Author Archives: Vickie & Peter

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab – This Sunday at Stage Fort Park

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab, appears in concert on Sunday, July 23,2017, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding band returns to the bandstand with a terrific and genuine Beatles sound. This show features spot-on renditions of your classic Beatles favorite.

This concert is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, who will provide free ice cream treats to the audience. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps a picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, July 26. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

The Greatest Natural Spectacle on Earth was in Rockport Last Night

I’ve lived in Gloucester since the early 1980s (except 1995-1998, when I lived in CA and NYC) and Vickie has lived here since 1998 … and guess what, neither of us had ever been to the Rockport Bonfire?  Why?  Oh, lots of reasons; but none of them is reasonable — not after what we witnessed last night!

Kevin St. Peter, who chairs the Rockport Firemen’s Association, asked us to be judges in the Rockport Firemen’s Parade and we accepted. Having produced and promoted hundreds of shows & events, Vickie and I keenly appreciate just how much work it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude and, honestly, it was a true pleasure not having to deal with all the details. Kevin did that. And he dealt with all the crazy-last-minute emergencies that always pop during any large-scale event. Plus he took great care to make sure all the judges got where we were supposed to go and knew what they were supposed to do — because we had no idea.

More importantly, we had absolutely no idea what we’ve been missing all these decades.  The breathtaking power and splendor of Rockport’s giant bonfire tore its way into our psyches; seized every ounce of our attention. What struck me at first was how hot it was — those of us in front had to move back as the flames engulfed the outhouse atop the mountain of fiery palates.  Turning around I noticed the crowd of several thousand people all stood transfixed — and very quiet.  So quiet, in fact, that the blaze was the loudest sound you could hear — and it wasn’t nearly as loud as the band at the bandstand had been a few minutes earlier.

Then I realized just how bright it was. That’s when I took the picture, above. Notice how well everyone is lit — and it’s pitch black outside. No streetlights. Just the bonfire. It’s brighter than Times Square. (See Nicole’s awesome photo of the bonfire itself here.)

Fire has a magical power to captivate us in a way nothing else can. I certainly hope this Rockport tradition lives on forever. Thanks to Kevin St. Peter for throwing a giant party for thousands of people featuring one of the greatest natural spectacles our Earth has to offer — and making it feel as though everything is running perfectly smoothly!

First Antonio Gentile Bandstand Concert for 2017 – The Continentals

Antonio Gentile Bandstand
2017 Summer Concert
July 9 @ 7pm

The Continentals (Pop-Rock Show band) sponsored by Gloucester Rotary Club

All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Parking is free, restrooms are handicap accessible and the audience is encouraged to bring a chair and a picnic lunch (carry in – carry out). Rain dates are the following Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA

For concert information please contact David Benjamin, Tel. 978-281-0543,
Email: David@DavidLBenjamin.com or visit www.DavidLBenjamin.com,

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

AN INVITATION TO PLAYERS TO PERFORM!

The Cape Ann Community Band Presents:

“Music for a Summer Evening”

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 23, 7pm)

Sponsored by Bank Gloucester 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites local musicians to participate in an exciting program of concert band music. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 10, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 8 Washington St., Gloucester.

The program will include concert band music classic and contemporary; in many styles. Players are asked to commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals on August 7 and 14. 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 and music stand. Percussion equipment and some stands 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

Gentile Bandstand 2017 Concert Schedule

All concerts begin at 7:00pm. Parking is free, restrooms are handicap accessible and the audience is encouraged to bring a chair and a picnic lunch (carry in – carry out). Rain dates are the following Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Location: Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA

For concert information please contact David Benjamin, Tel. 978-281-0543,
Email: David@DavidLBenjamin.com or visit www.DavidLBenjamin.com,

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company Festival at Windhover – Next Week (June 27-July 2, 2017)

Windhover Season Opens with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Performance of signature dances as well as “lost” work among highlights

Rockport, MA, June, 2017—Windhover is proud to announce the annual performing arts season begins with a bang when the internationally renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company takes up residence starting on Tuesday, June 27 until Sunday, July 2, 2017. The company of six dancers will be teaching master classes, culminating in three public performances scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 30 at 7:30 and Saturday, July 1, at 7:30pm. The performances will be on the outdoor stage if weather allows. Otherwise they will be performed inside the back studio, and it will be first come first-served with limited space. No tickets are required, but a suggested donation of $20.00 is greatly appreciated.

