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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!

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!

Wonderful Gloucester Cultural Council has money for 2017 arts, humanities and sciences projects. Apply now!

The GCC Application deadline is October 17, 2016. No paper copies are required this year!

The GCC grants have primed countless programs that would not have been possible without that support. The unheralded community volunteers that put in the time and effort to administer the process are fantastic. I look forward to seeing the annual choices. Good luck everyone!

Rose Sheehan writes to GMG:

On behalf of the Gloucester Cultural Council please help us get the word out about project funding opportunities. Thanks! 

The Gloucester Cultural Council is currently accepting applications for grant funding for community-based projects in the arts, humanities and sciences for the FY 2017 round of funding. Each year, organizations, schools and individuals are invited to apply to the Local Cultural Council for funding to support projects that promote rich cultural experiences in the Gloucester community. This year, all applicants must submit their proposals via the new online system and no hard copy applications will be accepted. 

The Gloucester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. The Gloucester Cultural Council guidelines, project priorities and online applications are available at http://www.mass-culture.org/Gloucester.

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Gloucester Daily Times April 2012, Poetry Comes Alive, East Gloucester Elementary school celebrates National Poetry Month with support from the Gloucester Cultural Council, an MCC LCC initiative

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?

The Urchin Exchange Expands!

The Urchin Exchange is now selling clothes and accessories for the wee ones AND for women!

If you’ve already been shopping and/or consigning at the Urchin Exchange then you have even more reason to continue.  If you have yet to visit…then this is the time to hurry up and do so!

The store’s owner, Melanie, is as helpful and friendly as she is enterprising. After building a large fan base, including myself, that turn to her often for children’s staples, original pieces, and the perfect gifts, she started receiving numerous requests to expand and begin handling women’s items as well.  She has now created a fabulous shop that offers selections of Women’s, Children’s and Maternity clothing, handbags, shoes, baby gear, toys and other gifts…that also presents Cape Ann with another wonderful opportunity to be eco-friendly.  With ever changing inventory and a large selection, it is next to impossible to leave empty handed.

Not looking to spend more money?  Well then, what about making some?

The Urchin Exchange is always looking for on TREND (search Pinterest for *on *trend *clothing) and CURRENT (1-3 years new) styles in the BEST condition!  Melanie is currently accepting Fall and transitional pieces.

No appointment is necessary if you follow the Tips & Rules of Consigning found on their website www.theurchinexchange.com

I spent last Sunday digging through my closet and taking an honest look at what pieces, still in good condition, current, and “trendy” (or at least as trendy as I am willing to go), that I knew I would not find the occasion to wear.  I brought them to Melanie and she made fair decisions about which pieces she would like to add to her inventory.  I can now look forward to earning some pocket money and having a trimmed down, tidy closet.

This year the Urchin Exchange is the proud winner of North Shore Magazine – Best Of North Shore for Maternity Clothing!  One stop shopping for Moms, Moms-to-be, and their little ones.

The Urchin Exchange is now operating a new inventory management system with consignor log it to track individual sales and earnings as well. I can’t lie, it is fun to take a peek once in awhile while sitting on the couch late at night and see my earnings add up!

Another option is Drop & Donate.  You can drop a bag of 20 or fewer items labeled with the D&D ticket, they will take what they want and donate anything they don’t to Second Glance.  Read more about Drop & Donate on the website!

You can also feel free to call with any questions 978-283-3300.

The Urchin Exchange is located at 214 Eastern Ave, Gloucester 01930…in The Commons Gloucester shopping plaza.

Henri Smith with Dana & Mugs on 104.9 FM Tomorrow at 8:40AM — WIN TIX

Henri Smith taken in New Orleans when he went back for Allen Toussaint’s Funeral

Tune in to Northshore 104.9 FM tomorrow at 8:40AM for some fun when Dana & Mugs welcome local singer/bandleader Henri Smith (who moved to Gloucester after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home).  You’ll learn how Henri & Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers) are nurturing the next generation of top musicians through this week’s debut of The New England Neville Brothers in Beverly (more info here).  And you can bet Dana Hersey will ask Henri about his roles in several films shot in New England, including “The Great Debaters,” “Double Jeopardy,” “Pink Panther 2” and “Shutter Island.”

Best of all you could win a pair of tickets to Friday’s show and dance with Henri Smith along with Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell and the next generation of Neville Brothers at the fully air conditioned Vittori-Rocci Post right off Rte 128 in Beverly!  Good seats are still available for only $25.00.  GET THEM HERE.

Here’s an example of what that was like 2 years ago at a show in Gloucester!

WIN Concert Tickets, Downtown Dollars and MORE @ Sidewalk Bazaar RIGHT NOW!

Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW.  And they’ll be there all day today!  Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel.  Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!

You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!

Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!

Get down there now.  Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!

Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets

The Force is With Us Tonight @ I4-C2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens – FREE

After a couple of days of dicey weather The Force has delivered us perfect a outdoor movie-going night. FREE screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, presented by Building Center.  Refreshments at 6pm.  Movie starts at dark.  65 Rogers Street (I4-C2)!  Be there to awaken the Force within you!  Special thanks to Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 for keeping Movie Night Alive!

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!

Republican Convention (1879)

Boston, Sep. 12, 1879

You are earnestly requested to meet several gentleman at lunch at Parker, at one o’clock sharp to consult on the best method of securing harmony in the Republican Party at the convention and the election. Your presence is especially important.

Yours truly

E, N. Kinsley esq     J. M. Forbes NHS

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It appears it was in preparing for the 1880 Presidential election Election

Republican Chairman – George F. Hoar from Massachusetts

President / Vice President nominees – James A, Garfield / Chester A. Arthur

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(The Letter was Purchased at Main Street Arts & Antiques 124 Main Street Gloucester)

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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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.

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