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The best way to support local musicians is to go to their big shows — like TONIGHT

When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show.  And you can do that by bopping on down to road to  Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm.  Good seats are still left to see  Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  Get those seats RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show.  Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while.  ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!

In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.

Wake up by 9AM on Sunday to get the scoop on Matt Damon’s “Manchester By The Sea” movie filming

Aurelia Nelson

This just in from our friend Aurelia Nelson, host of “Curtain Up” Sundays at 9am on North Shore 104.9.

“This Sunday’s guest is Chris Palermo of Mass Movie Mavens. We will be talking about upcoming film projects happening on the North Shore, including the latest on “Manchester by the Sea” being produced by Matt Damon and now starring Casey Affleck.”

Worth getting up for — even if you stayed up late with John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band at the Larcom tomorrow night.  Don’t forget our local favorites, The Gary Backstrom Band is opening.  What better way to support them than to bop down the road to Beverly and revel in their opportunity to open for a multi-platinum recording star!

 

 

Storm is over. Time to get out and have some fun!

Lots going on — even in the middle of winter!  Here’s the schedule from gimmesound.com for the next few days.  Aren’t you glad you live in a town with a vibrant music scene?

TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Fly Amero 8:00 pm Listen to Fly Amero FLY AMERO

Dinner with Fly with special guest Ron Schrank
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
8:30 pm  JOHN JEROME MUSIC

14 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-515-7817

FREE SHOW
TOMORROW, Thursday, January 29, 2015
Toni Ann Enes 7:00 pm Listen to Toni Ann Enes TONI ANN ENES blues rock jazz

14 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-515-7817

FREE SHOW
Dave Sag's Blues Party 8:30 pm DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY blues

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  BRIAN FINES

Open Mic
11 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 282-7399

FREE SHOW
Friday, January 30, 2015
7:00 pm  BERKLEE INVASION

guitarist Jake Pardee, super bassist Joe Cardoza and Boston’s own drummer Brad Conant
8 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Allen Estes 8:30 pm Listen to Allen Estes ALLEN ESTES

with Mike O’Connell
86 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-8228

FREE SHOW
DJ Vito 9:00 pm DJ VITO rock hip-hop electronic

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  TERRAFUNK

25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW
Saturday, January 31, 2015
 MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: OFFENBACH: LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN

The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-7391

Livin' On Luck 6:00 pm LIVIN’ ON LUCK

Playing acoustic classic hits
1 Cathedral Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-6321

FREE SHOW
Dan King 6:00 pm DAN KING acoustic folk-rock

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
6:00 pm  ELEANOR BIGBY

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band 8:00 pm JOHN CAFFERTY AND THE BEAVER BROWN BAND

13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-525-9093

Gary Backstrom 8:00 pm GARY BACKSTROM

Opening for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-525-9093

8:30 pm  JOE THOMAS

86 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-8228

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  THE JOE MACK BAND

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  MO BOUNCE

25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW

Appears almost sold out, but there really are plenty of good seats left

Balcony Seat

View from Balcony Center Row H Seat 11 — still available here

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we always warn you when a concert is about to sell out.  A quick glance at the seating chart for next Saturday’s John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band concert at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, looks like it’s almost sold out.  But here’s the thing: there are lots of excellent seats left.  Most importantly, every seat at the Larcom has a great view and the sound is PERFECT!  For this show, the best available seats are in the Balcony and you can get them here.

This will be a special show, in part because local Rock Star, Gary Backstrom, is opening with his excellent band — and there’s a wonderful personal connection at play too: Gary’s drummer, Mike Doyle, studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos of the Beaver Brown Band.  You don’t want to wait until it really is sold out and miss this drummer’s reunion do you?

You can see Mike showing off at 3:23 in the video below, of Gary Backstrom Band at Harbor Loop.

And just in case you’ve forgotten the cult hit Eddie and the Cruisers (for which John Cafferty wrote and sang his hit “On The Dark Side”, here it is (with the movie’s co-star and Beaver Brown member, Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax).

