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Livingston Taylor at Shalin on July 1 & 2 – Don’t Miss This

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR

Tuesday, July 1, 8 PM

Wednesday, July 2, 8 PM

From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   His vast musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.  His versatility has led to performing with such major artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull among many others. As the younger brother of iconic folk rock star James Taylor, Livingston successfully carved out his own niche in the pop music world, gaining acclaim for exquisitely reworked covers of classics like “On Broadway” and “Over the Rainbow” among others, as well as his warm, heartfelt original tunes.  Don’t miss the breezy sounds of Livingston Taylor, two performances on July 1 & 2


Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA 01966
978.546.7391

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Fourth of July week at Rockport Music

LivTaylor-photo Ron PownallOn Tuesday, July 1 and Wednesday, July 2, at 8 pm, singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor will share his signature upbeat storytelling to touching ballads that will take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   His vast musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.  His versatility has led to performing with such major artists as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull among many others. As the younger brother of iconic folk rock star James Taylor, Livingston successfully carved out his own niche in the pop music world, gaining acclaim for exquisitely reworked covers of classics like “On Broadway” and “Over the Rainbow” among others.  Currently a professor at Berklee College of Music, Livingston shares his performance knowledge and experiences with the next generation of young artists.  Additionally, he released a new book in 2013 aptly titled Stage Performance, in which he imparts the various tricks of the trade.  Tickets: $31-$52

 

ZappaOn Saturday, July 5 at 8 pm, Dweezil Zappa is keeping the musical legacy of his legendary father alive with a series of tours called Zappa Plays Zappa. The fully orchestrated band, complete with video integration of the elder Zappa performing along with his son and band, is a complex, entertaining, fun, sophisticated and rare experience! With a handpicked band of young musicians, the younger Zappa celebrates his father’s classic album Roxy & Elsewhere by performing the album in full!   For fans of Frank Zappa (or fans of experimental, progressive rock), it just doesn’t get any better than this.  Tickets: $55-$85

Earlier the same day (3 PM), Dweezil will lead a guitar masterclass—for the price of a fuzz pedal, learn techniques from the son of Frank Zappa! Dweezil Zappa’s music camp, Dweezilla, has a motto “Learn and Destroy.” It refers to destroying the boundaries that confine music creativity. Tickets $75

 

Richard Stoltzman and Mika Yoshida credit Lisa Marie MazzucoOn Sunday, July 6 at 5 pm, two-time Grammy Award-winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and marimbist Mika Yoshida Stoltzman perform an eclectic mix of music-both old and new.  The program includes works by Bach, Toru Takemitsu, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Ravel, Piazzolla, Serban Nichifur and Chick Corea. Tickets:  $45-$78

 

On Tuesday, July 8 at 8 pm, the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet is a winner of numerous competitions including grand prize at the 2013 Concert Artist Guild Competition, the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.  The Quartet’s program will feature Barber’s Adagio for Strings, as well as works by Schubert, Glazunov, Wanamaker and Michael Nyman.  Tickets: $19-$34

On Wednesday, July 9 at 8 pm, Grammy Award winner and platinum-selling artist Shawn Colvin will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Known best for her platinum-selling A Few Small Repairs with hit single “Sunny Came Home,” this incredibly talented singer-songwriter has carved an immovable place for herself amongst the pantheon of contemporary folk music. In a career spanning more than three decades, Colvin has developed a devoted and loyal fanbase on the strength of her highly personal and emotive lyrical style. The Opening Act is Anthony D’Amato. Tickets: $49-$68

The Rockport Chamber Music Festival continues through July 13 with performances by the Calder Quartet, Imani Winds and the all-male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer. Please visit our website www.rockportmusic.org  for more details on these and other concerts in the 33rd Annual Rockport Chamber Music Festival.

 

COMMUNITY (FREE) EVENTS

On Monday, July 7 at 7 pm, visit the Shalin Liu Performance Center for a Silent Movie Night featuring Rin Tin Tin in the 1924 film Clash of the Wolves with introductory remarks and live piano accompaniment by renowned film-music expert Martin Marks.  Free, no tickets required.

