Tag Archives: Gloucester Music

Local Favorite Opens Blues Festival ~ Top Local Talent On Stage with National Recording Stars!

Did you really think Gloucester would have a Blues Festival without featuring Local Talent?  Not in the Live Music Capital of the World!  (Just in case you thought that was Austin TX, check this out)

Gloucester’s favorite New Orleans transplant, Henri Smith will open the Blues Festival on August 11 at Stage Fort Park.  (If you want to see & hear the national recording stars who will follow, check out all the videos on this page.)

Exactly three weeks from today (and six weeks from the Blues Festival) Henri and his band open for AARON NEVILLE at North Shore Music Theatre in Aaron’s only Northeast US concert this year.  You know you want to go to both concerts.   Get Aaron Neville tickets here and Blues Festival tickets here.

More proof that Gloucester is in fact the live music capital of the world can be found by checking out the live music schedule for this weekend.  More new listings since yesterday bring us to 25 artists at 17 venues just tonight and tomorrow — ’nuff said!

Move Aside Austin ~ Gloucester, MA is the New Live Music Capital of the World!

Austin, TX claims to be the Live Music Capital of the World saying that they have the most music venues per capita.  Now the Austin Chronicle lists 923 Venues for a city of 790,390 people, which works out to 1 music venue for every 856 people.

I decided to check the gimmesound.com database and found 68 venues in Gloucester which have music from time to time (not every night).  Gloucester has 28,789 residents as of the 2010 census, so that works out to 1 music venue for every 423 people, which is more than TWICE the music venues per person as Austin TX, making Gloucester the true LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!  Spread the word, folks!

This weekend alone we have over 3 dozen artists at 17 music venues — and one of those venues is a schooner — try that Austin; you’re 200 miles from the water!

See the full live music lineup here.

Now, for those of you where thinking you would defend Austin because they have SXSW, which I have to admit is pretty cool, don’t forget that on August 11 (when the average high in Austin is 96 and very humid) Gloucester is having a Blues Festival and our average temp for that day is 79.  Where would you rather be?  Wait …  don’t answer until you see this video of Lucky Peterson, who will be at the Blues Fest!

And if this doesn’t convince you, check out all the videos on this page.

Why do they call this the Kenny Neal(s) Band?

Why the (s)?  Watch the video and see how long it takes you to figure it out.  If you don’t get it after 20 seconds, have another cup of coffee . . .

Kenny will be at the Gloucester Blues Festival.  It won’t be long before the sun heats things up around here and you’ll be at the beach, Fiesta, whatever … where you might forget that you can save $12 by getting tickets ahead of time, so get tickets now and stop worrying.

If you don’t remember who’s playing, click here for our video introducing the performers.

Our local music scene is already hot with 10 live music choices tonight (more really, because Nights on the Neck alone has 6 live shows between 5 and 8:45 and we only list them once — see their full schedule here).

And let’s not forget Bradley Royds begins his Thursday Night Series at Giuseppe’s.

We’ve been getting new listings all week long so click here to see the new updated music lineup.

Yes folks, Sun will shine again, and when it does top Blues Stars will also shine on Gloucester

Yesterday’s video introduced you to the Gloucester Blues Festival performers (click here if you missed it) and promised a week-long preview.  Today, we feature the headliner Shemekia Copeland, whose stellar performance at the White House recently aired on WGBH TV.  Watch the video and you’ll know why you have to get tickets now, so you can save $12.

Just since yesterday, we’ve received new music listings, including a live Blues Concert featuring Rita Chiarelli (Canada’s Queen of the Blues) at Cape Ann Community Cinema on Friday and  T Max’s CD Release Party at the Dog Bar on Saturday.  See new updated music lineup here.

Blues Festival Performer Preview

On August 11, Paul Benjamin & Bob Hastings bring some of the world’s best blues artists to Gloucester for what we hope will be an annual event, the Gloucester Blues Festival.  In this video (the first of our week-long Blues Festival Series) the producers give you a preview of some of the music you’ll hear and artists you’ll see.  Remember, you can save $12 if you buy tickets in advance ~ Get tickets here.

It’s a great week for music on Cape Ann with 22 artists performing between now and Thursday alone!  See the full music lineup here.

Don’t miss the City’s biggest concert since Celebrate Gloucester

Gloucester Blues Festival ~ August 11 Stage Fort Park ~ Save $12 if you get your tickets now ~ get tickets here.

In this video, Vickie talks with producers Paul Benjamin & Bob Hastings about what we can expect.  It will be a very exciting day for Gloucester and we hope it will be the beginning of a new tradition.

Starting Monday, Paul Benjamin will be the gimmesound Artist of the Week.  He’ll give us some exciting previews of the Gloucester Blues Festival — music, video and all!

11 music choices tonight starting at 7.  Get out and party.  See the full music lineup here.

So much to do tonight ~ How do I choose?

Don’t choose.  Do it all!  OK, all might be a tad ambitious, but you can do a lot because the first show starts at 6:30 and the last one at 9:30.  See the complete music lineup here.

