Concert Review: Meninos de Minas

The band Meninos de Minas performed an outstanding concert on April 28. In the audience, dozens of people danced. The concert was free, outdoors, and in Hartford. It was the second year that the band played at the annual Samba Fest in Hartford. Hartford is about 30 minutes from Springfield by train. Next month those trains will get much cheaper and much more frequent, thanks to the work of activists in Northampton who have a web site at www.TrainsInTheValley.org.

Red Molly Northampton Concert

Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter, collectively known as Red Molly, will perform at the Parlor Room in Northampton on March 29 at 8 p.m. You can hear one of their songs at www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mM312YYAlw. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Concert Review: Kirtan

The band Heart Centered Kirtan performed an excellent concert on February 9 in Greenfield. Libby Volckening is the lead singer, harmonium player, and band leader. The music sounded similar to internationally known musician Krishna Das. Kirtan is call-and-response music. With a bigger audience that sung louder, Heart Centered Kirtan would be just as good as Das.

Heart Centered Kirtan has upcoming concerts in Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield. Some of these are listed on their web site, others on their Facebook page:

www.heartcenteredkirtan.com

Blues Concert is November 25

Roomful of Blues will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on November 25 at 7 p.m. In a positive review, Down Beat magazine, which has been published every month since 1934, said Roomful of Blues is “in a class by itself.” The band will play concerts next month in Washington, DC and in California in April. You can hear their music at www.roomful.com.

Matisyahu Northampton Concert October 11

Tickets are about $35 for Matisyahu's October 11 concert at Pearl Street in Northampton. Globally, his song “One Day” was one of the most popular songs of the past decade. You can hear his song "King Without a Crown" at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChV5BZ8SmS0

Lonesome Brothers Concert is September 3

The Lonesome Brothers will perform public concerts near Brattleboro, in Northampton, and in other towns around the Valley. They have played at the Valley's best live music venue, the Iron Horse Music Hall.

On September 3, they will perform a public concert in Guilford, Vermont, near Brattleboro.

A video of the Lonesome Brothers performing live is at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFys8S71QRc

The Northampton concert is on December 31 at the World War II Club. Between now and then, the band will play several other concerts around the Valley. Details are at:

Fishbone Concert is Free

In its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Fishbone was among the best bands of all-time. The group will play a free concert near Brattleboro on March 25 at 3 p.m. The concert will be outdoors at Mount Snow. Details are at:

www.mountsnow.com/events/calendar/bud-light-reggaefest

Fishbone's more recent recordings aren't as good as their albums “Truth and Soul” and “The Reality of My Surroundings.” The members of Fishbone live in Los Angeles.

You can hear an excellent Fishbone reggae song at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ZUIcYT7zs

Alan Doyle Concert is March 22

Alan Doyle is scheduled to play with his band at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on March 22 at 7 p.m. His upcoming tour includes stops in New York City; Toronto, Canada; and Germany. You can hear one of his songs at:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F049FF-sceE

Simba Concert is December 21

Simba will perform a public concert in Brattleboro, on December 21 at 7 p.m. At a recent Simba concert, at least 100 people danced for hours. The band plays reggae and funk, among other kinds of music.

Blues Concert is Nov. 22

Mark Hummel and his band will play blues at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on November 22 at 7 p.m. Jerry Portnoy was a member of blues legend Muddy Waters' band for eight years. Portnoy said of Hummel, “Mark's terrific.” The San Francisco Chronicle daily newspaper praised Hummel's singing and harmonica playing.

Hummel and his band played last month in Seattle, Washington and San Jose, California. The Iron Horse is the Valley's best live music venue. Tickets for the Northampton concert are about $20, depending on how you get them. Details are at www.iheg.com.