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A bi-monthly showcase of some of the best local musicians who write original music in the W.MA/Central CT/S. Vermont area. Celebrity Judges and Prizes!

 

Helping Creative Local Musicians to Advance their Careers

  •      “VALLEY MUSIC SHOWCASE”
  • A New Music Alliance Sponsored Event
    A Mini Music Festival! The Best in Original Local Music!
  • Events Every Other Month! Fridays 8:00pm—Celebrity Judges-Special Musical Guests
  • Showcases 6 Top Quality Bands/Solo acts from a Variety of Musical Genres!
  • Come See Some of the Finest Emerging Talent in Western New England!
  • Performers Compete for Prizes Valued at $1,000 Each Event & over $12,000 in Grand Prizes (including Studio Recording Time, Video Shoot, Website Design & much more!)
Are you someone who loves good music and who’d love to discover the next big rising star? Or part of a band or a singer-songwriter with creative talent? Then check out The Valley Music Showcase at New City Brewery in Easthampton, MA. The Showcase is a fun bi-monthly juried live performance event produced by Mark Sherry and designed to show off exciting new talent in the W.Mass/Central MA Central CT/S. Vermont (“The Learning Corridor”) area and give them some assistance in propelling their careers forward. Every other month 5 bands and/or solo or duos drawn from all musical genres grace the stage (plus a 6th “Special Guest”). These performers are chosen to compete because they are some of the most talented musicians in the region. Judges include local celebrities (elected officials- e.g., mayors, State Senators, well known musicians, DJs, and other local figures). Prizes are awarded at each event for 1st & 2nd place & Best Original Song— thanks to our many generous sponsors.
A “Playoff Finals” featuring the 4 winners of the 2020 Showcase events will be held to determine the “Grand Prize Winners” who’ll receive: 30 hrs of recording time at Northfire Studios in Amherst, MA, and 10 hrs of recording time at Rotary Records in Amherst, shoot a music video at Focus Springfield in Springfield, MA, get a custom-designed website and professional photo shoot from Cider House Media in Easthampton, MA, receive a marketing consulting package from PRIA Music Marketing, a top of the line Telefunken microphone/equipment package, a custom t-shirt package from Mantis Graphics, appear live on LAZER 99.3FM, & win many hundreds of dollars in other prizes.
These events provide an opportunity to see the many talented and creative performers that we’re privileged to have in Western New England & to allow these performers to create a buzz that can help kick-start their performing careers.
To be a contestant send an email with your name, address, email, photo/video and audio sample or web link of your suggested performance to valleymusicshowcase@gmail.comor call (413) 374-7671.
If you’d like to join our growing list of sponsors please call or contact Mark Sherry at the address above.
For more information
www.facebook.com/ValleyMusicShowcase
Held at New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA & select other area venues

 

Upcoming Events

 

  SPRING 2021 Date (TO BE ANNOUNCED)

 

 

Past Events

* Valley Music Showcase: Best in Local Original Music – October 2020

WATCH THE SHOWCASE NOW ! : https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1789885347825828

