PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour
Calvin Theatre ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, October 29th @ 8pm

At a time when historic changes are taking place between Cuba and the United States, the role of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club as cultural ambassadors has taken on a new level of significance. Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Thursday, October 29th, 2015, at 8pm. Deadline to enter: 10/25/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

This week we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club Adios Tour at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA on Thursday, October 29th at 8pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. This concert series is also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to the music and culture of Cuba. Deadline to enter to win: 10/25/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT ORQUESTA BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club say ‘Adios’ in a very different world than the one that discovered them sixteen years ago. In one of only two New England shows, they are coming to western Massachusetts this fall!

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club released its only studio album, produced by Ry Cooder, in 1997 and achieved instant success. The album, featuring a specially assembled group of veteran Cuban musicians, was further propelled by Wim Wenders acclaimed film and a series of international tours and albums. The group will take to the road one final time forThe Adios Tour,celebrateing the Orquestas storied journey as ambassadors for Cuban music. The past few years have been tremendously successful for the orchestra, playing sellouts in renowned venues including the Paris Olympia and London’s Royal Albert Hall as well as prestigious festivals around the globe.Each of the Orquestras artists has his or her own take on a wide range of Cuban music styles and has put an individual stamp on son montunos, danzon, cha cha cha, boleros, and Cuban jazz. This remarkable group of musical giants performs with an exuberance that is as vital as ever. — www.buenavistasocialclub.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Marco Benevento at The Parlor Room in Northampton

Marco Benevento in Concert at
The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds
in Northampton, MA
Thursday, October 15th @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Marco Benevento on Thursday, October 15th at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 10/11/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to see live music in their artist-and-audience-friendly listening room/performance space, The Parlor Room, in downtown Northampton, MA.

We have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Marco Benevento on Thursday, October 15th at 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Have a teen interested in live music? Take them instead! This venue is a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to various music genres too! Deadline to enter to win: 10/11/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT MARCO BENEVENTO

For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.

The 36-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his 2012 album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceptualized from every wisp of melody that’s ever tickled his ear.

In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swift whose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs Benevento had written that expand upon his lush instrumental piano rock to include vocals. The album, entitled Swift, will be released September 16 on Royal Potato Family.

As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold. — marcobenevento.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Jonny Lang at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton

Jonny Lang plus The Record Company
Calvin Theatre ♦ Northampton, MA
Saturday, October 10th @ 8pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to Jonny Lang plus The Record Company at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, at 8pm. Deadline to enter: 10/4/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

This week we currently have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Jonny Lang plus The Record Company at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA on Saturday, October 10th at 8pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. This concert series is also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 10/4/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT JONNY LANG

Almost two decades ago, an unknown teenage blues guitarist named Jonny Lang was thrust into the mainstream spotlight. Lang, who grew up in North Dakota and began playing the guitar at age 12, found himself on MTV at 16, promoting his 1997 major-label debut album Lie to Me and opening shows for Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones and then, a legendary mentor stepped forward: B.B. King. The elder statesman took Lang on tour and took the kid under his wing. Lang, now 34, played many gigs through the years with King until the performers death in May. The musical part of it was there, of course, but the biggest thing I took away was how he treated me. Respective differences in race, geography and upbringing didn’t diminish in their sharing of blues music. Lang has a keen sense of what he aims to achieve creatively, what music means to him, and is focused on the impact that his songs bring to the lives of those that encounter his repertoire. With his latest album, Fight For My Soul, the maturing songwriter has found his true voice. – www.jonnylang.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Alison Brown at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Alison Brown
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, October 8th @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Alison Brown at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, October 8th, 2015, at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 10/4/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and IIron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We currently have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Alison Brown, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. This concert series is also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 10/4/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT ALISON BROWN

Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso.Whether lyrical Celtic music, sophisticated polyrhythmic Jazz, or pedal-to-the-metal Bluegrass, Alison Brown does it all, offering hybrid compositions that are as pleasing as they are complex. Often compared to fellow banjo prodigy Bela Fleck, Brown holds the honor of International Bluegrass Music Associations Banjo Player of the Year. A three-time GRAMMY Award winner, she has toured with Alison Krauss and Michelle Shocked and is the driving force of Nashvilles indie label, Compass Records. — www.alisonbrown.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Twisted Pine at The Parlor Room in Northampton

Twisted Pine in Concert at
The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds
in Northampton, MA
Wednesday, September 23rd @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Twisted Pine at The Parlor Room at Signature Sound in Northampton on Wed., September 23rd, 2015, at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 9/20/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Signature Sounds have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to see live music in their artist-and-audience-friendly listening room/performance space, The Parlor Room, in downtown Northampton, MA.

We have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Twisted Pine, a Boston based 5-piece bluegrass band, on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Have a teen interested in bluegrass? Take them instead! This venue is a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to various music genres too! Deadline to enter to win: 9/20/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT TWISTED PINE

Twisted Pine is a Boston based 5-piece bluegrass band whose members all share a common love for the traditional music of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin, and the Stanley Brothers. The band is composed of Adam Moore on bass and vocals, Kathleen Parks on fiddle and vocals, Rachel Sumner on guitar and vocals, Dan Bui on mandolin, and Ricky Mier on 5-string banjo. On any given night a Twisted Pine show is a wild, unpredictable affair delivering powerful vocals, foot-stomping rhythms, and hot instrumental pickin’. In short, you get more notes for your money.

The band formed while studying at Berklee College of Music. After realizing the incredible chemistry they had together the band secured a monthly residency at the Cantab lounge where they honed their chops, repertoire, and group sound, quickly becoming immersed in the vibrant Boston bluegrass community. Twisted Pine has performed on festival stages at Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Down Home Bluegrass Festival at Club Passim, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special, Freshgrass, and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Friday, September 18th @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Friday, September 18th, 2015, at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 9/13/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World  concert series! We currently have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Vieux Farka Touré (and band) & Julia Easterlin, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Friday, September 18th at 7pm.

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. This concert series is also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 9/13/15 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT VIEUX FARKA TOURE & JULIA EASTERLIN

When Vieux Farka Toure (Niafunke, Mali) and Julia Easterlin (Brooklyn, USA) met for the first time for an impromptu studio session as Vieux passed through New York in the summer of 2014, something divine happened, transcending what each was capable of on their own. Thus their collaboration was born and an entire album project entitled TOURISTES conceived; to examine their respective musical roots and passions together and transform what they find into something entirely new and unique.  The album, due September 18, 2015, on Six Degrees Records., features eight original tunes, along with covers of Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Fever Ray’s “I’m Not Done.” Both inspired performers on their own, together Vieux and Julia prove themselves kindred spirits in moments of pure beauty, joy, melancholy and magic.  They create music equal parts modern and ancient, haunting and playful, subtle and visceral. They will be backed by Vieux’s road test banded that has steadily built an energetic and loyal fan base throughout North America and the world.

The Aliya Cycon Project Trio opens the show

Inspired by Arabic instruments, melodies, rhythms and people, ACP was formed by Aliya Cycon at Berklee College of Music with fellow Berklee students and denizens of Arabic culture. Cycon uses her highest reverence for the Arabic tradition to expose her own unique voice in her compositions and performance. Her compositions salute the Arabic tradition, as well as to step just outside of its mellifluous frontiers.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 8pm

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/15/15 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Beginning our summer promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pairs of tickets to see Ani DiFranco, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, June 19th, 2015. Peter Mulvey opens.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/15/15 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT ANI DIFRANCO

 As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano. — www.anidifranco.com

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Parents’ Night Out: Sinbad at the Calvin Theatre this Saturday!

Parents’ Night Out!

