Pick of the Day 6/22: Christopher Bekriges at the Bing
Jun21

Pick of the Day 6/22: Christopher Bekriges at the Bing

Got a personal note from Christopher Bakriges.  He and whole bunch of heavyweights are in Forest Park tonight at the Bing.  I’ll let him speak for himself:  Pianist/composer Chris Bakriges will be “joined by his mentor at Wesleyan University, Jay Hoggard on vibes [Dizzy Gillespie Big Band, Tito Puente, Hilton Ruiz], renowned Panamanian-born bassist Santi Debriano, another Wesleyan alumni] [Pharoah Sanders, Sonny...

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Pick of the Day 6/21: Vilray at the Parlor Room
Jun21

Pick of the Day 6/21: Vilray at the Parlor Room

There’s a lot going on tonight: Junior Reid at Hawks and Reed and Liz Longley at the Iron Horse. But I thought I’d let Vilray (pronounce Vil-ree) give his own shout out for today’s pick. He posted this back on 6/11. You can see him up close and personal at the Parlor Room tonight. He describes his sound as a mix of  jazz and country-swing. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St, Northampton. I am at @ParlorRoomMusic 6-21 and...

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Staycation 2018: Food, fun, hiking and a whole lot of summer fun in the Pioneer Valley
Jun20

Staycation 2018: Food, fun, hiking and a whole lot of summer fun in the Pioneer Valley

Welcome to summer, the season for much needed respite from the tiresome routines of daily life. Planning an elaborate vacation, however, can be just as stressful as a day on the job. So why not slow your roll and keep it local? Staycations are all the rage and there’s so much to do and see in Western Mass. We’ve pulled together a load of worthy places and events you’ll want to check out on your summer staycation. Biking Western Mass...

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Pick of the Day 6/20: Junior Brown at the Iron Horse
Jun20

Pick of the Day 6/20: Junior Brown at the Iron Horse

Okay, honestly, I can’t stand new country music; it’s a horrible thing.  I absolutely despise it.  So when somebody like Junior Brown blows into town, it’s an opportunity  to hear country music done right.  Junior Brown’s a country guitarist and singer, and he’s not like Brad Paisley or Zac Brown or whoever else is hot in Nascar Nation right now.  No, Junior Brown’s been playing since the ’60s...

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Pick of the Day 6/19: Mutlu at the Iron Horse
Jun19

Pick of the Day 6/19: Mutlu at the Iron Horse

After last night’s wild and woolly weather, you need a de-stressor. Check out the smoothness of Mutlu at the Iron Horse tonight.  He’s a real deal, a soulful singer-songwriter from Philly and a proud first-generation American of Turkish descent. He’s shared the stage and studio with heavyweights Darryl Hall, Adele, and The Blind Boys of Alabama.  The good people in the City of Brotherly Love have shown Mutlu a lot of love,...

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Local Calendar: Monday 6/18 – Thursday 6/21
Jun18

Local Calendar: Monday 6/18 – Thursday 6/21

MONDAY 6/18 MUSIC AMHERST JAZZ ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Free. With vocalist Ethel Lee. No cover, free parking and great food. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-253-1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com. STAGE/FILM/DANCE On Chesil Beach: Amherst Cinema. 28 Amity St., Amherst. Pioneer Valley Ballet Presents: Celebration of Dance: 6 p.m. $10 – $20. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St.,...

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Pick of the Day 6/18: The Seagull
Jun18

Pick of the Day 6/18: The Seagull

Who doesn’t love a little Russian tragicomedy? Chekhov did. No, not Chekhov from Star Trek, I’m talking about Anton. The movie The Seagull is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play by the same name.  Here’s the scoop: Friends and family gather at a Russian estate and spend the weekend “passionately loving someone who loves somebody else.”  Sounds fun and lighthearted and in some instances it is. But...

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Pick of the Day 6/17:  Brooke Annibale at the Parlor Room
Jun15

Pick of the Day 6/17: Brooke Annibale at the Parlor Room

It makes my job easy when my picks make their own plugs! Singer songwriter Brooke Annibale posted this on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Playin in Northampton, MA this Sunday night@ParlorRoomMusic with Ben Jaffe! Everybody bring your dads cause it’s Father’s Day and they love you.” What she said! Check her out tonight at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St.,...

