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Arts Previews

  • Trio Sefardi plays CLICK Workspace in Northampton on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Image from Facebook


Thursday, October 17, 2019
Hilltown Hoedown returns to Shutesbury

The Valley Twang Cooperative and the Shutesbury Athletic Club (SAC) present the Second Annual Hilltown Hoedown on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 4-11:30 p.m., which will bring a number of different artists and bands to the SAC, at 282 Wendell Road, for a mix of folk, bluegrass, country and “folkie funk.”

The Valley Twang Cooperative is a collective of Valley roots-based bands “dedicated to keeping traditions of American roots music alive and thriving” on the local scene, according to publicity notes.

Included in the lineup are The Green Sisters, a family group from Hubbarston that offers folk, blues and bluegrass with tight harmonies; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eric Lee; Nashville recording artist Caylin Lee; and The Pistoleros, who play the music of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and other country legends.

Ticket prices are $15 in advance (tickets are available at the SAC), and $18 the day of the show; children under 12 attend for free. North Village Smokehouse will provide BBQ ($12 for adults, $6 for kids). Bar is cash only.

Not your typical music show

On Friday, Oct. 18, CLICK Workspace in Northampton will host Trio Sefardi, a group that celebrates the musical heritage of exiled Jews of Spain — the Sephardim — with songs in Ladino from Turkey, Greece, North Africa, and the former Yugoslavia.

The group, formed in 2010, consists of Susan Gaeta on vocals and guitar, Howard Bass on guitar and lute, and Tina Chancey on viola da gamba, Renaissance violin, Pontic lyra, and rebec. Their music, about love and courtship, holidays, hope and more, is all about “continuing the musical traditions” of Sephardic culture that date back centuries, according to press notes.

Trio Sefardi has played venues such as the Washington Folk Festival, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center. The trio plays at 7 p.m. at CLICK Workspace, 9½ Market St. in Northampton. Tickets are $20 at the door (cash only) and can be purchased online by visiting clickworkspace.org/events.

NCTV officially rebrands itself

Northampton Open Media (NOM), formerly Northampton Community Television (NCTV), is celebrating a relaunch and rebranding with an open party on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northampton Community Arts Trust building on 33 Hawley Street.

The Northampton organization, started in 2007, has been honored as the best station in the U.S. in its financial category, according to press notes, and has won eight national awards for programming in 2019. NOM has also trained and equipped “hundreds of producers” over the years while running numerous community programs such as the Northampton Film Festival.

The new name reflects the approach NCTV has taken over the years in “adapting to shifting technology and media conditions to support the voices and identities in our community,” according to Executive Director Al Williams.

Friday’s celebration includes an example of NOM’s new work with Twitch, a live stream festival and platform that allows viewers to chat and share images with other viewers, hosts, and filmmakers in an interactive environment. This first, 48-hour stream will begin on Friday at 8 p.m. during the relaunch party.