One of Comedy Central’s all-time top 100 standup comedians, Sinbad tells hilarious stories about the foibles of daily life, and he’s profound without being profane. We’re giving away two pairs of tickets for a night out in Northampton, MA, at the Calvin Theatre. Click on the image to find out how you can enter for a chance to win tickets:

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Dar Williams at the Calvin Theatre

Dar Williams Honesty Room 20th Anniversary
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets! Dar Williams revisits the album that struck a chord for a generation 20 years ago, Saturday December 13th at the Calvin Theatre. Jill Sobule opens.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Dar Williams, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, December 13th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 12/9/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

DAR WILLIAMS WRITES:

In today’s music landscape, the impact of introspective and honest lyrics across a full album is often lost at the expense of the single or a viral video. But in the early nineties, Dar Williams’ The Honesty Room struck a chord and captured a moment in time: A rare time in music when the listener was as likely to hear Tori Amos on the radio as Nine Inch Nails and honesty/raw emotion was paramount. Lilith Fair sold as well as Ozzfest and strong songs were more important than image or anything else. Lyrics still came with an album and people connected on a very personal level with a variety of themes and experiences detailed painstakingly on albums like The Honesty Room and more.  Twenty years later, The Honesty Room endures, carrying with it an unparalleled legacy and an enduring sense of optimism. Dar Williams performs The Honesty Room in full at 8PM on Saturday December 13th at the Calvin Theatre. Jill Sobule opens. Special guests are anticipated. — www.darwilliams.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Dark Star Orchestra at the Calvin Theatre

Dark  Star Orchestra
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, December 5th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see  Dark Star Orchestra, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 12/2/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA

 Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 17 years and over 2200 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations creating a sound that truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. — www.darkstarorchestra.net

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group at the Calvin

Lyle Lovett
& his Acoustic Group
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 at 8pm

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Lyle Lovett & his Acoustic Group, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Thursday, 10/30/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT LYLE LOVETT

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.

Lovett has been touring in support of Release Me since its release in February 2012. The album was #1 for several weeks on the Americana charts. Produced by Nathaniel Kunkel and Lovett, Release Me represents the end of an era as it was his last record for Curb/Universal Music Group after being on the label for his entire career. Release Me is quintessential Lyle, mixing a smart collection of originals and songs written by some of his favorite songwriters that show not only the breadth of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most infectious and fascinating musicians in popular music.

Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music’s most vibrant and iconic performers. His oeuvre, rich and eclectic, is one of the most beloved of any living artist working today — www.lylelovett.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Mary Chapin Carpenter at the Calvin

Mary Chapin Carpenter
plus: Tift Merritt
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 8pm

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Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Mary Chapin Carpenter, plus Tift Merritt, at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Friday, October 24th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 10/20/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter, a Pioneer Valley favorite, returns to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA, for a unique and intimate acoustic show. She will be joined e by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki). Carpenter spent 2013 performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder). In March, she performed two milestone concerts at New York’s Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza who also arranged the album. She was joined by Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Aoife O’Donovan, & Tift Merritt (Tift joins her on this tour). Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal and universal of life’s details. — www.marychapincarpenter.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin

An Evening with Esperanza Spalding
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 8pm

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Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Continuing our fall promotions, we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Esperanza Spalding at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 09/30/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT ESPERANZA SPALDING

Esperanza Spalding was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. Her journey as a solo artist began with the 2006 release of Junjo followed in 2008 by Esperanza which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart, becoming that year’s best selling jazz album worldwide. She was invited by President Barack Obama to appear at both the White House and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. She performed at the 84th Academy Awards and on the Late Show with David Letterman. (Letterman and Paul Shaffer proclaimed the young musician the “coolest” guest in the program’s three-decade history.) Spalding collaborations include with Wayne Shorter, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Mae, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe. Her latest album, Radio Music Society (see video) featuring a mosaic array of guest artists, is another expectation-defying chapter in the Esperanza Spalding story, as she continues on her journey of new musical horizons. — www.esperanzaspalding.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Tweedy at the Calvin

Tweedy
plus Hospitality
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 8pm

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Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

Starting off our fall promotions we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Tweedy plus Hospitality at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, September 27th, 2014.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 09/23/14 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT TWEEDY

