Editorial: So Long, Sam’s Pizzeria
Mar13

Editorial: So Long, Sam’s Pizzeria

Last Saturday night after returning home from The Big Surf Dance, an indoor, 12-hour winter music fest supporting veterans transitioning into housing, at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield, I heard the sad news that Sam’s Pizzeria in Northampton was closing after 12 years of business. For me, the news was pretty stinging as I imagine it was for others, especially local musicians. The Sam’s Pizzeria open mic night was one of the best and...

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OroborO on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar08

OroborO on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

OroborO combines experimenatal rock with punk, metal, and mathy riffs. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with...

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Rep. Sabadosa champions immigrant driver’s license bill at discussion in Northampton
Mar07

Rep. Sabadosa champions immigrant driver’s license bill at discussion in Northampton

One undocumented woman’s husband was pulled over by a police officer and was asked to present his license. Even though he was obeying the rules of the road, he was arrested for not having a driver’s license. This was one common story from a group of local undocumented immigrants who shared their personal experiences with State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa (D – Northampton) during a roundtable discussion at the Pioneer Valley Workers...

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Monte Belmonte Wines: Wine with The Brothers Narkewicz
Feb28

Monte Belmonte Wines: Wine with The Brothers Narkewicz

MNARK: I’m so proud of him. I actually have his bumper sticker on my car in San Francisco, which was interesting because we just had an election for mayor. DNARK: Did I get any votes? Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz may have made headlines when he was the first person to purchase pot for recreational purposes on the East Coast, but it is the Mayor’s oldest sibling I’ve been jonesing to talk to for this column. Shortly after my wine...

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Come on out to the Back Porch: Back Porch Fest starts Feb. 28
Feb21

Come on out to the Back Porch: Back Porch Fest starts Feb. 28

It’s not often that you find a music festival during late winter, let alone a diverse collection of shows across four nights ranging from zydeco to bluegrass, country music, and folk. But Signature Sounds’ annual Back Porch Festival, now in its fifth year, is right at home with the indoor festival concept. This year the Northampton record label and concert production company is bringing music legends such as Rosanne Cash, C.J....

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