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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The CDs You Gave Me: Uncluttering the genre tropes with magic realism and psychedelia
May30

The CDs You Gave Me: Uncluttering the genre tropes with magic realism and psychedelia

When you think of a psychedelic rock band, you don’t tend to think about uncluttering the gutter spouts or other mundane tasks , but Greenfield-based alternative psych-folk band, The frost heaves and hales, does just that — marrying everyday tasks with a dash of magic realism. The band’s newest six-song extended play (EP), Uncluttering the Gutter Spouts, released on May 12 brings together an eclectic mix of genres from a classic rock...

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Nonprofit art space, Looky Here, to have art thrift shop, lectures, music, and workshops in Greenfield
May25

Nonprofit art space, Looky Here, to have art thrift shop, lectures, music, and workshops in Greenfield

A nonprofit art space called Looky Here at 28 Chapman St. in Greenfield will feature everything from tarot card readings to instrument building classes as well as a thrift shop for art supplies. Looky Here is slated to have its grand opening on June 24 at 9 a.m. Hannah Brookman, president of Looky Here, told the Valley Advocate the nonprofit’s mission is firstly to serve as a community-oriented creative reuse store offering art...

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Pick of the Day 5/22: Scott Guberman Band
May22

Pick of the Day 5/22: Scott Guberman Band

Keyboardist Scott Guberman’s band is in town tonight at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield. He’s kind of the psychedelic cousin of the Grateful Dead;  known for his work with the Dead’s bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardists Tom Constanten and Vince Welnick. He’s got a semi-local connection in that he studied piano at the Hartt School in Connecticut. If it looks like the Dead and sounds like the Dead, it must be some...

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Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
May15

Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

 Cajon, Honky-Tonk, and songs by the Roches at Luthier’s Co-op // THURSDAY, MAY 17 If you’re looking for an excuse to get your cowboy boots on, look no further. The Maypops, a honky-tonk and two step band, are hosting an evening of dancing and fun at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton. Jerks on the Loose open the night with songs by The Roches, followed by The Maypops whose ephemeral country music will make it hard to resist some...

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