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SRO Seats Available for Yardbirds with Gloucester’s KBMG Opening

As always, we alert our GMG friends when a show is about to sell out. Gloucester’s KBMG (Dan King, Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks & Wolf Ginandes) are opening for The Yardbirds, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre this Friday 11/20 and there are 8 single seats left, but we added 8 more standing tickets behind the last row in the Orchestra.  The standing tickets are only available by phone on a first-call-first-served basis, so if you want them, please call 978.525.9093.  You can leave a message if you get voice-mail and one of us will call you back.

You may know that Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton were all former lead guitarists for The Yardbirds.  Malden, MA native Johnny A is their newest lead guitarist and by all accounts is carrying on the tradition in stellar fashion.  You may have also heard the story of when Jimmy Page left the Yardbirds to form his own band, he was going to call it “The New Yardbirds” and his friend Kieth Moon quipped, “Well that’ll go over like a led zeppelin.”

Here’s a video of a Yardbirds show from a couple of days ago.  They are HOT!

VIDEO: Henri Smith with the Great Allen Toussaint

Last October, Gloucester’s Henri Smith chatted with Allen Toussaint in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center.  Check out Allen’s reaction to Henri’s song.  Plus you’ll LOVE what Allen says about Amadee Castenell!  You can see Henri and Amadee along with award-winning trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester) on December 5 right down the road at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically magical Larcom Theatre.  Tickets available here.

SELL OUT ALERT – Fly Amero opening for Steve Miller Band TONIGHT in Lynn – Less than 50 tickets left

It’s not often that a local musician gets to open for a major rock star at a big venue like Lynn Auditorium with over 2000 seats, but then, not every local musician is Fly Amero either!

That’s right, Fly Amero is opening for the Steve Miller Band tonight at Lynn Auditorium and there less than 50 tickets left.  GET THEM HERE if you want to go.

We’ll be there tonight cheering for one of our favorite local legends while he’s on the big stage!


“John talked very kind of Liverpool docker talk…George was a bit more of a perfectionist. John seemed a little more relaxed”


Cha-Chi Loprete was gracious enough to give us permission to post his extraordinary interview with British Rock Star, Joey Molland that aired yesterday morning on his famous WZLX radio show, Breakfast With The Beatles.

Joey tells some fascinating stories about his life, what it was like working with John Lennon on “Imagine” and George Harrison on “All Things Must Pass” along with other momentous musical experiences, including being part of the Concert for Bangladesh.  And the whole thing starts off with a brand-new version of Badfinger’s hit “Come And Get It” by The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and guests including Paul McCartney, Robby Krieger, Dave Grohl and others).

You can see Joey Molland and Badfinger this Saturday, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate, acoustically spectacular Larcom Theatre with Salem’s rising stars Brooks Young Band opening.  Good seats are still available.  Get tickets here.

Speaking of the Concert for Bangladesh, here’s a short recap of how some of the world’s biggest rock stars came together in 1971 for THE concert that set the standard for all future fund-raising efforts.

You could meet British Rock Star Joey Molland of Badfinger next Saturday

Joey Molland of Badfinger

In case you missed this post, here’s a reminder that we kick off our third season right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre next Saturday, Oct 10, with British Rock Star Joey Molland and Badfinger.

Hand picked by The Beatles, Badfinger was the first group signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records and their first #1 hit “Come And Get It” was written by Paul McCartney!

George Harrison and Paul McCartney produced a string of world-wide Badfinger hits, including “No Matter What,” “Day After Day,” “Without You” and “Baby Blue”, which hit the charts again in 2013 on the Breaking Bad soundtrack.

Badfinger is still led by founder Joey Molland, who performed on George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” album and John Lennon’s “Imagine” album (check out this recent article for more detail on Joey’s contribution to “Imagine”).

You can enter a contest to win an exclusive back-stage meet & greet with Joey and the band before the show next Saturday.  It’s easy, just click here and enter BADFINGER where it asks for the CONTEST NAME.  Winners will be notified via email.  You must have a ticket to win.  Get them here.  The contest ends on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, Joey Molland will be Cha-Chi Loprete’s guest on his famous WZLX radio show, Breakfast With The Beatles.  Be sure to listen in on 100.7FM or online.  It’ll certainly be worth getting up for.

Anybody still have one of the records pictured in this video?  Bring it along.  I’m sure Joey would love to sign it for you!


Acclaimed singer Chelsea Berry will perform a solo concert of original vocals to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony.  Her exciting performance in the folk/pop/rock genre promises to be compelling and energetic.

Concert Tickets: $35 – General seating 2:00pm

Post-Concert Reception – 3 :30 pm

A post-concert reception will be held upstairs to meet Chelsea Berry. Live entertainment will be provided by guitarist Nate Weaver and vocalist Brittany Betts.  Refreshments will be served.

