HFVS Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Insect Episode with Jeff & Paige

Go on a musical hike with guest DJs Jeff and Paige to explore insects. Through music and story you’ll learn: how to identify an insect, how insects connect with animals, how insects help humans, and how humans can help insects! Jeff and Paige will play some of their favorite songs as well as fun tunes from other children’s musicians and from a few adult acts. Make sure you have room to dance as you explore nature and science with Jeff and Paige. – www.jeffandpaige.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 30th & 31st, 2016

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect”


 

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  • Jeff and Paige – “A Conversation Between an Entomologist and an Insect” [Get Outdoors]
  • Ayla Nereo – “Eastern Sun” [Hollow Bone]
  • They Might Be Giants – “Why Does the Sun Shine?” [Here Comes Science]
  • The Smurfs – “Poor Little Silly Shy Smurf” [The Smurfs All Star Show]
  • Banana Slug String Band -“Decomposition” [Singing in our Garden]
  • Jeff and Paige – “New Tree Grows” [21st Century Energy Superheroes]
  • Justin Roberts – “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • The Bell Hours – “Farther Apart [The Bell Hours]
  • Sarah Jarosz – “Little Song” [Song Up In Her Head]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Bats” [Get Outdoors]
  • Mikey Mike -“Likin’ the Lichen” [Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist]
  • Jeff and Paige – “Thank You Honeybee” [Songs from the Trail]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Fur” [Fur] 4:08
  • Jeff and Paige “The Great Monarch Migration” [Mighty Wolf]

HFVS Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 16th & 17th, 2016
Original broadcast: 2008

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


 

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HFVS History Through Stories & Songs Episode with Guest DJ, David Grover (Radio Show/Podcast)

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History Through Stories & Songs Episode
Guest DJ, David Grover

David Grover is our Guest DJ with a History through Stories & Songs Episode. David puts together an eclectic mix of favorite folk songwriters and singers that highlights the history of our country. – www.davidgrover.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 9th & 10th, 2016

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Pete Seeger – “Forever Young”


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  • Where am I Going A.A. Milne/music Bob Reid
  • God’s Counting on You Pete Seeger/Lorre Wyatt
  • English is Crazy/Pete Seeger
  • If I Only Had a Brain/Liv Taylor
  • John Henry/David Grover
  • Ragtime Cowboy /Joe Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks
  • 4 Little Sailors/Bill Staines
  • The Declaration of Independence/Pete Seeger
  • To the South Pole/Bill Harley
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Civil War Music/David Grover
  • America the Beautiful/David Grover

HFVS Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Holiday Episode with Guest DJ, Jason Didner

 Guest DJ Jason Didner, a children’s musician, leader of the Jungle Gym Jam, spins a  collection of holiday music that he and his family enjoy. You’ll hear performances by   independent children’s musicians and a few household names too. You’ll hear   timeless holiday classics and some original numbers written by some of these   performers to get you in the spirit. Songs will celebrate winter fun, Christmas,   Hanukkah and the joy of an occasional “snow day” off. — www.junglegymjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 26th & 27th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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Hullabaloo – Frosty the Snowman [Holiday Hullabaloo]
Sugar Free AllStars – Funky Christmas [Single]
Groovy David – The Great Dreidel Tournament
Rob Thomas – A New York Christmas [Single]
Milkshake – Christmas in Baltimore [Single]
Andrew & Polly Featuring Mista Cookie Jar – L.A. Christmas [Other Days]
Danny Weinkauf – Wonderful Christmas Day [Single]
Dan Zanes – Angels We Have Heard On High [Christmas in Concord]
Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam – Summertime Santa [Single]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town [Single]
Justin Roberts – Snow Day [Jungle Gym]
Judy Pancoast – The House on Christmas Street [Single]
Little Rockers Band – Hanukkah Is Here [Yule Be Cool]
The Pretenders – 2000 Miles [Learning to Crawl]
Josh and the Jamtones – This Lil’ Lite of Mine [Amen!! Holiday Singles Collection]

HFVS Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA Episode with Guest DJ, Sonia De Los Santos

Join Sonia De Los Santos (from Dan Zanes and Friends) as she presents this episode on “The Sound of Mexican Music Made in the USA”. She’ll play some of her favorite songs from a variety of Mexican genres like: Son Jarocho, Norteño, Mariachi, Son Guerrerense, Banda, Huapango and Corrido. Learn about Mexican Traditional instruments and get to know who’s making Mexican music in the USA! — www.soniadelossantos.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 19th & 20th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  Sonia De Los Santos sings and plays jarana at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, NYC on July 11th 2015. Elena Moon Park on violin and vocals and Martin Vejarano on percussion.


