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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:
ALLEN ESTES
SLIDE BROTHERS
HENRI SMITH CHRISTMAS

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.

Rick Doucette and Christian O’Donnell Podcast ~ Listen here

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Rick Doucette on Easter Morning

If you were in church at 9am on Easter Sunday instead of listening to the radio, your reward is below: listen to a podcast of Aurelia Nelson’s interview, on her North Shore 104.9 show Curtain Up, with YMCA Teen & Camping Services Director, Rick Doucette and Christian O’Donnell, one of the teen leaders who is going on the New Orleans trip during April Vacation.

You can see a complete list of all teens going on the trip here.

It’s not too late to get tickets to Saturday’s Mardi Gras in April concert, that will help pay for the trip, featuring Henri Smith and Charles Neville at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly.  Here’s a video of these two New Orleans greats at Celebrate Gloucester in 2010.

Get tickets here and help local teens pay for their April Vacation service learning trip.

What are your kids doing this April Vacation?

NOLA-AirportFor the fourth year, Gloucester’s Rick Doucette, YMCA Teen & Camping Services director, is taking teens and chaperons from North Shore YMCAs to New Orleans during April Vacation to help people rebuild the City and even the Bayou — they plant trees as well as repair homes.

This trip works wonders on many levels: local teens are immersed in New Orleans culture; they feel the joy of having a profoundly positive impact on other people’s lives; they experience first-hand how working together builds a stronger community.

MardiGras2013_CabotAdMost kids goof off during April vacation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in giving kids free-time to explore the world and become themselves.  But something vital touches me when I hear that 47 local teens are going to donate their vacation time to work hard on a construction site or in a swamp so that people 1500 miles away can have a better life.

That’s one reason why Vickie and I are producing a concert next Saturday, April 6, featuring New Orleans natives Henri Smith & Charles Neville to help raise money for this trip.  Last year, we sold out Minglewood Tavern on Mardi Gras, so we decided to take it to another level this year and host it at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly (more about that here).

You can still get tickets and there are even a few VIP packages left.  Get on-line tickets here or go to Gloucester Music.

Here’s a list of the adventurous teens who are going on the trip and the YMCA they belong to.  Let’s honor them by helping to raise money so their parents don’t have to pay for their kids to work during April Vacation.

BEVERLY YMCA LYNCH VAN OTERLOO YMCA
Meghan Cafferty Emma Knittle
Elizabeth Coughlin Renee Pavolich
Anna Gibson Emily Peugh
Nicholas Jalbert Adam Rodgers
Jonathan Powers
Rebecca Salah SALEM YMCA
Graeme Marcoux
CAPE ANN YMCA Catherine Marcoux
Michael Collins Hannah Morin
Frederick Doucette Jr Jakob Murtaugh
Christian O’Donnell Will Parr
Kevin Redmond Morgan Rogers
Conor Williamson Aiden Scrimgeour
Zachary White Shannon Tucker
Tyler Bailey-Jerome Elektra Tzannus Newman
Molly White Madeline Wiryo
Leia Sturtevant Brenna Burke
Nicole Klink Marin Ian Carter
Nicole Williamson Nathaniel Clark
Shannon Gallagher Catherine Coleman
John Brisson Audrey Delgado
Zeke Pasquarelli Chase Duffin
Jared Marshall Jaclyn Jermym
Austin Sousa Cole Jermym
Steven Verga Abby Sherwood
Zoe Wong

 

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.

How to catch up on everything you missed — or thought you missed

For all of you who missed recent TV & Radio premieres and shows, here’s how you can catch up:
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Henley Douglas premiered on Meg Griffin’s Sirius Radio show last Friday (see details in this post).  Catch it again tomorrow (Sat) at 9pm.  Then again Sun, Mar 3 @ 5pm and Mon, Mar 25 @ 4pm.

