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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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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.

Great weather means you have to plan ahead a little

Every once in a while, we make a point of alerting you when upcoming concerts are about to sell out or when seats are released.  We realize Gloucester is a last-minute-town and, during the winter, you can get used to showing up on the day of a concert to buy tickets at the door.  As more people discover the thriving music scene around here, you can’t always do this — even in Winter.

Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14

Gary Hoey @ Larcom Theatre 3/15/14

Now we’re approaching the time of year where you really do have to think ahead a little — especially if you want to see a show at Shalin Liu in Rockport.  Many of their May shows sold out and if you check their website, you’ll find shows in June and July with only a very few seats left.

Luckily for you, there are still seats left to see Gary Hoey this Friday (tickets here).

Gary’s solo set dazzled the packed Larcom Theatre audience back in March when he performed with James Montgomery and the Guitar Summit.

So just accept the fact that living in the middle of one of the top music scenes in the U.S., means you’ll have to plan ahead if you want to see some of the top artists who come here.

As always, we’re here to help with a local live music listing that’s updated every day.

Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore Spring concert “Songs of Love and Friendship” at Shalin Liu – Friday May 2

The Honors Youth Choir will   perform songs of love and friendship including selections from early opera, sentimental favorites, revolutionary war songs, humorous songs and even a little doo-wop.  The concert will be a walk down memory lane with songs that cover the gamut of love and friendship.

Sunny says the youth have been working very hard to prepare for this concert and are looking forward to presenting an evening of fun, sentiment and beauty.

Youth in the Concert: 
Rockport:  Emily Dailey,  Sarah Palmer,  Sophie Shwartzer,  Katrina Tuck
Gloucester:  Lucas Brisbois,  Lucia DiMeo,  Olivia Francis,  Moriah Murphy-Thornley,  Shannon Murphy-Thornley,  Kayla Saltonstall,  Isabel White,  Silas White,  Rachel Wolfe
Essex:  Anna Newkill
Manchester:  Naomi Franklin,  Madelaine Potter,  Sarah Potter,  Tori Potter
Ipswich:  Taeko Abuza,  Bailey Amazeen,  Regan Amazeen,  Elsa Anderson,  Marina Beauvois,  Elijah Bergner,  Isaac Bergner,  Nicole Brouillette,  Daniel Buletza,              Teaghan Duff,  Maggie Gould,  Myles Kercher,  Rachel McCatty,  Fiona O’Connell,  Erica Prisby
Wenham:  Shayne Bower
Boxford:  Emma Vitale
South Hamilton:  Ellie Greer
Rowley:  Emily Beckingham,  Alice Thornton
Georgetown:  Grace McGrail,  Laura Tarr
Newburyport:  Isabelle Bacon,  Anna Moreland
North Andover:  Breanna McCarragher
Marblehead:  Iryna Polunia

 

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:

 

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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Al Stewart at Shalin Liu on Friday, April 4th

AL STEWART
Friday, April 4, 8pm
Shalin Liu Performance Center
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Al Stewart is best known for his singles “Year of the Cat,” “Nostradamus” and “Time Passages,” Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart has enjoyed a remarkably prolific career spanning 50 years. From his orchestral folk debut in 1967, through his popular historical folk rock albums of the 70’s, to his more recent duo outings with guitarist Dave Nachmanoff, Stewart has proved to be an artist of impressive longevity. Having gained a devout cult following with his epic, progressive brand of folk rock, Stewart now tours the world, often with his musical partner Dave Nachmanoff, reinterpreting the songs from his extensive catalog. He has released 22 records and played alongside a long list of musical giants including Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.

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Temple Ahavat Achim honor Mark and Amy Farber

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Sunday March 23rd, “Pharaoh’s Daughter”, the acclaimed World Music ensemble, played at 4 pm at the breathtaking Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. This benefit concert for Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim honored Mark and Amy Farber. After the performance guest enjoyed a meal catered by  Passports restaurant.  Debbie Coltin and Ruth Budelmann, Co-Chairs Eve and Phil Cutter, Honorary Co-Chairs of last nights event.

