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Local fingerstyle guitar master, Ken Bonfield, brings his Artistry of the Guitar to Rocky Neck

Perhaps you saw him at the UU Meetinghouse Solstice concert in December.  If you did, you already know he’s one of Gloucester’s finest musicians.  If you’ve never seen Ken Bonfield, this is the weekend to do so.  And the Rocky Neck Cultural Center is a perfect venue for his Artistry of the Guitar.

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Thank you to Musicians, Sponsors, Volunteers & Fans for a magical solstice

WinterSolsticeSm_FlyWhat a gift it is to live in a community full of tremendously talented musicians, who can bring world-class music to one of Gloucester’s most treasured spaces.

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.

Bravo!

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 …

Cape Ann Solstice Tickets Available at the Door ~ Plenty of FREE PARKING

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!

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STRESSED? Here’s an antidote that will make you feel great!

christmas shopping 1Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st.  Get your tickets now so you can relax.

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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.

You have a few options for tickets:

Reserved Pews (no hassle):  $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
or
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.

Tickets are available online, at the church and liquor locker.  They will also be available on Saturday morning at Solstice Farmers Market.

Plenty of free parking available:

  • both sides of Pine Street and Proctor Street (Pine becomes Proctor after it crosses Church Street)
  • in a small parking lot on Proctor Street (free parking)
  • portions of both sides of Middle Street (and any place on Middle where there is a parking meter – no fee on Sunday)
  • one side of Church Street (please be mindful not to block the driveway of residents)

Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street

The Line-Up:

  • Allen Estes with Matt Leavenworth, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Mattacks
  • Willie Loco Alexander & the Raztones
  • Fly Amero
  • Gordon Baird
  • Inge Berge & Julie Cleveland
  • Charlee Bianchini
  • Ken Bonfield
  • Lenny Campanello – Gloucester Police Chief
  • Will Hunt & Alexandra Stella D’Maris
  • Dan King
  • T Max
  • Michael O’Leary

UPDATE: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Benefit Concert – Saturday Dec 21

L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes Wolf Ginandes photo: Renata Greene

L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes, Wolf Ginandes ~ photo: Renata Greene

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.

The entire concert will be taped for a Local Music Seen Christmas Special to be shown on Cape Ann TV.

TICKETS
Available at: Church Office
Liquor Locker
Online here
General Admission
$20 Advance
$15 Child/Senior
(under 12/over 65)
 
Reserved Pews
(online or call 978-525-9093)
$225 Center Pew Seats 12
$195 Side Pew Seats 10

GET TICKETS NOW

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SPECIAL TAPING TOMORROW, TUES, DEC 3: Brian Alex of Entrain and local guitar virtuoso Ken Bonfield

Here’s your last chance in 2013 to be in the studio audience when we tape two new shows for Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  We start taping about 2pm with guest Ken Bonfield, who is featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine this month.  Then we welcome Brian Alex of Entrain for our second show.

Both tremendously talented musicians promise to make for excellent shows.  You can join the studio audience at Cape Ann TV, 38 Blackburn Center (get directions).  As usual we ask that you get there by 2pm, but don’t expect us to start on time — it’s TV, something always happens.

Here are a couple of videos to give you an idea of the very high level of musicianship you can expect to enjoy.

Friday, May 31st Special Musical Events

Ken Bonfield CD release concert

photo by Louise Welch

photo by Louise Welch

Friday, May 31, 2013
Cape Ann Community Cinema,
at 7:30pm
Tickets $15, every ticket-holder will receive a copy of the new CD Legacy!
Cape Ann Community Cinema,
21 Main St.
Gloucester, MA
(978) 309-8448

musical shabbat - guitarMusical Kabbalat Shabbat led by Rabbi Steven Lewis
Friday, May 31st,  @ 8pm
Temple Ahavat Achim
86 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA

SeArts – Celebrating the Guitar – Nov 19th

Tickets: Places are still available to the November 19th seARTS Benefit, but advance purchase is necessary.  Tickets are $85 in advance by check or online with a $5 per ticket fee at http: tinyurl.com/searts-2010-benefit.  Ticket price includes hearty hors d’oeuvres by Tim Hopkins Catering.  Cash Bar throughout the evening. 

