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Sounds Local: Women take center stage: Four female singer-songwriters to perform at July 26 Off the Common event in Greenfield
07-17-2024 2:21 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Despite the oppressive heat, July has been a good month for music fans, and it only gets better in the weeks ahead. As the month is ending, it’s almost time for the second event in the Off the Common summer music series. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts...

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Sounds Local: ‘More musicians than we have porches’: Shelburne Falls Porch Festival returns bigger than ever this Sunday
07-10-2024 3:16 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Shelburne Falls is always a great place to visit in the summer, but even more so this weekend, as the town hosts its fifth annual Porch Music Festival on Sunday, July 14. This free event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and feature over 40 musical acts...


Sounds Local: Together for the first time in 10 years: Peter Mulvey to perform with David Goodrich this weekend in Shelburne Falls
07-03-2024 3:06 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When Peter Mulvey performs at the Permaculture Place at the Mill in Shelburne Falls on Saturday, July 6, at 7 p.m., it promises to be a special night of music.The singer-songwriter from Northampton is an engaging performer whose music combines...


Sounds Local: Noteworthy new music from local artists: And more concerts on the horizon
06-26-2024 3:52 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Here at Sounds Local, we’ve been so busy talking about all the live music this summer that the new releases have been piling up. So, let’s get to a few of these.The Stone Coyotes of Greenfield recently announced the release of their final song, “Play...


New music series launches next weekend: Hawks & Reed to present four free Off the Common events this summer
06-21-2024 10:24 AM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Summer in Franklin County is brimming with music, and Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield is set to make its mark with the unique Off the Common series, launching on Friday, June 28. This series features free live music and a vibrant mix...


Sounds Local: Bluegrass superstars come to West Whately: Plus, last minute reminders for Green River Fest this weekend
06-19-2024 1:17 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

In 2020, the Nashville-based bluegrass band Sister Sadie accomplished what no all-female bluegrass band had ever done: They won the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year award. That honor is only one of the many bestowed on...


In new hands, Green River Festival returns with headliners CAKE, Fleet Foxes and Gregory Alan Isakov
06-14-2024 6:47 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

GREENFIELD — The Green River Festival’s move in 2022 from its longtime home at Greenfield Community College to its current location at the Franklin County Fairgrounds was the most significant change it has gone through, and this year’s event, now just...


Sounds Local: Where there is celebration there is music: Saturday’s Franklin County Pride Fest will be full of great live music
06-12-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

This upcoming weekend is a big one for music fans with many choices to be had from the opening of the Mohawk Trail Concert series on Sunday afternoon to the a birthday party for Robin Lane at Flood Water Brewing in Shelburne Falls on Sunday at 7...


Rejoice in our authentic selves: Franklin County Pride kicks off June 14 with dance party premier of Carrie Ferguson’s queer anthem, ‘The Many I Am’
06-07-2024 11:48 AM

By SHERYL HUNTER

“We are beyond betweenWoman and manThere’s not enough wordsFor the many I am”Carrie Ferguson, “The Many I Am”Franklin County Pride will take place on Saturday, June 15, and this year is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. The festivities will...


Sounds Local: A party for the whole neighborhood: Good Music Makes Good Neighbors fest returns to Montague this Saturday, June 8
06-05-2024 4:10 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Get ready for the village of Montague to be transformed into a mini music festival when Good Music Makes Good Neighbors returns on Saturday, June 8. The fest went on hiatus for a couple of years, but now festival organizers Nicole Nemec and Matthew...


Sounds Local: Uncovering local music lore: Wendell Historical Society offers month-long ‘Valley Rockers’ history course this summer
05-29-2024 2:44 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

When it comes to our local music scene, the Pioneer Valley has a deep and rich history that covers just about every musical genre imaginable. If you are interested in diving into the area’s musical past and perhaps have a favorite artist you’d love to...


Sounds Local: Outdoor concert season is upon us: Memorial Day weekend kicks off a robust summer of music in Franklin County
05-22-2024 1:54 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with it comes the arrival of summer and all the summer concerts and festivals. The summer of 2024 may be the busiest one yet in terms of live music, leaving fans with an abundance of choices.One of the best parts...


Sounds Local: Greenfield’s own Elvis returns to sender: Travis Ledoyt brings ‘The Elvis in Me’ to Greenfield High School, May 25
05-15-2024 2:29 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Twenty-five years ago, Travis Ledoyt, a native of Greenfield, performed Elvis Presley’s music at Greenfield’s Classic Days for the first time. Backed by a group of local musicians, he sang on a makeshift stage in front of the town common and belted...


Sounds Local: Joni Mitchell tribute comes to Turners Falls: Big Yellow Taxi to perform ‘Court and Spark’ in its entirety, May 18 at the Shea
05-08-2024 3:36 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

If you are a Joni Mitchell fan (and who isn’t), you’ll want to be at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls on Saturday, May 18, at 8 p.m. when the premier Joni Mitchell tribute band here in the Northeast, Big Yellow Taxi, takes the stage. This...


Fun Fest returns to Turners Falls: Música Franklin hosts 6th annual family-friendly, free event, May 11
05-03-2024 12:29 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

Música Franklin will host its sixth annual Fun Fest at Unity Park in Turners Falls on Saturday, May 11, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This free festival will feature world-class musical performances, entertainment, and crafts for the whole family. You can...


Sounds Local: Broadway star returns to Greenfield for concert: Kevin Duda to sing with Franklin County Community Chorus this Sunday
05-01-2024 3:39 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

There’s nothing like the powerful sound of voices joining together in song, and you can experience that when The Franklin County Community Chorus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a concert on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Greenfield High School...


Sounds Local: A rock circus returns to Turners Falls: The Slambovian Circus of Dreams brings the fun Friday night at the Shea
04-24-2024 3:26 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

The circus is coming to town, and not the kind with elephants and clowns. I’m talking about the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, a rock group from the Hudson Valley in New York that makes music as unique as its name. The band, which has frequently...


Sounds Local: Spring is singer-songwriter season: A host of local performers celebrate new work
04-17-2024 2:27 PM

By SHERYL HUNTER

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can experience all types of music, and when it comes to singer-songwriters, we are fortunate to have so many talented ones living among us. Any given weekend, you can head out to one of the local breweries...


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...


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...

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