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  • Las Cafeteras – “La Bamba Rebelde” [It’s Time]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “La Golondrina” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]
  • Los Cenzontles – “Soy Mexico Americano” [Raza de Oro]
  • Jarana Beat – “Dolor de Aquí” [¡Echapalante!]
  • Villalobos Brothers – “María Chuchena” [Aliens of Extraordinary Ability]
  • Mariachi Flor de Toloache – “Son de Toloache” [Mariachi Flor de Toloache]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends – “Colás” [¡Nueva York!]
  • Banda De Los Muertos – “El Sinaloense/El Jalisciense” [Banda De Los Muertos]
  • Radio Jarocho – “Bemba y Tablao” [Café Café]
  • Sones de México Ensemble – “Xochipitzahuatl” [13 Baktun]
  • Pedro Rocha and Lupe Martinez – “Corrido De Pennsylvania” [Mexican-American Border Music]
  • Sonia De Los Santos – “Monterrey” [Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island]

HFVS with Guest DJs, Joshua & Robyn of Sugarcrash Kids

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Guest DJs, Joshua & Robyn of Sugarcrash Kids

Join Sugarcrash Kids as they guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. The songs range from dance party to camping trip, and the Sugarcrash Kids crew talks about the importance of being yourself and embracing who you are. — www.sugarcrashkids.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 12th & 13th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups”


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– Sugarcrash Kids – “I Got the Hiccups” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert – “Starship” (Deer Sounds)
– Josh and the Jamtones – “I Love U” (Bear Hunt!)
– Andrew & Polly – “Grapes” (Odds & Ends)
– The Pop-Ups – “Robot Dance” (Appetite for Construction)
– The Singing Lizard – “The Singing Lizard Beat” (Make Believe)
– The Okee Dokee Brothers – “Through the Woods” (Through the Woods”)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “These Are My Friends” (Play All Day and Sleep All Night)
– The Pop-Ups – “Costume Party” (Appetite for Construction)
– Big Block Singsong – “Princess” (Greatest Hits)
– The Singing Lizard – “Pirates” (Make Believe)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Different” (Rad Songs)
– Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Lines and Dots” (A Potluck)
– Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Noise” (Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti)
– Big Block Singsong – “Big Foot” (Greatest Hits)
– Imagination Movers – “Be Yourself” (Back in Blue)
– Slugs & Bugs – “I Wanna Help” (Under Where?)
– Recess Monkey – “Hand Me Downs” (Hot Air)
– Sugarcrash Kids – “Are You Ready to Fly?” (Rad Songs)

HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas. – www.MamaDoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
December 5th & 6th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”


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  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N’est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Home and Away Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly

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Home and Away Episode with Guest DJs, Andrew & Polly

Andrew & Polly spin their favorite songs about being home and away.  They’ll play some of their childhood favorites, some quirky holiday songs, and a grab-bag of tunes about traveling and the different places they’ve lived. — www.andrewandpolly.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 28th & 29th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Los Angeles children’s musicians, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar, team up on this LA-tastic holiday jam.


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  • Willie Nelson – “On the Road Again”
  • Aimee Mann & Michael Penn – “Two of Us”
  • Cab Calloway – “Everybody Eats”
  • Guy Clark – “Homegrown Tomatoes”
  • Andrew & Polly – “Grapes”
  • Joe Wise – “Doodle Bee Doo”
  • Blossom Dearie – “Rhode Island is Famous for You”
  • James Taylor – “Sweet Baby James”
  • Andrew & Polly – “Hey Hat”
  • Perry Como – “Home for the Holidays”
  • Mister Rogers – “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”
  • Andrew & Polly & Mista Cookie Jar – “L.A. Christmas”
  • Ernie – “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon”
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “This Land is Your Land”
  • Andrew & Polly – “A Mapmaker’s Song”
  • Simon & Garfunkel – “Homeward Bound”
  • The Beatles – “Get Back”

 

HFVS Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Thanksgiving Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Thanksgiving episode by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband explores, through music and story, some of the many, many things we have to be grateful for in our lives — like the sun, rain, friends and family – – culminating in a vision for world peace where everyone finally has enough food, shelter, community and love. Incorporating songs by Snatam Kaur, Los Lobos, the Moody Blues, the Rolling Stones, and Nat King Cole, among others, the music and commentary weave a gentle yet thought-provoking meditation on gratitude, generosity, love and compassion to inspire folks of all ages this holiday season.

