FAQ

What is it?

It’s Northampton’s new artist-and-audience-friendly listening room/performance space. It’s also closely connected and run by the folks at Signature Sounds Recordings, one of the world’s premiere record labels for folk/roots/americana/indie/rock, home to such artists as Chris Smither, Lake Street Dive, Caroline Herring, Winterpills, Josh Ritter, Amy Rigby, Erin Mckeown, Kris Delmhorst and many, many more…

Where is it?

The Parlor Room is right in downtown Northampton at 32 Masonic Street, next door to the Woodstar Cafe. You can’t miss it; it looks like an old brick one-room schoolhouse, but, like a clown car, holds a lot more than it seems like it should. The record label offices are in the back, but the shows are out front (kind of like a reverse mullet! All business in the back, party out in the front).

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes, we have a rear entrance with a ramp. Unfortunately, our bathrooms do not fit a wheelchair. Please let us know you’re coming, so we can make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We will often ask you to come before doors open to make sure you are seated comfortably.

Will there be any food or drink?

BYOB, baby (wine & beer only)! Plus, pie and beverages by The Florence Pie Bar in the back. State St. liquors is right around the corner for all your alcohol needs.”

Parking?

Street parking, in town.

Is it all ages and general admission?

Yes, and yes. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

What time are doors for the shows?

Doors open a half-hour before showtime. If its a 7pm show, doors are at 6:30. 9pm show, doors at 8:45; 8pm show, doors at 7:30.

How does the ticketing work for shows?

You can buy them online on this site, or you can visit the venue and offices at 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA and buy them there, weekdays from 12-4pm.
*Please call ahead if you are coming from out of town, as our schedule can change without warning.*
NOTE: Tickets can be purchased over the phone using a credit card with only a $1/order transaction fee.
All tickets are usually WILL CALL, which means there are no physical tickets–your name(s) simply go on a list that is checked off at the door as folks come in. (Note: If you order online there is an option to print-your-own tickets).

If none of these ticketing scenarios are options for you, contact help@signaturesounds.com and we can figure something else out.)

Do you only do music there?

Actually, we’re open to all kinds of events and ideas, from theatrical events to pop-up stores. Contact us below!

Is there a recording studio there? Someone said there was.

Nope. Maybe in the far future? The Signature Sounds label, however, is associated with a studio (which is it’s own thing), and it’s down in Pomfret, Connecticut. See more about it here.

I wanna play there/go there/have questions/am confused. How do I contact you?

Contact us below!

What is it?

The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational and professional events; the Academy of Music seeks a broad and diverse audience through its programming and outreach efforts.
The Academy of Music building is owned by the City of Northampton, which received the deed in 1892 from former owner and builder Edward H.R. Lyman. The Academy of Music, Inc., is the operating entity for the building, and it is an independent, private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization governed by a Board of Trustees. The Northampton Mayor and Smith College President serve on the board, as was Lyman’s wish. The other board members are volunteers who have an interest in the performing arts, in the continued vitality of the City of Northampton, or who have special expertise related to the Academy’s operations.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes. Contact The Academy of Music for more detailed information regarding accessibility.

Will there be any food or drink?

The Academy has a fully-stocked concession stand with snacks and drinks available for purchase.

What time are doors for the shows?

Doors open a half-hour before showtime. If its a 7pm show, doors are at 6:30. 9pm show, doors at 8:45; 8pm show, doors at 7:30.

How does the ticketing work for shows?

The Academy’s current box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and one hour before each performance. You can call the box office at 413-584-9032 ext 105 or stop by the box office during regular hours. Service fees are applied per ticket to ALL transactions.

Tickets are available for most shows one hour prior to the performance at-the-door, during the box office hours, and ON-LINE from their website. They offer mail service upon request. Service fees apply.

PLEASE NOTE:

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Service fees are non-refundable.
The taking of pictures or the use of recording devices is prohibited.
As a courtesy to our patrons and artists, latecomers will be admitted at the
discretion of management.
All programs are subject to change.

Where do I stay?

Quality Inn & Suites (WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE)

Where do I park?

See map below for parking sites. to edit.

What is it?

Gateway City Arts is an affordable and flexible co-working space for artists and creatives, ideal for making, teaching, and performing art in a variety of disciplines. Our primary mission is to build and strengthen community, culture and the arts by providing the space and infrastructure for making and teaching the arts. We do this through memberships, space rental, events, and classes for the casual creator or the professional artist.

Co-working spaces are an affordable alternative to working from home or renting a private office, and offer the advantage of networking, collaborating, and socializing with other creatives. Gateway City Arts offers an inspiring work setting, and is conveniently located in the heart of Holyoke’s Arts and Innovation District, host to a plethora of artist studios, galleries, and event spaces.

Gateway City Art’s facilities include an all-purpose art studio, woodshop, ceramics studio, dance studio, meeting space, and personal and communal workspaces. We also have event and performance spaces that can be rented for public and private functions.

Gateway City Arts is founded and directed by artists Lori Divine and Vitek Kruta.

We continue to grow and add new spaces, classes, and educational offerings regularly, so check back here often and subscribe to our monthly newsletter for the latest news, events and opportunities.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Gateway City Arts, please contact us.

How do I get there?

From the North: Route 91 south to Exit 17. Turn left at end of ramp onto Dwight Street. Continue on Dwight 2 miles to Race St. Turn right and you’re here!

From the East: Take Route 202 South. Cross bridge into Holyoke and go straight for 2 blocks. Turn left onto Dwight St. and continue till Race St. Turn right and you’re here!

From the South: Route 91 north to exit 16. Turn right onto route 202 (Cherry St). Continue 1.3 miles.Turn right on Dwight St.and continue till Race St. Turn right and you’re here!

