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Lynne Taylor on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes Tonight @ 6pm

Host Allen Estes welcomes Newburyport’s Lynne Taylor as his guest on Cape Ann TV’s Local Music Seen tonight at 6pm.  If you miss it tonight, you can catch her Wednesday at 6:30pm or Friday at 1pm.  See full schedule here.

The daughter of a folk musician and a poet, Lynne grew up in Kent, Ohio during the seventies, and absorbed the social consciousness of that time. She has always felt that music was her calling. She began writing her own songs at the age of fourteen, and has been performing professionally ever since. Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, honest songwriting combined with a powerful vocal style and unique piano accompaniment. A staple on the music scene in her adopted hometown of Newburyport, MA, she has been performing professionally across the northeastern US since 1985.
In addition to being a popular solo artist, Lynne can also be found having a blast playing bass in her all original punk band, Halo and the Harlots and in roots/alt/country band Liz Frame and the Kickers! One thing is certain; Lynne Taylor has a sound and spirit that is instantly recognizable and all her own!

Lynne released a self-produced solo CD entitled Grace in 1996 and her band, Rantic, released their self-titled CD in 2001. Liz Frame and the Kickers released their first full-length studio recording in Oct. 2011, Halo and the Harlots released their self-titled debut in 2014, and Lynne released When Lightning Strikes in Oct. 2013.

The REAL Roots of Today’s Music – Tomorrow (SUN) @ 2pm

Beethoven, Brahms, Weber — “Oh, I don’t like them,” you say, trying to sound like a hipster.  “They’re dead white men.”

OK, well so are Elvis, John Lennon and Jim Morrison …

Here’s the thing: Music transcends everything — race, gender, age, time and space. And you can hear a thread.  It seeps in through your ears and wakes your soul.  You just have to be open to it.

Beethoven was the rock star of his day — and if you go to Cape Ann Symphony’s extraordinary concert tomorrow at 2pm you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  Best of all you’ll get to hear Rockport Music’s David Deveau on piano with a full orchestra behind him.  This is an experience you simply can’t miss.  Get tickets here.  See you there …

You’ve got to see — and hear — to believe!

Ruby Rose FoxYou know we love to put young, rising stars on stage with national touring artists.  Often the young talent comes from Cape Ann, but this time, we’ve got Boston Music Award winner Ruby Rose Fox and her stellar band opening for Martha Davis and The Motels on April 22, right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

Just the thought of these 2 powerhouse voices on the same stage sends shivers up my spine.  Check her out!

In this excellent, in-depth article by Bill Copeland, Ruby says “I think it took me a long time until I could sing in the place where my voice lived.”  Truly the words of a poet and a dynamic singer-songwriter.  Don’t wait until the last minute.  Get tickets now, RIGHT HERE and be sure you’ve got a great seat to this super-hot show!

 

It’s cold in Gloucester, but hot in Austin at SXSW

I could complain that SXSW isn’t what it used to be — that’s it has morphed from a music festival to a tech festival (which it has).  Or I could just listen to the music that is still there and see what’s hot.  So I did.  Check out Elle King, who recently recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.  If you hurry, you can get to Austin in time to see her showcase tomorrow night.

You can watch over 100 SXSW music videos here.  Let us know if you see somebody you’d like us to bring to Gloucester or Beverly.

If you’re already in Austin and checking GMG for a taste of home, I recommend you go see the world premiere of “All Things Must Pass” a documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records.  Here’s a quote from Tower’s founder, Russ Solomon, that might surprise you, “I don’t buy records anymore. I’m too old for that.”  See the full interview here.

“Take the L out of Lover and it’s Over” – April 22

Don’t you just love that line?  It’s the chorus of this MTV smash hit by Martha Davis and the Motels.

You can see her and the band LIVE, just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on April 22 during what is shaping up to be 80s week, with the Smithereens performing there on April 25.

