The Drake, the brand new membership in downtown Amherst, has staked out its id to date by providing all kinds of music — jazz, funk, Americana, rock, classical and extra — and likewise clearing away seating some nights for dancing.
That’s the case tonight (Friday, July 1), when Amirah Sackett involves the membership at 8 p.m. to steer a busy hip hop dance occasion. Sackett, who grew up in Minnesota and is now primarily based in Chicago, has an in depth background as a hip-hop dancer, choreographer and trainer.
She’s additionally been a TEDx speaker and, via the U.S Division of State, has carried out and taught in Bangladesh and Malaysia as a cultural diplomat.
Sackett brings one thing else to her work as effectively: Islam.
She started getting appreciable consideration a number of years in the past when, as a part of a trio of dancers, she launched a video, “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic,” that went viral. Breaking down misconceptions about Muslim girls and their religion has turn into an integral a part of her work.
“Being a Muslim girl and being within the Twin Cities the place there’s a big Muslim group, these two worlds of hip hop and Islam have been separated for me,” she stated in a video interview a couple of years in the past. “And I actually needed to deliver them collectively.”
As The Huffington Publish places it, “At a time when hate and intolerance have turn into a typical theme of political discourse, Sackett’s work is as essential as ever.”
On the Drake, Sackett will probably be joined by Ahmed Zaghbouni, aka MR MiC — a beatboxer, musician, voice impressionist and movie director from Tunisia. In truth, MR MiC represented his nation within the 2019 World Championship of Beatboxing; he’s additionally collaborated with Sackett on a collection of movies, “Beatboxing Meets Popping.”
Again within the early 2000s, Leverett native Natalya Weinstein, who’d grown up finding out classical violin, received hooked on bluegrass fiddle when she was on the College of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduating in 2004, she moved to Asheville, North Carolina and started enjoying with a spread of native bluegrass and old-time nation musicians.
In the present day, Weinstein is a part of the Americana group Zoe & Cloyd together with her husband, John Cloyd Miller (the band’s title is drawn from their center names). Miller, who performs guitar, banjo and mandolin, is the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate, and he’s received quite a few awards for his songwriting.
The couple have been coming as much as the Valley for years to carry out, and now, after a two-year delay courtesy of COVID-19, they return July 15 to play on the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley.
At their present, at 7 p.m., they’ll be joined by Bennett Sullivan on banjo and Nate Sabat on bass, they usually’ll be enjoying cuts from their most up-to-date album, “Rebuild,” which provides loads of hoe-down vitality on songs just like the title lower and “That House Far Away,” in addition to shades of klezmer on “Hoffman’s Hora/David’s Frailach.”
And “The place Do You Stand” provides some pointed commentary on the grinding political paralysis in Washington, D.C. and the polarization of so many People: “Are we too dug in to face the reality we’re gettin’ nowhere quick? / And I ponder if we’re actually gonna final.”
Anchoring Zoe & Cloyd’s sound are tight harmonies and musicianship — and the vitality and pleasure they really feel now that they’re again to enjoying stay music.
“We’re slowly getting our touring legs again once more and are excited to return again to carry out within the Northeast this summer season with a 6-show tour in MA/NY/CT,” Weinstein wrote in an e-mail.
Tickets for the Hadley present are a $20 recommended donation on the door.
Flywheel, the longtime arts collective that had to surrender its digs in Easthampton’s Outdated City Corridor throughout the depths of the pandemic, has been slowly rebuilding over the previous 12 months or so, scheduling a handful of concert events in several places, most lately on the Northampton Middle for the Arts in April.
On July 7, on the garden exterior Forbes Library in Northampton, Flywheel returns with three acts starting at 5:30 p.m. and working to eight p.m. — and it’s all free.
Beginning issues off is Flung, the work of Oakland-based multi-instrumentalist Kashika Kollaikal, who in keeping with Bandcamp “creates channels for feeling. Flung’s music is directly each danceable and meditative, discovering movement in stillness and stillness in movement.” Pop, jazz, experimental sounds and extra are a part of the combo.
Blue Toed is the title of a music venture by multi-media artist Nico Lepeska-True of Philadelphia. The artist, in keeping with Flywheel, is a “sample-based explorer, constantly brushing with the guts of dance/transferring the core of their tracks from the kick, to the synth lead, to the afterimage of the concord.”
The Flywheel present concludes with Father Hotep, an Amherst-based artist who provides “black angst, claustrophobic beats, chew sized ballads, [and] efficiency artwork.”
Rain date for the present is July 14.
Extra music on faucet
The Marigold Theater in Easthampton will characteristic indie-folk from Cloudbelly and rock from Grammerhorn Wren tonight (July 1) starting at 8 p.m.
People veteran David Mallet performs July 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum in Hadley as a part of the historic dwelling’s Wednesday People Traditions collection.
Home of Hamill brings its folks and Celtic rhythms to the West Whately Chapel July 6 at 7:30 p.m as a part of the Watermelon Wednesdays collection.
Frankly, The THE BAND Band might do with a much less awkward title. However these veteran gamers do a wonderful job channeling the music of The Band, the late Sixties/mid Nineteen Seventies Americana favorites who have been an enormous affect on The Eagles, Wilco, and plenty of different teams. They play Race Road Reside in Holyoke July 8 at 8 p.m.
Extra danceable grooves on the Drake: Basher, a New Orleans band of two saxophones, two drumsets, and analog synthesizers, performs a mixture of “free avant-pop, post-jazz groove punk, and dance-crazed occasion music,” in keeping with program notes. The present takes place July 9 at 7 p.m. and consists of DJ units by Basher, Bobby Ganache, and LoSax (DJ+sax man combo.)
Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Rogers and cellist Eugene Fiesen will play authentic songs and Celtic ballads July 9 at 7:30 p.m. on the UU Society of Amherst. Tickets can be found at www.hartsne.org or by calling (413) 345-2917.
At Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Middle in Greenfield, Fenario, a New England Grateful Useless tribute band, performs July 8 at 8:30 p.m., and veteran Valley rockers John Sheldon and Blue Streak play July 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Steve Pfarrer might be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.