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Stage Fort Park Concert – August 24 – Cape Ann Big Band

Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
August 24, 7pm
Cape Ann Big Band (Big Band Jazz)

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Don’t miss the last concert in the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park.  Grab your chairs, your dinner and enjoy Cape Ann Big Band under the stars at Stage Fort Park.

 

 

Cape Ann Holiday Celebration Schedule

July 3rd

Photo by Northshorekid.com

Ringo Tarr and The Gloucester Fund present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.  This year we feature a LASER LIGHT SHOW bigger and better than ever before, plus a brand-new surprise.

Located near the Blyman Canal and Blyman Bridge section of the Boulevard on Gloucester Harbor. The scheduled events for the night include: (times are not exact)

  • 5:00 - Music begins
  • 6:00 – Horribles Parade passes right down the Boulevard.
  • 7:00 – Cape Ann Big Band immediately after the parade
  • 8:00 – The Runaround Sound -  Gloucester’s favorite high-energy band featuring ska, reggae, soul and more.
  • 9:15 – Laser Light Show – You don’t want to miss
  • 9:30 – FIREWORKS
  • 10:00 – Music resumes and a SPECIAL SURPRISE ~ Dancing til 11pm!

July 4

10:00 a.m – Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 p.m. – Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach

9:00 p.m. – Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach

Cape Ann Big Band Only Spring Concert – Saturday May 3rd

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Larcom Theatre from stage right

A Cape Ann Big Band concert is one of those rare treats that comes along only a couple of times a year — and this Saturday, May 3,  they’re going over the bridge (for their only spring concert this year) to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre.  Come Swing into Spring with Cape Ann Big Band playing hits from the swing, soul, jazz, and rock’n’roll songbooks as well as show tunes and pop songs.   

If you haven’t been down the road to the Larcom Theatre yet, this is your chance. It’s the perfect venue for a big band.  Built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Vaudeville musicians, this gorgeous theatre has spectacular acoustics.  And we just installed a new, top-shelf sound system for perfect sound in every seat!  Get yours now.

This very special Cape Ann Big Band concert features guest vocalists, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey.  Get a taste of what you’ll hear in this video:

Get your tickets now!

Cross the bridge SATURDAY with Cape Ann Big Band, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey

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Larcom Theatre from stage right

A Cape Ann Big Band concert is one of those rare treats that comes along only a couple of times a year — and next Saturday, May 3,  they’re going over the bridge (for their only spring concert this year) to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre.

If you haven’t been down the road to the Larcom Theatre yet, this is your chance. It’s the perfect venue for a big band.  Built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Vaudeville musicians, this gorgeous theatre has spectacular acoustics.  And we just installed a new, top-shelf sound system for perfect sound in every seat!  Get yours now.

This very special Cape Ann Big Band concert features guest vocalists, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey.  Get a taste of what you’ll hear in this video:

Remember, Cape Ann Big Band sold out last year at Shalin Liu.  You don’t want to be stuck waiting ’till the last minute and then not able to get a seat, do you?  Get your tickets now!

Cape Ann Symphony Benefit Concert at Shalin Liu – 2/22

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY
THE 62nd SEASON
Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

CAPE ANN SYMPHONY BENEFIT
Cape Ann Symphony Presents Fundraising Concert
Featuring Cape Ann Big Band
at Shalin Liu Performance Center

Mother/Daughter Duo Wendy & Brittany Betts
Perform at Post Concert Reception

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Tickets on sale today for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville March 7&9 and Cape Ann Big Band May 3

Sold out Larcom Theatre crowd cheers Henri Smith & Charles Neville April 2013 – photo Thom Falzarano

FOBs find out first!
If you haven’t been down the road to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre, this would be a good time to get tickets to see two top local bands in one of the best listening venues north of Boston.

With superb acoustics, world-class stage lighting, comfortable seats, and excellent sight lines, this gorgeous theatre is a perfect place to experience the area’s best live music — and it’s only about 20 minutes away with plenty of free parking. (Here’s some info on previous shows.)

Cape Ann Big Band’s Larcom Theatre Debut is Saturday May 3, 2014.  17 top players led by Gloucester’s Carlos Menezes (one of the area’s most talented young musicians) this big band will feature guest vocalists for a special spring concert.  GET TICKETS HERE.

Back for two shows on the heels of their April 2013 sell-out, Grammy-winner Charles Neville joins Gloucester’s Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends and Flavours on Friday, March 7 at 8pm and again on Sunday, March 9 for a 3pm matinee.  Take advantage of this early announcement and get your tickets now:  Friday night tickets here, and Sunday Matinee tickets here.

