Arts & Entertainment Calendar: Aug. 28 - Sept. 3
Hard rockin’, soul-igniting blues
The Tool Town Live 2014 concert series in Athol continues Saturday, Aug. 30, with the Reprobate Blues Band. This is a free concert for all ages and it runs 7 to 9 p.m. This band is the real deal. We can assure you they are fun. Promoters tell it has received extensive radio airplay throughout the U.S. and is “one of the premier touring blues bands in the Northeast, sharing stages with the likes of James Montgomery, Duke Robillard, Professor Harp and countless other legends.” Here’s what critic Joey Edwards wrote: “The Reprobates rock the blues hard, skillfully and naturally. They masterfully deliver the goods with soulful, pounding authority, all night long. They’re so high energy, rivaling some of the greatest blues artists, rock, and jam bands of all time. Pictured, from left: Bob Pierce, Charlie Scott, Tom Goodwin, Janet Henderson and Bo Henderson. See “Music.”
A huge repertoire
Winner of the ‘s Valley Advocate’s Grand Band Slam in the cover band category in 2011, Ruby’s Complaint will play at the Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls Friday/ Here is what the Advocate had to say, in part, about the band: “For a few years, the group of talented Turner’s Falls High School students worked the local scene, playing talent shows, battles of the bands, school and church dances. Eventually, life set in and the members went their separate ways — for a while. A few years back, the group reunited as Ruby’s Complaint, dusted off some old set lists and came blazing back onto the Franklin County music scene. Today, the band — lead vocalist Alana Martineau, guitarist/vocalist Dave Pielock, drummer/vocalist Jim Humphrey and bassist/vocalist Scott Wolfram — has a huge repertoire, ranging from oldies to contemporary chart busters, and an equally impressive following.” See “Music.”
According to its Web site, The Bombadils is a four-piece folk ensemble from Canada that unites “an eclectic variety of influences to present a unique interpretation of traditional music in a sound described as “cinematic folk.” You can check out the band’s sound for yourself at its Web site — thebombadils.com — and you can catch it live at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls on Sunday. See “Coffeehouses.”
Your Life’ Friday
Grammy Award-winners LOIRE (aka Lori Cotler), vocals, Glen Velez, drums (pictured), and Eugene Friesen, cello, will perform in a concert of improvisational music Friday, Aug. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls. Promoters tell us the three musicians are in residence at the Immanuel Retreat Center leading the Your Rhythm, Your Life workshop for musicians “exploring pulse flow and time awareness in their own musical performance. Their innovative approach uses body movement, drum language and vocal improvisation as the basic tools for exploring rhythm.” Participants in the workshop will also perform, See “Music.”
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. The Grownup Noise and special guest Carolyn Walker. Thursday, 8 p.m. The Grownup Noise’ engaging and unpredictable live show is truly a unique experience, say promoters, who tell us to expect a tasteful use of dynamics and varying instruments, including a lead cellist, and unusual covers. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Seth Adam and special guest Rick Murnane. Friday, 8 p.m. A singer-songwriter, Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics say promoters, who add that Murnane’s versatile song writing, vocals and guitar work have made him popular regionally. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. The Grownup Noise and special guest Carolyn Walker. 8 p.m. The Grownup Noise’ engaging and unpredictable live show is truly a unique experience, say promoters, who tell us to expect a tasteful use of dynamics and varying instruments, including a lead cellist, and unusual covers. Free; please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield. Noon to 2 p.m. Writer’s Lunch. The library’s meeting room will be open Monday through Thursday. This is a self-directed, free writing time open to any writer looking for a place to work through their lunch. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information.
VIRGINIA WILLIS, author of “Okra: A Savor the South Cookbook,” will visit South Hadley. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Walk through at the South Hadley Farmers’ Market, where Willis will gather vegetables to use in an impromptu “Southern Stir Fry” with samples. 7 p.m., quick-pickled okra demo and “Mason Dixon Okra Martinis” with samples at the Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College St., South Hadley. Book signing follows. 534-7307.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Vimana, an informal collective of musicians who come together from a wide variety of western Massachusetts bands to collaboratively create music. 8:30 p.m. Each summer performance brings a different special guest to perform with, creating an eclectic mix of influences and opportunity for moments of collaboration where the musicians can create something out of the moment that is unique and ephemeral, but memorable. Free admission; donations appreciated. 774-0150, email@example.com, www.theartsblock.com.