DUE TO COVID-19 HEALTH CONCERNS THIS EVENT IS NOW AN ON-LINE EVENT ON ZOOM & FACEBOOK LIVE
ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86277003957
October 2, 2020 7:00-10:30 pm- to be filmed at Glendale Ridge Vineyard Southampton, MA:
A NEW MUSIC ALLIANCE Sponsored Event
Great ORIGINAL MUSIC! SUPPORT the FINEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC
A juried competition for BIG PRIZES designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
The Lineup!: SHAGOHOD, BORN IV BLUES, LEMON STREET, CAYLIN LEE, THE MOON SHELLS w/Special Guest Sandy Bailey
COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES: Each band will be on their own very socially-distanced stage using their own equipment only.
Guest Judges: David Sokol, Music Editor/Writer & DJ New Music Alliance Radio Hour; Mark Ramone, DJ WECS FM Willimantic, CT & NMA Radio Hour, Mark Sherry, Producer VMS
SPECIAL GUEST: SANDY BAILEY: Turners Falls, MA Singer-Songwriter on piano; Born into a mixed race family and raised in a gospel church Sandy draws on her early musical influences to translate her emotive, soulful vocals across genres. She is also founding member of the rock group Sister Jawbone.
SongLink: https://sisterjawbone.bandcamp.com/
CONTESTANTS
1) CAYLIN LEE
Style/Genre: Country Hometown: Shutesbury, MA
Song link: caylinlee.com
Nashville recording artist voted 2019 New England Country Music Organization songwriter of the year. This accidental country girl is forced to be reckoned with. Caylin Lee’s 2019 NEMCO album of the year “Revenge” pulls from her experiences life, creating raw and vulnerable lyrics. Neal Sabol (Bass), Andrew Woodland (Banjo), and Chris Phoenix (drums) bring an elevated spark to each song. Bringing country music back to “hillbilly string band” roots. Caylin and her band bring an electricity to originals and; put their own twist on covers including Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town and many more.
2) The MOON SHELLS
Style/Genre: Indie Folk/Americana Hometown: Easthampton MA/New Haven, CT
Song Link: https://themoonshells.bandcamp.com/album/seaside-asylum
The Moon Shells are Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, & Charlie Shaw. We met through the community of musicians who play Appalachian fiddle music, & set about creating a band to play original songs. In our songwriting, we draw heavily from the traditional music of Appalachia, Louisiana, West Africa and elsewhere, as well as current music, to try to make something new.
3) LEMON STREET
Style/Genre: Alternative Blues/Jazz-pop Hometown: Springfield, MA
Song Link: spotify:track:5cyTdVIirKf3MzHtXdNopX
Lemon Street has been an evolving group seeking to incorporate styles of music that groove you along with the sweet tang of our audible variety. Amanda Spear:Vocals; Samantha Presta:Lead/Rhythm; Chris Carlson:Lead/Rhythm; Brad Presta:Bass; Justin Vedovelli:Percussion; Jack Canavan:Keys/Horn
4) SHAGOHOD
Style/Genre: Heavy prog rock Hometown: Hartford, CT/W. Springfield, MA
Song Link: https://shagohodofficial.bandcamp.com/
We’re just some average dudes making the kind of music that comes naturally to us: overwrought, melodramatic rock operas about videogames. Drew Bligh on guitar and vocals, Ben Lane on guitar, Ryan Wantroba on drums, Dave Coffey on bass.
5) BORN IV BLUES
Style/Genre: Blues Hometown: Williamstown, MA
Songlink: https://youtu.be/jykjQBvptuE
Name: Born for Blues was founded in 2017 by a group of audacious 9th graders from Western Massachusetts: Diego Mongue, founder/drummer; Julia Ostellino-Moran, lead vocals; Austin Peck, guitar; Josiah Joyce, bass; and Simon Ruiz, keys. With their original songs and reinterpreted tributes, these old souls breathe new life into the Blues. They are the face of the next generation of Blues.
6) Interactive 20 minute Q&A SESSION with All the Bands immediately after the show. (Best to access through Zoom, but Facebook Live comment feeds will be monitored too.)
7) AWARDS: Presented by Mark Sherry, Producer, and Executive Director New Music Alliance

Hosted by Glendale Ridge Vineyard Southampton, MA
Contact Info: Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase (413) 203-9764
valleymusicshowcase@gmail.com 

www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase
TICKETS: FREE (On-line event)
ACCESS:
ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86277003957 & FACEBOOK LIVE
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PRODUCED by MARK SHERRY & SPONSORED by
New Music Alliance, Cider House Media, The Valley Advocate, New City Brewery, LAZER 99.3 FM, Northfire Recording Studio, Galaxy Restaurant, INSA, PRIA Music Marketing, Antonios Pizza, Salon 413, The Dam Café, Turn it Up, Big E’s Supermarket, 93.9 The River, Black Labyrinth Tattoo, Falcetti Music, Healy Guitars, Mantis Graphics, Deans Beans, Easthampton Savings Bank, Valley Free Radio 103.3, The Print Shop, Puzzled-Escape Games, Whip City Music, Telefunken, Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, Electric Eye Records, Sutter Meats, Union St Bistro & Bakery
https://ciderhouse.media/ www.newcitybrewery.com
http://northfirerecording.com/
https://lazer993.com/ http://focusspringfield.com/
www.mantisgraphics.com https://telefunken-elektroakustik.com/ http://galaxy413.com/ www.priamusicmarketing.com www.bigessupermarket.com www.turnitup.com/ https://myinsa.com/ www.thedamcafe.net/ www.salon413.com www.bankesb.com www.facebook.com/ThePrintShopHolyoke www.falcettimusic.com www.mantisgraphics.com https://deansbeans.com http://healyguitars.com/