Post-Concert Reception Tickets: $15

Tickets for both the concert and reception are available at the Rockport Music Box Office, 35 Main Street, Rockport, through the website here or by phone at 978-546-7391.

About the Cape Ann Symphony:  Celebrating its 65th season, the Cape Ann Symphony has grown into a 70 piece professional orchestra that rivals any regional symphony in the country and features concert soloists throughout the year. The Youth Initiative Program gives 4th and 5th grade students their first exposure to Classical Music.  To learn more about the Symphony, click here. 

Meet Chelsea Berry

Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore.

A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Chelsea’s commanding stage presence and energetic rock/folk/pop sound has begun bringing her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between.

Along with her solo shows, Chelsea frequently supports artists such as Chris Isaak, Jonathan Edwards, Jon Butcher, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Marshall Crenshaw, Patty Larkin, and many others.


Here’s an update on our third season at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, the most intimate, acoustically spectacular listening venue north of Boston — and guess what: it’s just down the road from you!

We kick off the season in two weeks (OCT 10) with British Invasion Rock Stars, BADFINGER, the first band to be signed to the Beatles’ label, Apple Records, with huge #1 hits, “Day After Day,” “No Matter What,” “Without You,” “Baby Blue” and “Come And Get It” written by Paul McCartney!

Two weeks after that (OCT 24) it’s our Blues & Soul Festival featuring the triumphant return of Victor Wainwright (who brought the packed house down last year) with Soul sensation Eli “Paperboy” Reed and local Blues icons Ricky King Russell and Parker Wheeler’s Blues Party.

SELL OUT ALERT: As promised, we always warn GMG viewers about impending sell-outs BEFORE they occur.  On Friday, November 20th, we welcome rock icons The Yardbirds and this show is nearing sell-out.  Your best bet now is to get Balcony seats HERE.  If you haven’t been to the Larcom, don’t worry, the last row of the Balcony is only 60 feet from the stage.  Sight lines are perfect and the sound is spectacular.  You do have to walk up the stairs, though, so if you can’t do that, there are still some seats left in the Orchestra, here.

ON SALE ALERT: Tickets just went on sale to the public for this special appearance of Elisabeth von Trapp (granddaughter of Maria and Baron Von Trapp, who inspired “The Sound of Music”) in Beverly on the 50th anniversary of the film’s debut.  Here’s what the Boston Globe says about Elisabeth: “Before the concert is over, she will have the crowd gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.”  Renowned composer/pianist Douglas Major (who now lives in Marblehead) joins her.  This show will sell very quickly, so get tickets right now, right here.

More shows will be announced soon.  If you want to be notified with an exclusive pre-sale link so you can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public, join our free Concert Club by clicking here.

Now you can sing Happy Birthday without fear

Before today, if you sang Happy Birthday on stage or to a restaurant patron or in a movie or video, you risked being sued by one of the largest record labels on Earth.  Check out this article for an interesting story about the most popular song in the English language.


CapeAnnSymphontFall2015You probably know Ravel’s Boléro from the movie “10” in which Bo Derek’s character called it, “The most descriptive sex music ever written.”

If you’re not so sure about that, perhaps you should come see the Cape Ann Symphony perform it, along with Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (all three of these comprising an extraordinary musical feast) this Saturday, Sept 26 at 8pm at MERHS Auditorium.  (I’m not sure, but I think it’s likely that the Symphony is playing Ravel’s arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  If anybody knows for sure, please comment on this post.)


I’ve got two entertaining Boléro videos to warm you up:

The Copenhagen Philharmonic flash mob performing Boléro at Copenhagen Central Station.  (It’ll likely be quieter in the auditorium on Saturday — with better acoustics too.)

Here’s the famous scene from “10” (don’t be fooled, the first music you hear is Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet).  Wait for Boléro.  It’s worth it.

Perfect Weather for tomorrow’s HARVEST MOON MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAT 11-5:30)

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a day in the sun filled with music, dancing, art, food and drink! (Cape Ann Brewery Beer Garden and Ryan & Wood Distillery Spirits Tent!)
Tickets for Police, Fire, active service and veterans are free!  See lineup here. Tix here.



From our friends at The Lanesville Music Festival — check it out!


On Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, The Lanesville Community Center proudly presents its 6th Annual Music Festival featuring local musicians, food, artisan and cultural vendors, activities for kids and beverages for adults all supported by enthusiastic local volunteers.

Admission is by Donation at the event – Rain or Shine.

Performances feature the talents of Charlee Biancini, Quentin Callewaert, Joe Wilkins, Mamadou Diop, Steve Amazeen, Greta Bro, The Tree House Charlatans, and Squash, Hicks and Pickens. This brilliant line-up brings together new faces as well as old favorites performing in delightfully diverse musical styles from African Drumming to Digeridoo – from sea shanties to sultry Blues.