 

Holiday Delights on Cape Ann TV This Weekend

This just in from Lisa Smith:

Keep Warm, stay inside this MLK weekend and watch “Holiday Delights” on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. This latest version of the Gloucester Stage perennial favorite Christmas play was filmed with three cameras last month. It features over 30 young actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop and tells the story of a Gloucester girl who finds the true  meaning of Christmas on Christmas Eve. The program airs Saturday, January 17 at 9 am and 5 pm; Sunday, January 18 at 8 am; and Monday,  January 19 at 9 am and 6 pm.  See complete Cape Ann TV Schedule here.

You Spoke, We listened: Booker T. Jones is coming to the Larcom 2/21

Just before Christmas, we asked people whether we should bring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient & the greatest Hammond B3 master of all time, BOOKER T. JONES, to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Response was overwhelmingly positive, so we’ve done it and tickets are now on sale to the public, but they’re selling fast.  Get your tickets here and don’t miss out on Booker T.’s only New England appearance on this U.S. tour.  You may remember him from Booker T. and the M.G.’s, with hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot,”.  While at Stax Records, Booker T. also wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” with William Bell, which was recorded in 1967 by Albert King and later by Cream and Jimi Hendrix and covered live by many others. Here’s Booker T’s powerful version with his excellent touring band!

And here’s Booker T. with Gary Clarke Jr. and John Mayer live at the 2013 Rock and Roll Induction Ceremony

BREAKING NEWS: GARY BACKSTROM BAND to open for John Cafferty on Jan 31 in Beverly

You’ve all heard the Gary Backstrom Band, right?  (If not, you’re missing out on one of Gloucester’s most exciting musical ensembles.)  Be sure to catch these guys when they open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday, January 31 right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats are still available RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

Gary’s got quite an impressive bio (see here) having opened for the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks and Los Lobos among many others.

Besides being one of the area’s top guitar players, Gary is also a very talented singer/songwriter.  Here are a couple of videos of the band at Harbor Loop with special guest Carlos Menezes Jr. on Sax (great solos in the 2nd video):

Cape Ann Winter Solstice on Cape Ann TV Starting Tonight

If you missed this stellar December 20th show at Gloucester’s UU Church, hosted by Allen Estes and featuring Charlie Farren and Danielle Miraglia — or if you were there and want to re-live the extraordinary experience of that magical night, you can watch the entire concert on Cape Ann TV cable channel 12 tonight (WED) at 8pm.   Thanks to Jim Capillo for his excellent work on this show.  Here’s a teaser he put together for us.

It airs again tomorrow at 9am, Friday at 9:30pm, Saturday at 11am and 9pm, and Sunday at 9pm.  Check the schedule here for updates.

gimmesound embraces the paradigm shift in music

The music business is in undergoing a huge transformation — but you already know that, so why are we stating the obvious?  Two reasons:

1) Once in a while when you find yourself in the middle of a major paradigm shift, it’s worth stepping back for a moment to notice what’s going on before you arrive at the next level and exclaim, “Oh! Look what happened.”

2) 2014 was a dramatic turning point for music as evidenced by two Earth shattering stats that you might not be aware of:

  • Taylor Swift was the ONLY artist to release a platinum album in 2014.
  • Digital music sales were down in 2014 for the first time in 10 years (maybe ever, it’s hard to get good stats on music downloads).

Even with all the tech advances that empower musicians to record and distribute their own music relatively inexpensively and without getting “signed” by a major label, it’s harder than ever to make a living as a musician.  We believe that recorded music sales will never again be the major source of revenue for musicians — just like sheet music sales are no longer a major source of revenue.

Vickie and I believe that live music holds the most promise for the future of the music business, both for musicians and fans.  In this new world where we spend more and more time staring at a screen of some kind, we find people crave live concerts where we make powerful connections with musicians and other fans that transport us to a magical place we just can’t experience any other way.  Musicians who can draw fans to their concerts are able to make a good living doing what they love most–playing music.  Everybody wins!