From the West: Follow directions from the north.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes. Contact Gateway City Arts for more detailed information regarding accessibility.

What time are doors for the shows?

Doors open a half-hour before showtime. If its a 7pm show, doors are at 6:30. 9pm show, doors at 8:45; 8pm show, doors at 7:30.

What is it?

The Shea Theater is the area’s performing arts civic center presenting performances February through December. The Shea works with regional artists and professional touring companies who offer a variety of programs in music, theater, movement, and dance. The Shea is 100% volunteer run organization.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes. Contact The Theater for more detailed information regarding accessibility.

What time are doors for the shows?

Doors open a half-hour before showtime. If its a 7pm show, doors are at 6:30. 9pm show, doors at 8:45; 8pm show, doors at 7:30.

What is it?

Look Park, consisting of over 150 acres, is a gift to the City of Northampton from Mrs. Fannie Burr Look. She provided the land, funds for its development and a trust fund for its upkeep.

Where do I park?

Parking can be found throughout the park. Check with the park before your event to determine the cost for parking.

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes. Contact Look Park for more detailed information regarding accessibility.

Can I smoke in the park?

No, Look Park is a smoke free environment in accordance with the City of Northampton regulation banning smoking in all parks. No smoking is permitted anywhere within Look Park. Thank you for your cooperation.

What is it?

Memorial Hall Association (MHA) was founded in 1995 to manage and maintain the Memorial Hall venue as a non-profit community hall on the second floor of the Shelburne Town Hall. The theater is owned by the Town of Shelburne, but run by a volunteer Board of Directors.

MHA rents the Hall for events throughout the year, including film, theater, and music. In February of 2009, the Memorial Hall Association was granted the rights to present the Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD series, bringing opera back to Memorial Hall.

MHA has also contracted with The National Theater of London to present the historic NT Live first season. MHA is incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit cultural organization.
PARKING:

Is it handicapped accessible?

Yes. Contact Memorial Hall for more detailed information regarding accessibility.

What time are doors for the shows?

Doors open a half-hour before showtime. If its a 7pm show, doors are at 6:30. 9pm show, doors at 8:30; 8pm show, doors at 7:30.

Driving Directions

From Springfield/Connecticut Area: I-91 North to Exit 19; at End of Ramp, Follow Attractions Sign Arrows. Cross Rt. 9. You Are Now on Damon Road. Go to Next Light and Go Straight Through. This Is Bridge Road. Approx. 2 Miles to Look Park. 25-35 Minutes

From Amherst Area: Rt. 9 West over Coolidge Bridge to Light. Turn Right. at Next Light, Go Straight 2 Miles to Look Park. 25-35 Minutes

From Greenfield/Vermont Area: Take I-91 South to Exit 20. at Light Turn Right. Approx. 2 Miles to Look Park. 25-35 Minutes

From Pittsfield Area: from Lee, Lenox or Adams Route 7 to Route 9. Take Rt. 9 East Toward Windsor and Northampton. the Park Entrance Is on the Right Just Past the V.a. Medical Center. Approx. 1 Hour Driving Time

From Boston Area: Take Mass Tpke West to Exit 4 West Springfield. Follow Directions from Springfield. Approx. 2 Hours

From Albany Area: Mass Turnpike East to Exit 4 West Springfield. Follow Directions from Springfield. Approx. 2 Hours

From Westfield/Southwick: Rt. to Northampton Center. at Light (Academy of Music on Right & Edwards Church Directly Ahead of You) Turn Left Onto Rt. 9 West. Stay on Rt. 9 Through the Village of Florence Until You Come to the Park on Left. Approx. 30-45 Minutes

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How does the ticketing work for shows?

Tickets for Signature Sounds Presents shows at Memorial Hall can be purchased on our website! Tickets can also be purchased at the Parlor Room box office at 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060 from 12-4pm M-F.
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How does the ticketing work for shows?

Tickets for Signature Sounds Presents shows at the Shea Theater can be purchased on our website! Tickets can also be purchased at the Parlor Room box office at 32 Masonic St, Northampton, MA 01060 from 10am-5pm M-F.

How does the ticketing work for shows?

Purchase tickets online for Signature Sounds Events here on our website!

Where do I stay?

Quality Inn & Suites (WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE)
117 Conz St, Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 341-1461

Directions to the Academy

Located off Route 91 in Northampton, your fastest way to parking and to the Academy is to take exit 18. Once off the exit turn right onto Conz St. This road will take you up to the backside of the parking garage if you turn right on Hampton Ave. It can also take you straight into the heart of Northampton for on-street parking.

There is also a parking lot behind the Peter Pan Bus Station available for public parking. It’s metered, so make sure you pay before you leave! This parking lot has a staircase up the far-end leading directly behind the Academy.
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Booking Policy

NOTE: The Parlor Room is CLOSED during the summer months of July & August.
Please understand we get a sizable amount of requests and we take great care to check out each submission, but this also means we can not respond to each inquiry. If we see a good fit we will let you know. We do not accept booking requests over the telephone. All submissions are done over the world wide web.

Please include a link to your music, a recent performance video, your performance history in Western MA, and send everything to booking@signaturesounds.com. We wish you much success on your musical journey!

GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL:
Please submit all GRF artist submissions here: https://marcatoapp.com/website_integration/greenriverfestival/artists/new

RENTALS & OTHER EVENTS:

Contact events@signaturesounds.com

Private Events/Rentals

We host all types of events including, but not limited to:
Fundraisers
Film premieres and showings
Private parties
Speaking events
After-parties
Corporate meetings & events
Wedding receptions or post-wedding parties

Please contact us for price info and availability. We look forward to working with you.