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BREAKING NEWS: We just announced the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series – three great concerts for three great causes, beginning with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee John Sebastian on August 15th, the 45th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock.  Get tickets here.

BREAKING NEWS: Henri Smith @ The Studio on Saturday featuring Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell

Henri Smith at the Larcom Theatre   March 2014

This is a big coup for the new Studio – and it’ll be your last chance to see Henri Smith anywhere around here without buying a ticket for quite some time.

Joining Henri will be many of the guys who were on stage with him at The Larcom Theatre in March, including Grammy-Award winning Amadee Castenell on sax and a big surprise!

Don’t expect there to be any tables left on Saturday, so you’d better call (978) 879-4896 to make a reservation.  Do it now!

Henri will be back at the Larcom Theatre in December for a very special Christmas show.  If you’ve signed up for our free Concert Club, you’ll be able to get tickets before they go on sale to the public (click here if you haven’t signed up).  More details on this concert coming in a few days . . .

Here’s a taste of what you can expect this Saturday — check out Amadee’s sax and flute solos!


An Evening of Whimsy and Merriment at the Wenham Museum

935Gala Reception
7:00 – 10:30 pm
Wenham Museum Tent

The Awards Dinner
The Wenham Tea House
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket to the dinner!
Tickets to the Gala Reception are available by phone and online.

Gala Reception
7:00 – 10:30 pm
Wenham Museum Tent
Join Honorary Chair
Karen Nascembeni of The North Shore Music Theater
for a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious evening
Live Music | Dancing | Auction
Hors d’oeuvres | Sweets | Cocktails
Timothy S. Hopkins Catering

Step in Time to the Sounds of Henri Smith and New Orleans Friends and Flavours
Diane and Company with Mark Retallack and Roger Brockelbank

Stonehome Estate Jewelers of Portland & Kennebunkport, Maine
**20% of Sales Proceeds Benefit the Wenham Museum**

CIGAR ROLLING by Boston Cigar Factory
LIVE AUCTION by Rick Nazzaro of Nazzaro Auctions
with prizes including a
Zulu Nyala African Safari

CAR SERVICE to the event by UBER BOSTON.
Guests receive $40 off their first ride with promotional code ALLABOARD14.

(978) 468-2377


Oops, did you miss Mardi Gras? This year you’ve got a 2nd chance

Soooo …. you’re dealing with snow again today and you suddenly realize that Mardi Gras came and went yesterday without much thought on your part — you didn’t even go down to Lat 43 to support the YMCA Teens’ Service Learning Trips coming up this spring — yes, spring — I know you can’t even imagine spring, but it will come.  Trust me.

YMCA Teens at Larcom

Rick Doucette with the Y teens on the Larcom Theatre stage with Charles Neville, Amadee Castenell, Henri Smith and his band after last year’s Mardi Gras concert.

Don’t dispair.  You’ve got another chance to celebrate Mardi Gras AND support the YMCA Teens this Friday at the Larcom Theatre with Henri Smith and Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers).  Melissa Cox will be there hosting a 50/50 raffle to support the Y Teens.  Get your concert tickets here and your raffle tickets at the theatre.  The music will be HOT.  The dancing even hotter — and you can contribute to a good cause, making you feel just great about having a good time!

VIDEO: Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll) it’s Mardi Gras!

Well, here in frosty New England, it used to be just another Tuesday in the dead of winter.  But once Henri Smith moved to Gloucester (after Katrina blew is house down — see short bio here) we started celebrating Mardi Gras and now you have plenty of opportunities to celebrate on Cape Ann.  Here are a few:

Eat and drink at Lat43 and Minglewood from 11:30 – close today and 10% of what you spend goes to help send YMCA Teens on their service learning trips to New Orleans and the Navajo Nation.  Plus you can enter a raffle to win cool prizes (including 4 tickets to see Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith on Friday at The Larcom Theatre just down the road in Beverly).

Great music tonight all over town and music is the best way to celebrate.  See the complete live music schedule here.

