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Lexi Weege, whose music is rooted in blues and jazz, performs at Replay Music in Greenfield on Friday and with the Woman Songwriter Collective at the Northfield Unitarian Church on Saturday.

Sounds Local: Lexi Weege isn't interested in sappy love songs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lexi Weege claims that she was born wielding a Shure SM58 microphone in one hand and red patent leather heels in the other. The Westfield native can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and soaking up all the music around her. She was even performing in a jazz cabaret act with her mother when she was only 8. In her teen years, she moved on to fronting rock bands. “Music was the only thing I cared about as a kid,” said Weege. “Everyone in my neighborhood played in rock and punk bands — it was kind of the thing to do when I was … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season comes to the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Oct. … 0

Trailer Park: smokey, saucy & spicy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tom Mahnken remembers the first show he and his four buddies performed as Trailer Park in April 1994 at the Iron Horse in Northampton. “We were fair, at best,” said Mahnken. “But we had energy and that very first show was a blueprint for what we wanted to do — and what we … 0

Sounds Local: Ladies in Jazz

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When jazz singer Samirah Evans left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and settled in Brattleboro, Vt., she left a successful career behind and had to reestablish herself in a very different musical environment. One place … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Tony Bennett

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” — Stephen Sondheim Once upon a time there was a fatherless young boy who came of age during the era of the Great Depression; his mother — as he put it … 0

‘¡Ay caramba!’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Great goofy grasshoppers! A gaggle of gusto girls and giggly little guys in the Conway Grammar School’s gym are gyrating, jumping and going ga-ga over the strumming, singing musician who is giving them gallons of (uno! dos! tres!) … 0

Sounds Local: Musical chemistry

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

June and Johnny Cash, Meg and Jack White, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Karen and Richard Carpenter, Richard and Linda Thompson ... and the list goes on. The world of music is full of men and women like … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: To trust is devine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” — Desmond Tutu If there’s any true hope for planet earth to move beyond the tribal chauvinism and the divisionalism that have, for millennia, … 0

Sounds Local: Concert series’ eyes on summer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s that time of year when winter music series start winding down and summer programs begin to announce their schedules. Such is the case this weekend when the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse wraps up the 2014 winter season … 0

Sounds Local: The power of 3-chord pop

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We have all had the experience of driving in the car with the radio blaring in the background, when suddenly a song comes on that instantly grabs you. You turn up the volume, maybe even attempt to sing … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Behold, the Sea!'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch — we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy There’s nothing like … 0

Sounds Local: ‘It is going to be one big party’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The word “mosaic” is defined as “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole,” which makes it the perfect word to describe an upcoming concert at the Arts Block in Greenfield. The Mosaic concert … 0

Symbols of pride: Greenfield Harmony concert Sunday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Story by Richie Davis Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni may not exactly be household names in this country. But in Albania — and in the Albanian-American community in the U.S. — the wife-and-husband musical duo are very big … 0