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Erin McKeown

Sounds Local: Fall brings overflowing cornucopia of music

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

As I was taking in all the great music at the Amourasaurus festival this past weekend, it really hit me that summer was about over. Even though the weather remained warm, by 8 p.m. the darkness had crept in. And now with Labor Day weekend approaching, it’s another reminder that fall is right around the corner. But, for us music fans, there is actually a lot to look forward to. There are a few more festivals on the horizon, lots of fairs and the reopening of venues like the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse in Wendell (Oct. 3) and the Parlor Room in Northampton (Sept. 12), … 0

Sounds Local: Rise of the Amourasaurus!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Everyone has heard of a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus, but what about the Amourasaurus? That fictional beast, invented by members of the band Lake Street Dive, will rear its head on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m. when the Amourasaurus! festival debuts at the Pine Theater at Look Park in … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance marks 25th

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One of the most enjoyable aspects of summer is enjoying music outdoors. But unfortunately, as the month of August rolls along, the opportunities to do this are fast coming to an end. One event that always signifies that summer is ending and fall is right around the corner is the annual Transperformance concert. … 0

Sounds Local: Gaslight Tinkers to headline Heath Fair

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Since forming in 2012, The Gaslight Tinkers has been delighting audiences with a danceable brand of music that draws from a wild mix of influences. Reggae beats, funky bass lines, Celtic jigs and traditional folk are just some … 0

Sounds Local: Shelburne Falls Music Fest debuts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s been an incredible summer for music festivals here in Franklin County and now there is a new one making its debut this weekend. The Shelburne Falls Music Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning at … 0

Sounds Local: ‘The Giantness of Little Things’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“I’m coming from this place where my three core values are beauty, healing and community, and basically I want everything I do to be a manifestation of those values” said singer-songwriter Katie Sachs in a recent phone conversation … 0

Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking … 0

Sounds Local: Sheryl picks the standouts from this year’s Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Green River Festival 2015 was yet another epic event, perhaps one of the best in the festival’s 29 years of bringing great music to our area. This year’s lineup was a diverse one that ranged from the Americana … 0

Sounds Local: Don't miss these lesser-known acts at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

If you are heading to the Green River Festival this weekend ,chances are you purchased your tickets because you wanted to hear well-known acts such as alt-country artist Steve Earle or the funky dance band Rubblebucket. But don’t … 0

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music … 0

Sounds Local: Wendell Wildcat Blues Festival Saturday, June 27

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“In a world where only three percent of Americans actively listen to blues music, the Wildcat O’Halloran Band will always answer the call.” You will find these words printed on the back of The Wildcat O’Halloran Band’s new … 0

Sounds Local: Barnstar! Two shows coming up in Whately

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What happens when a group of accomplished solo artists and sidemen decide to form a band? You only have to listen to Barnstar!, a quintet from the Boston area who play a raucous brand of bluegrass, to find … 0

Sounds Local: Happy anniversary Mocha Maya’s!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Everybody’s favorite coffee shop/music venue in Shelburne Falls officially marked its 10th year in business Wednesday. Mocha Maya’s, which is operated by brothers Chris and Bruce King, holds a very special and important place in our local music … 0

Sounds Local: Seth Glier helps serve up some dignity

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

“Should anyone ever go hungry? Should anyone sleep on the street?” sings Seth Glier on the song “Standing Still” a track off his new album “If I Could Change One Thing.” Since launching his career while in his … 0

Sounds Local: Dan Kennedy’s CD release concert comes to Arts Block Saturday

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

When you listen to Dan Kennedy’s latest release, “Bloom Road,” you will hear evidence that he is a classically trained musician. But you will also hear elements of rock, pop, jazz and new age in his music. With … 0