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Closing out the main stage Friday night will be Eilen Jewell.

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 label Signature Sounds of Northampton took over the full operation of the festival from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce (although the Chamber still handles the hot air balloon portion of the event) and they haven’t lost sight of the community that welcomes them back year after year. As a result, the kick-off night of the festival, Friday, has been declared as Franklin County Night. Tickets for … 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 CD, “Midnight Service Call,” and they are words that ring true because when it comes … 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 out. Barnstar! was put together by Zachariah Hickman (he of the great mustache) who is … 0

Sounds Local: Holly May and Una Jensen perform at The Shea Theater Saturday

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Being that Saturday, June 21, is the first day of summer, rising young singers Holly May and Una Jensen decided to celebrate the occasion in a big way by playing a summer kick-off concert at the Shea Theater … 0

Sounds Local: Upper Valley Music Festival moves to Greenfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last week, Tommy Byrnes of Sovereignty Music Services made the surprise announcement that the 2014 Upper Valley Music Festival (UVMF), which will take place on Saturday, July 26, will be held in downtown Greenfield instead of downtown Turners … 0

Sounds Local: Tall Heights

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Reflecting on his early days as a musician, guitarist and vocalist Tim Harrington said, “I always thought I’d end up doing the rock band thing.” But Harrington’s musical career didn’t quite follow that path. Instead, he teamed up … 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

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

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

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

Sounds Local: Robin and Linda Williams perform Friday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Robin and Linda Williams were making music together long before “Americana” became a popular musical genre. The married couple from Virginia never really bothered to label the type of music it performed. As far as they were concerned, … 0

Sounds Local: Green River Festival lineup

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of teasing going on as Signature Sounds, the organizer of this year’s Green River Festival, has been announcing the lineup of this year’s festival ... one artist at … 0

Sounds Local: Lux Deluxe — What You Need

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The new Lux Deluxe album, “It’s A Girl,” opens with “What You Need,” a song that is also the first single off the disc. The song starts out with a blipping synthesizer that sounds straight out of the … 0

Sounds Local: All Cooped Up concert will send winter packin’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Franklin County Musicians’ Cooperative, more commonly known as the Coop. In case you aren’t familiar with this organization, the Coop consists of a diverse group … 0