Pick of the Day 8/16: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Aug16

Pick of the Day 8/16: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers

If you’re aching for the Blues, check out Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers at Hawks & Reed tonight. Or if you’re yearning for some “Electric Delta Boogie–” you got it, check out Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers at Hawks and Reed.  Harpe has been called one of “the most dynamic, talented, and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene,” by Living Blues Magazine.  8 p.m. (doors open at 7...

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Pick of the Day 8/15: The Quebe Sisters at the Iron Horse
Aug15

Pick of the Day 8/15: The Quebe Sisters at the Iron Horse

If you’re a fan of Americana, Western, Progressive and Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, and Texas-Style Fiddling, you’re a fan of the Quebe Sisters. Hailing from Dallas, between these three sibs, they’ve won a number of state, regional, and national fiddle championships. The vocals are reminiscent of swing era harmonies. Performing since 2003, these ladies know how to have a good time. Iron Horse, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 8/14: Black Klansman
Aug14

Pick of the Day 8/14: Black Klansman

He’s back…and better than ever.  Spike Lee is putting an historical mirror up to our present day faces.  A lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. Black Klansman, winner of the  2018 Cannes Film Festiva lGrand Prix, is at Amherst Cinema tonight; here’s the synopsis: “It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington)...

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Pick of the Day 8/13: Eighth Grade
Aug13

Pick of the Day 8/13: Eighth Grade

If you’ve been through eighth grade, then you know how AWKWARD life can be.  It’s no different for  Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher), the subject of You Tube star Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, also called Eighth Grade.  Kayla is the average kid who makes You Tube videos about being confident–which she’s not. “In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the...

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Pick of the Day 8/12: Sweet Crude at the Iron Horse
Aug12

Pick of the Day 8/12: Sweet Crude at the Iron Horse

If you have doubts about the beauty of all the different ethnic and cultural nooks and crannies in America, this act may well erase them.  Sweet Crude is straight out of Louisiana and they proudly sing out in French and in English.  As a matter of fact, one of their desires is to preserve the relevancy of their beautiful French language in the arts.  Fun, energetic, bayou-y, and just plain talented, Sweet Crude is at the Iron Horse...

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Pick of the Day 8/11: Punk Prom at the Flywheel Arts Collective

It’s not an ordinary lame prom at the Flywheel. Western Mass punks unite wearing their best alternative formal wear as they jam to local favorites, pose in a photobooth, and stop by a temporary tattoo station. The musical lineup for the evening includes pop punk band Nanny, alternative fuzz pop group Kindling, math metal punk band OroborO, atl-country meets punk group Julie Cira & the Wake, and Brinna Dessert. The Flywheel Arts...

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Pick of the Day 8/10:Colorway at Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield
Aug10

Pick of the Day 8/10:Colorway at Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield

Colorway is awesome. They blew us away during their Advocate Sessions performance and I’ve gotten to see them here and there since then. Here’s a chance to catch them at a no cover, all ages show in Springfield. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave., Springfield. 413-785-5893.

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Pick of the Day 8/9: The Chalet at Mass MoCa
Aug09

Pick of the Day 8/9: The Chalet at Mass MoCa

Tonight and every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. until the end of August, Mass MoCA sets up The Chalet.  The Chalet is an art installation created by Dean Baldwin and serves as a riverside bar and beer garden in Building Eight. Live music starts up at 8 p.m.  and visitors can roam around the bar, the performance space, and outdoor courtyards.  Tonight:   Dirty Bird with Eliza Edens.  1040 MASS MoCA WAY,  North...

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Pick of the Day 8/8: Concert for George
Aug08

Pick of the Day 8/8: Concert for George

It’s hard to believe that George Harrison of the Beatles shuffled off his mortal coil almost twenty years ago. But, alas, it’s been that long.  If you’re feeling like you want to reminisce, check out Concert for George, the 2002 performance tribute in his honor.  Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and featuring Harrison’s songs and the music he loved, the concert includes rock luminaries Eric Clapton, Joe...

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Staff Picks 8/9- 8/15
Aug07

Staff Picks 8/9- 8/15

Punk Prom at the Flywheel Arts Collective // SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 It’s not an ordinary lame prom at the Flywheel. Western Mass punks unite wearing their best alternative formal wear as they jam to local favorites, pose in a photobooth, and stop by a temporary tattoo station. The musical lineup for the evening includes pop punk band Nanny, alternative fuzz pop group Kindling, math metal punk band OroborO, atl-country meets punk group...

