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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

Great Music this weekend: Lanesville Music Festival , Cape Ann Symphony & more

Saturday is Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Check online for latest information

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4 HUGE Weeks of Music Starting THIS SAT: Harvest Fest, Lanesville Fest, Symphony, Concert Across America and the New Season at The Larcom

It all starts THIS Saturday at 11am with the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival — Music All Day — like getting 8 concerts for the price of 1 — only $20 and kids are FREE!  GET TICKETS HERE.

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Next Weekend kicks off with the Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door.  And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighilanesvilleposter

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Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One!  Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.

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Finally, on OCT 1 The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre Fall Concert Season kicks off with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots and special Guest Dwight & Nicole right down the road in Beverly.

And if that wasn’t enough, you can see rock legend Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter’s little brother) the following week OCT 8 also at The Larcom.  Remember these hits?

Opening Concert for Cape Ann Symphony – Saturday September 24

THE BIG NIGHT, BIG MUSIC CONCERT

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016, 8:00PM

The season opener for our 65th season features big symphonic pieces that showcase the talents of the Cape Ann Symphony musicians. An evening of thrilling music not to be missed.

The Program
  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances
  • from West Side Story
  • Debussy La Mer
  • Respighi Pines of Rome

Student CATA Passes for 2016-2017 School Year on Sales Tomorrow

Student Pass Applications & Information for O’Maley Students or GHS Students


2016-2017 School Passes will be available at the GHS Atrium the following days: August 24, 25 & 26 ~ 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
August 30st ~ 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
August 31 & September 1 ~ Lunch Blocks to 4:00 pm.

—> Student Passes will be available at CATA offices after September 5.
—>Student passes are not valid for Danvers and Peabody Malls.

STUDENT PASS OPTIONS

  • The Unlimited Pass: An annual or semester pass that allows the holder unlimited use of the CATA system at no additional cost per ride.
    • Semester Pass: $100.00
    • Annual Pass: $200.00
  • The Pass Plus: An annual pass that allows the holder to ride at a reduced fare of 50 cents per trip.
    • Annual Pass: $25.00

Student Pass Applications: O’Maley Students or GHS Students

Cape Ann Symphony Chorus is seeking singers

The Cape Ann Symphony Chorus is seeking singers for its November 26 & 27, 2016 Holiday Concert performances. Rehearsals begin on September 13, 7-9pm, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Washington Street, Gloucester. Rehearsals run every Tuesday through November 22.

We welcome all voice parts, particularly tenors and basses.  First timers are asked to call Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 for a brief audition the week of September 4.  Chorus dues are $20.00 for the fall season.

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars close out the Summer Bandstand Series on Sunday August 28th

Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop All Stars
at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand
Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA
August 28, 2016 at 7pm

Lee Lewis And The Doo Wop All StarsThe concert is sponsored by The Gloucester Lodge of Elks. The Doo Wop Allstars bring the best of fifties and sixties vocal showpieces for your entertainment. This New Hampshire based group will bring back fond memories of your favorite classic tunes.

This will be the eighth and final concert of the Bandstand Series’ 2016 season. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 31. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Windhover Annual Summer Fundraiser – DINER EN COULEUR Thursday 8/18/16

Diner En Couleur
Sous la pleine lune AoÛt
(under the August full moon)
Annual Summer fundraiser
Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Featuring mini dance performances by the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company, Carol Earle, Sarah Slifer Swift plus live music

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event on the idyllic grounds of Windhover, 257R Granite Street, Rockport, MA, 01966

Bring your own picnic dinner (with settings) and join us at our extravagant white-clothed tables arrayed with flowers.  Toast the enchanted performances with a complimentary glass of champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Walk away with one of our wonderful gift baskets that will be raffled off!

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

Please make a reservation, by sending a check to Windhover, PO Box 2249, Rockport, MA, 01966 or online (through PayPal) at windhover.org  (a 501(c)3 non-profit)

For more information, contact Lisa Hahn, windhover@verizon.net or (978) 546-3611

Rockport Legion Band Free Concert Sunday August 21

On August 21, 2016, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Concert #7 – August 21, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH John Klohr

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN Klaus Badelt

PROCESSION OF THE NOBLES Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov

THE DRUNKEN SAILOR arr. Grant Hill

BIG BAND BASH arr. Bob Lowden

GABRIEL’S OBOE Ennio Morricone ~ Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Jerry Bock

YOU RAISE ME UP Rolf Lovland ~ Ben Fuller, Vocalist

OLD 89 Steve Thomas

THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN arr. Leroy Anderson

Celtic Celebration
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums
Dick Chain, Director

WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH Creagan More

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

A’ THE BLUE BONNETS Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME Creagan More

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AULD LANG SYNE Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

The name, “CREAGAN MORE” is Gaelic for “LARGE ROCKS!”
which means that our Celtic Celebration is actually
A LARGE ROCK CONCERT!  (who knew?)

Last Movie Tonight of the Gloucester Harborwalk Summer Cinema Series

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE
TONIGHT – Wednesday 8/17/16
@65 Rogers Street (I4C2)
Movie Starts at Dark

This was rescheduled from last week due to the rain.  Don’t miss the final movie of the series – Bring the Whole Family!

Cape Ann Community Band concert on Sunday, August 21, at 7pm

Cape Ann Community Band
Summer Concert at Gentile Bandstand (Stage Fort Park)
Sunday, August 21, 2016 @7pm

CommunityBandThe Cape Ann Community Band under the direction of David Benjamin, plays their annual summer concert, on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 7pm at the at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. The concert theme is “The Sea Around Us”. The program features nautical music including Victory at Sea and South Pacific. Local soloists David Oliver (tuba) and Dana Cohen (trombone) will also be featured. The concert is sponsored by Bank Gloucester. The band is comprised of Cape Ann musicians, young and old, who come together for six weeks of rehearsal;  culminating in the August concert.

This will be the seventh of eight concerts held at the bandstand this summer. This year is the thirtieth anniversary season of these free concerts in the park.  Large audiences continue to attend and listen in this picturesque setting overlooking Gloucester’s outer harbor.

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 24. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

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