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Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester.  Here’s what they say:


Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, .


Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave.

Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.

Aren’t you glad you live here?

VIP SOLD OUT – But good seats still left for James Montgomery Open Door Benefit on Friday

Every ticket gets you a seat in the giant tent at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion. It will be a long time before you can see blues legend James Montgomery with his full band PLUS a horn section.  And don’t forget about his special guests Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata (who recently toured with Jethro Tull) and Gloucester’s favorite music icon, Willie Loco Alexander.  Plus you’ll be supporting The Open Door — having fun & doing good.  You can’t get better than that!  Get your seats today before they sell out!


In Case Anyone Missed The New York Times Article On Cape Ann…


Hi Joey,
You probably saw this but just in case ! Do we love Cape Ann or what! Alice Gardner

Polishing Its Past and Preparing Its Future

AUG. 13, 2014

    Here’s the link-


    What will they think of next?  Circus performers, Dancers, Hula Hoops, Mary Poppins, Reptiles and more invade Main Street tomorrow night for this summer’s second block party — and what an extravaganza it will be (more info here).

    Here’s a list of entertainment by stage.

    And here’s a list of all the music by time.

    Here’s a list of participating restaurants & merchants.  Remember to make reservations if you want to get a table.

    And a big map with parking info right here.

    Everything you need to enjoy a night on the town in beautiful Gloucester!

    SELL-OUT ALERT: CASPIAN’S Pre-Sale nearly sold out in 1 day — if you want tickets get them now

    You may or may not know that major rock stars live right down the road in Beverly, MA.  CASPIAN, performed at Beverly’s Block Party last year, but mostly they tour the world.  On October 18, they’re celebrating their 10th year as a band with a special hometown anniversary concert at The Larcom Theatre.  Yesterday at noon, they offered pre-sale tickets to their fan-base, who turn out to be highly loyal — meaning the show is nearly sold out barely 24 hours later (most of the orchestra was sold out within an hour).  That’s what I mean when I say, “rock stars.”  So if you want to go to this once-in-a-decade event, get balcony seats now (right here).

    If you ever thought of doing a podcast- the App I produce mine on is now Half Off On iTunes

    I can’t even explain how awesome BossJock is for recording, editing and exporting podcast files.  I paid $10 for it.  It was the most expensive app I’ve ever bought and truth be told after having used it and seeing just how incredibly useful it is I would pay five times that amount if I had to replace it because it’s that good.  It is for Apple iOS devices.

    Right now it’s on sale for half off in the iTunes store. That’s $4.99 and that my friends is a steal if you are doing any type of podcasting.

    Here’s the link-


    A great tutorial demonstrating just how easy it is-

    Here’s my demo too-

    LIVE VIDEO BLOGGING: Gloucester Blues Festival SOUND CHECK – Tickets Still Available at the Gate

    Perfect weather for extraordinary music.  Tickets still available at the gate.  Kids are only $5 and under 5 years old are FREE!

    ART EVERYWHERE . American Artists on billboards opens TODAY interactive map

    Cat Ryan submits-

    Hi Joey

    Art Everywhere Billboards opens across the country today. Here’s a link to the interactive map of locations

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    For GLOUCESTER, MA there’s a mash up poster for the entire Art Everywhere exhibit, rather than a single image. You can see it at 551-553 Washington Street Gloucester. Look for Homer’s Breezing Up on the 93 expressway by Dorchester.

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    The Fitz Hugh Lane’s Boston Harbor is in two locations, one near  Westborough, the other one along 495 near Wrentham/Plainview/Foxbourough.

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    Salem State College has the Hassam. Boston is the location of the Heade Giant Magnolias.

    Win Henri Smith Concert Tickets at the Sidewalk Bazaar

    HenriPoster_600Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 is doing it again … yup she’s bringing her prize wheel down to the Sidewalk Bazaar tomorrow (Thursday) and you can win 2 tickets to see Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours feat. Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell at the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert to help raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA Camping & Teen Services.

    This concert kicks off Schooner Festival weekend on Friday August 29 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent).

    Henri Smith has been helping the YMCA raise money for teen programs ever since the Y started sending local teens to help rebuild his hometown of New Orleans.

    These YMCA programs help nurture the potential of every child and teen as they improve our community’s health and well-being.  It’s an important cause worth supporting.

    Stop by the North Shore 104.9 booth (in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank) and spin the wheel.

    There’s no cost, no catch.

    Just spin & you could win to tickets to see Henri Smith, who almost always sells out when he performs on the North Shore!

    Win James Montgomery concert tickets at the Sidewalk Bazaar

    CG_Montgomery_LegalYou’ve probably heard about our Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series that starts Aug 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent).

    And unless you’re just visiting, you probably also know that Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar starts tomorrow and features all sorts of artists, artisans and bargains on Main Street through Saturday.

    Starting tomorrow, you can enter to win 2 tickets to the James Montgomery Band with special guests, who are coming to Gloucester to help raise money for The Open Door.

    Just find The Open Door’s booth at the Sidewalk Bazaar and get a raffle ticket for their 3 minute shopping spree (see Craig Kimberley’s video of last year’s winner here.)

    Every raffle ticket purchased at the Sidewalk Bazaar is automatically entered to win 2 free tickets to the concert.

    One winner will be announced on the Open Door’s Facebook Page after being drawn at the end of each day.

    Your raffle ticket helps support the Open Door AND you just might win tickets to one of this summer’s hottest shows!