Charlie Farren premiered on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes on Wednesday (see details in this post)  Catch him again on Sunday 2/24 @ 6pm.  Then again on Wed 2/27 @6:30pm, Fri 3/1 @ 1:30pm and Sun 3/3 @ 6pm.

chelseaChelsea Berry’s shows at Shalin Liu, originally scheduled for February 8 & 9 have been rescheduled to next weekend (Fri 3/1 and Sat 3/2).  Saturday is sold out, but you can still get seats to Friday 3/1 here.

The Henri Smith / Charles Nevile benefit for Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans originally scheduled for Feb 8 has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 6.  You can still get tickets and VIP Packages here.

Last, but certainly not least, this weekend you can choose from 2 dozen live shows all over Cape Ann — and plenty of them with start times early enough to bring the kids.  See the complete weekend live music schedule here.

BREAKING NEWS: YMCA Mardi Gras Concert Rescheduled

You heard it on GMG First!
The Mardi Gras YMCA Benefit Concert with Henri Smith featuring Charles Neville originally scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, February 8 has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 6, 2013.  All tickets and VIP Packages purchased for the Friday, February 8 concert will be honored on Saturday, April 6th.

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There are still VIP and General Admission Seats available but they will likely sell out.  Get your ticket now and enjoy the winter wonderland, tomorrow.

 

P&V’s LOL #12: Sometimes you just can’t blame anybody

(For those of you who have just tuned in, “LOL” stands for Law of Life.  Click here to see the first 11.)

Everybody’s looking for somebody to blame — especially for last night.  First there’s the power outage.  Even though the official line still makes vague reference to an “abnormality”, you can bet people are scrambling to nail somebody’s ass — or “hold them accountable” to use the latest PC term.

Then there’s Beyoncé.  Joey may have liked her lip-synched dance numbers, but Vickie and I have to agree with venerable music curmudgeon, Bob Lefsetz, who said, “I wasn’t sure what to do after Beyonce’s appearance, join a gym or masturbate.” (We know Joey’s done the former.  What about the latter, Joey?)

Lefsetz tries to blame Madonna, CDs, Hip Hop (read his full tirade here) and he lauds  Prince, Adele, Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers.  (Joey likes The Lumineers too.  See this post.  Their show tonight at House of Blues — yup, across the bridge — is sold out.)

Singers love to lay blame.  Usually they blame somebody else, like when Beyoncé admonishes “you should have put a ring on it.”  Once in a while somebody writes a great song blaming himself.  Of those, my favorite is Guilty by Randy Newman, sung here perfectly by Bonnie Raitt.

You’ll be blaming yourself big time if you don’t get VIP tickets to see Henri Smith featuring Charles Neville this Friday.  It’s the best dinner / show / Mardi Gras party deal around.  Best of all, you can avoid feeling guilty because you’ll be helping to send local YMCA Teens on their service-learning trip to New Orleans in April.  Oh, and Henri won’t be lip-synching.

The older I get the more I realize that casting blame feels good, but doesn’t accomplish much — sort of like masturbating.

Blame is best left to songs.  Chelsea Berry knows how to write a great song that lays blame.  And you can bet she won’t lip-synch when she sings it at her  Shalin Liu concerts.

Leading up to Mardi Gras weekend, you can catch Henri Smith on Radio & TV tomorrow

Henri Smith with Aurelia Nelson

Aurelia Nelson (L) with Henri Smith (R)
104.9 Production Director Jay Foss in background

As you can see in the picture, when Aurelia Nelson and Henri Smith get together everybody has fun.

Aurelia decided to reprise last week’s Curtain Up again tomorrow SUN at 9am.  Don’t miss it this time.  Set your alarm and tune into 104.9FM.

Then at 6pm you can catch the very first Local Music Seen with Allen Estes show filmed on location.

