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President of Beauty ~ Film-in-Progress by Henry Ferrini

In 2014 Lester Young will have been gone 55 years, yet this swinging star shines brightly in the film-in-progress. In the film, Sonny Rollins calls Lester “god”, and a god he was for many players who paid their dues at mid-Century. The four-minute trailer includes interviews with Sonny Rollins, Harry Belafonte, Wayne Shorter, B.B. King, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, George Wein, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, Junior Mance, and Gunther Schuller. Collecting these interviews has been an ongoing process for about two years. Here are some pictures from the two-year journey that resulted in this trailer.

As a longtime documentary veteran, my approach uses contemporary places combined with archival film, interviews and music to evoke our shared history. In President of Beauty: The Life and Times of Lester Young, the music and America’s troubled social history combine to evoke a sense of this much-misunderstood American genius.

Read more about this exciting new film-in-progress from Henri Ferrini here.

 

BAND CAMP/essex Saturday August 23

Just Like Newman

Saturday afternoon into the night Band Camp presented singers, bands, dogs and more dogs!! In the field of Peter Hoare and Cynthia Sweet in Essex the weather went from gray to great and the party was on.

The Second Annual Band Camp. Saturday & Sunday August 23-24 Essex, Ma.

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Join Cynthia Sweet and Peter Hoare as they host the second annual BAND CAMP/essex on their sprawling property in Essex, Massachusetts. This year’s event will take place a month earlier than last year and should allow for fun in the sun and a warmer night of camping.

BAND CAMP is a weekend of live music, fun friends, and camping that is not to be missed!

 

This year’s musical lineup will include Just Like Newman, The Joe Wilkins Band, Bradley Royds, Brian Jarvis and Chris Phillips.

Also, On Saturday afternoon, we will have a very special guest performance by Fozzie Hill. Fozzie doesn’t perform too often on Cape Ann, and when she does, she packs
them in, so we are honored to welcome her and introduce our campers to her! Fozzie will perform after 4pm.

Tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com, and just like last year, we have a suggested donation of $20. What does your donation cover, you ask?

1. Music – all musicians are paid. We believe that all musicians should be paid for performing, and what we are able to pay depends solely on how many people attend and how many actually make the suggested donation.

2. Beer – like last year, we will be providing a couple of kegs of beer.

3. Porta-Potties – there are a lot of people in one spot, so we make sure we have plenty of places to “go”.

4. Insurance – not glamorous, but a necessity.

5. Incidentals – like plates, napkins, condiments, ice, wood to build the stage, light rental, etc.

6. Fire extinguishers – since we are doing this in the middle of summer this year – and it has been dry – we need to provide several fire extinguishers where ever there are campfires.

You get the picture. It costs money to have fun.

Chris Langathianos

Music at Madfish Grille

music at madfish

Tuesday nights Trivia and Hookahs 8:30-11:30 (bar only open)

Every Thursday – Mike Forgette and Friends

Friday, 8/22 Megan McKenzie (pop/rock)

Saturday, 8/23 Allstonians (ska/reggae)

Wednesday, 8/27 Divas of the Waterfront Dragshow at 8:30 $10

Friday, 8/29 Richard James and the Name Changers

Saturday, 8/30 MSF (classic rock)

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

If you want to make a living playing music, you have to make a living playing music!

One of my favorite local stars, Inge Berge, shared a post on his Facebook page about this “Call For Performers” by the city of Yellowknife, NT in Canada:

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 …

A Coffeehouse in Rockport with an Awesome Band!

Yes, this band is indeed awesome. Not that I’m biased or anything. Of course the fact that the band is made up of my brother, niece and two nephews doesn’t influence my love for their music. Not at all, I swear (well…maybe just a bit). But it is true that I really think that anyone who digs roots music will find Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band’s live show to be just as awesome as I do. They are playing this Thursday, March 13th at the Rockport Community House, with proceeds to benefit the work of Rockport Festivals, the group that puts together the Rockport Farmers Market, HarvestFest and Motif No.1 Day in downtown Rockport.

