TOMORROW
    Tuesday Jan 23 @ 6:00 PM
National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week Community Expo
Macaroni Kid Springfield – The Just Once video presentation will be co-sponsored by the Hampden County District Attorney’s office addressing the dangers of experimenting with drugs and the risk of taking prescribed medications. This video documentary tells true Hampden county stories of drug addiction and recovery of former students who attended local high schools, their parents and experts in the field. The Coalition will sponsor a variety of exhibits on early detection of risky behaviors and ways to identify environmental clues that may suggest drug use, along with resources about prevention, misuse reduction, and treatment and recovery of youth substance use. There will be a panel Q & A discussion after the video following a presentation by the panelists talking about personal experiences, local conditions, and support in our area for families and youth. Save the date and join us! Hosted by Hampden-Wilbraham Partners for Youth Coalition and the Hampden County District Attorney’s office
 
TOMORROW
    Tuesday Jan 23 @ 7:00 PM
Tinsley Ellis at The Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30 PM. "Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton." –Rolling Stone Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. He makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with his powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist's guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” For additional info see www.tinsleyellis.com
 
TOMORROW
    Tuesday Jan 23 @ 8:00 PM
The Infamous Stringdusters at Pearl Street
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Plus: Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Unlike rock 'n' roll, bluegrass music's boundaries are often defined in very narrow terms and that has caused some bands to carefully consider their place within the genre. But, in order to survive, everything must evolve... even bluegrass. Enter the Infamous Stringdusters, the very model of a major modern bluegrass band. “At a certain point in our career, there was hesitation in calling us a bluegrass band,” guitarist Andy Falco admits. “These days, we’re much more comfortable with that label.” Banjo man Chris Pandolfi echoes the point: “We love bluegrass, but we have been influenced by other genres as much, if not more. When it comes to making music, we always try to be a blank slate and give new songs whatever they need to come to life. We just try to make something good, something that is true to who we are.” On Laws of Gravity, that's exactly what the Infamous Stringdusters — Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass), in addition to Falco and Pandolfi — have done. Their seventh studio set further proves that the band's collective whole is far greater than the sum of its individual parts, as the song selection and pitch-perfect performances weighs the Stringdusters' appeal to traditional fans against their musical quest to attract new listeners. It's a balance that comes naturally to the band.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 6:30 PM
Forbes Library Zine Club
Forbes Library – A club to talk and create all-things-zine! Also : a place to draw, write, or engage with other innovative folks in a casual and open atmosphere. Meeting at Forbes Library on the second floor in the Arts and Music Department.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 7:00 PM
Book Launch: Mindful Sleep and Dreams
Forbes Library – Discover How to Use Dreamwork, Meditation, and Journaling to Sleep Deeply and Wake Up Well at this book launch and signing ... plus tips and techniques for sleeping and dreaming well. https://forbeslibrary.libcal.com/event/3707042
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 - Mar 14 @ 7:00 PM
Zen Of Improv 4: Two-Person Scenework With Pam Victor
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS CLASS! In Zen 4, we immerse ourselves in two-person scenework, the very heart of longform improvisation. We strengthen our scenework muscles, add more tools to our improv tool box, and practice our ability to edit scenes. How does environment and object work inform your scene? We'll play around with that too. We'll also experience questions like: When should I fight my fear and when should I follow it? What does true agreement and acceptance feel like? How can I best serve the needs of the show? We'll also continue to explore discovering and holding onto the all-important emotional point of view. Plus, we'll really dig into how to follow the show where it wants to go. Let's get in a lot more of those vital reps too! So much juicy material in Zen 4. Ooooh, baby, this class will make you feel sooooo good while stretching and challenging you in all the right places. So much yum ahead! (PREREQUISITE: Zen of Improv 3) COST: $200 Location: 67 Conz St, Northampton, MA (?The Northampton Senior Center)
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 - Mar 21 @ 7:00 PM
Wednesday Coed Recreational Volleyball League
My Social Sports MA – Come join My Social Sports for our COED RECREATIONAL Volleyball league this winter. This is a fun, social league geared towards the casual player who wants to get out and have some fun. Registration is currently open for individuals, small groups, and complete teams! Register for the league here: https://app.mysocialsports.com/leagues/671/
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 7:30 PM
Rebecca B-C, Dave L, & Marko P with caller Daniel F!