Tickets just went on sale to the public today and they’re selling fast, so you might want to get them (RIGHT HERE) before it’s too late.  Here’s what the critics say:

“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times

“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'” – Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)

And here’s another of her top 10 hits, “Only The Lonely”:

BREAKING NEWS: Bank Robbery at First Ipswich Bank @ Walgreens’ Plaza

Gloucester Police probe bank robbery at First Ipswich Bank in Walgreen’s plaza at 11:27am 

Gloucester Police were searching for an alleged bank robber in the downtown area during the Thursday lunch hours after the First Ipswich Bank branch located in the Walgreen’s plaza on Main Street reported being robbed.

The bank branch is just a few doors down the Main Street hill from the Gloucester Police Station.  see full store

Suspect 6’1″ – 175lb with red stocking cap.  Suspect escaped scene in cab.  police still on the hunt.  Call Gloucester Police

34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival Lineup Announced

Yo_Yo_Ma_Michael_O'NeillYo-Yo Ma Kicks Off the 34th Rockport Chamber Music Festival

Friday, June 5
Opening Night Gala
featuring Yo-Yo Ma, cello

The Opening Night Gala honors David Deveau for his 20 years of Artistic Leadership

Gala Chairs: Diane Chen Koch-Weser & Jan Koch-Weser and Joe & Eileen Mueller
6 PM Concert :: 7:30 PM Gala Dinner

PROGRAM

SAYGUN: Partita
BACH: Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
CRUMB: Sonata for solo cello
BACH: Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Tickets: Concert Only $150, Gala Event tickets start at $600

 

Saturday, June 6, 8 PM
Shanghai Quartet

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 18 No. 6
BARBER: String Quartet
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F major, Op. 59 No. 1
Tickets: $58, $48, $39 

Sunday, June 7, 5 PM
Shanghai Quartet with David Deveau, piano

HAYDN: Quartet in G, Op. 77 No.  1
BARTOK: Quartet No. 5
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Week 2

Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: In Mo Yang, violin
Renana Gutman, piano

MOZART: Sonata in A major, K.305
BRAHMS: Sonata No.1 in G major, Op. 78
SCHOENBERG: Fantasy for violin and piano
RAVEL: Sonata No.2 in G major
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Thursday, June 11, 8 PM
An Evening of French Music

Franziska Huhn, harp | Pei-Shan Lee, piano | Sooyun Kim, flute
Sophie Shao, cello | Randall Scarlata, baritone
FAURE: Fantaisie, Op. 79 for flute and harp
CAPLET: Deux Divertissements for solo harp
RAVEL: Chansons Madecasses (Madagascar Songs) for baritone, flute, cello and piano
POULENC: Sonata for cello and piano
DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello and piano in D minor
Tickets: $58, $48, $39

Friday, June 12, 8 PM
A Schubertiade Evening

Jennifer Koh, violin | Randall Scarlata, baritone | Benjamin Hochman, piano
SCHUBERT PROGRAM
Sonatina in D major for violin and piano, D.384
Selected lieder for baritone and piano
Piano Sonata in D major, D.850
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Saturday, June 13, 8 PM
Art and Music: Boston Trio

A Collaboration with the Cape Ann Museum celebrating its ocean-related collection of works by Fitz Henry Lane and others
SALLY BEAMISH: The Seafarer (narrator and piano trio) ** U.S. Premiere **
FAURE: Piano Trio No. 1
DEBUSSY/arr. SALLY BEAMISH: La Mer  **  U.S. Premiere **
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Sunday, June 14, 5 PM
Russell Sherman, piano
Celebrating 70TH Anniversary of New York debut

All-Beethoven Program
Sonata in E minor, Op. 90, No. 27
Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 “Eroica”
Sonata in E major, Op. 109, No. 30
Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, No. 23 “Appassionata”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 3

Thursday, June 18, 8 PM
David Deveau, piano
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Anne Martindale Williams, cello

HAYDN: Trio in E major
HARBISON: Trio No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, June 19, 8 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Nelson Lee, violin | Megan Freivogel, violin | Liz Freivogel, viola
Daniel McDonough, cello
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in D major Op. 18, No. 3
HINDEMITH: Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
BRAHMS: Quartet in C minor Op. 51, No. 1
Tickets: $65, $55, $45 

