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AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

The Cape Ann Community Band Presents: A Night in Italy Featuring Italian classics and vocal solos

Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 19, 7pm) 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites area musicians to participate in an exciting program of Italian music featuring the band with local vocalists Kathleen Adams and Michael Pallazola in concert. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 6, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 2 Washington St., Gloucester.

They will prepare a concert of special arrangements for band and voice as well as many pieces within an Italian theme. The program will include popular music in many styles. We ask that players commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals. The program is geared toward young and more experienced players. Families are encouraged to participate as well as former school band classmates. The music represents varying levels of ability; there’s something for everyone. Players will need their own instruments. Percussion equipment are provided.

Once again the band is proudly sponsored by Bank Gloucester. Patrick Thorpe, bank president, says “We love this group. They represent the whole of our Cape Ann Community and they always play a terrific program. We’re glad to help.”

Director Benjamin echoes Thorpe’s excitement. “We’ve always had a lot of fun preparing our concerts. It’s a supportive mood at our rehearsals. Everyone is learning and enjoying the company of fellow musicians.”

For information please contact David Benjamin at 978-281-0543 or by email at David@DavidLBenjamin.com

Click here for full summer Bandstand Concerts

Rockport Music Just Announced Pousette-Dart Band

Just Announced!

SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER

Pousette-Dart Band

Saturday, August 8, 8 PM

 

 

 

A fixture of the folk rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s, Jon Pousette-Dart continues to find that sweet spot between rock, blues and country.  Whether mining classic hits from his days fronting the Pousette-Dart Band (“Amnesia,” ‘County Line,” “For Love”) or shifting into the acoustic bluesy folk of his current solo work, Pousette-Dart remains a vibrant and beloved performer.
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Pousette-Dart Band 'County Line
Pousette-Dart Band
“County Line” (vintage)

 

New Podcast Festival Screening 
SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER
CAST PARTY: Podcast Festival Live Tuesday, July 28, 8 PM 

Hosts of several of the biggest and best podcasts in the world will convene for CAST PARTY, a festive, rousing original variety show beamed live via satellite from New York City, including RadioLab, Invisibilia, and Reply All.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival in full swing!

 

 

Don’t Miss These Great Upcoming Chamber Music Concerts!

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What did B.B. King think of Alexis P. Suter? See for yourself at the Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 8

The first time B.B. King heard Alexis P. Suter sing is when she opened for him in NYC.  This is what B.B. King said, “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”

On August 8th, only eight weeks from this Saturday, you can experience what he was talking about at the 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival at Stage Fort Park.  Plus you get to hear 6 other blues legends too, including the guy known as “Hendrix of the Harminica,” Sugar Blue!

You know you want to be there and you don’t want be one of those people who forgets that you can save $12 per ticket by getting them now (GET TICKETS HERE).  So don’t put it off any longer.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from Alexis P. Suter at The Gloucester Blues Festival.

 

Grateful Dead Cruise – June 12

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Three hours of Dead music performed by Northbound Train, libations, great views, much fun.  Boat leaves at 8, back at 11.  All ages.  Tickets available online athttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/grateful-dead-cruise-party-with-northbound-train-tickets-16669021492

Hear rock star, Nelson Bragg tomorrow (SUN) at 9am on North Shore 104.9

Tomorrow morning at 9am, on her show 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up”, Aurelia Nelson hosts the multi-talented Nelson Bragg — percussionist, drummer, songwriter, vocalist for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour.

Nelson will give us a glimpse into the L.A. pop scene and what it’s like to work closely with Brian Wilson and tour with the Beach Boys.

Here’s Nelson on percussion at Celebrate Gloucester 2010 with KBMG.

 

Gloucester’s Bruce Tarr presents citation to Bill Hanney at NSMT last night

L-R: Kevin Hill NSMT Artististic director, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who also presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney

L-R: NSMT Artistic Director Kevin Hill, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney on the NSMT stage (photo: Karen Nascembeni) 

Vickie and I went to see Dreamgirls at North Shore Music Theatre last night.  Stellar performances from the entire cast.  Excellent voices.  Loads of fun! Check it out here:

Before the show our own Senator, Bruce Tarr presented North Shore Music Theatre owner, Bill Hanney with a citation congratulating him for reviving the theatre on the anniversary of it’s 60th year in operation.

As you might expect, Sen. Tarr was a natural on stage, offering fun facts about the theatre, which opened in 1955 with “Kiss Me Kate.”

Don’t miss Dreamgirls.  It’s only running through June 14, so get your tickets soon (right here), before it sells out.  Check out the video below.

Gloucester’s Police Chief Leonard Campanello is a ROCK STAR!

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello – photo: Allegra Boverman

Chief Campanello’s “Angel” project began yesterday.  If you don’t know what that is, read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

The Chief’s project has been the subject of national news for about a month now and he’s even been challenged by the district attorney (see this article in the Boston Globe).

But our Chief remains cool as a cucumber.

Just listen to him in this NPR interview from yesterday — especially the part where he says, “We appreciate the district attorney’s comments, but the fact is that the police have always had the discretion to charge or not charge and not just with drugs, with most crimes.”

If you see Chief Campanello, please congratulate him on his vision, compassion, brilliance and cool head.

This is definitely the guy you want protecting our city and helping to heal our drug problem. BRAVO CHIEF!

We knew we were lucky to have Chief Campanello come to Glocuester when he brought the crowd to their feet with his Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” at the first Cape Ann Winter Solstice in December 2013.  Sheila Roberts Orlando captured the moment perfectly in the photo below:

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Party with Blues Icon James Montgomery aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship on July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Here’s your chance to party on Saturday, July 4th aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his HOT band, featuring David Hull (of Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, George McCann (played w/ Steven Tyler, Billy Squier, James Cotton, etc.) on guitar and Jeff Thompson (played w/ J Giles, James Cotton, Duke Robillard, etc.) on drums.