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Pick of the Day 6/16: Kevin Morby at Gateway City Arts
Jun15

Pick of the Day 6/16: Kevin Morby at Gateway City Arts

Kevin Morby rose to fame as bassist in the folk rock band Woods and as the co-founder of The Babies. It’s the one year anniversary of his fourth studio album City Music; it was released on June 16, 2017. He describes the album as a “listless wanderlust” and an ode to the vibrant rush of city living. Go help him celebrate City Music‘s birthday. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St.,...

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Pick of the Day 6/15: Hot Club of Cowtown at the Iron Horse
Jun14

Pick of the Day 6/15: Hot Club of Cowtown at the Iron Horse

The Hot Club of Cowtown is at the Iron Horse, swinging and twanging and doing their thing tonight.  They’re celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their first-ever CD format of their very first recording, Western Clambake. Western Clambake has only been available on cassette tape.  You may now party like it’s not 1999. You’re welcome.  Here’s what folks in the know say about Hot Club of Cowtown:  Their...

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Pick of the Day 6/14: Albert Lee at the Iron Horse
Jun14

Pick of the Day 6/14: Albert Lee at the Iron Horse

English guitarist Albert Lee is at the Iron Horse tonight. Lee is known for his fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique. A Grammy winner, Eric Clapton says Lee is “the ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” That’s pretty high praise from Slowhand, himself. The Iron Horse, 20 Center St.,...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 6/14- Sunday 6/17
Jun14

Local Calendar: Thursday 6/14- Sunday 6/17

THURSDAY 6/14 MUSIC Albert Lee: 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Friendly traditional music sessions. Moderate swingy pace. Adults and teens of all skill levels welcome – and not just fiddles. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. fiddlewesternmass@gmail.com. Greenfield Coop Concerts: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free....

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Staff Picks: Pub Sing, Mutlu, and Deus Ex Machina
Jun13

Staff Picks: Pub Sing, Mutlu, and Deus Ex Machina

Pub sing at McNeill’s // Saturday, June 16 There isn’t enough singing in our pubs around here. But McNeill’s in Brattleboro is working to fix that. Led by Tony Barrand and Amanda Witman, the bar is open for sea shanties, work songs, pub songs, and all the rest. Open to all. NcNeill’s Brewery, 90 Elliot St., Brattleboro. 3-5 p.m. Free. — Dave Eisenstadter   Mutlu // Tuesday, June 19 Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter from...

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Pick of the Day 6/13: of Montreal at Gateway City Arts
Jun13

Pick of the Day 6/13: of Montreal at Gateway City Arts

Throw caution to the wind and check out of Montreal at Gateway City Arts tonight. They’re music is an irrepressible synthesis of dance and modern psychedelia.  They’ve been around since the ’90s and released their 15th album in January. It’s called White is Relic, and founder and lead singer Kevin Barnes says, “musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop...

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Local Calendar: Monday 6/11 – Thursday 6/14
Jun11

Local Calendar: Monday 6/11 – Thursday 6/14

MONDAY 6/11 MUSIC Music Mondays Cafe ~ An Evening with Peter Eldridge: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. $15 adults / $10 students cash at the door. .June Music Mondays Cafe features Peter Eldridge and an evening of piano and vocal pop, jazz, standards and original works. Doors at 6:30 ~ Music at 7. Gaylord Memorial Library, 47 College St., South Hadley. 413-250-3540. anzfam4@gmail.com. Open-Mic Night: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free. The Rendezvous,...

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Pick of the Day 6/11: First Reformed
Jun11

Pick of the Day 6/11: First Reformed

Ethan Hawke plays Reverend Ernst Toller a middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in New York. It has a illustrious past, once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now the congregation is shrinking and the new church, Abundant Life, is bright and shiny and boasts 5,000 congregants. When a pregnant parishioner asks Reverend Toller to counsel her radical environmentalist husband, Toller is hurled into a crisis,...

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Pick of the Day 6/10: Melissa Etheridge
Jun08

Pick of the Day 6/10: Melissa Etheridge

This is an easy one. Melissa Etheridge, the legend, is at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight in Great Barrington. It’s worth the ride; Etheridge’s catalog of heartland rock and roll spans thirty years. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street — Great Barrington. But if you want to be in the Valley tonight, check out singer and poet Mary Lambert at the Parlor Room in Northampton.  She’s one of those...

