The Nice Falls Farmers Market, which is held at Peskeomskut Park (200 Avenue A) in Turners Falls, is a superb place to buy some domestically grown greens — and now it’s additionally an excellent place to listen to some domestically made music. The farmers market has teamed up with the Garlic & Arts Competition and the Shea Theater Arts Heart to current the live performance collection “Shea Away” that shall be held on the farmers market each Wednesday in October at 5 p.m.
“We obtained a beneficiant donation from the Garlic & Arts Competition,” mentioned Emma Ayres, this system coordinator and advertising and marketing director for the Shea Theater. “They’re creatively making an attempt to navigate this time as properly and due to their donation we have been in a position to arrange this collection whereas compensating native musicians and form of bringing the Shea outdoor.”
“It’s undoubtedly a group effort between the Shea, the farmers market and the Garlic & Arts pageant. That is solely attainable due to their assist which is wonderful,” Ayres mentioned.
Ayres booked the collection and put collectively a various lineup that features some main skills on the native scene. The collection’ first present was on Wednesday with singer-songwriter Izzy Heitai, who we should always point out has a superb new album referred to as “Father” popping out tomorrow. Upcoming performances will function Hannah Rose in addition to Ruby Mack and Eavesdrop.
“I put this lineup collectively, and for me I’m all the time prioritizing LGBTQIA voices and girls in music, and in order that’s my essential dedication,” mentioned Ayres concerning the artists she booked for the collection. “For everybody, that is both their first gig in months or like second or third, which is exceptional as a result of the individuals I’ve booked for this are often fairly busy.”
Ayres added that she is worked up to have reside music once more and thinks this collection is additional particular as a result of it’s occurring at a time when outside occasions are quick coming to an finish.
Singer-songwriter Hannah Rose, who’s the chief of the art-rock band Sodada and synth-player within the group Outdated Flame, will take the stage Oct. 14. As a solo artist Rose performs folk-rock music in a vein just like that of singer-songwriter of Ani DiFranco.
Then on Oct. 21 it will likely be Ayres’ personal band, a people quartet referred to as Ruby Mack. The group was previously referred to as The Emma June Band, however Ayres mentioned they switched the title to replicate the extra collaborative nature the group is heading. There’s a powerful message to their music, which they name Feminist Folks. The band has a brand new album, “Satan Advised Me,” which is because of come out Oct. 23 and also you’ll be capable of hear some tunes off that album at this present.
The collection will wind down Oct. 28 with Eavesdrop. The music of Eavesdrop is outlined by the pleasant harmonies generated by the trio of Kara Rose Wolf, Kerrie T. Bowden, and Laura Marie Picchi. Whether or not performing with their full backing band or singing because the trio, their contagious melodies and soulful voices all the time win over audiences. Eavesdrop has been collectively for six years and launched their album “Tides” in 2017. They’re at present engaged on their subsequent launch.
Ayres shall be current in any respect the performances to say hiya and reply any questions. The occasion organizers ask that everybody put on a masks and follow social distancing.
Whereas we’re with regards to the Shea Theater, we should always point out that it continues to be concerned with “Quarantunes,” a month-to-month digital live performance collection. Subsequent up is Lea Chiara on Oct. 17, at 8 p.m., a people singer from Northampton who writes highly effective emotionally-charged story songs and sings them in a powerful, clear voice. “Quarantunes” might be considered at www.facebook.com/qurantunesfor you.
“We’re doing about one Quarantunes a month,” mentioned Ayres. “Initially, after we first began, the net format hadn’t gotten overpopulated with reside occasions, and I believe individuals are type of screened out at this level, so we aren’t placing an excessive amount of into that. I believe the primary questions that we’re working towards is how within the new 12 months to combine reside efficiency again into our programming and do it in a secure and conscientious method. So we are attempting to determine that out proper now — how can we transfer ahead and the way can we preserve our doorways open.”
Not too long ago, Gov. Charlie Baker introduced that starting Oct. 5 the state would start the following section of its reopening plans, and this may permit Massachusetts efficiency venues, similar to live performance halls, to reopen with as much as 50 % capability or 250 in attendance, whichever was lowest. So how does this influence our native music venues?
Effectively, it takes rather more than the go-ahead from the governor to make promoters and venue house owners comfy sufficient to open their doorways. The Recorder’s sister paper, the Every day Hampshire Gazette, not too long ago spoke to a few of the main live performance promoters within the space, together with the Iron Horse Leisure Group, Signature Sounds Presents and Academy of Music. All of them mentioned they don’t have any plans to open quickly and mentioned that there’s a shared consensus amongst all of people who the Gazette spoke to that there are a lot of components to contemplate earlier than they will reopen, with the security of all concerned being initially. There are additionally considerations over the uncertainty of the pandemic when it comes to its length and depth and the way that will influence the scheduling of occasions.
Ayres mentioned that the Shea Theater is in the identical scenario as it really works laborious to navigate this uncharted territory and work out learn how to greatest transfer ahead.
“We don’t have any formal plan to open our doorways till the brand new 12 months,” Ayres mentioned. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to navigate every little thing and I believe everyone seems to be in the identical boat. We are attempting to determine what’s sustainable transferring ahead, what protects our staff and what protects and takes care of our viewers and performers.”
Earlier than the pandemic, the Shea had made some nice strides in its development, launching the Shea Presents essential stage and foyer collection and internet hosting a profitable inaugural Final Evening pageant on New Yr’s Eve.
“I don’t assume all is misplaced,” Ayres mentioned. “We will proceed to construct on that momentum. We’re simply going to should lean into our arsenal of creativity. However within the arts, that’s what we have now.”
Sheryl Hunter is a music author who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in varied regional and nationwide magaz ines. You’ll be able to contact her at email@example.com.