Still a few tickets left to see Jon Anderson – The Voice of YES at Shalin Liu on Thursday, April 17

Jon Anderson

The former lead singer and creative force behind the group YES, Jon Anderson stands as one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock. His distinctive high tenor remained a fixture on mainstream rock radio for decades, fronting the band’s biggest hits throughout the 70’s and 80’s including “I’ve Seen All Good People,” “Roundabout,” and “Owner of a Lonely Heart.” He was also primarily responsible for many of the band’s epic pieces like “Close to the Edge,” “Awaken” and “The Gates of Delirium.” Since parting ways with YES, Anderson has continued his idiosyncratic musical path, touring and releasing solo records while delving into folk and world music.  Get TICKETS

Single Concert Tickets for June – August Concerts go on Sale Wednesday, April 16th. Great summer music is happen at Shalin Liu – Don’t miss out.  See schedule here

Whats Coming Up at Shalin Liu for April – May

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 Sunday, April 6, 5 PM
An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari & Mia
Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about folk/Americana acts, Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs from the Appalachian and Celtic traditions. Learn More

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Friday, April 11, 8 PM
Glen Phillips (of Toad The Wet Sprocket)
Opening Act: Natalia Zukerman
Best known as the singer and frontman for the chart-topping 90’s alt-rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips has had himself quite a second career as a solo artist. Mixing his uncanny gift for melody with thoughtful, introspective lyrics, Phillips’ sound has remained as infectious as ever. Learn More

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Saturday, April 12, 8 PM
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Forget everything you think you know about the harp. Deborah Henson-Conant barrels through every stereotype with her free-wheeling take on the instrument. Instead of the sedentary stillness enforced on most harpists, Deborah infuses the stage with dynamic movement and a dazzling range of styles. Learn More

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Thursday, April 17, 8 PM
An Evening With Jon Anderson—The Voice Of YES
The former lead singer and creative force behind the group YES, Jon Anderson stands as one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock. His distinctive high tenor remained a fixture on mainstream rock radio for decades, fronting the band’s biggest hits throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Learn More

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Guest Presentation
Thursday, May 8, 8 PM*
Friday, May 9, 8 PM
Presented by Randa Records
Miranda Russell
Miranda Russell and her extraordinary band have delighted packed audiences at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the past three years. A powerful and moving vocalist, Miranda’s performance centers on nuanced treatments of a wide range of favorites from Joni Mitchell to Cole Porter. Learn More   *Private event, tickets unavailable for Thursday show

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Saturday, May 10, 8 PM
Suzy Bogguss
One of the most successful country singers of the 90’s, Suzy Bogguss successfully straddled the line between mainstream Nashville pop and classic honky-tonk for years. After a string of hits like “Drive South” and “Letting Go,” the Illinois-raised singer-songwriter has broadened her range in more recent years with diversions into swing and folk. Learn More

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Thursday, May 15, 8 PM (Newly Added Show!)
Friday, May 16, 8 PM
1964: The Tribute
1964: The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to a nostalgic era in rock history. In an authentic and endearing tribute, the group recreates early live Beatles concerts from 1964, with period clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic Carnegie Hall appearance. Learn More

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Saturday, May 17, 8 PM
Cheryl Wheeler & Melissa Ferrick
Trailblazers in today’s New England folk music scene, Cheryl Wheeler and Melissa Ferrick are two artists whose mesmerizing voices and delicate poetry have captured stories of the past, present, and future. Wheeler’s songwriting style ranges from heart-wrenching to humorous, often within the same song. Ferrick, a North Shore native, was among the new wave of female alt rock songwriters to burst into the mainstream in the mid 90’s, and has since created a passionately loyal following. Learn More

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Friday, May 30, 8 PM
Ottmar Liebert
With Luna Negra

Guitarist and composer Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most successful instrumentalists of the past decade, blending flamenco guitar with South American percussion, rock, jazz, and pop influences to create “nouveau flamenco.” Learn More

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Spring is Here and Cape Ann is Coming ALIVE – Check out this weekends live music!