 The PERFORMANCE schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 29 & Friday June 30th at 7:30pm

Ina Hahn’s choreography to two sections of Bach’s cello suite no.6 performed live by cellist Josh Gordon. The piece is titled: “Fragments of Six”. Sharing the program is Paul Taylor’s work titled “Junction” performed to Bach’s cello suites no.1 & 4.

“Tracer” is the last piece on the program. It was a lost work created by Paul Taylor in 1962 that disappeared from the repertory. The work was reconstructed last year and performed at the 92nd St Y in New York.  It involved a collaboration between the late renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Paul Taylor. Art historian Robert Saltonstall Mattison will provide insights into this collaborative process with an introductory talk beforehand.

Saturday July 1st: at 7:30pm

An all-out Paul Taylor program with masterpieces that include “Company B” with songs sung by the Andrew Sisters. The “Uncommitted”, with music by Arvo Pärt is from 2011. And “Junction” performed to sections of Bach’s cello suites no. 1 & 4 which is a link to Ina Hahn and her choreography, as both choreographers used J.S. Bach’s music as their inspiration for their dances.

MASTERCLASSES: Open to the public to all ages and all levels are SIX masterclasses taught by company members from the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Donations are welcome. The schedule of classes is as follows, taught in the back dance studio at Windhover.

Wednesday, June 28th

9:30-11:00 am: General class level, all ages.

4:00-5:15 pm: Beginner class

5:30-7:00 pm: Intermediate class

Thursday, June 29th: 9:30-11:00am General class level, all ages.

Friday, June 30th: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

Saturday July 1st: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

For further information, please contact Executive Director, Lisa Hahn at

Lhahn@art-horizons.com or by phone at 978-546-3611.

Escape Fiesta ~ Grammy-winners & Chart-Topping Blues in Beverly This Weekend

 Friday, June 23 – Carter Alan’s BEVERLY BLUES SERIES Featuring GINA SICILIA
Sponsored by

WZLX Music Director, Carter Alan, kicks off his new Beverly Blues Series with chart-topping Gina Sicilia!  Carter will host the show and he’ll be available to sign his acclaimed new book The Decibel Diaries!

“Not since Susan Tedeschi has a young female Blues singer made such an impression.”
  -Blues Revue
“Earthy, voluptuous voice” -Boston Globe

 

Gina’s acclaimed new CD “Tug of War” hit #1 on the Roots Music Report.

Don’t miss her only Massachusetts show on her Northeast U.S. Tour!

See Gina Sicilia videos HERE.

Listen to her new CD “Tug of War” HERE

Saturday, June 24
Henri Smith Summer Mardi Gras Concert
feat. Charles Neville of The Neville Brothers

Gloucester’s own Henri Smith brings his Summer Mardi Gras Party to Beverly once again featuring Grammy-winners Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers & Amadee Castenell.

Relax in brand-new, comfortable chairs at a table in our fully air-conditioned listening room with fine wine, local craft beers and specialty cocktails (including spirits from Gloucester’s own Ryan & Wood!).

Don’t miss this rare chance to revel in the spirit and soul of New Orleans with these legendary musicians at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston’s north shore.

