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Trombone Shorty performs Saturday night, July 12, under a full moon with the hot air balloons on the lower field at Green River Festival. Recorder/Paul Franz

Sounds Local: Hats off to Signature Sounds!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green River Festival 2014 is over and what a festival it was. The festivities got off to a strong start when it was announced last Wednesday that for the first time in its 28 years, the entire weekend had sold out in advance. This was a giant feather in the cap for Signature Sounds Recordings of Northampton, which took over … 0

Sounds Local: The Gas Light Tinkers — fusion that gets you moving

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Gaslight Tinkers hadn’t even taken the stage and the dance floor was already filling up, a sure sign that this crowd was familiar with the band and its danceable grooves. The group, which consists of Peter Siegel on guitar and mandolin, Garrett Sawyer on bass, Zoe Darrow on fiddle and Dave Noonan … 0

Sounds Local: Music you'll hear on the Green River Festival's Main Stage.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

To help you get ready for the Green River Festival, which will take place the weekend of July 12-13 on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, here is a look at some of the recent releases by musicians who will be performing on the Green River Stage, the festival’s main stage. All these … 0

Honest, literate lyrics

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the early 1990s, there was a major folk renaissance in the Boston area that gave rise to a host of new talent, including Catie Curtis, Patty Griffin, Vance Gilbert, Martin Sexton and Ellis Paul. Since emerging from that scene, Paul has gone on to establish himself as … 0

This one is about having fun

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It was in 1931 that the Duke Ellington Orchestra first played “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” By 1935, big band leaders like Benny Goodman made swing, with its lively rhythms, fast tempos and heavy use of brass, the most popular music of … 0

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

As we come to the end of August, we bid farewell to most of the summer music series and prepare to welcome the many fall festivals and fairs that all feature live music. And this is also the time of year when venues that were dormant during the … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance goes ‘Beyond Bob’

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The only good thing about summer coming to an end is the arrival of the annual Transperformance concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. Held the last Tuesday of August for the past 23 years, this end-of-summer bash, in which local musicians transform themselves into … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Beauties’ among Heath Fair’s offerings

Thursday, August 15, 2013

When we think about the Heath Fair, we think of farm animals, truck pulls and gymkhana, but what one doesn’t always associate with a small town agricultural fair is music. And when I say music, I mean the kind of high-quality musical acts that you would hear at … 0

Why not Banish Misfortune Friday?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Many music fans view Irish music as something you listen to around St. Patrick’s Day and then pack away like your favorite Christmas decoration to be enjoyed next year. But like every musical genre, there are people who play and enjoy this uplifting music year round. Musicians and … 0

Come ready to dance

Thursday, August 1, 2013

There may not be a huge reggae scene in western Massachusetts, but the scene that does exist is a healthy one that is marked in part by the longevity of some of its bands. Musical groups like Loose Caboose and The Equalites have been around for over 25 … 0

Sounds Local: Summer music

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Green River Festival 2013 is now one for the history books. As with past years, it was a resounding success filled with memorable performances. Once the Green River Festival is over, however, it always feels like the beginning of the end of the summer. So now is the … 0

Green River Music Festival

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The anticipation is almost over as we are a couple of days away from the 27th annual Green River Festival. The two-day event, which is presented by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and held on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, will take place this weekend, Saturday, July … 0

Sound Local: Rumblebucket comes to The Shea

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Green River Festival 2010 was a memorable one. It was the year that Allen Toussaint brought a touch of New Orleans to town, that Cake sang about “long jackets,” and the Felice Brothers played roots music with the thrash and passion of a punk band. But most of … 0

Sounds Local: Summer sound track

Thursday, July 4, 2013

If you are looking to find the perfect summer sound track, then you may want to consider these recently released CDs by some local favorites and one from an up-and-coming group from Boston. Whether you favor crackling fiddles or jangly guitars, you are bound to find something here … 0

In a good place

Thursday, June 27, 2013

You’re about to meet me again/For the first time/And the last time I can hardly wait to begin/At the ending,” sings F. Alex Johnson on “I’m Still Running,” a hard-rocking tune that opens the debut album from his new band Colorway. The song features an ear-grabbing chorus and … 0