The Ripple: The River Knows the Way

Sustainability: the River Knows the Way

Biology tells us that water is life. Religion tells us that life is sacred. Biology does not want to admit that life is sacred (because that would not be “objective,” but it would not exist without water.  Think of any biologist and name one not totally dependent upon water for life. Einstein’s brain was 75% water, and so are ours. Think of how you are reading this now—to some actual extent, water is reading this too. As a hard science, biology is a means for water to get to know itself—for water is life and life/bios is what biology studies.

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

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Earth Day Episode
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

This special Earth Day show by Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband highlights songs and concepts that explore compassion, kindness, and our interconnectedness with Earth and all beings. The episode underscores the reminder that our love and intention are powerful forces that can inspire all of us to act in ways that protect and take care of the Earth. In addition to music along these lines, the show also includes a story (theme: interbeing) and a guided meditation (theme: non-harming). Because every day should be Earth Day! — www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 23rd & 24th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  EARTH DAY by Charity and the JAMband


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PLAYLIST

  • The Beatles – “Mother Nature’s Son” [The White Album]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Earth Day” [EARTH]
  • Joe Reilly – “I Love Nature” [Children of the Earth]
  • The Banana Slug String Band – “Sun, Soil, Water and Air” [Singing in Our Garden]
  • Melita – “Turn the World Around” [Light Within]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “I Am the Earth and the Earth Is Me” [EARTH]
  • STORY: “The Sun in My Belly” by Sister Susan, illustrated by Sister Rain, inspired by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Charity and the JAMband – “We Speak for the Earth” [EARTH]
  • The Alphabet Rockers – “Change the World” [Playground Zone]
  • Charity and the JAMband – “Meditation for Non-Harming” [Sit Breathe Love: Guided Meditations for Children and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them
  • Neil Young – “A New Day for Love” [The Monsanto Years]

Under the Hat: School of Rock

School of Rock

In the 30+ years that I’ve been playing music professionally, I’ve been lucky to have many incredible experiences performing all around the world. There are lots of variables that go into creating a great show: the venue, the crowd, the sound, and of course, the rapport with other musicians. It’s a rare occasion when everything comes together, but when those magical moments happen it’s powerful for everyone fortunate enough to be in the band or in the audience.

Recently, in New York City, I played a concert that immediately found a spot high on the list of my all-time favorite gigs. The sold-out show was at a great theater (Symphony Space) on Broadway and my backing band was a group of phenomenal children. The kids who played with me are the stars of the hit Broadway musical “School of Rock.”

In many ways, working with Brandon, Evie, Dante and Ethan was similar to rehearsing and performing with grown-up pros. I sent them mp3’s and chord charts of the songs before we met, and they showed up prepared having done their homework. We had one short rehearsal and then played the show.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Ripple: Synchronization of the Watershed Flora & Fauna

A River Is Always In Synch

Like tiny submariners bursting up and out of the bottom of the brook, breaking into wings and soaring for a short time above the world they once knew, the stoneflies are here, molting from crab-shells they lived in. On the back of my neck, computer keyboard, every boulder around me: they multiply, skitter all directions, avoiding the rushing water they recently called home. The frenzy begins.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Musical Diversity Episode with Guest DJ, Liz DeRoche

Liz DeRoche is our Guest DJ with Musical Diversity Episode. Liz will take listeners on a musical adventure exploring diversity in music. She showcases a wide variety of genres that are as unique and diverse as we are. — thesinginglizard.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 26th & 27th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “Show Me Your Happy” by The Singing Lizard


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  • Sunshine and the Moonbeams – “Melody in Me” [Melody In Me]
  • The Pop Ups – “Pretend We Forgot” [The Great Pretenders Club]
  • Alphabet Rockers – “Gimme Some Skin” [The Playground Zone]
  • Frances England – “Explorer Of The World” [Explorer Of The World]
  • 

The Singing Lizard – “Club Called Awesome” [Club Called Awesome]
  • The Roots – “Lovely, Love My Family” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
  • 

Dolly Parton – “Love Is Like A Butterfly” [Love Is Like A Butterfly]
  • 

Ludwig van Beethoven – “Für Elise”
  • Cornelius – “Count Five or Six” [Fantasma]
  • Sam Cooke – “Twistin’ The Night Away” [Twistin’ The Night Away]
  • 

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – “Conga” [Primitive Love]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Be Yourself” [Club Called Awesome]
  • I’m from Barcelona – “Just Because It’s Different Doesn’t Mean Scary” [Yo Gabba Gabba! Music Is… Awesome!]
  • 

John D. Boswell – “Mister Rogers Remixed: Garden of Your Mind” [PBS Remixed]
  • Skeewiff – “Twelve Featuring The Pointer Sisters (Combo Breaker Remix)”
  • Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers – “Bustin’ Loose” [Bustin’ Loose]
  • 

Mista Cookie Jar – “Happy Place” [Ultramagnetic Universal Love Revolution]
  • 

Lori Henriques – “How Great Can This Day Be” [How Great Can This Day Be]
  • The Singing Lizard – “Show Me Your Happy” [Club Called Awesome]

HFVS Purim Episode with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Radio Show/Podcast)

Purim Episode
with Guest DJ, Mama Doni

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Mama Doni celebrates the Jewish holiday of Purim on Hilltown Family Variety Show! Celebrating the universal theme of Purim: standing up to adversity, having a voice, self empowerment,  Mama Doni shares classic songs of strength. This unique Radio Show will give listeners a flavor of Purim —  from the fun and crazy to the true meaning and message of this cool Jewish holiday. — www.mamadoni.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 19th & 20th, 2016
Original Broadcast: 2/23/13

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

Featured video: What to wear for the holiday of Purim? Mama Doni and her band have some engaging ideas to sort through the choices in their original song, “Costume Conundrum.” Learn more about the Mama Doni Band online at mamdoni.com.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up, Gold
  • Ballad of Esther & Mordechi, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Ether Won’t You Marry Me, Fran Avni, Latkes & Hamantashen
  • Costume Conundrum, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • If You Want To Sing Out, Cat Stevens
  • Mi Chamocha, Mama Doni & Eric Lindberg
  • Respect, Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits
  • You Gotta Be, Des’ree, I Aint Movin
  • I Ate Too Many Hamantashen, Mindy Kornberg’s Soul Tune Singers, Music From the Mountain
  • Kookie Cookie, Mama Doni, Get Cooking! A Jewish American Family Cookbook & Rockin’ Mama Doni Celebration
  • Cowboy Purim, Doug Cotler, It’s So Amazing
  • Hey Man, Mama Doni, I Love Purim
  • Were Not Gonna Take it, Twisted Sister
  • Purim Game, Debbie Friedman, Shanah Tovah A Good Year
  • Break my Stride, Matthew Wilder,
  • I Will Survive, Gloria Gaynor, Greatest Hits
  • Purim, Andy Statman, Bella Fleck
  • Purim Bash, Mama Doni, I Love Purim

Observance of Earth Hour Supports Climate Studies and Sense of Place

Observance of Earth Hour Supports Climate Studies and Sense of Place

Since 2007, hundreds of millions of people worldwide have participated annually in a powerful and symbolic act of earth-centric solidarity. Earth Hour brings together citizens of all ages from around the world to shine a light on climate change and climate action – by turning off the lights!

Held annually in late March (so as to allow the sunset times in both of the earth’s hemispheres to overlap), Earth Hour asks participants to show their commitment to preserving the earth by switching off non-essential lighting for a full 60 minutes. While a single home with its lights switched off may not seem like much of a statement (in fact, it might just seem like nobody is home!), a neighborhood, town, or city filled with homes darkened for Earth Hour makes quite a statement and shows a collective desire for respectful, responsible, and sustainable use of the earth and its resources.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hilltown Family Funk Show with Guest DJ, Chris Wiser from Sugar Free Allstars

Get ready to get up, get down and get FUNKY! Guest DJ, Chris Wiser (a.k.a. Boom) from Sugar Free Allstars  hosts a show all about funk, soul and R&B music. You won’t be able to sit still while listening to this one, so grab your dance shoes, it’s time to get this party started! — www.sugarfreeallstars.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 12th & 13th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Shake A Tail Feather” ­ — Blues Brothers with Ray Charles


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  • Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars ­ “Uptown Funk” [Uptown Special]
  • James Brown ­ “I Got You (I Feel Good)” [20 All Time Greatest Hits!]
  • Parliament ­ “Flash Light” [F​unkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome]​
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Grumpopotamus (and the Crankosaurus Rex)” [Sugar Free Allstars]
  • Stevie Wonder ­ “Higher Ground” [Innervisions]
  • Jackson 5 ­ “ABC” [ABC]
  • Michael Jackson ­ “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” [Off The Wall]
  • Blues Brothers with Ray Charles ­ “Shake a Tail Feather” [The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording]
  • Booker T. & the MG’s ­ “Hip Hug­Her” [Hip Hug­Her]
  • Sly & the Family Stone ­ “Dance to the Music” [Dance to the Music]
  • Sugar Free Allstars ­ “Mr DJ” [Sugar Free Allstars]

 

HFVS Hullabaloo Animal Zoo Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hullabaloo Animal Zoo Episode with Guest DJ, Steve Denyes

Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo creates the “Hullabaloo Animal Zoo”, playing his favorite animal songs by his favorite artists. Plus, Steve tells the world’s shortest short story! — www.hullabalooband.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 5th & 6th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:  “I Chew” by Hullabaloo


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  • Casper Babypants “Stompy the Bear” [Hot Dog]
  • Casper Babypants “Bunny Brown” [Hot Dog]
  • Hullabaloo “I Chew” [I Chew]
  • Papa Crow “Fireflies” [Full Moon, Full Moon]
  • Heidi Swedberg “Little Birdie” [My Cup of Tea]
  • Casper Babypants “Sugar Ant” [Hot Dog]
  • Casper Babypants “Crazy Blue Beetle” [Hot Dog]
  • Hullabaloo “Senator John Arthur Clydesdale III” [I Chew]
  • Elska “Winter Bear” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Elska “Arctic Fox” [Middle of Nowhere]
  • Hullabaloo “Worm With Wings” [I Chew]
  • Red Yarn “Mole in the Ground” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Red Yarn “Grizzly Bear” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Red Yarn “Animal Fair” [Deep Woods Revival]
  • Hullabaloo “Shake, Shake, Shake” [I Chew]
  • Vered “Galloping Horse” [Hello, My Baby]
  • The Not Its “Funniest Cat Video” [Raise Your Hand]
  • The Not Its “Bee’s Knees” [Raise Your Hand]
  • The OkeeDokee Brothers “Black Bear Mama” [Through the Woods]
  • Ralph’s World “The Mighty Worm” [Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • Ralph’s World “Puppy Dog” [Peggy’s Pie Parlor]
  • The Hollow Trees “Free Little Bird” [Wacky’s Tackle]

HFVS Families Make Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Families Make Music Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano

Michael Napolitano of Michael & the Rockness Monsters and Preschool of Rock brings to you an educational show spanning years of family music. Michael started his musical lifestyle at an early age of 3 when placed lovingly behind his father’s drum set. This show features musical acts composed of families immersed in music. You’ll find some of your favorite Kindie artists as well as some new and old classics – more family combinations then you can wrap your head around! — www.preschoolofrock.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 27th & 28th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Pirate Song” by Michael & The Rockness Monsters.


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  • Gladys Knight & The Pips – “Feeling Alright” [If I Were Your Woman]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “Pirate Song” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • The Ronettes – “Be My Baby” [Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica]
  • We Are Family – “Sister Sledge” [We Are Family]
  • Part Of Me – “Tedeschi Trucks” [Made Up Mind]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “Fisherman” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” [Single]
  • The Beach Boys – “Trombone Dixie” [The Pet Sounds Sessions]
  • The Everly Brothers – “Bye-Bye Love” [The Everly Brothers]
  • Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – “Bandwagon” [Bandwagon]
  • Keely Smith & Louis Prima – “Old Black Magic” [Single]
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Trenchtown Rock” [Live!]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – “Family Tree” [Easy]
  • Lennon and Maisy – “In The Waves” [Single]
  • Michael & The Rockness Monsters – “In A Band” [Michael & The Rockness Monsters]
  • Alistair Moock – “A Twinkle Baa Reprise” [These Are My Friends]

HFVS Black History Month Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Black History Month Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 20th & 21st, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of the Children’s Folk Song, performs “I Know a City Called Okeechobee.”


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  • Booker T. & The MG’s — “Green Onions
  • Ella Jenkins — “Black Royalty” [A Life of Song]
  • Count Basie & Tony Bennett — “Jeepers Creeper”
  • Duke Ellington — “Merry Go Round”
  • Earl “Fatha” Hines — “Stoway”
  • Nat King Cole — “Kee-Mo Ky-Mo”
  • Queen Latifah — “Walk the Dinosaur”
  • Bessie Smith — “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
  • Little Richard — “Good Golly Miss Molly”
  • Aretha Franklin — “Respect”
  • Diana Ross — “When We Grow Up”
  • Mahalia Jackson — “I’m On My Way”
  • Ella Fitzgerald— “Chew-Chew-Chew”
  • James Brown — “Give It Up or Turnit A Loose”
  • Taj Mahal — “Brown Girl in the Ring”
  • Michael Jackson — “The Girl is Mine”
  • Rufus Thomas — “Walking the Dog”

HFVS Mardi Gras Episode with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Mardi Gras Episode
with Guest DJs, Johnette Downing & Scott Billington

Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing and Grammy Award winning producer Scott Billington offer a carnival of Louisiana roots music; a showcase of Cajun, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, Zydeco, Brass Band and Jazz music by Louisiana artists. – www.johnettedowning.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
February 6th & 7th, 2016
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Reading Rocks! By Johnette Downing Children’s book author and musician Johnette Downing sings “Reading Rocks!” from her Reading Rocks! CD to get children boppin’ into books and rockin’ into reading!


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PLAYLIST

  • Professor Longhair – “Go to the Mardi Gras” (The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings,
  • Vol. 6: Classic New Orleans R&B and More, 1958-1965)
  • The Hawkettes – “Mardi Gras Mambo” (The History of Rhythm & Blues, Volume 3 –
  • The Rock’n’roll Years)
  • Zachary Richard – “File’ Gumbo” (Zack’s Bon Ton)
  • Johnette Downing – “Bon Jour Mes Amis,” (From the Gumbo Pot)
  • Papillion – “Cocodrie” (Cajun for Kids)
  • Johnette Downing – “Why the Possum Has a Large Grin,” (Reading Rocks!)
  • Huey Smith and the Clowns – “Don’t You Just Know It” (Having a Good Time With
  • Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best of, Vol. 1)
  • Robert Parker – “Barefootin’” (Introduction to Robert Parker)
  • Fats Domino – “Walkin’ to New Orleans” (The Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest
  • Hits)
  • Nathan the the Zydeco Cha Chas – “Festival Zydeco” (Creole Crossroads)
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Little Liza Jane” (My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “Dixieland
  • Jazz” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)
  • Louie Prima – “Banana Split for My Baby,” (Louis Prima Collectors Series)
  • Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World,” (What a Wonderful World)
  • Johnette Downing and Jimmy LaRocca’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band – “It’s Time for
  • Mardi Gras,” (Dixieland Jazz for Children)

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

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Hilltown Family Variety Show
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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PLAYLIST

  • 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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Hilltown Family Variety Show
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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PLAYLIST

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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PLAYLIST

  • 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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PLAYLIST

– 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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PLAYLIST

  • 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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PLAYLIST

  • 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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PLAYLIST

  • 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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PLAYLIST

  • 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

FEATURED VIDEO:    Free To Be You and Me – “William Wants A Doll”


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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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