Joe Blumenthal, owner of Downtown Sounds, has been selling musical instruments for over forty years. In his spare time, he plays electric and string bass for Klezamir (a local klezmer band), Orkestar Banitsa (a Balkan dance band), and Mando Paradiso, and tenor banjo with the Expandable Brass Band . Joe also leads our ukulele club, AEIOUkes. See Downtown Joe playing his novelty instrument, the nose flute, on YouTube!
Tom Shea works as both luthier assistant to Owen Davidson in Downtown Lutherie, as well as one of our salespeople. Tom has appeared on many recordings and performed with : Hoolapopper, Scud Mountain Boys, Ray Mason Band, Lonesome Brothers, as well as performing solo.
Downtown Sounds welcomes its newest employee, Madeline LaPorte. She performs in the classic country cover band, the Franklin County Sweethearts, and in her solo project under the name Rosie Porter. Madeline also plays keyboard in Holyoke indie-rock band Behold! True Believers with fellow Downtown Sounds employee Aaron Borucki.
Downtown Sounds welcomes our newest employee, artist and drummer Dana Wilde. She performs in local grunge/indie rock band Ex-Temper, and took her first drum lessons here as a “late-bloomer.” You can listen to her 90-second radio speech featured on WRSI and WHMP: Right On Time: Starting Drums at 38 and read the accompanying
interview HERE. Dana helps adults reconsider and recover their creativity at Inner Studio.