* Valley Music Showcase Finals: Best in Local Original Music – 2019

December 6, 2019 7:30 pm: THE FINALS! At a Bigger and Awesome Venue- CLUB ONE in Agawam!
Great ORIGINAL MUSIC to Listen & Dance to- SUPPORT the FINEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC
The FINALS of a juried competition for close to $12,000 in PRIZES designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
The Lineup!: STEVE RODGERS; THE GREEN SISTERS; KEEPERS OF THE VIBE; QUINCY; THE LOST TRIBE
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: The MARY JANE JONES
ADDED BONUS! During breaks there will be a Singer-songwriter stage in the front room of Club One with LOUISE MOSRIE, ALEX AMATO, & NATE (Outer Stylie) MARTEL.
GUEST JUDGES: David Sokol, DJ & Music Editor; Will Reichelt, Mayor W. Springfield, MA; Peter Newland, founding member of “FAT”; Lenny Diana, DJ LAZER 99.3; Connor Rowen, Telefunken; Angelo Quaglia, Northfire Recording; Andrew Oedel, Ghost Hit Recording/Rotary Records; Peter Sikowitz, Musician/Editor; Mark Sherry, Producer VMS
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: The MARY JANE JONES
Style/Genre: Soul/Jazz/Blues Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song Link: http://themaryjanejones.bandcamp.com/track/the-mary-jane-jones
This 8-member soul syndicate performs with a chemistry and swagger reserved for old friends & superheroes. Their natural talent, mastery of technique, and straight-up badassery make this one of the most exciting original bands to see in the Northeast.
Performing originals & covers with an edgy retro soul vibe, they’re led by vocalist/songwriter Mandy Pachios, and guitarist/arranger Dan Thomas. Influenced by the likes of Nina Simone, Tina Turner, & Sharon Jones, they bring jazz, blues, and soul to another level.
CONTESTANTS
1) STEVE RODGERS
Style/Genre: Songwriter, folk Hometown: New Haven, CT
Song link: www.steveofficialmusic.com
Steve Rodgers is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and visual artist who has spent more than a quarter of a century engrossed in the New England music community even as he performed across the United States and overseas. Steve is most well-known for his nearly 20-year stretch as leader and co-songwriter of the 90s/2000s alt/rock/folk band Mighty Purple and also for his 15-year adventure as the Founder/Director of the music venues The Space and The Outer Space/The Ballroom.
2) THE GREEN SISTERS
Style/Genre: Americana/Folk/Bluegrass/Acoustic Hometown: Hubbardston, MA
Song link: https://thegreensisters.bandcamp.com/releases
The Green Sisters are a group of four real-life sisters from Central Massachusetts who play a wide mix of bluegrass, country, acapella, blues, and original songs. The stage banter between Mel, Betsy, Brie and Beck makes their live performance something really special; they’ve been playing gigs and gathering fans in New England for the past four years, and loving every minute of it.
3) QUINCY
Style/Genre: Blues/Rock/Folk Hometown: North Adams, MA
Song link: https://soundcloud.com/quincy-band-150307100/adrift-the-tides
Quincy is comprised of 4 singer-songwriters, and a pair of brothers in the rhythm section. Matt and Tim Shiebler have been playing music together for over a decade, along with guitarist and vocalist Dylan Girouard. Tim Martin brings a certain folk/western song writing style to the mix. Dan O’Connell tinkles the keys & Luke Tobin rounds it all out with guitar, vocals, & sex appeal. Through their music, Quincy seeks to inspire listeners to keep it real, & have a good time.
4) KEEPERS OF THE VIBE
Style/Genre: Funk, Hip hop, R&B Hometown: Hartford, CT
Song Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL0t4I1lgLQ
Created in 2015, Keepers of the Vibe has continuously evolved their sound. The current 5 piece group is an eclectic blend of Funk, Jazz, Gospel, Prog Rock, & R&B musicians. The band is Vocalist Amanda Sloan, Guitarist Devon Long, Drummer Dwayne Keith, Saxophonist Konrad Dziemian, & Bassist Tucker Emerson. Captivating your mind, body & soul, K.O.T.V aims to uplift your spirit. The melodies take you on an atmospheric journey, as you get down to the groovin’ progressions..
5) THE LOST TRIBE
Style/Genre: Afro-funk fusion Hometown: Middletown, CT
Song link: https://youtu.be/6shCEGofFdg
Led by percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant, The Lost Tribe performs music rooted in the West African rhythms of the djembe orchestra while incorporating styles like reggae, funk, hip-hop, and jazz. Their performances are high energy and interactive, encouraging audiences to move, dance and clap along! Instrumentation and other members include:
Seny Camara: djembe Karim Rome: tenor sax
Nathan Davis: trombone Doug Wilson: guitar
Mike Carabello: keys Joel Hewitt: bass
PLUS- SINGER SONGWRITER STAGE 2 (great music while you’re waiting for the next contestant to set up on the main stage)
1) NATE MARTEL
Songlink: https://www.natemartel.com/
A fixture around the Pioneer Valley Nate has made an impact on the local music scene with his very popular band Outer Stylie and Blue Star Burns Red. Now pursuing his solo career he is focusing on some of the heartfelt songs he has written over the last few years.
2) LOUISE MOSRIE
Songlink: www.louisemosrie.com/music.html
“Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.” Louise was among the winners of the 2009 Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest. She has appeared at various Festivals around the country and toured all over the Eastern seaboard, the South and Texas.
3) ALEX AMATO
Songlink: spotify:track:28YQIYTfVs31azR1ebBcL1
Hailing from Feeding Hills, MA (site of the Finals at Club One) his diverse musical influences span across genres including country, classic rock, classical, pop and R&B. His songwriting inspiration is drawn from distinguished artists such as Ray LaMontagne, Chris Stapleton, Robin Pecknold and Josh Ritter, producing original songs embodying raw emotion and charismatic lyrics.