Tonight is your last chance to see Inge Berge at Giuseppe’s (8pm).  He’s one of our favorites and if you haven’t heard his new song with ever-so-slightly-tragic, but perfectly insightful lyrics set to a catchy, lyrical tune that is signature Inge, check it out here (you can read the lyrics too, but you don’t have to because Inge actually sings clearly, so you can understand them!)  You might want to request this song tonight, too.

At 6:30 you can see former gimmesound Artist of the Week Orville Giddings with Mark Earley at Captain Carlos.  Here’s a video of Orville at In a Pig’s Eye in Salem.  Notice how he quiets the crowd with his captivating performance

Her new electric band rocks, but it’s her voice that wraps itself around your heart and won’t let go

Yes, we’ve been touting Chelsea Berry‘s new electric band lately (see this post, for example)  But it’s really her voice that captures you.  Watch this video and see what we mean.  Allen got goose bumps listening to this song when we shot Local Music Seen a couple of weeks ago.  You can see the entire show tomorrow at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  The show features a new song by Allen Estes and a new song by Chelsea.  Plus she closes with one of my favorites.

And you can see Chelsea with her new band open for Chris Isaak at North Shore Music Theatre on June 28.  This will be the first time Chelsea’s new band performs in public and the only Boston area Chris Isaak concert this year.  Don’t wait until it’s sold out.  Get tickets now.

It’s Tuesday in Gloucester.  Just in case you missed last Tuesday’s admonition, check it out here.  OK, now that you’re convinced to go out, click here to see tonight’s full music lineup.

“Without cover of the night would you still be the light he is drawn to?”

Any doubt that Chelsea Berry is one of Cape Ann’s finest songwriters will be vanquished by her haunting new tune.  Chelsea uses the first TV performance of this song to show off her powerful, dramatic, versatile voice.  Then she reveals how she wrote the song, proving that  Livingston Taylor was right when he said, “A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing.”  Watch the video and see what we mean.

You can see Chelsea open for Chris Isaak at North Shore Music Theatre on June 28 with her new band.  Imagine the electric version of this song!

Lots of opportunities to start the weekend early tonight from solo acoustic to open mic to DJ to Rock, Reggae and more.  See the full music lineup here.

Special Herb Pomeroy Tribute @ Fuller on Friday 8pm

Herb Pomeroy’s Big Band ~ To Herb With Love
Friday, May 18 ~ 8:00pm @ Fuller School Auditorium
Sponsored by
gimmeLIVE Summer Concert Series
and  BankGloucester

Come see the people who performed with Herb Pomeroy at a special tribute concert to one of Gloucester’s most famous jazz men and one of Berklee’s most legendary faculty members.

The rhythm section (bass and drums) from this video will be there. You should be too. Doors open at 7pm.  Full band includes:

» Phil Wilson – trombone
» Jack Stout – trumpet
» Tom Ferrente – Clarinet & Sax
» Ray Santese – piano
» John Rapuchie- Bass
» Arti Cabal – Drums

Tickets are $20 ($10 for 12 and under) available at Liquor Locker, Gloucester Music or call Dan Leahy at 978-876-1953.

Proceeds benefit the Berklee/Gloucester Scholarship Fund.  More info on that here.

Don’t forget all the great FREE music tonight.  Click here for the full lineup.

“I can hardly stand to buy anything I can make myself” ~ Greg Bover

In this final video of our gimmesound Artists of the Week series featuring Greg Bover and Frances Fitch, the two of them talk about their inspiration and reveal some of the things that make this harpsichord so special ~ all with a smattering of music thrown in.

Your mom has a choice of a dozen live shows this evening on Cape Ann.  Don’t wait ’till tomorrow to treat her right.  Take her out tonight.  See the full lineup here.

Frances Rocks Greg’s Harpsichord

Didn’t think the harpsichord could ROCK?  Check out this video of gimmesound Artist of the Week, Frances Fitch performing a piece written in 2005 by American composer Edwin McLean, who lives in the South.  Listen carefully and you’ll hear a rhythm similar to Big Chief performed here by Henri Smith.  And don’t miss her performance of the full piece next Tuesday 5/15 at 7:30pm at Shalin Liu.  It’s FREE!

Speaking of Henri Smith, he’ll be opening for the Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville at North Shore Music Theatre on June 30  ~ GET TICKETS HERE.  There’s still time for you to enter to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to that show.  Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free).

Tonight you’ve got 9 choices for live music and they’re all free.  See the full music lineup here.

Sneak Peek Inside the Harpsichord

You’ve heard Frances Fitch play her new harpsichord (see here or here if you missed either of those videos).  In this video, her husband and gimmesound co-artist of the week, Greg Bover, takes us under the hood (literally — he takes off the jackrail to reveal plectra and then shows us how they pluck the strings).

You won’t see the plectra Next Tuesday, May 15, but you should go to Shalin Liu  at 7:30pm anyhow to hear his masterpiece played in one of the most perfect acoustic settings on Earth — and it’s right down the street — and it’s FREE.