As the founding member and leader of Wilco and before that the co-founder of Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Since starting Wilco in 1994 Tweedy has written original songs for eight Wilco albums and collaborated with folk singer Billy Bragg to bring musical life to three albums-full of Woody Guthrie-penned lyrics in the Mermaid Avenue series. His latest project is Tweedy, a musical collaboration with his 18 year old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy. The father/son duo’s debut album is called Sukierae and features 20 songs written by Jeff Tweedy. With Spencer on drums, Jeff handles his usual guitars and vocals, as well as bass and keyboards. Musician Scott McCaughey (R.E.M., The Minus Five, The Baseball Project) lends additional keyboards and backing vocals on Sukierae come courtesy of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of the Brooklyn-­-band Lucius. — wilcoworld.net

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Zvuloon Dub System at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Zvuloon Dub System
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 @ 8:30pm

ZVyloon Dub System

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to Zvuloon Dub System at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 at 8:30pm. Deadline to enter: 6/8/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. For June we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Wednesday, June 11th at 8:30pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 06/08 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM

 Zvuloon Dub System, Israel’s leading World-Reggae band, emerges from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic. ‘Anbessa Dub,’, the new Zvuloon Dub System project blends roots reggae within the context of the unique vibration of Ethiopian culture offering fresh versions of famous songs from the golden age of modern Ethiopian music together with original songs written by the members of the band. The project features several artists from the ‘BetaIsrael’ community (the Jewish Ethiopian community that immigrated to Israel during the 80’s and the 90’s) playing the music they grew up with, in their mother tongue. — www.zvuloondub.com

“Zvuloon Dub System prove that great roots music today finds some of its finest expressions outside its Jamaican homeland. Touching on many of the major themes of conscious reggae with authentic rhythms and tasty lead vocals, Zvuloon deserves a wide international audience.” Roger Steffens, Founding Chairman, Reggae Grammy Committee.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Sierra Leone‘s Refugee All Stars
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 @ 7pm

Tix Promo: Sierra Leones

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 4/6/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We are continuing to offer tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. For April we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, a musical group formed in West African refugee camps, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 04/06 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and inflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the worlds most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands. — www.refugeeallstars.org

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Tinariwen
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 7pm

From the Sahara Desert in northern Mali comes the Tuareg band of musicians known as Tinariwen, one of the most popular and best-selling African groups on the planet. Formed in 1979, the band has lived a story of rebellion, war, travel and triumph, as it became an internationally renowned touring act in the early 2000s. Rooted in the sounds of West Africa, Tinariwen mixes Western instruments with Tuareg rhythms and timbres. The power of their poetry makes for an intense and intimate live experience. – Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 3/24/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to continue offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For March we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see the Tuareg band of musicians known as Tinariwen at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, March 27th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 03/24 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT TINARIWEN

Tinariwen are poet-guitarists and soul rebels from the Southern Sahara desert. Their music expresses the aspirations of their people, the Kel Tamashek or Touareg of the southern Sahara desert. The guitar is their weapon. Simplicity is Freedom. Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder but the founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and have since engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar  the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous  to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds. The desert is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. They’ve recently collaborated with members of TV On The Radio, Nels Cline (Wilcos guitarist) and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.- tinariwen.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with
Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, March 6th, 2014 @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 3/3/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to continue offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA. Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For March we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Zimbabwean musician, Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, March 6th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 03/03 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT OLIVER MTUKUDZI

 Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi is arguably the most powerful creative force to emerge from Zimbabwe in 30 years, (along with Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo). Balancing compelling rhythms and accessible melodies with insightful lyrics, Tuku has built a vast body of work that is politically and socially relevant and accessible to a worldwide audience. Throughout a career that spans more than 45 recordings and virtually every corner of the globe, he and his band, The Black Spirits, continually play to enthusiastic audiences in even the most remote regions. — www.tukumusik.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Music from Around the World with Habib Koité at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Music from Around the World with Habib Koité
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Sunday, Feb 16th, 2014 @ 7pm

Enter for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we’re giving away to see Habib Koité at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Sunday, Feb 16th, 2014 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 2/11/14. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering tickets to Dean’s Beans Music from Around the World monthly concert series taking place at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA, over the months to come! Each month this fabulous world music concert series features a wide variety of the world’s premier international performers. Check with us each month for an opportunity to win a pair of tickets to see  these world class acts happening right here in our region!