Any time you like you can see Henri Smith and Charles Neville’s 2012 Mardi Gras concert at Minglewood Tavern on Cape Ann TV’s wicked cool streaming site here.

If you’re NOLA homesick, check out the live webcams here.

Maybe — just maybe — if we celebrate Mardi Gras today, we’ll heat up Cape Ann and usher in Spring a tad earlier.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Did you miss Henri Smith & Aurelia Nelson’s banter on Sunday? Listen right here and get in on the scoop!

Aurelia Nelson (L), host of Curtain Up with Henri Smith

Aurelia Nelson (L), host of “Curtain Up” with Henri Smith

These two tease each other like brother and sister!

Aurelia Nelson and Henri Smith have loads of fun on this show and it truly comes across.  Henri starts off singing,  Aurelia accuses him of not knowing the words to songs, all the while hidden meanings to New Orleans favorites are revealed.  Plus you’ll get a hint of some special music planned for his upcoming concert featuring Grammy Award winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell.  

Listen here and join in the fun!

Henri Smith Tells Aurelia Nelson what the song Jambalaya means on Sunday at 9am on 104.9FM

SUNDAY (2/16) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson hosts Henri Smith on her show, “Curtain Up”.  Get all the details on New England’s newest tradition: Mardi Gras Concert with Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers and Henri’s 8 piece band. It will be a blast! And…we finally find out what the words are to the song “Jambalaya”! Plus, just try saying N’awlens..not New Or-leens!


WIN TIX to Mardi Gras Concert with Charles Neville & Henri Smith

Be part of the New North Shore Tradition
Mardi Gras Concert with Charles Neville & Henri Smith

FB_MardiGras Win Two FREE tickets to see Charles Neville with Henri Smith on March 7th for a Mardi Gras Concert at Larcom Theatre.  Just comment on this post with your funniest Valentine Story!  We’ll pick a winner on Sunday!   It’s a better chance than the lotto…go for it!

This could be a GREAT VALENTINE’S GIFT and it’s won’t cost you anything!!


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.

Win Dinner & A Show with Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr and help needy kids!

Senator Bruce Tarr

If you’re listening to North Shore 104.9 today, you know they’re broadcasting Senator Bruce Tarr’s North Shore Toy Drive live until 6pm and you’ll hear Senator Tarr mention a “Once in a lifetime” auction on air.  We don’t want people who can’t have the radio on to miss out, so here’s the scoop:

This Sunday, Senator Tarr is taking 4 people as his guests to the Larcom Theatre at 2pm for Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas Matinee followed by dinner at Teresa’s Prime (the new steakhouse in North Reading). 

You can bid on this “once in a lifetime opportunity” by sending an email to northshoretoydrive@yahoo.com with your name, phone number and your bid.

Senator Tarr will be updating the bid price live on the radio during the day — and you can continue bidding during the day tomorrow too.  The winning bid will be announced tomorrow (FRI) at 5pm.  The money will be donated to the winner’s local Toy Drive charity.

Not playing your instrument? Donate it to a needy kid and enter to win!

Got one of these lying around?

Got one of these lying around?

When local New Orleans transplant, Henri Smith, and his band take the stage Saturday and Sunday at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly, they won’t be the only people in the house with musical instruments.

That’s because members of the audience are bringing instruments to donate to The Musary — a free music lending library “no strings attached” serving Boston’s North Shore, including Cape Ann.

Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The door prizes we have now are:

One night stay at Salem Hawthorne Hotel plus $50 gift certificate for Nathaniel’s (their restaurant).

Spa Day at Maison Esthetique Christiane Bourque Spa in Danvers ($400 value)

Plus a chance to have your Christmas shopping paid for with the 50/50 Raffle!

The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary’s goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, “No Strings Attached.” To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.

There’s plenty of time to dig around in your attic or basement and find that no-longer-used instrument so you can put it to good use again this weekend.  And who knows, you might just win something — but even if you don’t win, you’ll know you helped a young person appreciate the power of music, who might not otherwise be able to do so.  And that will feel great!  There are still some seats left for Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas Concert on Saturday at 7:30pm (get them here) — and excellent seats left for the Sunday Matinee at 2pm (get them here).