Saturday, June 20, 8 PM
Marc André Hamelin, piano

JOHN FIELD: Andante in E-flat Major, H. 64 (Unrevealed Andante)
MARC-ANDRE HAMELIN: Paganini Variations
DEBUSSY: Images, Book II
SCHUBERT: Four Impromptus, D. 935
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 21, 5 PM
Jupiter String Quartet
Andrés Cárdenes, viola
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
David Deveau, piano

SCHUBERT: Notturno in E-flat major for piano trio
SU LIAN TAN: “Life in Wayang”
BRAHMS: Sextet in G major Op. 36
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Week 4

Tuesday, June 23, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Matthew Aucoin, composer and Friends

Program: Some of Aucoin’s recent instrumental and vocal chamber music, including The Orphic Moment (a “dramatic cantata” for voice, solo violin, and ensemble), Celan Fragments, Celan Songs, and a series of piano études.
Tickets: $32, $28, $19

Emanuel Ax 1_LisaMarieMazzuccoThursday, June 25, 8 PM
Boston Symphony Chamber Players with Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano, Op. 70
MOZART: Quartet for oboe and strings, K.370
SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44
Tickets: $93, $83, $55 

Friday, June 26, 8 PM
Emmanuel Music

Ryan Turner, artistic director
Andrew Rangell, guest pianist
HANDEL: Overture The Queen of Sheba from the opera Solomon
BACH: Keyboard Concerto in D minor
HANDEL: Cantata Apollo e Dafne, HWV. 122
Tickets: $52, $41, $31 

Saturday, June 27, 8 PM
Peter Serkin & Julia Hsu, piano

SCHUMANN: Six Etudes in the form of Canons, Op. 56
BIZET: Pieces from Jeux d’Enfants
MOZART: Sonata in B-flat major, K.358
SCHUBERT: Lebenssturme and Rondo in A major
BRAHMS: Four Hungarian Dances, No. 8, 9, 11, 18
Tickets: $78, $68, $49

Sunday, June 28, 5 PM
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

FRANCISCO MIGNONE: Quartet No. 2
MANUEL PONCE: Estrellita and Gavota
PIAZZOLLA: Four for Tango
VILLA-LOBOS: Quartet No. 5
GINASTERA: Quartet No. 2
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

Week 5

Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 PM
Rising Star: Cicely Parnas, cello
Tickets: $34, $28, $19

Anonymous 4 blue-credit Dario AcostaThursday, July 9, 8 PM
Anonymous 4

Anthology 25: A program of 25 songs from anonymous 4’s 25 albums featuring music from the Middle Ages to today
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Friday, July 10, 8 PM
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
Yehudi Wyner, piano
David Deveau, piano
SCHUMANN: Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
HINDEMITH: Sonata for clarinet and piano
WYNER: Commedia
BRAHMS: Sonata in f minor, Op. 120, No.1
Tickets: $68, $58, $49

Saturday, July 11, 8 PM
Escher Quartet with Gilles Vonsattel, piano

MOZART: Quartet in D minor, K.421
JANACEK: Quartet No. 1 Kreutzer Sonata
TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Sunday, July 12, 5 PM
Escher Quartet with Carol Wincenc, flute
MOZART: Quartet for flute and strings in C major, K. 285b
YUKO UEBAYASHI:  Misericordia for flute and strings  ** Massachusetts Premiere **
SCHUBERT: Quartet in G major, D. 887
Additional works to be announced.
Tickets: $65, $55, $45

Benjamin Grosvenor playingSaturday, August 1, 8 PM
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

MENDELSSOHN: Two Preludes & Fugues
CHOPIN: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 5
RAVEL: Tombeau de Couperin
LISZT: Venezia e Napoli
Tickets: $46, $38, $28

 

EDUCATION & OUTREACH

Dinner with David :: 5:45-7 PM
Fridays: June 12, 19, 26
Tickets: $35 (includes 3-course meal)
Pre-Concert Talks :: 7 PM
Fridays ::  June 12, 19, 26, July 10
Saturdays ::  June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11

Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth Seitz  | Dr. Teresa Neff  | Dr. William Matthews  |  Dr. Jan Swafford
Free, Open to Ticketholders

Wednesday, June 10, 7 PM
Meet the Author-Collaboration with Rockport Public Library

Bonnie Marsden, author of Sleeping with Schubert
Location: Rockport Public Library

Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM
Masterclass: Anne Martindale Williams, cello

Saturday, June 20, 10 AM
Family Concert: Jupiter Quartet

Saturday, August 15, 10 AM

Family Concert: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet

All Community & Education events are free and open to the public.

