Q&A: The World According to Dar Williams
Sep26

Q&A: The World According to Dar Williams

Dar Williams came to the Valley in 1992 to put down roots and start a career. Between then and when she left in 2000, she became a bonafide folk rocker, touring on a wave of good gigs that carried her to a breakout moment in 1996 with Mortal City, an LP that became an alt-classic for a whole generation of twenty-somethings waiting on a new millennium. “I was working with coffeehouse volunteers, local radio stations, and promoters who...

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Nightcrawler: The Big E … DM
Sep26

Nightcrawler: The Big E … DM

Any calendar will tell you Sept. 22, is the official date of the fall equinox — which is fine, for those astronomically-correct types. But this year, I prefer to think of the solstice as happening on Oct. 2 when the Big E in West Springfield hosts an EDM concert they’re calling the Electric Equinox. “There is a growing EDM [electronic dance music] following in this area and for the past few years, we have been working towards building...

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One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: George Thorogood and the Destroyers take the Big E
Sep26

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: George Thorogood and the Destroyers take the Big E

If anyone can lay claim to writing the neo American classic drinking songbook, it’s George Thorogood and The Destroyers. The band’s hits include “I Drink Alone,” “If You Don’t Start Drinkin’,” “Bad to the Bone” (that’s pronounced “B-b-b-b-bad to the Bone”), “Move it on Over,” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” On Saturday the rock ‘n’ roll band you either grew up grooving to live or in your dad’s car with the radio up, will be...

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Basemental: Our Club Runneth Over
Sep19

Basemental: Our Club Runneth Over

This Friday night, Sept. 23, there are at least six shows I want to attend. It wouldn’t be surprising if some touring band squeezes in a last-minute basement show. There are other bars and venues, too — Ben Folds is playing the Calvin, for one — and maybe a festival nearby. Although I’m plugged into different scenes, it can be hard to keep track of them all. September 23 is a good reminder of all that is happening in Western Mass...

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Canciones Criollas, a night of Latin food and music, Thursday
Sep19

Canciones Criollas, a night of Latin food and music, Thursday

Canciones Criollas   Thursday offers a festive evening of Latin food and music with Criollo Clasico Trio, one of the most eclectic Caribbean musical ensembles touring today. Sliding playfully between Latin, classical, Afro-Cuban, and jazz, the band — led by famed Puerto Rico music veteran Jose Gonzalez — draws world music sounds and ideas into a intimate local space. It’s hosted by the TreeCat Café, a monthly performance venue run by...

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Play it Again, Sheldon, The Red Guitar at the Shea
Sep19

Play it Again, Sheldon, The Red Guitar at the Shea

Play it Again, Sheldon   John Sheldon has latched himself to so many meteoric musical acts, it’s a wonder that he hasn’t ascended beyond our earthly ears completely. Thankfully, he retains an intimate connection to the Valley, despite his years writing and playing for acts like Van Morrison and James Taylor (also, ask him about his brush with Jimi Hendrix sometime). In the staged musical retrospective The Red Guitar, Sheldon connects...

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