An Evening of Roots Americana with Annalivia and Ari and Mia at the Shalin Liu – Sunday April 6

Come hear an amazing double bill featuring two of New England’s most buzzed about acoustic folk/Americana acts: Annalivia and Ari & Mia. It will be an evening of inventive and dynamic music for all ages: fiddles, mandolins, banjos, warm harmonies and spirited songs, drawing from traditional and original repertoire.  The members of Annalivia includes Gloucester locals Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen with the newest member Emarald Rae.  Get your tickets now to see them at Shalin Liu.  Buy Tickets

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Get em while you can ~ M. E. Productions Presents ~ LITTLE FEAT selling fast! 2nd Rockport show added@The Shalin Liu

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Little Feat's Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

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Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Rockport, MA 01966

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978.546.7391

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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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Hot music weekend in the dead of Winter

Well, anybody who thinks Cape Ann’s music scene is only hot during tourist season should look at this weekend’s lineup (see full weekend music schedule here).

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you just can’t see every good show this weekend.  You’re gonna have to choose.  Maybe I can help.  It just so happens that I’ve recently interviewed two people who are performing this weekend at Shalin Liu.

Here’s my interview with Brian Gore, whose International Guitar Night performs tonight at 8PM.

And here’s my interview with Kendrick Oliver, director of the New Life Jazz Orchestra, who’s performing tomorrow at 8PM.

And don’t forget Mark Berger & Ride with dramatic photographs from out west as the backdrop for this Old Sloop concert tomorrow.

And it’s Crazy Moon’s final weekend at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Plus some of Cape Ann’s favorites all over town, including Linda Amero, Charlee Bianchini & Dave Brown, Runaround, Dan King, Michael O’Leary, Mari Martin, Allen Estes & Orville Giddings — and there’s the Community Sing-a-long in Celebration of Pete Seeger at the Lanesville Community Center tonight.  WOW!  Is your head spinning?  Click here for some help choosing.

Listen to Kendrick Oliver from New Life Jazz Orchestra talk about his life and his upcoming concert at Shalin Liu this Saturday

Earlier this week I interviewed Kendrick Oliver, director of the New Life Jazz Orchestra and Laura Heinrichs of the  Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO).

Kendrick is bringing his high-energy orchestra to Rockport’s Shalin Liu Performance Center this Saturday, February 8th at 8:oo p.m.

This concert will benefit the students of the NYMO, including their scholarship fund.

Kendrick talks about how he came to be the director of New Life Jazz Orchestra, which was not what he had planned to do when he attended Berklee College of Music and gives us a preview of the excellent music we will hear on Saturday — plus you get to hear some of that music in the interview too.

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Listen to Interview with Brian Gore of International Guitar Night

Clockwise from top- left: Mike Dawes, Pino Forastiere, Quique Sinesi, Brian Gore

Earlier this afternoon I interviewed Brian Gore, who is bringing his International Guitar Night to Shalin Liu next Friday, Feb 7.

Four extraordinary guitarists: Brian Gore from San Francisco, Pino Forastiere from Italy, Quique Sinesi from Argentina and Mike Dawes from England will each perform solo and then all together creating a sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before on guitar.

In this interview Brian talks about his music, various guitar tunings and genres — and he gives us a hint of what we can expect next Friday.

If you’re still not sure you want to go, watch this video of Brian on Guitar:

Kendrick Oliver & New Life Jazz Orchestra @ Shalin Liu SAT 8 FEB benefit for NMYO

Wow, these guys can swing!  Here’s a great way to help support student musicians and have fun doing it.  From their concert page:

Award-winning conductor Kendrick Oliver and his youthful, vibrant and energetic 15+ piece orchestra (including a vocalist) will light up the stage for a night of infectious sound. New Life Jazz Orchestra has been selling out concert halls and turning heads throughout the jazz scene since its inception in 1995 while Oliver was a student at Berklee College of Music. Respected throughout the jazz community, New Life Jazz Orchestra has appeared at a host of high profile events including the Boston Beantown Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and opened JVC’s prestigious Newport Jazz Festival.