In addition to the music, the Festival promises food and other fun… the former provided by The WillowRest, Joe’s on a Roll, Holly Cow Ice Cream, and our own LCC festival fare…the latter by a showcase of wonderful vendors and community volunteers.

The Festival is generously supported by The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The City of Gloucester, and other friends of the LCC.  And, we in turn, are sharing raffle proceeds in support of the Cape Ann Animal Rescue who will be on hand with pet-able furry friends.

The Lanesville Music Festival is truly a celebration of our neighborhood and we look forward to sharing The Lanesville Community Center and the “Lanesville Way”.

Come early – stay late – listen to great music, amidst a festive combination of food, art, culture, education, beer, wine, raffles, popcorn, Hoola-Hoops and more.


SELL OUT ALERT: Roomful of Blues Schooner Fest Cruise — only 30 tickets left


As promised, we’re here to warn you of an impending sell-out.  All 3 of our previous concert cruises have sold out and this one will too — the only question is when?  So please don’t be one of those people calling at the last minute asking us to break Coast Guard rules to get you on a full ship! Get your tickets RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW!

Perfect weather will help us party with 5-time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues as we cruise beautiful Gloucester Harbor full of tall ships

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Atlantic Vacation Homes, Building Center and Beach Gourmet — you help us keep live music alive in Gloucester!  And thanks to North Shore 104.9 for being a great media partner.

Check out how much fun we had last time Roomful of Blues came aboard The Beauport Princess.

BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

What? You’ve never been aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship? Rectify that on Schooner Festival Sunday!

This is NOT a small whale-watch or fishing boat.  It’s a fully-loaded CRUISE SHIP featuring 2 enclosed decks with dance floors, 3 full-service bars (wine, beer & top-shelf liquor) and an open-air top deck — theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the second deck and couches on the top deck.

The weather will probably be great, but even if it’s not, you can party in luxury and comfort on both of the air-conditioned (or heated if need be) indoor decks with bars and dance floors.

Plus you’ll be partying with 5-time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues and cruising historic Gloucester Harbor full of tall ships on Schooner Festival Sunday!  Our last three concert cruises sold out, so please don’t be one of those people who calls us begging for a spot we can’t give you.  Get your tickets RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. Then you can relax and enjoy Schooner Festival weekend!

Only 3 days left to join Patrick Stewart (whose new show premieres tonight) in supporting Ocean Alliance’s Snotbot!

You’ve heard about SNOTBOT, right?  OK, maybe you’re just visiting, so you haven’t heard about this yet.  Let me explain: few other Kickstarter pledges could be better for the future of Gloucester (and anyone who lives or visits here) than this one — really, no kidding.  You’ll be helping Ocean Alliance develop revolutionary drone technology for whale research — and there’s no telling what they might discover.  But what ever it is, you’ll be a part of it along with iconic actor Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard on “Star Trek”, with a new show called “Blunt Talk” premiering TONIGHT on Starz)!

This is good for Ocean Alliance (which translates good for Gloucester because we want them to thrive here), good for whales, good for our planet, and good for all of us who will benefit from whatever they discover using this new gizmo!  So pledge now right here.

You Asked for Schooner Fest Sunday Night Activities … We Listened

Back in 2010 we presented Celebrate Gloucester featuring Roomful of Blues at the City’s newly acquired I4-C2 property on Schooner Festival Sunday because we were told there’s nothing to do on Sunday after the race. Here we are five years later bringing Roomful of Blues back to Gloucester aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship for an evening Blues Cruise @ 7:30 on Schooner Festival Sunday.

The Schooner Festival has always been one of our favorite Gloucester events and we’re honored to add our little piece of cruising fun to one of the world’s major maritime spectacles!

If you missed it yesterday, You Can Still Hear Jon Butcher on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up

You can see The Jon Butcher Axis this Saturday, right down the road at Beverly’s intimate Cabot Theatre.  Good seats are still available.  Get them here.

PHOTOS: Good Music, Good Food, Good Sun, Good Fun – and a free gift from Boston Fence @ Gloucester Blues Fest Today

VIP Seats Still Available.  You could be sitting here!

Setting up for the Blues Fest — VIP Seats Still Available. You could be sitting here!

Here's what the artists see.  Get down there NOW and you could be in the front row!

Here’s what the artists see. Get down here NOW and you could be in the front row!


The good people at Boston Fence replaced the old rusty fence at Stage Fort Park FOR FREE! Thank you FRANK!!

BREAKING NEWS: $28 Gloucester Blues Fest Tix still available @ Chamber

When I posted yesterday, I didn’t know the Chamber is still offering $28 tickets at their 44 Commercial St. office until Friday @ Noon.  And if you go to the Harbor Loop concert tomorrow and track down Frank Biscardi or Gary Gorczyca, you can get $28 tickets from them too.  Weather prediction is for 72 and sunny.  A tad cool for the beach, but perfect for dancing to the Blues @ Stage Fort Park!

Come dance to this!

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