As always check online for the lastest updates:

TOMORROW, Friday, March 21, 2014

Linda Amero 7:00 pm LINDA AMERO
Menage a Trio with special guest Jack Senier (piano) & & Mark Pucci (bass)

118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-7888
FREE SHOW
8:00 pm  MIKE O’CONNELL BAND
Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
The Runaround Sound 9:00 pm THE RUNAROUND SOUND
Dog Bar
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-6565

FREE SHOW
Soul Rebel Project 9:00 pm Listen to Soul Rebel Project SOUL REBEL PROJECT
Roots Rock Reggae!

Minglewood Tavern
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW
The Bandit Kings 9:30 pm Listen to The Bandit Kings THE BANDIT KINGS
One of the last shows ~ Don’t Miss

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732
FREE SHOW
Don't Miss a Night of Roots American @ Shalin Liu on 4/6

An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia And Ari & Mia
Annalivia is a New England-based string-band drawing from tradition & today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music, alive with new energy & innovation. Members:Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, & Emerald Rae are all masterful players of bluegrass to Irish, Scottish & Old Time Appalachian music
Don’t Miss a Night of Roots American @ Shalin Liu on 4/6

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Rockport Music March Hightlights – Don’t Wait — Get Your Tickets Today!

This March, Rockport Music presents performances by the Americana trio Red Molly, folk singer Crystal Bowersox and the Irish Baroque Orchestra with internationally renowned baroque violinist Monica Huggett.

On Friday, March 7 at 8 pm, the Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO) led by internationally known Baroque violinist and Artistic Director Monica Huggett will perform a program of “Ireland’s Golden Age,” a fascinating snapshot of the musical scene in 18th century Dublin, when composers from all over Europe converged on the city seeking inspiration and patronage.  Ensemble-in-residence at the National Concert Hall Dublin, the IBO perform only on Baroque instruments or modern replicas and seeks to re-create the original performance styles of the Baroque period. Known internationally as one of the foremost Baroque violinists and conductors of our time, Monica Huggett has been a tireless champion of Baroque music for the last three decades. She also serves as artistic director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and was the inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program.  Her expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians and the Irish Times hails that, “the IBO’s playing…was utterly delectable” and that “Huggett showed a fondness for driving into music with a sense of edginess, of danger, of adrenaline-fuelled excitement.” IBO’s “Golden Age” program includes works by Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani, Pasquali, Turlough Carolan and many more.  Tickets: $39-$58

Red Molly w-guitarsOn Saturday, March 15 at 8 pm, Americana trio Red Molly, known for their gorgeous three-part harmonies blending bluegrass with a touch of western swing, will bring audiences to their feet with crisp musicianship and warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo), and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in Colorado. Their new CD Light in the Sky spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 radio chart and charted as Folk DJ’s #3 Top Album of 2012. The Boston Globe hails the group’s, “tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies” (The Boston Globe).  Tickets: $18-$32

crystal bowersox2Crystal Bowersox performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center on Friday, March 28 at 8 pm.  While best known as a beloved American Idol finalist, Crystal has since proven to be more than simply a gifted singer with soul and dreadlocks. She’s blossomed into a widely respected and strikingly independent artist and songwriter. Since her season on American Idol, Bowersox has released two new records, the most recent being the country/soul accented All That for This in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim and boasted a guest duet with Jakob Dylan. This past fall, she branched out into Broadway, playing the lead role in Always, Patsy Cline. Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, “bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…” (The Washington Post). Tickets: $25-$39 (Special VIP Meet & Greet $89 including Tier 1 ticket)

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The Holmes Brothers at Shalin Liu TONIGHT – still some seats left

THE HOLMES BROTHERS
Friday, October 25, 8 PM
At Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA
978-546-7391

Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers– bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist, and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon–have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Their amazing three-part harmony singing, mixing Wendell’s gruff and gravelly vocals with Popsy’s soaring falsetto and Sherman’s rich baritone brings the soul and spirit of gospel music into everything they perform. Equally gripping is the rhythmic foundation laid down by Sherman’s bass playing and Popsy’s drumming, complimenting Wendell’s blues-soaked guitar solos and church-inspired piano playing. 

From winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with legends like Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Keith Richards, Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, and Rosanne Cash, the band easily blends Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of Sunday morning’s church service. Their most recent album Feed My Soul, produced by longtime friend and collaborator Joan Osborne, is an album of friendship, loyalty, and family.

