Friday, July 22, 2016

The Valley Talent Showcase

What:  The Valley Talent Showcase

When:  August 6 Friday 8:00pm
Where: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St. Holyoke, MA

Description:  Eighth edition of a monthly event produced by Mark Sherry that’s held on the first Friday of each month.  Five Bands and/or solo acts are selected from a wide variety of musical genres to compete for several hundred dollars of gift certificates and cash prizes from various local sponsoring businesses. 

All the monthly winners will compete on September 9 for a headline gig at The Big E, $500 cash, and 20 hours free studio recording time at Northfire Studios in Amherst.  The band that wins headlines and opens the next month’s show.  Celebrity judges each month include well known musicians, elected officials (mayors, State Senators and Representatives).
Suggested Donation $10 (or what you can afford)

Who’s Appearing: This months' contestants: Opel, No Eyed Dog, Claire Dacey, The Tinkers, and Humble Digs. Last months' winners "Malado" headline the show.

Guest Judge: Massachusetts State Representative Michael Finn

Event Sponsors: Gateway City Arts, Eastern States Exposition -The BIG E, Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce , Salon 413, The Dam Café, Turn it Up, Brew Practitioners, 93.9 The River, Holyoke Health Center, Holyoke Liquor Mart, , Valley Quarterly, Capri Pizza, ATC Audio, Northfire Recording Studio

Contact Info:  Mark Sherry, Producer (413) 374-7671

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange
Folk / Americana Duo

Saturday, July 28 / 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 advance / $18 Door

Location: Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

NPR calls this North Carolina duo's music "effortless and beautiful," naming it one of the year's best folk/Americana releases, while American Songwriter describes it as "honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and the sort of unfakeable intimacy that bonds simpatico musicians like Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.”

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Registration Open for Celebrate Holyoke Arts Bazaar

The Celebrate Holyoke planning committee invites artists and makers to participate in this year’s Holyoke Arts Bazaar featured at Celebrate Holyoke a marketplace for local creatives to sell their works and wares, in collaboration with The ARTery. Last year’s three day festival drew an estimated 15,000 people into the heart of downtown Holyoke, and planning has been well underway to make this year’s celebration even bigger.

Registration is open until Friday, August 5 by visiting for more information. Similar to last year, vendors will be located along the Canal Walk and areas surrounding Heritage State Park. Registration will remain open until Friday, August 5 and the vendor fee is as follows:

Friday, August 26th (5pm-11pm) - $50 per space
Saturday, August 27th (12:30pm-11pm) - $100 per space
Sunday, August 28th (12:30pm-7:30pm) - $50 per space
OR $150 for all three days per space.

In addition to artists and makers, non-profit organizations and community groups are also invited to participate. Vendors who are solely distributing information as opposed to selling merchandise are subject to a fee of $75 for all three days. If your party is planning on hosting a free, public activity, fees are negotiable. Please email to state your proposal.
All fees and contracts are due by August 10th. Payment reserves a 10x10ft space in the festival area. All vendors are required to have a tent/canopy. The ARTery has a limited number of 10x10 EZ UP tents available for rent, $20 for the weekend. Please note, the ARTery does not provide tables or chairs and registration does not guarantee a space in the festival.

Celebrate Holyoke is a three-day festival that made its return last August after a 10 year hiatus, drawing an estimated 12,000 to 15,000 people downtown over the course of the weekend. This year’s festival is scheduled for August 26, 27, 28 and will include live musical performances, foods and beverages from local restaurants, and goods from local artists and makers. Back by popular demand is also Slide the City, which will take place on Saturday, August 27. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed and are a critical component to the success of this beloved community event.

Friday, July 15, 2016


The Holyoke Rotary Club has announced the line-up of the 2016 "Positively Holyoke" Summer Concert Series. The free concerts will be held on Wednesday evenings, July 20 - August 10 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at Heritage State Park in Holyoke, MA. Performances canceled due to weather will be scheduled for the following evening (Thursday of the same week).

The 2016 Positively Holyoke Summer Concert Series has been made possible by the generous sponsorships from:

Presenting Sponsor: Holyoke Gas & Electric Department

Major Sponsors: Holyoke Parks & Recreation, United Bank Foundation, Westfield Bank, Holyoke Community College and PeoplesBank 

Band Sponsors: Ross Insurance Agency Inc., The O'Connell Companies, Dowd Insurance Agency and Gillis Insurance Agency

Beer Garden Sponsor: Brennan's Place
Heritage State Park is a family-friendly area located between the Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke Children's Museum, and Historic Holyoke Merry-Go-Round. The park has no formal seating and concert-goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets.
 "The Positively Holyoke Summer Concert Series began six years ago by the Holyoke Rotary Club. We are a club dedicated to providing Service Above Self and have enjoyed providing this family-friendly entertainment to our community," said Maureen Ross O'Connell, co-chairperson of the concert committee.
The four-week concert series will feature a 50/50 raffle each week.
Attendees are welcome to enjoy food at the Rotary Grill, brought to us by Sláinte, which will open at 5:30pm each week.
Beer and wine will be available for purchase courtesy of Brennan's Place from 5:30pm - 8pm. Coolers and beverages not purchased at the event will not be allowed.