When it comes to local entertainment the days of procrastination are over

I love to procrastinate.  One of my Grandfather’s favorite sayings (he had lots of them) is “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow, ’cause you might not have to do it.”

It used to be that if you wanted to see live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann, you could decide at the last minute, stroll down to the venue just before showtime, get your tickets at the door, mosey on in and find a good seat.

Those days are gone.  Oops, did you want to see Chelsea Berry & Friends at Crowell Chapel on Dec 7 or Cape Ann Big Band’s Shalin Liu matinee on Dec 8?  Too bad.  They’re sold out.  The good news is that Chelsea & Friends added a new show on Dec 8 and there are still a few tickets for Cape Ann Big Band at 7pm.

But if you wanted to see Overboard on Nov 30 at Old Sloop, you’re just plain outa luck. They’re completely sold out.  So are a number of other local shows between now and Christmas.

More good news : we added a Sunday Matinee on Dec 15 for our Henri Smith Christmas show at The Larcom Theatre in Beverly, so you can still get good seats.  And there are still a few seats left to some of the Shalin Liu shows we told you about in this post.  But these won’t last long, so don’t think you’ve got much time to decide.

I think we can probably all agree that having a thriving music scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann is a good thing for all of us — even if it means we miss a few shows because we don’t pay attention to posts like this one that tell us to save the date.

Don’t be fooled by cooler weather — the music season NEVER slows down on Cape Ann

A few places have closed for the season and there aren’t as many tourists around.  Traffic is lighter.  The Cut Bridge isn’t always up.  But that doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to concerts at Shalin Liu.  That’s because with a world-class music venue down the road in Rockport, the season never really ends — at least not the music season.  Many of their concerts are already sold out — or nearly sold out, meaning you have to call the box office to see if there are any seats left, namely: Capital Steps and Arlo Guthrie.  There are still a few tickets left for Jonathan Edwards and Peter Wolf, but not many.  And the Cape Ann Big Band matinee on Dec 8 is nearly sold out too.  There are still some good orchestra seats for The Freddy Cole Quartet on next Friday, Nov 15, but they’re going fast too.  Check out his video below:

So the moral of the story is that just because it’s getting cold out doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to world-class concerts at Cape Ann’s premier concert venue!

Sunday’s FREE Bandstand Concert Tops Off Perfect Gloucester Weekend

It’s a weekend of community entertainment starting tonight at Harbor Loop; then tomorrow’s Cape Ann Big Band benefit for returning veterans at Gloucester House, Saturday’s Block Party and Sunday’s Bandstand Concert at Stage Fort Park featuring Overdrive.  These Bandstand concerts are a perfect example of how to bring a celebrated, centuries old New England tradition into the 21st century.  Bravo David Benjamin!

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Cape Ann Big Band Benefit Concert for Veteran’s Center – Friday July 19th @ Gloucester House


Join Cape Ann Big Band in its 3rd Year of working with the Gloucester House in effort to raise money for both Veterans and current members of our Armed Forces!

Spend an evening dockside with the Cape Ann Big Band. Friday, July 19th in the Gloucester House’s Café Seven Seas.
Doors at 6:30,
Concert at 7:00.
Tickets are $15 each To purchase tickets, please call Connie Condon at 978-283-4098 or The Gloucester House at 978-283-1812
Proceeds benefit the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veteran’s Center and their efforts to aid today’s veterans.

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Quick answers to questions we’ve been getting about tonight’s parade, fireworks, concert & laser light show

Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities.  I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GO TO THE CONCERT?
NOTHING.  It’s Free.

CAN WE PARK AT THE HIGH SCHOOL?
NO.  At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.  “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”

WHAT TIME IS THE CONCERT, PARADE, FIREWORKS, LASER LIGHT SHOW — AND WHO’S PERFORMING?
5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
9:30 Fireworks
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm.  Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks.  All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade.  (See more details here.)

WHAT IS THE PARADE ROUTE?
Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.

WILL THERE BE FOOD?
YES.  Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston.  See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE FIREWORKS?
That depends on how close you like to be.  For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park.  If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water.  You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off.  It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!

Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here).  The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans.  Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.

Let’s have some fun tonight!

Roots 66 to open Free Boulevard Concert July 3 ~ Dance & Party from 5-11PM

Ev Harlow and his band Roots 66 have agreed to open the free concert on the Boulevard beginning at 5pm on Wednesday 7/3.  Their bluesy blend of roots, classic rock and Americana fits perfectly with the spirit of the day and will help us all get ready to celebrate our independence with music, dancing, parade, fireworks & a spectacular laser light show.