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 21st & 22nd, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Charity has a great song, “Loving Kindness.” She writes, “Love shouldn’t cost anything. This song emanated from the Buddhist practice of Loving Kindness (also called Metta), whereby you send wishes of health, happiness, safety and peace of mind to yourself and others.”  In this video she shows you the movements to the song so you can show your preK kids how to dance along! – www.jamjamjam.com


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  • Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” [Let It Bleed]
  • Beatles “Dear Prudence” [White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Grateful” [Family Values]
  • Snatam Kaur – “Long Time Sun” [Sacred Chants for Healing]
  • Gene Kelley – “Singing in the Rain” [Best of Gene Kelley]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Green Beans Everywhere” [Family Values]
  • Nat King Cole – “Frim Fram Sauce” [The King Cole Trio]
  • William Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble [Read by Charity Kahn]
  • Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You” [On the Threshold of a Dream]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Love Is Herel” [Family Values]
  • Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now” [single]
  • Los Lobos – “Peace” [Kiko]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Are the Ones” [Family Values]

New Documentary Sheds Light on Life’s Immeasurable Skills

New Documentary Sheds Light on Life’s Immeasurable Skills

Six years ago, Hilltown Families joined in on the national education-centric conversation sparked by the documentary Race to Nowhere. Addressing the standards- and achievement-based culture pushed within American schools during the past decade, Race to Nowhere spotlights the intense and frustrating damage that can be done when students are forced to exist within such an environment. Featuring anecdotal evidence alongside hard facts, the film paints a fascinating yet horrifying picture of the climate within which students are expected to thrive.

Our mini-series, Experiencing Education, featured short essays that delved deep into the ideas addressed in the film – that we’ve taken the joy out of learning, and that our supposed system for success is doing far more harm than good. Titled “Lost and Frantic in the Race to Nowhere” and “Curly Willow Education”, this Race to Nowhere-inspired series put our education system’s shortcomings into a local context, sharing the educational experiences (and their results) of a young adult whose education was molded entirely by America’s achievement culture. This series sparked the interests of the producer of Race to Nowhere, Vicki Abeles.

Now, at a time when education has begun to work its way to the forefront of the hearts and minds of everyone from politicians to the students themselves, the directors of Race to Nowhere present a sequel to their groundbreaking film, Beyond Measure, and begin to delve deeper into possible solutions to the problems they have identified.

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HFVS VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

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VFR Fundraising Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Weeks

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 14th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  What do you get when you put musician Steve Weeks and director Dave Franklyn in a room filled with cardboard, paint, tape, glue, scissors and string? Watch the new video for Steve’s song “Change of Heart” and find out! — www.steveweeksmusic.com


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HFVS Song Off Episode with Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Song Off Episode with Guest DJs, Adam and Kristin Marshall

Adam and Kristin Marshall from The Bazillions enjoyed guest hosting the Hilltown Family Variety Show by challenging each other to a song off. Each of them chose their favorites from categories like best educational song, best remake, best bedtime song and many more. They both shared little musical information tidbits about some categories along the way with a lot of laughs! Tune in to see who wins. — www.thebazillions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
November 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:    “Water Cycle” by The Bazillions. ‘Round and ’round it goes! Let these animated watercolors teach you all about the precipitation, accumulation, evaporation, and condensation that makes water — our planet’s most precious resource — go!


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  • The Jackson 5 – “ABC” [ABC}
  • Stevie Wonder – “Sir Duke” [Songs in the Key of Life]
  • The Bazillions – “Water Cycle” [On the Bright Side]
  • Blind Melon – “Three is the Magic Number” [Schoolhouse Rock Rocks]
  • Björk – “It’s Oh So Quiet” [Post]
  • Self – “What a Fool Believes” [Gizmodgery]
  • Jorge Ben “Umbabarauma” [Africa Brasil]
  • Justin Roberts “Pop Fly” [Pop Fly]
  • Liz Phair and Material Issue – “The Tra La La Song” [Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits]
  • Matthew Sweet – “Scooby Doobie Doo” [Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits]
  • The Mamas and the Papas – “Dream a Little Dream of Me” [The Papas and the Mamas]
  • Paul Simon – “St. Judy’s Comet” [There Goes Rhymin’ Simon]
  • The Bazillions – “Family Tree” [On The Bright Side]
  • The Bazillions – “Super Hero Rock Band” [On The Bright Side]
  • XTC – “That’s Really Super, Supergirl” [Skylarking]