Downtown Amherst Contra Dance – January 24, 2018 7:30pm to 10:30pm Music: Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Dave Langford, Marko Packard Caller: Daniel Friedman A nameless band? I think you mean a FABULOUS band! This week our music will be provided by Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet, banjo), Dave Langford (fiddle), and Marko Packard (guitar). Calling will come from Daniel Friedman. We hope to see you there! ***FREE ADMISSION for 1st time contra dancers who attend the Intro Lesson at REGULAR DANCES!*** Intro lesson at 7pm at every dance! Located at the Masonic Lodge (99 Main Street - Amherst, MA, near the Black Sheep Deli and the Police Station) Admission: $10-15 sliding scale, Students: $8, High School: $6 Please bring water and clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor. This is a Fragrance-Free and Substance-Free event. Please refrain from wearing fragrances or scented products. Dances are smoke, drug and alcohol free. There will be snacks! Please feel free to bring something to share or a buck or two to throw in the pot!
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Jan 24 @ 8:30 PM
Bad Bad Hats at the Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Bad Bad Hats is an indie trio from Minneapolis signed to the city's Afternoon Records (also home of Yellow Ostrich, Now Now, Haley Bonar, and One for the Team.) As primary songwriter, Kerry's perspective is the guiding force behind Bad Bad Hats. In her early teens, Kerry's family moved away from her childhood home in Birmingham, Alabama. As the new kid at a new school, Alexander began writing songs to temper her loneliness and take up the time. Inspired by popular female songwriters of the 90s, notably Alanis Morissette, Kim Deal, and Letters to Cleo's Kay Hanley, Kerry developed a unique songwriting voice of her own. She embraces classic melodies and simple arrangements, and does not shy away from emotive lyrics. It's Kerry's party and she'll cry if she wants to.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 @ 6:00 PM
Zodiac Kickback
Smith College Museum of Art – Escape the earthly reality of a new semester with a relaxed evening in the stars at this special event for Smith students. Visit the museum for free tarot card and birth chart readings, and zodiac-inspired crafting. Add to a New Years resolution wall, contemplate 2018 over a slice of pie from Florence Pie Bar, and see a special one-night only Student Picks pop-up exhibition. Or, you can just chill out in a beanbag chair and think about your future. Pajamas optional, sweats encouraged. This is a free event for Smith students.
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday Experiment #13
Gateway City Arts – Experimental Sounds from New Paltz, NY 1. JACK LYNCH - solo 9 string bass and electronics 2. MARTYR (Eric Kreder) solo electronics 3. MATT LUCZAK - solo drums / electronics; host of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts venue 4. OPEN SESSION - a jam with audience members and invited artists. Bring your instrument and play! $5 Suggested Donation FUTURE EXPERIMENTS: THURSDAY February 15 - Itzokahne - Lucas Brode - TBA THURSDAY March 22 - idm theftable - Max Hamill - TBA THURSDAY April 26 - Craig Chin - Al Margolis - TBA THURSDAY May 24 - Adam Lane - TBA - TBA THURSDAY June 21 - TBA - TBA - TBA
 
UPCOMING
    Thursday Jan 25 - Jun 21 @ 7:30 PM
The Thursday Experiment at Gateway City Arts
Gateway City Arts – The Thursday Experiment is a monthly series showcasing premiere practitioners of improvisation and experimental music, curated by NYC musician, now Holyoke resident, Bonnie Kane. Food and drink is available from The Bistro at Gateway City Arts. Hours, menus, and more information can be found at facebook.com/bistroatgatewaycityarts
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 @ 7:00 PM
UMass Hockey vs Maine
Mullins Center – Join the Minutemen as they host Maine Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Mullins Center! For information on season tickets, mini plans, Power Play Passes, or single game tickets call 1-866-UMASS-TIX or visit UMassAthletics.com. Entry is FREE for all UMass undergraduate students just by showing their Ucard.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 @ 7:00 PM