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Allen Estes (L) with Henri Smith ~ photo Roger Ward

Last Mardi Gras (2/21/12) after a brief studio intro, we took the cameras and crew to Minglewood Tavern  to film Henri Smith’s excellent band featuring Charles Neville at a Mardi Gras fundraiser for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip.  The result is a high energy concert and interview with Henri Smith and Charles Neville in Latitude 43’s super comfy lounge area.  This special show airs tomorrow (SUN) at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 and again WED 2/6 at 6:30pm

Henri Smith w/ Charles Neville on sax North Shore Music Theatre
June 2012 ~ Photo by Paul Lyden

For Mardi Gras 2013, Henri Smith and his band featuring Charles Neville will perform their Y Benefit concert at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly this Friday, February 8th at 7:30pm.  Tickets are selling fast, so get yours here.  Plus, there’s a great VIP Package, including premium reserved seating in the first 5 rows, exclusive pre-show Mardi Gras party with a Cajun inspired buffet by Chianti’s of Beverly, meet & greet with the performers and more (see details here).  VIP Tickets are limited.  Get them here.

But don’t wait for next weekend.  There’s plenty of live music this weekend and much of it starts early enough to bring the kids.  See the full live music lineup here.

Gloucester Music has Mardi Gras Tickets

Henri Smith featuring Charles NevilleSusan Emerson, owner of Gloucester Music at 210 Main Street has generously agreed to help promote the Y TEENS REBUILD NEW ORLEANS Benefit Concert on Fri 8 Feb by selling tickets in her excellent music store.  This is one of those concerts that is definitely worth crossing the bridge for.  You get to see Grammy-winning Charles Neville with one of our top local performers and support local teens on their service learning trip to New Orleans.

Just a chance to see the historic Larcom Theatre is worth the trip — it’s only 15 miles from downtown Gloucester and there’s plenty of free parking after 5pm (see directions & parking details here).  Check out the video for a taste of what you can expect.

VIP Tickets for Henri Smith w/ Charles Neville on sale TODAY ~ Henri on radio tomorrow

Grand Salon @ Larcom Theatre, Beverly, MA

Last year the annual benefit concert for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip sold out at Latitude / Minglewood.  This year the concert will be held at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly with a very special VIP Package that includes an exclusive Mardi Gras VIP Pre-Party at the Larcom’s Grand Salon complete with meet & greet, free buffet, party favors and more (see details here).  Space is limited so get your tickets TODAY!

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Aurelia Nelson – Henri Smith

Good, now you have tickets, so you can relax and listen to Henri Smith tomorrow (SUNDAY) at 9am on Aurelia Nelson’s show Curtain UP on North Shore 104.9.

We’ve noticed a number of live music benefits/fundraisers lately with a couple tonight (see complete live music schedule here).  It’s nice to see people coming out, having a good time and supporting a good cause.  One of the things we like about living here (despite the recent cold weather).

Here’s a taste of what you can expect on Friday, February 8 @ the Larcom Theatre

BREAKING NEWS: Charles Neville & Henri Smith Back in Beverly Fri, Feb 8 for a Mardi Gras Concert to benefit Y TEENS

JUST ANNOUNCED: YOU HEARD IT FIRST ON GMG
A rare opportunity to see Grammy-winning Charles Neville with Henri Smith and an 8 piece band at the historic Larcom Theatre.  With its elegant horseshoe balcony, antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings, the Larcom is a jewel practically in our own back yard.  Don’t miss it, get tickets NOW!

MardiGras2013_LargeYou could get yourself in the mood by going to see Our Boy Ed get sworn in as the next Chamber President at Cruiseport this Saturday — Henri Smith & Runaround will provide music and Our Boy Joey will be the MC!

And there’s plenty of great live music all week long too — just to get you in the mood.  See the week’s live music schedule here.

