Northampton Summer Concert Series

While there's an amazing culture of music and art accessible every day in Northampton, there has actually been no live music that takes place outdoors during the summer.  That was until 2012 when The Collective Music Group launched the “Northampton Summer Concert Series”. The Mission?  To showcase our fantastic local music scene while enhancing the summer environment and economy of downtown Northampton.  Free live music for all in the Court House Lawn, over five Friday evenings, beginning July 17th, 2015!! And please note, in the case of rain, we'll move inside to the One Bar & Grill right down the road on the corner of Pleasant & Pearl!

The 2015 Lineup

Below you'll find all the details for this years lineup. Dates, artists, bios, pictures, and links to the music of each band for you to check out beforehand!

Jamie Kent - July 17th

A fresh singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern rock artists like Ray Lamontagne and Kings of Leon as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. Since the release of his debut LP in 2011, the singer-songwriter has been collaborating with his band, Jamie Kent & The Options, to cultivate a sound with a strong rock and Americana influence.  Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 200 shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard, Ellis Paul, and multiple showcases at the South By Southwest Music Festival. Kent is supported by The Collective, an amazing grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. His single “Changes” was licensed by The Boston Red Sox, he's won multiple awards for his songwriting, and Rolling Stone recently described him as "Country Soul channeling Townes Van Zandt." Now living in Nashville, Kent is currently working on a new record with Grammy Nominated Producer Dave Brainard. 

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Sarah Blacker - July 17th

‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the New England Music Awards, Boston-based 2012 Boston Music Award nominee for Singer/Songwriter of the year, Sarah Blacker, is also a current nominee for Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year for 2013′s single, ‘Shiver,’ in the New England Music Awards. Her heart-felt version of songwriting has been coined, “Sundress rock,” and she was recently called “one of the brighter artists to grab our attention recently,” by national Roots publication, No Depression

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The FrannyO Show - July 17th

A born and bred Holyoke native, Fran O'Connell has taken the valley music scene by storm over the past two years. Recently joining the Holyoke Mayoral Race, and preparing for the release of his debut EP Produced by Jamie Kent, Fran and The FrannyO Show have an exciting year ahead.

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Eddie Japan - July 24th

Boston’s Eddie Japan combines ‘60s baroque pop and mod influences with the less restrained tendencies of ‘80s alternative guitar bands to create a soaring sound that stands apart from the beats and banjos of today’s indie scene. The band has been described by the Boston Herald as “...a circus of jazzy horn lines and girl group cooing, of swinging ‘60s cool and odd ‘80s new wave.” Winners of Boston's 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Rumble and a 2013 Boston Music Award for 'Live Artist of the Year,' Eddie Japan is a live band that delivers. A sprawling eight-piece, the sound is expansive and the performance energetic, with frontman David Santos summoning the swagger of a young Tom Jones and the dramatic ache of Morrissey.

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Wishbone Zoe - July 24th

WISHBONE ZOE is a teller of stories, a rummager of the discarded tragedies and hopes of human beings, cyanide devourer, ex-roller coaster line-pass negotiator, charmer of coyotes, sidewalk-licking, slop-delivering, claw-dancing, slap-happy Sky Child, a solo act, a band, an orchestra. Using a collection of assorted bottles and electric drills, banjos and guitars, a megaphone and a coconut kalimba, she manipulates the word into fire and the note into smoke. For over two years she has traveled the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts spinning dark tales and devilishly jubilant toe-tappers that conjure up images of gypsy caravans and carnivals after dark.

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Father, Misty, and the Big Rock - July 24th

'Father, Misty, and the Big Rock' is a nationally touring acoustic duo hailing from Northampton, MA. Built on a foundation of aged harmonies, intermingled with a combination of singer-songwriter, blues, reggae, folk, and roots genres, their house is made of positive vibrations, chemistry, and the love of a life-long friendship. For lovers of Simon & Garfunkel, The Milk Carton Kids, and Brett Dennen.

