Category Archives: Go See

Willie ” Loco” Alexander Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line 8:30-11:30 July 31, 2014

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I’m psyched that Willie “Loco” Alexander is joining me this week! Forget this “Godfather”  jazz: Willie is the real deal. Anybody  with this kind of history is my kind of guy. His jackhammer style spackles all the cracks in the real rock ‘n’ roll pantheon. Makes me feel 20 again!
He’ll be bringing his longtime guitarist, Mr. Billy Loosigian, the phlegmatic,articulate articulator of artifice with him along with that cackling, lightning cracker, Mr. Steve Chaggaris, on the skins. I’ll be on bass, as usual. Stick that safety pin in your brain and dream about  the days you never lived through! Hours:8:30 to 11:30.

 

 

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The Rhumb Line
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

 

LOCAL ARTIST PETER TYSVER : TONIGHT!!! THE TRIBUTE EXHIBITION

I happened upon Peter painting a few weeks back near the lily pond on Eastern Avenue, and I just had to stop and see what he was working on. I was stunned at the beauty of his work. This is one of many pieces you can find at the TRIBUTE EXHIBITION at the North Shore Arts Association going on July 30th through August 10th. The big reception is tonight from 6-8pm!! Peter was as kind, and as talented, as you would imagine.  There will be amazing work from many other artists as well. For more info go to    http://www.nsarts.org  NOW GO SUPPORT AND CELEBRATE OUR LOCAL ART STARS!!!!

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Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014 Alek Razdan & The A-Train Orchestra & Mike O’Connell Band

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Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra

Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra is composed of 20-year-old Alek Razdan on vocals and saxes, his father Rikki Razdan on saxes, Ken Demaine on bass, Dave “Doc” Vincent on drums, and Dan Whalen on guitar. The group is based out of Rockport and Gloucester, MA, and was formed in the summer of 2010.
Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra appear regularly around Cape Ann and the Boston area. They have performed at festivals, night-clubs, and private parties. Playing a unique blend of blues, jump-blues, and swing covers and originals, the group puts on an energetic and extremely danceable show.
The band’s new album, “Alek Razdan and the A-Train Orchestra: Two-Timin'”, was released in January of 2012. The title track, “Two-Timin'”, was the Grammy U award winner of the Indaba Music Master Critique competition,  held in New York City, New York.
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Mike O’Connell and Friends

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Mike O’Connell Worcester Born Blues Rocker has been living in Gloucester for 13 yrs

Tomorrow Night Harbor Loop Concerts in Gloucester with Local Natives Jay Aptt, Leo Ciaramitaro and Ben Ferrini play this concert with me,, we did a couple of practices and ready to rip some songs for you,, we have a good set. so come see,, bring your blankets coolers and juice boxes, kids,, Love MO’C

This Thursday on the Lannon! A Sunset Cruise with ALLEN ESTES & FLY AMERO!!

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This Thursday on the Lannon!
A Sunset Cruise with
ALLEN ESTES & FLY AMERO!!
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We only do this once a year, folks, so… please don’t miss it!  Sitting on the deck of
the Thomas E. Lannon is perhaps the most elegant way to appreciate the amazing
and beautiful city in which we live.  Actually, there always seems to be people from
other parts of the country (and world) on board, taking it all in for the very first
time.  We find ourselves looking at familiar waters through fresh eyes as we hear
their stories from points beyond the island.  But it’s Tommy, Kay and the rest of the
Ellis crew who are the true stars of the show.  So smooth and professional, you can
hardly tell there’s serious work being done all around you – until you volunteer to
help hoist a sail, that is!
Thursday, July 31st
A Sunset Cruise with Great Music!
6:30 – 8:30pm (be at the dock by 6:15)
The Thomas E. Lannon
Seven Seas Wharf at The Gloucester House Restaurant
Rogers Street (Rte. 127) | Gloucester, MA  01930
978–281–6634 | info@schooner.org
Visit: http://schooner.org/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

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.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest:Inge Berge

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This Week:
Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad, $12.95!

Wednesday, July 30th
Special Guest:
INGE BERGE!!

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Inge Berge is among the finest and most sophisticated
songwriters on Cape Ann.  His lyric is sharp.  His music is
self-contained and utterly complete.  And his right hand hits
a perfect groove on the guitar – every time.  World class all
the way. ~ Fly
Upcoming…
8/06
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8/13 Fozzie Hill

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

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.

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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):

Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game (and maybe bring the family)

Absolutely… spending a day at Fenway Park is one of the best ways to enjoy a day here in the Boston area, but, let’s be honest, it is not always that easy to score tickets that are affordable.  And…if you have young children, you can’t guarantee they’ll care much about the game.  I’ve seen more grumpy moms and dads grudgingly leave the ballpark because their young child was “done.”  OR….you spend a gazillion dollars on ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, big foam fingers, Wallys, inflatable bats, and other souvenirs as tokens of hush money….all to no avail.  3rd inning…out the door.