All your shopping done? If not, NYRE Buttons could save your butt

OK, you’ve had Ladies Night and Men’s Night, but you’re still not done.  Or if you’re like me you haven’t started yet.  We went to Men’s night last night and what did I do?  Saw the Two Buddies Show at Alchemy, bought cheese, pate and olives at The Cave (I know I was supposed to by buying gifts, but I was hungry), talked with lots of people I don’t see every day and then it was late and Vickie and John (who had been Christmas shopping the whole time) wanted to go.  Oh well, guess I’ll go back to plan A, which is to start my shopping at noon on Christmas Eve.  Then I’m focused.

Henri Smith at Shalin Liu on NYRE 2011

Henri Smith at Shalin Liu on NYRE 2011

But wait!  You don’t have to procrastinate like I do.  You can get New Years Rockport Eve buttons for everybody still on your list.  It really is one of the best entertainment values you will ever get on Cape Ann with dozens of artists performing all over Rockport from 6 to midnight — and beyond (see live music schedule here).  Plus magic, puppetry, story telling, fortune telling, face painting, balloon making and lots more for kids and parents.

Here’s where you can get buttons:

In Rockport:
John Tarr Store, Main St.
Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk, 3 Station Square
Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

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

OK, now you’re done . . . and you can relax and enjoy all the great music this weekend.  You’ve got over 30 choices between now and Sunday.  See the full live music schedule here.

Thanks to all who helped raise money for The Rockaways on Sunday

This just in from Will Hunt:

Thanks to the generosity of musicians and audience, we raised over $400 for relief efforts in the Rockaways on Sunday night. Thanks also go out to the Hive and David Brooks, for providing the venue as well as the Van Ness Group, Joanne Silva, the Gloucester Times and the Beacon for helping publicize the event. Terrific musical performances were enjoyed by all. Ron Schrank, Allen and Dylan Estes, Guy Zacardi, the Satch Kerans Band, the Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester, Just Like Newman, the Gordonaires, Ed Sakurai, and finally the BFs kept things rocking until Cape Ann’s own hurricane survivor and New Orleans native Henri Smith, backed by Tucker Lindquist, Ira Levine, Janice Fullman and John Buckner, ended with a soulful and heartfelt rendition of “Wonderful World” that really drove the message home…we are all in this together.
Thanks again everyone for helping spread some love in a dangerous, but indeed wonderful world.
                                                                                              Will Hunt
I don’t usually embed videos with commercials in them on GMG, but this one is worth it:

New videos, new look, last minute updates — and who are the Rockaways?

We told you there’d be last minute updates and guess what, there are.  Henri Smith, Joe WilkinsGary Shane and others have agreed to join Will Hunt‘s production of Cape Ann Rocks for the Rockaways tomorrow from 4-midnight at The Hive.

OK, we’ve gotten some questions about this benefit.  People asking, Who are the Rockaways?  It’s not who; it’s where.  The Rockaways are a section of New York that was just creamed by Superstorm Sandy.  People who live there are a long way from getting back to normal and need help (see articles here and here).  One of my heroes, physicist Richard Feynman, was born in Far Rockaway.  Among other discoveries, Feynman figured out what caused the Challenger Space Shuttle to crash.  Check out this video for a great story of how he reluctantly agreed to join the Commission investigating the Challenger disaster and what happened next:

Speaking of videos, we’ve got some new ones on gimmesound – and we now feature them more prominently on the Home Page.  If you’ve got a music video you think we should feature, leave a comment and let us know.

And what a weekend for Live music, which starts at 1:30pm today and 11:30am tomorrow and goes on into the late night both days!  See full live music schedule here.

Look who’s coming to Gloucester & Cape Ann

Anybody who follows us on GMG knows the depth of talent living on Cape Ann (plus, I tried to capture it in an article for The Noise called Vintage Cape Ann — you can see it below the Brad Byrd interview here).  Now, it seems that major talent is arriving from off island more and more — especially when you look at the live music schedule for this weekend and next week.  Here are a few highlights:

TONIGHT: Swingle Singers at Shalin Liu — they’re always bringing in great musicians from out of town.

