Author Archives: Vickie & Peter

HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center


Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online at

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts – Annual Summer Fundraiser Sunday 7/26/15

Diner en Couleur
Annual Summer Fundraiser
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday July 26, 2015 6-8p.m.

Rain date Monday July 27, 6:30-8:30pm

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event of feasting and performance on the idyllic grounds of Windhover!

Bring your own picnic dinner and creative settings of plates, silver, glasses & napkins and join us at our

extravagant white-clothed table arrayed with flowers.  The evening will be enhanced with mini-performances

from dancers and musicians, a complimentary champagne toast and bonbons!

Admission donation is $25 per person.  Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation by sending a check to:

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 2249, Rockport MA 01966

Location: 257 (R) Granite Street, Rockport MA 01966

For any questions, please contact: or 978-546-3611

Windhover is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and all contributions are tax deductible.

You know Summer is here because Harbor Loop Concerts Start Tonight w/ Mr. Fox

Time to bring your chairs, your kids, some good food from local restaurants — or left-over BBQ — your dancing shoes and party attitude down to Harbor Loop for a community evening of family fun and fabulous music with What Time Is It Mr. Fox.

For those of you who are new to Gloucester, we do this every Thursday night during the summer.  It’s fun & FREE.

Here’s the full Harbor Loop Summer Schedule (with a map).

Here’s a taste of what you can expect tonight.

SELL-OUT ALERT: Only a few tickets left for James Montgomery Band aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship tomorrow July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Tomorrow’s July 4th party cruise aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his band is nearly sold out.  If you want to go, you should probably click here RIGHT NOW.


The cruise boards at Cruiseport Gloucester at 7pm, departs at 8pm and returns at 10:30pm.  The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship has 2 enclosed decks, an open air top deck, 2 dance floors and three bars.  Your ticket includes the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a lobster roll (chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)


FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year



The Cape Ann Community Band Presents: A Night in Italy Featuring Italian classics and vocal solos

Sunday, August 16, 2015, at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, 7pm, (Rain date Wednesday, August 19, 7pm) 

David Benjamin, Director of the Cape Ann Community Band invites area musicians to participate in an exciting program of Italian music featuring the band with local vocalists Kathleen Adams and Michael Pallazola in concert. The band will rehearse for six weeks beginning on Monday, July 6, at 7pm at the Gloucester American Legion Hall, 2 Washington St., Gloucester.

They will prepare a concert of special arrangements for band and voice as well as many pieces within an Italian theme. The program will include popular music in many styles. We ask that players commit to at least four of our six rehearsals, including the final two rehearsals. 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. Percussion equipment 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

Click here for full summer Bandstand Concerts

Rockport Music Just Announced Pousette-Dart Band

Just Announced!


Pousette-Dart Band

Saturday, August 8, 8 PM




A fixture of the folk rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s, Jon Pousette-Dart continues to find that sweet spot between rock, blues and country.  Whether mining classic hits from his days fronting the Pousette-Dart Band (“Amnesia,” ‘County Line,” “For Love”) or shifting into the acoustic bluesy folk of his current solo work, Pousette-Dart remains a vibrant and beloved performer.
“How Much”


Pousette-Dart Band 'County Line
Pousette-Dart Band
“County Line” (vintage)


New Podcast Festival Screening 
CAST PARTY: Podcast Festival Live Tuesday, July 28, 8 PM 

Hosts of several of the biggest and best podcasts in the world will convene for CAST PARTY, a festive, rousing original variety show beamed live via satellite from New York City, including RadioLab, Invisibilia, and Reply All.

Rockport Chamber Music Festival in full swing!



Don’t Miss These Great Upcoming Chamber Music Concerts!

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What did B.B. King think of Alexis P. Suter? See for yourself at the Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 8

The first time B.B. King heard Alexis P. Suter sing is when she opened for him in NYC.  This is what B.B. King said, “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”

On August 8th, only eight weeks from this Saturday, you can experience what he was talking about at the 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival at Stage Fort Park.  Plus you get to hear 6 other blues legends too, including the guy known as “Hendrix of the Harminica,” Sugar Blue!

You know you want to be there and you don’t want be one of those people who forgets that you can save $12 per ticket by getting them now (GET TICKETS HERE).  So don’t put it off any longer.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from Alexis P. Suter at The Gloucester Blues Festival.


Grateful Dead Cruise – June 12


Three hours of Dead music performed by Northbound Train, libations, great views, much fun.  Boat leaves at 8, back at 11.  All ages.  Tickets available online at

Hear rock star, Nelson Bragg tomorrow (SUN) at 9am on North Shore 104.9

Tomorrow morning at 9am, on her show 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up”, Aurelia Nelson hosts the multi-talented Nelson Bragg — percussionist, drummer, songwriter, vocalist for Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour.

Nelson will give us a glimpse into the L.A. pop scene and what it’s like to work closely with Brian Wilson and tour with the Beach Boys.

Here’s Nelson on percussion at Celebrate Gloucester 2010 with KBMG.


Gloucester’s Bruce Tarr presents citation to Bill Hanney at NSMT last night

L-R: Kevin Hill NSMT Artististic director, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who also presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney

L-R: NSMT Artistic Director Kevin Hill, State Rep Jerry Parisella (who presented a citation from the house), Senator Bruce Tarr and Bill Hanney on the NSMT stage (photo: Karen Nascembeni) 

Vickie and I went to see Dreamgirls at North Shore Music Theatre last night.  Stellar performances from the entire cast.  Excellent voices.  Loads of fun! Check it out here:

Before the show our own Senator, Bruce Tarr presented North Shore Music Theatre owner, Bill Hanney with a citation congratulating him for reviving the theatre on the anniversary of it’s 60th year in operation.

As you might expect, Sen. Tarr was a natural on stage, offering fun facts about the theatre, which opened in 1955 with “Kiss Me Kate.”

Don’t miss Dreamgirls.  It’s only running through June 14, so get your tickets soon (right here), before it sells out.  Check out the video below.

Gloucester’s Police Chief Leonard Campanello is a ROCK STAR!

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello – photo: Allegra Boverman

Chief Campanello’s “Angel” project began yesterday.  If you don’t know what that is, read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

The Chief’s project has been the subject of national news for about a month now and he’s even been challenged by the district attorney (see this article in the Boston Globe).

But our Chief remains cool as a cucumber.

Just listen to him in this NPR interview from yesterday — especially the part where he says, “We appreciate the district attorney’s comments, but the fact is that the police have always had the discretion to charge or not charge and not just with drugs, with most crimes.”

If you see Chief Campanello, please congratulate him on his vision, compassion, brilliance and cool head.

This is definitely the guy you want protecting our city and helping to heal our drug problem. BRAVO CHIEF!

We knew we were lucky to have Chief Campanello come to Glocuester when he brought the crowd to their feet with his Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” at the first Cape Ann Winter Solstice in December 2013.  Sheila Roberts Orlando captured the moment perfectly in the photo below:


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