It’s worth getting up by 9am on Sunday to catch “Curtain Up” on 104.9

Just in case you haven’t noticed, North Shore 104.9′s “Curtain Up” host, Aurelia Nelson, has been inviting Cape Ann musians to be her guests more frequently of late and it points to a trend of featuring locals on the station as a whole (see some examples here).

Tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 9AM, she does it again, this time with Henri Smith. Henri will talk about all the special guest he has pull together for his New Orleans Christmas show at the Larcom Theatre.


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.

Breaking News ~ Sunday Matinee Added for Henri Smith Christmas Show

FOBs Get the News First!

By Poplar demand a Sunday Matinee at 2pm has been added for the Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas.  Henri Smith and his all-star band will bring the sounds and soul of New Orleans to New England once again for a special Matinee Christmas concert of traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with traditional Christmas favorites.   Henri’s special guest include Grammy-Award winner Amadee Castenell, Lynne & Mike Cabaret, Carmen Spada and Diane DiSanto.  See more about Henri’s special guest here.

Still some seats available for Saturday 

We are proud to sponsor an instrument drive for The Musary at this Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas concert. Everyone who brings an instrument to donate will be entered to win a door prize at intermission. The Musary serves as a free lending library of musical instruments.

The Musary is a 501(c)3 on-profit organization that that works to motivate, cultivate and inspire people, especially young people, in our community to get involved in music. It is the Musary’s goal to lend musical instruments to anyone in need, “No Strings Attached.” To learn more about The Musary, borrow an instrument or donate, visit their website.

What’s Happening at Cape Ann Brewery

Sunday October 27, 2013

Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet

Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet

The Barbara and Al Boudreau Jazz Quartet

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jazz Session  with  Kate Barry, Zach Gorrell & Steve Lace
5:00 – 8:00

Thursday, October 31, 2013 – Halloween

henri-smith-promoHenri Smith and his band for a
Costume Dance Party
Starting at 9:00pm

Check online for latest information

Check online for latest information

Johnny Winter Coming to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre

Johnny Winter Tickets ON SALE TODAY!


For 40 years Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. He immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high-energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold-out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire to say that he is “back” would be an understatement. In fact, he never left. He is just better than ever. Don’t miss a true living legend as he rocks the Larcom!  Tickets On Sale NOW  

Other Things Happening at the Larcom

The Slide Brothers on Saturday, November 2nd. The Slide Brothers are the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition.  The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own.  This is their ONLY New England show this year.   With Special guest singer-songwriter Michael Thomas Doyle.   

Henri Smith & his all-star band
, featuring Grammy winner Amadee Castenell bring a New Orleans Christmas to the historic Larcom Theatre for the very first time on Saturday, December 14th. The concert will feature traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel, topped off with Christmas favorites. 


As Fly Amero says (in this post) the Larcom Theatre is “right down the street from us all (not ‘up the line’, which makes everyone think it’s far, far away when it’s really not)” So don’t be shy — come down the street to the Larcom Theatre for a spectacular concert!

What do you get when you mix Mardi Gras & Halloween?

Henri Smith @ The Larcom Theatre in Beverly for a sold-out Mardi Gras Concert in April 2013 – photo: Thom Falzarano

Mardi-Gras-O-Ween with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours at Cape Ann Brewery on Halloween night — that’s exactly 2 weeks from tonight (Thursday) at 8pm.

This will be fun blending of two great traditions.  A good time is guaranteed for all. Costumes are more than welcome.

Plus it’s a great way to get you psyched for Henri’s special Christmas concert at the fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly on December 14.  Now, remember, as Fly Amero said (in this post) Beverly is NOT “up the line” it’s “virtually next-door … right down the street from us”.  Best of all, the Larcom is a gorgeous theatre with perfect sound.  The best seats are going fast, so get tickets here.