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Josh Panda - July 31st

“Josh Panda opens his mouth and it makes you say “what the f*#!!!!” He’s a powerhouse of a singer and a frontman with a unique sensibility and a laid back vibe. Old school but hip as hell.” – The Infamous Stringdusters.
Born in North Carolina, Josh Panda spent the first 14 years of his life following in the footsteps of his gospel singing mother.  He was raised in a Southern Baptist church community where feelings were not held back.  The music, the sermon, the life was all about giving into the moment.  Now at age 29, having amicably left the church and the south behind him, Panda continues to weave the organic and vulnerable influence of his Carolina roots into his music.  It's rock and roll performed as it was intended; raw, emotional and unrestrained.  

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Ryan Hommel (solo) - July 31st

In 2012, Hommel not only independently released his own self-titled debut record; he expanded his work as a sideman, beginning to play mostly electric guitar and pedal steel on both domestic and international tours with The Sweetback Sisters, Heather Maloney and Stephen Kellogg. "I will always continue to work as a freelance instrumentalist and producer both on tour and in the studio. I love working with new bands and artists to help achieve their musical vision. It even helps me clarify my own," says Hommel, who is doing just that. You can find him on his SOLO ELECTRIC tour this Spring, Summer and Fall, opening many shows for long time friend Edwin McCain along the way.

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Avi Jacob - July 31st

Nationally touring Americana artist Avi Jacob expresses the old soul of east coast America, twisting melodies from it's pitfalls and triumphs. Avi released his debut LP "So Hard To Reach You" in early 2014 on Whitehaus Family Records. Tracks on the albums revolve around the singer's journey through a six-year relationship with the mother of his first-born son.

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Amy & The Engine - August 7th

Founded nearly one year ago, Boston-based Amy & The Engine brings singer/songwriter depth to upbeat synth-pop with a folk-rock sensibility.  The indie-pop band has opened for acts the likes of Vance Joy, The Parlour Tricks, The Streets of Laredo, and has impressed audiences with performances at VH1’s Save The Music Foundation, NYC’s CMJ Music Marathon and Boston's Listen Local, a festival in the shadows of Boston Calling. Their 50s-inspired single/video "Last Forever" dropped Valentine's Day with exclusive features on Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. Nominated as The Best New Act in New England for 2014, Amy & The Engine is set to debut a six-track EP in mid-2015. Expect a record that is fresh, “pop gold” and teaming with “pure sunshine” (Portland Press Herald). Each song balances the honesty of the human experience with electro-pop energy and optimism, drawing comparison to acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Jenny Lewis and The Cranberries.

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Mikey Sweet Band - August 7th

Western MA singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet quit school when he was fifteen, teaching himself music along the way. As a songwriter he has been describes as "a haunting fingerprint of the young, lost traveler of the American landscape." Backed by some of the best young musicians in the pioneer valley, every show is full of great energy and has quickly grown Sweet's following in the area over the past year. 

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JazzFest Valley All Stars - August 14th

The Northampton JazzFest was launched two years ago and has quickly grown into one of the area's favorite traditions each Labor Day Weekend. We both share a goal of showcasing the best rising local music for our community, while stimulating our downtown economy in the process. So to do just this and create even more excitement for this year's festival, we've joined forces to present a truly special showcase featuring many of the areas best jazz musicians. The show will be a unique "All Star" kind of jam, and will feature Franz Robert, Paul Arslanian, Benny Woodard, and many more. Don't miss this truly special night to remember.  

A2Z Yo-Yo Team - July 24th and August 7th

We're lucky enough to have one of the best children's stores in the country right in our own back yard. And we're even luckier to have one of the best Yo-Yo Teams in the country trained right under it's roof! The A2Z Yo-Yo teams has taught hundreds of children in the valley, and it has graduated students who have gone on to be ranked as some of the best the WORLD. They'll be doing a couple of steller perforamnces for us this year, so don't miss out!

2015 Lineup