This evening will be nothing less than a swing, sing, stomp, and shout experience!

Don’t take their word for it.  Check out the videos, below.  (Tickets & info here)

Start New Years Eve by helping to send Rockport High Band, Chorus & Orchestra students on a concert tour of Ireland and take home a rock star’s autograph

New Years Rockport Eve has so much music that trying to decide what to see will become your first decision of the 2014.  Check out the complete up-to-date music schedule here (this lists more shows than you’ll find on their website).

But before you even look at the schedule, check out this video & press release from Noreen Vincent about the amazing silent auction featuring instruments & sheet music autographed by Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan & the Eagles — all to support a program led by RHS Orchestra Director and local music star, Nathan Cohen:

Kick off New Year’s Eve with a Music and Silent Auction Fundraiser at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Tuesday, December 31st from 3:30pm – 5:00pm.

There will be music of many genres, including a lively session of traditional Irish music performed by the Rockport High School students, faculty members and surprise guests. The Cape Ann Contra Dance Band will be joining the event for a live dance. 

Silent auction & raffle items include instruments autographed by Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney, sheet music and albums autographed by Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, and The Eagles, autographed drawings by Seth McFarland and Charles Schultz, circus lessons, lobsters, Celtics tickets, a summer weekend rental in Rockport, a pair of concert tickets at the Shalin Liu Center, a a three-day trip to Paris, and much more. The celebration will end at 5:00 p.m. – in time for Rockport’s New Year’s Rockport Eve festivities, which begin at 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds will help fund the Rockport High School Band, Chorus, and Orchestra’s Concert Tour of Ireland in April of 2014. The students will travel to Ireland to engage in the musical culture, study with some of Ireland’s most renowned musicians, and to perform at some of the country’s finest venues. Students will visit Limerick, Galway, Dublin, and Cork, and will work both with classical musicians and traditional Irish musicians and dancers. The fundraising efforts are critical in keeping the cost of participating in this tour affordable to all students.

The are still some seats left for this show! Guest Presentation Friday, December 13, 8 PM Presented by M.E. Productions ROCKPORT BLUES SUMMIT —LUTHER “GUITAR JUNIOR” JOHNSON, SUGAR RAY NORCIA, & “MONSTER” MIKE WELCH

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ROCKPORT BLUES SUMMIT

Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson has emerged as the bona fide leader of the West Side guitar style with his unique blend of blues, soul and funk. His blazing guitar riffs and plaintive vocals leave no doubt that Johnson is a blues master at the top of his game. He served an apprenticeship with Muddy Waters (one of the last direct links!) and Magic Sam before developing his own signature style. “Guitar Junior” earned his moniker by performing blistering blends of single string playing on the electric guitar. Magic Sam immediately signed him upon hearing the teenage “Little Junior” sing Sam Cooke’s “Somebody Have Mercy” at a club on Chicago’s West Side in the early ’60s.

Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia’s career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it has stayed there ever since. They backed Big Walter Horton, Big Joe Turner, Jimmie Rogers, Otis Rush, JB Hutto & countless others in the early ’80s all over the North East. In 1991 Norcia hooked up with Roomful of Blues and toured the world with the 11 piece band, appearing on their Grammy-nominated Turn It On, Turn It Up!

Mike Welch has been on the international blues scene for 15 years, and he’s only about 30!! Dubbed “Monster Mike” by Dan Ackroyd at the opening of the first House of Blues club some 15 years ago, Mike has seen his career move through three distinct phases already, from young teen phenom in the mid 1990s, to in-demand session guitarist, to a deep, soulful artist whose early promise has been fully realized working with Sugar Ray and solo projects.

Luther is at the top of his game and the pinnacle of his legendary career. Sugar Ray is nothing short of an icon in the New England blues scene, and “Monster Mike” is blazing his own distinct path. It’s the Blues baby, don’t miss it!

Tickets: $25, $35, $39

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