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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,...

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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...


Remembering Hawley’s Alice Parker, ‘a legendary figure in choral music’
12-28-2023 4:08 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

HAWLEY — Alice Parker, who composed more than 500 pieces in a life devoted to singing and song, died at her home in Hawley early on Christmas Eve. She was 98.While Parker’s work included operas, song cycles, cantatas and anthems, she was particularly...


Sounds Local: Music options abound for New Year’s celebrations
12-27-2023 5:12 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s time to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024. Whether your idea of ringing in the New Year involves a fun time with the kids or dancing away into the wee hours of the morning, here are a few suggestions for a New Year’s Eve that will include...


Sounds Local: The perfect gift for music fans
12-20-2023 6:50 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

As we enter the final crunch up to the holidays, it’s time to start thinking about those last-minute gifts. I’m guessing that you have music fans on your shopping list, and they are the easiest to shop for because they only need one thing: more...


Greenfield joining global ‘Unsilent Night’ tradition with musical street promenade
12-15-2023 3:33 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — On one evening per December for more than three decades, cities around the world have come alive through the cherished holiday tradition that is Phil Kline’s “Unsilent Night.” Although a bit late to the party, Greenfield surely has a seat...


Sounds Local: TapRoots returns for second annual Winter Ball
12-13-2023 7:05 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Matthew King, the leader of the band TapRoots, feels that during this time of year, there are many reasons for people to come together to celebrate — celebrate spirit, celebrate community, celebrate the arts. This is why he is hosting the Winter Ball...


Sounds Local: Holiday shows to benefit education, medical fundraisers
12-06-2023 7:21 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

It’s that time of year again, and no matter how you choose to celebrate the holidays, there are plenty of live concerts and music to help you get in the spirit of the season.This weekend, Música Franklin will host its second annual Holiday Cheer...


Northfield church concert headlined by pianist Dan Kennedy
11-10-2023 1:43 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

NORTHFIELD — What was initially going to be a solo piano concert at the Trinitarian Congregational Church has blossomed into a star-studded, “musical, magical afternoon,” organizer Leslie Kellogg announced.The benefit concert, headlined by pianist Dan...


Western Mass musicians up for awards: New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards nominate only a handful of local bands this year
10-27-2023 6:58 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

For the small handful of Pioneer Valley artists nominated between this year’s New England Music Awards and Boston Music Awards, the region’s highest musical honor would not merely be an individual accolade, or even a matter of putting the Valley on...


Members of The Harvard Krokodiloes to perform in Whately
10-19-2023 1:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

WHATELY — Alumni of a world-famous a cappella group will make their way to Whately on Saturday night for a free concert.Members of the 1970s iteration of The Harvard Krokodiloes, or the Kroks, will perform at Whately Town Hall, 194 Chestnut Plain...


Another march to Macy’s: UMass Minuteman Marching Band to join 2024 Thanksgiving Day parade
10-15-2023 2:35 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

AMHERST — For the second time in its history, the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band will perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next year. Band members celebrated Band Director Timothy Todd Anderson’s announcement during the...


Green River Festival sold to DSP Shows
10-12-2023 2:27 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GREENFIELD — After 36 years of involvement with organizing the Green River Festival, Director Jim Olsen announced Thursday that he and Signature Sounds Presents will be passing the event onto new ownership.DSP Shows, which Olsen touted as a “leading...


Mocha Maya’s looks to increase village entertainment offerings with expansion
10-05-2023 11:44 AM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE FALLS — With the expansion project he has in the works, Mocha Maya’s owner Chris King hopes to fill a void he sees in the village: entertainment.“This place has become a second home” for many, King said of his 18-year-old Bridge Street...

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