The early January tribute night at the Iron Horse is in its fifth year. Previous subjects of local interpretation include The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, and Johnny Cash. Before settling into its January home, there were tributes to Neil Young and Gram Parsons. (I’m lobbying for Joni Mitchell in 2011!)
Tom Petty goes to work in a Van Nuys warehouse next to an auto shop and an upholsterer. His band the Heartbreakers rehearses there, still looking for ways to improve after more than 30 years together. Mr. Petty rivals other acts who’ve lasted and remained relevant for decades, like Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. He
Whether the night’s title track, Don’t Do Me Like That, will be performed is up to Jim Armenti, Ray Mason, F. Alex Johnson, Rocky Roberts, Jason Bourgeois, Ryan Quinn, Golden Bloom, Orange Crush, Matthew Carefully, Henning Ohlenbusch,
Each artist will perform a Petty song but they also have the option of doing an original. This means not only is the night a Petty-fest but a Whitman’s sampler of local talent; a chance to get a taste of some of the Valley’s best musicians in one sitting…minus the stomach ache.
Tickets are available at the Northampton Box Office, 413-586-8686. Online at IHEG.com