The Coffeehouse will feature the delicious coffee of Brothers’ Brew and give community members a chance to connect with the folks of Rockport Festivals. Opportunities to sign up to volunteer with the festivals and Farmers Market will be on hand, and we look forward to meeting up with our friends and neighbors and kicking off the spring after a long, cold, snowy winter.

Daniel Dye & the Miller Road Band are making a stop in Rockport on their Northeast mini-tour in support of their new album and feature a mix of original tunes in the style of indie-folk, Americana and roots music, playing everything from the fiddle, cello, viola, harmonica, mandolin, guitar, banjo to the melodica.
Please call me at 978-546-2861 or email rockportfestivals@gmail.com if you need any more information, and we’ll see you Thursday in Rockport!DDMRBpromoRockport SMALL

Dan Kennedy on Piano – Crowell Chapel Manchester MA

DAN KENNEDY;    LIVE ON PIANO
FEBRUARY 15, 2014    AT 4 PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON LINE AT WWW.THECROWELLCHAPEL.COM, AND AT 2 MANCHESTER STORES; NORTH COAST TOO! AND NOR’EAST FRAMEWORKS.

~ you’re invited ~ to a con­cert by an award-winning con­tem­po­rary instru­mental pianist in the vibrant acoustics and classic inte­rior of Crowell Chapel … see Dan Kennedy, piano – live the Crowell Chapel, 4 Rosedale Ave., Man­chester, Ma 01944

4:00 pm, Sat­urday, Feb­ruary 15, 2014
(617) 755‑9299 www​.the​crow​ellchapel​.com
$20 | $15 stu­dents and chil­dren under 12
~ recep­tion to follow ~

•Dan’s album INTUITION peaked at #7 on the ZMR Top 100 Chart, an inter­na­tional chart

•INTUITION was named a Top 10 New Age Album of 2012 by John P. Olsen of NewAgeMusicWorld​.com

•INTUITION was selected as an Audiosyncracy “Best of 2012″ CD

•Dan’s tune DULCIMER IN G has been in rota­tion at SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s ”Spa” since 2009

•Reviews New Age (RNA) Video of the Month, May, 2013 for Dan’s nature-based video ‘Could Be’ watch here!

listen at dan’s web­site

To purchase  tickets for  this  event:

Please  purchase  tickets online  at  www.crowellchapel.com using your  credit  card.

Tickets may also  be  purchased from Woody Kelly at 617-755-9299 or at  Nor’east Frameworks and  North Coast Too…

One of the worlds greatest chefs & restaurateurs is dead at 54

Charlie Trotter, who put Chicago on the map as a food destination, brought serious recognition to American cuisine and was one of the first to promote sustainable sourcing died suddenly yesterday at the age of 54.

All of us who enjoy eating in restaurants — and all of you who run restaurants — owe a great debt of gratitude to Chef Trotter.

Learn more about Charlie Trotter in this NYT article and this piece on NPR, in which the president of the James Beard foundation, says Trotter told her that chefs are like musicians: “That every ingredient is like a musician’s note, and he laughed and said, ‘My father must have known I must have wanted to be a chef after he named me Charlie after Charlie Parker, the great jazz musician.’ He was somebody who really took the artistry of cuisine to another level.”

A while ago, I heard an interview with Charlie, in which he explained that fine dining is one luxury available to almost everybody.  In the interview, Charlie points out that a fine meal costs about $100 an hour and involves about 80 people.  By contrast, he explains, a decent plumber in San Francisco costs at least $115 an hour and he’s by himself.

Good point.  We’ll miss your creativity, spirit and wit, Charlie Trotter!

Piano lessons on your bucket list?

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Been waiting til the kids are all settled into school and other activities and now it’s time to get them signed up for lessons?

Come have a lesson for free at my downtown Gloucester studio and see how much fun learning to play the piano can be!

Sign up in November for a quarter lesson package, and get your first lesson free—Sign up by the close of polls today, and get TWO lessons free!

Special runs for the entire month of November and is available for residents of Cape Ann as well as neighboring communities.

Registration is ongoing for both kids and adults until all available slots are filled; all students may begin anytime (tuition is prorated).

