Author Archives: Vickie & Peter

Want to learn the concert business? Maybe we have a job for you.

GIMMELIVE IS HIRING

Vickie and I are looking for someone who wants to learn the concert business and is willing to work at it with determined dedication. We’re a very small company. Everybody does everything, from booking to promotion to customer support to data entry to house and stage management to washing towels and shopping for the artists’ back-stage goodies. So will you.

This is not an easy job. Hours vary from week to week. Priorities can change suddenly without warning. No matter how much you prepare, the unexpected always happens. And sometimes it all seems to be going terribly wrong.

If you are an excellent communicator, great with people, thrive on challenge, love to learn, love music, embrace the unknown and can find clever ways to get stuff done with almost no supervision, this could be the job for you. It’s not an internship. You’ll get paid.

Watch our video (below) and get a taste of what it’s like to put on an outdoor concert (most of our shows are not outdoors, but it’s the only video we have that shows some of the work we do behind the scenes).

CLICK HERE. Check the box that says, “I want to be on your Street Team” (Oh, did we say you’ll be managing a street team too?) and tell us why you want to learn the concert business. We’ll get back to you.

Cape Ann Big Band to play for Salem Jazz & Soul Fest Spring Gala Fundraiser SUNDAY

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theatre in May 2014 (photo Sheila Roberts Orlando)

Here’s an opportunity to have some fun while supporting an excellent cause.  Local favorites Cape Ann Big Band featuring vocalists Renee Dupuis and Nathan Seavey perform down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to help raise money for The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival and their excellent music education work.

Awesome Auction Items

Before and during the concert and at intermission you can bid on some awesome auction items.  Here’s a short list of highlights:

Original artwork, gift cards to local restaurants, KHS ladies bicycle donated by Salem Cycle, theater tickets, music lessons, martial arts lessons, wizard-themed party for kids at the Salem Witch Institute’s Crown and Shield Hall, weeklong stay at a house in Southern France.

Doors are 6:30.  Show starts at 7:00pm with the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars opening.

What better way to spend a Sunday evening!

SELL OUT ALERT: The Smithereens at Larcom on Saturday — Get $25 tix now before they’re gone

As promised, we’re letting you know before all the tickets are gone for New Jersey-based, power-pop rockers, The Smithereens on Saturday right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  You can still get tickets here (starting at only $25 — half of what you’d have to pay elsewhere) and there are even a few of my favorite seats left in Balcony Center Row L (get them here).

The cool thing about these guys is that even though they had monster hits in the ’80s (e.g., “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After”) which they could easily just live off, they’re still writing new songs and releasing new records that are as good or better than their classics.  Check out this Video of their new song, “Sorry.”

Brand new Martha Davis video and podcast — you saw and heard them here first!

Martha Davis and Ruby Rose Fox just keep on surprising us with wonderful new music and collaboration.  Check out this video from their concert in New York last night.  Tomorrow they appear right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats left — especially in the balcony.  Get them here!

And if you missed Aurelia Nelson’s excellent interview with Martha Davis on 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up” on Sunday, you can listen in right here:

A Delightful Havdallah Evening at Temple Ahavat Achim – May 2nd

Temple Ahavat Achim

86 Middle St., Gloucester, MA

 

TAA presents a special event for members and guests:

A DELIGHTFUL
HAVDALLAH EVENING

 SATURDAY NIGHT, MAY 2

 

7:30 pm – Supper 

8:15 pm – Havdallah Service 

8:30 pm ’til closing –  A cabaret in three acts:

 

  • Danceable blues & rock with Bobby Kramer Trio & a special guest
  • Charlee Bianchini performing folk
  • Mark Arnold at jazz piano

Make your own sundaes to sweeten the evening!

$10 in advance or $12 at the door

WWW. TAAGLOUCESTER.ORG

RSVP is appreciated – it will allow us to know how much food to prepare!

Call Natalia at (978) 281-0739!

We look forward to seeing you for a night of frolicking and friendship!

1980s hit-maker Martha Davis interview on 104.9 SUNDAY @ 9AM

This Sunday (4/19) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson welcomes 80s rocker Martha Davis, founder of The Motels, to her North Shore 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” for a spirited interview about what it’s like to be “the most charismatic female performer in rock,” as described by Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times.

Martha Davis is credited with helping to define the New Wave sound that dominated MTV and pop radio in the 1980s.

But she’s not one of those rockers who’s satisfied to live off her prior success. She’s still writing new songs, recording new music and discovering new talent, like Boston Music Award Winner Ruby Rose Fox who opens The Motels show down the road at The Larcom Theatre on Wednesday (good seats still available, especially in the balcony — get them here.)

And she’s about to release a film of her live performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, where she changed the face New Wave music forever.  Check out the trailer here:

Cape Ann Symphony Mother’s Day Concert Saturday, May 9 feat. BSO Soloists

Last month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music.  This month, the Cape Ann Symphony takes the whole thing one step farther.  First of all, they’re playing one of Beethoven’s most extraordinary compositions, the 7th symphony.  My guess is that the audience will jump to their feet after this finale just as they did last month for Beethoven’s first piano concerto, featuring David Deveau.

Beethoven’s 7th has been used in a number of films, most recently the 2nd movement in a tremendously powerful scene in which Academy Award winner Colin Firth as King George VI delivers a triumphant speech after struggling all his life with a terrible stutter.  Check out that scene in this video:

Now imagine hearing the whole symphony live.