TOMORROW: Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours at Cape Ann Brewery.  Well, we could almost say that Henri is from Gloucester — he’s been here since Katrina.

SATURDAY: Isaac Hayden at The Grove Cafe in Manchester.  Isaac comes all way from Nashville.  This new boutique/coffee house is beginning to pack the place with people who appreciate good music.

NEXT WEEK:
Thursday @ The Gloucester House – Berklee in Gloucester – World-renowned Berklee Professors performing with Top Students  to raise money to send Gloucester students Berklee.  The first of this year’s series kicks off with The Jim Odgren Quintet.

Sunday @ the UU Church – Free BSO Chamber Music Concert – The Boston Symphony Orchestra has chosen Gloucester to launch its 2012-13 Community Chamber Concerts series.  What a coup for Gloucester!

Keep an eye on next week’s live music schedule.  More shows tend to get added at the last minute.

Music connections revolving around Gloucester

Allen Estes‘ Cable TV show Local Music Seen features Brian King tonight at 6:30pm.  On the show, Brian sings his hit Cold Rain, which was recorded by Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” (listen here).   You can see Brian at Giuseppe’s tonight.

Irma Thomas appears in the HBO TV hit Treme (season 3 premieres this Sunday night).  And in the Treme video below, you can see Irma Thomas with Amadee Castenell in the blue suit on sax right next to her (that’s Dave Bartholomew, who lived down the street from Henri Smith, on trumpet next to Amadee)

Amadee performs with Henri Smith here in Gloucester and was in Henri’s band when he opened for Aaron Neville on June 30 at North Shore Music Theatre (see him in the photo below, on the right next to Danny Heath on Trombone)

Before he went on stage that night, Aaron Neville had been reviewing mixes from his upcoming album, My True Story with his wife, Sarah, who directed the video, below, that was released exactly 1 week ago today:

Now back to Gloucester:
Veteran blues man, Bill Gleason is Fly’s guest tonight at the Rhumb Line.  He’s also one of the featured performers at the Lanesville Music Festival on Saturday followed by KBMG with Fly’s brother J.B. as a special guest.

And Pete Lindberg, who plays drums on Marina Evans‘ new EP (listen here) is performing his own songs at the Lanesville Music Festival at 5:30 (see festival schedule here)

Confused yet?  Sort it all out with the full local live music lineup here.

Taking some of Gloucester’s best music to Iowa on a cloud ~ and a prediction for 2020

We may be somewhat old-fashioned, but we still listen to CDs for 3 major reasons:

  1. We prefer the superior sound quality
  2. We have a lot of them that we bought before MP3s were available
  3. The only iPod in our house belongs to John (I can’t stand putting anything in my ear!)

But when Vickie had to jump on a plane to Iowa suddenly last Saturday to deal with a family emergency, she felt the need to bring a taste of Gloucester with her.  So she ripped our copy of Chelsea Berry‘s CD Live in the Moment (one of Vickie’s favorites) and put it in our cloud (the Amazon cloud, that is) so she could listen to it on the plane and while in Iowa — along with lots of other music from Gloucester (see list below) and elsewhere that is already stored there.

Although we’re fans of the Joey Approved Product series, those of you who read our posts regularly know that we’ve never even mentioned a product or service that we use — until now.  This is different.  Why?  Because the cloud is changing the way we buy, store and listen to our music more than any other technology since Edison invented the phonograph.

Here’s why we like the Amazon Cloud Service:

  1. We can access our music using devices we already own, including our desktop PCs, laptop, droid phones and John’s Kindle Fire.
  2. It’s free.  Amazon has a free cloud player for the phone and a free interface for the PC.  There is a a limit to the amount of music you can store for free, but we haven’t hit that limit (remember, we still listen to CDs a lot) and music we buy from Amazon (mostly for John) doesn’t count toward that limit.
  3. All music we buy from Amazon automatically shows up in the cloud and is IMMEDIATELY accessible on all of our devices.  Here’s an example.  John and I are big Bruce Springsteen fans — and Vickie knows that.  On the day Wrecking Ball came out, she was sitting on the couch with John’s Kindle fire and said, “I just got it.” (Wrecking Ball, that is) at which point, I plugged my phone into the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) and began playing it!
  4. All of us in the family can play all of the music at any time without restriction.  For example, while Vickie’s in Iowa, she can play Chelsea’s I Wonder on her phone or her mother’s computer while John plays the same song on his Kindle Fire and I play that same song on my phone hooked up to the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) — all at the same time.
  5. It’s easy to rip our CDs and add them to the cloud (it took Vickie only a couple of minutes to add Chelsea’s CD to our cloud before we took her to the airport).

Some of you may know that I’ve made a number of predictions that have come to pass relative to the Internet, music, etc.  (for example, in 1998 I predicted that by 2003 every business will either have a website or wish they did).  Here’s another one: By 2020, the most common way to listen to recorded music will be to access it from a cloud server.

And here’s a partial list of local artists, whose music Vickie is playing for her family in Iowa from our cloud (in alpha order by artist last name or band name):

Fly AmeroBandit Kings, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dennis BrennanCape Ann Big BandAllen Estes, Marina Evans, Elle GalloOrville GiddingsTom HauckWill HuntKBMG, Satch KeransPete Lindberg, Michael O’LearyT MaxDennis Monagle, Ned and the Big Babies, Gary ShaneHenri Smith

Thought you had plenty of time to save $12 on the Blues Festival? Time is running out.

Henri Smith with an all-star band at North Shore Music Theatre 6/30/12
Henri Smith will open the Gloucester Blues Festival next Saturday 8/11 at 11am
photo by Paul Lyden

You’ve only got ONE MORE WEEK to purchase tickets for $28.  On-line ticket sales END next Monday (Aug 6).  After that, tickets will be $40 at the gate.  Get your tickets here.

It’s a big week for music on Cape Ann, with over 30 artists just through Friday.  Something for every taste — from Sea Shanties to South Africa to Soul to Sing-A-Long — performing in restaurants, pubs, schooners, parks, concert halls, theatres . . . even in the streets.  See full music lineup here.

38 artists at 21 venues this weekend. How do you choose?

No, you can’t see them all.  You’re just gonna have to pick your favorites.  We can help.  First, you can see a complete live music lineup here.  And if you’re not sure who you might like, you can  see 15 Artists of the week in over 75 videos too.

Here are a very few suggestions in various genres (this is NOT an exhaustive list of who you might enjoy — see that here)

If you’ve never seen rocker Ned and the Big Babies, you should  catch them tonight at the Rhumb Line.  You’ll be dancin’ — believe me.

If you missed The Runaround Sound high energy ska, reggae, punk-rock band at the Boulevard on July 3, you can catch them tonight at Capt Carlo’s and tomorrow at the Rhumb Line.   You’ll get a workout if you go to both shows, so no need to go to the gym this weekend.

If you like New Orleans Jazz & Blues and you missed Henri Smith opening for Aaron Neville on June 30, you can catch him at the Brew Pub on Saturday (see Henri Smith videos here)  Henri is also opening the Gloucester Blues Festival on August 11.

Also on Saturday is the latest in T Max’s concert series at the Dog Bar.  This time he mixes bluegrass from Tom Eaton & Pick 3 with singer/songwriter Jon Waterman and his own style that’s a must-see but impossible to peg.

On Sunday music begins at 10:30am at Seaward Inn in Rockport and continues all day with two free outdoor concerts: Michael O’Leary’s Celtic music at Halibut Point State Park at 2:30 and the Compaq Big Band at Stage Fort Park at 7pm.

Remember this a very small list of a few highlights.  Check all shows before you decide where to go.

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