Sounds Local: ‘It is going to be one big party’
Seth Glier of Shelburne Falls is among the diverse lineup of musicians who will perform during the Mosaic concert May 10 at the Arts Block in Greenfield.
The TINYcrush Society’s multi-media extravaganza Saturday will include And The Kids, an all-female trio that describes its music as accessible, unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music.
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 will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at the Arts Block, 289 Main St., and will feature performances by an extremely diverse group of local musicians that is scheduled to include Seth Glier, Mitch Chakour, ReBelle, the Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble and Russell Kaback.
The word “mosaic” serves a dual purpose as the show is a benefit for three different organizations: the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association and two local groups, Reach Early Intervention and the Academy of Early Learning, both located in Greenfield.
The show came about when Greenfield residents Jodi Falk and her husband, Gary Newcomb, wanted to find a way to thank some of the organizations that had helped their son, who has a rare type of Down syndrome called mosaic.
“These organizations have been important to us personally,” explained Falk. “So we decided to get some friends together and host a small benefit. Then, as more and more musicians agreed to perform, it grew into this huge show.”
As a former dance director at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School in South Hadley, Falk was acquainted with many of the musicians she called on to participate.
“They are all very talented artists and it’s very generous of them to give of their time to do this,” Falk said. “That is why I am really wanting people to come, because these musicians are so good and all in one place together, it is pretty amazing.”
Chances are you know all or at least most of these musicians, but in case you don’t, here is the lowdown on who’s who.
Glier is a Grammy award-nominated singer-songwriter raised in Shelburne Falls who is currently touring the country in support of his most recent album “Things I Should Let You Know.” The album is a collection of pop-folk songs that Glier said explore his “reckoning with adulthood.” For this performance, Glier will be joined by sax player Joe Nerney.
Kaback of Greenfield is a singer-songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and incorporates a wide range of influences into his soulful folk music. His uplifting brand of music has drawn comparisons to James Taylor and Marvin Gaye.
ReBelle is a roots reggae band that is led by Kalpana Devi and Emmanuel Manou, former members of the Black Rebels. The band plays original music sung in four different languages: English, Wolof, Creole and French.
The Yiddishkeit Klezmer Ensemble plays original and traditional klezmer music and features Brian Bender, David Tasgal and Anna Sobel.
Rounding out the lineup is Chakour, who has enjoyed a long illustrious career both as a musician and producer. Chakour, who lives in Amherst, has worked as a musical director for Joe Cocker and with many other established musicians over the years, including Bonnie Raitt, BB King and the J. Geils Band. A multi-instrumentalist with a soulful voice, Chakour will be performing solo.
I recently caught up with Glier, who was on tour in Nashville. “I’m honored to be a part of this bill and even more excited that such a wonderful collection of musicians and causes has come together for a celebration in Greenfield,” he said. “I’m particularly giddy about seeing my former music teacher, Mitch Chakour, who taught me some of my very first blues piano licks at PVPA.”
Falk said the format will allow each artist to perform a half-hour set to be followed by informational presentations from each organization for which this concert is benefiting.
Can we expect some musical collaborations?
“They are going to do their own thing, but they know each other so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone says ‘hey come on up.’ It is going to be one big party,” said Falk. “It is going to be a night of great music and dancing, so I hope everyone will come out. We would love to pack the place.”
Advance tickets are $15 and available at www.theartsblock.com; tickets at the door are $20.
TINYcrush Society presents ‘Sleep is Your Only Regret’
For the past four years art director, stylist and designer, Dre Rawlings of Ashfield has presented a multimedia extravaganza here in Greenfield. These events have been held in such offbeat locations as a former hardware store in Greenfield and the indoor riding rink at Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Last year’s event, called “ The Cult Carnival,” took place at the Franklin County Fairgrounds.
“These shows started out being a way to promote my business (the TINYcrush clothing line, which Rawlings no longer operates) but ended up being these happenings, huge parties that had music, dance and artists and that’s what it has continued to be,” explained Rawlings.
This year, TINYcrush Society will present “Sleep is Your Only Regret” at the Indoor Action Arena, 1385 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. It will be a full evening of art, dance and, of course, music.
Math the Band, a duo from Providence, R.I., play synth-punk music that it creates using analog synthesizers, vintage drum machines and old video game systems. The band’s loud, high-energy music is guaranteed to give a boost to any party. “Sleep is Your Only Regret” will also welcome And the Kids, the all female trio that calls its music “accessible, unconscious existential indie glitter popsicle crisis music.” We’ll just settle on calling it good music.
“I choose up-and-coming bands and I chose these two because they are both very original music makers. It felt like a good fit,” Rawlings said.
She went on to say that past shows have drawn a couple hundred people and described them as very active events with a lot going on. Sounds like the perfect way to kick off spring.
There will be a beer and wine cash bar and the Brass Buckle restaurant of Greenfield will provide three different kinds of nachos.
This show is ages 21 and over.
Advance tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Magpie Pizzeria, 21 Bank Row, Greenfield, or Kestrel, 22 Masonic St., Northampton. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org