Special Pre-Show Cajun dinner created by our friends at  Evviva Cucina available as an add-on option:

  • Creole Jambalaya (Creole Risotto, Shrimp, Spicy Sausage, Pepper, Green Onions, Tomato Sauce)
  • Muffaletta (Italian Style Sandwiches on French Bread)
  • Blackened Catfish (Seared Catfish served over okra with sweet onions, fresh garlic, tomatoes, and a trio of fresh herbs)
  • Bayou Pasta Salad (Cavatappi, Honey Bourbon Citrus Glaze, Celery, Cranberries, Spinach, Walnuts, Blue Cheese)

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company Festival at Windhover June 27-July 2, 2017

Windhover Season Opens with Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company

Performance of signature dances as well as “lost” work among highlights

Rockport, MA, June, 2017—Windhover is proud to announce the annual performing arts season begins with a bang when the internationally renowned Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company takes up residence starting on Tuesday, June 27 until Sunday, July 2, 2017. The company of six dancers will be teaching master classes, culminating in three public performances scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, June 30 at 7:30 and Saturday, July 1, at 7:30pm. The performances will be on the outdoor stage if weather allows. Otherwise they will be performed inside the back studio, and it will be first come first-served with limited space. No tickets are required, but a suggested donation of $20 is greatly appreciated.

The PERFORMANCE schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 29 & Friday June 30th at 7:30pm

Ina Hahn’s choreography to two sections of Bach’s cello suite no.6 performed live by cellist Josh Gordon. The piece is titled: “Fragments of Six”. Sharing the program is Paul Taylor’s work titled “Junction” performed to Bach’s cello suites no.1 & 4.

“Tracer” is the last piece on the program. It was a lost work created by Paul Taylor in 1962 that disappeared from the repertory. The work was reconstructed last year and performed at the 92nd St Y in New York.  It involved a collaboration between the late renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Paul Taylor. Art historian Robert Saltonstall Mattison will provide insights into this collaborative process with an introductory talk beforehand.

Saturday July 1st: at 7:30pm

An all-out Paul Taylor program with masterpieces that include “Company B” with songs sung by the Andrew Sisters. The “Uncommitted”, with music by Arvo Pärt is from 2011. And “Junction” performed to sections of Bach’s cello suites no. 1 & 4 which is a link to Ina Hahn and her choreography, as both choreographers used J.S. Bach’s music as their inspiration for their dances.

MASTERCLASSES: Open to the public to all ages and all levels are SIX masterclasses taught by company members from the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company. Donations are welcome. The schedule of classes is as follows, taught in the back dance studio at Windhover.

Wednesday, June 28th

9:30-11:00 am: General class level, all ages.

4:00-5:15 pm: Beginner class

5:30-7:00 pm: Intermediate class

Thursday, June 29th: 9:30-11:00am General class level, all ages.

Friday, June 30th: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

Saturday July 1st: 9:30-11:00am General class, all ages.

For further information, please contact Executive Director, Lisa Hahn at

Lhahn@art-horizons.com or by phone at 978-546-3611.

When’s the last time you sat this close to a Rock Star who played Woodstock?

This Friday, you can sit a couple of feet from Legendary Rock drummer Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN and WEST, BRUCE & LAING right down the road in Beverly at 9 Wallis.  Friday’s show kicks off of Corky’s U.S. tour, having just come back from Europe.

You’ll be insanely close in a comfortable chair at a table — and you can have a beer, wine or specialty cocktail with vodka, gin, rum or whiskey made right here in Gloucester by our friends at Ryan & Wood Distilleries!  Plus 9 Wallis is fully air-conditioned (I know you could care less today, but by Friday, you’ll feel differently).  GET TICKETS HERE!

Here’s a taste of what you can expect along with a video of Corky with Mountain at Woodstock (just  a few years ago 😉

Mother’s Day Concert at Gloucester Meetinghouse

Tomorrow, Sunday, May 14th is Mother’s Day and at 3:30pm the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation will present the last in its 2016-17 Concert & Lecture Series featuring the Ipswich-based ensemble ‘The Orchestra on the Hill’ under the direction of Tom Palance.  The featured work is Aaron Copland’s colorful and evocative suite “Appalachian Spring” plus RalphVaughan Williams’ “Suite For Viola and Orchestra” with viola soloist Karen McConomy and “The Banquet,” a two movement piece by Chris Florio, Ipswich resident and award winning composer and performer.  This wonderful program is the first performance by ‘The Orchestra on the Hill’ in Gloucester, whose home venue is the music room of the the Crane Estate in Ipswich.  A reception will follow in which you may greet the musicians, some of the finest players on the North Shore.

