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  In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly.

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pink Martini has released eight best-selling albums of tuneful, sultry songs in 25 languages that blend world, jazz, pop, lounge and classical styles. They are playing at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Chester, NY this Wednesday and at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Monday, July 13th.

    

  The veteran Scottish alternative rock-band, Simple Minds, has returned with Big Music, their first album of new material in five years - three and a half decades since their first landmark album, 1980's Empires and Dance. The Glasgow quintet with front-man Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill as their creative core, are rekindling the energy and attitude that made them one of the great bands of that era.

The band scored a string of hit singles and are best known for their 1985 hit "Don't You Forget About Me" from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film, The Breakfast Club; their other hits include "Alive and Kicking," and "Belfast Child."

Peter Larson

    This Friday, the Brooklyn based band, Lucius, will be at The Hollow in Albany, NY. The last time we welcomed them to The Roundtable, they were hours away from a breakout performance at the Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Since then, they’ve released an album, a deluxe version of that album and toured the US and Europe - a lot.

    The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.

On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.

They are also playing a Billsville House Concert at the Elks Lodge in North Adams, MA on April 12th.