Contact Info: Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase (413) 203-9764
valleymusicshowcase@gmail.com

 

www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase
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PRODUCED by MARK SHERRY & SPONSORED by
New Music Alliance, Cider House Media, The Valley Advocate, Focus Springfield TV, Club One, New City Brewery, LAZER 99.3 FM, Northfire Recording Studio, Rotary Records, Galaxy Restaurant, INSA, PRIA Music Marketing, Antonios Pizza, Salon 413, The Dam Café, Turn it Up, Big E’s Supermarket, 93.9 The River, Sharktank Tattoo, Falcetti Music, Healy Guitars, Mantis Graphics, Deans Beans, Easthampton Savings Bank, Valley Free Radio 103.3, HCAC-The Print Shop, Puzzled-Escape Games, Whip City Music, Telefunken, Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, Notorious Vapors, Electric Eye Records, Sutter Meats
https://ciderhouse.media/ www.focusspringfield.com
www.newcitybrewery.com www.clubonefeedinghills.com
www.rotaryrecords.com http://northfirerecording.com/ www.mantisgraphics.com https://telefunken-elektroakustik.com/ http://galaxy413.com/ www.priamusicmarketing.com www.bigessupermarket.com www.turnitup.com/ https://myinsa.com/ www.thedamcafe.net/ www.salon413.com www.bankesb.com www.facebook.com/ThePrintShopHolyoke https://lazer993.com/ https://www.suttermeats.com/
www.wrsi.com http://tabooartists.com/shark-tank-tattoo www.falcettimusic.com www.mantisgraphics.com https://deansbeans.com http://healyguitars.com/

* Valley Music Showcase: Best in Local Original Music – Sept. 2019

 

September 20, 2019 8:00 pm New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA
Great ORIGINAL MUSIC to Listen & Dance to- SUPPORT the FINEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC
A juried competition for BIG PRIZES designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
The Lineup!: SEDAGIVE; THE GREEN SISTERS; POSSM; JEREMIAH HAZED; NIKITA
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST “STEVE RODGERS” (July 2019 1st Place Winners of the VMS!)
Guest Judges: Peter Newland, “FAT”; David Sokol, DJ & Music Editor; Mark Sherry, Producer VMS

 

STEVE RODGERS
Style/Genre: Songwriter, folk Hometown: New Haven, CT
Song link: www.steveofficialmusic.com
Steve Rodgers is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and visual artist who has spent more than a quarter of a century engrossed in the New England music community even as he performed across the United States and overseas. Steve is most well-known for his nearly 20-year stretch as leader and co-songwriter of the 90s/2000s alt/rock/folk band Mighty Purple and also for his 15-year adventure as the Founder/Director of the music venues The Space and The Outer Space/The Ballroom.

