass.com/vfwrock or at the door.

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Meanwhile, in searching for a sonic sidebar of sorts to celebrate its current Guitar exhibit, Springfield Museum’s Matt Longhi says that he and fellow organizers did not have to look very far. Rather, they just tapped into the FAT of the local landscape.

“We contacted Peter Newland of the Springfield rock band FAT about featuring some area guitar heroes, and he really stepped up to gather a long list of great performers,” Longhi explains of the Museums’ Valley Guitar Showcase, slated for Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m.

Among the assorted crop of axe-slingers Newland has assembled are Ray Mason, classical guitar virtuosos Phillip de Fremery and the Valley Guitar Army and Groovasaurus alum David Goodrich, to name a choice few.

“We will even have William Cumpiano on hand to talk about his work as a luthier; Jimi Hendrix photographs by Nona Hatay; and a Beatles photo exhibit starting March 12, so there’s no shortage of music-related stuff happening here,” Longhi says.

The Valley Guitar Showcase at the Springfield Museums is free with admission. For more information, kindly point your browser to springfieldmuseums.org.

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In other news, the United Way of Pioneer Valley is currently paging all “Docs Who Rock.”

“Last year’s inaugural Docs Who Rock benefit concert was so well received, we are anticipating a sell-out crowd again this year,” the United Way of Pioneer Valley’s senior V.P. Sarah Tanner says of the now-annual concert featuring bands that include at least one member who is also a practicing doctor in the agency’s service area of Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby. Nearly $10,000 was raised for the United Way Community Fund courtesy of the 2012 installment.

While the actual 2013 Docs Who Rock concert will not occur until Friday, June 14 at West Springfield’s Majestic Theater, the application deadline for physicians seeking to perform is Friday, April 12.

A committee of musical experts will select participating artists based on the information and materials available to them, so the application should contain as much of the following as possible: current CD; audio and/or video tapes; press reviews/articles; posters/flyers; and a one-paragraph description of the group or individual artists.

Applications are available online now at uwpw.org or by calling Deb Foley, marketing and communications manager, at (413) 693-0239. Musicians in all styles are encouraged to apply.

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Last but not least, funnyman Sinbad’s sales for his March 9 Hu Ke Lau engagement in Chicopee were so good that a second show has been added. The comedian, whose real name is David Adkins, performs at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $35 and available at hukelau.com.•

Send correspondence to Nightcrawler, P.O. Box 427, Somers, CT 06071; fax to (860) 394-4262 or email garycarra@aol.com.

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