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Cape Ann Community Band Seeks Players

For immediate release:  Cape Ann Community Band Seeks Players

Contact:  David Benjamin       978-281-0543             David@DavidLBenjamin.com

 

The Cape Ann Community Band is seeking players for their concert on August 21, 2016. The band is playing a nautically themed concert, “The Sea Around Us”. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening, at 7pm, at the American Legion Hall, 8 Washington Street, Gloucester. All are welcome. The band is especially in need of flutes, clarinet and saxophone players. Percussionists are also encouraged to attend. The rain date for the Stage Fort Park concert is Wednesday, August 24. For more information please contact David Benjamin, 978-281-0543 or David@DavidLBenjamin.comCommunityBand

Another perfect night for a FREE Movie at I4-C2 – Finding Nemo Tonight – Bring Food Donations for The Open Door

Last week over 700 people (including plenty of “Pink Ladies”) flocked to I4-C2 to enjoy “Grease” under the stars. Tonight will be just as beautiful, if a tad cooler. Perfect viewing weather for “Finding Nemo.” Bring non-perishable food to donate to The Open Door Food Pantry and do some good while having fun with the family!

Magnolia Pier Debate Part 2 – Check out this video from 4 years ago — NO Barricades=Safer and More Fun!

4 years ago, I filmed people of all ages (from 5 years old to grandpa) jumping off Magnolia pier, with at least 3 people jumping for the first time — all the while there’s a game of “Pier Tag” going on too.  Pier Tag is impossible when the barricades are up. It’s time for the bureaucrats to man-or-woman-up, stop worrying so much about getting sued and remove the barricades to encourage kids, teens, adults, and grandparents to gather together in a safe, healthy place for some summer fun!  While you’re at it, put the ladders back too. Joey – you think we should have a pole about this?

Awesome video of Pier Jumping at Magnolia Pier

For some odd reason, somebody keeps barricading the kids’ favorite spot. This is creating an unsafe situation.  Generations of young children have learned to jump off the pier by being able to jump without having to climb the railing, which makes it a lot harder to learn — and way more scary too.  Whomever keeps barricading the jump spot, please remove the barricades.  Thanks!

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8th ANNUAL REGGAE BASHMENT ON HIGH SEAS BOAT CRUISE JULY 30

image1SATURDAY JULY 30 2016 LIVE N DIRECT FROM 7 Seas WHARF
63 Rogers St
Gloucester Ma 01930

WITH DJ’S LION PRIDE SOUND(Renegade Red, Jah Vision, & Jah Red) on the 1’s and 2’s. Spinning strictly the best in Reggae ,Roots,Rockers,Ska,Lovers and Dancehall. Please join us for a magical evening on the water of dancing,entertainment and fun!
BOAT BOARDING AT 6 PM BOAT LEAVES AT 7 PM SHARP!!
7-11 PM
$20
CASH BAR ON BOARD!!!
BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE
or contact Lara 603 759 6487 for cash sales and info
limited amount of tickets this event, so don’t miss out
21+
CASH BAR ON BOARD!!!!
We all look forward to another great night! Thanks to all for your support
the 7 Seas Wharf is right next to the Gloucester House Resturant and across the street from the Citizens Bank on the water!!! There is a Huge 7 seas Wharf sign on Rogers St ..

Petty Morals will be making their Gloucester debut at Katrina’s on Saturday July 9th

Petty-MoralsPetty Morals is an all-girl synth-rock outfit based out of Salem, MA. They enjoy heavy eyeliner, the finest boxed wines, and being all dressed up with nowhere to go. They won 2nd place in the 2014 Rock N Roll Rumble, were nominated for best new act and best rock act in the 2014 Boston Music Awards, and WON the award for ‘video of the year’ (shot partially here on Cape Ann) in the 2015 Boston Music Awards! Their influences include: The Cars, The Sounds, The Epoxies, Prince, Electric Six, Metric, Blondie, Garbage, Go-Go’s, Le Tigre, The Rolling Stones, Berlin, Heart and more.

 

https://www.facebook.com/PettyMorals

http://pettymorals.bandcamp.com/

http://www.youtube.com/user/PettyMorals

 

Katrina’s
14 Rogers St.
Gloucester, MA
9pm ~ Free! (reservations encouraged)

The Rockport Legion Band will perform first free concert of their 83rd consecutive Season ~ July 10

The Rockport Legion Band will perform our first free  concert of our 83rd consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA. at 7pm

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Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good.  In case of rain we will play inside the Legion Hall, next to the bandstand.

Jim Davison will conduct this program.