Inge Berge is back at Giuseppe’s tonight for his 2nd of 5 Thursdays.  If you go, request his gorgeous new song and ask him if it’s the sequel to this song.

Let’s not take Gloucester’s tremendous talent base for granted.  Get out and support them.    It’s fun!  See the full music lineup here.

1650s Improv. Bet you’ve never seen music that looks like this!

Yesterday we introduced you to gimmesound artists of the week, Frances Fitch & Greg Bover (click here if you missed it — people asked what time is next Tuesday’s concert at Shalin Liu.  Answer: 7:30pm).

Today we have a special treat as Frances Fitch show us some Harpsichord music written in the 1650s and then plays it for us.  You can hear the entire piece next Tuesday night.

Plenty of music tonight starting at 7pm at six excellent Gloucester venues — all FREE.  See the full music lineup here.

Quick do the math: How long is 1000 Sunday Mornings?

It’s how long it took master craftsman Greg Bover to build a harpsichord for his equally talented wife Frances Fitch, who plays it magnificently in this video.  Frances & Greg are the gimmesound artists of the week and all week long we’ll have videos featuring Frances, Greg and this extraordinary instrument.

Next Tuesday, May 15, you can see Frances play this masterpiece live at Shalin Liu — and Greg will talk about the process of building it over the past 25 years.  Just in case you’re not convinced it’s where you want to be next Tuesday, think about this:  Shalin Liu was built specifically for instruments like this.  No mics, no amps, just perfect acoustics.  This could be your only chance EVER to hear a harpsichord of this quality, played by a master in an acoustically perfect room.  Oh, and it’s FREE.

Since yesterday’s post we’ve added several new shows.  Cape Ann’s music scene is just exploding.  Click here and see what we mean.

Mayday, Mayday

No I’m not about to crash.  That’s M’Aidez, M’Aidez (French for “Help me”).

It’s May Day, which is a holiday in many foreign countries (including New York City), so I figured we’d think about how to celebrate it here, in Gloucester.  Dancing around a May Pole outside today doesn’t seem all that attractive.  But dancing indoors?  Oh yeah!

You can start by hearing some of Cape Ann’s best musicians at Jalapenos during dinner (in the Video, above, they’re at Berklee) then over to the Dog Bar’s open mic at 9 and end the night dancing to Henley Douglas Jr. at the Rhumb Line.  And it’s only Tuesday.  Think how much fun we’ll have as the week goes on . . . (See the full music lineup here.)

And mark your calendar NOW so you don’t forget to go to Minglewood on Saturday to hear Brad Byrd’s full band (they’re awesome) and you might just end up in his next music video (see his recently release video here.)

She’s back … and she brought a friend. Let’s welcome Chelsea & Megan tonight at the Brew Pub @ 5pm.

Last month, one of our favorite local artists, Chelsea Berry brought a friend to town: Colorado singer/songwriter Megan Burtt — and now she one of our favorites too.  Here are two videos from one of last month’s concerts.

Powerful story of friendship and adventure followed by a song full of wisdom that seems far beyond her years (see more videos from that concert here.)

One  of our favorite Chelsea Berry songs that we think she should sing at every gig!

There’s music all day today.  It’s going on now at Alchemy and continues into late in the evening at Dog Bar, where Ryan Alto starts at 9.  See the full music lineup here.

OK, Once in a while you just have to cross the bridge

Our friends The Bandit Kings are embroiled in a BATTLE RADiCAL  at the Grog in Newburyport tonight and they need your help.  Why?  Cause they want to WIN!  So muster your courage, cross the bridge and show you’re support.  More info here.

Just in case you don’t own a car or simply can’t leave the island, there really is plenty of music in town.  You might want to catch the finale of Brad Byrd‘s month-long residency at Giuseppe’s.  You can tell him how much you like his new video.  Haven’t seen it?  Click here (lots of behind the scenes footage at that link too).

And for you jazz fans, there’s Mark Early with Henry Allen at the Elks.

See the full music lineup here.

Horns on Robert Palmer & Talking Heads Techno Tunes?

That’s right, folks.  In this video gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings gives us a hint about some new material we’ll hear at Castle Hill later this summer.  And he explains why he no longer plays in a trio, but prefers either solo acoustic or his big band.

Beautiful day, gorgeous night and lots to do starting at 7.  See tonight’s complete music lineup here.

Orville Giddings ~ Poor Boy @ Pig’s Eye

Peter shot this video on Patriot’s Day of gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings singing one of his most popular songs, Poor Boy, at In a Pig’s Eye in Salem.  Notice how the crowd gets quieter as  Orville captivates them.  You can see Orville at the Rhumb Line tonight with Dave Sag’s Blues party at 9pm.

But before that, check out our good friend Brad Byrd at Giuseppe’s at 8pm.

And there’s plenty more to choose from.  See tonight’s complete music lineup here.

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