Local Calendar: Monday 7/16 – Wednesday 7/18
Jul16

Local Calendar: Monday 7/16 – Wednesday 7/18

MONDAY 7/16 MUSIC AMHERST JAZZ ORCHESTRA: July 16, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. With vocalist Ethel Lee. Great food. Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. 413-253- 1607. info@amherstjazzorchestra.com. Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: July 16, MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. STAGE/FILM/DANCE Artney Jackson: July 16, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. TUESDAY 7/17 MUSIC Bang on a Can Summer...

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Pick of the Day 7/14: Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival
Jul13

Pick of the Day 7/14: Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is a week of innovative music making dedicated entirely to “adventurous” contemporary music. For three weeks composers will have their new works performed, and musicians will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. The Festival includes daily performances in the museum galleries (free with museum admission) and culminates in a six-hour Marathon Concert...

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House Sparrow on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul13

House Sparrow on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

House Sparrow is an indie pop duo from the Berkshires that combines sleigh-bells and synth. Check out the band’s complete Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with House...

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Pick of the Day 7/13: Next Wave Stage at Green River Fest
Jul12

Pick of the Day 7/13: Next Wave Stage at Green River Fest

My buddy Chris Goudreau made this his Staff Pick, so take heed: “Signature Sounds Recordings will continue its Next Wave Stage this year at the 2018 Green River Festival, highlighting up and coming teenage bands across the Pioneer Valley and northern Vermont. The lineup this year includes Amherst-based classic rock influenced band Glass House, indie pop/rock outfit Moxie from Brattleboro, VT, indie rock band Raspberry Jam from...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 7/12 – Sunday 7/15
Jul12

Local Calendar: Thursday 7/12 – Sunday 7/15

THURSDAY 7/12 MUSIC Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2018: MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams. David Krakauer’s Acoustic Klezmer Quartet: 8 p.m. Yiddish Book Center Members: $45, General Admission: $50. Delight in a performance emphasizing the beauty of traditional klezmer dance tunes, ritual songs, and reflective melodies. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org. Greenfield...

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VIDEO: House Sparrow on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Jul11

VIDEO: House Sparrow on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

House Sparrow is an electronic indie pop duo with sleigh bells and synth. Check out a teaser of the group’s upcoming Advocate Sessions performance to be released on Friday.    

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A chat with medieval folk rocker Candice Night of Blackmore’s Night
Jul10

A chat with medieval folk rocker Candice Night of Blackmore’s Night

For more than two decades medieval folk rock duo Blackmore’s Night has been performing its unique blend of rock meets medieval folk on authentic period instruments. The band is led by husband and wife duo Ritchie Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow), who plays guitar and an assortment of medieval stringed instruments and lead vocalist Candice Night, who also performs woodwind instruments. Ahead of the band’s upcoming...

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Pick of the Day 7/10: Whisper and Shout at Amherst Cinema
Jul10

Pick of the Day 7/10: Whisper and Shout at Amherst Cinema

Okay, I know this the second movie in a row for picks, but this is special! Amherst Cinema is showing a free screening of Whisper and Shout, a 1988 documentary that explores the East German rock music scene in the late 1980s — on 35 mm! Well-established bands, like Silly, and underground punk rock bands, like Feeling B (some of whose members later joined Rammstein) are a part of this doc. Amherst Cinema’s site says, “it...

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Local Calendar: Monday 7/9 – Thursday 7/12
Jul09

Local Calendar: Monday 7/9 – Thursday 7/12

MONDAY 7/9 MUSIC Monday Night Music – Robert Speth and Jay Letourneau: 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Tilton Library, 75 N Main St., South Deerfield. STAGE/FILM/DANCE The Closet: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.  1000 Main St., Williamstown. TUESDAY 7/10 MUSIC Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. $5. NYC and Boston based guitarist Sheryl Bailey will be the guest soloist...

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Pick of the Day 7/8: Asleep at the Wheel
Jul06

Pick of the Day 7/8: Asleep at the Wheel

Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel is swinging through Northampton tonight! The Iron Horse is playing host to the Austin based band that’s been in existence in some form or another since 1970.  In that time, they’ve won 9 Grammys.  Check them out and close out your weekend with a bang.  Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 7/7: Valley Show Girl
Jul06

Pick of the Day 7/7: Valley Show Girl

You know her, you love her, and you want to support her!  Jen Levesque, aka the Valley Show Girl aka the Valley Advocate graphics guru, hosts The Valley Show Girl premiere tonight at 13th Floor Music Lounge.   Everybody who’s anybody will be there; she’s lined up a slate of bands sure to please!  Check out From The Woods, Arc City Angels, Flathead Rodeo, and Hannah Rose tonight in Florence!  13th Floor Music Lounge at 9...

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Emma June on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul05

Emma June on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Emma June is a singer-songwriter who performs folk opera songs on guitar with lush vocal duo harmonies. Check out her full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Emma...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 7/5- Sunday 7/8
Jul05

Local Calendar: Thursday 7/5- Sunday 7/8

THURSDAY 7/5 MUSIC Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $5. 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. Featuring Sheryl Stanton, Jim Eagan, Charlie Conant. Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield....

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Local Calendar: Monday 7/2 – Thursday 7/5
Jul02

Local Calendar: Monday 7/2 – Thursday 7/5

MONDAY 7/2 STAGE/FILM/DANCE The Closet: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. The Sound Inside: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. TUESDAY 7/3 STAGE/FILM/DANCE The Closet: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. Make It Funny Open Mic Comedy: 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Make-It Springfield, 168 Worthington St., Springfield. The Sound Inside: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown. WEDNESDAY/ 7/4 MUSIC 49th Season...

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Pick of the Day 6/30: Cajun Dance Night at the Root Cellar
Jun29

Pick of the Day 6/30: Cajun Dance Night at the Root Cellar

The Root Cellar is hosting a cajun dance night this month featuring two local bands. The first is Les Taiusts from Western Mass and southern Vermont, an old school electric Cajun dance hall band, followed by fiddle due drive group Terrible Mountain String Band. The Root Cellar is at 10 Fiske Avenue in Greenfield. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8. $10.

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Asia Mei on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jun29

Asia Mei on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Asia Mei is a Northampton-based singer-songwriter and virtuoso pianist with a dash of 1990s alt rock. Her complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance is available for viewing in the video below. Interview with Asia...

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Pick of the Day 6/29: Tuck and Patti at the Iron Horse
Jun28

Pick of the Day 6/29: Tuck and Patti at the Iron Horse

I saw Tuck and Patti at the Iron Horse in what seems like one hundred years ago.  And one hundred years later, they’re in Northampton again. This dynamic duo is comprised of  married couple guitarist William Charles “Tuck” Andress and singer Patricia “Patti” Cathcart.  They’ve produced mounds of albums and are a real delight. Check them out. Iron Horse, 20 Center St.,...

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The CDs You Gave Me: Colorway’s ‘These Are The Days’ will give you hope for humanity
Jun28

The CDs You Gave Me: Colorway’s ‘These Are The Days’ will give you hope for humanity

Northampton-based pop rock trio Colorway embodies the spirit of summer on its new nine-track record, “These Are The Days,” with inventive shredding guitar solos and catchy earworm melodies that for better or for worse promotes a simple message of peace, love, and understanding. These Are The Days by Colorway The album opens with the title track, an upbeat rock tune with an XTC-ish drumming intro from Riley Godleski (drums/vocals)...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 6/28 – Sunday 7/1
Jun28

Local Calendar: Thursday 6/28 – Sunday 7/1

THURSDAY 6/28 MUSIC Children of the Falls:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Join us the patio for an evening of classic rock hits performed by Children of the Falls. 6 to 10 pm. All Ages. No Cover. Free. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave, Springfield. 413-785-5893. steve@luxeburgerbar.com. COOP Concerts:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Greenfield Energy Park, 50 Miles St, Greenfield. Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions:  6:30 p.m. – 8:30...

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Pick of the Day 6/27: The Naked + Famous
Jun27

Pick of the Day 6/27: The Naked + Famous

The New Zealand indie electronic band Naked and Famous just played a sold out show in DC and they’re bringing their Stripped tour to town tonight at the Iron Horse.  The band has been around since 2007 and has produced three albums.  Tonight they’ll strip their hits and favorites down to the acoustic bone, which should be delightful; it will allow Alisa Xayalith’s voice to really shine. 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall,...

