Basemental: What happens ‘After the Gig’
Apr04

Basemental: What happens ‘After the Gig’

What happens after the gig is over, the room is reset, and everyone goes home? This is the prompt being posed by a new collective that is organizing a festival later this month by the name, well, After the Gig Fest. “We wanted to use the phrase ‘After The Gig’ in order to express that these values aren’t just about one weekend, or any kind of performative display,” the organizers wrote in a statement. Adding that “We want to encourage...

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Valley Advocate Podcast: A Marijuana Cafe Plan B with Karima Rizk
Mar19

Valley Advocate Podcast: A Marijuana Cafe Plan B with Karima Rizk

Karima Rizk was hoping to have one of the first cafes in the country where patrons could come and use marijuana legally. Unfortunately, Massachusetts put the kibosh on that with it’s new regulations. Rizk hasn’t given up and still plans to move forward with the cafe in a different from. Hear about her experiences in the marijuana field and her dream of turning Western Mass into “the Emerald...

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Stacy Waldman loves dick pics so much she published a book of them
Mar09

Stacy Waldman loves dick pics so much she published a book of them

Stacy Waldman loves Dick pics. “I’ve got big Dicks, little Dicks, Dick dates, Dick destinations, driving Dicks, friends play with Dick, lady Dicks….” Waldman lists a few other categories, but it’s abundantly clear that she’s sitting on a lot of Dicks. As a matter of fact, Waldman has so many Dick pics, she decided to publish a book full of them. And yes, her book is called “Dick,” and yes, her hard Dick have already sold out —...

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Pick of the Day 3/9: Ray Mason at The Fort Hill Brewery
Mar09

Pick of the Day 3/9: Ray Mason at The Fort Hill Brewery

Pioneer Valley sonic road warrior and Advocate Sessions alum Ray Mason takes the stage early this evening at the Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. The man who is frequently referred to as, “the Godfather of the local music scene,” will have a plethora of songs to choose from, after all, he’s released no fewer than 14 CDs since 1994.  He’s been touring since 1982. Join Ray and his 1965 Silvertone guitar as they provide all...

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Pick of the Day 2/26: The Jeff Holmes Big Band at the 121 Club
Feb26

Pick of the Day 2/26: The Jeff Holmes Big Band at the 121 Club

The big band sound never gets old, so if you’re free at 7:30 tonight, check out the stylings of the Jeff Holmes Big Band featuring composer/lyricist Dawning Holmes on vocals. They’re swinging at the 121 Club and it’s free.  Holmes has performed with legendary stars like Dizzy Gillespie, Sammy Davis Jr., Henry Mancini, Mel Torme, and Johnny Mathis. He is Director of Jazz & African-American Music Studies at UMass and Artistic...

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