Ticket Sales Dates

Subscriptions: March 30, 2015
Single Tickets: April 14, 2015

BOSTON MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE MARINA EVANS ON THE RADIO SUN 9AM

Marina EvansBy now, you probably already know that local rising star, Marina Evans has been nominated for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards.

Tomorrow (SUNDAY) you can hear Marina on Aurelia Nelson’s excellent radio show, “Curtain Up” at 9am on North Shore 104.9FM.

It’s worth getting up for.

Here’s a video of Marina on another radio station with her husband, Bernardo Baglioni.

BREAKING NEWS: SMITHEREENS PRE-SALE AVAILABLE TO FOB’s

Like to rock?  Remember the mid ’80s?  On Saturday, April 25, you can party with the hitmakers who who lit up alternative rock radio in the ’80s and ’90s right down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  That’s right folks, The Smithereens, with monster powerpop hits like “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After” and more are coming all the way from Jersey to Beverly just for you!

Tickets don’t go on-sale to the public until tomorrow (SAT) at noon, but FOB’s can get the best seats NOW by clicking RIGHT HERE.  Best of all, tickets are only $25, $35 and $45.  Check around and you’ll see this is the best Smithereens deal you’re gonna get!

Here are 2 of their top hits:

And here’s a great one from their NEW CD!

 

Double dose of Danielle Miraglia and Allen Estes tonight

Perhaps you saw Danielle Miraglia and Allen Estes at this year’s critically acclaimed Cape Ann Winter Solstice.  These two extraordinarily talented singer/songwriters reunite tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12 at 6:30, then LIVE at the Rhumbline tonight at 8.  A perfect way to spend the mid-week evening!

Is Taylor Swift gonna sue me for this post?

I have to admit I kinda like Taylor Swift.  She’s cute and she can write a hit song.  But yesterday, what little admiration I had for her vanished when I heard this piece on the radio informing us that Taylor Swift now owns the phrase “Speak Now.”  That’s right, according to NPR, Taylor Swift “… was granted a trademark for the phrase ‘speak now.'”  But that’s not all.  She’s applied for dozens of trademarks, including one for the phrase “Love, Love, Love” (see a list of her trademark applications here)  Wow!  Something is awry here.

Let’s start with the fact that “Love, Love, Love” is beginning of a Beatles song by Lennon-McCartney that is far better than anything Taylor Swift has ever written or is likely to write during her lifetime.

Don’t get me wrong, artists deserve copyright protection for their works and I heartily approve of giving songwriters copyrights to their songs.  But Taylor Swift has a trademark on the phrase “Speak Now” giving her exclusive rights to use it on “Textiles and textile goods, not included in other classes; bed and table covers.” See the detail here.  So if you print out this post and stick it on your pillow, you might actually be breaking the law.

Perhaps if there are any copyright lawyers reading this, you could answer me this: Without infringing on Little Ms. Swift, could I sell a tablecloth for wedding receptions that said, “Speak Now of Forever Hold Your Piece”?

How does this happen?  And what’s next?  Is Paul McCartney going to challenge her application for “Love, Love Love”?  Is he going to apply for a trademark for the phrase “She Loves You” or better yet, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”?

Here are some videos to watch as you ponder these lofty questions:

Here’s George Harrison’s hit “My Sweet Lord”, the subject of one of the most famous and contentious copyright infringement suits ever (Harrison lost — see here)

Here’s Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” another song, which was the subject of copyright infringement, but he and Tom Petty (writer of “I Won’t Back Down”, the chorus of which really is very similar) worked things out amicably (see details here.)

