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Sometimes it can be daunting to chose from the wide variety of events going on in Western Mass.
Should you do the same thing you did last weekend or try something new? Maybe you’re curious about a new band or artist or restaurant but need a little extra convincing to take the leap.
Well, in the interest of highlighting some events that I think are particularly notable I will occasionally post a little blurb about the event here.
However, not everyone will dig the same things I do.
So I’ve reached out to some friends who are passionate about different things than I am to contribute as well.
These are not paid endorsements and all opinions are those of the writer. However, some of the folks posting may be hyping events they’re involved in.
Hopefully you will get a feel for each contributors taste and how they mirror your own.
Gibson Brothers and Green Sisters
The Gibson Brothers are an upstate NY band who are often lumped into the Bluegrass world. Their latest record feels like a modern take on the brother bands of yesteryear that blurred the lines between country and bluegrass. They bring a strong pop sensibility with great hooks that also remind of the Jayhawks.
Like the Gibson Brothers, The Green Sisters are a band of siblings raised on a farm. In their case just beyond the boundaries of Western Mass in Hubbardston. They are no stranger to the valley. I saw them recently play an overpacked house at the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse and not long before that a rowdier scene at Honest Weight Brewery.
They trade off duties playing fiddle, upright bass, guitar and mandolin and harmonize as only siblings can. Their upbeat music blends folk, bluegrass and traditional country with an occasional nod to pop acts like the Andrews Sisters.
RIYL: The Jayhawks, Sweetback Sisters, Steve Earle, anything twangy or folky
Paula Poundstone at Smith
Paula Poundstone is one of the all-time greats of stand-up comedy, and she’s coming to Northampton for a show on Friday, March 14th. You may know Paula as a frequent guest on NPR’s popular radio show and podcast Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me or from her new podcast, Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. Paula has been performing stand-up comedy for almost forty years and her wit is as as sharp as ever.
Paula Poundstone is one of my favorite comedians of all time. I grew up adoring her TV specials like Cats, Cops, and Stuff and Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard. For my money, nobody is quicker or funnier at improvising material based on conversations with members of the audience. I bought tickets to this show four months ago, and I can’t wait to see her perform live.