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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Pick of the Day 6/17:  Brooke Annibale at the Parlor Room
Jun15

Pick of the Day 6/17: Brooke Annibale at the Parlor Room

It makes my job easy when my picks make their own plugs! Singer songwriter Brooke Annibale posted this on Twitter Friday afternoon: “Playin in Northampton, MA this Sunday night@ParlorRoomMusic with Ben Jaffe! Everybody bring your dads cause it’s Father’s Day and they love you.” What she said! Check her out tonight at The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St.,...

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Pick of the Day 6/16: Kevin Morby at Gateway City Arts
Jun15

Pick of the Day 6/16: Kevin Morby at Gateway City Arts

Kevin Morby rose to fame as bassist in the folk rock band Woods and as the co-founder of The Babies. It’s the one year anniversary of his fourth studio album City Music; it was released on June 16, 2017. He describes the album as a “listless wanderlust” and an ode to the vibrant rush of city living. Go help him celebrate City Music‘s birthday. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St.,...

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Lisa Marie Ellingsen on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jun15

Lisa Marie Ellingsen on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Lisa Marie Ellingsen is a Northampton-based Americana singer-songwriter who’s a little bit folk, blues, rock, and country. Her full Advocate Sessions performance is now available to watch in the video below. Interview with Lisa Marie...

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VIDEO: Lisa Marie Ellingsen on Advocate Sessions Friday
Jun14

VIDEO: Lisa Marie Ellingsen on Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a short teaser video of local Americana singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Ellingsen. Her full performance will be available...

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Pick of the Day 6/15: Hot Club of Cowtown at the Iron Horse
Jun14

Pick of the Day 6/15: Hot Club of Cowtown at the Iron Horse

The Hot Club of Cowtown is at the Iron Horse, swinging and twanging and doing their thing tonight.  They’re celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their first-ever CD format of their very first recording, Western Clambake. Western Clambake has only been available on cassette tape.  You may now party like it’s not 1999. You’re welcome.  Here’s what folks in the know say about Hot Club of Cowtown:  Their...

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Pick of the Day 6/14: Albert Lee at the Iron Horse
Jun14

Pick of the Day 6/14: Albert Lee at the Iron Horse

English guitarist Albert Lee is at the Iron Horse tonight. Lee is known for his fingerstyle and hybrid picking technique. A Grammy winner, Eric Clapton says Lee is “the ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” That’s pretty high praise from Slowhand, himself. The Iron Horse, 20 Center St.,...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 6/14- Sunday 6/17
Jun14

Local Calendar: Thursday 6/14- Sunday 6/17

THURSDAY 6/14 MUSIC Albert Lee: 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $5 at the door. 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. Free....

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Staff Picks: Pub Sing, Mutlu, and Deus Ex Machina
Jun13

Staff Picks: Pub Sing, Mutlu, and Deus Ex Machina

Pub sing at McNeill’s // Saturday, June 16 There isn’t enough singing in our pubs around here. But McNeill’s in Brattleboro is working to fix that. Led by Tony Barrand and Amanda Witman, the bar is open for sea shanties, work songs, pub songs, and all the rest. Open to all. NcNeill’s Brewery, 90 Elliot St., Brattleboro. 3-5 p.m. Free. — Dave Eisenstadter   Mutlu // Tuesday, June 19 Mutlu is a soulful, singer-songwriter from...

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Pick of the Day 6/13: of Montreal at Gateway City Arts
Jun13

Pick of the Day 6/13: of Montreal at Gateway City Arts

Throw caution to the wind and check out of Montreal at Gateway City Arts tonight. They’re music is an irrepressible synthesis of dance and modern psychedelia.  They’ve been around since the ’90s and released their 15th album in January. It’s called White is Relic, and founder and lead singer Kevin Barnes says, “musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop...

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Pick of the Day 6/12: David Keenan at the Iron Horse
Jun12

Pick of the Day 6/12: David Keenan at the Iron Horse

David Keenan is a 23-year-old Irish folk songwriter with poetic lyrics who has been described as “not just another lad with an acoustic guitar; the sound of Tim Buckley and Brendan Behan arguing over a few jars, while Kavanagh deals Dylan a suspicious hand of cards, and Anthony Cronin and Jack Kerouac furiously try to scribble it all down.” If you like your folk music symbolically imbued with spiritualism with a dash of poetic...