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Pick of the Day 6/9: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Jun08

Pick of the Day 6/9: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

New Salem, yes, New Salem. It’s the town that borders Shutesbury, Wendell, Belchertown, Athol, Orange, Pelham, Ware — oh and Petersham.  Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez: are out at the Meetinghouse tonight in New Salem to kick off the 2018 season!  Christine Ohlman is the lead singer in the Saturday Night Live Band and the Beehive Queen is bringing Rebel Montez to shake ol’ New Salem down to its foundations. Show...

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Pick of the Day 6/8: Northampton Arts Night Out
Jun06

Pick of the Day 6/8: Northampton Arts Night Out

How can two people be wrong? Both Dave Eisenstadter and Chris Goudreau chose Northampton Arts Night Out as their Staff Picks this week. Dave recommends CLICK Workspace which will host some ukulele bands that will perform in conjunction with two photography exhibits. CLICK Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St., Northampton. 6-8 p.m. Chris Goudreau says the Green River Festival at Arts Night Out is the way to go.  The Sea The Sea and Twisted Pine...

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Pick of the Day 6/7: Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival
Jun06

Pick of the Day 6/7: Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival

Cycling is a religion for a lot of folks I’ve known over the years. If it yours (and even if it’s not) check out the Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival (See Jack Brown’s Cinemadope) tonight at the Academy of Music.  The first film is called Highest to Lowest, about five friends who attempt to cycle from Australia’s lowest point Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre to the summit of Mount Kociuszko, the...

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Local Calendar Thursday 6/7 – Sunday 6/11
Jun06

Local Calendar Thursday 6/7 – Sunday 6/11

THURSDAY 6/7 MUSIC Albert Castiglia: 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friendly traditional music sessions. Moderate swingy pace. Adults and teens of all skill levels welcome – and not just fiddles. $5 at the door. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. fiddlewesternmass@gmail.com. Falltown String Band: 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. roots...

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Review: Homesick for Daniel Chiaccio’s world
Jun06

Review: Homesick for Daniel Chiaccio’s world

“‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words — and never stops at all,” wrote Emily Dickinson, the grande dame of poetry. And down a bit from the hustle and bustle, Hope and Feathers Custom Framing and Art Gallery sits quietly in close proximity to Emily Dickinson’s stately homestead on Amherst’s Main Street. The glass frontage leaves little mystery as to what’s inside: A cozy...

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Pick of the Day 6/6: Dave Hause at the Parlor Room
Jun06

Pick of the Day 6/6: Dave Hause at the Parlor Room

Veteran punk rocker Dave Hause will hit the Parlor Room tonight. He’s just released his third solo album Bury Me in Philly which he co-wrote with his 23-year-old brother Tim. Hause describes his album like what you might expect on stage tonight:  “You want to plan an album like a live set: You want a batch of songs that kick off the record, then you want some left turns. You want to take people on a journey.” 6:30 p.m...

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Pick of the Day 6/5: Northampton Jazz Workshop
Jun05

Pick of the Day 6/5: Northampton Jazz Workshop

Paul Arslanian, George Kaye, and Jon Fisher make up The Green Street Trio; for almost ten years, they’ve performed with a guest artist each Tuesday at City Sports Grille as the Northampton Jazz Workshop.  This week they’re bringing in vocalist Wanda Houston. Houston has performed on and off Broadway and around the world. Her jazz and R+B stylings make her a popular act.  Wanda will be leading the trio this week starting at...

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Local Calendar: Monday 6/4 – Thursday 6/7
Jun04

Local Calendar: Monday 6/4 – Thursday 6/7

MONDAY 6/4 MUSIC An Evening with Gaelic Storm: 7 p.m.  Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. STAGE/FILM/DANCE We Made a Thing: A Tiny Audience Show:  9 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Everyone is invited to this weekly super casual – and totally free! – “tiny audience” improv show featuring Pam Victor and Scott Braidman. Free. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. info@happiervalley.com....