Another Discount FOB’s hear about FIRST!

Slide_SmallPosterYou’ve just got to hear these guys to believe it!  The Slide Brothers’ only New England performance this year is Saturday, November 2 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, that Fly Amero describes as “a fully restored, gorgeous facility with hand-painted tin, beautifully designed curtains, world-class stage lighting and, well… the list could go on and on … The sound (under the direction of Will Hunt) was nothing shy of spectacular…” (see full post).

Best of all, it’s right next door — about 20 minutes away — in downtown Beverly.  And you can now get Premium Seats to the next 2 concerts for less than the cost of Standard Seats if you click on this link now.  Premium seats sell out first, so we’re telling you before we tell the rest of the world.  You know you want tickets to both concerts, so get them now!

The Slide Brothers only New England date this year
Saturday, November 2, 2013
7:30 PM (doors open 7pm)
Gloucester Virtuoso Michael Thomas Doyle opens

Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas featuring Grammy-Award Winner Amadee Castenell
and other Special Guests TBA
Saturday, December 14, 2013
7:30 PM (doors open 7pm)

3 Concerts for $99 at Beverly’s Historic Larcom Theatre

Once again, FOB’s get the news first!
Here’s your chance to save money on the best seats to see top talent in one of the most gorgeous theatres in the country — right in your backyard!

After the success of our sold-out April concert, we knew we had to bring more music to the acoustically perfect Larcom Theatre (more in this post).   Now you can see all 3 concerts for $99.  Click here to get the best seats.

It all starts 2 weeks from tonight when Gloucester legend Allen Estes and his new, 6 piece band fill Beverly’s historic theatre with music for one night only.  You don’t get to see Allen with a large band very often.  Plus we’re bringing Dave Foley and his Fabulous Mustangs all the way from the South Shore to open for Allen.  This will be a special  evening you won’t soon forget!


Sold out Larcom Theatre crowd on their feet in April

In a few months, when you see Allen Estes perform on TV in next season’s Wicked Tuna, you’ll be able to say you were there when he played his hits live with a full band at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Don’t wait until all the good seats are gone.  Click here now to reserve your seats and then you can relax and enjoy the Block Party tonight.

See the revised Block Party Live Music Schedule here.

Local stars going over the bridge to Beverly this fall

MardiGrasCrowdThere’s a hidden gem down the road in Beverly: The Larcom Theatre.  Opened in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) featuring Vaudeville shows, The Larcom’s initial advertising boasted, “Lit Completely by Electricity.”  Fully restored in 1985, the Larcom Theatre  became a second home to Le Grand David Spectacular Magic Company, which closed in May 2012.

In April 2013, Vickie and I presented Henri Smith at the Larcom Theatre to a sold-out crowd, many of whom had never before set foot in the theatre.  We fell in love with the Larcom the minute we walked in, checked the acoustics and told one of the owners (David Bull, star of Le Grand David) that we’d like to present lots of concerts in this acoustically magical theatre…

So, we begin with a 2013 Fall Music Series featuring Gloucester legend Allen Estes and his new Band on October 5 with Dave Foley’s Fabulous Mustangs opening, The Slide Brothers on November 2 with Gloucester’s Michael Thomas Doyle opening, and A New Orleans Christmas with Henri Smith on December 14.  We’re working on another six shows for late winter and spring of 2014 and will announce them in the not-too-distant future.

These shows will sell out quickly, so we’re giving FOBs first crack the best seats.  Here’s where you can get tickets:

The last time Allen Estes performed with a full band they nearly sold out the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, which has more than twice as many seats.  

The Slide Brothers are the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own.  This is their only New England show this year.

Henri Smith sold out the Larcom in April.  Plus he sold out the 2012 Mardi Gras show in Gloucester and was the headliner for the 1000+ Celebrate Gloucester crowd in 2010.

I know it seems like you’ve got lots of time, but don’t wait to get good seats to these shows in one of the most beautiful, acoustically perfect venues north of Boston.

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