 

CONTESTANTS
1) The Green Sisters
Style/Genre: Americana/Folk/Bluegrass/Acoustic Hometown: Hubbardston, MA
Song link: https://thegreensisters.bandcamp.com/releases
The Green Sisters are a group of four real-life sisters from Central Massachusetts who play a wide mix of bluegrass, country, acapella, blues, and original songs. The stage banter between Mel, Betsy, Brie and Beck makes their live performance something really special; they’ve been playing gigs and gathering fans in New England for the past four years, and loving every minute of it.
2) Sedagive
Style/Genre: Broad spectrum rock Hometown: Western Massachusetts
Song link: https://sedagive1.bandcamp.com/track/massachusetts
Western Massachusetts’ answer to Buffalo Springfield.

 

3) Nikita
Style/Genre: Psychedelic Future-Funk Hometown: Hartford, CT
Songlink: https://nikitatheband.bandcamp.com/album/nikita-blue
Coming from a rich musical background of Soul, Funk, RnB, and Rock, Nikita brings a vibe that is both sexy and psychedelic with an original sound they’ve dubbed “Purple Soul”. Nikita has an undeniable energy onstage and in the studio that has had audiences dancing and singing along since day one. Passionate, energetic, and funky, their roots ensure that the Nikita family tree is ready to grow

 

4) POSSM (The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music)
Style/Genre: Indie Alt rock-reggae Hometown: Hartford, CT
Song link: https://thepossm.bandcamp.com/track/tidal-wave-radio-version
The Professors of Sweet Sweet Music (POSSM) have an infectious charm and enthusiasm for life. Their original songs are a surprising collection of songwriting & arranging that harkens back to groups and musicians who’ve become icons in the industry. They’ve become well-known & loved in their hometown of Hartford & are thankful for the support, inspiration and friendship they’ve been given. They’re honored to have won Best of Hartford for 2 straight years, & nominated by the New England Music Awards for Best in CT in 2018. Band members include: Earl Henrichon, Ben Paden, Jeremy Haddad, Dave Counterman & Craig Huntington.

 

5) Jeremiah Hazed
Style/Genre: Rock, Jam, Funk Hometown: Salem, CT
Song Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM5yczu4qBw
What started off as a few local musicians from the Northeast farming town of Salem, CT burning off some mid-week work angst at the local open mic, quickly turned to a cohesive element. Though often categorized as a “Jam” band, Jeremiah Hazed draws from many musical styles & influences while writing powerful original music. Members Jeremy Urbanik, Steven Provost, Rick Delia, Phil Adams, Christopher Leary and Andrew Prue combine for over 75 years of live music experience and bring the “jam” all over the Northeast.

 

Hosted by New City Brewery 180 Pleasant St (rear) Easthampton, MA
Contact Info: Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase (413) 203-9764
valleymusicshowcase@gmail.com

 

www.facebook.com/valleymusicshowcase

 

TICKETS: $8 advance; $10 @ door
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PRODUCED by MARK SHERRY & SPONSORED by
New Music Alliance, Cider House Media, The Valley Advocate, New City Brewery, LAZER 99.3 FM, Northfire Recording Studio, Rotary Records, Galaxy Restaurant, INSA, PRIA Music Marketing, Antonios Pizza, Salon 413, The Dam Café, Turn it Up, Big E’s Supermarket, 93.9 The River, Sharktank Tattoo, Falcetti Music, Healy Guitars, Mantis Graphics, Deans Beans, Easthampton Savings Bank, GCTV, Valley Free Radio 103.3, HCAC-The Print Shop, Puzzled-Escape Games, Whip City Music, Telefunken, Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting, Notorious Vapors, Electric Eye Records, Sutter Meats
https://ciderhouse.media/ www.newcitybrewery.com
www.rotaryrecords.com http://northfirerecording.com/ www.mantisgraphics.com https://telefunken-elektroakustik.com/ http://galaxy413.com/ www.priamusicmarketing.com www.bigessupermarket.com www.turnitup.com/ https://myinsa.com/ www.thedamcafe.net/ www.salon413.com www.bankesb.com www.facebook.com/ThePrintShopHolyoke https://lazer993.com/
www.wrsi.com http://tabooartists.com/shark-tank-tattoo www.falcettimusic.com www.mantisgraphics.com https://deansbeans.com http://healyguitars.com/

