All shows start at 8pm, unless posted.
All shows $10 cash at the door; sorry, no cards.
Arrive early for couches, armchairs, and to browse the books and watch this page for additions, updates and more information.
|April 28||Rachel Laitman Trio + Jim Eagan and Anand Nayak; 8pm, $10|
|May 10 (Thursday)||Compass Roads Poetry Reading, Editor Jane Yolen; 7pm|
|May 12||Scott Meyers + Christa Joy; 8pm, $10|
|May 19||Big Why + Vimana; 8pm, $10|
|June 8 (Friday)||Troll 2 + Austin & Elliott; 8pm, $10|
|June 16||Henning; 8pm, $10|
|July 7||Lisa Bastoni + Danielle Miraglia; 8pm, $10|
|July 14||Trevor Healy Band + Landing; 8pm, $10|
|August 2||A Literary/Musical Evening with Debra Jo Immergut, Kate Christensen, and Johnny Irion|
|August 4||Hilton Park + Davey O; 8pm, $10|
|August 25||Wistaria String Quartet; 8pm, $10|
|September 8||The frost heaves and hales + Austin & Elliott; 8pm, $10|
|September 29||Katie Clarke and Larry Leblanc + Boxcar Lilies; 8pm, $10|
|October 13||Kingâ€™s Buskateers + Jesse Elmer, the Wandering Harper; 8pm; $10|
|October 20||Dave Dersham + Ian Hamel; 8pm, $10|
Saturday, September 29 - 8pm, $10 (cash only)
The Boxcar Lilies and Katie Clark and Larry Leblanc
Indie Acoustic Night: The frost heaves and hales + Austin & Elliot
For the sound of something different in the singer/songwriter realm, edgy folk duo Austin & Elliott sing original tales of love gone wrong and death right. Unpredictable band The frost heaves and hales perform eclectic songs both clever and poignant, drawing from Americana, pop, alt-rock, theater, poetry, and more.
Saturday, August 25 - 8pm, $10 (cash only)
Wistaria String Quartet: Borodin and Beethoven
The Wistaria String quartet performs Borodin String Quartet No. 2 and the Beethoven String Quartet Op. 18 No. 3. Hear chamber music in a real chamber: the library room of the Montague Bookmill.
The Wistaria String Quartet formed in 2013 to perform George Crumb’s “Black Angels” and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains” as part of Amherst College’s Copeland Colloquium. Since their inception, they have maintained strong ties to Amherst College, where they frequently perform new works by faculty, students, and alumni. As local musicians living in the Pioneer Valley, the members of the Quartet — violinists Sarah Briggs and Kaila Graef, violist Delores Thayer, and cellist Wayne Smith — share a deeply-rooted commitment to this area’s communities and people. The Quartet has appeared at venues ranging from Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall and the Northampton Academy of Music to less traditional locations such as the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, Greenfield’s Pushkin Gallery, the Montague Bookmill, the Hampshire County Jail, and Northampton’s Interfaith Cot Shelter for the homeless.
In May 2017 the Quartet recorded an album of string quartets by local composer Scott Slapin titled “A Day in the Life of a Freelance String Quartet” and premiered several of his works. Other recent highlights include: the premiere of a work for saxophone, live electronics, and string quartet by Jason Robinson, Amherst College Professor of Jazz and Popular Music; performances in Plainfield’s “Concerts at 7” Series, Springfield’s Tuesday Morning Music Club, the Summit House Sunset Concert Series, and the Hilltown Chautauqua’s Earthcare Festival; and a concert sponsored by Watermelon Wednesdays in which the Quartet performed with Darol Anger’s band “Mr. Sun.” Through premieres, novel collaborations, and traditional programs in both conventional and rarely-explored settings, the Wistaria String Quartet is excited to share the beauty of chamber music with an ever-growing network of audiences.
Saturday, August 4 - 8pm, $10
Hilton Park + Davey O
Hilton Park is an Americana/Folk trio made up of a father, son and neighbor from a small town in Southern Maine who started playing music together for their own enjoyment, and within 8 months found themselves being recognized by the New England Music Awards as one of the best Roots acts in New England.