COOP CONCERT at The Station, Greenfield Energy Park, 50 Miles St., Greenfield. 6 to 8 p.m. This is a rain-date performance and the last one in this series. The Energy Park is a short walk downhill from Main Street. These concerts are child-friendly. Bring something to sit on. Free, but donations to support the series are welcome. www.coopconcerts.org, www.greenfieldrecreation.com.
THE MARINA RESTAURANT, Putney Road, Brattleboro, Vt. 7 to 10 p.m. Kevin Parry hosts open mic every Thursday. Free. Half-price meals for performers. For information and to sign up, call 802-257-7563. www.kevinparrymusic.com.
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES ON THE PATIO at Chandler’s, 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield. 6 p.m. Tonight: TJ and The Peppers: from Joel to jazz. Final concert of the season. 665-1277, chandlers.yankeecandle.com.
NORTHFIELD FARMERS MARKET on the lawn in front of Coffee and Books, 105 Main St., Northfield. 3 to 6 p.m. Fresh local vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs, meat, baked goods, plants, jewelry and other hand- crafted items. Musical entertainment. Every Thursday.
“COPENHAGEN” opens at the Actors Theatre, Brook and Main streets, West Chesterfield, N.H. Michael Frayn’s award-winning play. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 20. Based on an historical event that occurred in 1941 in Copenhagen. The drama keenly explores moral responsibility and patriotism when two fellow physicists are now placed on opposite sides of World War II. $12 Thursdays, $15 Fridays and Saturdays. 877-666-1855, atplayhouse.org. See Joseph Marcello’s Encores & Curtain Calls column page D4.
“JULIUS CAESAR” presented by Shakespeare & Co. Lenox. 8:30 p.m. Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” offers a remarkably accurate reflection of what actually occurred during the reign of Caesar, say promoters. Tickets $10 to $60. 637-3353. Repeats Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday 8 p.m.; Wednesday 3 p.m. Through Aug. 30.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. Seth Adam and special guest Rick Murnane. 8 p.m. A singer-songwriter, Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics say promoters, who add that Murnane’s versatile song writing, vocals and guitar work have made him popular regionally. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMHERST INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING: Every Friday night, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Bangs Community Center, Boltwood Walk, Amherst Center. Dances from the Balkans, Middle Eastern Europe, more. You need not bring a partner. Live music first Fridays of the month. Some teaching. Beginners welcome. Donation. 549-6748. www.amherstfolkdancing.org.
GUIDING STAR GRANGE, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield: Friday Newcomers’ Night. 7 to 11 p.m. Dancing workshop on basic skills using easy dances at 7; regular dance follows at 8. To all workshop participants, the entire evening dance is cost-free. People arriving later are encouraged to make self determined, free will contributions (a.k.a. The Honor System) with $10 or barter equivalent suggested. David Kaynor and Friends provides music. www.guidingstargrange.org.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ “Mother Goose on the Loose,” 11 a.m. Join the happy circle with Kay Lyons at a lap-sit story hour for children ages 3 and under with a grown-up every Friday morning. Rhymes, songs and movement games make up this storytime style popularized by author Betsy Diamant-Cohen. In the Picture Book Room today. ∎ Writer’s Workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Jane Buchanan and Joannah Whitney lead the program, which includes writing exercises and discussion as well as an opportunity to share what has been written. Participants encouraged to attend the open writing periods during the week. No charge; no registration required. Contact Buchanan at 772-1544 for more information. ∎ Open for Business. 2 to 5 p.m. Telecommuters and local business people looking for reliable Wi-Fi and a quiet space to work.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland: Children’s Music Story hour. 11 a.m. Join Julie Stepanek and her ukulele for a series of story hours. Julie will lead the audience in song and movement and will bring a few of her favorite children’s books to read. For children up to 5 and their caregivers. Free. 665-2642, www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.
THE FARM TABLE, 220 South St., Bernardston. Live music. 8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Kelly Halloran, multi-genre, internationally touring violin, guitar, ukulele. No cover.
RUBY’S COMPLAINT performs at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club, 29 Country Club Lane, Turners Falls. 8 to 11 p.m. $4 donation. For more information, call 863-8003 or 659-3061.
TRUE BELIEVERS, The Pushkin/Replay Music, the corner of Main and Federal streets, 9 p.m. Promoters tell us to expect “deceptively positive and dubiously spiritual music. Music of all flavors; touching on nostalgic progressions, mixed with pop quirkiness, dabbled with found sounds, delicately captured and a delivered within a chasm dynamic range.” www.replaymusicgear.com.
“YOUR RHYTHM, YOUR LIFE” concert at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., Bellows Falls, Vt. 7:30 p.m. Presenting master musicians Loire (a.k.a. Lori Cotler), vocals, Glen Velez, drums, and Eugene Friesen, cello. A rare experience of improvisational music. $17, $13 seniors and students in advance; $20 and $15 at the door. 802-463-3100, www.stonechurcharts.org.
SHELBURNE FALLS FARMERS MARKET. 2 to 6:30 p.m. Baptist Corner Lot, Main and Water streets, Shelburne Falls. Through Oct. 24.
“BLOOD MONEY,” a thriller, presented by Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge. 8 p.m. Repeats Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Through Aug. 31. $18 adults, $16 seniors 65 and older, $8 students 12 and younger. For reservations, call 508-347-9005.
“COPENHAGEN” continues. See Thursday’s listing.
“JULIUS CAESAR” continues. See Thursday’s listing.
“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE” presented by Shakespeare & Co., 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 8:30 p.m. Through Sept. 14. With a healthy dose of hilarity, heart and humility, the play joins the Bernstein repertory with director Matthew Penn at the helm. Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning homage to Chekhov leaves no stone unturned when it comes to family dynamics, sibling rivalries, love, lust, hopes and dreams in this razor-sharp comedy, say promoters. Tickets $10 to $60. 637-3353, www.shakespeare.org.
FIFTH SATURDAY CONTRADANCE, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. 8 to 11:30 p.m. Music by Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy, plus special guests Mark Roberts and Neil Pearlman. Calling by Steve Zakon-Anderson. www.guidingstargrange.org.
Fairs and Festivals
GUILFORD FAIR in Guilford, Vt. Music: 1 to 3 p.m., Tommy Fuentes band from Montague with Kip Dresser, lead guitar; Ted Jablonski on drums, Ed Lutat on bass and Kevin McCarthy and Tom Murphy on rhythm guitars and vocals. Sunday, 10 a.m. Brattlyn Brothers; noon, The Snaz, a teenage band; 1:30 to 3:30, Western swing with Ten Gallon Swing; 4 to 5 p.m., Small Change, acoustic swing band. Monday, 10 a.m., Seven Mile Line, traditional bluegrass picking; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Three Way Street, a mix of swing, bluegrass, old time and Cajun music; 1:30 p.m., Classic Country plays the music of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Johnny Cash and more; 3:30 to 5, Electric Fence closes out the fair with rock, country and blues.
“I BURY THE LIVING” starring Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel and Peggy Maurer shown at Wendell Free Library, in the center of Wendell. 7:30 p.m. Through a series of macabre “coincidences,” the newly-elected director of a cemetery (Boone) begins to believe that he can cause the deaths of living owners of burial plots by merely changing the push-pin color from white (living) to black (dead) on a large wall map of the cemetery that notes those plots. Free. 978-3559, www.wendellfreelibrary.org.
SUNDERLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, 20 School St., Sunderland. Teen & Tween Ukulele Workshop. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Beginners and experienced ukulelists welcome. With Julie Stepanek of Calamine. Grades 5 to 12. Free. Registration required. Call 665-2642.
A PERFECT SPOT OF TEA at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum, 130 River Drive, Hadley. Seatings at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The Pikeys, a group known for their unique interpretation of Irish and Scottish music. Pastries and tea served. $10. 584-4699, www.pphmuseum.org. Final concert of the season.
ARTS BLOCK, 289 Main St., Greenfield: Viva Quetzal at 8:30 p.m. this Latin-fusion band plays Saya from the Andean region of Bolivia, Venezuelan Golpe Tucuyano, Ecuadorian Sanjuanito beats. $7 in advance, $10 at the door. 774-0150, email@example.com, www.theartsblock.com. See Sheryl Hunter’s Sounds Local column Page D4.
CAMERON’S WINERY, 766 Swanzey Road, Swanzey, N.H. Summer concert series and summer events continue. Tonight: 6 to 8 p.m., April Cushman and Barret Salzman.
FRIENDS OF MUSIC AT GUILFORD’S ANNUAL LABOR DAY WEEKEND FESTIVAL begins with “Bs of the Baroque & More.” 7:30 p.m. In the Barn, 37 Bee Barn Road, Guilford, Vt. Recital by William McKim on the c. 1897 Tracker Organ. Works by Baroque composers Bruhns, Bach and Buxtehude and Johannes Brahms and others. Reception follows. Free, donations welcome. 802-254-3600, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fomag.org. Festival continues Sunday.