Steve Forbert at the Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Compromised” is Steve Forbert’s newest and from the comparative essay of the disc’s title song, (complete with catchy chorus and signature harmonica solo), to the exasperated advice for “everyman” on the album closer, “Whatever, Man,” Steve Forbert leaves no stone unturned in his exploration of life, love, turmoil and survival. After years with local bands, Steve Forbert left his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi in his early 20s and headed for the Big Apple in search of recording deals and larger audiences. He started out playing for change at Grand Central Station and hitting every open mic night he could before eventually moving into the club scene at infamous spots like New York City’s CBGB’s. At a time when rootsy rock was fading in favor of punk-edged bands such as the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie, Forbert’s folk-pop “Romeo’s Tune” hit #11 on the charts and brought him into the international spotlight. Critics and the public embraced his melodic and lyrical styles, a more traditional sound among the post-disco punk and rock of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Always following his own instincts, Forbert says, “I’ve never been interested in changing what I do to fit popular style and needs.” And that’s the motto he has lived by since the release of his debut album, Alive on Arrival, in 1978. Rolling Stone contributing editor David Wild recently wrote that “now or then, you would have been hard-pressed to find a debut effort that was simultaneously as fresh and accomplished as Alive on Arrival. It was like a great novel by a young author who somehow managed to split the difference between Mark Twain and J. D. Salinger.”
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 @ 7:05 PM
Springfield Thunderbirds vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
MassMutual Center – Join us for this Atlantic Division matchup as the Springfield Thunderbirds take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 @ 7:30 PM
Best of Boston Comedy Festival
CityStage & Symphony Hall – The BUD LIGHT Comedy Series presents "Best of Boston Comedy" - Come see the "Best of the Boston Comedy Festival", with some of our favorite comedians from the Boston comedy scene - right here in Springfield. Members: $23 Tickets: $26
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 @ 7:30 PM
Just Desserts
Wood Memorial Library & Museum – It might be cold outside, but it’ll be warm at The Wood on January 26th! Come enjoy an evening of great music, engaging conversation, decadent desserts and bourbon tasting! Celia Slattery is a jazz and folk-rock singer, award-winning songwriter and voice teacher. Celia’s original music weaves elements of jazz, pop and folk/rock with perceptive lyrics inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. She also covers everyone from Ella to Adele, giving context to the music through humor and stories. Savory Plate Catering will provide a cheesecake bar, tarts, chocolate-covered strawberries and more! Sip on four varieties of bourbon from Litchfiled Distillery.LD-shopify-batcher 1376011648 BYOB, name tags and business cards are encouraged! Meet other South Windsor leaders, make it a girls night out, or treat it as an early Valentine’s date. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. This evening is for adults only. The program fee for this event is $30 per person.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 - Jan 27 @ 8:00 PM
Lush Honey / The Bad Signs / Ginja Low Main
13th Floor Music Lounge – Lush Honey is a dynamic soul-rock juggernaut that showcases deep grooves, massive riffs, and soulful hooks weaving through cunning improvisational excursions.
 
UPCOMING
    Friday Jan 26 - Jan 27 @ 8:00 PM
Get the Led Out at Calvin Theatre
Calvin Theatre – From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage.The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity. Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band. GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. GTLO’s approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliché as it sounds, their music is timeless." A GTLO concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jan 27 - Jan 28 @ 9:00 AM
Amherst Railway Society Hobby Show
Macaroni Kid Springfield – The event features real life railroads and scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, importers, manufacturers and photographers. Modelers' exhibits will display outstanding handiwork on layouts ranging from the tiny Z scale which fits on a coffee table to a monster 80 foot N-Trak system. The Amherst Belt Lines, an HO scale model railroad empire, has become a show highlight. As of the 2011 show layout, it has grown to over 11 scale miles of mainline (650+ feet of mainline track) on 96 modules and has the capacity of multiple train operation. Live steam will also be shown. Stop by the Digitrax booth and check out what we have been working on.