I’ll never recover from a day a few years ago when I brought Thatcher onto the field with me pre game to take photos of the players warming up.  He was a super cute 4 year old at the time and was wearing a “Pedroia” shirt. We walked past the dugout and Kevin Youkilis started to raz Thatch for not wearing his # instead. Within a minute Thatcher had the attention of Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Josh Beckett.  They were all chatting him up and joking with him and I couldn’t have been happier.  Thatch?….you may ask.  Over the moon?…you may assume. Well, not exactly. After a minute of tolerating the attention, he turned to me and said, “Can we go back to our seats before Finn eats all the popcorn?”  Alrightly then.  Bye guys.

So, while my boys are now old enough to love Red Sox games, and they get through a whole 9 innings or more with only a little bit of bribing, it is still something that we can really only pull off a couple of times each summer.

The solution??   Three words.  Minor League Games!   My boys are almost just as happy to head to the Lowell Spinners, the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), and, hopefully soon, the Portland Sea Dogs.  The venues are incredibly family friendly, affordable, and FUN.  The children get much closer access to the players and can often times score themselves a run around the bases, an autograph opportunity, or a chance to catch something chucked into the stands in between innings.

I, just a moment ago, received an email from the Spinners reminding me of the Family Sleepover.  Come on….talk about fun for kids!   You go to the game, head back to the car for a minute, grab your tent and gear, set up shop, watch a movie on the scoreboard, and spend the night sleeping on the field.

If you have a budding baseball fan in the family and haven’t taken advantage of the minor league teams in our area, you’re missing out.  I highly recommend looking into tickets….and, might I add, there really isn’t bad seat in any of those houses!

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Family Sleep Over at the Lowell Spinners

The Lowell Spinners

The Pawtucket Red Sox

The Portland Sea Dogs

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Diane Blue joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party tomorrow night @ The Rhumb Line. 8:30pm to 11:30pm 7.24.2014

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This thursday, let’s welcome back the one and only Octomom of the blues: Ms. Diane Blue. A master of the harp and vocal half pipes, we’re callin’ in a special hazmat team in to deal with the proceedings.
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First, there’s Mr. Pete Henderson, a fine, water-cooled 50 caliber guitarist, to chase away your demons, then adding Mr. Joe Bargar, a relentless air hammer, on keys, and Ms. Kathy Berkley,drummbler, to chop some wood for ya. Of course,I’ll be on base. I haven’t had these cats up here for a long while, and  I’m really quivering with anticipation. It’ll be great night! 8:30 to 11:30 at the Rummie.

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40 Railroad Ave
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(978) 283-9732

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This week’s special guest are Julie Dougherty with Woody Woodward. 8-11pm 7.23.2014

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This Week:
Fresh Baked Haddock, $12.95!

Wednesday, July 23th
Special Guest: 
JULIE DOUGHERTY!!

Julie Dougherty has recently released her third CD, The Sweet
Unraveling
.  This disc begins yet another chapter in a full and
rewarding career of writing and performing as one of the finest
divas in New England’s substantial folk/pop arena. With over 30
years as a career singer-songwriter, Julie has well established
herself as a respected and loved performer in the region’s folk
scene. In addition, Julie has enjoyed extensive forays into the
music scenes of Nashville, Texas, and Los Angeles.  Read more
on her website… http://www.juliedougherty.net/


Woody Woodward accompanies Julie this week, and is a veteran working bassist
with 30+ years on stage and in the studio. Beyond his extensive work with Julie,
Woody has performed and recorded with a long list of artists including The Shaw
Brothers
, Tommy MakeemConspiracyTriadCutts RoadThe Fabulous
Clams
 and others. Woody performed in the studio band for the TV series
“Songwriters In The Round”, backing artists such as Chris SmithersNoel Paul
Stookey
Al Kooper and many others. Woody has performed around the US,
Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong.
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Fresh Baked Haddock, $12.95!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
Fozzie Hill

Allen Estes

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

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).

Divots, Chukkers, and Mallets….Oh My!

It being Sunday and all, I thought I’d remind you of a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon during the summer.  Polo.

I know as much as anyone that it is hard to tear yourself away from the beach, boat, deck, or backyard BBQ on a sunny afternoon during the precious and all too fleeting summer months, but, if you’re up for something a tiny bit different, taking in a Polo match is really quite fun!

I’d like to add, however, that better than simply doing it….is doing it right!

The best way to do it is to gather a bunch of your friends, grab a chunk of tailgate space on the sidelines, pack the picnic of all picnics, stuff a cooler to capacity and have a lovely afternoon.  Despite popular belief, holding your pinky up while drinking is actually optional.  The polo crowd is quite mixed and quite lovely.  Ummm….and to any single ladies who happen to be reading….you could probably find a less attractive bunch of athletes elsewhere. Just saying. I should add that there are some pretty rad female players too.  I, for one, would LOVE to learn the game.

My boys enjoy walking around and meeting the players and ponies before the match begins.  I’ve yet to meet a player who wasn’t friendly and more than happy to let the boys ask questions and meet the horses.  They also get a kick out of replacing the divots in-between chukkers….often times barefoot. (Insert mild shutter….horse poop and all).

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Do your homework here…if you care to.

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