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April 18, 2019

Right before I began working at Gateway City Arts, I saw a show poster with the name "Matt Byrde" on it, as part of a concert with Kid Biff. I was about to take on marketing here, and I was getting into the habit of getting to know the bands that passed through here so...

March 15, 2019

I grew up in Western Massachusetts, but I didn't find a musical sanctuary until my junior year of high school when I wandered into The Teapot Gallery in Westfield, MA. For the first time in my life I was surrounded by a community of musicians and people who I felt inna...

March 1, 2019

My first introduction to participating in live music in The Valley was the Jazz scene. Back in my HCC days I lived for the open jazz jams or student nights at local bars where we would all get to perform and witness some of the other actual working musicians in the are...

February 19, 2019

I remember when a week's vacation felt like a season long event. Returning to school as a child after a mere 7 days away felt like so much change had occurred in between, and some of my favorite memories are from those times. Whether it was building a fort at my grandm...

February 18, 2019

We first discovered Billy Wylder while preparing for our first street festival, Rubblebucket's Dream Picnic, this past September. We were working to nurture a space where in addition to the larger nationally touring acts and the staple features of RB's event, we also w...

December 27, 2018

There is so much to be said about the various music scenes that inhabit the valley- If you have been reading along up until this point it is very clear that is one of my very favorite topics to explore. Some of the most passionate and hard-hitting is the jazz, funk, an...

December 18, 2018

Massachusetts is home to many vibrant music scenes. From our beautiful valley, to the fast-paced entertainment hub of Boston; there is no lack of unique and original projects deserving of fresh ears. On January 18th, Boston-based "alternative-rock but not exactly" band...

November 13, 2018

I am extremely thankful for my monthly residency Rootstock for a number of reasons. Firstly, it was a meeting about hosting it here at GCA this time last year that led me to my eventual full time job here. Also, because it gives me a chance monthly to bask in my two pa...