Sounds Local: Summer bash tour highlights young musicians

  • Indie rock band Kalliope Jones has three upcoming shows at the Ashfield Lake House and Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center as part of the trio’s summer bash tour. File photo

  • HUNTER

For the Recorder
Published: 7/25/2018 11:37:00 AM

Summer is moving along quickly, and if you are worried that you haven’t had enough fun this season, local indie rockers Kalliope Jones have just the solution.

The trio plans to create some serious fun by launching a summer bash tour through Franklin County that starts Friday at the Ashfield Lake House at 8 p.m., and continues with a show Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center.

The summer bash tour will wrap up — as the name implies — at the end of summer, when the band returns to Hawks & Reed on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. These shows will find Kalliope Jones rocking their way through some new material, as well as sharing the stage with other excellent young bands which, like Kalliope Jones, are made up of teenagers.

Kalliope Jones is the trio of Isabella DeHerdt on guitar, Amelia Nields Chalfant on bass and Aloutte Batteau on drums. All three are songwriters and share vocals. The band got its start in 2012 when the three met at the Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen.

Over the years, the group’s ability to merge catchy pop melodies with a driving rock sound has evolved, as the three have each grown as songwriters and musicians. The band has performed at most of the local venues, frequently in support of issues its members believe in, such as at the March For Our Lives demonstration in Northampton and Pride Day in Greenfield.

The band plans to introduce new songs during the summer bash tour.

“We hope to have an EP and/or album out by this fall of new music that we have been writing, some of which has been performed already, but some songs we will be debuting for the first time at these shows,” DeHerdt wrote in an email exchange.

The first show of this mini-tour, a hometown show at the Ashfield Lake House, also doubles as a celebration of the lunar eclipse. I say “hometown” because all three women are from the hilltowns and consider Shelburne Falls to be their home base. The Lake House has been a familiar stomping ground for them.

Also appearing at this show will be Raspberry Jam, a Greenfield-based alternative rock band that had the crowds dancing away when it played the Next Wave Stage — which featured musicians ages 19 and under — at the Green River Festival. A Kalliope Jones-Raspberry Jam pairing is a natural one, as drummer Aloutte Batteau also happens to be the lead singer for Raspberry Jam. You might want to bring your bathing suit along, as you might need to take a dip in the lake to cool off after a night of dancing.

Saturday’s show at Hawks & Reed will be a full-out celebration of local teen talent.

“Hawks & Reed reached out to us about the possibility of doing a music residency there this summer,” DeHerdt said about the band’s upcoming shows. “We worked to brainstorm and put together the teen music showcase.”

The goal of these shows is give teen performers a chance to play in front of an audience of their peers.

DeHerdt, who will be a sophomore at Wellesley College this fall (her bandmates are still in high school), added that Kalliope Jones’ members personally picked out the bands that will be playing with them.

The Saturday show kicks off at 3:30 p.m. to make it easier for youth and families to attend, starting with an open mic which is not limited to musicians. All artists, be they slam-poets, dancers or anything else, are welcome to perform. Be sure to get there 15 to 20 minutes before the show to sign up. The folk rock band ZoKi, which features Zoe Lemos and Kim Chin-Gibbons, will play after the open mic, followed by Raspberry Jam and a headlining set by Kalliope Jones.

The Aug. 25 show will once again open with a teen open mic, and Kalliope Jones will bring a different set of friends. The band will be joined by Moxie, an indie pop rock band from Brattleboro, Vt., that — like Raspberry Jam — also played the Next Wave Stage at this year’s Green River Festival. Also on the lineup are indie pop roots rockers Court Etiquette from Northampton, a band that’s popularity is rising on the local scene. It released its debut album, “It’s Our Fault,” earlier this year.

We have some amazing young talent in our area, so don’t miss out on the summer bash tour!

Admission to Friday’s show at the Ashfield Lake House, 141 Buckland Road in Ashfield, is $5 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to Saturday’s show at Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St. in Greenfield, is $7 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at hawksandreed.com. Doors open at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are the same for the Aug. 25 show.

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 soundslocal@yahoo.com.


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