And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve invited Boston Symphony Orchestra father and daughter team Richard and Erin Svoboda as soloists for Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Plus you’ll hear an overture by Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his time.  You really do want to be there!  Get tickets here.

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Sorellanza’s Spring Schedule

Sorellanza PhotoSORELLANZA Canti di Coro

Sorellanza, a 14-woman a cappella chorus based in Gloucester, announces its Spring 2015 performance schedule.

Friday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church

24 Broadway, Rockport

Sunday, May 3rd at 4:00 p.m.

Annisquam Village Church

820 Washington Street, Gloucester

Saturday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Ascension Memorial Church

31 County Street, Ipswich

Sunday, May 10th at 4:00 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

48 Middle Street, Gloucester

Tickets: $12/$10 Seniors & Students

Sorellanza has been entertaining audiences for nine years with an eclectic and upbeat repertoire. Their program ranges from Renaissance to Broadway, sacred songs, rounds, Beatles, and pop. Rockport resident Patti Pike co-founded and directs the chorus. As part of their community outreach program, Sorellanza has invited talented high school performers to audition for and join the chorus. Audiences will enjoy the youthful additions to the Sorellanza sound.

ALERT: Tickets to see Art Garfunkel just went on sale — this show will sell out quickly

Art Garfunkel

Tickets just went on sale to the public for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.

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.

 

PHOTO: Jon Butcher captivates Warren Haynes at Berklee Performance Center last night

This photo by Sue Sanderson proves what Berklee Performance Center audience members were saying last night about Warren Haynes being enthralled by Jon’s guitar playing.  There’s a big announcement about Gloucester’s own Jon Butcher coming in the next few days. Keep your eyes on GMG and get the scoop first!

Jimmy Fallon liked our SXSW pick so much he put her on The Tonight show last night

We all know that Jimmy Fallon is a huge FOB and either he or his staff reads GMG every day.

What we didn’t know is how seriously he takes our suggestions.

That is, until last night when he introduced our #1 pick from SXSW, Elle King (we picked her in this post) as his musical guest last night.

See Elle King’s Tonight Show performance here.

Big Block Party Survey – Tell the Mayor what you think!

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken is looking for YOUR opinion regarding Gloucester’s Summer Block Parties.  One idea on the table is to close Main Street to vehicle traffic EVERY SATURDAY in July and August.

What do you think?  Please take the survey (CLICK HERE) and help shape the future of fun in downtown Gloucester this summer!

This survey closes next Wednesday, April 8th at 11pm — so please don’t wait.

Do it now!

TONIGHT An Evening with PATTY LARKIN at Cape Ann Community Cinema – 4/3/15

An Evening with PATTY LARKIN
Friday, April 3 ~ 8:00 pm show / 7:30 doors
CAPE CAN COMMUNITY CINEMA
21 Main St., Gloucester 01930
$27.50 mbr/$30 ga ~ 978-309-8448 ~ www.capeanncinema.com

Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter).

Still Green, Patty’s 13th album, plays out in Technicolor sound images, a kaleidoscope of sun and sea that travels from the fluorescent-lit hallways of grief to the warm pull of love, family and nature. This collection of new songs chronicles Patty’s search for relief, respite and solace during a time when she lost both of her parents, and witnessed a sister suffer a serious health issue.

www.PattyLarkin.com
www.facebook.com/PattyLarkinMusic
www.twitter.com/PattyLarkin

 

Daisy Nell & Capt .Stan with their band Crabgrass @ One World Coffeehouse – 4/18/15

LCrabgrass Jack Stan Pat Daisy-001ocal folkie favorites Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan with their band Crabgrass will play their unique brand of music at their hometown coffeehouse, One World, on April 18, at 8 PM. For coffeehouse night, the street level of the Universalist Church is transformed into an intimate performance space, a favorite of many performers from near and far. Daisy Nell and Capt. Stan,  are no strangers to this stage, who, along with Pat Conlon and Jack Schwartz, have played there annually since the early 1990’s.Daisy and Stan at Pete Seeger Sing Out

Essex native Daisy Nell is no stranger to the stage, having started out at the North Shore Music Theater at the age of 12 in a production of Red Mill. Since then, she has been playing her guitar and banjo in every venue from nursery schools to high schools, museums to the high seas. She is an educator, maritime historian, founding member of the Gloucester Schooner Festival and the voice of the annual schooner parade on Labor Day weekend. Now an author of 5 children’s books, Daisy says, “Working with kids is what gives true meaning to a life in music.” Her school residencies, CD’s, and concerts have infected generations with the love of folk music and singing. For the past 18 years, Stan Collinson has been her musical mate, and together they make the folk music that takes you on a musical voyage, carried away for an evening. Pat Conlon on mandolin and harmonica and Jack Schwartz on bass make up the band, known to them as Crabgrass, which is a reference to the bluegrass roots of both Pat and Jack, combined with the maritime aspects of much of the Daisy & Stan repertoire. Capt. Stan says, “You can take what we sing with a large grain of salt!”

The concert on April 18 will feature a special new song that Daisy has crafted for local music fan and photographer, Nat Stevens, who commissioned a song for his great grandfather’s schooner. Other aspects to look forward to this year will be a set of blues and swing tunes that the band has loved for many years.

Call 978-768-3690 t o reserve your seat, and a return call will confirm. Payment is made at the door.

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”:

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