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Pick of the Day 8/7: BSO at Tanglewood
Aug07

Pick of the Day 8/7: BSO at Tanglewood

One of the finest reasons to live in western Mass is our proximity to great art.  So get out there and lap it up! It’s a day of musical activities for the entire family at Tanglewood and the whole shabang ends with an 8 p.m. concert featuring all the festival’s orchestras performing together.  Tanglewood on Parade: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tanglewood Music Festival, 297 West St.,...

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Local Calendar: Monday 8/6 – Wednesday 8/9
Aug06

Local Calendar: Monday 8/6 – Wednesday 8/9

MONDAY 8/6 MUSIC 43rd Annual Vermont Jazz Center Summer Jazz Workshop: 4 p.m. The Putney School, 418 Houghton Brook Rd., Putney. Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival: $12 – $50. The Berkshire School, 245 N. Undermountain Rd., Sheffield. 800-843-0778. cewmusicinfo@aol.com. Plainfield Concert Series: 7 p.m. Free. Donations are accepted. Plainfield Congregational Church, 356 West Main St., Plainfield. 413-634-0025....

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Pick of the Day 8/6: The Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival
Aug06

Pick of the Day 8/6: The Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival

So what’s happening in Sheffield? Yes, Sheffield, Massachusetts. You know that small town out west in the Berkshires and home to Big Elm Brewing. Well, the Berkshire High Peaks Music Festival is happening, that’s what.  French Baroque, Russian piano, and Moonlight Sonatas.  August 6-16: $12 – $50. The Berkshire School, 245 N. Undermountain Rd., Sheffield. 800-843-0778....

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Pick of the Day 8/5: Dangerous House
Aug05

Pick of the Day 8/5: Dangerous House

The Williamstown Theater continues it summer run with a new play called Dangerous House. An aspiring black South African footballer named Noxolo moves to London for a fresh start. But she’s drawn back when Cape Town becomes host to the World Cup and she discovers her ex-lover (played by Emmy nominee Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black) may be in danger. Will Noxolo risk everything to confront the secrets of a life she swore to...

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Pick of the Day 8/4: Valley Showgirl
Aug04

Pick of the Day 8/4: Valley Showgirl

The Valley Advocate’s own Valley Show Girl columnist Jennifer Levesque is curating a lineup of local acts at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, which includes guitar and synth driven duo Fire Letters, progressive synth sorcerer John Trudeau, Grey Matter, led by ex Sebadoh member Eric Gaffney, and doom folk songwriter Celseigh. 99 Main St., (Above JJ’s Tavern), Florence. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. 18+, $7.  We love you, Jen! Keep on...

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Western Mass Millenials Find Fitness in the Extreme

Think of a gym. Muscle-bound men do tricep curls while women in spandex pedal endless miles on exercise bikes. Now forget all that. Those things may still happen, but you’re more likely to see it with people over 50. Those in their 20s and 30s, known as millennials, have something different in mind. Nicole Harvey, the manager and a certified personal trainer at Asylum Fitness in Palmer, said their clients range in age from 12-92,...

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Pick of the Day 8/3: Blondie!
Aug03

Pick of the Day 8/3: Blondie!

Deborah Harry (and her boys) aka Blondie are rockin’ the Berkshires tonight.  Yeah, boy! Call me nostalgic, I don’t care. She and her bandmates are at Mass Moca playing the greats and making the world a new wave paradise once again.  And the Kids open up for this legendary late 70’s/80’s joy ride. Catch it if you can!  7 p.m. – 10 p.m. $55 advanced, $65 day of, $75 preferred. MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA...