For February we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to see Malian guitarist, Habib Koité, one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Sunday, February 16th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. These concerts are also a great opportunity to expose older children with audience skills to music from around the world. Deadline to enter to win: 02/11 @ 11:59pm (EST). Enter for a chance to win!

ABOUT HABIB KOITE

While many Malian guitarists are known for their mastery of their tribes strumming vernacular, Habib Koité has become adept at a number of styles. For him, the common thread is the sound of traditional Malian stringed instruments. Koit seeks to capture those warm sonics on his guitar via the pentatonic scale, and by utilizing open tunings. Whether one understands what hes doing technically, theres no denying the beauty in how his guitar notes and vocals interact with the lush sounds of the xylophone-like balafon and the insistent pulse of his groups rhythm section. – www.habibkoite.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to See Mavis Staples at The Calvin Theater

Mavis Staples
plus Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA
Thursday, November 7th, 2013 8pm

Mavis Staples, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient, comes to the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA, on Nov 7th! Enter to win a pair of tickets for a parents’ night out!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For November we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mavis Staples plus Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Thursday, Nov 7th, 2013.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 11/4/13 by 11:59pm (EST).  Details below…

ABOUT MAVIS STAPLES

It has been more than sixty years since Mavis Staples began singing with her ground-breaking American gospel, soul, and R&B singing family group, the Staple Singers. She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. One True Vine, the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-winning album You Are Not Alone features new songs written specifically for Staples by returning producer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco).

Mavis has been described by Rolling Stone as having “an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion.” She just returned from a series of dates in Australia with Bonnie Raitt and dates in New Zealand with Wilco directly prior to her appearance at the White House for the filming of a PBS All-Star show dedicated to Memphis Soul this past spring. Mavis will be touring internationally in support of One True Vine including a stop in Western MA at the Calvin Theater! – mavisstaples.com

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Tuesday, Sept 17th, 2013 at 8pm

Parents’ Night Out! We’re giving away a pair of tickets for a night out at the Calvin Theater in Northampton to see Micahel Franti & Spearhead on Tuesday, Sept 17th at 8pm.  Deadline to enter for a chance to win is 9/10/13 by 11:59pm (EST).  Details below

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For September we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to see  Michael Franti & Spearhead at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Tuesday, Sept 17th, 2013.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 09/10/13 by 11:59pm (EST).  Details below.

ABOUT MICHAEL FRANTI

Musician, humanitarian, and children’s book author, Michael Franti, is recognized as a pioneering force using music as a vehicle for positive change as well as his unforgettable, high energy shows with his band, Spearhead. With the multi-platinum success of his song “Say Hey (I Love You)” and the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine, Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as a fun dance party! ”Music is sunshine,” says Franti, one of the most positive and conscious artists in music today. “Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” Franti has a brand new single, “I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)” hitting radio now leading into his brand new album, All People. www.michaelfranti.com.

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Ticket Giveaway: Parents’ Night Out at Mountain Park with Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys
Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA
Friday, August 16th, 2013 @ 8pm

Parents’ Night Out to see Dropkick Murphys plus Swingin’ Utters at Mountain Park! Enter to win a 4-pack of tickets to take your spouse, partner or gang of friends on Friday, August 16th!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For August, Dropkick Murphys are coming to Mountain Park…and we’re giving away a 4-pack of lawn tickets for a group of friends to enjoy an evening out! Win the tickets and take your spouse, partner and gang of friends for a fun evening away from the kids! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 08/13/13 @ 11:59pm (EST). Details below…

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Ticket Giveaway: Parents’ Night Out at Mountain Park with YES

YES
Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA
Saturday, July 27th, 2013 @ 8pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

This month at Mountain Park, enjoy an evening with YES performing three classic albums in their entirety: The YES Album, Close to the Edge, and Going For the One and we’re giving away a 4-pack of lawn tickets for a group of friends to enjoy an evening out! Win the tickets and take your spouse, partner and gang of friends for a fun evening away from the kids! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 07/23/13 @ 7pm (EST). Details below.