 

 

* Valley Music Showcase:

Best in Local Original Music – July 2019

July 19, 2019 8:00 pm New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA
Great ORIGINAL MUSIC to Listen & Dance to- SUPPORT the FINEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC
A juried competition for BIG PRIZES designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
The Lineup!:
CONTESTANTS: Kimaya Diggs; Steve Rodgers; Julie Cira & the Wake; Shantyman; Tommy Filiault Band
GUESTY JUDGES: Rick Hendra, DJ WCUW Worcester; Doug Cotton, Whip City Music; Mark Sherry, Valley Music Showcase
SPECIAL GUEST: “QUINCY”: Winner of the May 2019 V.M.S.
Special Musical Guest “Quincy ” (1st Place Winners of the May 2019 VMS!)
Style/Genre: Blues/Rock/Folk Hometown: North Adams, MA
Song Link: https://soundcloud.com/quincy-band-150307100/adrift-the-tides
Quincy is comprised of 4 singer-songwriters, & a pair of brothers in the rhythm section. Matt & Tim Shiebler have been playing music together for over a decade, along with guitarist/ vocalist Dylan Girouard. Tim Martin brings a certain folk/western song writing style to the mix. Dan O’Connell tinkles the keys & Luke Tobin rounds it all out with guitar, vocals, & sex appeal. Quincy seeks to inspire listeners to keep it real, & have a good time.
CONTESTANTS:
1) Kimaya Diggs
Style/Genre: Folky Soul Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCO4nEcTBxU&feature=youtu.be
With influences spanning many genres, Kimaya Diggs melds the folky acrobatics of Joni Mitchell, the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, the catchy soul of Lianne LaHavas, and yet has something you can’t quite put your finger on that makes her entirely unique. Her mastery of her voice is the focal point of each performance, and a transfixing experience.
2) Steve Rodgers
Style/Genre: Songwriter, folk Hometown: New Haven, CT
Song link: www.steveofficialmusic.com
Steve Rodgers is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and visual artist who has spent more than a quarter of a century engrossed in the New England music community even as he performed across the United States and overseas. Steve is most well-known for his nearly 20-year stretch as leader and co-songwriter of the 90s/2000s alt/rock/folk band Mighty Purple and also for his 15-year adventure as the Founder/Director of the music venues The Space and The Outer Space/The Ballroom.
3) Tommy Filiault Band
Style/Genre: Rock, Blues, Americana Hometown: Dalton, MA
Song Link: http://www.tommyf59.com/
Rock and roll and blues and funky styles from the great eras pre 1980. Eagles,Joe Walsh,The Allman Brothers,Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Bad Company are all our absolute favorite acts. We write like we hear and remember songs. Songs that say what is on our mind ! Good lyrics,great solos and great beat.
4) Shantyman
Style/Genre: Space funk, reggae, soul, rock n roll Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song link: www.soundcloud.com/shantymanmusic
Shantyman is a super-funk quartet hailing from the hills of Massachusetts. They tastefully blend various genres from Funky Reggae to Soul and bad ass Rock n’ Roll. The beat is held down by an insanely hard hitting drummer/lead singer resembling much of Levon Helm and John Bonham. Funky slap-style bass lines and a Garcia-esque guitar player provide groovin’ melodies for music enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy. Constantly playing impromptu style set lists, Shantyman is a tidal wave of peaking riffs, crashing into a funk filled sea of pure joy and excitement
5) Julie Cira and the Wake
Style/Genre: Punk at heart, alt-country/rocknroll Hometown: Northampton, MA
Songlink: https://juliecira.bandcamp.com/
Julie Cira & The Wake are a punk at heart, alt-country/rock band based in western Massachusetts. After starting the band as a solo project in 2015, Julie is now joined by Jac Walsh (DUMP HIM) on bass and Alyssa Kai (LOONE, herself) on drums. For Bandcamp Daily, Jonathan Bernstein says, “Julie Cira’s music blends the melodicism of Lucinda Williams with the punk energy of Lydia Loveless.” The trio will be recording an LP in fall 2019.
FOOD TRUCK: Little Truc!

