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You’re up next: Western Mass open mic scene heats up post-pandemic
04-12-2024 10:46 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Not so long ago, there was a general lament sometimes heard among Valley musicians: “There aren’t enough places to play around here.”That might have been true for professional players who wanted to be paid — and maybe, despite the opening of new local...

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Sounds Local: Fun for the whole family: Meltdown, a book and music fest for kids, returns to Greenfield this Saturday
04-10-2024 3:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

If you are looking for some family fun this weekend that includes award-winning authors, arts and crafts, games, puppetry, circus performers and lots of music, then head to The River’s annual Meltdown, a book and music festival for kids that will take...


For all the bragging rights (and one trophy): The winners of this year’s Valley Voices story slams head to a final competition
04-05-2024 1:47 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The assignment is pretty straightforward: tell a concise story about your life, in no more than five minutes, that reflects a certain theme.The challenge is in telling that story with enough heart, spirit, verve, humor or whatever else you can conjure...


Sounds Local: Coming out in her own time (signature): Kim Chin-Gibbons to release first single as solo artist, ‘7848’
04-03-2024 3:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Kim Chin-Gibbons of Amherst has been playing in bands for over a decade. Most know her from her work with ZoKi, a group she co-founded with Zoe Lemos of Ashfield when they were in their teens and students at the Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA) in...


A time for every purpose under heaven: Free sing-a-long Pete Seeger Fest returns to Ashfield, April 6
03-29-2024 12:29 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Pete Seeger’s death. The legendary folk musician, political activist, and environmentalist touched lives around the world with his songs, which were rich in hope and history and exhibited a strong sense of...


Sounds Local: Thriving on a riff: Percussionist Tony Vacca brings Fusion Nomads to Hawks & Reed this Friday for ‘a magic carpet ride’
03-27-2024 2:04 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

‘From the first time a musician went beyond his or her home village, or region, or nation,” percussionist Tony Vacca says, “music has been an ever-expanding, multi-culti hybrid of instruments and ways to play them.” According to Vacca, that is the...


Sounds Local: Don your St. Patrick’s Day green: Where to celebrate the holiday this weekend in Franklin County
03-13-2024 4:35 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

St. Patrick’s Day is the day when we love to celebrate everything Irish. We eat corned beef, raise a pint of Guinness, and get all decked out in our best green outfits. Of course, there is music involved in these celebrations, be it traditional Celtic...


Sounds Local: Your favorite musician’s favorite musician: British singer-songwriter Luke Concannon plays in Shelburne Falls this Saturday
03-06-2024 2:00 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We all know that Ed Sheeran is a pop superstar and a bestie of Taylor Swift, but you probably didn’t know that he is a huge fan of of folk singer Luke Concannon, a British folk artist who will perform at The Mill in Shelburne Falls this Saturday,...


Giving the gift of song: Eventide Singers, who serenade those in hospice care, to perform ‘thank you’ concert March 10
03-01-2024 11:43 AM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

The Second Congregational Church will host an annual performance by the Eventide Singers, an a capella group of volunteers who serenade individuals in hospice care and their loved ones with the sacredness of song, on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m.“We...


What’s old is new again: In Stile Moderno will perform ‘modern’ music from 1600s Italy in Greenfield and Northampton
03-01-2024 11:36 AM

By GRACE LEE

In Stile Moderno, an early music ensemble founded in Basel, Switzerland, and named after the “modern style” of music that emerged in Italy around 1600, is coming this month to Greenfield and Northampton to perform a show titled “Madrigals of Claudio...


Sounds Local: Cloudbelly drops highly anticipated sophomore album: Plus, concert tickets to grab while you still can
02-28-2024 2:37 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

After releasing three singles that left us anxious to hear more, Cloudbelly, the Montague-based band led by singer-songwriter Corey Laitman, released its sophomore album, “i know i know i know” (Strange Library Records), last week. Laitman is joined...


Sounds Local: Watermelon Wednesdays celebrates 25 years of acoustic music series: Plus, Iron Horse announces initial lineup
02-21-2024 2:05 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Watermelon Wednesdays, the acoustic music series that presents concerts and workshops at the historic West Whately Chapel and the Whately Town Hall, will celebrate its 25th year in 2024. Paul Newlin of Whately, a devout music fan, heads up the series,...


Sounds Local: Songwriter Joe O’Rourke puts his skills to work with new studio band
02-14-2024 6:41 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Can you be in a band and not be in the band? That’s the question songwriter Joe O’Rourke asks regarding the album “There is No Right or Wrong” on which he wrote all the songs but didn’t sing or play any of the instruments.O’Rourke, of South Deerfield,...


First Arc-a-Palooza concert set for Shea Theater in Turners Falls
02-14-2024 9:35 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The United Arc’s got talent, and the first Arc-a-Palooza concert aims to prove it.Five local musical acts are set to take the stage at the Shea Theater Arts Center for a Feb. 17 fundraising event for the nonprofit that provides...


Sounds Local: When feeling bad sounds good: Celebrate heartbreak this Valentines Day with new EP by Selah haleS
02-07-2024 4:01 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if there is ever a polarizing holiday, it’s this one. For the romantics, it’s a day of celebration with shiny boxes of chocolates and roses, but for others, especially those who are nursing a broken...


Sounds Local: Weekend music forecast: summertime vibes: Dance like it’s the Fourth of July at Greenfield’s 102nd Winter Carnival
01-31-2024 3:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Greenfield will celebrate its 102nd Winter Carnival this weekend. Thanks to our local music venues, the three-day celebration, jam-packed with events, will include plenty of music to further fuel the party atmosphere. The theme of this year’s carnival...


‘The Broadway stars aligned’: Tony-nominated actress visits Stoneleigh-Burnham School
01-26-2024 12:41 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

In preparation for their upcoming musical performance of “The Prom,” students at Stoneleigh-Burnham School visited with Tony-nominated actress Caitlin Kinnunen.“The Prom” is based on a real story from the early 2000s, where four Broadway actors help...


Sounds Local: New year, new releases: Local artists release singles ahead of buzzed-about new albums
01-24-2024 1:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

With a new year comes new music, and 2024 looks like it will be an excellent year for both recordings and live music. Now that the holidays are over, some local musicians have dropped new singles in recent weeks as they gear up for full-length...


Sounds Local: From the Balkans to Jamaica: Inaugural klezmer and reggae events happening in Franklin County this Saturday
01-17-2024 2:54 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

On Saturday night, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., the Montague Center Common Hall will host a special concert and workshop featuring music from Eastern Europe and the Balkans.Orkestar Banitsa and Myrtle Street Klezmer, local bands who play different styles of...


Sounds Local: Dancing into the new year: Zydeco dance fest returns to Hawks & Reed this Sunday
01-10-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

For local musician Michael Pattavina, hosting a dance festival during Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend has become a tradition that started 20 years ago and continues to this day.This year, he is hosting a mid-winter and Zydeco dance fest at Hawks &...


Sounds Local: Trae Sheehan kicks off residency at Element Brewing
01-03-2024 4:00 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Singer-songwriter Trae Sheehan is new to performing here in Franklin County, but that’s about to change. After living in Nashville for a few years, Sheehan moved to the Berkshires this past September. A devoted road warrior, he has played hundreds of...

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