ABOUT YES

Founded in 1968, Grammy-award winning recording artists YES have created some of the most important and influential music in rock history, selling close to 50 million albums worldwide. YES continues creating masterful music four decades on that inspires fans and musicians from around the world. On this tour, for the first time since 1973, YES will perform their three classic albums in their entireties, all in one concert: 1971’s The YES Album, 1972’s Close to the Edge, and 1977’s Going for the One.  For the latest news and tour info, visit www.yesworld.com.

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Ticket Giveaway: Parents’ Night Out at Mountain Park with Chicago

Chicago
Mountain Park in Holyoke, MA
Friday, June 21st, 2013 @ 8pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

This month at Mountain Park, enjoy an evening with Chicago, winner of the Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award and we’re giving away a 4-pack of lawn tickets for a group of friends to enjoy an evening out!  Win the tickets and take your spouse, partner and gang of friends for a fun evening away from the kids! Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 06/18/13 @ 7pm (EST). Details below.

ABOUT CHICAGO

Chicago is one of the most successful American bands of all time with musical ambitions that go beyond rock into classical, jazz, and soul. Since the 1969 release of their debut album Chicago Transit Authority, they’ve been able to fill arenas with satisfied fans. Beyond the staggering sales and chart statistics, their music has endured, played constantly on the radio and beloved by tens of millions. Record sales top the 100,000,000 mark, and include 21 Top 10 singles (11 of those #1) , and 5 consecutive #1 albums. An incredible 25 of their 32 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. The line-up on tour will include original band members Robert Lamm on keyboards, vocals, Lee Loughnane on trumpet, James Pankow on trombone and Walt Parazaider on woodwinds.
For the latest news and tour info, visit www.chicagotheband.com.

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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 8pm

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band plus The Felice Brothers

Enter for your chance to win! You pay for the sitter and we’ll pay for the tickets!

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For May we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to see  Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band plus The Felice Brothers at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Thursday, May 9th, 2013.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Monday, 05/06/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT JOSH RITTER

The Beast In Its Tracks, the sixth album from renowned singer-songwriter Josh Ritter, was released past March.  The new album follows Ritter’s 2010 release, So Runs The World Away, of which Bob Boilen from NPR Music declared, “I’ve come to expect good records from him…but this one took my breath away,” while the Boston Globe praised, “quite sensational…marks the finest music he has made.” In 2011, Ritter made is debut as a published author with his New York Times Best-selling novel, Bright’s Passage. Of the work, Stephen King writes in The New York Times Book Review, “Shines with a compressed lyricism that recalls Ray Bradbury in his prime . . . This is the work of a gifted novelist.” – www.joshritter.com

ABOUT THE FELICE BROTHERS

What separates The Felices mud-stomping folk from that of their peers is their no-winking honesty the sense that these songs and the places and people they’re singing about aren’t literary devices but actual people doing their damnedest to rage against the growing darkness. – www.thefelicebrothers.com

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band plus The Felice Brothers at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Thursday, May 9th, 2013, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER by selecting from the icons below
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES KEEPS YOU CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY  THROUGHOUT THE REGION  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Monday, 05/06/13 by 11:59pm (EST)

If you don’t win you should still go. Tickets are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Carolina Chocolate Drops plus David Wax Museum at the Calvin Theater

Carolina Chocolate Drops plus David Wax Museum
Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 8pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For April we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Carolina Chocolate Drops plus David Wax Museum at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, April 13th, 2013.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 04/09/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS

Carolina Chocolate Drops’ members met at the 2005 Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, N.C., and have spent the years since revitalizing and refreshing a glorious tradition of African-American string-band music. But this is no mere trio of nostalgia-miners: Members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson are as likely to work with a progressive orchestra, or to reinvent Blu Cantrell’s R&B hit “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” as they are to draw on old-time jug-band favorites. — www.carolinachocolatedrops.com

ABOUT DAVID WAX MUSEUM

Anointed as Bostons Americana Artist of the Year (2010 Boston Music Awards), the David Wax Museum has been called pure, irresistible joy (Bob Boilen, NPR) and hailed by TIME.com for its virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies. It is no surprise that its acclaimed performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was hailed as one of highlights of the entire weekend by NPR. The Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo- Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, and donkey jawbone rattling, they have electrified audiences across the country and are kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility (The New Yorker). — www.davidwaxmuseum.com

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Carolina Chocolate Drops plus David Wax Museum at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, April 13th, 2013, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER by selecting from the icons below
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES KEEPS YOU CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY  THROUGHOUT THE REGION  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 04/09/13 by 11:59pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go. Tickets are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Gaelic Storm at the Calvin Theater

Gaelic Storm at the Calvin Theater
Northampton, MA
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 8pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For this spring we are pleased to offer a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Gaelic Storm at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, March 22nd, 2013.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 03/19/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT GAELIC STORM

Celtic-rock group Gaelic Storm’s dazzling new #1 Billboard World Album Chicken Boxer is a heavyweight record that comes out swinging with a mix of empowering anthems and traditional ballads. Gaelic Storm has earned a reputation as one of the world-music scene’s preeminent Celtic bands. With catalog sales of more than 1 million, the group has now had three albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart, 2008’s What’s the Rumpus?, 2010’s Cabbage, which remained parked in the top slot for three consecutive weeks, and now, 2012’s Chicken Boxer. The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. In recent years, they’ve performed on the same bill with acts ranging from Zac Brown Band and the Goo Goo Dolls to Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett, at events as varied as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Chicken Boxer, and Gaelic Storm live, deliver a titanic knock out.

Discover more about Gaelic Storm at www.gaelicstorm.com.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Gaelic Storm at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, March 22nd, 2013., is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER by selecting from the icons below
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES KEEPS YOU CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY  THROUGHOUT THE REGION  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 03/19/13 by 11:59pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go. Tickets are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! Win Tickets to Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall

Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall
with Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
Saturday, February 16th at 8pm

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Win a pair of tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to the WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball with music by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and special guests, The Primate Fiasco, on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm at the Ashfield Town Hall. Deadline to enter for a chance to win: 02/12/13.

Continuing our Parents’ Night Out promotions, Hilltown Families and Winklepicker Festival have partnered up to offer two pairs of tickets to the 2nd annual WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm with multi-Grammy nominee Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys!

Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT THE WINKLEPICKER MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL

The 2nd annual WinklePicker Mardi Gras Festival — When New Englanders Go Barnyard Crazy – will heat up the town of Ashfield, MA., February 15- 17, 2013. WinklePicker stirs all the warmth of music, dancing, community, eating and drinking up together in one big, roiling pot, celebrating warmth and fun in the coldest, plainest days of the year. www.WinklePickerFest.com

ABOUT THE MARDI GRAS BALL

Headlining the Saturday, February 16th Grown Ups Mardi Gras Ball at Ashfield Town Hall (412 Main Street, Ashfield, MA) at 8pm, will be multi-Grammy nominee Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.  This is the ball for grown-ups who want to dress up and get down as the band works its magic with a hot two-step, then turns on a dime and deliver an a cappella ballad, followed by something that sounds like Howlin’ Wolf fell in lust with a Creole girl.  Costumes and masks are welcome!  After the concert, revelers can head next door to Elmer’s Store where The Primate Fiasco After Party will keep you dancing.

ABOUT STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys will be rolling out their brand new songs in the Hilltowns of Western MA in Ashfield, just before heading into the studio to record their 14th CD.  And they will have just returned from the Grammy Awards on February 10th, where their last recording, “Grand Isle,” is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Regional Roots Music Album” category.  Best of luck to the Playboys! www.mamouplayboys.com

Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began over twenty years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 for Bon Reve, in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their latest release, Grand Isle.