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Bizarro Briefs
Aug02

Bizarro Briefs

The Early Snail Gets the Lettuce What probably seemed like the slowest race ever recently took place in Congham, England. More than 150 snails took part in the annual Snail Racing Championship with the grand prize being a silver tankard stuffed with lettuce. The snails were placed on a damp cloth marked with three concentric circles and the gastropods raced 13 inches to the outer ring. Apparently, English snail trainers take this sort...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 8/2 – Sunday 8/5
Aug02

Local Calendar: Thursday 8/2 – Sunday 8/5

THURSDAY 8/2 MUSIC Amherst Downtown Beats – Flathead Rodeo & Colorway: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. The Amherst BID’s Downtown Beats Summer Concert series continues with a performance by Flathead Rodeo and Colorway.Kendrick Park, East Pleasant St., Amherst. 413-345-2945. ann@amherstdowntown.com. An Evening with Pat Metheny: 8 p.m. $45 – $95. Pat Metheny with Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh& Gwilym Simcock. Mahaiwe...

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Pick of the Day 8/2: The Amendments
Aug02

Pick of the Day 8/2: The Amendments

Thanks to the Northampton Arts Council,  The Cardboard Sea Theater presents The Amendments.  It’s a play about the sorrows of death and embattled family relationships. Judith and and her estranged brother Gabe’s father die; Judith just wants one thing from his estate.  Gabe, however, lays claim to what Judith wants and he’s got an amended will to back him up.  “As the night stretches on, Judith is forced to...

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The Beerhunter: Invisible Flavors
Aug01

The Beerhunter: Invisible Flavors

Hermit Thrush Brewing hunts the hills for wild yeast Many brewers rely on websites, blogs, and social media to follow the latest craft beer trends. But lately Christophe Gagné, the bearded Vermont dweller who runs Hermit Thrush Brewing, seems more interested in following deer. The opportunity doesn’t arise much in downtown Brattleboro, where Gagné and his team opened their brewhouse and tasting room on High Street in 2014. There is...

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Staff Picks Week of 8/2 – 8/8
Aug01

Staff Picks Week of 8/2 – 8/8

Valley Show Girl Presents at the 13th Floor Music Lounge // SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 The Valley Advocate’s own Valley Show Girl columnist Jennifer Levesque is curating a lineup of local acts at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, which includes guitar and synth driven duo Fire Letters, progressive synth sorcerer John Trudeau, Grey Matter, led by ex Sebadoh member Eric Gaffney, and doom folk songwriter Celseigh. 99 Main St., (Above...

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Out of the Box in the Hill Towns: Inspiration strikes in out-of-the-way places
Aug01

Out of the Box in the Hill Towns: Inspiration strikes in out-of-the-way places

Western Massachusetts is well known as fertile ground for farming, but also for ideas. Sometimes these ideas come from the many classrooms and laboratories of our institutions of higher learning, but if you look carefully, you can find them in some pretty unexpected places, too. This issue, we scoured the Hill Towns to find some out-of-the-box thinkers and now present to you our findings: an eccentric inventor in Ashfield, a visionary...

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Pick of the Day 8/1: Joe Purdy at the Iron Horse
Aug01

Pick of the Day 8/1: Joe Purdy at the Iron Horse

Firstly: Welcome to August!  We have now entered the eighth month of 2018 and it’s kind of hard to believe! Anyway,  folk rocker Joe Purdy is in Northampton tonight.  Purdy is prolific; he’s released fourteen albums over the last fifteen years.  His music is the kind you find on a Kia commercial or in the background of a show or movie.  Purdy also made his film debut as the lead in American Folk; it has a 79 percent Rotten...

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Local Calendar: Tuesday 7/31 & 8/1
Jul31

Local Calendar: Tuesday 7/31 & 8/1

TUESDAY 7/31 MUSIC Alceste: 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12 Senior/$14 General. Opera based on heartbreaking story narrated by Euripides: King Admetus is dying and his wife, Alceste offers Apollo her own life in exchange for that of her beloved. $South Hadley’s Tower Theaters, 19 College St., South Hadley. 413-533-3456. info@towertheaters.com. Greenfield Military Band Concert: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Energy Park, 50 Miles St.,...

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Pick of the Day 7/30: Sorry to Bother You
Jul30

Pick of the Day 7/30: Sorry to Bother You

Okay, I have a funny feeling and a sneaking suspicion that there are going be some serious laugh out loud moments in Sorry to Bother You, a new movie about race, money, politics, and morals.  This is what the Amherst Cinema site says: “In an alternate reality Oakland, California, telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory.  As...

