Tonight ToniAnn Enes with Guest: Inge Berge @ The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM
65 Main St Rear (20 Rogers St),
6:30-7:00 Three Sheets To The Wind
7:15-7:45 Ralph Fatello & The Nor’easters
8:00-8:30 Inge Berge
9:30-10:00 Cripple Cove Quartet
10:00-11:00 Girl On Top
11:00-12:00AM Drive- A Tribute To The Cars
Great raffle prizes, T-shirts, guest bartender and all kinds of fun stuff. $10 at the door.
Phone (978) 281-6565
As we head into Gloucester’s spring/summer/fall busy season, I’m glad he brought this topic up because that’s often when musicians are asked to play for free in return for “exposure.”
I don’t expect musicians to perform for free, because I don’t work for free. Actually, the last time I asked any musician to play without pay (except for passing the hat) was when Vickie and I were helping organize the first Block Parties in 2008, at which I played for free too. And that was only because everyone involved in starting the Block Parties donated their time. By last year (could have been 2012) the Block Parties had evolved to the point where the Block Party Committee raises money and pays musicians.
Don’t get me wrong, I do volunteer my time for various causes that I feel are worthwhile — and I sometimes work for trade. But in every trade case, I’m getting something in return for my work — something of equal value to the value of my work.
Next time somebody asks you to play for free, ask “What am I getting in trade?” If the answer is something like, “Oh, you’ll get great exposure,” my advice is just say no.
Lugging your gear into your car, driving to the venue, setting up, breaking down, loading your gear back into your car and driving home would be enough to demand some pay (at least what stage hands get). Then there’s performing, which (among other things) requires years of practice, tremendous dedication, a willingness to trust your artistic instincts and … talent. That should be reserved only for those occasions where the people who’ve asked you to perform value the fact that you’re digging deeper into the human soul than most people ever get and sharing what you find with the rest of us.
I could rattle off a dozen reasons why mere “exposure” is no where near enough compensation for performing — and the first one that comes to mind is that if you’re playing anywhere on Cape Ann, you can get plenty of free exposure right here on GMG and on gimmesound.com.
Plus, because you don’t want to play to an empty room, you’ll probably plug the event on your own social media pages, which gets free exposure for the people who’ve asked you to perform in the first place.
Feel free to share this post with everybody who asks you to play for free …
OK, tonight most of us will be celebrating films, but Oscar night is also a perfect time celebrate great songs — and this is a particularly good year for song nominations.
Our two favorites are “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (the guy with the funny Smokey the Bear hat who won the Record of the Year Grammy with Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers) from the movie Despicable Me 2; and “Ordinary Love” by U2 from the movie Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom. I particularly like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” video (not from the movie). Check out this dancing!
Among the Best Picture nominees is American Hustle, part of which was filmed down the road in Salem.
If you like to be out on Oscar night and just follow the events on your phone, there’s plenty of excellent music, starting with The Jazz Brewers at the Brew Pub at 5pm and one of our favorites, Inge Berge, at The Rhumb Line at 7:30. See tonight’s full live music schedule here.
All the performers were at the top of their game last night and, based on their level of talent, they could have brought giant egos with them.
But they chose to leave their egos at the door and collaborate at the highest level of professionalism in order to lift a packed house at Gloucester’s UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn’t felt in years.
Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and Cape Ann TV crew who helped to bring The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert to life.
Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to support our local music treasures and help restore the Meetinghouse so it can become a premier listening venue for dozens of major musical events every year.
Based on last night’s success, it’s safe to say we’ll be doing this again and again and again. Stay tuned …
You can’t get advanced tickets online any more, but you can still go the Gloucester UU Church and get tickets at the door ($25 for all ages). Box office opens at 4pm. Doors open at 7. Concert starts at 7:30. There’s plenty of free parking at the Church and nearby (Trinity Church parking lot and Library lot off School St. are both plowed) so come on down and celebrate the longest night of the year with some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians while you help to restore one of Gloucester’s most treasured buildings!
Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st. Get your tickets now so you can relax.
If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.
Reserved Pews (no hassle): $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.
Plenty of free parking available:
Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street
Cape Ann’s top musicians come together this holiday season to celebrate the Winter Solstice and help raise money for Gloucester’s historic UU Meetinghouse Restoration Project. Local legend, Allen Estes, is back with Matt Leavenworth on guitar and fiddle, Wolf Ginandes on bass and Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums — all of whom brought us a magical night at the Larcom Theatre in October.
Sharing the stage with Allen and his band are some of Cape Ann’s top performers, from have a dozen genres, who come to celebrate the power of music to bring people together and lift our spirits.
|Willie Loco Alexander & The Raztones|
|Fly Amero||Gordon Baird|
|Inge Berge||Charlee Bianchini|
|Ken Bonfield||Dan King|
|T Max||Michael O’Leary|
Special Appearance: Gloucester Police Chief, Lenny Campanello sings Springsteen.
Available at: Church Office
(under 12/over 65)
(online or call 978-525-9093)
$225 Center Pew Seats 12
$195 Side Pew Seats 10
If you went to The Slide Brothers concert we presented on Saturday, you hopefully had a good time, but had no clue as to last-minute scrambling that went on. That’s because everyone involved is a pro — and that’s the way it should be. Today, we’d like to offer a special shout-out to some of the folks whose work made this event happen and let you peek behind the scenes just a bit.
The scrambling began a couple of days before the show when we learned The Slide Brothers were not going to be able to bring a drum kit. Mike Doyle happened to be at the theatre when we heard this, so he scooted down to Nate’s The Drum Shop North Shore on Rantoul St. and arrived back at the theatre in less than half an hour with a very nice sounding Premier kit in gorgeous white pearl, which you can see in the photo. Thanks MTD and Nate for making this happen so quickly.
Then, on the day of the show, we discover we need even more gear and everyone in the Michael Thomas Doyle band chipped in to lend The Slide Brothers all that was needed for their stellar performance. Thanks guys. You’re real pros.
That performance relied, in good measure, on the expert talents of our sound crew, led by Will Hunt, who spent half of Friday drilling through a brick wall in order to hide the snake.
Perhaps the last person ever to get any credit for his hard work is the guy in the light booth, which for this concert — and for Allen Estes, was Inge Berge, whose artistic lighting enhanced both performances. And when Calvin Cooke (the B.B. King of Slide Guitar) told Inge to raise the house lights for a gospel tune so it would feel more like a church, he obliged gracefully and then returned the theatre to a performance feel with class and style.
You’ll notice that most of these people are from Gloucester and all are from Boston’s North Shore. We are terribly grateful to live in a place so full of talented professionals!
|7:00 pm ALLEN ESTES|
|7:00 pm T MAX|
|8:00 pm WILLIE ALEXANDER|
|8:00 pm NICK CONSONE|
|9:00 pm GLENN FRENCH|
|9:00 pm INGE BERGE|
|9:00 pm CHELSEA BERRY|
Wow, what a lineup!
Yesterday we were treated to one of our new monthly pleasures: T Max dropped off a few copies of the September issue of The Noise Magazine. It’s one of the perks of living in Magnolia, which, since T Max moved to Gloucester, happens to be right on his delivery route as he takes The Noise to Beverly, Salem, and on down to Boston.
This is an especially good issue, the highlight of which is Eric Baylies’ wonderful interview with Grammy-winner and Rockport native Paula Cole. Paula invites us into her creative process and shares her profound wisdom on the music business in one of the most insightful artist interviews since John Lennon’s 1980 Playboy interview. Paula gives us too many wonderful quotes to list here. You’ll just have to read the article. Kudos to Eric for asking all the right questions, to T Max for printing the whole thing and especially to Paula for allowing herself to be honest, personal and profound in print, without so much as a care in the world for the usual hype and meticulous grooming that usually attends a new CD release from a major star, such as her.