  JULY 10 – 2016 at 7pm
1 THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key
6 THE THUNDERER John Philip Sousa
12 WASHINGTON POST MARCH   John Phillip Sousa
  THE SOUND OF MUSIC Richard Rogers
116 THEME FROM SUPERMAN John Williams
  JOSHUA Paul Yoder
  AMERICAN SALUTE Moron Gould
103 CARTOON SYMPHONY arr. Larry Clark
  SOARING Sean O’Loughlin
  Jason Howard, trumpet
  UPTOWN FUNK Bruno Mars
  THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA Charlie Daniels
  William Altman, alto sax, & Ben Fuller
  ROMANZA Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart
  John Basset, alto horn
  SATCHMO arr. Ted Ricketts
  AMPARITO ROCA Jaime Texidor
2 GOD BLESS AMERICA Irving Berlin

‘Leven – Women’s A Cappella ~ Concerts July 9th & July 10th

SUMMER SKY FLYER
For their upcoming concerts, “Summer Sky”, on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th, both at 7:30, ‘Leven has devised an evocative “Book of Hours”. In collaboration with guitarist, John Hicks, they will bring us through the summer’s day – from sunrise into the starry night – with their percussive rhythms, close harmonies, catchy lyrics and delivery, and their imaginative way of combining talent and taste. 

On Saturday, July 9th, a surprise mutual event promises an especially dazzling connection! The “Summer Sky” concert ends at just the hour when the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club will be setting up their high-powered lenses at Halibut Point. Concert–goers are invited to join others at this ideal viewing spot and, at day’s end, to be “lost in the stars”! 

Then, on Sunday, July 10th at 7:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockport, a repeat concert will be sponsored by “Music for Food” , a musician-led initiative for local hunger relief.  All proceeds of the Sunday concert will be donated to The Open Door.

Don’t miss these very special evenings.

 

About ‘Leven:

Leven is an ensemble of Cape Ann women who perform dynamic songs of various times and cultural traditions. They have been a favorite with local audiences since 1992 when a group of eleven enlightened ladies first met at 111 Washington Street in the eleventh month of the year, under the leavening influence of founder, Dawn Pratson.  Their eclectic repertoire serves the community in both sacred and secular ceremonies, theatrical productions, fund raisers, seasonal festivities, children’s events, and private gatherings. The singers’ collective experience covers a broad spectrum of interests and avocations in the arts, education, travel, sports administration, interior painting and design, business management, law, family life,wildlife, spiritual study and leadership, and community service.  Currently, two founding members of ‘Leven, Pat Maloney-Brown and Caroline Haines, carry on with Sue Bonior, Anne Hyde, Kristina Martin and Sheryl Reed, as they lift audiences of all ages in the original group’s refreshing spirit of  light, life…and oo-la-la! 

Harborwalk Summer Cinema Kicks Off July 13

HARBORWALK SUMMER CINEMA RETURNS
Gloucester’s outdoor movies series now in its 3rd year

Movie_2016_smallThe City of Gloucester, Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, and North Shore Radio 104.9 are pleased to announce The Third Annual HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series. These free outdoor movies will run Wednesdays for 5 weeks throughout the summer, July 13 to August 10 (with a rain date on August 17) at 65 Rogers Street (I4C2).

IMG_1548In addition to the partners listed above the, Harborwalk Summer Cinema Series is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, the Green Carpet Sponsor and North Shore Community College the Community Sponsor. Individual film sponsors include Doyon’s Modern Home, The Open Door Food Pantry, Toodeloos! Toys, The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex, and Manchester Athletic Club. Other local businesses providing support include: Ipswich Bank, Gloucester Stage Company, Auto Expressions, and BankGloucester.

Movies start at 8:00 PM (or when it gets dark, whichever is earlier), and feature the following blockbusters:

July 13––GREASE (presented by Doyon’s Modern Home)Come dressed as your favorite character- there will be a prize for the best costume!

July 20––Disney/Pixar’s FINDING NEMO (presented by The Open Door Food Pantry)Bring a canned good for the Movie Night Food Drive!

July 27––MINONS (presented by Toodeloos! Toys)

August 3––STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (presented by The Building Center of Gloucester and Essex)

August 10––Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT (presented by Manchester Athletic Club)

The movies are a free “BYOC” event (Bring Your Own Chair”) free. Local vendors Kettle Masters, Nana’s Fried Dough, Joe Popcorn’s Slush, Salty Frank’s Hot Dogs, Copper Dome Crust Pizza, and Cape Ann Cinema & Stage will provide snacks for purchase.

While in Gloucester, guests are encouraged to take the opportunity to visit the HarborWalk. The HarborWalk features 42 “story moments” on Cape Ann-sourced granite markers that weave in and around the waterfront and through Gloucester’s historic downtown. As noted by former Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, “Our goal was to link Gloucester’s waterfront with the downtown area, and to make it easy for residents and visitors to experience the working waterfront’s edge without interfering with it.”     North Shore 104.9 will provide pre-show entertainment with music, contests and prize giveaways beginning at 6:00 PM every night.