We’re embracing this musical paradigm shift by focusing our efforts on presenting and promoting live music even more than we have in the past.  Our new focus is reflected, in part, by changes to gimmesound.com.  We’ll continue to provide live music listings while we transform the site into something new that helps musicians and venues promote their live shows better and works well on all devices, including phones.  You’ll notice that songs on gimmesound can now be played on phones and tablets (including the iPhone and iPad).  More mobile enhancements are coming.  Stay tuned . . .

Chelsea Berry & Tony Goddess on Curtain Up with Aurelia Nelson tomorrow (SUN) 9AM on 104.9

Our friend Aurelia Nelson just keeps the local stars coming on her fascinating North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up and tomorrow (Sunday) is no exception.  Local singer/songwriters Chelsea Berry and Bang-A-Song Studio owner Tony Goddess will be Aurelia’s guests.  Worth getting up to listen in at 9am!

Here’s an example of the excellent results Chelsea & Tony got collaborating on Chelsea’s latest solo CD:

Ring in the New Year with Rockport Music!

Paula PoundstoneFriday, January 2, 8 PM
Known for her spontaneous and dynamic stand-up comedy, as well as her recurring role on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me, comic Paula Poundstone is truly one of the funniest people on the planet.

 

This show is currently sold out. Check with the box office closer to the date of the show as some tickets may become available.

 

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Handel & Haydn’s Guy Fishman, cello                           Ian Watson, fortepiano

Sunday, January 11, 3 PM

Pre-Concert Talk by Dr. Teresa Neff

 

Two stalwarts of the acclaimed Handel & Haydn Society join forces for a special all-Beethoven program, including his Cello Sonatas for fortepiano and violoncello, Op. 5, Nos. 1 & 2. Don’t miss your chance to see two of the greatest period-piece musicians in the world explore Beethoven.

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Free Community EventNext Generation Recital with

Christopher Rogers-Beadle, viola 

Zlatomir Fung, cello 

With Special Guest David Deveau, piano 

Saturday, January 24, 3 PM

 

Two rising stars of classical music join forces for a free community concert featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Poulenc and Sulkhan Tsintsadze.  A reception with the musicians will follow the performance.    

 

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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny IrionSunday, January 25, 5 PM

 

A folk-rock duo that balances homespun harmonies with indelible pop melodies, Sarah Lee Guthrie (granddaughter of Woody, daughter of Arlo) & Johnny Irion have gained additional rock cred with their latest record Wassaic Way being produced by members of Wilco.

 

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Should we bring Booker T. Jones to the Larcom?

We’re about to book lots of new shows down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre and one of the people we’re seriously considering is Book T. Jones who wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” with William Bell, recorded in 1967 by Albert King and later by Cream.  Here’s Booker T’s powerful version with his excellent touring band!  Leave a comment or Click here and tell us whether or not you think we should bring these guys to the Larcom this winter.

Concert Tickets make Great Gifts — easy as 1-2-3 — Buy-Print-Under the tree

Oh, I just couldn’t resist that terribly corny rhyme …

Before I head downtown (Gloucester, that is) to (hopefully) finish up my shopping, I figured I’d remind all of you, who might be stressing about what to buy, how easy it is to raise your loved ones’ spirits with the gift of music.  Of course there are many excellent choices this year, but I’ll take this opportunity make a shameless plug for just 1: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band right down the road at Beverly’ Larcom Theatre on Jan 31.  It’s really easy:

1) Buy your tickets here.
2) Print them out.
3) Fold, wrap in a bow and put under the tree (or where ever you like).

Here are some reasons why this is a good idea: It’s local.  Fun.  Don’t have to go to the mall.  Don’t even have to get dressed to buy them.  Gives you and your loved ones a treat in the dead of winter.  Gives you something to look forward to.  Doesn’t take up any space.  Music heals your soul.

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