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More music, bigger stages: In new hands, Green River Festival returns next weekend with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-20-2024 3:35 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Summer is in the air, and with it the Green River Festival, one of the most anticipated and most popular summer events in Franklin County. Now in its 38th year, the festival runs from June 21 to 23, Friday through Sunday, at the Franklin County...

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The Beat Goes On: Friends and fellow musicians reunite at the Iron Horse, an outdoor summer music series resumes in Hatfield, and more
06-27-2024 7:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When folk rockers Eavesdrop and singer-songwriter Grayson Ty come to the Iron Horse on June 28, the fellow Valley artists won’t just be sharing the bill: They’ll be celebrating a reunion of sorts, looking back to the night a little over eight years...


Green River Festival perseveres amid harsh weather
06-27-2024 7:13 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

The 38th annual Green River Festival persevered through two days of severe weather last weekend as rain and thunderstorms brought delays and schedule changes for performers and festival-goers.Friday’s programming began when the gates to the Franklin...


Arts Briefs: The Paradise City Arts Festival returns to Northampton, the MIFA Victory Players perform in Holyoke, and more
05-28-2024 10:46 AM

Paradise by the fairground lightsNORTHAMPTON — One of the area’s largest artistic celebrations returns this weekend, as some 220 artists and craftspeople gather at the Three County Fairgrounds for the Paradise City Arts Festival.The biannual festival,...


April is a theatrical month: Latinx Theater Symposium and Shakespeare on tap at UMass
04-11-2024 6:28 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April is shaping up to be a busy month for the University of Massachusetts Theater Department, beginning with a symposium that honors Latinx theater and closing with a fresh interpretation of a classic Shakespeare comedy.On April 8-9, theater...


A workplace from hell: Amherst filmmaker Matt Heron-Duranti is part of the team behind independent film “Another Day in America”
04-01-2024 11:46 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

There’s been a lot written about the problems that have plagued many American workplaces in the wake of the pandemic, from employees insisting on continuing to work from home to offices that have mirrored the polarization and social conflicts plaguing...


Arts Briefs: Rising indie pop star Caroline Rose comes to Florence, UMass Amherst hosts a literary festival, and more
04-01-2024 11:46 AM

Verse and melody, in an unusual combinationAMHERST — Poets and composers who teach at Amherst College are joining forces March 30 for a special program, “Words and Music: An Arts Faculty Showcase,” that will feature four musical premieres alongside...


The Beat Goes On: Chamber music at The Drake, a Saint Patrick’s weekend musical smorgasbord, and more
03-10-2024 1:44 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Since opening in the spring of 2022, The Drake has featured a wide range of music, from blues to rock to folk (and various combinations thereof), to jazz and more.“More” includes the Amherst club’s periodic forays into classical music, with concerts...


The Beat Goes On: The Back Porch Festival is just three weeks away, and the Iron Horse announces its opening lineup
03-03-2024 1:46 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

If you’re like me, counting the days to spring, it’s a little over three weeks to the official first day, March 19.Yet that’s just a date on the calendar, and the weather in mid-March can still spell winter. But one antidote to that is to hit the Back...


Showcasing arts and culture: South Hadley introduces a new festival to highlight music, dance, and more 
09-14-2023 10:48 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Several years ago, South Hadley created a community block party, FallsFest, that was designed to bring people together in the Falls area, the oldest neighborhood in town, with the long-range goal of revitalizing the area, home to many businesses, and...


Time to swing: Jazz drummer and South Hadley native Joe Farnsworth returns to the Valley for a concert honoring his idol, Max Roach
08-31-2023 5:18 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Joe Farnsworth was 10 or 11 when he got the chance to meet a drumming legend: Max Roach.It was at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in 1979, where Roach taught. Farnsworth, who grew up in South Hadley, remembers how one of his older brothers,...


Bach is back, and live: UMass Bach Festival & Symposium returns in-person for first time since 2019
04-12-2023 7:14 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

April in Amherst in an odd-numbered year: It must be time for the Bach Festival & Symposium at the University of Massachusetts.The biennial event, begun in 2015, offers a wide range of J.S. Bach’s music, from solo performances to expansive pieces with...


The Beat Goes On: Kimaya Diggs launches new album in Amherst, hot blues in Florence and more
03-02-2023 9:06 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The official start of spring is less than three weeks away, though it’s anyone’s guess when the weather will really warm up. But as if she’s anticipating that time, Kimaya Diggs has a new single out that could serve as a wonderful soundtrack for that...


Powerful ‘Dreams’: Pelham native’s film about a driven weightlifter turns heads at Sundance
02-23-2023 8:45 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

The idea first came to Elijah Bynum about four years ago when he was exercising in a California gym and noticed an ultra-serious bodybuilder, a guy who was “radiating intensity” as he went through his paces.“There was this really intense energy about...


The Beat Goes On: Seats hot for three-day Back Porch Festival; celebrated guitar pickers will hit Amherst and Northampton
02-16-2023 9:08 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Though it’s still two weeks away, the Back Porch Festival is set to take up a lot of space in downtown Northampton, and some of the ticket options have already sold out, so it’s time to give a final preview of the annual roots music fest.The basics:...


Back Porch Festival announces part of its lineup: Expanded roots music festival takes place in Northampton March 3 through 5, 2023
01-02-2023 11:27 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Back Porch Festival, which is set to expand to multiple venues in downtown Northampton in early March, has begun to fill out its lineup.Among numerous bands and artists that will play at the roots music showcase, begun by Signature Sounds in 2014,...

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