 

* Valley Music Showcase:

  The Best in Local Original Music – May 2019

May 24, 2019 8:00 pm New City Brewery, Easthampton, MA
Great ORIGINAL MUSIC to Listen & Dance to- SUPPORT the FINEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC
A “mini-music festival” and juried competition for BIG PRIZES designed to show off the best exciting new talent in the Western/Central Mass, Central CT, & Southern. VT area.
The Lineup!:
CONTESTANTS: Amber Belle & the Bottoms, Quincy, Bad Tenants, Snack Pack, & Among the Acres
SPECIAL GUEST: “Peter J Newland & RadioX”
Style/Genre: Rock Hometown: Springfield, MA
Song Link: http://www.radiox-band.com/
Peter J. Newland and RadioX is a band built on the original music of Peter J. Newland. Moving with power, fluidly in and between the blues, rock, country and R&B idioms, Peter J. Newland and RadioX are quickly growing their fanbase. Peter and the band interpret and adapt works by many favorite artists including: Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Paul Young, The Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones…..
GUEST JUDGES: Brendan Leith, Talent Buyer Iron Horse Entertainment Group; David Sokol, DJ Sokol Heroes; Rep Dan Carey; Mark Sherry, Producer VMS
CONTESTANTS:
1) AMBER BELLE AND THE BOTTOMS
Style/Genre: Folk Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song link: https://amberbelle.bandcamp.com/https://www.amberbellemusic.com/
With roots in folk, country, rock, soul, and classical, Amber’s goal in writing music is always connection to others. Her soulful songwriting, beautiful melodies, poignant lyrics, and sweet, honeyed tones cut straight to the core. Band members (“The Bottoms”) include Matthew Thornton on cello and lead guitar, and Aaron Knapp on bass, whose expertise add depth and passion to an already bewitching experience.
2) QUINCY
Style/Genre: Blues/Rock/Folk Hometown: North Adams, MA
Song link: https://soundcloud.com/quincy-band-150307100/adrift-the-tides
Quincy is comprised of 4 singer-songwriters, and a pair of brothers in the rhythm section. Matt and Tim Shiebler have been playing music together for over a decade, along with guitarist and vocalist Dylan Girouard. Tim Martin brings a certain folk/western song writing style to the mix. Dan O’Connell tinkles the keys & Luke Tobin rounds it all out with guitar, vocals, & sex appeal. Through their music, Quincy seeks to inspire listeners to keep it real, & have a good time.
3) SNACK PACK
Style/Genre: CosmicHippie Rock, Swingin’ Roots Country, Parlor Jazz Pop Hometown: Northampton, MA
Song Link: www.youtube.com/watchv=0SfKREr4DFs&list=PL1d4KemNu3muDY8KenqS4zVTAfG4XyZsV&index=1
Snack Pack is on a mission of peace, love, harmony, and fun, in a grab-bag fashion from a variety of genre flavors, hence the band name, with original works and others re-imagined. Members include: Betsy-Dawn Williams, aka “BeeDee”, Josh Gordon, Mark Hoover, and Marshall Grossman.
4) AMONG THE ACRES
Style/Genre: Folk Rock/Americana Hometown: Hartford, CT
Song link: https://open.spotify.com/track/7rkYwXJVeRH8yDjvtRqt7G?si=geXBG0rsQa-SLiJtZbsI2Q
Merging elements of folk, rock, pop, and Americana, “Among the Acres” delivers a powerhouse of a live set, stacked with cascading vocal harmonies, dynamic grooves, and a keen sense for lyricism. Erik, Greg, Michael, and Sean are currently touring their debut album “Looking In”.
5) BAD TENANTS
Style/Genre: Pop/Soul Hometown: Northampton, MA
Songlink: https://youtu.be/vDE-sXsUmGU
Bad Tenants’ music tries to transcend typical categories of pop, rock and soul. Nadia Ahmed-Lead Singer; Donald Sonn- Rhythm guitar; back up vocals, harmonica; Micah K-z- Bass guitar, Back up vocals; Frank Payeur- Lead guitar, Backup vocals; Tobey Sol Larouche- Drums, guitar, backup vocals

Hosted by New City Brewery 180 Pleasant St (rear) Easthampton, MA
Contact Info: Mark Sherry’s Valley Music Showcase (413) 203-9764
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