(the following post is a rough draft for my first MassLive.com blog post)
This being a blog about music, let me begin things by telling you a little about myself, the writer, to paint a picture of things to come for you, the reader. Last summer, I interned for the Iron Horse Entertainment Group in Northampton. They do shows at Pearl Street Nightclub, Calvin Theater, Iron Horse, The Basement and Mountain Park Amphitheatre. I stayed with them this semester as a UMass Street Teamer, flyering our campus to help get the word out to you about some cool shows. Those venues will be the heart of my knowing of goings on, naturally.
When the Five Colleges are in session is when the concerts and general night life in Northampton really light up. The school year is when the big names come to town but a lot of students have never even been to Northampton or don’t know how to get there. Take the B43 for free from UMass if the guy on your hall with the car doesn’t want to go.
The flavor of the early October calendar is as Earthy as a dirty Birkenstock. Badfish, a tribute to Sublime play Pearl Street on Saturday. They are a regular act in town and bring openers Orange Television, a band of UMass students. You may have once seen Orange Television unknowingly, as they have graced many stages at Amherst and Northampton bars. The bar bands at places like Monkey Bar often go unrecognized, I myself am usually too distracted by the beers and dancing to find out the band’s name, so definitely consider this show at the Pearl Street for a good time.
A little farther down the road is Bob Marley’s Wailers at Pearl Street on Thursday, October 9th. Two of the players were original Wailers with Marley himself. They play a lot of Bob Marley’s classics along with newer material and are the real deal blood line to the Tuff Gong himself. I saw the Wailers three years ago at the University of Hartford. The special April 20th performance was a pretty hazy affair in the intimate Lincoln Theater, the perfect coming together of students listening to reggae.
Those are just a couple of fun things that you can still buy a ticket to. I will look deeper into Amherst, UMass, surrounding towns and colleges for future concert reminders. The more obscure place you can find a live band, the better. I am open to any suggestions, too. Maybe I can talk to your friend about his band? I would love to.