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The Beat Goes On: Banjo master in Amherst, Diana Krall in Northampton, and more
07-28-2023 10:37 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Long recognized as one of the modern masters of the banjo, Tony Trischka has been a big influence on different styles of progressive bluegrass and a guy who’s woven elements of other music — jazz, psychedelic pop, Great American Songbook tunes — into...


Strike up the bands: Yidstock 2023 brings new music and a range of events to the Yiddish Book Center
07-13-2023 11:19 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Just as the Yiddish Book Center has played a key role in revitalizing interest in the study of Yiddish literature and language, the Amherst center also has done its part to keep alive one of the liveliest parts of Yiddish culture: music.Now in its...


Walking the earth, with a bit of swagger: Documentary film profiles the groundbreaking all-female rock band Fanny
07-06-2023 12:33 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

June Millington is a familiar name in the Valley music scene, a veteran guitarist and educator who since the early 2000s has overseen numerous programs at The Institute for the Musical Arts (IMA), the Goshen center dedicated to supporting women and...


The Beat Goes On: Boston-trained musicians in Valley this week, Green River Fest is on, and concert series readies for July
06-21-2023 7:49 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Top music schools in Boston such as the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music have sent many talented players into the world, a good number specializing in rock and jazz and others making waves in acoustic music.Some of...


The Beat Goes On: A musical tribute to Kate Lorenz, a potpourri of sounds at the Bombyx Center, and more
05-15-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

The Valley’s music scene lost a well-known and well-liked voice last July when Kate Lorenz unexpectedly died of heart failure. Lorenz, who lived in Belchertown, had originally been part of the Amherst folk-rock band Rusty Belle in the early 2000s with...


Springfield Symphony Orchestra and musicians sign new contract: Agreement ends often acrimonious talks over past two-plus years
05-15-2023 11:17 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

SPRINGFIELD — Almost three years after their last contract expired, and following months of contentious negotiations for a new one, musicians with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) have agreed to a new deal with the orchestra’s management.The...


These singers know something about love: Young@Heart Chorus gets ready to present its spring concert, ‘The Love Show’
05-04-2023 9:59 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

NORTHAMPTON — They’re back. And they’re in love.The Young@Heart Chorus, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last November at a sold-out concert at the Academy of Music, will return to the Academy on Sunday, May 7, with a new program dubbed “The Love...


The Beat Goes On: A folk legend in Florence, a young cellist in Holyoke, blues in Amherst, and more
05-01-2023 11:15 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

A couple years ago, Loudon Wainwright III passed a milestone: The venerable folk singer, known for his sardonic wit and autobiographical songs, turned 75.The number, on one hand, feels kind of arbitrary, because Wainwright has seemingly been around...


Tree House Brewing in Deerfield OK’d to triple occupancy limit to 1,500
05-01-2023 11:11 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

DEERFIELD — The Tree House Brewing Co. has won approval from the town to triple its occupancy for outdoor concerts and other special events to 1,500 people. The brewery, located off Routes 5 and 10, has 10 concerts tentatively scheduled for this...


New twist on a successful series: Edo Mor looks to bring international music to Valley based on the Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares model 
04-21-2023 3:41 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

When he and his wife moved to the Valley in 2005, Edo Mor says he found much to his liking: good bread, good bicycling country, nature and more. But for some time, the kind of eclectic music he liked, from North African guitar sounds to Middle Eastern...


Slam it: Academy of Music to host its first Youth Poetry Slam 
04-20-2023 3:15 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

There are poetry readings, the workshop leader said, and then there are poetry slams — and it’s important to know the difference.“Slam poetry,” said Lyrical Faith, “is about winning. It’s a very competitive sport.”Faith should know. She began...


A transformative experience: In his new graphic memoir, Jarrett Krosoczka looks back on the life lessons he learned as a camp counselor
03-31-2023 8:32 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Five years ago, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, already an acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator, took his career to the next level with “Hey, Kiddo,” a graphic novel/memoir in which he shared poignant and often painful details from his childhood and...


Two roads converge: Academic and musician Florence Dore mines connections between her passions
03-23-2023 7:36 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

Who says you can’t merge a Ph.D. and rock and roll?    As Florence Dore explains, she spent a long time traveling on seemingly disparate tracks. On one hand she was the professor who’d devoted years to studying American literature and teaching...


The Beat Goes On: Ushering in the new year with Bach and bluegrass in Northampton, young performers in Amherst, and more
01-02-2023 11:26 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Live music typically takes something of a breather at this time of year: After all, musicians and club owners usually want to spend time with family and friends at the holidays.But starting today and proceeding through the first few several days of...

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