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.
Keith Levreault is the Downtown Sounds resident drum expert and one of the busiest drummers around, doing a variety of live and studio projects. Keith teaches at Downtown Sounds four days a week. He has played with Square One, Doom Nation, Blood Oranges, Kevin Salem and Freedy Johnston. He regularly drums with Lonesome Brothers and Klezamir.
Dave has been playing professionally in the area for over 20 years and has been a member of the bands King Radio, Free Range Cats, Soul Magnets and many others. He holds a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts. Dave teaches guitar, saxophone, flute, clarinet, bass, and ukulele. He’s been teaching at Downtown Sounds for over 10 years.
Madeline 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.