Then after the parade, and for the 6th year in a row, Carlos Menezes, Jr. will bring us music from Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound to Ringo Tarr’s Boulevard stage for a city-wide dance party by the Cut Bridge at the corner of the Boulevard and Centennial Ave (see map here).  This free concert, presented by The Gloucester Fund and gimmesound.com, is only possible because of lots of hard work and generosity on the part of Ringo, his stage/event team and the musicians — all of whom donate their time and talent.  Come down on Wednesday and show them some love!

The Runaround Sound at the BoulevardHere’s the updated schedule:
5:00 Roots 66 kicks off the music
6:00 Music breaks for Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & The Runaround Sound after the parade
9:30 Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
10:00 Spectacular LASER LIGHT SHOW by RK Lighting Design
Then dance with Runaround under the stars & the lasers until 11 P.M!

St. Peter’s Fiesta Climax is full of music

Fiesta Sunday is the big day (see the schedule here).  This year one our local favorites, Cape Ann Big Band, kicks off the official Fiesta Sunday music from the St. Peter’s Park Stage at 3pm — and they have a terrific lineup of guest vocalists: Kate Barry, Mari Martin, Carolyn Seavey, and Steve Russo!  You just don’t want to miss this.  Here’s a taste of their talent from their first year of performing — and they get better every year!

Of course there’s music all day and into the night on Sunday all over Cape Ann — 16 live shows as of this posting.  Always check the complete live music listings for latest updates.

TICKET UPDATE: Big Band Sold Out, Few left for Chelsea Berry, David Maxwell, Brendan James, Henri Smith & Charles Neville, Livingston Taylor

The season is heating up and you just can’t wait until the last minute to get tickets any more.  Here’s the scoop.

Cape Ann Big Band’s Friday concert @ Shalin Liu is already sold out, but you can still get tickets to see Blues piano man David Maxwell next Saturday and also Livingston Taylor on 4/13.

There are also a few tickets left for two excellent Crowell Chapel shows this week: Chelsea Berry and Dawn Mitchele tomorrow (WED) and Brendan James with Brian Jarvis, Charlee Bianchini & David Brown on Saturday.

Tickets and a limited number VIP Packages are still available for Henri Smith featuring Charles Neville – next Saturday’s benefit for the fourth Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip.

Check the complete live music schedule for all live music on Cape Ann.

March Continues with A Variety of Concerts at Rockport Music

Check out all the action at Shalin Liu Performance Center (sent by Karen Herlitz)

March Continues With A Variety of Concerts at Rockport Music

Rockport Music presents the highest quality of concerts and presentations year-round at the stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center.  This March provides a variety of musical opportunities for people to enjoy—from classical to jazz.

Classical Concerts

On Sunday, March 24, at 3 pm, Blue Heron performs under the direction of Scott Metcalfe.  Blue Heron – Boston’s top early-music vocal ensemble—presents Divine Songs, connections and exchanges between secular song and sacred music, featuring the music of Johannes Ockeghem.  Unknown to many, Ockeghem is one of the greatest composers of all time. His endlessly fascinating sacred music has been characterized as mystical; his songs—each one a gem of invention—can be funny, heart wrenching, or profound.  The program includes Ockeghem’s songs Ma maistresse, Fors seullement, and Presque transi; De plus en plus by Gilles Binchois; and movements from the masses by Ockeghem based on those songs.  The Boston Globe proclaims, “Sensually rich, yet balanced and incandescent.”   Tickets:  $28-$48

Jazz, Folk, Pop, and World Music

On Friday, March 22 at 8 pm, Larry Coryell, known as the pioneer guitarist merging jazz, rock, free-form improvisations, and Eastern influences will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Larry Coryell brings his eclectic style described by critic Whitney Balliett as “the most innovative and original guitarist since Charlie Christian,” Coryell’s career spans four decades, over 60 albums (dozens more as a sideman), and performances with some of music’s heavy-weights like Eric Clapton, John Scofield, Elvin Jones, and Chick Corea, to name a few. Also a consummate composer, he tells Rockport Music, “I write music because I can’t help it. I think perhaps I want to complement all the great compositions already out there…Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins come to mind, and of course, Monk!”  Tickets: $19-$34

Back by popular demand, the 17-piece Cape Ann Big Band will delight audiences at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, March 29, at 8 pm, with jazz, swing, soul, and rock n’ roll that will make you want to dance.  Led by Carlos Menezes, the diverse 17-piece big band performs big band classics from a nostalgic era like “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”  Tickets: $19-$34

HD Broadcasts

On Saturday, March 16, at 12 pm, the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD broadcast of Zandonai’s early 20th-century melodrama Francesca da Rimini returns to the Met for its first revival in more than 25 years, in Piero Faggioni’s production. Marco Armiliato conducts Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role of a noblewoman who is tricked into marrying the brutal Gianciotto, sung by Mark Delavan, instead of her true love Paolo, sung by Marcello Giordani. Tickets: $20-$32

National Theatre of London presents People in a HD broadcast on Thursday, March 21, at 7 pm.

