The Parlor Room
Colorway is a dynamic rock trio from Northampton with one hot guitar player - F. Alex Johnson. Johnson displays dazzling fretwork, bending, bobbing and weaving lyrical solos up and down the neck. Johnson is also an excellent singer and songwriter and the power trio format of guitar, bass and drums is the perfect vehicle for Colorway's music. Space is as important as density here, and bassist Matt Clegg and drummer Riley Godleski hold down the fort with equal parts grace and ferocity.
2-2:45 and 3-3:45 at The Parlor Room
The Surly Temple
The Surly Temple is three Valley music luminaries. Guitarist Jim Henry, bassist Guy Devito and drummer Doug Plavin have played with Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steppenwolf, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few. When they're not on the road putting the sparkle on someone else's star The Surly Temple get together and play the music they love. With rotating lead vocal duties, the "Temple" is where these guys go to take center stage and shine on their own with top-shelf musical chops, tight arrangements and deep grooves.
4-4:45 and 5-5:45 at The Parlor Room
Fancy Trash plays acoustic instruments with rock and roll power. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Houghton is a great front-man, a charismatic dynamo with a Neil Young vibe. The rhythm section is crazy good, the marvelous Paul Kochanski on upright bass and the artful Jason Smith on drum-kit. This trio is amazing in concert. As the Daily Hampshire Gazette wrote, the "drive of the band seemed to change the very atoms of the room."
7-7:45 and 8-8:45 at The Parlor Room
Brooks Williams is back in town. Originally from Statesboro, GA, Williams lived in the Pioneer Valley for many years before moving to England in 2010. Wherever he hangs his fedora, Brooks brings a huge repertoire of marvelous acoustic blues and soulful Americana songs that have filled twenty-two albums. The man can really sing and play. AmericanaUK said Williams, "has a beautiful voice that you just melt into," and his brilliant guitar playing has earned him a spot in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists. As the San Antonio Light said about Williams, he is a "fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!"
9:15-10 and 10:15-11 at The Parlor Room
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All First Night performances are family-friendly, but these are especially suitable for younger children.