Let’s show our friends from warm climates how we New Englanders Party in Winter

Booker T’s new 2 CD/DVD set

Tomorrow (Sat 2/21) we welcome Memphis Soul legend and Stax recording artist, Booker T. Jones and his hot young band to the Larcom Theatre for his only New England stop on this U.S. tour.  Even though they’ve toured the world, I’ll bet they haven’t seen this much snow on the ground very often — and probably never in the Boston area.

We’re also offering a very limited number of VIP packages that include an intimate meet & greet with Booker T. before the show (just a few people) along with some wicked good gifts, including:

Get the VIP package (more details here) and be sure to tell Booker T. how much you appreciate his trek up here during our worst winter in a very long time and prove to him that nothing can keep us from enjoying great music!  Opening the show are local favorites Sarah Seminski and Eric Reardon.

Check out this video of Booker T. with Gary Clark, Jr (one of the guests on his new CD):

And here’s Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon performing “Try A Little Tenderness” at the Larcom back in November (a song Booker T. recorded with Otis Redding when they were at Stax Records together).  Get tickets here.

Last word from the most important voice in modern journalism

“The ability to do journalism, to reach audiences, has never been better. I like your odds. I do,” David Carr said, while giving the 2014 commencement address at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. Credit Kevin Hume

You may have heard that New York Times columnist and best-selling author, David Carr, died on Thursday (see story here).  His New York Times column The Media Equation was a must read for everyone involved in media (all FOB’s included) and I can honestly say it was one of the only reasons I looked forward Mondays.

Today, the NY Times published an excellent story about David Carr, full of enough wonderful and witty quotes that it has the feeling of being co-written by him.

The story focuses on his teaching at B.U. and even links to the syllabus, which the article says is “… perhaps David’s most succinct prescription for how to thrive in the digital age.”

I highly recommend this article (read it here) especially if you’re snow-bound and looking for something fascinating to entertain you.

“Tenderness” – the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

OK, it’s gonna snow on Valentine’s day — maybe another foot or more.  You could amp up the #Snanger OR you could chill by the fire and take your sweetie pie to see Booker T. Jones next Saturday (2/21) down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

What could be more romantic than a concert with the greatest Hammond B3 groove-master of all time (and a Grammy-winner and Rock n Roll Hall of Famer) in a gorgeous fully-restored, historic theatre, built in 1912 (same year as Fenway Park) with perfect sound?

Well, here’s what’s even more romantic than that … local rising stars Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon are opening the show.  Here’s a video of them performing “Try A Little Tenderness” at the Larcom back in November.  Now, Otis Redding recorded with Stax Records at the same time as Booker T. & the M.G.’s, who backed Otis on his version of this song.  Romance will just envelope the whole place next Saturday.  Get tickets here.

 

 

March is going to be a great month of incredible concerts at Rockport Music

FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS

On Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz, faculty member of Boston Conservatory, will provide a free lecture on The Many Faces of Arnold Schoenberg.  A controversial figure in the history of Western music, Schoenberg is still one of the most influential and intriguing musicians of the last century. In this lecture/recital, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz will explore the three different stylistic periods of Schoenberg. We will follow his growth as a composer from his lush post-Romantic language, through his atonal period, and then discuss how Serialism works. Each period will have a live performance component, as well as open discussion and questions with the audience.  Free, no tickets required.

CONCERTS

On Friday, March 6 at 8 pm, Justin Townes Earle will bring his genre-busting style of folk music to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. In the past five years, Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. As the son of beloved country folk rabble-rouser Steve Earle, Justin (his middle name Townes is in honor his father’s mentor and friend, the great Townes Van Zandt) had large musical shoes to fill, but after five critically-adored records and an ever-growing legion of fans, it’s safe to say he’s done that.