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Pick of the Day 7/27: Elliot Street Block Party in Brattleboro
Jul26

Pick of the Day 7/27: Elliot Street Block Party in Brattleboro

If you’re in Brattleboro, Elliot Street is the place to be on Friday. Celebrate food, the arts, and the shops with your green mountain neighbors. Get your grub on at the international food crawl, take your little ones to a concert for kids, and do your grown up thing with some music by Pinedrop, and M.O.D. featuring Molly Steinmark and Parker McQueeney. Elliot Street will be closed from the intersection of Main to the crosswalk in...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 7/26 to Sunday 7/29
Jul26

Local Calendar: Thursday 7/26 to Sunday 7/29

THURSDAY 7/26 MUSIC A Little Night Music: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church will present “A Little Night Music” every Thursday during the month of July at 6:00pm. Free, donations accepted for all food items. Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield. 413-737-5311. Alex Johnson: 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Alex Johnson of Colorway, formerly of the Drunk Stuntmen. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus...

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Pick of the Day 7/26: Corazon de Granada
Jul26

Pick of the Day 7/26: Corazon de Granada

Ready to heat things up? Check out Corazon de Granada tonight as they bring their impeccable Flamenco music and dance to New City Brewery in Easthampton.  You can expect “a passionate evening … steeped in tradition,” the event hosts promise.  Corazon de Granada made its U.S. premiere in last year at the Kennedy Center in DC. 180 Pleasant St. (12 Rear), New City Brewery,...

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Pick of the Day 7/25: We the People
Jul25

Pick of the Day 7/25: We the People

In this time of political chaos and division, it makes sense to go back to the beginning to determine exactly what the Great Experiment was all about. But We the People can’t be put in a box; not only because it’s outside on the farm in Ashfield Double Edge calls home, but because their vision is larger than an a mere examination of the meaning of democracy. Artistic Director Stacy Klein says in a Greenfield Recorder...

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Pick of the Day 7/24: After the Rain at the Whately Library
Jul24

Pick of the Day 7/24: After the Rain at the Whately Library

Sometimes you just want to mellow out, right? So why not scoot up (or down) I-91 and check out an outdoor concert by After the Rain at the Whately Library. After The Rain performs acoustic and a cappella arrangements of everything from traditional Appalachian to classic rock and contemporary folk. Think Eagles, Indigo Girls and The Wailin’ Jennys and all the rich wonderful harmonies that make you feel as though every thing is gonna be...

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Fighting back against the fitness summer slide
Jul24

Fighting back against the fitness summer slide

Summer vacation is a much needed break for both kids and parents and often serves as a respite from rigorous schedules that might include music lessons, team sports, and other extracurriculars. But while many parents concern themselves with summer learning loss, or summer slide, fewer focus on the potential decline in their child’s physical fitness. Just as summer brings an end to academics, for many it also closes the door on...

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Pick of the Day 7/23: Leave No Trace
Jul23

Pick of the Day 7/23: Leave No Trace

Amherst Cinema is just a gold mine. No, really, their film curation is the bee’s knees. And my pick, once again, can only be found in the dark.  Leave No Trace is the story of a father and his daughter who have lived off the grid for some time. They make their home in the forests of Portland, Oregon.  When an event disrupts their private and idyllic world, they are both shuttled through the social service maze. Unable to live in...

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Local Calendar: Monday 7/23 – Wednesday 7/25
Jul23

Local Calendar: Monday 7/23 – Wednesday 7/25

MONDAY 7/23 MUSIC Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2018:   MASS MoCa, 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams. Kitchen Jam – Local Music Rocks! Concert:  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 2nd performance of our Local Music Rocks! Concert Series. Happening rain or shine!! Free. Emily Williston Memorial Library, 9 Park St., Easthampton. 413-527-1031. slevine@ewmlibrary.org. Monday Night Music – Jazz Duo Steve Kurtz and Dan Belmont:  7...

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Pick of the Day 7/22: The Southern Vermont Dance Festival
Jul20

Pick of the Day 7/22: The Southern Vermont Dance Festival

The Southern Vermont Dance Festival 2018 is all day today! From 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Take your pick of over “113 dance classes, two Galas at the Latchis, an outdoor Promenade Performance and picnic, two Informal Showings, and lots of free community events!”  The event includes both free and ticketed events. Now that sounds like a good day!  The River Garden, 157 Main St.,...

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