Your ticket includes the first appearance by the legendary James Montgomery Band aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship PLUS a very special July 4th Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls! (Chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

This is an all-ages concert cruise with a full bar aboard for people over 21.

Our July 13 concert cruise is sold out, but you can still get tickets to July 4th (get them here RIGHT NOW)

You can dance right in front of the stage aboard cruise ship, and you can bet James will ask you to dance just like he does in this video:

 

Hooglio Bastistos at Cape Ann Cinema and Stage THIS WEEK!

HooglioHooglio Bastistos is back.  Gloucester’s own singer and semi political comic story teller.  With his infectious original songs that you can’t seem to shake for days, Hooglio returns this week in a new live show.  In “From Here to Flustuania” Hooglio receives a ‘message from God’; he has a daughter he’s never met and must go on a quest to find her.  His daughter ‘Hooglietta’, played by Sofia Gadbois, is also on a quest to find him.  With Gordon Baird playing Louie DeRoach, Roman Gadbois as Mc and a cameo visit by Ian McColl and Steve via Video, the result is an irresistible hour of Gloucester’s most adorable characters; great songs, fun local comedy and video.

It’s a perfect stage production for the Cape Ann Community Cinema.  The room is perfect for Hooglio’s beloved audience, accommodating over 100 people, with snacks, beer, and wine.

What started as a request by his wife, Susan Albiero, for Hooglio to sing one song at a fund raiser to support a Musical Performance Tour of England for her kids, has mushroomed into a four night show.  This show has been a family affair with the four Gadbois family members busy working together, with Gordon as a sort of adopted son.

The show is May 27/28 (Wed/Thurs) @7:30 and May 29/30 (Fri/Sat) @8:30at the Cape Ann Community Cinema and Stage. 267 E Main St, Gloucester. (above St Peters club)   Advance Tickets $15 may be reserved by credit card online at www.capeanncinema.com.  Will call tickets $15 if reserved by phone (978) 509-6000. Student and Family Discounts by calling.  $18 night of the show.

You can be on James Montgomery’s new CD

James Montgomery in Boston Herald interview

Tomorrow (5/21), you can be in the audience when the James Montgomery Band records a new live CD right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

This concert (and the CD) will also raise money for James Montgomery’s foundation V is for Veterans, which focuses on helping disabled veterans.  James donated most of the tickets to veterans organizations and the VA hospital, but you can still buy tickets here.

James will be joined by David Hull (from Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, Cliff Goodwin (from the Joe Cocker Band) on guitar and Jeff Thompson on drums.  Young, rising country stars Whitney Doucet (who sang with Keith Urban) and Lexi James open.

Be sure to scream and shout and clap loud enough to be heard on the CD, so when it comes out you can get one and play it for your friends — fast forwarding through the songs and waiting for the applause, of course.

Here’s a video of James the last time he was at The Larcom.  Notice the crowd in the middle of the song … this could be YOU!

Click here to read an excellent Boston Herald interview with James — especially the part where he talks about B.B. King!

SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

Art Garfunkel

Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

B.B. King Was a Beacon

Eric Clapton called B. B. King a beacon in his very personal Facebook tribute this morning.  See the Rolling Stone article about that here.

Clapton also recommended that anyone not familiar with B. B. King’s work get his “Live at the Regal” album (get it on Amazon here).  Here’s a live video of Sweet Little Angle.  Not sure this video was recorded at the Regal, but it looks like it’s about the same time period.

Thank you B. B. King for your inspiration, your dedication and your love of music.  It has changed us all!

Below is the best tribute I’ve read today.  Our friend Victor Wainwright posted it on his Facbook Page this morning.

“To BB’s guitar, Lucille; I would just like you to know how thankful we all are for taking care of our loving mentor, Mr. BB King for all of these years. Night after night BB told us stories of you, and how you were always there through thick and thin. He said you were loving and loyal and never talked back… that you even saved his life. Then night after night we would hear YOU sing, for BB, and also for us… and HOW you sang!!!…. so beautifully, so clear, and with so much soul. When I think of all the audiences you’ve been held in front of, all the lights you’ve shined under, and all of hearts you’ve filed with hope and happiness, I am overwhelmed with awe and inspiration. Thank you for giving my mentor’s hands a place to rest, a place to play, and a place to call home. We will always love you Lucille. Thank you for taking care of our friend, of whom we will miss….. so very, very much. God Bless You. RIP, BB KING.”

Saturday May 16 One World Coffeehouse last show this season- Meridian and Charlee Bianchini

The One World Coffeehouse, 59 Main St, Essex, MA (street level entrance of  the U. U. Church), is pleased to offer a split bill on Saturday, May 16, 8 PM, with the singing duo Meridian and singer-songwriter Charlee Bianchini.  


Each group will play a set, with an intermission in between to sample the delectable sweet, teas,  and coffees.

Meridian, known for their intricate harmonies on traditional and contemporary folk music, consists of Gloucester’s Olivia Gale and Colin de la Barre. Meridian photo credit Jason Grow


Charlee Bianchini, has been making her mark as a gifted singer and writer, starting with her local roots, then branching out as she traveled meridian photo credit Jason Growoverseas and back home to her beloved Gloucester.

Both of these talented offerings for the May 16th will give the One World Coffeehouse audience an evening of breathtaking vocals and thought provoking lyrics. Don’t miss this chance to welcome Meridian and Charlee Bianchini to the stage.

Call 978-768-3690 for reservations, door opens at 7:20, $15, payment made at the door. WWW.oneworldcoffeehouse.org for more info.

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