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Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester. Here’s what they say:
Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .
Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv
Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
BREAKING NEWS & VIDEO: Whitney Doucet, who sang with Keith Urban, to join James Montgomery at the Celebrate Gloucester Kick-off on Friday
James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester. Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.
Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.
The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22! VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available. Get them NOW (right here)!
West End Boys featuring Jack Evans, Willie Alexander & Jon Sarkin starts on Feb. 28 with the opening reception Mar. 1 from 6-8pm. See Noise cover story about Willie Alexander here.
Address: Flatrock Gallery ~ 77 Langsford Street/ Route 127 Gloucester, MA 01930
Hours: Thurs-Sun 12-5pm
Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st. Get your tickets now so you can relax.
If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.
You have a few options for tickets:
Reserved Pews (no hassle): $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.
Plenty of free parking available:
- both sides of Pine Street and Proctor Street (Pine becomes Proctor after it crosses Church Street)
- in a small parking lot on Proctor Street (free parking)
- portions of both sides of Middle Street (and any place on Middle where there is a parking meter – no fee on Sunday)
- one side of Church Street (please be mindful not to block the driveway of residents)
Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street
- Allen Estes with Matt Leavenworth, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Mattacks
- Willie Loco Alexander & the Raztones
- Fly Amero
- Gordon Baird
- Inge Berge & Julie Cleveland
- Charlee Bianchini
- Ken Bonfield
- Lenny Campanello – Gloucester Police Chief
- Will Hunt & Alexandra Stella D’Maris
- Dan King
- T Max
- Michael O’Leary
Singer Songwriter Shuffle starts up again tonight at Giuseppe’s featuring some of Gloucester’s best performers
|7:00 pm ALLEN ESTES|
|7:00 pm T MAX|
|8:00 pm WILLIE ALEXANDER|
|8:00 pm NICK CONSONE|
|9:00 pm GLENN FRENCH|
|9:00 pm INGE BERGE|
|9:00 pm CHELSEA BERRY|
Wow, what a lineup!
Rob Newton submits ~
LOCAL MUSIC LEGEND SAYS HELLO GLOUCESTER!
Ferrini film and concert celebrate Gloucester’s own Willie Alexander
On Thursday, May 24th at 7:30pm, The Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester will present Hello Gloucester followed by a live set by Willie Alexander and the Persistence Of Memory Orchestra. Tickets are $15.00 ($13.50 for Cinema Members), and are available either at the box office or online at www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
January 12, 2013 was a memorable day in rock-and-roll. On that day, Governor Deval Patrick issued a citation that acknowledged Bay State rocker Willie Loco Alexander on the punk vanguard’s 70th birthday. His significant other, Anne Rearick, had planned a “surprise party du la monde” at Jimmy Tingle’s old theater in Somerville and dozens of musicians showed up to honor Willie and play tunes he has written over the past 5 decades.
Bands at the January celebration included Rockport’s A-Train Orchestra, Moose Savage, Breadman, Jon Hardy and the Bags, Birdsongs of the Mezozoic, Reddy Teddy, Barrence Whitfield, the Nervous Eaters, Rupert Webster (all the way from London), Kenne Highland, Dave Sag, Jon Macy, Asa Brebner, John Powhida, Frank Rowe, Dennis Brennan, Peter Wolf, Mission of Burma, Andrea Gillis, Persistence of Memory, Roger Miller, John Macey and Gloucester’s own The Boyfriends. All were there to honor a guy who has spent his life pushing the rock and letting it roll down on the hearts of Boston music lovers.
The film is produced by the Gloucester Writers Center video archive and directed by Gloucester filmmaker Henry Ferrini. The Gloucester Writers Center was founded to celebrate, preserve and promote the future of Gloucester’s rich literary legacy. Housed in the former home of poet Vincent Ferrini (1913-2007), the GWC is dedicated to fostering the tradition of local poetic investigation practiced by Ferrini and his friend and renowned Gloucester poet, Charles Olson (1910-1970).
Through a variety of community-based programming, including literary readings, workshops, youth programs, topical writers’ talks and conferences, and a residency program, the GWC will serve as a gathering place and resource center for local and international writers in all genres, fields and realms of interest.
OK, school started & it’s after Labor Day so you think the Summer festival season is over, right? Wrong!
This Saturday (9/8) is Noise Magazine 31st Anniversary Fete starring Preacher Jack, Willie Alexander and T Max @ the Dog Bar.
If you missed these guys back in the spring, you DO NOT want to miss this! If you were there, you’ll want to go again. These guys ROCK!
And don’t forget Rob Newton’s Cape Ann Community Cinema music/movie festival Fall into the Rhythm starts next Tuesday with La Cenerentola. Check this out from the Opera in Cinema website: A Live Fairy Tale, a stunning new film-opera event from producer Andrea Andermann, has been called “A kaleidoscopic fairytale suspended between Mozart and Disney with a hint of noir” by La Repubblica. Watch as Rossini’s jubilant take on the story of Cinderella unfolds in real castles and ballrooms in Europe, and through lush, never-before-seen animation. Starring Lena Belkina as Cenerentola.
It’s still summer folks, as you can see by the fact that we have six live music choices tonight. Check the full live music schedule here.
Last night the Gloucester Writers Center presented “A Reading of Poets and Laureates”. Rufus Collinson, John Ronan, James Cook and Willie Alexander. Here is a video of one of Willie’s songs about Gloucester.