“Glorious, rootsy R&B, gospel, blues and country. Full
of soul and surprises.”
USA TODAY

“A breathtaking and heartfelt journey through gospel-drenched
soul, blues, funk, and country.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues,
street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk. “
The New York Times

See what else is coming to Shalin Liu here

Hey guitar fans you don’t want to miss Dublin Guitar Quartet at Shalin Liu – October 18

Brian Bolger, Pat Brunnock, John O’Shea, and Tomas O’Durcain

DUBLIN GUITAR QUARTET
Friday, October 18, 8pm
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“The Dublin Guitar Quartet have no frontiers when it comes to blazing a trail for contemporary music.”— Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

Described as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Since its formation at the Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, DGQ has worked to expand the limited repertoire by commissioning new works and adapting modern masterpieces from outside of the guitar repertoire. Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.

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PETER WOLF unplugged at Shalin Liu – November 29th – Don’t Wait to Get your tickets

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Bluesy Rock ‘n’ Roller Peter Wolf is best known for his stretch as the front man with the J. Geils Blues Band, where he was known for his stage antics and quick wit. After seeing the J. Geils Band in concert for the first time, Wolf immediately joined the band where he became not only the leader of the group, but also handled much of the group’s business affairs. The band soon became well known for their vivacious and exciting live performances. After gaining recognition in New England, they caught the attention of Bill Graham, a well-known promoter who continued to book them, helping them gain fans in every city they visited.

After the band parted ways in 1983 due to creative differences, Wolf took on a solo career releasing seven solo albums and collaborating with countless musicians such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. His sixth solo album Sleepless was listed as one of the 500 “Greatest Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stonemagazine in 2002, and his most recent release, 2010’s Midnight Souvenirs, won best album at the Boston Music Awards Some of his best solo hits include “Come as You Are”, “Lights Out”, “99 Worlds” and “Nothing But the Wheel”.

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Wolf will be joining us at the Shalin Liu Performance Center with a special acoustic show to share some of his new music, old favorites, and that hugely charismatic stage presence for which he is so well known.

Check out all the great music coming to Shalin Liu here

Edgar Meyer & Mike Marshall at Rockport Music on 9/22/13

Rockport Music presents legendary double bassist Edgar Meyer and virtuoso mandolinist Mike Marshall on September 22nd.  Other September events include several special film events including the Manhattan Short Film Festival and a Sneak Preview Event of a new film about the Gloucester-based organ building company C.B. Fisk on September 19th , as well as a National Theatre of London broadcast of Shakespeare’s Othello.

For more information visit RockportMusic or call the box office at 978-546-7391.

See Ann Hampton Callaway an icon of the American songbook @ Shalin

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ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY

Returning for an encore performance at Shalin Liu, Ann Hampton Callaway is a national multimedia superstar, having performed as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, and an actress in theatre and film. Considered an icon of the American songbook and known for a Tony-nominated performance in the hit Broadway musical Swing! (she even wrote the theme song for the TV show The Nanny), Callaway’s records are platinum selling. She has performed for President Clinton, shared the stage with superstars like Liza Minelli and Wynton Marsalis, and is a frequent guest performer for renowned symphonies, including The Boston Pops. Her passionate and spontaneous performances delight audiences around the country.

Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center
Ann Hampton Callaway
August 9 & 10 @ 8pm
A few tickets still available call 978-546-7391

Still time to save money on Rockport Music’s 13-14 season

You’ve heard of season tickets, right?  Over the past few years, theatres and music venues have improved on that concept, offering something they call Flex Subscriptions, which are better than season tickets:

  • You get the best seats.
  • You don’t have to buy a ticket to every concert in the season in order to save money.
  • You can cherry pick the concerts you want to see by selecting from all concerts presented during the entire season.
  • You can exchange one concert for another after you purchase tickets.

As you might expect, Cape Ann’s #1 award-winning music venue, Shalin Liu Performance Center offers Flex Subscriptions, which are now on sale for their 2013-2014 season.  And they’ve added an additional benefit — you don’t pay any processing fee for additional concerts you add to your Flex Subscription.  Plus, at Rockport Music, all you have to do is buy tickets to 4 different concerts to save 10% (see details here).  If you’ve been following our early warning posts, you’ll know that Rockport Music concerts usually sell out.  So check out their season below and go buy your tickets now.  Then you can relax!

