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

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

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

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

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


Jake Shimabukuro (photo credit: Merri Cyr)

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

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

Discover more about Jake Shimabukuro at


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

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

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

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

Ukulele Episode with Guest DJs, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Listen to Podcast:

Ukulele Episode with Guest DJs
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

GRAMMY winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are also known as the first ladies of the UKULELE. On this week’s show, they share their love of uke with you, showcasing vintage ukulele songs with contemporary sounds, and hopefully inspiring you to even consider picking up and playing a ukulele. Aloha and enjoy!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 7th & 8th, 2012
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: GRAMMY winners Cathy & Marcy perform Cathy’s original song, It’s A Ukulele” from the CD “Rockin’ The Uke.” Cathy’s instrumental break is done in clawhammer ukulele style. Marcy plays the cello banjo. –

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  • Rockin the Uke – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Rockin’ The Uke
  • Little Grass Shack – Felix Mendelssohn & His Hawaiian Serenaders – Vintage Hawaiian Music
  • James Hill – Flight of the Bumbleebee – Playing It Like It Isn’t
  • Arlo Guthrie – Ukulele Lady – Hobo’s Lullaby
  • Red, Red, Robin & Bye, Bye, Blackbird – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- – Rockin the Uke
  • Dan Soybean Sawyer – Uke Time – Uke of Ages
  • Ukulele Ike – Fascinating Rhythm – Fascinating Rhythm (1922-1935)
  • Roy Smeck -Ain’t She Sweet – The Magic Ukulele
  • Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Alone in IZ World
  • Lil Rev- Boodlam Shake – Droop Baby Drop
  • Cathy Fink – A Flea and A Fly in a Flue – Grandma Slid Down the Mountain
  • The Jive Aces – Ukulele Swing – It’s Skiffle Time
  • Aloha Pumehana Sernaders – Beautiful Kaua’ – Hula Gems
  • Jake Shimabukuro – Grandma’s Groove – Walking Down Rainhill
  • Daniel Ho -Pala’ela’e (Bright As Sun) – Polani
  • The Hukilau Song – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer- Rockin’ the Uke

Musical Diversity at the Hilltown Spring Festival!

Celebrate Music Diversity at the Hilltown Spring Festival

Mark Your Calendars for the Hilltown Spring Festival on May 15th at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, MA!

This year at the Hilltown Spring Festival, the Hilltown CDC will be featuring 15 bands on 2 stages! Musical offerings at the Festival will range from the jazz saxophone of Charles Neville to the Scottish pipes of Dan Houghton and will include special musical jam sessions and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. Also on the bill are the local psychedelic Dixieland band, The Primate Fiasco, alt-jazz from Swing Caravan, Celtic fiddler Katherine First and student choirs and musical groups from Hilltown-area schools.

Among the 15 acts scheduled to perform are Gaia Roots & the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra:

  • Gaia Roots
    The women of Gaia Roots blend vocal harmonies with percussion rhythms creating a unique weave of traditional music and original creations. Their influences and instrumentation draw on traditions from Europe, Native America, Israel, Macedonia, South Africa, India, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Haiti. Their new CD, Mother Drum, was just released last month in Northampton. This is Amiee, Shanti and the rest first appearance at the festival and they’ll be playing at 3PM.
  • Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra
    The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra is a rare treat for irreverent unplugged fans across the country. Formed in 1994, the members now include songwriter and educator Bernice Lewis, composer and arranger Cathy Schane-Lydon and artist Sarah McNair. Close-cropped harmonies and unrestrained ukulele strumming produce a highly original sound, as the Ladies propel themselves through a set peppered with familiar classics alongside lesser-known gems. Nothing is sacred in the Ladies’ quest for suitable material. Expected and surprising genres are equally lavished with attention to harmony, humor and originality.

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