 

HFVS Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Monster Dance Party Episode with Guest DJ, Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito

Are you ready for a Monster Dance Party with guest DJ’s Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito from Play Date?  This silly & spooky episode of Hilltown Family Variety Show features a collection of monster-iffic tunes to get your monster toes tapping and creepy claws clapping.  Tune in, turn it up and get silly with the Monster Dance Party we know you’re dying to have this weekend!  – www.iloveplaydate.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 31st & November 1st 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Play Date “Dance Like A Monster” (Official Music Video) feat. The Ghouligans!


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  • Bert Convey – “The Monster Hop” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Cramps – “Goo Goo Muck” [Off the Bone]
  • John Zacherley – “Happy Halloween” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Big Bee Kornegay – “At the House of Frankenstein” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • The Haints – “Zombie Crush” [Battle Of Wounded Heart]
  • Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf” [Rio]
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – “Monster Mash” [The Original Monster Mash]
  • The Coasters – “Poison Ivy” [Hino Hi-Five: The Coasters – EP]
  • Play Date – “Dance Like a Monster” [Imagination]
  • Ray Parker Jr. – “Ghostbusters” [Ghostbusters (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • John Zacherley – “Come With Me to Transylvania” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Kepi Ghoulie – “The Beast With 5 Hands” [Kepi For Kids]
  • Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs – “Wooly Bully” [20th Century Masters – The Millennium]
  • The Guess Who – “Clap for the Wolfman” [Road Food]
  • The Keytones – “I Was a Teenage Monster” [50’s Rock & Roll Horror]
  • Sheb Wooley – “Purple People Eater” [Purple People Eater – Single]
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell on You” [At Home with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins]
  • Michael Jackson – “Thriller” [Thriller]
  • Grover – “Be Kind to Your Neighborhood Monster” [Halloween Collection]

HFVS Halloween Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg (Radio Show/Podcast)

Halloween Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg

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This week’s guest DJ, Heidi Swedberg, shares songs about noises, monsters and the Boogie Man, performs Halloween songs live with her ukulele, and shares the Flamenco spiced “Story of the Cat and the Chicken” (with ukulele flamenco by her partner Daniel Ward). A little spooky and a lotta silly! – www.sukeyjumpmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 24th & 25th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Kindie music singer songwriters Lori Henriques and Todd McHatton come together as You and Me and the Rain. The first release is a special holiday Halloween tune and video, For Halloween This Year.


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  • You and Me and the Rain- “For Halloween This Year” [single release]
  • Natalie Merchant -“Isabel” [Leave Your Sleep]
  • Johnathan Richman -“Party in the Woods” [Back in Your Life]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Boogie Man” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Pete Seeger – “Abi Yoyo” [Children’s Concert at Town Hall]
  • Albert Whelan – “My  Brother makes the Noises for the Talkies” [Imperial #2490]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Cup of Tea” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Skümbaag – “Pop Goes the Weazel” [Music is the Enemy]
  • Sam Hinton -“Old Boastun Was Dead” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Sam Hinton – “Little old Woman all Skin and Bone” [Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts]
  • Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band – “Down in the Valley” [Play]
  • Scott Jarrett – “Edge on the Moon” [The Gift of Thirst]
  • Heidi Swedberg -“Oona’s Halloween Song” [Live]
  • Heidi Swedberg- “The Green-Eyed Dragon With the 13 Tails” [Live]

HFVS Falling into Fall Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton & Emma

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Falling into Fall Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton & Emma

Suzi Shelton returns to guest DJ, this time with her daughter, Emma, with a Falling into Fall Episode. — www.suzishelton.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 17th & 18th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Award winning singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton music video for her hit song “Go, Fire Truck, Go” from her family album, Smile In My Heart.