 

Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park Begins July 10

The Antonio Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series begins on Sunday, July 11, 2016, at 7:00pm, at the bandstand in Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA. The series of eight free outdoor concerts is celebrating its Thirtieth anniversary. For most of those years the concerts have been produced by David Benjamin, who promises another exciting season of varied musical styles played by top professional bands.

The concerts are sponsored in part by area businesses and individual sponsors. The opening concert on July 10, will feature the Continentals, a popular New England pop-rock band playing your favorite “oldies” and many current cover tunes. The Continentals rain date will be Friday, July 15, at 7pm. All other concerts feature a rain date of the following Wednesday evening.

This season marks a return of the Cape Ann Big Band (Aug. 21), the fantastic Beatles tribute band 4Ever Fab (Aug. 14) and Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop Allstars (Aug. 28). Other featured acts are: Grupo Fantasia (July 17), Compaq Big Band (July 24), Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen (July 31) and the Cape Ann Community Band (Aug. 28).

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

2016 Summer Concert Series ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’

Postcard Face, 2016 Meetinghouse Summer Series-finalThe Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, corner of Church and Middle St., Gloucester, from July 8 to September 2, 2016.  The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm.  Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets.  In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink.)  The public is invite
d to make free-will donations to Cape Ann non-profit organizations partnered with each concert (bring cash/check!)  Parking is available next door at St John’s Church.

 

The concert schedule and non-profit partners:

 

July 8    Berklee Jazz Quintet & Linda Amero to benefit Pathways for Children

July 15  Ken Steiner Presents the Music of New Orleans to benefit Gloucester Stage Company

July 22  Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 29  Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus to benefit The Kestrel Educational Adventures

Aug 5    Willie Alexander and the Raztones to benefit Opioid Angel Program

Aug 12  Dory Mates + Brian King  & Nathan Cohen to benefit Gloucester Writers Center

Aug 19  The Milkhouse Heaters, Vermont to benefit The Grace Center

Sep 2      Cape Ann Big Band (Ensemble) to benefit GMF Fire-Sprinkler Project

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The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve the City’s oldest church building (1806), centerpiece of the Historic District on the National Register, and to expand its non-religious use as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.

BREAKING NEWS: Court Rules Led Zeppelin DID NOT steal Stairway to Heaven – do you agree?

A couple of months ago, we posted the article below.  Here’s an update:

A few hours ago, an LA Jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal Stairway To Heaven‘s iconic opening riff from Randy Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) who wrote the song “Taurus” for the band Spirit.  Best of all — according to the LA Times, the jury based their decision on hearing the music! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Shortly before making that decision, the jury returned to the courtroom and asked U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner to hear recordings of both songs played on an acoustic guitar again. They were played twice, and the jury returned to deliberations.

Just 15 minutes later, the court reconvened, and jurors announced they had reached a verdict.

See the full article here.

Do you agree?  Below is our April 14 post on the subject along with a video of each song (the passage in question begins at :45 seconds into the song Taurus).

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?

 

BREAKING NEWS: Tickets just went on sale for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville in Beverly Aug 19

Gloucester’s Henri Smith returns to Beverly on August 19 after headlining last year’s wildly successful Beverly Block Party! For this summer’s Mardi-Gras themed concert at Beverly’s Vittori-Rocci hall, Henri welcomes Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell with a special appearance by the New England Nevilles featuring Charles Neville with his two sons: keyboardist Khalif and drummer Talyn.

This concert features reserved seats (get them here) with plenty of room to dance in the aisles with Henri, the New England Nevilles and the whole band during the traditional Second Line.

Ice Trampoline Challenge – Who is up for it?

Our son John came up with this challenge the other day with @ 10 LB of Cape Pond Ice but this time they bumped up the challenge with 40LB of ice.  Melissa Cox has agreed to the the Ice Trampoline Challenge after Fiesta – anyone else up for the Challenge?  John will shot, edit and post your Trampoline Ice Challenge Video.

If you want to see more of John’s videos (including Gloucester GoPro videos) subscribe to his Youtube Channel here.  Please like his videos too

 

Breaking News: Court Rules Comcast can’t slow down GMG Videos or block GMG posts!

Well, it’s actually A LOT bigger than GMG.  The New York Times just reported the following:

The two-to-one decision from a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday came in a case about rules applying to a doctrine known as net neutrality, which prohibit broadband companies from blocking or slowing the delivery of internet content to consumers.

For us, here in Gloucester, it means that Comcast can’t intentionally slow down your streaming of a Netflix movie or a GMG video and it can’t block a GMG post — not even this one!

It’s a big win for GMG and everyone who uses the Internet … but, as you might expect, the fight isn’t over.

Check out the NYT article here.

Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

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