Video From Henry Ferrini
Here’s the event that closed out the incredibly successful and stimulating Olson100 Celebration. Hundreds of people came to Gloucester to celebrate Olson’s birthday. Willie Loco Alexander, Alek and Rik Razdan and Dave “doc” Vincent perform Willie’s “the gold” a poem by Charles Olson’s good friend Gloucester Poet Laureate Vincent Ferrini (1913-2007). The tune is from Willie’s award-winning CD, “Vincent Ferrini’s Greatest Hits.” If people like what they hear, they can get Willie’s work at Gloucester Music or Mystery Train.
Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.
From Dave Sag
Rhumb Line Thursday Night Blues Party
Well, summertime’s here and you need sumphthin’ to keep you kool… so here it is: Mr. Willie Alexander heads over to the Rhumb Line this Thursday for a rip-snorting, heart attack inducing maelstrom of good ol’ rock n’ roll. Backing up over him will also be his longtime glitarist from his Boom-Boom band, Mr. Billyclub Loosigian, and much revered drumnambulist Mr. Stevie Chaggaris. As usual, Greg T. and I will try to rein everyone in just enough to not blow a fuse. Good luck to us! It’ll be a great nite, so don’t miss it!
From Steve Caraway-
..Of Babylon at The Dog Bar
Big Aqua-Net hair and leg warmers welcome
Thursday, June 18 at 9:00pm
Phat Maxx this Friday night at Latitude 43
Friday, June 19, 2009
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM EDT
Gloucester, MA 01930
So come on by and join us this Friday, June 19th!
See ya soon!
Thad, Pete, and Eric
Mike O’Connell Band Elliott’s Tonight Friday June 19
So Sorry! Last minute shout out,, Tonight at Elliott’s we will be appearing here on 1 Main St. Gloucester Ma. 8:30-11:30, Please come early for some Great Food and Drinks by Chef Jon,, Special Guests coming to play also! Sorry so last minute with this e mail, Remember.. We Love You,, and we need your support so come on down and join in Tonight. Hope to see you, Have a great Father’s Day Weekend, Mike
GARFISH returns to The Rhumbline Saturday June 20th
Come dance the night away!
Start Time: Saturday, June 20 at 9:30pm
Where: The Rhumbline
The Rhumb Line has been in the live music business for over 30 years and has built a reputation as THE live music venue on Bostons North Shore. The Rhumb Line attracts a clientele who are passionate about music and expect nothing but the best. The Rhumb Line also serves up GREAT FOOD, so stop in for a great meal before the music starts! http://www.therhumbline.com
Erinn Brown Band - Our last gig with Fran McConville on guitar….
JUNE 20th, SATURDAY
9:15 pm – 12:30
65 Main St Gloucester,MA
Come down and say “Bon voyage”…. but don’t buy him too many cuz he’s got a plane to catch!
Steve Peabody, drums/ Alison Keslow, bass/ Fran McConville, lead guitar/ and 2N on gtr/vox.
Elegant Trash – Cameron’s
Saturday June 20th 9pm
1 Washington Street, Gloucester
On Saturday we proudly present
Willie Alexander with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra.
Anticipate selections from the just-released collaboration between Gloucester’s recently departed poet laureate, Vincent Ferrini and our most illustrious, celebrated, and unmistakably alive punk-rocker.
The performance is at 8 PM on Saturday, June 13
Admission: $10. For reservations, please call 978 281 0680
By William Routhier/Beacon Correspondent
Gloucester – First thought, best thought, always. Write free-flowing, spontaneous prose. Give birth to artistic creation in the heartbeat of the moment, the now, the ever-present now.
These were credos of Beat writers Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and that spirit of unbridled creativity is alive and well in Gloucester musician Willie Alexander.
Alexander, who played with The Lost, the last version of the Velvet Underground, his own Boom Boom Band and The Persistence of Memory Orchestra, is a Boston music legend. Stephen King put Alexander’s song “Mass Ave.” at number 13 on his list of top 25 best rock songs of all time.
Thin and fit at 66, Alexander displays the buoyant energy of an edgy young rocker, but also carries with him the calm wisdom of a man who’s learned what is valuable and lasting. For Alexander, a major part of what is valuable and lasting is the city where he was born and now lives, Gloucester.
Alexander spent the first five years of his life in Gloucester, where his father was the minister of the Baptist Church, then moved to East Providence, R.I., and later to Newtonville, Mass. Just a subway ride away from Boston and Cambridge, Alexander would travel in to hear music at various music joints, like Club 47, which later became the famous Club Passim. It was just before the folk music boom, and Club 47 was a jazz club, home to hipsters and beatniks. To read more, click here…
Back in the eighties I heard this song on WBCN once, just once. I loved it but never found out who sang it and always wanted to find out.
Fast forward 20 plus years and I’m at the library thumbing through the cd collection and lo and behold I run across Willie Alexander’s “The East Main Street Suite” cd and the third song is “Bass Rocks“
I had an idea for making a video of Back Shore photos put to Willie’s song and asked his permission which he kindly granted.
But in Willie’s email he asked which version I had, “The East Main Street Suite” version or “the earlier version“?
Intrigued, I checked youtube for “the earlier version”
That’s when I found the following video and decided to scrap my project in favor of Willie’s early eighties music video-
Did you know that Gloucester resident and bad ass Willie Alexander was a part of The Velvet Underground?
BTW Willie if you read this, I think you look like you are in way better shape now than you were back in the early eighties.