Photo by: Anne Rearick.
You may know that award-winning local filmmaker Henry Ferrini shot Willie ”Loco” Alexander’s 70th birthday bash at Somerville’s Davis Square Theater back in January. Well now he’s edited all that footage down to a one-hour show that will air on Cape Ann TV next week on Tuesday, March 26 at 9pm and Friday, March 30 at 9pm. And, at Henry’s request, after his special, Cape Ann TV will air the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes show with Willie as guest. Needless to say Allen, Vickie and I we are honored at Vincent’s request. To get you psyched for the next week’s special Ferrini cablecast, we’re airing Willie’s Local Music Seen show this week Wednesday at 6:30pm, Friday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 6pm.
photo Paul Cary Goldberg
Check out Henry’s official press release, below, with details on all the famous people who attended from Governor Patrick to Peter Wolf to locals Dave Sag, the Razdan’s and John Hardy (of Alexandra’s bread).
50 Years of Rock and Roll History
On January 12, 2013 at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, Gloucester resident, Willie “Loco” Alexander celebrated his 70th birthday. Unbeknownst to the “god-father of punk,” his wife Ann Rearick had put together a small army of musicians to help Willie celebrate his special day. The theater was filled with 17 to 70 year old rockers from Cape Ann to London all pumped to get on stage and perform from Willie’s prolific song book. Writers Ted Widmer, Amanda Cook and Jim Dunn provided some personal history of the School Street resident. Even Governor Patrick chimed in with a birthday greeting.
Bands and players included: Dave Saginario, Roger Miller, The Boom Boom Band, The Bags (with Jon Hardy on Bass and vocals), Birdsongs of the Mesozoic with Boby Bear, Peter Wolf, Roger Miller, Andrea Gillis, the Nervous Eaters, Mike Tucker, Mission of Burma, Barrence Whitfield, Persistence of Memory Orchestra, w/ Ken Field and Marc Chenevert, Manzie, Dennis Brennen, Randy Black, Ed “Moose” Savage, Frank Rowe, John Roy, and Jon Macie, Reddy Teddy, The Darlings, The A-Train Orchestra with Alek and Rikki Razdan, David “Doc” Vincent , Dan Whalen and Ken Demaine, John Powhida and David Minahan & the neighborhoods.
The extravaganza was produced, shot and edited by Henry Ferrini as a part of the Gloucester Writers Center video archive. Ferrini said, ”This is the kind of event that usually happens when you’re dead, Willie deserves it while he’s still kicking. Didn’t I hear he was going to be Gloucester’s next poet Laureate.”