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  • Caspar Babypants “Tumble” [THIS IS FUN!]
  • Suzi Shelton “Banjo Pickin‘ Girl” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Little Miss Ann “Three Little Pumpkins” [Follow Me]
  • The Good Ms. Padgett “Black and Yellow Bee” [If We Must We Must]
  • Randy Kaplan “So Different Blues” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Joanie Leeds and The Nightlights “Falling” [Bandwagon]
  • The Jolly Pops “Jacque the Magic Peacock” [I Didn’t Do It]
  • Kira Willey “Caterpillar Caterpillar” [Dance for the Sun]
  • Laura Doherty “Butterfly” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Suzi Shelton “Go, Fire Truck, Go” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Laurie Berkner “The Cat Came Back” [Whaddaya Think Of That?]
  • Jon Samson “Why I Love The Seasons” [A New Kids Album]
  • Ingrid Michaelson “Be OK” [Be OK]
  • Baze and His Silly “Friends School Days” [The Best Day Ever!]
  • Bari Koral “Apple Tree” [The Apple Tree & The Honey Bee]
  • Suzi Shelton “I See You for You” [Smile In My Heart]
  • Lenka “Don’t Let Me Fall” [Lenka]
  • Justin Roberts “Red Bird” [Recess]

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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HFVS Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Anti-Bullying Episode with Guest DJ, Danny Lapidus

On this episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Hot Peas ‘n Butter front man and founder, Danny Lapidus tackles the difficult topic of “Bullying” through songs that promote friendship, peace, and Anti-Bullying messages. — www.hotpeasnbutter.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Ocotber 10th & 11th 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “No Bullies” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Recess Monkey-  “Penguinese” [Hot Air]
  • “William’s Doll” [Free to Be]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Amistad”  [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Alastair Moock- “I Am Malala” [All Kids of You And Me]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Put Our Heads Together” [Put Our Heads Together]
  • Bill Withers- “Lean on Me”
  • Justin Roberts- “Billy the Bully” [Not Naptime]
  • Dan Zanes- “Smile Smile Smile” [Night Time]
  • Dar Williams- “The One Who Knows” [The Beauty of the Rain]
  • Pete Seeger- “We Shall Overcome” [Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter- “Hot Peas ‘n Butter-Redux” [Put Our Heads Together]

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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HFVS Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Harvest Episode with Guest DJ, Story Laurie

Autumn means harvest time in the northeastern United States. But what are people harvesting in other parts of the country, and around the world? Join guest DJ Story Laurie for some lively songs (including two that were written by elementary school kids!); a crazy tale about a girl sailing around the world on a cabbage; and we’ll even check in with some folks in the Philippines, Finland and Korea about what they’re harvesting right now. —  www.storylaurie.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 3rd & 4th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Story Laurie & Friends – Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch


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PLAYLIST

  • Holy Modal Rounders – “Hot Corn, Cold Corn” [The Holy Modal Rounders 1 & 2]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Who Grew My Soup?” [single]
  • Taj Mahal – “Quavi, Quavi” [Shake Sugaree]
  • Palo – “Quimbombo” [This is Afro-Cuban Funk]
  • Harmonica Pocket – “Apple Apple” [Apple Apple]
  • Doug Elliott – “Creasy Greens” [Crawdads, Doodlebugs & Creasy Greens]
  • Dog on Fleas – “Ugly Fruit” [Bestest of the Best]
  • Mike & Peggy Seeger – “Oh, John The Rabbit” [American Folk Songs for Children]
  • Story Laurie – “The Cabbage That Sailed Around The World” [Live in Studio]
  • Field recording of a group of girls from Michoacan, Mexico, recorded by Henrietta Yurchenko – “La Bella Hortelana” [Latin American Children Game Songs]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Picking Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Patch” [single]
  • Leadbelly – “Pick a Bale of Cotton” [Leadbelly Sings for Children]
  • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason – “Bound for Another Harvest Home” [Harvest Home]
  • Story Laurie & Friends – “Homegrown Tomatoes” [Groovin’ in the Garden]
  • Taj Mahal – “Annie’s Lover” [Giant Step]

The Ripple: Late Summer Adventure Connects to Place

Get Thee to Rock Dam

The Connecticut River is the Mississippi River of southern New England: from the border of Canada to the Long Island Sound, 400 miles long, slowish, wide and sandy. It is a lazy looking, yet muscular, river. From Brattleboro to Holyoke, there are few fast, rocky sections for kayakers to be challenged by, and most paddlers just drift along, feeling the serene strength of the patient roiling waters.

One of these rocky stretches is Rock Dam perhaps the most beautiful and wildlife rich section of the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts, and it is accessible to hikers who are ready to wade a little bit.

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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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HFVS with Guest DJs, Don, Stephanie, Paul, & Mark of Nutshell Playhouse (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Guest DJs, Don, Stephanie, Paul, & Mark of Nutshell Playhouse

Join Nutshell Playhouse for an hour of fun music. — www.nutshellplayhouse.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 26th & 27th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “We’re Here” by Nutshell Playhouse.


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PLAYLIST

  • Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – “We’re Here” (We’re Here!)
  • CosacomicaKids – “The Encyclopoodle” (The Megapuff and Other Songs For Children)
  • Terry a la Berry – “Purple People Eater” (Never Be as Big as Hannah Montana)
  • Manu Chao – “Bongo Bong” (Putumayo World Playground)
  • Barbra Streisand – “Sweet Zoo” – (My Name is Barbra)
  • Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – “The Ductionary Am I” (We’reHere!)
  • Rolf Harris – “Tie Me Kangaroo Down”
  • Burl Ives – “The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night” (Poor Wayfaring Stranger)
  • Barbra Streisand – “The Big Bad Wolf” (The Barbra Streisand Album)
  • Don Jordan and the Nutshell Playhouse Band – “The Snoof” (We’re Here!)
  • Snoopy – “Supper Time” (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown)
  • Robin O’Herin –  “Junk Food Junkie Blues” (Red White and Blues)
  • Terry a la Berry – “Lousiana Bullfrog” (Bad Kitty)
  • Taj Mahal – “Little Brown Dog” (Shake Sugaree)
  • Art Barduhn – “My Name is Stegasaurus” (American Teaching Aids)
  • Burl Ives – “Little White Duck” (Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck)
  • The Weavers – “Wimoweh” (Reunion at Carnegie Hall)

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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HFVS Good Arts & Good Eats Episode with Guest DJs, Sunshine Collective (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Good Arts & Good Eats Episode
with Guest DJs, Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle of Sunshine Collective

Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle of Sunshine Collective are guest DJs on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, and it’s all about Good Arts & Good Eats!  This husband-and-wife-team of music makers tumble through toe-tapping vintage jazz, modern artful pop, and retro novelties, while tying together two of life’s best treats.  Listen in for a taste of the good stuff! — www.sunshinecollective.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 19th & 20th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Sunshine Collective’s  “Love Makes Life So Sweet”


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PLAYLIST

  • Sunshine Collective – “This Day”  [Wanna Play?]
  • Parov Steller – “Booty Swing”  [The Paris Swing Box]
  • Kate Miller Heidke  – “O! Vertigo”  [Heavenly Sounds Live]
  • Jellyfish – “Sebrina Paste and Plato”  [Spilt Milk]
  • Sunshine Collective – “Up To Something Good”  [Up To Something Good]
  • The New Christy Minstrels – “The Cat Came Back”  [Tall Tales]
  • The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – “Jollity Farm”  [Gorilla]
  • Nat King Cole – “Mona Lisa”  [The Very Best of Nat King Cole]
  • The Partridge Family “Come on, Get Happy!”  [Come On Get Happy!  The Very Best of the Partridge Family]
  • Jack Johnson – “Banana Pancakes”  [In Between Dreams]
  • Sunshine Collective – “I Just Wanna Play”  [Wanna Play?]
  • Beatles – “Savory Truffle” [The Beatles, aka The White Album]
  • Quartetto Cetra – “Crapa Pelada”  [I Successi del Quartetto Cetra]
  • Sunshine Collective – “Love Makes Life So Sweet”  [Wanna Play?]

Learning Landscapes: Use and Value Resources

From Natural Resources to Natural Relationships: Use and Value Resources

What is a resource and how do we learn to use and value resources? There are a variety of resources in our lives, many most of us probably take for granted. It is not only about using renewable resources, but rather making responsible choices about all resources.

Learning if or how we recognize, value and chose to use resources is a choice we all make. If we don’t think about this and help our children actively use their knowledge and understanding of resources to make a conscious ethical choice, but instead just consume without thought, then we have in fact made a choice. The permaculture thinking tool Use and Value Resources is intended to get our children thinking about how to, perhaps in a different way, view the world around them and all the resources that exist.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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HFVS Healthy Living Episode with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Healthy Living Episode
with Guest DJ, Frank Gallo

This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, join Guest DJ Frank Gallo from Rolie Polie Guacamole for an episode which focuses on healthy living through eating good foods and getting lots of exercise. — www.roliepolieguacamole.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 12th & 13th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:   Rolie Polie Guacamole video, “This Land Is Your Land” off of their album, Chips & Salsa. The classic Woody Guthrie tune, played in a not so classic way. Peter Barr begins with a drum solo. Mike Dillon soon joins in on timbale, bongos, and vibes. Then the song kicks in with the rest of the band, including Frank Gallo on vocals & guitar, Andrew Tuzhilin on Bass, and Christian McCarthy on lead guitar. As the chorus kicks in, The Chapin Sisters (Abigail and Lily), and Jen Chapin, join in. Footage shot on iPhone 6 from the bands 2015 summer tour.