For advance tickets by mail send check to
SeArts
PO Box 1476
Gloucester, MA. 01930
 Music:  Celebrating the Guitar: A Masters’ Showcase.   Jazz legend Larry Coryell and renowned guitarists Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison will lead an inspiring tour of the world of American fingerstyle guitar in a benefit for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts.  This event will feature country blues, ragtime and folk, traditional Celtic, jazz and classical pieces in an intimate café-style setting, appealing to fingerstyle guitar aficionados and newcomers alike. 

 Visual Art: The Bass Rocks Golf Club is also home to seARTS original “Art Loan Program.”  The art on the walls are original works for sale by 24 seARTS artist members.  The evening will also feature over a dozen ceramic artists of Cape Ann whose works will be on display and for sale throughout the evening.  Ceramic artists who have donated include: Helen Beal, Cynthia Curtis, Nina Goodick, Susan Hershey, Jayne Lacey, Deb Levene, Annie Melancon, Marty Morgan, Sigrid Olsen, Roselle Randazza, Evy Stewart, Virginia Townsend, Twinlight Studios, and Seyrell Williams.  

 

Raffle:  Before and during the event you can purchase raffle tickets to win a BOSE Wave II radio and a second prize of a 15″ TV.  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  Please contact info@searts.org to purchase in advance!

Lead sponsor, Acme Merchandise and Apparel and donors Cape Ann Savings Bank, BOSE, Ben Paint Store, Doyon’s, InterShell, Winer Brothers-ACE Hardware for supporting this event & our annual sponsors program.

Guitar Masters to Headline seARTS Benefit Concert

Jazz legend Larry Coryell and  renowned guitarists Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison will lead an inspiring tour of the world of American fingerstyle guitar in a benefit for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts on Nov. 19. “Celebrating the Guitar: A Masters’ Showcase” will feature country blues, ragtime and folk, traditional Celtic, jazz and classical pieces in an intimate café-style setting, appealing to fingerstyle guitar aficionados and newcomers alike.

The concert will feature three of the most talented guitarists performing today in a single venue. Coryell, one of the world’s acknowledged guitar masters, has recorded 75 albums over the past 40 years. The New York Times called him “a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion.” Bonfield, a Gloucester resident who has toured nationally since 1994, was called “one of the best guitarists recording today” by Wind &Wire. Davison, who released his debut “White River Suite” this year, has teamed with Bonfield on the “Artistry of the Guitar” tour around the country.

-        “Larry (Coryell) has remained in the pantheon of great jazz guitarists for more than 40 years.”- Jim Wadsworth Productions

-        “(Ken) Bonfield’s music always evokes strong emotions and vivid images… (he) may be the best acoustic guitarist recording today. ” – Wind and Wire

-        “Cafés and other venues ought to be booking the 52-year-old (Steve) Davison … It is really good to see someone at the top of their game.” – Arkansas Times

Tickets for “Celebrating the Guitar: A Masters’ Showcase,” are on sale now for $75 before Oct. 31 and $85 thereafter at http://tinyurl.com/searts-2010-benefit or by emailing info@searts.org. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Bass Rocks Golf Club is also home to seARTS original “Art Loan Program” and the arts on the walls are original works for sale by 24 seARTS artist members.  The evening will also feature over a dozen ceramic artists of Cape Ann whose work will be on display and for sale to benefit seARTS.

  WHAT:           “Celebrating the Guitar: A Masters’ Showcase

-        Jazz legend Larry Coryell and renowned guitarists Ken Bonfield and Steve Davison to play a concert featuring American fingerstyle guitar

-        Fall fundraiser for the Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 19

-        6 p.m. Art Show Walk-around

-        6:30-7:30 Hearty Hors D’Oeuvres

-        7:30-10PM  Music

WHERE:          Bass Rocks Golf Club, 34 Beach Road, Gloucester

-        Note: Intimate café-style setting; seating is limited

 TICKETS:        $75 before Oct. 31; $85 thereafter                                                                                                          Contact info@searts.org or http://tinyurl.com/searts-2010-benefit

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 The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts is a coalition of individual artists, art organizations, cultural and civic groups, and businesses working to improve the economic base for the arts on Cape Ann, and to promote Cape Ann’s thriving arts community and rich arts heritage.  The Society for the Encouragement of the Arts has been a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Adams Arts Fund for Cultural Economic Development and the Boston Foundation’s Bruce J. Anderson fund.

CONTACT:  Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco

Society for the Encouragement of the Arts

978.281.1222  or at jgdefalco@verizon.net