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Local Calendar: Monday 6/11 – Thursday 6/14
Jun11

Local Calendar: Monday 6/11 – Thursday 6/14

MONDAY 6/11 MUSIC Music Mondays Cafe ~ An Evening with Peter Eldridge: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. $15 adults / $10 students cash at the door. .June Music Mondays Cafe features Peter Eldridge and an evening of piano and vocal pop, jazz, standards and original works. Doors at 6:30 ~ Music at 7. Gaylord Memorial Library, 47 College St., South Hadley. 413-250-3540. anzfam4@gmail.com. Open-Mic Night: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Free. The Rendezvous,...

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Pick of the Day 6/11: First Reformed
Jun11

Pick of the Day 6/11: First Reformed

Ethan Hawke plays Reverend Ernst Toller a middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in New York. It has a illustrious past, once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Now the congregation is shrinking and the new church, Abundant Life, is bright and shiny and boasts 5,000 congregants. When a pregnant parishioner asks Reverend Toller to counsel her radical environmentalist husband, Toller is hurled into a crisis,...

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Folk and blues legend Chris Smither on songwriting, Chuck Berry, and living in the Pioneer Valley
Jun11

Folk and blues legend Chris Smither on songwriting, Chuck Berry, and living in the Pioneer Valley

Over the course of his more than 40 year career folk and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Chris Smither has released dozens of albums and hundreds of songs.  He was a part of the Cambridge folk music scene in the 1960s where he first got his start and is also a local celebrity now residing in Amherst. Smither will return to the 2018 Green River Festival in Greenfield this summer on Sunday, July 15 and also recently released his...

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Tundrastomper on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jun08

Tundrastomper on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Tundrastomper is a DIY basement/ math rock band that excels at angular distorted experimental rock. Check out the band’s full Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with...

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Pick of the Day 6/10: Melissa Etheridge
Jun08

Pick of the Day 6/10: Melissa Etheridge

This is an easy one. Melissa Etheridge, the legend, is at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center tonight in Great Barrington. It’s worth the ride; Etheridge’s catalog of heartland rock and roll spans thirty years. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street — Great Barrington. But if you want to be in the Valley tonight, check out singer and poet Mary Lambert at the Parlor Room in Northampton.  She’s one of those...

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Pick of the Day 6/9: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Jun08

Pick of the Day 6/9: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez

New Salem, yes, New Salem. It’s the town that borders Shutesbury, Wendell, Belchertown, Athol, Orange, Pelham, Ware — oh and Petersham.  Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez: are out at the Meetinghouse tonight in New Salem to kick off the 2018 season!  Christine Ohlman is the lead singer in the Saturday Night Live Band and the Beehive Queen is bringing Rebel Montez to shake ol’ New Salem down to its foundations. Show...

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Pick of the Day 6/8: Northampton Arts Night Out
Jun06

Pick of the Day 6/8: Northampton Arts Night Out

How can two people be wrong? Both Dave Eisenstadter and Chris Goudreau chose Northampton Arts Night Out as their Staff Picks this week. Dave recommends CLICK Workspace which will host some ukulele bands that will perform in conjunction with two photography exhibits. CLICK Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St., Northampton. 6-8 p.m. Chris Goudreau says the Green River Festival at Arts Night Out is the way to go.  The Sea The Sea and Twisted Pine...

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Local Calendar Thursday 6/7 – Sunday 6/11
Jun06

Local Calendar Thursday 6/7 – Sunday 6/11

THURSDAY 6/7 MUSIC Albert Castiglia: 7 p.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton. Drop-in Traditional Music Sessions: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Friendly traditional music sessions. Moderate swingy pace. Adults and teens of all skill levels welcome – and not just fiddles. $5 at the door. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. fiddlewesternmass@gmail.com. Falltown String Band: 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. roots...

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