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Pick of the Day 6/4: Gaelic Storm
Jun04

Pick of the Day 6/4: Gaelic Storm

Celtic band Gaelic Storm is at the Iron Horse tonight.  They perform traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres.  Go Climb A Tree, their most recent album, was released last year. 7 p.m. at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 6/3: Beast
Jun01

Pick of the Day 6/3: Beast

Want a little creepy end to your weekend?  Check out Beast, a new film at Amherst Cinema.  Here’s the gist: Moll is 27 and still living at home and is finding it hard to break away from her stifling family.  She meets Pascal, “a free-spirited stranger,” who turns her world upside down. Moll moves in with Pascal, finally freeing herself, but when Pascal is arrested as a “key suspect in a series of of brutal...

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Pick of the Day 6/2: Sweetback Sisters
Jun01

Pick of the Day 6/2: Sweetback Sisters

Honky Tonk goodness with the Sweetback Sisters hits the Berkshires tonight.  Their unique brand of classic country and rockabilly rave-ups is a hootin’ good time. This is real deal musicianship at its best.  Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 W. Housatonic St.,...

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Local Calendar: Friday 6/1- Sunday 6/3
Jun01

Local Calendar: Friday 6/1- Sunday 6/3

FRIDAY 6/1 MUSIC Bob Stabach 4tet: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Lounge, 4 High St., Brattleboro. Live Music on The Deck Friday & Saturday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Deck at Union Station has live music all summer long! Friday and Saturday from 6-9pm. Check platformsportsgrill.com for the list of bands. Free. The Deck at Union Station, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton. 413-341-3161. The Station: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Fort Hill...

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Pick of the Day 6/1: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
May31

Pick of the Day 6/1: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

When I was a kid, I thought Close Encounters of the Third Kind was one of the dumbest movies I’d ever seen;  but now the nostalgic feels are off the chart. It’s definitely one of those movies you should see. It was 1977 and interstellar adventure was all the rage. Stephen Spielberg was peaking, and Star Wars had changed the world.  But this story wasn’t set in a galaxy far far away — this story was set near Muncie,...

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Pick of the Day 5/31: A night of music at Luthier’s Co-op
May31

Pick of the Day 5/31: A night of music at Luthier’s Co-op

Say goodbye to May 2018 — it’s been real. But you have one last night together so go spend it with a line of up of music at Luthier’s Co-Op in Easthampton. The music starts at 7 p.m., and three acts are scheduled to perform.  Pamela and Anand at 7 p.m., Barbara Cassidy Band at 7:45, and Last Thursday Band at 8:45. Enjoy and relax and ease May out with a...

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#LOCAL gallery brings a big city feel to Easthampton’s cultural district
May30

#LOCAL gallery brings a big city feel to Easthampton’s cultural district

Earlier this month Lennie and Elizabeth Applequist opened #LOCAL: A Gallery with a Twist on Cottage Street in Easthampton, happily joining the eclectic array of shops, galleries, restaurants, and watering holes that make Easthampton center special. In 2013 the Applequists, a decidedly cosmopolitan couple most recently from California (by way of the rest of the globe), settled in Elizabeth’s beloved hometown of Easthampton.  She had...

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Pick of the Day 5/30: Sir Sly
May30

Pick of the Day 5/30: Sir Sly

Clean and sleek, L.A. indie group Sir Sly comes to Northampton Wednesday, May 30. Front man Landon Jacobs’ cool, light voice combined with instrumentalists Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen make this synth-rock trio a must see. Their 2017 Don’t You Worry, Honey spawned two Alt Rock chart hits with “High” and “Run.” 8:30 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 5/29: The Northamptones at the Iron Horse
May29

Pick of the Day 5/29: The Northamptones at the Iron Horse

The Northamptones are an audition-based advanced a cappella group at Northampton High School. They’ve performed all over New England, including at the Academy of Music, John M. Greene Hall, the Calvin Theatre, the Iron Horse, Fenway Park, and the Massachusetts State House. These dedicated students meet every other day for an 85-minute practice period during the school year and they’re ready to thrill you tonight at their...

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Local Calendar: Monday 5/28 – Thursday 5/31
May27

Local Calendar: Monday 5/28 – Thursday 5/31

MONDAY 5/28 MUSIC Strange Creek Campout: Camp Kee-Wanee, 1 Health Camp Rd., Greenfield. Baby and Me: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Free. Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., Orange. 978-544-2495. Paradise City Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live music, 260 artists. Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton. MUSIC Beat Stress, Building Community: Drumming with Ellen Clegg: 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. $14. $65 for six...

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