Kris Delmhorst Concert Is October 23

Kris Delmhorst will perform a concert at the Parlor Room in Northampton on October 23 at 7 p.m. A Boston Globe staff writer called her music "sterling," which means excellent. You can hear one of Delmhorst's best songs for free at:

Ruthie Foster Concert is August 21

Ruthie Foster will perform a public concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on August 21 at 7 p.m. She sings the blues. Her current tour includes stops in Los Angeles, California and at New York City's Highline Ballroom, a nightclub where Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder have performed since it opened in 2007.

You can hear one of Foster's songs for free at:

There are photos of her at:

Devil Makes Three Concert July 24

This summer Devil Makes Three will perform concerts at prestigious venues in New York City; Paris, France; and London, England. On July 24, they will play in Putney, Vermont, near Brattleboro. The band is donating the money they make from the concert to help save 144 acres of forest in Putney from being turned into houses. The group leading that campaign is

You can hear a Devil Makes Three song at:

The band is Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean and Lucia Turino. A picture of them is at:

Alyssa Bonagura Concert Is July 15 in Northampton

Alyssa Bonagura will perform a concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on July 15 at 7 p.m. She will be accompanied by Rebecca Correia and Harrison Whitford. You can hear Bonagura performing a song that she wrote, "Make My Own Sunshine," at:

Robin Gibb was a member of the Bee Gees, a band that has sold more than 200 million albums. "Alyssa is stunning, original, a future star in the making," Gibb said.

Tickets for Bonagura's Northampton concert are available at

Concert Review: Sierra Leone All Stars

In Northampton, the Iron Horse Music Hall has concerts almost every night of the year. It regularly hosts world famous musicians like Michael Franti and Dar Williams. On April 9, one of the best concerts in years at the Iron Horse was performed by the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars. The dance floor was full of people of all colors, and full of energy, reflecting the full-on performance on the stage.

The band released a new album, Libation, last month. Most of the songs on the album are Afro-Pop or “high life” style. Some are reggae. It's an excellent album.

Habib Koite to Perform in Northampton

Habib Koite, a singer and guitar player who lives in Bamako, Mali, in west Africa, will play at the Iron Horse in Northampton on February 16 at 7 p.m. Koite (pronounced KWA-tee) performed an outstanding public concert in Amherst in 2011. He possesses an unusually warm voice and guitar skills that inspired Bonnie Raitt to famously tell him after one concert, "I would drink your sweat."

Chris Kasper Concert in Northampton Dec. 7

Chris Kasper is scheduled to perform a free public concert in Northampton on December 7 at 8 p.m. He will play at the Basement night club at 21 Center Street. A video of Kasper performing one of his songs with his band is at More information about the Basement is available by calling 800-THE-TICK or (413) 586-8686 or at the club's web site:

Ruth Moody Concert Is October 8

Ruth Moody will perform a public concert at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on October 8 at 7 p.m. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation -- Canada's equivalent of NPR -- called Moody's new record, These Wilder Things, "a rock-solid sophomore album, impressive in both its lyrical maturity and musical scope."

A video of Moody singing and playing banjo, accompanied by her band, is at:

Moody will play public concerts in New York City on October 9, and in the Los Angeles, California area on October 17.

Amadou and Mariam Concert Is June 24 in Northampton

On June 24 at 7 p.m., two outstanding musicians from Mali, Africa will perform a public concert in Northampton. Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall A video of them performing one of their songs in concert is at:

Bagayoko and Doumbia’s current tour includes stops at prestigious concert halls in Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, DC. Bagayoko and Doumbia are blind.

Alchemystics to Perform on May 10 in Northampton

Local reggae band the Alchemystics will perform on May 10 at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton. The band sounds like a mixture of Bob Marley and Michael Franti and Spearhead. The Alchemystics played an outstanding, sold-out concert at the Arts Block in Greenfield in 2011. Almost everyone at the concert danced.

A video of the Alchemystics performing is at

In the video, the sound quality is good; the image quality is literally shaky.