The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

CLICK Music announces second season of concerts at CLICK Workspace

CLICK Music announces second season of concerts at CLICK Workspace

After a successful inaugural series in early 2017, CLICK Workspace will kick off its second CLICK Music season at its 9½ Market Street home in downtown Northampton with three performances this fall. The concert series has drawn crowds to CLICK’s intimate performance space for up-close experiences with local artists who are given free reign to experiment with their music making, and this tradition will continue in the 2017-2018 season.

First up is the Pamela Means Band on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. CLICK Workspace - 9 1/2 MARKET STREET, NORTHAMPTON, MA

The band is comprised of Pamela Means (guitar, vocal), Cinamon Blair (bass, vocal), and IrĂ©ne 'I-Shea' Shaikly (percussion, vocal). A longtime Pioneer Valley resident, Means views her music as both an artistic and political outlet — to her, the two are interwoven in the fabric of her lyrics and intricate guitar work. Her songs, although sometimes musing on softer matters of the heart, are often rallying cries for justice and racial equality. “I want to use my platform with purpose and produce art with substance,” she says. “Socio-politically, it’s a turbulent time and all the more important to use one’s voice.”

Means’ most recent album is Plainfield (2016), titled for the rural Massachusetts town where she wrote all of the album’s material during a self-exiled tour hiatus. That touring has taken Means internationally; she has shared the stage with the likes of Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Neil Young, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Eve Ensler, David Strathairn, Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Melissa Ferrick, Violent Femmes, Television, The Radiators, Adrian Belew, Leo Kottke, Janis Ian, and many more. She has performed at major music festivals and has composed for and licensed music to PBS, independent filmmakers, and folkpoet Alix Olson’s multi-award-winning film and CD projects. But Means' strong fan base in Western Massachusetts makes her hometown performances especially memorable.

The fall concert series will continue with an evening of traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England performed by singer-guitarist Keith Murphy on October 26th, and a holiday concert by local folk quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem on November 30th.

CLICK Music is curated by Northampton-based musician and producer Anand Nayak and is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Additional sponsorship is provided by the Law Office of Peter Irvine, Helen Blatz of Edward Jones, and Downtown Sounds.

Tickets are available in advance via Eventbrite (service fees apply), and any remaining tickets will be available at the door. Complete information and tickets are available at

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