Among many other gems in this issue are two exceedingly entertaining reviews by T Max of live music at Beverly’s Block parties and the Big Shot of Inge Berge by Sheila Roberts Orlando, which proves that Inge is one of Gloucester’s most creative artists!
|7:00 pm INGE BERGE
Singer Songwriter Shuffle w/ Dave Simmons, Sarah Hoonah Smith, Julie Dougherty & Kathy Comeau,
|7:00 pm TONI ANN ENES
Singer Songwriter Shuffle w/ Brian O’Connor
8:00 pm KINGSTON TRIO
one of America’s most beloved folk and pop groups, returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
|8:30 pm BRIAN FINES
11 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 282-7399
|8:30 pm DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY
w/ Ed Scheer, Rick Russell & Mario Perrett
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
|9:00 pm BRADLEY ROYDS
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
|9:00 pm DJ VITO
“SHAKE IT THURSDAYS”
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
|9:30 pm WALLYS FUNK BAND
285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
|7:00 pm LINDA AMERO
Menage a Trio w. Jack Senier & Thomas Hebb
118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
|7:00 pm PETER SERKIN
Rockport Chamber Music Festival Opening Gala
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
|7:30 pm RUNA
12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966
|7:30 pm BOB AND JEN STROM
12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966
|8:00 pm THE DUBTONE HORNS
Bridge Deck – Reggae On The River
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-2122
|8:30 pm JOE THOMAS
dueling pianos w/ Ricky Lauria
|9:00 pm THE LISA LOVE EXPERIENCE
27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
|9:00 pm DAVE BAILIN AND THE BAILOUTS
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
|9:30 pm TWO BASS HIT
285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
Solo acoustic… many originals and covers.
click the photo and tour his website and listen. try the tape vault and also his new CD’s
36 performers on Cape Ann this weekend — remember, by my definition, the weekend starts on Thursdays. Tonight we’ve got the Singer/Songwriter Shuffle starting at 7, featuring some of the area’s best, including Inge Berge, whose new children’s album (see this post for more info) was featured in today’s Gloucester Times (see article here).
After the shuffle, you can catch award winning Indie Rocker, Bray Byrd at Dog Bar starting at 9. Music starts at 7pm tomorrow, 10:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 AM on Sunday, so plenty of opportunities to get the kids out to listen. See the full schedule here.
More Brad Byrd videos here.
More than likely you know someone who was at the Marathon. Here’s a small-world example: Vickie’s brother-in-law works for a medical device company in Cedar Falls, Iowa and his boss is the father of the eight-year-old boy who died. Even if you don’t know someone who was there, you’re probably reeling from the shock that terrorism has struck so close to home. I know I am.
Music has a way of healing wounds of all kinds. And musicians have known this since humans began making music (when ever that was).
I was Speaking with T Max today about this and he gave me a quote perfect for this week from Leonard Bernstein, one of my musical heroes — I watched his Young People’s Concerts on TV as a kid (see them on YouTube here). He says,
“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.”
Maestro Bernstein’s healing words ring true as local musicians carry his reply to over a dozen venues in Gloucester and Cape Ann this week. See the complete live music schedule here.
Tonight T Max is Fly Amero’s guest at The Rhumb Line. (Fly’s on the cover of T Max’s Noise Magazine this month — read the story here). Both T Max and Fly are tuned into the power of music to heal (here’s one example of how Fly transformed a dark day).
Tomorrow there’s another Singer/Songwriter Shuffle at Giuseppe’s with top local stars, including Inge Berge, Satch Kerans, Steve Caraway, Will Hunt, Randy Black, Brian O’Connor & Jake Pardee. And just like last week you will still have time to catch rising star Brad Byrd at The Dog Bar after the Shuffle. Currently I’m under an intense deadline that is forcing me to work late, but one way or the other, we’ll try to get to at least one local live music show over the next week or so. And I’m sure it will help us heal.
Here’s a video that may seem a bit idealistic and hippy-dippy-trippy, but I find wisdom appropriate for our time in it’s simple, haunting lyrics especially this stanza:
Nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.