Davey-O is a highly acclaimed “pretense-free Americana” singer/songwriter.
"One of these artists who takes a modicum of musical coal and squeezes it hard enough to produce some diamonds is the acclaimed singer-songwriter Davey O who has supported many top tier artists throughout his career. His new ten-song collection “…a bright horizon line,” is a continuation of this concise singer-songwriter’s testament of absorbing story songs."- John Apice, No Depression
Thursday, August 2 - 8pm, free
A Literary/Musical Evening with Debra Jo Immergut, Kate Christensen, and Johnny Irion
Debra Jo Immergut reads from her debut novel, The Captives (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Kate Christensen, Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author of The Great Man, reads from her latest novel, The Last Cruise (Penguin/Random House) With special musical guest Johnny Irion playing songs inspired by his reading and from his new album Driving Friend
Saturday, July 14 - 8pm $10 cash
Trevor Healy Trio and Jim Matus
Easthampton based luthier Trevor Healy plays 6 and 12 string guitars of his own making, and will be accompanied by Jason Labbe on drums and Joshua Owsley on upright bass. Their compositions draw from elements of American Primitive guitar as well as psych rock and minimalism of the 60â€™s and 70â€™s.
Jim Matus is a composer, band leader, teacher and studio engineer - specializing in progressive world fusion, jazz, rock and improvisatory music. As the inventor of the LAOUTAR, a mandocello/Greek lute hybrid, Jim will perform pieces written for this unique instrument.
Saturday, July 7 - 8pm $10 cash
Lisa Bastoni + Danielle Miraglia
Friday, June 8 - 8pm $10 cash
Troll 2 + Austin & Elliot
High-energy night of punk-folk, dark tales, and cutting harmonies.
Sunday, May 19 - 8pm
The Big Why + Vimana
On Sunday, May 19th after the Montague Music Festival, Vimana returns for an evening set with The Big Why at the Montague Bookmill. Vimana (Brian Rodrigues, bass; Bruce Todd, drums; Leo Hwang, guitar) translates the current state of politics, crises, and unrest into an instrumental melodic context that weaves into militant psychedelic rock, astral jazz, Asian funk, and a little something else. The Big Whyâ€™s tagline (Jamie Miller, guitar; Roger Knight, drums; Leo Hwang, bass) is, Three guys, one sound. Turn around, come to this disco. You never know what you will find at a Big Why show except that it will be a mix of originals and a few covers, the effect of which is like jumping in the Sawmill River in May!
Thursday, May 10 - 7pm
Compass Roads Reading
Sixty-two poets and over a hundred new poems offer a lyrical map of our Valley.
From the Introduction by Editor
"So many places in the Valley are poems to me. I have lived in Northampton, Conway, and Hatfield, but poetry doesnâ€™t just reside there. Poems seem to drop from the apple orchards, rise up in the cornfields. They lie beneath the snow emerging first as blue-flowered snowdrops. They grow under the white nettings over tobacco crops. They sail on the rivers, and tumble over the gorges, make the rounds of the Oxbow. They clack behind the wheels of the Vermonter as it stops twice a day in Northampton. They shudder each time a too-large truck goes under Northamptonâ€™s truck-eating bridge. They pause by Sojourner Truthâ€™s statue, enjoy the Smith College greenhouse in February, nod at the mastodon in the Amherst College Museum, follow the dinosaur tracks in the shale along the Connecticut. I hear more than just Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost in all the passing winds."
Saturday, April 28 - 8pm
Rachel Laitman Trio + Jim Eagan and Anand Nayak
Eagan and Nayak spin out old-time blues and ballads with a quiet grace. Laitmanâ€™s deft voice and smoldering lyrics are the core of this dynamic, exciting trio.
Saturday, April 7 - 8pm
Cool Hand Ukes
Cool Hand Ukes met playing at the community strumming group that meets at Forbes Library on Saturdays. Our fun couldnâ€™t be contained. So we picked our favorite songs and are sharing the good times with you all! Find us on Facebook!
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