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Are you going to be awake @ midnight 2017?

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James Montgomery Kicks 2016 outa here!

For us NYE is different every year.  Some years we struggle to stay awake.  Other years we’re in party mode. Like many of you, we’re eager to see 2016 gone and welcome 2017 in the most fun way possible, so we’re in PARTY MODE.

If you’re in party mode too, there’s lots to do (see here) — and all night long, meaning you don’t necessarily have to choose — YOU CAN DO IT ALL!  You could go to an early show that’s over by 9:30 and then bop down the road to Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Hall and help blues legend James Montgomery KICK 2016 out and rock in 2017.  That’s where we’ll be.

Check out this story in the Gloucester Daily Times for a preview of what to expect.  In James’ own words, “It’s going to be a powerful show.”

Just in case you forgot what a true rock star he is, here’s a video of James Montgomery with the Allman Brothers Band about 4 years ago.

 

Christmas Done ~ New Year’s Eve

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At the Vittori-Rocci Hall ~ Beverly, MA

Limited Quantity $95 – ONLY A FEW TABLES LEFT!

Rock in 2017 with Blues Legend James Montgomery, Sax Attax Horns & friends for the first benefit of 2017 at Vittori-Rocci Hall directly off Route 128 with plenty of FREE on-site parking.  Your ticket includes:

  • Scrumptious Dinner Buffet created especially for the occasion by chef Peter Capalbo (formerly of Tryst and now of Fresh Food Catering in Wenham)
    • Sauteed Organic Chicken Piccata with Parsley, Lemon & Caper Butter
    • Beef Bourguignon
    • Basmati Rice
    • Seasonal Vegatables
    • Tossed Garden Salad with Assorted Garden Vegetables, Mixed Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette
    • Fresh Rolls and butter
  • Concert
  • Dancing
  • Midnight Champagne Toast
  • Party Favors

Full cash bar available.  Portions of proceeds benefit V is for Veterans.

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Why is everybody so nice in downtown Gloucester 2 days before Christmas?

15698035_10209635896031510_1359941937027324041_nSome of you may know that I usually start my Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve at about noon.  But this year, at our son John’s insistence, I started 24 hours earlier — mostly because the weather was nice today.

Just as we do every year, John and I went to downtown Gloucester for most of our gifts.  You can get a sense of how pleased we are in the picture with our loot atop the car.

We can’t tell you exactly where we went because Vickie is likely to see this post.   But I can say that I was surprised at how nice everybody was in downtown Gloucester.

You see, I thought people were nice to me when I shopped on Christmas Eve out of pity for the nutcase who leaves shopping to the last minute.  Turns out they’re just as nice on Dec 23 as they are on Dec 24.  Are they always this nice?

The Ameros invade 104.9 FM tomorrow (SUN) at 9am

Amero_Family_Xmas[1]Just in case you didn’t know, the Amero Family Christmas is a Gloucester tradition and it’s coming back to the Rhumb Line next Wednesday 12/21.  You can get a taste of the fun tomorrow (SUNDAY) morning at 9AM when Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson welcomes Fly, Linda & J.B. Amero into her studio — and you just never know what will happen when those folks get together.  Tune in for some outrageous musical fun!

Here’s a sampler of some of Fly’s Christmas songs.

Party with James Montgomery and Friends this New Year’s Eve!

Over the past decade or so, you may have seen James Montgomery at various venues in Gloucester.  He’s played at Cape Ann Marina’s Pavilion tent, on the Beauport Princess cruise ship and made a special appearance at Harbor Loop.

This New Year’s Eve you can PARTY with James Montgomery, Sax Attacks horns and friends right down the road at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci Post — directly off Rte 128 with plenty of free on-site parking.  The party includes a scrumptious dinner buffet by Fresh Food Catering, dancing, midnight champagne toast and party favors with a full cash bar available.

And you can feel even better knowing you’ll be doing some good by supporting V is for Veterans (the charity founded by James Montgomery that supports veterans particularly with food and housing assistance).

Let’s say goodbye to 2016 and welcome 2017 with music, dancing and lots of fun together!  Here are some videos of James Montgomery to get you in the party mood! GET TICKETS HERE

Closet Case STUFFED – December 9

15252636_1755205791400309_8910572829404551100_oCloset Case returns after a two month hiatus and this time around everybody’s getting STUFFED! Short & Main will be hosting the madness and we are excited to be partying it up in their newly renovated Tiki Bar and Lounge upstairs. The closet doors open up at 9pm but we encourage you to head down for dinner and drinks prior to the event. We will be featuring some brainy and zany performances from a variety of New England talent of all shades and wildly creative minds.

Show begins tentatively between 10pm.  Brief intermission and second show by 11pm.

Performing Live:
New Rosies
Amber Shafft
Luna Vixxen
Bobby Beige
Ricky Diamond
Of Mermaids
JUST ADDED….
Plastique

Hosted by Gloucester’s own DeZiRe

Advance tickets $12 Get them here:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2720184

$15 at the door

Don’t Despair – Good BALCONY seats still available for Friday’s Show in Beverly

Yes, if you go here, it looks like our Tribute to Johnny Cash – The Man In Black Show is almost sold out. That’s because most of the Orchestra seats are already taken. But you can still get a great seat in the Balcony HERE! Many of the seats in this picture are still available. Look how close you are–and the sound is GREAT up here!

A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA – Benefit GHS Theater Program – Nov 10

A NIGHT OF A CAPPELLA

Two GHS alums will be performing on the stage at Gloucester High School on Thursday evening November 10th, singing a cappella.  Proceeds benefit the GHS Theater program.  Tickets are on sale now (online) and will also be available at the door.  Advance ticket prices are significantly reduced, so get your tickets now! — https://gloucesterhighdrama.blogspot.com

Katy Geraghty (GHS 2012) is featured with “The Hexachords,” and Kate Parisi (GHS 2015) is featured with “For Good Measure.”  Both groups competed in the most recent season of ICCA (collegiate a cappella competition throughout the country.)  The Hexachords were most recently seen on season two of POP TV network’s “Sing It On” this past summer.

Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Robert McNamara, Norman Mailer, Maxwell Taylor & lots more

We just voted. It was easy. No lines. We understand if you don’t like the choices. You probably seldom do. But you still have to choose. We all do. That’s kind of the point of a democracy. We never get exactly what we want, but we all work together for the good of our country as a whole.

More importantly, there are MASS referendum measures on the ballot today that will most likely affect your life far more than the new president will. I woke up today with this song in my head. It’s Paul Simon’s satire of Bob Dylan and politics all wrapped up into one fun song on Simon & Garfunkel’s mega-hit album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (all of which we have growing in our garden). Listen, laugh, vote and feel better! Lyrics below the video…

I been Norman Mailered, Maxwell Taylored
I been John O’Hara’d, McNamara’d
I been Rolling Stoned and Beatled till I’m blind
I been Ayn Randed, nearly branded
Communist, ’cause I’m left-handed
That’s the hand I use, well, never mind

I been Phil Spectored, resurrected
I been Lou Adlered, Barry Sadlered
Well, I paid all the dues I want to pay
And I learned the truth from Lenny Bruce
And all my wealth won’t buy me health
So I smoke a pint of tea a day

I knew a man, his brain was so small
He couldn’t think of nothing at all
Not the same as you and me
He doesn’t dig poetry
He’s so unhip that when you say Dylan
He thinks you’re talking about Dylan Thomas
Whoever he was
The man ain’t got no culture
But it’s alright, ma, everybody must get stoned

I been Mick Jaggered and silver daggered
Andy Warhol, won’t you please come home?
I been mother, father, aunt and uncled
Been Roy Haleed and Art Garfunkeled
I just discovered somebody’s tapped my phone

Johnny Cash the way you remember him

We’ve presented over 100 shows — and a few festivals — since we produced Celebrate Gloucester in 2007 (almost 10 years ago). Most of our shows feature original music performed by the artists who first recorded and released it. Next Friday, November 11, we are presenting something a bit different — The Man In Black Show, a Tribute to Johnny Cash.  This is no ordinary tribute show. Shawn Barker is hailed by people who knew Johnny Cash very well as the pre-eminent Johnny Cash tribute artists. His 8 piece band puts on a tremendous show. Most importantly, the music is authentic Johnny Cash. Shawn has a deep love and respect for the Man in Black who inspired him as a young musician — and you can feel it. Check out the video below and you’ll see what we mean. There are still some good seats in the orchestra (get them here) and great seats in the Balcony (get them here) — but they won’t last long — this show is selling fast.

 

Calling All Music Venues: Turn OFF your TVs until AFTER the Election

David Brooks’ interesting opinion piece in the New York Times points to several sources showing that this election is causing unusual anxiety and I’ll bet two major contributor to this anxiety are all these nasty campaign ads and endless, fear-inducing news coverage that we’re seeing. We’ll we’ve got a cure for that: DON’T WATCH THE NEWS OR THE ADS. Instead of spending the weekend on your couch, go out to experience some LIVE MUSIC and let the music take you away!  You’ve got over a dozen choices on Cape Ann for excellent music and Halloween Parties.  Check out the schedule here.

If you own or manage a restaurant or bar, may we suggest that you turn OFF your TVs — or at least set them to a commercial free NON-NEWS channel so your guests won’t see any of dreadful campaign coverage or obnoxious ads.  Everyone on Cape Ann will thank you for reducing the stress among the population.

Here’s a little bit of fun from 1985 to get you in the mood:

 

Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry at Female Music Fest in Beverly on Saturday $20

Once in a while, when good people work together, something wonderful arises.  That’s what you can expect on Saturday at the Queen Treatment Only Music Festival co-produced by award-winning Boston vocal powerhouse Ruby Rose Fox in partnership with us at gimmeLIVE.

Our vision was to bring the area’s top female artists together for one show on the same stage for an extraordinary night of music.  Ruby has chosen a stellar lineup for what the press are calling a “groundbreaking” show (see videos of all artists here).  Of course, no North Shore festival lineup would be complete without Gloucester’s Chelsea Berry!

Tickets are only $20 in advance GET THEM HERE ($30 at the door).  ALL AGES festivals like this can pave the way for the next generation of girls and women to make independent music without apologies, fear or rules.  Bring your friends for a one-of-a-kind musical experience you won’t see anywhere else!

Just in case you don’t know Chelsea, here’s a taste of some of her music:

And here’s a video of Ruby Rose Fox (some of which was shot the last time she played at The Larcom in Beverly)

Hottest Show of the Season Under $20 THIS FRIDAY ~ Don’t forget: all seats are good at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre

Larcom Theatre BaclonyWatch the 2 videos below and then tell me you’re not gonna stop whatever you’re doing right now and get tickets to see Lez Zeppelin this Friday, Oct 14!

While staying true to the sound and spirit of Led Zeppelin, this is no ordinary tribute.  Lez Zeppelin’s album was produced by Eddie Kramer, renowned for having mixed much of Led Zeppelin’s material and Lez Zeppelin was hailed as “The most powerful all-female band in rock history” by Spin Magazine.

Don’t worry that much of the orchestra is sold.  Great seats are left in the balcony starting at $19.00 (including the seat this picture was taken from) GET THEM HERE!

 

THE MENTALIST & REGGAE FEST – Time to think about what you’re doing Thanksgiving Weekend

While we don’t ordinarily plan ahead that much, Thanksgiving weekend is one notable exception.  That’s because if you don’t plan ahead, you’re often left with just a couple of lousy choices.  Here are two very different (ALL AGES) entertainment options that will likely both sell out by Thanksgiving:

Ever wonder who’s the REAL MENTALIST?

The character of “The Mentalist” (portrayed by Simon Baker in the hit CBS TV series) was inspired by Jon Stetson, who was a consultant on the show.  He’s entertained five U.S. Presidents, The King of Sweden, The Royal Family of Monaco, and appeared on several major Television Networks (CBS, NBC, PBS, A&E and more).  On Black Friday (Nov 25), You can see him LIVE right down the road at The Larcom in Beverly.  It’s the perfect way to laugh off the pounds you put on the day before — and be amazed by his sleight-of-mind!  Check him out in this video:

Then on Saturday Nov 26 you can be part of the first North Shore Reggae Fest featuring Warrior King & the Rootz Warriors, who are making their first East Coast U.S. appearance in NINE YEARS with local favorite Mamadou Diop and his band with Rockport’s Jake Pardee on guitar!  Gloucester’s DJ’s Lion Pride Sound opens the show with top spins from roots, rockers, lovers rock ska, and dancehall.  Check out Warrior King in this video:

Edgar Winter reveals the first instrument he & his big brother Johnny played together in a wonderfully personal interview with Salem’s Blake Maddux

Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories.  Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen.  Read it here!

Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”

You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston!  Good seats still available starting at $29.00.  Get them here!

SPOILER ALERT:

Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:

So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.

Two of our favorite rising stars tomorrow – Danielle Miraglia & Victor Wainwright – both for under 20 Bucks

We’re torn.  Two of the hottest rising stars of today’s blues scene will be close to home tomorrow.  Danielle Miraglia in a co-bill with Jon Shain at Old Sloop in Rockport ($10 in advance HERE, $12 at door)

… OR …

Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots with Roomful of Blues Horns and Dwight & Nicole opening at The Larcom in Beverly.  Tickets start at $19 HERE.

Here are some videos to help you decide:

Thought you’d find nothing to do this weekend because Summer is over?  NOT!

BREAKING NEWS: CRUISESHIP CANCELED FOR TODAY

Just a note to inform you all that the cruise ship, scheduled for today, has  canceled  its Gloucester stop.
The seas are just to choppy in our harbor to allow safe passenger disembarking on the shuttles.

Thanks

Joe Ciolino
Director – Gloucester Downtown Association

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