Vickie & Peter
As promised, we warn FOBs when a show is about to sell out. Tomorrow’s Loretta LaRoche – Love Laughter and Lasagna (taking you back in time to the humor of growing up with her Italian family in Brooklyn) is selling fast and there are only a few tables left at our new, intimate venue, 9 Wallis in Beverly. You may have seen Emmy-winning Loretta LaRoche on PBS or during prior tours, but you’ve probably never seen her in an intimate room with comfortable table seating, a delicious Lasagna dinner and bar service!
You don’t want to be one of those people who calls us tomorrow begging for a seat that we can’t give you because there just isn’t any space left, do you?
Here’s Loretta on PBS:
You don’t want to miss this one. Get tickets here!
I loved watching her on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and also her show “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, another part of our youth gone. See full story in Huffington Post here
It’s right down the road. Geographically, you could argue it’s the beginning of Cape Ann (see map) AND you can get there on a CATA bus… Beverly’s arts scene is about to get its first performance/event venue with flexible table seating from cabaret-style, to theatre-style to elegant dinner parties, called 9 Wallis. Plus it’s a new venue for Gloucester artists to perform in — yes, Gloucester artists do cross the bridge from time-to-time.
We first told you about it in this post. Here’s an update:
On Jan 12, the City of Beverly approved our liquor license and we’ve tentatively scheduled our Grand Opening Gala for Saturday, April 1.
Now you’ve got 4 days to help us get it open by pledging to our Kickstarter Campaign — and in return reap some wicked cool rewards like an invitation to our Grand Opening Gala!
psssst … all the cool kids will be there ….
GET TICKETS HERE! Check out the videos below…
Those of you who know us may know that we’ve presented over 100 shows in over a dozen venues since we produced the first Celebrate Gloucester Festival to launch Cruiseport Gloucester in 2007. You may also know that all of our concerts were held in other people’s venues. Now we have one of our own. And we need your help to get it open.
We just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to cover the opening costs of this new venue — right down the road at 9 Wallis Street in downtown Beverly, MA. We recently signed a long-term lease on this beautifully restored, historic building formerly owned by members of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, next to The Larcom, where we’ve been presenting shows since 2013.
It’s a gorgeous, fully-accessible room with parquet floors, plenty of natural woodwork, an elegantly curved oak bar, marble restrooms and all the modern conveniences you’d ever want!
We’re calling this new multi-purpose space “9 Wallis” and it will give us a home where we can continue and grow our passion – to feature national touring artists on an intimate stage and showcase local rising stars, plus offer our guests comfortable table seating with food and beverages.
Once we open, 9 Wallis will offer something not available elsewhere on Cape Ann: a fully-accessible, year-round performance space with flexible seating that can also host fundraisers, corporate events and private parties (see splash page) in any number of configurations.
We’ve cooked up some “wicked cool” rewards for pledges of all sizes (see here) so feel free to pledge any amount that you’re comfortable with.
PLEDGE HERE! and Please share with your friends!
For us NYE is different every year. Some years we struggle to stay awake. Other years we’re in party mode. Like many of you, we’re eager to see 2016 gone and welcome 2017 in the most fun way possible, so we’re in PARTY MODE.
If you’re in party mode too, there’s lots to do (see here) — and all night long, meaning you don’t necessarily have to choose — YOU CAN DO IT ALL! You could go to an early show that’s over by 9:30 and then bop down the road to Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Hall and help blues legend James Montgomery KICK 2016 out and rock in 2017. That’s where we’ll be.
Just in case you forgot what a true rock star he is, here’s a video of James Montgomery with the Allman Brothers Band about 4 years ago.
At the Vittori-Rocci Hall ~ Beverly, MA
Limited Quantity $95 – ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT!
Rock in 2017 with Blues Legend James Montgomery, Sax Attax Horns & friends for the first benefit of 2017 at Vittori-Rocci Hall directly off Route 128 with plenty of FREE on-site parking. Your ticket includes:
- Scrumptious Dinner Buffet created especially for the occasion by chef Peter Capalbo (formerly of Tryst and now of Fresh Food Catering in Wenham)
- Sauteed Organic Chicken Piccata with Parsley, Lemon & Caper Butter
- Beef Bourguignon
- Basmati Rice
- Seasonal Vegatables
- Tossed Garden Salad with Assorted Garden Vegetables, Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Fresh Rolls and butter
- Midnight Champagne Toast
- Party Favors
Full cash bar available. Portions of proceeds benefit V is for Veterans.
Some of you may know that I usually start my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve at about noon. But this year, at our son John’s insistence, I started 24 hours earlier — mostly because the weather was nice today.
Just as we do every year, John and I went to downtown Gloucester for most of our gifts. You can get a sense of how pleased we are in the picture with our loot atop the car.
We can’t tell you exactly where we went because Vickie is likely to see this post. But I can say that I was surprised at how nice everybody was in downtown Gloucester.
You see, I thought people were nice to me when I shopped on Christmas Eve out of pity for the nutcase who leaves shopping to the last minute. Turns out they’re just as nice on Dec 23 as they are on Dec 24. Are they always this nice?
Just in case you didn’t know, the Amero Family Christmas is a Gloucester tradition and it’s coming back to the Rhumb Line next Wednesday 12/21. You can get a taste of the fun tomorrow (SUNDAY) morning at 9AM when Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson welcomes Fly, Linda & J.B. Amero into her studio — and you just never know what will happen when those folks get together. Tune in for some outrageous musical fun!