This is a great opportunity to take your mother, or perhaps an extra-special woman in your life, to lunch someplace on Cape Ann and follow it with a truly memorable musical experience.  The historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse has been described as “a concert hall appearing to be a church,” blessed with extraordinarily fine acoustics that will allow Tom Palance and the orchestra to demonstrate the expansive tonal and dynamic beauty of these works.

The Meetinghouse, home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, is located on the green at the corner of Church and Middle Street where you may park.  The entrance with an elevator is located on the side of the building at 10 Church Street.  Tickets are available at the door and online, with more information, at gloucestermeetinghouse.org

David Rogers @ Folklore Theatre – June 3rd

Gloucester, MA–solo guitarist David Rogers performs Saturday, June 3rd at 7:00pm at Folklore Theatre Company 169 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930 (978) 704-1269Admission: $15.00 https://www.northshorefolk.org

Termed, ‘a prominent guitarist,’ by the New York Times and praised by The Washington Post for his ‘astonishingly florid’ improvisations, David Rogers presents an evening of solo guitar music with strong leanings towards jazz, world, folk and classical music.

An endorsing artist for GHS Strings, his music has been featured in major guitar magazines such as Fingerstyle Guitar in the United States and Akustic Gitarre, in Germany. His solo and ensemble performances have been broadcast on American National Public Radio and Bayrische Rundfunk.

David will play a program based around Spanish, Flamenco, Up-Tempo Latin, original settings of Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones’, Roxy Music songs, as well as music by the Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions. He will also be premiering an original setting of Tim Buckley’s stunning Song to the Siren.

ARTIST LINKS:

David Rogers:

http://www.davidrogersguitar.com/ http://www.ghsstrings.com/users/2582858 http://www.reverbnation.com/davidrogershttps://soundcloud.com/zigartha

Recordings for Download

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hummingbird/id412758898

PSYCHIC MEDIUM RACHEL PERRY – COMES TO BEVERLY

RESERVED SEATS $35 ($40 at the door)

Join Rachel Perry for an exciting evening of spirit communication. Rachel will use her extraordinary gift to connect with loved ones on the higher-side-of-life, giving the audience heartfelt messages as she proves the continuity of life.

Our loved ones and spirit guides are always around us to provide support, direction, protection and love. They want us to know that we are never alone in this world or the next. Come experience the healing of spirit through this extraordinary event.

This is a group demonstration, Rachel can not guarantee that everyone will receive a message; however every effort is made to get to as many communicating spirits as possible. Must be 18 years or older to attend. Tickets are non-refundable.

Fire Friday Reggae Party @ Short & Main

IYAH FRIDAY (REGGAE PARTY) @ SHORT AND MAIN!!! upstairs in the TIKI LOUNGE With DJs LION PRIDE SOUND

Spring is here and what a better way to celebrate the warm weather with a reggae party! So join us in the tiki lounge upstairs from Short and Main FRIDAY APRIL 14th  9pm DOORS  Cost $5

DJs Renegade Red and Vision of LION PRIDE SOUND have opened for numerous legendary reggae acts, put on some of MASS and Vermonts most popular reggae nights as well as the infamous REGGAE BASHMENT ON THE HIGH SEAS BOAT-CRUISES … they will be in full affect playing strictly the best in Roots Reggae, Dancehall, Rockers, Lovers rock , Ska and Rocksteady on the 1s and 2s!

SELL OUT WARNING Loretta LaRoche in Beverly Tomorrow Night

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:

More videos here.

4 Days left to get in on the action in Beverly

9WallisApprovedIt’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  ….

 

Finally we have our own venue!

9WallisKickstarterThose 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!

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