Following is a schedule of concerts:
July 20, 2016: Darik & the Funbags
July 27, 2016: Out of the Blue
July 22, 2016: Union Jack British Invasion Band
July 29, 2016: Trailer Trash
Free parking is provided in the Proulx Garage on Dwight Street after 5:00pm (entrance on Front Street)                
To learn about the Positively Holyoke Summer Concert Series, visit

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Maureen Ross O'Connell (413) 536-8380.

Too Human to perform at the Holyoke Public Library

Hailing from New York, both Ellen and Roger have had music in their lives from a very early age. Roger was studying accordion by the time he was 5 and Ellen was harmonizing by the age of 3. Over the years they both explored different musical genres and instruments, but what remained constant was singing, the song and the passion.

They eventually became professional songwriters in Los Angeles, on staff with publishing giant Warner/Chappell Music, where they had their songs covered by a broad spectrum of recording artists including Cher, Pat Benatar, Teddy Pendergrass, Martha Davis(of the Motels), Angela Bofill, Agnetha Foltskog (of ABBA), Anne Murray, Nancy Wilson, and Ramsey Lewis. And their songs have been heard on TV shows including FameGeneral Hospital and As The World TurnsBut after a while they decided to give up the mainstream corporate music world, moved back east and became Too Human.

Too Human -What do they sound like?

Ask them what kind of music they play and they will answer, "Good music with a lot of heart." You still want to narrow it down? Okay - they cover jazz standards from the American Songbook, but with a fresh interpretation that brings new life to those classic songs. And their songwriting influences are Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, Joni Mitchell, Buck Owens, Duke Ellington, Thom Bell, Carole King, Cole Porter and the Gershwins - from jazz and blues to pop to R&B. With vocals, guitar, percussion and, on occasion, upright bass they have a jazzy / bluesy feel with a lot of heart. Ellen's earthy voice combines perfectly with Roger's unusual percussion style and stirring vocals. Sweet harmonies, unusual arrangements and Roger's famous mouth trombone are the musical elements that frame their performance. But what drives their work is their on-stage chemistry. High quality musicianship with humor and passion, totally in sync with each other, they create a strong and intimate atmosphere.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and the Holyoke Public Library.

To register or for more information, please visit the Holyoke Public Library or call 413-420-8101.

All library programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to our generous donors and supporters like you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library or by registering in person at the library’s front desk. 

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Teens are invited to come and create their own Dichroic Fused Glass Pendants

Teens are invited to come and create their own
Dichroic Fused Glass Pendants
with Deenie Pacik!
Friday, July 22 at 1:00pm

Holyoke Public Library
250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

Join us, on Friday, July 22, at 1pm, as we learn about and how to create our own Dichroic fused glass pendants. Be inspired by colorful pre-cut and crushed glass. Deenie will teach teens to safely handle glass in a party setting class that is easy and fun while creating their own fused glass pendants. Great gift making idea!

Their is a limit of 30 participants. Registration is required.

For more information and registration, please call 413-420-8101.

All library programs are open to the public free of charge thanks to our generous donors and supporters like you. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library or by registering in person at the library’s front desk.

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.

Celebrate Holyoke Announces 2016 Music Lineup

The planning committee for Celebrate Holyoke 2016 is pleased to announce the musical lineup for this year’s three day summer festival, highlighting a diverse range of musical favorites from around the region.

“We’re really excited about this year’s lineup of musical acts and are looking forward to welcoming an even bigger crowd to downtown Holyoke,” said Jenna Weingarten, Celebrate Holyoke’s Executive Director. “It was important to us that our lineup reflected Holyoke’s diverse community, and we’ve worked hard to make sure there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.”
Music will begin on Friday night at 5PM and last throughout the weekend until Sunday at 7:30PM and includes the following bands and artists:

Friday, August 26- 5pm-11pmBasement Cats
Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze
Jesus Pagan y Conjunto Barrio
Joe Velez Creacion Latin Big Band

Saturday, August 27- 12:30pm-11pmFrom the Woods
Paper City Exiles
Franny O Show
Trailer Park
Pabon Salsa
Brass Attack

Sunday August 28 - 12:30pm-7:30pmDennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men
Union Jack
Los Sugar Kings
Dee Reilly
Ray Mason Band

Celebrate Holyoke is a weekend-long festival that will take place this year on August 26th, 27th, and 28th, featuring live music, entertainment, and vendors. Last year, the festival drew approximately 15,000 people into the heart of downtown Holyoke over the course of three days. Slide the City, an internationally known 1,000-foot slip and slide, will return to Celebrate on Saturday August 27th.

Volunteers and sponsors are still needed and are critical in ensuring the success of Celebrate Holyoke. Anyone interested in being a part of this beloved community event should contact [413]-570-0389 or email V