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Promoting one of my Fellow Iowans ~ Patty Larkin at Shalin Liu on May 5th

Patty  Larkin is playing Shalin Liu on Sunday May 5th.  Patty was born in Iowa, grew up in Milwaukee went to college in Oregon and then arrived at Berklee College of Music in the mid 1980′s but Patty Larkin calls Cape Cod home, so Patty Larkin is a Boston area musician.  Patty Larkin is a self-described “guitar driven songwriter” with an impressive 25 year career as one of the great voices of the contemporary urban folk scene. A winner of an unprecedented 11 Boston Music Awards.  Check her out and go see her.

Check out the full week of music and plan your week – some amazing music this week here are some highlights:

  • Tonight – Boston Benefit at Espresso’s 
  • Tuesday – Always great the Woodpeppers with special guest Dennis Brennan (one of my favs) at Jalapenos
  • Wednesday – Dennis Monagle with Julie Dougherty & Dave Brown at Minglewood
  • Thursday – Singer-Songwriter Shuffle at Giuseppe’s
  • Friday – Megan McKenzie Band at Minglewood
  • Saturday – Garnet Rogers & Chris Pahud at Old Sloop Coffeehouse or Jay Geils at Shalin Liu
  • Sunday – Patty Larkin at Shilin Liu

Guitar Series at Shalin Liu – Featuring Jason Vieaux May 10th

Photo by Tyler Boye

Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Jason Vieaux performs Massachusetts premiere of Dan Visconti’s Devil’s Strum as well as music by Giuliani, J.S. Bach, Britten, Jobim, Albéniz, Pat Metheny & José Luis Merlín
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8pm at Shalin Liu Performance Center

Vieaux’s concert is part of its  2012-13 new Guitar Series. The evening will traverse the Baroque period with Bach’s Lute Suite No. 1 in E Minor, which Vieaux will play on guitar; the 19th century with Giuliani’s Grand Overture, Op. 61, as well as Albéniz’ Sevilla (arranged by Vieaux); the 20th century with Benjamin Britten’s reflection on Dowland’s music (Nocturnal after John Dowland), Antônio Carlos Jobim’s A Felicidade, José Luis Merlín’s Suite del Recuerdo, and Vieaux’s arrangement of Pat Metheny’s The Bat; and the 21st century with the Massachusetts premiere of Dan Visconti’s Devil’s Strum, written for Vieaux in 2010.

Shalin Liu has great music all summer long
something for everyone check it out .

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend – get out and enjoy the weather and hear some great music around.  Everything from amazing pianist to jambands and everything in between- check out the full list here.  Don’t forget about Boston Strong Benefit all day Saturday at the Landing @ 7 Central with great Live Music, Great Food and Raffles.

Jim Malcolm, one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers and songwriters, is bringing his award-winning music to Rockport MA in April.

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Jim Malcolm, one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers and songwriters, is bringing his award-winning music to Rockport MA in April.

Malcolm, who has twice been booked to sing for Prince Charles, was voted Scotland’s Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Scots Singer of the Year award in 2004, 2005 and 2009. He has been described as “one of the most outstanding talents to emerge from the Scottish Folk Scene in years”.

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The concert is being organised by Elizabeth Malcolmson, who with her husband has been hearing Malcolm perform for years at house concerts and in larger venues with Old Blind Dogs, and wanted to bring the artist closer to home. “Jim combines amazing music with great stories,” said Elizabeth, “and I thought how wonderful it would be to hear him play for my family, friends and other musical enthusiasts, in my own home town.”

And Malcolm, for his part, is looking forward to playing in MA. “I love playing for American audiences, which have always been good to me,” he said. “Scottish audiences can be a bit reserved but Americans seem better at having a good time – my concerts are usually really good fun. I’m looking forward to playing in Rockport MA again.”

Malcolm, who was front man with the much-loved Old Blind Dogs for seven years, plays guitar and mouthorgan and sings songs from the Scots tradition, as well as his own award-winning compositions.