Here’s a sampler of some of Fly’s Christmas songs.
Over the past decade or so, you may have seen James Montgomery at various venues in Gloucester. He’s played at Cape Ann Marina’s Pavilion tent, on the Beauport Princess cruise ship and made a special appearance at Harbor Loop.
This New Year’s Eve you can PARTY with James Montgomery, Sax Attacks horns and friends right down the road at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Post — directly off Rte 128 with plenty of free on-site parking. The party includes a scrumptious dinner buffet by Fresh Food Catering, dancing, midnight champagne toast and party favors with a full cash bar available.
And you can feel even better knowing you’ll be doing some good by supporting V is for Veterans (the charity founded by James Montgomery that supports veterans particularly with food and housing assistance).
Let’s say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017 with music, dancing and lots of fun together! Here are some videos of James Montgomery to get you in the party mood! GET TICKETS HERE
Closet Case returns after a two month hiatus and this time around everybody’s getting STUFFED! Short & Main will be hosting the madness and we are excited to be partying it up in their newly renovated Tiki Bar and Lounge upstairs. The closet doors open up at 9pm but we encourage you to head down for dinner and drinks prior to the event. We will be featuring some brainy and zany performances from a variety of New England talent of all shades and wildly creative minds.
Show begins tentatively between 10pm. Brief intermission and second show by 11pm.
Hosted by Gloucester’s own DeZiRe
Advance tickets $12 Get them here:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2720184
$15 at the door
Yes, if you go here, it looks like our Tribute to Johnny Cash – The Man In Black Show is almost sold out. That’s because most of the Orchestra seats are already taken. But you can still get a great seat in the Balcony HERE! Many of the seats in this picture are still available. Look how close you are–and the sound is GREAT up here!
A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA
Two GHS alums will be performing on the stage at Gloucester High School on Thursday evening November 10th, singing a cappella. Proceeds benefit the GHS Theater program. Tickets are on sale now (online) and will also be available at the door. Advance ticket prices are significantly reduced, so get your tickets now! — https://gloucesterhighdrama.blogspot.com
Katy Geraghty (GHS 2012) is featured with “The Hexachords,” and Kate Parisi (GHS 2015) is featured with “For Good Measure.” Both groups competed in the most recent season of ICCA (collegiate a cappella competition throughout the country.) The Hexachords were most recently seen on season two of POP TV network’s “Sing It On” this past summer.
We just voted. It was easy. No lines. We understand if you don’t like the choices. You probably seldom do. But you still have to choose. We all do. That’s kind of the point of a democracy. We never get exactly what we want, but we all work together for the good of our country as a whole.
More importantly, there are MASS referendum measures on the ballot today that will most likely affect your life far more than the new president will. I woke up today with this song in my head. It’s Paul Simon’s satire of Bob Dylan and politics all wrapped up into one fun song on Simon & Garfunkel’s mega-hit album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (all of which we have growing in our garden). Listen, laugh, vote and feel better! Lyrics below the video…
I been Norman Mailered, Maxwell Taylored
I been John O’Hara’d, McNamara’d
I been Rolling Stoned and Beatled till I’m blind
I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded
Communist, ’cause I’m left-handed
That’s the hand I use, well, never mind
I been Phil Spectored, resurrected
I been Lou Adlered, Barry Sadlered
Well, I paid all the dues I want to pay
And I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce
And all my wealth won’t buy me health
So I smoke a pint of tea a day
I knew a man, his brain was so small
He couldn’t think of nothing at all
Not the same as you and me
He doesn’t dig poetry
He’s so unhip that when you say Dylan
He thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas
Whoever he was
The man ain’t got no culture
But it’s alright, ma, everybody must get stoned
I been Mick Jaggered and silver daggered
Andy Warhol, won’t you please come home?
I been mother, father, aunt and uncled
Been Roy Haleed and Art Garfunkeled
I just discovered somebody’s tapped my phone
We’ve presented over 100 shows — and a few festivals — since we produced Celebrate Gloucester in 2007 (almost 10 years ago). Most of our shows feature original music performed by the artists who first recorded and released it. Next Friday, November 11, we are presenting something a bit different — The Man In Black Show, a Tribute to Johnny Cash. This is no ordinary tribute show. Shawn Barker is hailed by people who knew Johnny Cash very well as the pre-eminent Johnny Cash tribute artists. His 8 piece band puts on a tremendous show. Most importantly, the music is authentic Johnny Cash. Shawn has a deep love and respect for the Man in Black who inspired him as a young musician — and you can feel it. Check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean. There are still some good seats in the orchestra (get them here) and great seats in the Balcony (get them here) — but they won’t last long — this show is selling fast.
David Brooks’ interesting opinion piece in the New York Times points to several sources showing that this election is causing unusual anxiety and I’ll bet two major contributor to this anxiety are all these nasty campaign ads and endless, fear-inducing news coverage that we’re seeing. We’ll we’ve got a cure for that: DON’T WATCH THE NEWS OR THE ADS. Instead of spending the weekend on your couch, go out to experience some LIVE MUSIC and let the music take you away! You’ve got over a dozen choices on Cape Ann for excellent music and Halloween Parties. Check out the schedule here.
If you own or manage a restaurant or bar, may we suggest that you turn OFF your TVs — or at least set them to a commercial free NON-NEWS channel so your guests won’t see any of dreadful campaign coverage or obnoxious ads. Everyone on Cape Ann will thank you for reducing the stress among the population.
Here’s a little bit of fun from 1985 to get you in the mood: