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It’s a Feel-Good Weekend for Nineteen Bucks

We all want to feel good.  “So why do we love the Blues?” you ask.  As it turns out, music in general — and sad songs in particular — help us feel better.  Really.  Here are 4 scientific studies on the subject: Science Alert, PLOS, NAI, University of Chicago.

Tomorrow (Saturday) night you have 4 good reasons to feel better … and all 4 are right down the road at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre:

  1. The Delta Generators last concert with Craig Rawding fronting the band
  2. Willie J. Laws Band
  3. Danielle Miraglia with special guest Cheryl Arena
  4. All of these blues stars on the same stage raising money to help Harborlight Community Partners prevent homelessness.

What’s not to feel good about?  Tickets starting at only $19.00 are still available here.

Food Fight in Lynn on May 7!

This drama touched nearly all of us, who live in Gloucester.  Now it’s a movie.  Check it out on May 7th at Lynn Auditorium!

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Tickets available on line here or by calling the Box Office at 781-599-SHOW or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.  Or you can go to their box office at 3 City Hall Square in Lynn, MA (Lynn City Hall).

Here’s an article about the film with some good backstory:

We Are All Market Basket
Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket documentary tells the dramatic story
By Rachel Forrest

For six weeks in the summer of 2014, we watched the result of a modern Greek family drama unfold.  After a long history of conflict and intrigue,  on July 17, 2014, Arthur T. Demoulas, CEO of Market Basket, was ousted from his position by rival and cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, and because this drama is a modern one, we were  in the audience experiencing  not the heated boardroom discussions but the aftermath of that one decision. We watched and read the news stories as thousands of Market Basket workers walked out in protest to demand that their beloved “Artie T.” be reinstated, with the statement “We Are Market Basket.”  Not content to just watch, many of us became part of the protest, and signing petitions, boycotting the stores, honking in encouragement while driving by parking lots filled with strikers.

Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket, which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival on April 15, is the story of six weeks in the life of the largest non-union walk-out in U.S.History. Filmmaker Jay Childs and his crew were on the ground filming as soon as the story broke and with Producer Melissa Paly and Tom Bennett, Tom Bennett, Producer, Editor and Writer. They tell the saga of the walk-out and aftermath through on the scene footage, in-depth interviews with the key organizers and everyday Market Basket employees, revealing insider-only communiques and interviews with industry experts. The result is a film filled with drama and emotion — hope, anger, fear — but  most of all, it’s a story about the courage of just regular, hard working people and what they sacrificed to save the company that treated them — 25,000 employees — so well.

The film begins with a bit of background into the rise of Market Basket, the old Greek family and offspring that brought the franchise to success from one small store  in Lowell, MA, in 1917. You’ll learn about the beginning of the controversies in 1990, family infighting, lawsuits and court battles, but the bulk of the film is about the people who work there. Told chronologically which both helps keep the story flowing and heighten the real-life dramatic tension, we meet managers who have been with the company all of their working lives, since age 16, for 40 years and more. We hear the stories of truck drivers and bagboys, teenagers and seniors. They tell us why they love “Artie T.”, all he’s done for them and why, as a result, they want to help bring him back.

Thanks to the filmmakers’ dogged dedication to being right there among the organizers during the strike, we’re party to scenes and plot twists missed in some media coverage. We learn about how the strike affects the families, how the cause took precedent over paying the bills. We also meet key organizers, including Steve Paulenka and Tom Trainor, both during the strike and afterward in revealing interviews in which they explain what is is about the company culture that created a staff who would sacrifice this much to get their leader back. We hear them say “The company gives a little more to me than I’ve given them.” “Artie built this place.” “We don’t mind working hard because of who we work for.” “We can be a part of something greater.”

We also learn about the effects our own actions had on the stores. Many of us were a part of the massive customer boycott of the stores and saw the empty shelves on the news but what you might not know is all of the intrigue that went on during that boycott when some workers still in the stores participated in the resistance with slow-downs and civil disobedience tactics as well as  defiant memos to the reigning leadership, all part of an organized grassroots strategy by 6-8 key people who met each day.

The film follows it all through buyout attempts and lay offs to the dramatic conclusion then follows up with interviews that reflect how we all felt when we heard the news on August 27, 2014 that Artie T. had been reinstated. We don’t hear from Arthur S.,  Felicia Thornton or Jim Gooch, the co-CEOs  during the takeover. We don’t hear from Artie T.  until a speech at the end of the film,  but this story isn’t really about them. Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket takes us out of the boardroom and talk of money and power and into the lives of regular, hard working,  loyal people — the Market Basket employees –who with all the customers who supported the cause, stood up for what was right, what they believed in, and won. This gripping, touching and inspiring documentary tells us how and why they did just that.

If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?

Joey’s poll from yesterday asking “WHICH IS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL HIT FOR YOU, THE LOSS OF DAVID BOWIE OR PRINCE?” struck a powerful chord in me. It feels like the greatest musicians of our era are dropping so fast we can’t even keep track. Case in point: Lonnie Mack (blues/rock guitar pioneer and major influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan) also died yesterday.  So what do we do? One response is for Vickie and me book as many of our idols as quickly as possible and rush out to see the ones who are too big for the venues we book. It’s beginning to feel like a race against time.

RockinBluesl_Jumbo4-30bAt the same time, we think it’s important to showcase young artists, who might become the next Prince or Bowie or any of the dozen other greats who have left us over the past year. To that end, we produce several “rising star” shows a year — and our next one is a Rockin’ Blues Benefit next Saturday, April 30 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.

In addition to featuring three of the region’s top talent: Delta Generators, Willie J. Laws Band and Danielle Miraglia, this show has some profound significance: 1) It’s the last Delta Generators Show with Craig Rawding fronting the band — and 2) We will auction off a guitar (thanks to Guitar Center) signed by all the artists to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.  This will likely be the last guitar — perhaps the last thing ever — signed by all the current members of the Delta Generators.

If you live in Gloucester, you may have seen Danielle Miraglia here. In 2014, we brought her to Gloucester for the first time to perform with James Montgomery at a benefit for The Open Door, then again at the Cape Ann Solstice with Allen Estes and Charlie Farren.  She’s also been at the Rhumb Line.

On Sunday morning at 9AM, Danielle will be Aurelia Nelson’s special guest — and her only guest — on her North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up.  You’ll hear Danielle perform some of her songs along with a tribute to her favorite artist, Prince.  Now, Danielle isn’t one of those people who waited until yesterday to honor Prince.  Here’s a transcript of an interview she gave 10 years ago in Boston Beats:

Question: “If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?”

Danielle: “Oh, Prince. Even though I would be completely intimidated by him, and probably just faint. And he’s my height, so it would work.  All his dancers are really short, because they can’t be taller than him or it would just look funny.  I don’t have to play anything, I’ll just roll around on stage.  I’ll just hold onto his leg.  You can put that in print if you want.”

Check out Danielle at Gloucester’s UU Church fundraiser here (by Cape Ann TV):

Breaking News: Prince, Singular Music Star, Is Dead at 57

From New York Times:

Prince performing in California in 1985. Credit Liu Heung Shing/Associated Press

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died on Thursday at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota, according to The Associated Press. He was 57.

Across a career of more than 35 years, Prince released 39 albums while being lauded not only for his songs, but their visual presentation both onstage and on camera. His 1984 film “Purple Rain” is widely considered one of the best and most influential music films ever, while its accompanying soundtrack spawned the No. 1 hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

This is a major loss for Pop Music!!

Did Jimmy Page steal Stairway to Heaven?

A recent article in the Boston Globe tells the story of several lawsuits against Led Zeppelin, with particular detail on a Los Angeles judge’s ruling to proceed to a jury trial this May in order to determine whether Jimmy Page stole the opening guitar riff to “Stairway to Heaven” from Randy California, composer of “Taurus” by the band Spirit.

Below are the two songs.  Listen to the intro of each one — especially the acoustic guitar parts.

Do you really think Page stole the lick?

 

Rose Sheehan and Colin de la Barre Sing Songs of Spring at Gloucester’s U.U. Church SAT, April 16

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Rose Sheehan and Colin de la Barre Sing Songs of Spring at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM

Mother and son acapella duo Rose Sheehan and Colin de la Barre of Gloucester, MA will sing traditional and traditionally inspired songs of the British Isles and North America in celebration of Spring on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church vestry. Entrance is at 10 Church Street. Admission is $10 at the door.

Rose Sheehan, a life-long native of Massachusetts, grew up enjoying music of all genres, happily singing in church and school choirs.  At age 19, she was introduced to the world of traditional music and dance and was smitten with the sound.  After settling in Boston, she formed a musical duo with Bob Doucet. They performed throughout the Northeast region at coffeehouses and small taverns including the Nameless Coffeehouse, Cambridge, the Pressroom, NH, the Thirsty Whale, ME and at Toronto’s Fiddler’s Green.

Following that partnership, Rose became a dance musician for Morris Dance, an English ritual dance form. She was soon attending dance events where she learned songs from John Roberts and Tony Barrand, Ian Robb and others.  She studied vocal technique with Anabel Graetz and Frankie Armstrong.  John Langstaff cast Rose as a solo vocalist in a production of the Spring Revels.

Eventually Rose moved to the Greenfield area and started a family.  Her musical interests became community oriented.  She founded two participatory events: Montague May Celebration and Welcome Yule! A Midwinter Celebration.  Both events have run for over 30 years and continue to be presented annually, involving hundreds of participants of all ages in song and dance.  During that time, Rose sang in a small vocal ensemble directed by Susan Waters alongside Rani Arbo of Salamander Crossing.

Colin de la Barre grew up in western Massachusetts in a musical household, attending his first musical event at age two months.  When asked, Colin says he began singing with his mom in his late teens.  Rose asserts that they’ve been “singing together since before he was born!”

Colin demonstrated his talent for music and rhythm as a very young child, dancing before he could speak.  He played fiddle during his middle childhood years, easily picking up tunes by ear.  He performed annually in the children’s chorus of Welcome Yule! and sang in school choruses.  One day he started singing along with his parents in harmony and soon began making performance appearances with them at venues including the Mystic Sea Music Festival and the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival.

As a duo, Rose and Colin are especially known for their inspired harmonies and rich blend of familial voices.

They have led workshops and presented concerts for the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and once paired with Ann Mayo Muir and her daughter Christina Muir to co-lead a harmony singing workshop.  They have performed at the Indian Neck Folk Festival, the New England Folk Festival and at local north shore coffeehouses. In 2014 they were selected as juried showcase performers for the North East Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Kerhonkson, NY.

VIDEO: Top North Shore Talent brings Doo-Wop to life in Beverly April 15-17

Classic Doo-Wop April 15-17 right down the road at The Larcom Theatre — Beverly’s most intimate acoustically stellar listening venue!

Written & Directed by Malden-native Richie Willis (founder of the award-winning vocal group, North Shore Acappella) The Last Days of Doo-Wop is a heartwarming tale of five local street corner singers — the Doo-Rays — that brings you back to a time of tenderness and turbulence.

Top hits of the 50s & 60s woven together with critically acclaimed original songs — this engaging musical tugs at your heartstrings and warms your soul.

Good seats still available for all shows.  GET THEM HERE.

FOB FIRST: WIN BACK STAGE MEET & GREET WITH THE SMITHEREENS THIS SATURDAY 4/2

Larcom Theatre audience member plays Jim Babjak’s guitar last April when The Smithereens played to a pack Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

You may have heard that 80s power-pop hitmakers, The Smithereens, are coming back to the Larcom Theatre (right down the road in Beverly) this Saturday 4/2 and they’re bringing award-winning keyboardist Andy Burton, of John Mayer’s band and HBO’s hit series Vinyl — these guys are LOTS of FUN!

You can’t buy a back-stage meet & greet with the band, but you can WIN it — and because you are an FOB, you’ve got the first chance to enter.

Just go here, enter your name, email & phone and type SMITHEREENS where it asks for the contest name.  Winners will be selected Friday 4/1 at 5pm and contacted via email.

YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO WIN.  If you don’t already tickets, get them here!

 

 

ROOMFUL OF BLUES SUMMER KICK-OFF CRUISE MAY 29 – Tickets already SELLING FAST

We just put tickets on sale to the public for our Roomful of Blues Cruise on Sunday, May 29 aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship and they’re already selling fast.

Last year every one of our concert cruises sold out and it looks like this one will too.  Please don’t wait … and then call asking us to break Coast Guard rules to let you on board a full ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOWWe hate saying “No” to people we know on concert day!

What? You’ve never been aboard the Beauport Princesss Cruise ship?  Well you’re in for a treat: The ship has 2 fully-enclosed decks with dance floors plus an open-air top deck.

We offer theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the second deck and couches on the top deck.  Your ticket includes complementary light snacks, plus there are three full-service cash bars with beer, wine and top-shelf liquor.

Can you imagine a better way to kick off summer than partying with 5-time Grammy nominated national touring stars while cruising historic, gorgeous Gloucester Harbor!  Here’s a taste of how much fun we had last year:

BREAKING NEWS: Award-winning keyboardist ANDY BURTON, of John Mayer’s Band & HBO’s VINYL to join THE SMITHEREENS on APRIL 2 in Beverly

This just in from the band’s road manager.  One of today’s top touring keyboard players will join THE SMITHEREENS when they bring their high energy power pop show right down the road to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday, April 2nd.

While on break from John Mayer‘s tour, Andy Burton will bring his tremendous talent and energy to the stage when The Smithereens make their triumphant return to Beverly’s most intimate, acoustically stellar listening venue after last year’s rockin’ show that packed the house.

Good seats are still left, the best available seats being in the balcony – GET THEM HERE.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Andy Burton with The Smithererens:

TONIGHT Brooks Williams & Jeremy Lyons at Old Sloop!

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Check out these videos:

And here’s a video of Jeremy Lyons playing and singing the Mark Sandman parts at a concert we produced at T.T. The Bears to benefit the Mark Sandman Project in 2009.  You can see Jeremy at 4:40.

PODCAST: Malachy McCourt says, “The best way to lose weight this week is to see A Couple of Blaguards. You’ll laugh your arse off!”

Malachy McCourt (L) with his brother Frank

In a very funny interview, earlier this morning, Dana & Mugs welcomed Malachy McCourt to their morning show on North Shore 104.9. Malachy regaled them with stories about growing up in Ireland with his Pulitzer Prize winning brother Frank (author of “Angela’s Ashes”), working on the docks in NY, 50+ years of marriage, meeting the Queen and the play that he and Frank wrote, A Couple of Blaguards, which you can see right down the road at Beverly’s Intimate Larcom Theatre tomorrow (St. Patrick’s Day) at 2pm and 8pm as well as Friday 3/18 at 8pm [GET TICKETS HERE]

Listen to the podcast below and join us tomorrow or Friday for a pint and some good laughs!

ShamRock & Roll – Saturday March 12th

ShamRock & Roll ~ Orville Giddings Band

this Saturday, March 12th

6:30 PM 10:00 PM

Tickets: $15 advance; $20 at the door

Call to reserve: 978-356-2560

Event includes a Can Food Drive for The Open Door

– Bring Can Goods with you-

Ascension Memorial Church, Dorman Gym

31 County Street, Ipswich

Free Snacks/Cash Bar (beer, wine)

PLUS: Irish-theme Raffle Items!

1st Annual Winter Beach Blast – March 18

1st Annual Winter Beach Blast

 

Shake off the winter blues and warm up at the first annual Winter Beach Blast to benefit the Spaulding Education Fund at the Manchester American Legion on Friday night, March 18th. Featuring the sizzling hot sounds of acclaimed local band, The Runaround Sound, folks can end their winter hibernation with some ice-melting camaraderie all while supporting a great cause!

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The revelry will begin at 7 p.m. for this 21+ beach-themed party. Guests will enjoy live reggae and rock n’ roll music, beach themed snacks, a summer inspired raffle and a cash bar.  Flip flops are strongly advised and summer and beachwear is encouraged!  Winter Beach Blast “Beach Passes” to the event are $25 in advance at www.SpauldingEducuationFund.org and $30 at the door.

As a part of the evening, winners of the organization’s Winter Beach Blast Raffle will be drawn.  This over-the-top raffle includes a chance to win a SUP package from Surfari ($1150 value), the Coolest Cooler ($500 value) and a $250 Travel gift certificate from  Liberty Travel.  A limited number of tickets will be sold and winners need not be present to win.  Tickets are available now for sale through the website.

All fun aside, this beach party has a serious purpose as all proceeds support the efforts of the Spaulding Education Fund, a local non-profit dedicated to making strategic investments in compelling educational initiatives in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.  Every dollar raised and every grant approved by the Fund helps to bring innovation and enthusiasm to our classrooms and help the schools continue to enhance the learning of each and every child. For more information about the Winter Beach Party and the organization, please visit http://www. SpauldingEducationFund.org.

 

BREAKING NEWS Amy Speace Concert Cancelled for Friday Feb 26th

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All tickets will be refunded.  Credit card charges will be refunded.  If you bought tickets at The Bookstore in Gloucester or Toad Hall Bookstore, please return to that store for your refund.  If you have questions, write to info@oldsloopcoffeehouse.org or call 978-309-9667.
Old Sloop Coffeehouse will try to reschedule – please check back!

“If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.” -Malachy McCourt

On St. Patricks day, you can mosey on down the road to Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre, and see the only Boston area performance of the critically acclaimed Irish comedy, “A Couple of Blaguards” by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize winning author of the New York Times Bestseller “Angela’s Ashes”) and Malachy McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller “A Monk Swimming.”

Called “Wickedly Funny” by Time Out New York, “Memorable” by the New York Times with “An unholy amount of charm!” (Washington Post). GET TICKETS HERE!

According to Malachy McCourt, This show is the result of Frank and me listening to the stories of our elders which in turn tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to observe and give voice to even the most trivial of events. I think we had more fun than anyone writing and performing Blaguards, which has become an affectionate term for the rowdy, outgoing, and sometimes drinking sort of boys. If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.

Veteran actors Howard Platt (“What About Joan?” “Sandford and Son,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Rock,” “Nixon” … many more) and Jarlath Conroy (“True Grit,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Putzel,” “The Art of Getting By,” “Across the Universe,” “Kinsey,” “Stay,” “Day of the Dead,” “Heaven’s Gate,” to list but a very few) portray Malachy and Frank McCourt in this extraordinarily moving and “Wickedly Funny” stage production.

Can you imagine a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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