Often played on the radio show Thistle & Shamrock, Malcolm was brought up in the Perthshire and Angus areas of Scotland and was steeped in traditional music and song from a young age. He learned to play guitar while at school and by his early twenties was winning songwriting contests and playing in folk clubs all over Scotland. He later took up harmonica and is now a leading exponent of simultaneous guitar and harmonica, “displaying more talent than many who have made their living from harmonica alone,” as one critic wrote.

In December 2004 Malcolm won the coveted Songwriter of the Year title in the Scots Trad Music Awards, and he has eight solo CDs to his credit.

Don’t miss “An Evening with Leon Redbone” ♪♫♪ Friday, April 5, 8 PM~Shalin Liu Rockport MA

Presented by M.E. Productions

Leon on Johnny Carson:

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Redbone’s career first gained momentum in the early ’70s when Bob Dylan sought him out at the Mariposa Folk Festival. Most folks were introduced to the man during his network debut on Saturday Night Live in 1976, where he showcased his indelible version of “Walkin’ Stick.” In a year typified by amplified arena rock, Redbone’s intimate, low-key delivery proved to be a jolting antonym. Since then the opportunities for this unlikely figure to impose himself on pop culture have been plentiful. He appeared as a wise, animated snowman opposite Will Ferrell in the $173 million-grossing comedy “Elf”. His duet with star Zooey Deschanel on the seasonal standard “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” served as the picture’s theme song. Over the years, Redbone has also provided TV title tunes to Mr. Belvedere and Harry and the Hendersons, and had a memorable guest role as a quixotic, guitar-wielding guardian to the character Corky on ABC’s critically acclaimed series Life Goes On. New York choreographer Eliot Feld recently created the ballets Mr. XYZ (featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov) and Paper Tiger, which were woven around Redbone’s signature songs. If there is one common element to Redbone’s diverse music it’s his mastery of his acoustic guitar. It is easy to get lost in his stage exploits (which often gravitate between vaudeville and performance art) and overlook what a truly fine player he is — fingerpicking with a ragtime bounce or jumping between chords with the grace of a hurdler. (Maybe the analogy should be with the grace of a card shark, because he makes it look so effortless it can often be deceiving.) Since then he’s played numerous talk shows, functioning as a favorite guest of Johnny Carson.

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FREE Community Concerts @ Rockport Music

By now you’ve been to the Rockport Music’s spectacular, world-class venue, Shalin Liu Performance Center, right?  Just in case you haven’t yet been there, here’s your chance to go for free.  Check out their community concerts, below!

On Thursday, November 15 at 7 pm, “Master Drummer” and Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont Sowah Mensah performs music from Ghana and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 as a soloist in David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus.  During his stay in Rockport, Mensah will hold numerous workshops on the music and culture of Ghana in the Rockport and Gloucester Schools.  Rockport students have been studying and rehearsing music by Mr. Mensah as well as traditional and contemporary music of Ghana. Rockport student ensembles – Chorus, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and a Drumming Ensemble – will take part in the concert with a finale including a performance by the combined ensembles.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm, the Berklee World Strings, directed by cellist Eugene Friesen, features an international collection of Berklee’s most accomplished and promising soloists, chamber players and fiddlers in a lively program that will include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world’s music. With a repertoire drawn from Celtic, bluegrass, South American, Arabic, Gypsy, jazz, and classical styles, Berklee World Strings redefines the traditional string orchestra with bright melodies, dance rhythms, improvisation and sparkling interplay.  Performing a contemporary program including Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho—A Narrative for String Orchestra, Bruce Thomas’ East River Mountain Suite, Andy Reiner’s Fiddle Suite for String Orchestra, Friesen’s Maracaibo and Asreon, and much more.  Tickets are $10 Adults/FREE 18 & Under (General Admission).

Experience the Firebird Ensemble’s unique interpretation of A Christmas Carol in a free community concert on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 pm (Please Note: Date has changed from Thursday, December 6).  TheFirebird Ensemble has been described as “ambitious and eclectic” by the New York Times and has earned a reputation as one of the premier new music ensembles in the United States. Known for its virtuosic performances and wide audience appeal, Firebird Ensemble’s musical interpretations are drawn from diverse sources and genres.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.  (This presentation is also part of an educational residency in which the Firebird will present this unique holiday program to Rockport and Gloucester school students in multiple programs that week.)