In this hilarious new play, celebrated playwright Alan Bennett (Madness of King George, The History of Boys) takes a stab at modern society by examining  the consequences of a self-serving government that turns a once-dignified nation into a “captive market,” with its people “rebranded as customers… available for easier exploitation.”   Through satirical social commentary, People offers up “classic Bennett comedy with a Downtown tinge” (Daily Express).  Tickets: $22 Adult, $15 Senior

For ticket information and details on these and other 2012-13 Season offerings, please visit our website at www.rockportmusic.org.  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.

New Years Rockport Eve is right around the corner

New Years Rockport EveDon’t have buttons yet?  Here’s where to get them:

In Rockport:
John Tarr Store, Main St.
Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk
Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.
House of Raven, Main St.
Gloucester Music, Main St.

Here’s a list of the live music (dozens of choices).  The whole shebang goes from 6pm to midnight and is one of the best entertainment values of the year.  You can download a map and complete schedule (in table format) here.  Plus if the weather cooperates (which it just might) you can see the moon, Jupiter and its moons, and galaxies so far away they’ll convince you that you really are as insignificant as you thought — a great way to begin the new year.  The Zip Line Kid and I are still talking about how much fun we had looking through the telescopes set up by the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at Dock Sq.

Last year we were too late to get in to see Cape Ann Big band at Shalin Liu.  We won’t make that mistake this year.  Here’s a sample of what we missed:

Plenty of opportunities to get into the party spirit tonight (see complete live music listings here).  Might be a good time to check out  Mike O’Connell and his excellent band at Minglewood starting at 9pm.

Here’s something you don’t see every day – and a bit of heresy too

OK, you’re probably already downtown at the Middle Street Walk, and you’ve already decided you’re going to the GMG XMAS party at 6, right?  Now Joey’s all dump the kids with a babysitter and get your naughty on and make some bad decisions and burn down the neighborhood.  Got it. But in between all that, you  might want to sneak away for a quick set of this guy at Minglewood Tavern — guaranteed to be something you don’t see every day.  He even made a funny little teaser for tonight’s show?  You just gotta respect anybody who goes to that much trouble to promote his Gloucester gig!

NOW FOR SOME HERESY
Just in case you feel like bucking the tide, you could consider a quick appearance at Bodin’s and duck out (sorry Paul) in time to catch the Cape Ann Big Band in (dare I say) Manchester … Nope, I didn’t get struck by lightning.  You won’t either.  But you absolutely will be struck by their awesome sound.  And tonight you get to hear one of my favorite singers, Renee Dupuis perform with them.  Just sayin’ you gotta choice.  Here’s a slightly wobly video, but with good sound, featuring some of the band’s hot solos and killer horns.

MORE HERESY AND A BIT OF IRONY
I just can’t help pointing out the irony of my most favorite, irreverent singer/songwriter of all time, Inge Berge as Fireside Dining.  But that’s how it’s being billed at Castle Manor Inn tonight.  Perhaps, during dessert, you could request this song:

Or it’s sequel:

More Inge Berge videos here.

Good music pretty much all day and night for the next two days

It’s a beautiful day to be at Camp Spindrift for their Fall Into Winter Festival and music is still going on — if you hurry, you can catch John Jerome at 2pm (see schedule).

After that you can catch 3 more live shows today and dance into the wee hours.

Get up for brunch tomorrow at Alchemy with Flynn Cohen & Friends.  Then catch the Cape Ann Big Band benefit at Gloucester House — a great way to celebrate Veterans Day — and still have time for two more shows before the night is over!  WOW!

See the complete local live music schedule here.

Cape Ann Big Band Benefit for WWII Memorial @ Gloucester House on Veterans Day

There simply isn’t a better way to celebrate Veterans Day than to support the people who serve in the military and the memorials we build to those who “gave the last full measure of devotion”.   Lily Linquata sent this notice about the event that is from 3-6pm next Sunday.  If you’ve never seen the Cape Ann Big Band live, this is your perfect opportunity!

Join Gloucester’s WWII Veterans Memorial Committee and friends on this upcoming Veteran’s Day — Sunday, November 11, 2012 — for a Cape Ann Big Band concert to benefit the perpetual care of Gloucester’s WWII Memorial on Kent Circle. Starting at 3pm and going until 6pm, tickets are $20 each. Tickets are on sale now at The Gloucester House or via Connie Condon.

Cape Ann Big Band frequently sells out so don’t wait too long to get your tickets for this sure-to-be excellent event. As there will be no reserved seats, it is also important to be on time. Doors will open at 2:45.

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