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‘Tis the Season – Rock, RnB, Jazz and more Sunday

VocalPoint, a new band of seasoned musicians in the valley, will be performing at the Beaver Brook Golf Course Pavilion in Williamsburg (Haydenville), Mass this Sunday, December 10, 2023 from 1:30 – 5:30 pm (note: time has been moved back an hour from original post).

Featured vocalists Matt Marotte, Barbara Ween and Deva Varela will be joined by Frank Varela on guitar, Rudi Weeks – bass, Ricky Marshall – drums/vocals and other special guests, TBA.

C’mon over to celebrate! Listen and dance to all your favorites.

Late October Jazz at the Grill

There’s a chill in the air, but things will be hot at the 350 Grill in Springfield on Sunday night, October 22, 2023 from 6-9 pm as Barbara Ween on vocals teams up with Steve Moser – keys and bass, Ed Brainerd – flugelhorn and Clark Seibold on drums. Stop in for some great food, drink and lots of great jazz from some of the finest area musicians.

Rockin’ Out in Paradise

Barbara Ween will be joined by fellow members of VocalPoint, a new band of seasoned musicians performing Rock, R&B, Jazz and more on Monday, October 9, 2023 from 12 – 3 pm in the Festival Dining Tent at the Paradise City Arts Festival at the Northampton Fairgrounds.

Featured vocalists Barbara Ween, Deva Varela, Matt Marotte and Rick Marshall be performing with Frank Varela on guitar, Rudi Weeks, bass and Rick Marshall on drums. C’mon over to browse the Festival and stop in to listen and dance to all your favorites.

Barbara and Friends back at the Grill

May be cold! There will be snow! But the days are slowly getting longer. So let’s celebrate at the 350 Grille in Springfield this coming Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 from 6 to 9 pm!

Join vocalists Barbara Ween, Matt Marotte and Deva Varela for a great evening of vocal jazz with Ralph Whittle on keys, Frank Varela – guitar, Genevieve Rose – bass and Clark Seibold on drums. Great food! Great drink! Great music!

Beth, Barbara and Carol at the Blue Room

Barbara will be performing in Easthampton
at Carol’s Vocal Jazz Night on Wednesday Dec 14, at 7 pm.

This live evening of jazz will feature guest vocalists Beth Raffeld, Barbara Ween and Carol Abbe Smith with The Green Street Trio: Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jon Fisher on drums.

Carol’s Vocal Jazz Night is on Wednesdays at City Space’s Blue Room, 43 Main St. Easthampton Old Town Hall. Tickets are $20 available at


Barbara on Bass: New Horizons Band

In her ‘spare’ time, Batbata is now learning to play the bass, and in addition to instruction has joined the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band to gain experience playing in ensemble.

The Northampton Community Music Center will be presenting
A Winter Concert featuring the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band directed by Nancy Janoson with Special Guests: Joyful Chorus, Nancy Janoson director.

This free and open to the public (masks required) concert will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2022 at 7 pm at the First Churches of Northampton.

Please join us!

Sunday afternoon,’Cast of Thousands’, Jazz Benefit Concert in Plainfield, Mass

A concert, hosted by Matt Marotte, to benefit the Plainfield Historic Society will take place on Sunday afternoon, August 21, beginning at 1:30 pm. The concert location is 296 Main Street, Plainfield, Mass. Well, maybe not ‘thousands’, but it’s quite a line-up of area jazz vocalists and musicians. Donations to Smith Hudson House Museum much appreciated. Parking is right next door in the parking lot behind the Smith Hudson House. You are welcome to bring snacks — food and drink!

Vocalists include: Barbara Ween, Matt Marotte and Deva Varela with Don McMahon on piano, Pete Grimaldi – trumpet, Ed Mari – woodwinds, Dave Sporny – trombone, Frank Varela – guitar, Steve Bulmer – bass, and Chet Pasek on drums and our special guest vocalists Leslie Alexandra and Peter Newland!

Great location, great music, great time of year and an excellent cause. So please join us for this Sunday afternoon of great jazz and good will!

WHMP Radio Northampton Interview with Barbara

The Afternoon Buzz with Buz Eisenberg 8.18.22
on WHMP Radio Northampton, Mass

Jazz Vocalist • Stylist, Visage Salon • Watercolor Paintings • Real Tears Band • History

Great interview covering Barbara’s career as a jazz vocalist; stylist/owner of Visage Salon in Northampton, Mass; painter, focusing mostly on watercolor portraits; as well as her early career as a singer including being a member of the local jazz fusion band Real Tears. Here are some related links:


Evil by Real Tears mid 70s

Our Last Gig at the Court

The Collegian Court will soon be closing its Chicopee location, and Friday evening will be our final gig there. So come and celebrate a fond farewell to the Court this Friday, June 10, 2022 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Barbara Ween on vocals, will be joined by Ed Brainerd – flugelhorn, Bobby Ferrier – guitar and George Kaye on bass. Please join us for some great food, drink and lots of jazz. Our deepest thanks to the Court management, staff and of course patrons for many memorable nights of jazz performance.