TOOL TOWN LIVE concert series at the Uptown Common, near 1500 Main St., Athol. 7 to 9 p.m. The Reprobate Blues Band plays hard-rocking, authentic, soul-igniting blues. Free. In case of rain, the concert will take place in Memorial Hall, 584 Main St., Athol. Refreshments available. www.wjdf.com.
ALS COLD WATER CHALLENGE at Rooster’s Bistro, 74 Main St., Northfield. 2 to 4 p.m. Nominate three people of your choosing. Bring your own video camera/phone if you wish to record and post nominations. BYOT (towel!) Music with Colin Boutwell and more. 522-1555 or sign up on Facebook@Roosters Bistro’s events https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/260631910793095.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls. Bike Path Bingo! Canal-side nature walk for kids. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. All ages welcome as we practice examining the natural world with field guides, binoculars and a fun game to see just how much you can see.
GREENFIELD FARMERS MARKET, Court Square and Town Common. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Locally grown and produced farm products and locally made crafts. Every Saturday. www.greenfieldfarmersmarket.com.
“BLOOD MONEY” continues. See Friday’s listing.
“COPENHAGEN” continues. See Thursday’s listing.
“JULIUS CAESAR” concludes. See Thursday’s listing.
“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE” continues. See Friday’s listing.
MOCHA MAYA’S, 47 Bridge St., Shelburne Falls. The Bombadils from Montreal, Quebec. Classical, jazz, bluegrass and Celtic. 2:30 p.m. Free. Please tip the musicians. 625-6292, email@example.com.
FRIENDS OF MUSIC AT GUILFORD’S Labor Day weekend festival concludes. 2 p.m., Ken Olsson conducts the Guilford Festival Orchestra in a lesser-known Mozart symphony (No. 33 in B flat) and works by Janacek, Gounod, and Rachmaninoff. Mezzo-soprano Jessica Gelter is featured. The concert ends with an a cappella sing-in of Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” and reception. Grounds open at noon for picnicking and lunch sales. Free, donations welcome. See Saturday’s listing.
OLD DEERFIELD SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT SERIES continues. 3 p.m. Memorial Hall Museum’s Music Room, 8 Memorial St., Deerfield. Today: the Valtchev-Tchekoratova Duo; Gregory Valtchev, violin; Lora Tchekoratova, piano. $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. 774-7476, ext. 10.
GARDENING SERIES presented by The Trustees of Reservations. 2 to 4 p.m. “Root Cellars & Crop Storage.” Bullitt Reservation, 332 Bullitt Road, Ashfield. Learn to build a micro-root cellar along the north side of the Bullitt barn and discuss root cellars and the various techniques of crop curing and storage. Members free; nonmembers $10. Registration encouraged. Call 628-4485, ext. 1.
“BLOOD MONEY” concludes. See Friday’s listing.
“VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE” continues. See Thursday’s listing.
Happy Labor Day!
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Self-directed free writing time open to any writer who is looking for a place to work through lunch. Bring your own lunch and beverage. For more details, contact Jane Buchanan at 772-1544.
ARTS BLOCK CONTACT DANCE JAM, The Arts Block Cafe, 289 Main St., Greenfield, Warm-up/arrival, 7:45 to 8 p.m.; jam, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Every fourth Tuesday. Each jam features an improvisational musician. Contact improvisation as well as any other forms of dance improv are welcome. All are welcome. $10 to $30 sliding scale suggested donation. This week features live musicians John Hughes, Kora and percussion, and Moti Zemelman, voice and electronic looping.
GREAT FALLS DISCOVERY CENTER, 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls: Kidleidoscope. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come learn about neighbors who share our home on the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games and craft to introduce children to wildlife along the river. Recommended for ages 3 to 6 with parent or guardian. Meet in the Great Hall. 863-3221, www.greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org.
LINE DANCE LESSONS every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, School Street, Greenfield. Beginner to intermediate. $5 per session. Ring the doorbell for admission. Beginner lessons at 7 p.m.; intermediate at 8. Call Pat at 665-4260 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY, 402 Main St., Greenfield: ∎ Writer’s Lunch. Noon to 2 p.m. Contact Jane Buchanan at 772-544 for more details. ∎ Chess Club. 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Contact email@example.com with questions. The first Monday of the month will feature a speed chess tournament. ∎ “On Silent Wings: The Magic of the Snowy Owl” is the subject of a photographic presentation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wildlife and adventure photographer Peter Christoph will share his passion for photographing birds. He is a frequent speaker at libraries, camera clubs, schools and outdoor clubs. Part of the First Wednesday Speaker Series..