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VIDEO: Asia Mei on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Jun27

VIDEO: Asia Mei on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Asia Mei is a Northampton-based singer-songwriter with virtuoso piano and a dash of 1990s alternative rock. Check out a teaser video for her Advocate Sessions video, which will be released this Friday.

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Valley Advocate Q&A with Klezperanto – klezmer, surf, funk, Columbia big band music, and cop show themes all in one
Jun26

Valley Advocate Q&A with Klezperanto – klezmer, surf, funk, Columbia big band music, and cop show themes all in one

Klezmer music is by its nature a joyous high energy form of music, but what do you get when you add in Mediterranean melodies, Romanian surf tunes, covers of cop show theme songs, and a funk groove? You get Boston-based band Klezperanto.  They’re set to play Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Sunday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. Virtuoso clarinetist Ilene Stahl, who founded the group in 1998 with accordionist Evan...

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Local Calendar: Monday 6/25 – Thursday 6/28
Jun25

Local Calendar: Monday 6/25 – Thursday 6/28

MONDAY 6/25 MUSIC A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: June 25, 8 p.m. $71 – $141. Experience special arrangements from two rock and roll icons during A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St., Great Barrington. 413-528-0100. info@mahaiwe.org. Jazz Bones Music Concert: June 25, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Free. Town Common, East...

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Pick of the Day 6/25: Summer Concert in Turner’s Falls
Jun25

Pick of the Day 6/25: Summer Concert in Turner’s Falls

Let’s dance! That’s what the Montague Community Band wants you to do tonight.  A concert on the lawn at Peskeomuscut Park in Turner’s Falls will give you a dose of summer in New England. This week’s theme is, indeed, “Let’s Dance” so I suspect you’d better be prepared to move.  If you’re wallflower, however, that’s OK; you’re encouraged to bring a blanket and relax....

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Pick of the Day 6/24: A Voice for ALS Fundraiser
Jun22

Pick of the Day 6/24: A Voice for ALS Fundraiser

Here’s a worthy cause: A Voice for ALS features NBC Voice star Terry McDermott. Although the concert is free, contributions to the ALS Association are encouraged. For many with ALS losing their voice is connected with the loss of identity; here’s a great opportunity to join the fight to find a cure. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Union Station, 125 Pleasant St.,...

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Valley Show Girl: Rock Like It’s 1794
Jun22

Valley Show Girl: Rock Like It’s 1794

For my last column, I wrote about The Stone Church in Vermont, a church renovated into a performance venue. What are the chances I happen to find another one of those without knowing it until I show up? Well, I did. Enter the 1794 Meetinghouse in the center of the quaint historic district of New Salem. And on the night I went, it was the season opener for their summer concert series. I had heard about this venue before, but never had...

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Mamma’s Marmalade on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jun22

Mamma’s Marmalade on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Mamma’s Marmalade is a jammy bluegrass group with old timey cheer. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Mamma’s...

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VIDEO: Mamma’s Marmalade on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Jun21

VIDEO: Mamma’s Marmalade on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Mamma’s Marmalade is a a jammy bluegrass group with plenty of old timey cheer. Check out a teaser video of the band’s Advocate Sessions, which will be released this Friday.

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Local Calendar: Thursday 6/21- Sunday 6/24
Jun21

Local Calendar: Thursday 6/21- Sunday 6/24

THURSDAY 6/21 MUSIC British Dance Invasion: 7 p.m. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton. Colorway Album Release with Easy Weasel, Featuring Chris Collingwood: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door. Colorway has been keeping the spirit of rock music alive in the valley for five years. New album release party with Easy Weasel opening. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. Drop-in Traditional...

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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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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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Basemental: Wendy Eisenberg just wants to be a good person and make very complicated music
Jun15

Basemental: Wendy Eisenberg just wants to be a good person and make very complicated music

Wendy Eisenberg has made a name for herself in the amalgamated DIY, jazz, and improvisation scenes in New England and beyond. Coming via Rochester and then Boston, Eisenberg now lives in Amherst. Eisenberg has a variety of tactics in her artist’s toolbox. Among them are songwriter, teacher, improvisor, session musician, and heady writer on musical theory. She has played with the likes of the alto-saxophonist-and-jack-of-all-trades...

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