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PLAYLIST

  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Apples” Chips and Salsa
  • Dog On Fleas “Sittin\’ In The Field” Beautiful World
  • Brady Rymer “You Gotta Eat Your Fruits” Good Morning Gus
  • Jon Samson “Fruits or Vegetables” A New Kids Album
  • Okee Dokee Brothers “Black Bear Mama” Through The Woods
  • Dog On Fleas “Dry Beans” Buy One Get One Flea
  • Mil’s Trills “Chocolate” Everyone Together Now
  • Ratboy Jr. “Ground Food” Hamster Pants
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Açai” Chips and Salsa
  • Ivan Ulz “Carrot Seed” Songs From The Old School
  • Pop Ups “Robot Dance” Appetite For Construction
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Wake Up Shake Up” Chips and Salsa
  • The Diggity Dudes “Donny Crazy Legs”
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Running Through America” Triathlon
  • Deedle Deedle Dee’s “Cool Papa Bell” Strange Dees, Indeed
  • Lou Gallo “Marathon Song” I’m Home
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole “Central Park” Chips and Salsa

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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HFVS Funny Girls Episode with Guest DJ, Kelly Donohue (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Funny Girls Episode with Guest DJ, Kelly Donohue

Kelly Donohue of the kindie band Here Comes Trouble is our guest DJ this week!  — www.herecomestrouble4kids.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 5th & 6th 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:   “Gingerbread Man” by Lunch Money off of the album, Spicy Kid


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PLAYLIST

  • The Jimmies – “Gonna Get a Hampster” [Practically Ridiculous]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Little Red Car” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Joanie Leeds – “Good Egg” [Good Egg]
  • Andrew and Polly – “Grapes” [Grapes (Single)]
  • Karen K and the Jitterbugs – “Big Ol’ Truck” [Big Ol’ Truck]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Bubbles In My Bath” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Lori Henriques – “Heisenberg’s Aha” [Science Fair]
  • Big Block Singsong – “Princess” [Greatest Hits]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Imagination” [Make Believe]
  • Jennifer Gasoi – “Pizza Man” [Songs For You]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Spill The Beans” [Goo On My Shoe]
  • Lunch Money – “Gingerbread Man” [Spicy Kid]
  • Milkshake – “Recipe” [Great Day]
  • Cheryl Wheeler – “Potato” [Sylvia Hotel]
  • Anita Renfroe – “Momisms (To the William Tell Overture)” [Total Momsense – Single]
  • Ethel Merman & Howard Keel – “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” [I Got the Sun In the Morning]
  • Laura Doherty – “If All Of the Raindrops” [Songs for Wiggleworms]
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood – “Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes” [Gravity Vacation]
  • Here Comes Trouble – “Don’t Eat the Mailman, Doggie” [Goo On My Shoe]

HFVS Back to School Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Back to School Episode

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
August 29th & 30th, 2015 (rebroadcast)
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

FEATURED VIDEO:  Official video for song “Champion of the Spelling Bee” from album No School Today by Danny Weinkauf. Lead vocals by an 11 year old Kai Weinkauf. Video by Vanessa Appleby.


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PLAYLIST

  • Imagination Movers – “First Day of School” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Pre-School Punk” [Rock the House]
  • Milkshake – “School” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Go to the Playground” [One Size Fits All]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Chuck Berry – “School Day” [His Best, Volume I]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “School Bus Driver” [Rock of All Ages]
  • Rocknocerous – “School Bus” [Dark Side of the Moon Bounce]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Homework Blues” [Rock the House]
  • Tom Paxton – “What Did You Learn in School Today?” [Best of Tom Paxton]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “The Teacher’s Lounge” [The Teacher’s Lounge]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Crazy ABCs” [Snacktime]
  • Little Monster Records – “ABC” [Soulville]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Consonants” [Jerzy the Giant]

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