The Indigo Girls in Florence, Django-jazz in Amherst, etc.

The indigo girls can trace their origins – way back – to when singers Emily Saliers and Amy Ray met in elementary school in suburban Atlanta in the 1970s.

In high school they played guitar together and developed their complex vocal harmonies, and in the late 1980s/early 1990s their folk-rock tracks like “Closer to Fine” and “Hammer and a Nail” were making appearances. impressive in the charts; they won a Grammy in 1990 for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

The Indigo Girls, who play Pines Theater at Florence’s Look Park on Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., are also long-time icons of the LGBT rights movement and have spoken out on environmental issues and other progressive causes.

Their latest album, “Look Long” – their 16th album – looks back on their beginnings, with songs that reflect their childhood as well as the state of the nation today.

“Country Radio”, written by Saliers, is told by a teenager who turns on the radio to fight loneliness and dreams of falling in love like the characters in the songs. Then comes the chorus: “But as far as these songs will take me / That’s as far as I’ll go / I’m just a gay kid in a small town / Who likes country radio.”

“Muster,” written by Ray, delves into the scourge of gun violence: “Some people held their father’s guns / Me, I hung mine on the wall / For every war we could’ve won without them shoot it at all / Is this the best we could muster?”

The song, however, also comes with a chorus that promises an effort to change that dynamic: “We wanna catch up / We wanna do it right.”

The American songwriter calls the album “resolutely upbeat” and says it benefits from the work of producer John Reynolds, who “allows the music to resonate with just enough sparkle and brilliance to ensure that those melodies dynamics will be fully brought to the fore”.

Female dogwho uses violins, synthesizers and percussion to make music referred to as a “pop sorcerer poet,” opens the show.

With the long running Django in June series, Northampton has since the early 2000s been a summer destination for fans and players of Gypsy jazzor gypsy jazz, music first popularized by Franco-Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s.

Now Amherst is getting in on the action a bit with a singer the New York Times has dubbed “the Gypsy-jazz Warbler,” a singer from New York City via Paris and Switzerland who has combined her French and Romanian gypsy roots with his love of the early to mid-20th century Parisian art scene to offer a fresh look at this music.

Tatiana Eva-Marie, who comes to the Drake in Amherst on August 20 at 8 p.m. with his accompaniment Avalon Jazz Band, grew up in Switzerland in a family of musicians but, as a teenager, also studied literature and theater in Paris; she later became involved in acting.

She moved to Brooklyn, New York about 10 years ago to expand her musical career, in which she embraced a number of influences, including New Orleans jazz and swing as well as modern jazz. She also re-examines Django Reinhardt’s music through her own arrangements and lyrics in a project she calls “Djangology”.

Songwriter and singer (bilingual), Eva-Marie and her band perform regularly in New York and have also toured the United States and many places abroad, including France, Switzerland and Romania . The group embodies the Gypsy jazz atmosphere, from acoustic guitars, violin and clarinet to the evening dress of the musicians.

She sees Brooklyn as a natural place to revive the songs and vibe of Paris circa the 1920s-1940s. “I prefer Brooklyn to anywhere else in New York because it has this bohemian feeling,” she said in an interview a few years ago. “It looks like a crossroads between Paris and New Orleans.”

And critics praised Eva-Marie for her evocation of Reinhardt’s musical legacy. “Tatiana Eva-Marie has always delighted audiences with her dynamic style and effervescent personality,” says The Citiview New York, “all of which fit firmly into the vintage gypsy jazz genre that Django pioneered.”

When it comes to jazz and vintage swing, a band from Valley has been at the heart of the music for about 25 years – and they still play that music, but more recently with a modified lineup.

Bob Sparkman’s Threesome, which plays North Hall in Huntington on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m., began as a duo when clarinetist Bob Sparkman met pianist Jerry Noble in the 1990s and the two began playing a mix of jazz, swing and of blues. They found inspiration in the work of vintage American composers like Fats Waller and Hoagy Carmichael.

About five years ago, the duo became a trio when they were joined by Kara Noble, Jerry’s wife, on bass. And at the Huntington concert, the trio will be joined by Ellen Redman on piccolo and flute to explore new material, including Trinidad calypsos, as well as old jazz classics.

Redman, who lives in Westfield, has been with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra since 1985 and has performed with other ensembles including the Boston Symphony; she also teaches flute and Irish flute at Smith College, where she previously led the school’s wind ensemble.

The August 21 concert is free, but donations are encouraged; all attendees must wear a face mask.

More music at your fingertips

The World Groove Partystarting at 8 p.m. tonight (Friday, August 19) at the Shea Theater in Montague, features three groups specializing in Afro-diasporic and Latin music, arts and culture: TapRoots, The Lost Tribe and Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criollo.

Pioneer Valley Jazz Stock opens its new season tonight at the Parlor Room in Northampton with a performance at 7.30pm by the four-member ensemble pneumawhich is an ancient Greek word for “breath”, “spirit” or “soul”.

Fans of The Suitcase Junket, Valley’s one-man band featuring Matt Lorenz, might want to check out Ben Prestage, who mixes electric and acoustic blues guitar with his foot drums to carve out a sound all his own. He plays at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield tonight at 7:30 p.m.

The opening of Prestage will be the singer-songwriter Eric Phelpswho will also play Luthiers Co-op in Easthampton on August 20 at 8 p.m., where he’ll be joined by a backing band on songs from his new album, “Let it Rain.”

A brass quintet of MOSOthe indie band of musicians from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, performs a free show Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. at Camp STAR Angelina in Springfield Forest Park.

The Eclectic Classic Set Ecce will perform the composer’s music Trevor Westonwho teaches at the Julliard School of Music, on August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Bombyx Center for Arts & Integrity in Florence.

The Deerfield Trio — cello, violin and piano — performs August 21 at 3 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Museum in Old Deerfield.

If you’re willing to take it a step further, you can meet a jazz trumpet player, composer, and five-time Grammy winner. Terence Blanchard at the Mass MoCA in North Adams on August 26 at 8 p.m. Blanchard and his ensemble will be joined by the small string group Turtle Island Quartet.

Steve Pfarrer can be contacted at [email protected]

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