To receive the special, just mention you saw this ad on GoodMorningGloucester.com. Here’s the link to details on this special: http://wp.me/p2ktnP-Rw

Listen to the first release from the upcoming KBMG EP that should be arriving on CD today.

While mixing I always take long rides around Cape Ann to check out the sound in the Van. I also think about lyrics and themes while walking through Ravenswood or stopping at my favorite spots including Little River and Stubby Knowles Landing. This particular track seemed to fit perfectly with the Foliage around the West side of Gloucester as I shot the Album Cover over there a  couple weeks ago and then last week decided that area would make for a great simple video shoot for a Blue Sky Sundown. Hope you enjoy this fun autumn cruise around Cape Ann.

Dan King

btw, features New Orleans Michael Ward-Bergeman on Accordion

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)

Panda Cams are dark, NOAA’s site is down, but Cape Ann TV is up, Gloucester Sings & Lights are on at Larcom Theatre

I sympathize.  Life is tough when you can’t get your panda fix from the National Zoo because the Panda Cams are dark.  Or perhaps you’re wondering what to do after seeing that scary message “NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable” at  www.noaa.gov.

But don’t be depressed.  When the Allen Estes Band takes the stage on Saturday, the lights will be on at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly (which opened in 1912 — same year as Fenway Park — under the slogan “Lit Completely by Electricity” and it still is!)

Cape Ann TV is still on.  And tonight they premiere a new Local Music Seen show featuring Marina Evans as Allen Estes’ guest on Channel 12 at 6:30pm.

Marina sings new songs off her brand-new CD, Unbound, which she’ll release next Sunday, Oct 13 at concert at Cape Ann Community Cinema.  This will be an excellent night of music, so mark your calendars.

Don’t worry, Marina will be there even if the Government is still shut down.

And, of course, there’s live music all week here in Gloucester.  See the live music lineup here.

Just in case any of you in Washington who voted to shut down the government are reading this post about all that’s going on here despite your antics, we’ve got five words for you: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

Tonight’s Music Lineup

TONIGHT, Thursday, September 26, 2013

7:00 pm

Deb Hardy, Andrew Geano, hristopher Mitchell, Mike O’Connell and Brian King
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
Inge Berge 7:00 pm Listen to Inge Berge INGE BERGE

Singer Songwriter Shuffle hosted by Aurelia Nelson
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
T Max 7:00 pm Listen to T Max T MAX

Singer Songwriter Shuffle hosted by Aurelia Nelson
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
7:00 pm  OTHELLO

Othello by William Shakespeare, presented by National Theatre Live
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-7391

8:00 pm  CRAZY MOON

6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-758-1210

Dave Sag's Blues Party 8:30 pm DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY

with Crag and Shag, I.E. Chris ” Stovall” Brown, Steve Chaggaris
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  BRIAN FINES

Open Mic
11 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 282-7399

FREE SHOW
DJ Vito 9:00 pm DJ VITO

“shake it thursdays”
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW

Ellis Paul at Old Sloop Coffeehouse this Friday, September 6, with Susan Cattaneo

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Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned (a total second only to Aerosmith), as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.  Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters.

Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s “Hall Pass”, “Me, Myself & Irene”, and “Shallow Hal”. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi platinum band Sugarland, among others.

He’s a great writer, and he’s someone who always connects with an audience. This is a guy who gets on stage and is never just phoning it in. That is what draws many people to him.

– Matt Smith, Club Passim

Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting and voice professor at Berklee College of Music for 13 years. Her songs have been covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. Susan has released three albums of mostly upbeat, catchy pop-country music: “Brave and Wild,” in 2009, “Heaven to Heartache” in 2011 and “Little Blue Sky” in 2012. You’ll hear a blend of country, rock and soul with sparkles of blues and folk – music that would slide into the comfort zone for fans of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Sheryl Crow.

The performance will be in the handicap-accessible Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School Street.  Advance tickets for this concert can be purchased for $16 from the coffeehouse web site at http://oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, at Gloucester Music, at Toad Hall Bookstore, during intermission at prior coffeehouses, and during coffee hour after worship the Sunday before the concert.  The suggested donation at the door is $20 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $40 for families.

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