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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
PETER WOLF unplugged
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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”.
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
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted. Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to scoring – and appearing in as guitar-playing hand double – the acclaimed 2007 drama, August Rush), and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours. Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path. Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You – to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording. Best known for her percussive, virtuosic take on string instruments, Brooklyn-based guitarist-composer Kaki King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what is expected. For her solo performance, she brings a collection of several rare instruments, including a harp guitar, a dojo, a hybrid between a guitar and koto that King made herself, and, of course, her custom Ovation Adamas guitar.
“Her command of the guitar creates a unique listening experience that explores every raw emotion.”
“Guitarist Kaki King’s rightful place is among kings of the strings.”
“Kaki King has never been just a guitarist. While her immaculately picked guitar remains the centerpiece, she creates immersive, organic and cinematic compositions.”
Rockport Music Shalin Liu Performance Center
Friday, August 2 @ 8pm
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This is the view of Old Harbor from the top floor event/intermission area. One can go up there to eat and sip a glass of wine before the concert and during the intermission.
Here’s the view from our seats, and a wonderful performance by the Rockport High School Madrigal Choir. Seated nearby was Fr. Matthew Green, who has charmed us at holiday events singing Gregorian Chants. Rockport Music – Rockport, Massachusetts
On Friday evening I went to Rockport for the (amazing) concert by “What Time Is It Mr. Fox?” and the Rockport High School Madrigal Choir at the Shalin Liu center. Here are a few photos I snapped with my phone to try to capture some of the magic.
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
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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.
Well you saw it first right here on GMG. Then the Artist of the week Video Series on gimmesound all last week. Now Greg Bover and Francie Fitch are on NPR — SEE HERE. BUT WAIT! THAT’S NOT ALL. You can see Francie play Greg’s magnificent harpsichord at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport Tonight at 7:30 FOR FREE. Don’t let the rain keep you home. This is BIG!
Here’s what Greg says about the interview:
Thanks to an introduction made by John McElhenny of Matter Communications, Francie and I were interviewed yesterday by Andrea Shea of NPR affiliate WBUR. The interview will be broadcast this afternoon about 3:50 on the show Radio Boston and may be on All Things Considered later. We will be discussing tonight’s 7:30 concert at Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport celebrating the completion of the harpsichord I’ve been working on for 25 years.
As John McElheny says, “Nice to see such a positive Gloucester story in the news. Congratulations, Greg and Francie!”
Our friend Henri Smith just posted a recording of his band performing Just a Closer Walk with Thee at the First Parish Church in Manchester on May 6 that raised money for The Grace Center in Gloucester. This is one more example of Henri’s versatile voice and his almost magical ability to inspire a crowd. Listen the the song here. You can see Henri and his band open for the Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville on June 28 at North Shore Music Theatre (get tickets here).
It’s an unusually good week for music on Cape Ann and it starts early. Here are just two highlights for tomorrow: Pete Lindberg with his friend Tristen (from Nashville) at Minglewood; and last week’s gimmesound Artist of the Week Frances Fitch performs the harpsichord her husband Greg Bover built at Shalin Liu.
See the full music lineup here.
In this final video of our gimmesound Artists of the Week series featuring Greg Bover and Frances Fitch, the two of them talk about their inspiration and reveal some of the things that make this harpsichord so special ~ all with a smattering of music thrown in.
Your mom has a choice of a dozen live shows this evening on Cape Ann. Don’t wait ’till tomorrow to treat her right. Take her out tonight. See the full lineup here.
Didn’t think the harpsichord could ROCK? Check out this video of gimmesound Artist of the Week, Frances Fitch performing a piece written in 2005 by American composer Edwin McLean, who lives in the South. Listen carefully and you’ll hear a rhythm similar to Big Chief performed here by Henri Smith. And don’t miss her performance of the full piece next Tuesday 5/15 at 7:30pm at Shalin Liu. It’s FREE!
Speaking of Henri Smith, he’ll be opening for the Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville at North Shore Music Theatre on June 30 ~ GET TICKETS HERE. There’s still time for you to enter to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to that show. Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free).
Tonight you’ve got 9 choices for live music and they’re all free. See the full music lineup here.
You’ve heard Frances Fitch play her new harpsichord (see here or here if you missed either of those videos). In this video, her husband and gimmesound co-artist of the week, Greg Bover, takes us under the hood (literally — he takes off the jackrail to reveal plectra and then shows us how they pluck the strings).
You won’t see the plectra Next Tuesday, May 15, but you should go to Shalin Liu at 7:30pm anyhow to hear his masterpiece played in one of the most perfect acoustic settings on Earth — and it’s right down the street — and it’s FREE.
Let’s not take Gloucester’s tremendous talent base for granted. Get out and support them. It’s fun! See the full music lineup here.
Yesterday we introduced you to gimmesound artists of the week, Frances Fitch & Greg Bover (click here if you missed it — people asked what time is next Tuesday’s concert at Shalin Liu. Answer: 7:30pm).
Today we have a special treat as Frances Fitch show us some Harpsichord music written in the 1650s and then plays it for us. You can hear the entire piece next Tuesday night.
Plenty of music tonight starting at 7pm at six excellent Gloucester venues — all FREE. See the full music lineup here.
It’s how long it took master craftsman Greg Bover to build a harpsichord for his equally talented wife Frances Fitch, who plays it magnificently in this video. Frances & Greg are the gimmesound artists of the week and all week long we’ll have videos featuring Frances, Greg and this extraordinary instrument.
Next Tuesday, May 15, you can see Frances play this masterpiece live at Shalin Liu — and Greg will talk about the process of building it over the past 25 years. Just in case you’re not convinced it’s where you want to be next Tuesday, think about this: Shalin Liu was built specifically for instruments like this. No mics, no amps, just perfect acoustics. This could be your only chance EVER to hear a harpsichord of this quality, played by a master in an acoustically perfect room. Oh, and it’s FREE.
Since yesterday’s post we’ve added several new shows. Cape Ann’s music scene is just exploding. Click here and see what we mean.
Justin Piper’s wife was in labor so Miranda called Inge at about 4pm to ask if he could sit in. Inge was excellent with some great solos, which proves just how versatile he is (in case anyone ever doubted). See Inge’s new hit video here. Very different style indeed!
As of this morning there were 5 tickets left for Miranda’s show tonight. You can see if they’re still available here.
For the rest of you, there are plenty of other choices tonight (full music lineup here). Our good friend Allen Estes will be with Dan King & Friends at Cape Ann Brewery starting at 9pm. He’s just finished a new song. Ask him to play it.
You may remember that Brad Byrd shot a video at Minglewood on St. Pat’s day. (Here he is with Hollywood director Brandon Rose). If you missed it, check out this post.) TONIGHT, Brad is starting his Thursday Night Music Series at Giuseppe’s at 8pm.
Last week, we featured Miranda Russell (listen to her great version of Graceland in the video above). There are still good seats left for her concert tonight at Shalin Liu in Rockport. Get tickets here.
Plus there are plenty of other choices for tonight too. Check out the full music lineup here.
It’s a new month with new music this week on Cape Ann. Check out the full music lineup here.