On Saturday, December 22, at 7 pm, Rockport Music will host a Holiday Community Sing featuring Rockport High School Madrigal Singers and host Bill Hausman as part of Rockport’s annual Christmas Pageant activities.  Please Note, the date has changed from Saturday, December 15 so it is part of the Town of Rockport Annual Christmas Pageant.  This concert is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

COMING UP AT ROCKPORT MUSIC

This just in from Karen Herlitz, Director of Marketing @ Rockport Music:

ROCKPORT MUSIC 2012-13 SEASON

As part of Rockport Music’s 2012-2013 Season, we are pleased to provide a diverse set of musical offerings at the Shalin Liu Performance Center!

On Sunday, October 7, at 5 pm, Quartango—a group of four highly accomplished musicians, takes the music of the tango in new directions.  The musicians offer up a repertoire ranging from the classic tangos to tango nuevo and Piazzolla while fusing anything from jazz and opera to waltzes and jigs in their own inimitable style. Having performed with numerous orchestras around the world, Quartango is the recipient of multiple awards including three Opus Awards, a Félix Award and a Juno nomination.  Tickets:  $25-$39

The Classical Series opens with the Boston Chamber Music Society on Friday, October 12, at 8 pm.  Their program includes 2 string sextets by Brahms, Strauss’ String Sextet, TrV 279a from Capriccio, Op. 85, and Mendelssohn’s Capriccio for String Quartet in E minor, Op. 81, No. 3.  Considered one of the finest chamber ensembles in the country, the Boston Chamber Music Society has been a collegial ensemble distinguished by its enduring wide-ranging concert series.  Tickets: $46, $38, $28

On Saturday, October 13 at 12:55 PM, the Metropolitan Live in HD production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore will be shown at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  A Pre-Opera Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Seitz is held in the concert hall at noon.  Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina in this new production of Donizetti’s comic gem L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini.  Tickets: $32, $29, $20

Later on Saturday, October 13 at 8 pm, the California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio willturn over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string event.  Combining California Guitar Trio’s steel strings with Montreal Guitar Trio’s nylon-stringed guitars, the trios chase each other’s fret boards in energetic and infectious arrangements that fuse progressive rock with world, jazz, and classical music.  Tickets:  $34, $28, $19

Celebrating a 45 year, prolific journey, the celebrated Chilean ensemble Inti-Illimani performs Sunday, October 14, at 5 pm. Linked to the past in spirit, the ensemble both Chilean and Latin-American experience, as well as to the universal human experience we all share.  Led by musical director Manuel Meriño, the ensemble performs on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments.  Tickets: $31-$52

Five-time Grammy® Award-winning Swingle Singers perform on Thursday, October 18, at 8 pm.  An international a cappella sensation, the Swingle Singers’ unmistakable sound and signature close-microphone technique has captured audiences and pushed the boundaries of musical innovation for almost five decades.  Today’s Swingles is a contemporary vocal super-group whose repertoire encompasses classical, jazz, Latin, pop, and rock—all accompanied by their own vocal rhythm section. “Everything about the Swingles is flawless.” (Los Angeles Times)  Tickets:  $46, $38, $28

On Friday, October 19 at 8 pm, Classical Jam, a young innovative chamber ensemble of flute, percussion, violin, viola, and cello is best known for its engaging and lively presentations for today’s contemporary audiences.  Their program is entitled From The Street To The Concert Hall with several works by Piazzola, , Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285, as well as Classical Jam arrangements of J.S. Bach’s Art of Fugue and Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5.  Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Additional HD broadcasts include

Tuesday, October 9, 7 pm: Met Opera Encore production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Thursday, October 11, 7 pm: England’s National Theatre production of The Last of the Haussmans starring Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter films, Calendar Girls).

Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm: Met Opera Encore production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

For tickets and more information on these and other concerts/events in the 2012-13 Season, please visit our website at www.rockportmusic.org.  Concerts are added throughout the year, so make certain you check the website for new additions.  Tickets are also available through the Box Office at 978-546-7391 or visiting 35 Main Street, Rockport, MA.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10am-4 pm.

See daily concert lineup for Shalin Liu Performance Center here.

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