In this video below, “Steve Riley and his Mamou Playboys make sweet Cajun music together: music steeped in the French heritage of southwestern Louisiana and driven by accordion and fiddle. Watch the Grammy-nominated Cajun band play an upbeat yet bittersweet set from the NPR Music offices.:”

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to enter to win a pairs of tickets for a Parents’ Night Out to the WinklePicker Festival Mardi Gras Ball with music by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and special guests, The Primate Fiasco, on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm at the Ashfield Town Hall, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!

To enter to win simply:

  1. CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below;
  2. TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES HAS CONNECTED  YOU WITH YOUR COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS  below (one entry per household); and be sure to tell us your
  3. FULL NAME and where you
  4. LIVE (TOWN/STATE), Must include your town to be eligible.
  5. ACCURATE EMAIL IN THE EMAIL FIELD BELOW (we never share your email address with a third party).
  6. We’ll randomly draw the names of two winner sand will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 02/12/13 by 11:59pm (EST)

If you don’t win, tickets are on sale at www.signaturesounds.com/winklepicker2013 and at Elmer’s Store in Ashfield ($25/person)… and at the event ($30/person).  Doors open at 7:30 pm.  Complete details and ticketing information is available at www.WinklePickerFest.com and at Elmer’s Store 413-628-4003.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Win Tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin Theater

Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin Theater
Northampton, MA
Saturday, Dec. 1st at 8pm

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For November we are pleased to offer a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro. at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, December 1st, 2012.

Win tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win is Tuesday, 11/27/12  by 11:59pm (EST). More details below.

ABOUT JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Jake Shimabukuro (photo credit: Merri Cyr)

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter. An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project.  Parsons ended up helping Shimabukuro expand his sound, bringing in a 29-piece orchestra and a big-name rhythm section, including drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto), session superstar bassist Randy Tico and Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), who helped with the orchestration.

Discover more about Jake Shimabukuro at www.jakeshimabukuro.com.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA at 8pm on Saturday, December 1st, 2012, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  1. SHARE YOU FAVORITE COMMUNITY HOLIDAY EVENT IN WESTERN MA below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Tuesday, 11/27/12  by 11:59pm (EST).

If you don’t win you should still go. Tickets are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Leo Kottke at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Leo Kottke
Iron Horse Music Hall ♦ Northampton, MA
Thursday, Oct 18th, 2012 @ 7pm

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Leo Kottke at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on Thursday, Oct 18th, 2012 at 7pm. Deadline to enter: 10/15. Details below.

Hilltown Families and Iron Horse Entertainment Group have partnered up to offer a chance to win free tickets to see adult venues in the Pioneer Valley for a PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT! You pay for the sitter, we’ll pay for the tickets!

For October we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Leo Kottke at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thurs, Oct 18th at 7pm. Win a pair of tickets and take your spouse, partner or good friend for a night out. Deadline to enter to win: 10/15 @ 7pm (EST). Details below.

ABOUT LEO KOTTKE

For decades, Leo Kottke inspired generations of fingerpicking acoustic guitarists. Kottke can play achingly beautiful melodies and then turn around and dazzle you with with his speed and brilliance. What people generally miss is an appreciation of just how many musical genres Kottke has borrowed from and fused into his own unmistakable style. You can hear country, rock, blues, jazz, classical, Hawaiian slack-key … and, I swear, even a bit of flamenco in there somewhere. – www.leokottke.com

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Leo Kottke at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on Thursday, Oct 18th at 7pm (valued at $70) is easy & simple! To enter to win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below
  • TELL US WHAT YOUR LIKE BEST ABOUT OUR PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT PROMOTIONS  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Monday, 10/15/12 @ 7pm (EST)

If you don’t win you should still go. Leo with be at the Iron Horse on Friday night too. Tickets are available at the Northampton Box office, online at IHEG.com, or by calling 413-586-8686.

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