    The Bounty of the Sea: and the Perils she brings, A New Book From Andrew Weiner

    Check it out, it’s only $2.99  Here’s the link


    Book Description

    Publication Date: July 28, 2014

    As long as there have been records kept, there have been stories of the sea. Some of the stories have been good and are filled with happiness, others have shown the hard life that the men on the front lines of the fishing industry have and some are so heartbreaking if a man is lost at sea.
    Growing up in Gloucester meant fishing and salt water was injected in your blood at birth. Some kids were born with a rod and reel, some were born with trawling nets, others with traps or deep sea rigs. It didn’t matter, you simply knew how to do it. You knew the difference between a jig and a #8 hook and what fish liked clams as bait or sea worms.
    You skippered boats with names that were created with an industry in mind, such as a dentist naming a boat “The Impaction. They were named for a mother or father or a nautical term such as Gale Force. Some even had names that were comical such as “Hekawi” as in the tribe in the 60’s sitcom “F-Troop”. It didn’t matter what the name was, because it was yours.
    You knew how to pilot any size boat, from an Amesbury skiff, to a Boston Whaler and an Albin cabin cruiser. You knew how to chum the waters and gahf the big one. NYC clam chowda is blasphemy to you, as is Red Lobster and any Lobsta Roll south west of Lobsta Land. It will never be a question of “To fish or not to fish”, but rather “how am I gonna cook it tonight? You have saved many fish from the hazard of drowning in the ocean.
    A snow storm that only drops 6” is considered a dusting. If it’s sunny and above 40 degrees, you are in shorts. 60+ degrees is a beach day, and a rain storm means you can have a great day fishing. You hate people that think a 50″+ swell is Hollywood magic, because you may have lived through one. Pneumonia may sideline you, but sea sickness will never. You can hold a beer in one hand and hot dog in the other while doing 30 knots.
    You mourned the losses and celebrated victories. It didn’t matter what your background was, you did it all together at Our Lady of Good Voyage. You were there when Cardinals Cushing, Mediros and Law blessed the fleet during every fiesta.
    You have played the air guitar at “Old Timers”. You have drank Sambucca, and you are 100% Italian or Sicilian during the last full weekend in June. “Viva San Pietro” rolls off your tongue with ease at the same time.
    You are all Gloucestermen, no matter where you settled and what you did, because like riding a bike, you will always remember being a Gloucesterman.

    Only 11 hours left to save $12 on Saturday’s Gloucester Blues Fest

    What?  You don’t have your Blues Fest tickets yet?  This really is it folks.  Either get them NOW (right here) or wait until Saturday and pay $12.00 more.  Plus VIP may not be available at all on Saturday.  Here’s a little taste of Biscuit Miller, who was supposed to be at the Blues Fest last year, but had a scheduling conflict.  You don’t want to miss this high-energy guy!

    New Live Henri Smith CD to be released at Celebrate Gloucester Aug 29

    HenriPoster_600When Henri Smith brings New Orleans Friends & Flavours, featuring Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell to Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion on August 29, he’ll be helping to raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA — and he’ll release his new live CD recorded at The Larcom Theatre last March.

    This will be Henri’s first live CD and it features stellar guests, including Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell along with young, rising stars — all brought together by Henri Smith, one of the country’s premier band leaders.

    Recorded and mixed by Bill Winn (whose award-winning credits include Whitney Houston and Herbie Hancock among many others), this CD is destined to become a classic — and you can get yours signed at the concert.

    Henri Smith concerts have been selling out, so you probably shouldn’t procrastinate.

    Get your tickets now (right here) and then you can relax the rest of the summer.

    James Montgomery is bringing young rising stars to Gloucester on Aug 22 — and a surprise!

    JamesNewsletterJust Announced: James Montgomery’s Celebrate Gloucester Guests

    James has invited young rising stars Danielle Miraglia & Marissa Licata along with Gloucester’s own Willie Loco Alexander to join him on stage Friday night August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion to help raise money for the Open Door.

    This is James’ first appearance in Gloucester on over 2 years and he won’t be back for a while — and you can’t see him with this lineup anywhere else.  So get tickets now (right here) before it’s too late.

    Check out these videos of James and his guests and you’ll see why this is one summer concert you absolutely don’t want to miss!

    Celebrate Gloucester Update: John Sebastian Concert Rescheduled

    Due to a scheduling conflict, we have moved the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert featuring John Sebastian to Saturday, September 13 at the UU Meetinghouse.  Get tickets here.


    This is one more example of how things often work out despite my frustration when I found out about the conflict.  The UU Meetinghouse a fitting venue given that this concert helps raise money for its restoration and the acoustics are excellent.  But with no air conditioning, it wouldn’t have worked for an August concert.  However, it’s perfect for September when the average high is 72 and low is 55 (it might be a little chilly at 8pm on the water that time of year) and the cushioned pews are quite comfortable.

    This concert is a perfect opportunity to experience the music that helped define a generation up close and personal.  Here’s a video of John Sebastian at Woodstock (45 years ago this August):

    FEMA flood INFO for Cape Ann From Kenny MacCarthy

    Hi Joey,

    Over the last few months, I’ve compiled a lot of information on the new FEMA regulations and flood zones here on Cape Ann. The links are all in one place on my blog. Just click here.

    If you don’t need this, share it with someone that does. It’s a big deal and will really affect property values.

    As always, let me know if I can help.



    Blues Fest Tickets are worth it just to see Victor Wainwright

    Just in case you’re one of those people who thinks blues is a bunch of old folks singing sad songs, you’ve got to check out young rising star, Victor Wainwright, who will have you dancin’ on the grass at Stage Fort Park on August 9.  Just 2 weeks left to save $12 on your Gloucester Blues Festival Tickets (get them here).

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