Albert Cummings Concert is Jan. 29

Holyoke's Gateway City Arts is the venue for an Albert Cummings concert on January 29, 2022. Details are at: www.gatewaycityarts.com/event/albert-cummings

Underground System Concert is Nov. 20

Underground System will perform in Holyoke on November 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. A video of the band performing, and more information about the venue, are at:

www.gatewaycityarts.com/event/laudable-productions-presents-underground-...

Indigo Girls Concert is October 18

The Indigo Girls will perform October 18 an hour by car from the Pioneer Valley town of Otis, Massachusetts. The concert will be in Albany, New York. Details are on the band's web site. The Indigo Girls have sold more than 14 million albums and won a Grammy award. The Indigo Girls are Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, plus a changing lineup of musicians on their records and at some of their concerts. Some tours are just Ray and Saliers. Ray and Saliers live near Atlanta, Georgia.

Shamarr Allen Concert is September 23

Shamarr Allen will perform September 23 at 8 p.m. at the Stone Church in Brattleboro. Tickets are $15. A video of him performing is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDTcWbrcK3k&ab_channel=shamarrallenmusic

Concert Review: Joel Veena and Mir Naqibul Islam

The following article is by Elizabeth Wood of the New Leaf CSA farm in Dummerston, Vermont. On September 12 at the Stone Church night club in Brattleboro, Joel Veena and Mir Naqibul Islam played an excellent concert. The music was Indian classical. The audience applauded enthusiastically after every song. The music made me feel relaxed. Veena played the 20-string Indian slide guitar. Naqibul Islam played tabla.

A video of Veena and Naqibul Islam performing in June is at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTUssBHnpN8&ab_channel=JoelVeena

More information is at

Moxie Concert is August 6

Moxie will perform a free outdoor concert in Brattleboro on August 6 at 7 p.m., despite different times being listed on the first two web pages listed below. That's according to a spokesperson for the Stone Church night club in Brattleboro, which lists the concert on its web site. The concert will be at the corner of Elliot and Main streets, unless it rains. In case of rain, it will at a location to-be-announced.

One of the band's songs has more than 2 million “listens” on Spotify. The members of Moxie live in the Brattleboro area.

Public Enemy's New Song About Trump

The band Public Enemy, best known for their song Fight the Power, which was used in the film Do the Right Thing, has a new song out. It's about Trump and the kind of Black Lives Matter protests seen in the photos from Holyoke at:

https://valleypost.org/node/1593

You can hear the song at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQvDRe79F8k

Reggae Singer from Jamaica to Play in Brattleboro

(The below concerts have been postponed indefinitely due to Covid-19.) When N.L. Dennis was singing in a recording studio with Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley stopped by to listen. Marley praised Dennis's delivery. Today, Dennis lives in his native Jamaica and joins hundreds of Jamaicans who come to Vermont every summer in search of better paying work. Most of them work on vegetable farms and at apple orchards. Dennis works as a reggae musician. He will perform a public concert on July 31 in Brattleboro. The concert will be at 8 p.m. at the Stone Church night club.

Antibalas to Play Greenfield

The Afropop band Antibalas will play at the Hawks and Reed night club in Greenfield on March 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $36 at the door. The band's current tour includes stops in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, New York City, and Europe. One of the best known Afropop performers is Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, who lived from 1938 until 1997. His music is for dancing. Kuti's lyrics often criticized the dictator of Nigeria.

CJ Chenier Concert is Feb. 14

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on February 14 at 7 p.m. CJ Chenier was born in 1957. According to his web site, he “spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas.”

Chenier played with Ringo Starr on Paul Simon's album Rhythm of the Saints. Chenier performed with Simon on a concert tour. A video of CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band performing live is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMMSv2WpYKw

They play zydeco music. This photo shows people dancing at a zydeco concert. photo by: