In 2004 when MAMES BABEGENUSH got started, there were no klezmer bands in Denmark. The talented sextet dared to go where no Danish person had gone before, and the Scandinavian countryside
In 2004 when MAMES BABEGENUSH got started, there were no klezmer bands in Denmark. The talented sextet dared to go where no Danish person had gone before, and the Scandinavian countryside became alive with klezmorim and manic dancing.
But good musicians don't sit still. In subsequent years, with folk roots perfected, the band began incorporating Balkan coceks, French chansons, funk and motown, as well as jazz and classical inspirations. They share a deep pleasure in collective improvisation and in making people dance. On the heels of an unforgettable Millpond.Live set this Summer, Mames Babegenush is back in the US for a quick northeast tour including this fortunate stop in Easthampton.
PLUS! DJ LUMINUS joins us for the first time with a Balkan Beats set to complement the Mames and keep the party going — before, between and after the live sets. Doors at 7:30PM, Show at 8PM.
IF YOU LIKE: Balkan Brass, Turkish cymbaloms, coceks and horas, globally-inflected jazz, klezmer-not-klezmer, Danish people.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Limited $10 student tickets available at door with ID.
photo credit: Julian Parker-Burns
(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Advanced tickets sales have closed but you can still get 'em at the door!
Magnîfico! We welcome back Brazilian singer-songwriter Sessa for some much-needed tropical blush in the middle of deep winter. A long-time fixture of both the American and Brazilian music scenes,
Magnîfico! We welcome back Brazilian singer-songwriter Sessa for some much-needed tropical blush in the middle of deep winter. A long-time fixture of both the American and Brazilian music scenes, either as collaborator with NY guitar legend Yonatan Gat, or as co-founder of São Paulo psych-funk combo Garotas Suecas, Sessa debuted his solo work for the first time in 2019.
His songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics in the vain of Caetano Veloso and melodic flourishes not unlike those of Jobim. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the understated directness of Leonard Cohen or Devendra Banhart's early work.
Sessa's concerts are already stuff of legend in Brazil, as he takes the stage accompanied solely by female background vocalists and Afro-Brazilian percussion. While the songs often deal with subjects such as the sensual body in times of digital excess, the music points to new, more subtle directions for global pop in 2019 – a deeply minimalist sound with musical insinuations throughout Brazil’s endlessly rich songwriting history – one which Sessa now joins as one of its most promising new voices.
music video: https://youtu.be/wLbWNMb8IPo
live video: https://youtu.be/j-FT4uxMrWo
DJ Quils locks in an all-Brazilian vinyl set before and after Sessa's performance! All ages welcome, handicapped accessible. Mixed seating/standing room. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EST
The last time Betsayda's Parranda came to town — two years ago — they literally made the floor of the Burgy Grange shake. They are
The last time Betsayda's Parranda came to town — two years ago — they literally made the floor of the Burgy Grange shake. They are without a doubt one of our favorite global guests, bringing their exceptional party-spirit from the small Afro-Venezuelan village of El Clavo; La Parranda el Clavo literally means "the party in El Clavo".
Machado, also known as The Voice of Venezuela, is that rare singer: she can rivet a room with a few notes. And her band La Parranda is that very rare thing: lifelong friends who played together, not as a profession but as a way of life, for thirty years before being discovered by a booking agent. The group combines Betsayda’s clarion lead vocals, miraculous harmony singing by the entire ensemble, and deep, immensely danceable polyrhythms.
We're thrilled to be presenting Betsayda for our debut event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke and we're inviting families to come, children and all. Doors open early at 5PM. Race Street Tacos will be serving dinner. The Peace & Rhythm DJs are on the turntables with essential Pan-Latin vinyl before, between, and after the live music.
The Parranda will play two sets of music (starting at 6PM): the first set will incorporate a dance workshop and is intended for any and all dancers, ages 2-102.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. $10 student tickets available only at the door with ID. Children under 12 are admitted free. Minors (under the age of 18) must be accompanied by an adult.
(Sunday) 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Gateway City Arts
92 Race St.
Born in the thick haze of Amsterdam’s underground nightclub scene, the Mauskovic Dance Band is an audacious, psychedelic melangerie of bass-heavy cosmic disco, afrobeat, no-wave dance punk, and complex Colombian
Born in the thick haze of Amsterdam’s underground nightclub scene, the Mauskovic Dance Band is an audacious, psychedelic melangerie of bass-heavy cosmic disco, afrobeat, no-wave dance punk, and complex Colombian and Peruvian rhythms. The Soundway-signed project is just two years old and has already checked Glastonbury and Le Guess Who? off its list — they hit the north-east for the first time this March on their way to SXSW.
The Mauskovic is deeply rooted in champeta, Palenque, psychedelic cumbia, chichi, classic afrobeat and picó soundsystem culture, but their inspiration also comes from NYC’s early 80s no-wave stylings, pumped through the modern grille of Amsterdam. Assembled by Nicola Mauskovic (Altin Gün, W.I.T.C.H.) and joined by legendary cumbia producer Juan Hundred on drums, they are in constant demand for live shows in Europe.
Monday night is definitely not our go-to night for a Planetary Party, but in March the Valley needs all the tropical cosmic disco it can get and its a rare opportunity to debut these Dutch funkateers — “a controlled explosion” (The Quietus) — on their way between Montreal and Brooklyn. Essential gig, in other words!
The Planetary Party in 2020 is made possible by Spin That Records! — a vintage vinyl record shop in Springfield that also sells and repairs turntables and receivers —
owned by local music enthusiast Giovanny Zuniga.
Additional sponsorship thanks to Ruthie Oland Real Estate and Living in the Light of Rare Diseases.
DOORS 7:30PM, SHOW 8:00PM // special guest DJ Luminus is in the house to keep the room moving before and after the Mauskovic set // Advance $12 at www.laudable.live or $15 at the door.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Combo Chimbita, now signed with the legendary ANTI- Records label with their acclaimed release Ahomale, is one of the hardest-hitting groups we’ve seen in years. The quartet of
Combo Chimbita, now signed with the legendary ANTI- Records label with their acclaimed release Ahomale, is one of the hardest-hitting groups we’ve seen in years. The quartet of Colombian NYers led by powerhouse vocalist Carolina Oliveros forges a path through thick jungles of psychadelic funk and trance; what the band calls Tropical Futurism or Cumbia-Not-Cumbia.
The band draws on “traditional music from everywhere: Panama, Caribbean, Colombia, tamboritos, ‘70s funaná from Cape Verde, kompa from Haiti, cumbia, dub and reggae from Jamaica. We try to incorporate it in a way that if feels ours, so you hear these influences there but they come from our background, and our background is heavy rock, psychedelic funk and soul,” says guitarist Niño Lento.
Rolling Stone awarded Ahomale #7 of the top 25 Latin albums of 2019, saying: “…Combo Chimbita delivered a spiritual tour-de-force void of dogma and dripping with dance floor transcendence." It’s a perfect description for the band’s shamanic force and hard-hitting groove on stage.
Their Western Mass debut at New City Brewery last July (when many of you may have been on vacation), went down as one of the best Planetary Parties of the year.
VIDEO: [Esto Es Real - KEXP]
The Planetary Party in 2020 is made possible by Spin That Records! — a vintage vinyl record shop in Springfield that also sells and repairs turntables and receivers, owned by local music enthusiast Giovanny Zuniga.
DOORS 7:30PM, SHOW 8:00PM // guest selector DJ Bongohead from Peace & Rhythm is in the house with an essential collection of tropical vinyl // Advance $12 at www.laudable.live or $15 at the door.
(Wednesday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EST
Two of the newest independent music presenters in the 413 team up for a party like no other: a Genuine Culture Collider. It’s going to be maximum vibes and
Two of the newest independent music presenters in the 413 team up for a party like no other: a Genuine Culture Collider. It’s going to be maximum vibes and a dance-party situation, featuring the ever-dynamic Saturators (Caribbean Funk Party) plus DJ Rec from Peace & Rhythm spinning between sets. That’s how we put a ribbon on this month-long Tropical Heat-Wave. 🔥🌴🦜
The Brooklyn/Harlem-based Saturators melt a whole mess of genres together: hip-hop, dancehall, afrobeat, house, sosa, cumbia, reggae, and ‘70s funk, powered by Brooklyn basement parties, the vibrant Harlem hip-hop scene, and tropical Trinidadian island vibes. You might remember them from their elevating Millpond.Live set last year or the bumping after-party at New City Brewery later that night.
DJ Rec from Peace & Rhythm is always on the four, and he’s bringing his eclectic vinyl collection to keep jumping genres before, between and after.
In partnership with our friends at Genuine Culture, LLC. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. $10 student tickets at the door only w/ ID. Doors at 7:30 PM. Two sets of music starting at 8PM.
(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm