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OMG did you really wait ’till the last minute to get your Gloucester Blues Fest Tix? Save $12 get them now!

So … saving $12/ticket means nothing to you?  Really?  Here’s the thing: Advance sales END on Monday.  It’s a NO BRAINER to get your tickets RIGHT NOW — RIGHT HERE and save money! 

Every year the Gloucester Blues Festival gets better and better.  Next Saturday (Aug 8th) is your only chance to see major blues stars LIVE IN GLOUCESTER on the same stage.  Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the SEVEN bands, Mitch Woods, who will ROCK stage Fort Park like you’ve never heard it done before!

 

Horizon and the Horns – Wednesday July 29 7pm – Antonio Gentile Bandstand in Stage Fort Park

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The next concert in the Antonio Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series will be held on Wednesday, July 29, at 7pm. The concert will be performed by Horizon and the Horns, featuring vocalist Kelly Novack.

Horizon and the Horns has played hundreds of functions, clubs, and concerts across MA, NH, VT, RI, and ME. This 7-piece horn band will keep everyone’s toes-tapping with their great mix of music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Bruno Mars.

There will be free hot dogs and beverage served by concert sponsor Precision Roofing. This concert is a rain date for the July 26 Overdrive concert. For more information please call David Benjamin, 978-281-0543.

It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

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It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

Antonio Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert – Postponed to Wednesday

Tonight’s Concert Postponed till Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm.

Precision Roofing will provide free hot dogs and beverages at Wednesday’s Concert.

Bring the Whole Family!  Overdrive will have you dancing with the sounds of R & B with amazing horns!

Overdrive

 

Check online for latest information

Check online for latest information

Sometimes you just gotta cross the bridge

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot -- photo Holly Harris

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot — photo Holly Harris

Last night, a number of our Gloucester friends came to the Robert Randolph & The Family Band concert we presented at The Cabot in Beverly, some of whom exclaimed, “Boy it’s just amazing that we can see this level of music so close to home!”

Indeed, Beverly is about as close as a national touring artist, the likes of Robert Randolph, is likely to get to Gloucester.  So perhaps it’s time for us to extend our notion of “just down the road” to include Beverly, which is … dare I say … over the bridge.

Tomorrow we’re bringing three of the hottest Boston area bands to the Cabot stage: Boston Music Award winners Ruby Rose Fox and Jesse Dee with Salem’s Sarah & the Wild Versatile.  We believe all three bands will soon be playing much bigger venues — that are much farther away than Beverly and — oh yeah — charge a whole lot more for tickets.  ALL AGES  seats for tomorrow’s concert start at $15 (the same as it costs to see Jurassic World at the mall).  It’s a great show for your kids, who’ll be able to say “I saw them up close at The Cabot!”  Good seats are still available here.

Sound Temple Music and Healing Arts at Floating Lotus in Gloucester on Friday (7/24)

Come meditate, move and be in a sacred, healing musical space with Sound Temple.

Friday, July 24
Sound Temple with Christine Tulis and Kem Stone

Special Guests
Stan Strickland, Jon Holland and Lisa Bouchie

Floating Lotus
169 Main Street, Gloucester
7:30 pm
$20 suggested
at the door

HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online athttp://culturalcenterbenefit.bpt.me

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts – Annual Summer Fundraiser Sunday 7/26/15

Diner en Couleur
Annual Summer Fundraiser
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday July 26, 2015 6-8p.m.

Rain date Monday July 27, 6:30-8:30pm

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event of feasting and performance on the idyllic grounds of Windhover!

Bring your own picnic dinner and creative settings of plates, silver, glasses & napkins and join us at our

extravagant white-clothed table arrayed with flowers.  The evening will be enhanced with mini-performances

from dancers and musicians, a complimentary champagne toast and bonbons!

Admission donation is $25 per person.  Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation by sending a check to:

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 2249, Rockport MA 01966

Location: 257 (R) Granite Street, Rockport MA 01966

For any questions, please contact:  windhover@verizon.net or 978-546-3611

Windhover is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and all contributions are tax deductible.

You know Summer is here because Harbor Loop Concerts Start Tonight w/ Mr. Fox

Time to bring your chairs, your kids, some good food from local restaurants — or left-over BBQ — your dancing shoes and party attitude down to Harbor Loop for a community evening of family fun and fabulous music with What Time Is It Mr. Fox.

For those of you who are new to Gloucester, we do this every Thursday night during the summer.  It’s fun & FREE.

Here’s the full Harbor Loop Summer Schedule (with a map).

Here’s a taste of what you can expect tonight.

SELL-OUT ALERT: Only a few tickets left for James Montgomery Band aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship tomorrow July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Tomorrow’s July 4th party cruise aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his band is nearly sold out.  If you want to go, you should probably click here RIGHT NOW.

 

The cruise boards at Cruiseport Gloucester at 7pm, departs at 8pm and returns at 10:30pm.  The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship has 2 enclosed decks, an open air top deck, 2 dance floors and three bars.  Your ticket includes the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a lobster roll (chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

 

FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year

 

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.
“How Much”

 

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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