On the strength of his stellar album Midnight at the Movies, Earle won an Americana Music Award for Best Emerging Artist in 2009, and then returned two years later to win Song of the Year for the title track of Harlem River Blues. Of late, Earle has veered from the hillbilly shuffles of his earlier records, incorporating a tinge of Memphis soul in 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Know.  In 2013, he signed with Vagrant Records and released Single Mothers, and in January this year, released its compendium record Absent Fathers. Gill Landry will open the show.  Tickets: $28-$46

On Saturday, March 7 at 8 pm, the Billy Childs All-Star Quartet will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. A tremendous jazz pianist and 2015 Grammy Award winner, Billy Childs plays and composes in a unique style that borrows heavily from the classical world, but still manages to be wholly his own.  A three time Grammy winner as well as a 2009 Guggenheim fellow and a recent recipient of the esteemed Doris Duke Performance Award, Childs has been playing professionally since the 70’s. His first big break came when asked to tour with trombone legend J.J. Johnson. He became a fixture in Freddie Hubbard’s band in the late 70’s and 80’s, making a name for himself as a remarkable sideman and accompanist. A composition major at USC, Childs eventually began gaining acclaim for his writing and arranging, receiving commissions from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Kronos Quartet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the American Brass Quintet, among others. He has also arranged for mainstream pop artists such as Sting, Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, and Michael Bublé.  His own recording career began in the late 80’s under the Windham Hill label. He has now released ten studio records, the most recent being a Laura Nyro tribute called Map to the Treasure, which featured guest appearances from Renee Fleming, Dianne Reeves and Alison Krauss among others.   The All Music Guide hails him “a superb player and underrated writer.”  Tickets: $39-$58

On Sunday, March 8 at 5 pm, the Hot Club of Cowtown, expertly combines the dusty stomp of Western swing with hot gypsy jazz.  This Austin-based trio has crafted a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries.  Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have been conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and jazz manouche legend Django Reinhardt for close to fifteen years and show no sign of slowing down.  Since their first recording in 1998, Hot Club of Cowtown found an almost immediate and dedicated following, the band’s joyous musical alchemy filling dancefloors at first throughout Texas and eventually across the country and the world. Their repertoire covers an understandably large spectrum with little-heard vintage Western swing tunes mixing in with gypsy jazz and pre-war pop standards, as well as a burgeoning stable of catchy originals. They’ve released ten acclaimed records, including 2013’s Rendezvous in Rhythm.   Tickets: $28-$46

On Tuesday, March 10, at 8 pm, Danú, one of Ireland’s most cherished Irish folk bands and among the leaders of the new traditionalist movement in Celtic music, will thrill the audience with their instrumental virtuosity and powerfully emotive ballads at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.   Based in the city of Waterford (Dungarvan Co.), the talented septet (along with kindred spirits like Lúnasa and Dervish) has successfully brought Celtic music back to its earthy, traditional roots while keeping a modern, youthful sensibility. The band has released seven records since forming in 1994, and has been voted Best Overall Traditional Act by Dublin‘s magazine Irish Music, as well as getting voted Best Traditional Group twice in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tickets:  $28-$46

Saturday, March 14 at 8 pm, two-time Grammy nominee and legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  Known for his signature fingerpicking style drawing from blues, jazz and folk music and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies, Kottke is widely recognized as a master of his instrument and has collaborated on records with legends such as John Fahey, Chet Atkins and Lyle Lovett.  After Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut album Mudlark, he became somewhat uneasily categorized in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, Kottke flourished throughout the 1970’s with albums like Greenhouse, My Feet Are Smiling, and Chewing Pine.  In 2002, Kottke’s collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, on the album Clone, caught audiences’ attention and the collaboration continued with an island music inspired album entitled Sixty Six Steps. Tickets: $39-$58

On Sunday, March 15 at 5 pm, Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton.  From being an essential voice in Brown’s horn section to helping steer George Clinton and Parliament’s Mothership Connection to platinum status, his soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.  As a soloist and bandleader for the last two decades, he has created his own musical juggernaut, highlighted by the smashing success of the live record Life on Planet Groove.  In recent years Maceo has brought his seminal sound to collaborations with Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Prince.  In 2012, he received the Les Victoires du Jazz in Paris: a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to music, as well as an Icon Award at the North Sea Jazz Festival.  Tickets: $80, $70, $50

On Sunday, March 22 at 3 pm, the American Brass Quintet—Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpet, Eric Reed, horn, Michael Powell, tenor trombone, and John Rojak, bass trombone—performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  A groundbreaking ensemble that has been at the vanguard of brass chamber music since its founding in 1960, the American Brass Quintet has forged a powerful legacy that cannot be overstated. The ABQ has premiered works by Jan Bach, William Bolcom, Elliott Carter, Jacob Druckman, Gunther Schuller, and Virgil Thomson, among many others.

The Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Last year, the ABQ was given Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field. Newsweek hails the Quintet as “the high priests of brass.”  The program includes Thomas Morley’s Elizabethan Ayres, Stephen Foster’s Suite from “The social Orchestra,Maurer’s Five Pieces, Josquin des Prés’s Chansons, and Joan Tower’s Copperwave.  A Pre-Concert Talk is free and open to all ticketholders at 2 pm. Tickets: $25-$39

On Thursday, March 26 at 8 pm, the pioneering Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  This Band has crafted a musical legacy that has spawned an entire genre of music, influencing a generation of country-rock bands in its over 45 year history. Their 1970’s album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy included their first major hit, a cover of Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Mr. Bojangles.”  In 1972, the band made their official leap into country music, releasing a triple-album Will the Circle Be Unbroken that featured many of Nashville’s living legends, including Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson among others. The now-iconic record has since become a landmark country-rock album, setting the stage for bands like The Eagles and Alabama, who gratefully followed in their wake. Later notable releases included Stars and Stripes Forever (1974) and An American Dream (1979).  The band has had some line-up changes, but is now made up of a quartet, including guitarist Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter and John McEuen. They’re most recent record (and 33rd release) Speed of Life hearkens back to their freewheeling, live-in-studio acoustic albums for their 70’s heyday.    Tickets: $55-$85

 

On Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm, the Brattle Street Chamber Players performs in the Community Connections series at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  The fourteen-member Brattle Street Chamber Players has quickly developed into one of Harvard’s most exciting musical chamber ensembles. A conductorless string chamber orchestra, Brattle has brought an intimate and dynamic approach to a broad-ranging repertoire of standard, seldom performed and newly composed music for strings since its founding in 1998. They have garnered rave reviews and a reputation for premiering works by Harvard undergraduates and collaborated with ensembles including the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, the Harvard University Choir and the Harlem Boys Choir. Tickets: $15-$20

THE SUGAR TONES: VALENTINES DAY BENEFIT CONCERT

Sugar Tones Flyers

 

DATE:

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 (snow date: Sunday, Feb. 15th, 3:30pm)

TIME:

Doors open at 7:00pm; Program starts at 7:30pm; Reception to follow

LOCATION:

Gloucester’s Historic Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse (1806)

Corner of Church & Middle Streets, parking allowed on the green

Accessible Entrance: 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.

ADMISSION:

$15 Adults/$12 seniors & students

DESCRIPTION:

The Sugar Tones have been performing classic hits from the fifties and sixties around the North Shore for several years. In glorious harmony and working with just one guitar and a few rhythm instruments, their clear voices carry the intent and artistry of the original material from another, simpler time. Whether your favorite is the “shoop shoop song”, Johnny Angel, or Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?…you will love time travelling with The Sugar Tones.

This concert is a special treat for the Cape Ann Community on Valentine’s Day. Bring your honey pie, sit back and enjoy the often humorous and always mellifluous tones of this group as they take us back in time with old favorites.

 

We’re not kidding — these two are headed for stardom

Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre

Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre

All of you who know us also know that we LOVE to find young, talented, rising stars and put them on stage with music legends.  But that process isn’t as easy as you might think.  We’re blessed to live in an area teeming with young talent.  The trick is to match them with the appropriate national recording star to produce a show that works musically and, at the same time, introduces the young musicians to fans who will appreciate their talent.

I truly believe we’ve done this with our next show on Saturday, February 21, down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, where Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon open for Stax Recording artist and Memphis Soul Legend Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and the M.G.’s).  The thing is: Booker T. is still winning Grammys with his hot new band full of extremely talented young players, which makes this concert even more exciting.

Good seats are still available (get them here).  So get ready for a hot night of rockin’ blues & soul with the greatest Hammond B3 groove-master of all time and a stage full of bright, young talent destined for stardom!

Here are Sarah & Eric performing one of my favorite of their new originals:

And here’s Booker T. at the White House leading a star-studded version of “In the Midnight Hour”:

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