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Music venues abound — and a new one is on the way!

Woke up to a dusting of new snow that was gone by noon.  Only a few dirty-gray-white winter leftovers remain as the sun burns a bright spot behind the clouds — too shy to show its full face.  Does this presage one of those jolting seasons when Mother Nature forgets about spring and jumps into summer without warning?

That’s what seems to happen in Gloucester’s music scene.  Before you know it your choices for live music double, but don’t worry.  We’ll continue to help you sort it all out with Cape Ann’s only complete live music listing here.

If you think about it, there really are two kinds of music venues: restaurants/clubs and what musicians call “listening venues”.  (That is, until the weather gets nice enough to add a third: boats with music cruises.)  For now, suffice it to say that we’re extremely lucky to live in an area with an abundance of good restaurants and clubs who offer live music for free because they’re able to make a living on the food and drink they serve.

A good club can make for a great experience (both for artist and fan) but sometimes you end up in a singer vs. crowd competition like the one I wrote about here.

Chelsea Berry wrote an excellent song about this very issue:

And now there’s even a facebook page dedicated to promoting listening venues in MA.  See it here.

Free from the distractions of TV, clanging silver & dishware, people talking, wait staff running around and kitchen noise, the concert milieu connects you with the artist through an intimate, intense bond that’s simply impossible to maintain in a restaurant or bar.  And when you’re on stage you can feel that energy, soak it in and give back something more powerful that seems to arise spontaneously out of the ether.

Luckily, we live in an area with several excellent listening venues.  Good coffee houses: Old Sloop in Rockport.  One World in Essex and Crosswinds in Gloucester.  Cape Ann’s crown jewel, the Shalin Liu performance Center and the Larcom Theatre down the road in Beverly.

ComeTogetherBenefi600With your help, Gloucester’s iconic UU Meetinghouse is working to restore their balcony so it can become another major listening venue and we’re helping them by presenting concerts in the church to raise money for that effort. Cape Ann Winter Solstice started this project off by packing the house on December 21.  We’re doing it again on April 25 with The Number Nines featuring top Cape Ann talent 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and Dennis Monagle together with Boston stars Meff and Brendan Burns.  If you want to be sure to get a seat, you probably shouldn’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets.  Get them now here:

 

Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan and the Crabgrass Band Sat, April 12 8PM at One World

Garland 1Singers, Songwriters, & Musicians
DAISY NELL & CAPT STAN 
and
The CRABGRASS BAND
SATURDAY, APRIL 12th at  8 PM
Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan will perform on banjo and guitar, with their usual combination of traditional and contemporary folk songs, blues, gospel, and maritine material.  Tight vocal harmonies, a varied repertoire, and some audience sing-alongs, will all make an evening of lively music.
TICKETS: $15.00
RESERVATIONS: 978-768-3690
ONE WORLD COFFEE HOUSE
FIRST UNIVERSALIST CHURCH
59 MAIN STREET, ESSEX, MA
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE
Please do not park in the Village Restaurant’s parking lot.  Parking is available behind the Police Station on Rte. 22.
Next Concert: May 10th, BILL STAINES.

Bill Staines to perform at One World Coffee House on Jan. 30

Folk musician Bill Staines will perform Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. at the One World Coffee House at the First Universalist Church, 59 Main St., Essex.

Donation is $15. For reservations, call 978-325-3252.

Singing mostly his own songs, Bill Staines has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances.

His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

Kingston Trio Tribute planned for Oct. 3 at One World Coffee House

kingstonFrom the Beacon

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The One World Coffee House will salute the magical folk revival group The Kingston Trio on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

The celebration will include the songs “Tom Dooley,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Greenback Dollar,” “Where Have all the Flowers Gone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Scotch and Soda,” “MTA” and a score of others. This will be an evening of remembrance and joy as the musicians perform individually and collectively in a revue of the songs that launched the folk music revival in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Scheduled performers include Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan and the Crabgrass Band, Travelers Three, Russ Sollitto, Allyn Hawes, Tamarac, Sid Tracey and others.

Be part of the celebration and sing along on this exciting evening with all the songs from the “old days.” If you have any old Kingston Trio records, or memorabilia, bring them along and share the covers and memories.

This performance is a fundraiser for the One World Coffee House, with all donations to the Coffee House Fund. Requested donation is $15. Reservations, strongly recommended, can be made by calling 978-325-3252.

Coming to the Coffee House on Oct. 24: Favorite David Mallet.

The One World Coffee House is located at the First Universalist Church, 59 Main St., Essex.