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Food Fight in Lynn on May 7!

This drama touched nearly all of us, who live in Gloucester.  Now it’s a movie.  Check it out on May 7th at Lynn Auditorium!

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Tickets available on line here or by calling the Box Office at 781-599-SHOW or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.  Or you can go to their box office at 3 City Hall Square in Lynn, MA (Lynn City Hall).

Here’s an article about the film with some good backstory:

We Are All Market Basket
Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket documentary tells the dramatic story
By Rachel Forrest

For six weeks in the summer of 2014, we watched the result of a modern Greek family drama unfold.  After a long history of conflict and intrigue,  on July 17, 2014, Arthur T. Demoulas, CEO of Market Basket, was ousted from his position by rival and cousin Arthur S. Demoulas, and because this drama is a modern one, we were  in the audience experiencing  not the heated boardroom discussions but the aftermath of that one decision. We watched and read the news stories as thousands of Market Basket workers walked out in protest to demand that their beloved “Artie T.” be reinstated, with the statement “We Are Market Basket.”  Not content to just watch, many of us became part of the protest, and signing petitions, boycotting the stores, honking in encouragement while driving by parking lots filled with strikers.

Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket, which premiered at the Boston International Film Festival on April 15, is the story of six weeks in the life of the largest non-union walk-out in U.S.History. Filmmaker Jay Childs and his crew were on the ground filming as soon as the story broke and with Producer Melissa Paly and Tom Bennett, Tom Bennett, Producer, Editor and Writer. They tell the saga of the walk-out and aftermath through on the scene footage, in-depth interviews with the key organizers and everyday Market Basket employees, revealing insider-only communiques and interviews with industry experts. The result is a film filled with drama and emotion — hope, anger, fear — but  most of all, it’s a story about the courage of just regular, hard working people and what they sacrificed to save the company that treated them — 25,000 employees — so well.

The film begins with a bit of background into the rise of Market Basket, the old Greek family and offspring that brought the franchise to success from one small store  in Lowell, MA, in 1917. You’ll learn about the beginning of the controversies in 1990, family infighting, lawsuits and court battles, but the bulk of the film is about the people who work there. Told chronologically which both helps keep the story flowing and heighten the real-life dramatic tension, we meet managers who have been with the company all of their working lives, since age 16, for 40 years and more. We hear the stories of truck drivers and bagboys, teenagers and seniors. They tell us why they love “Artie T.”, all he’s done for them and why, as a result, they want to help bring him back.

Thanks to the filmmakers’ dogged dedication to being right there among the organizers during the strike, we’re party to scenes and plot twists missed in some media coverage. We learn about how the strike affects the families, how the cause took precedent over paying the bills. We also meet key organizers, including Steve Paulenka and Tom Trainor, both during the strike and afterward in revealing interviews in which they explain what is is about the company culture that created a staff who would sacrifice this much to get their leader back. We hear them say “The company gives a little more to me than I’ve given them.” “Artie built this place.” “We don’t mind working hard because of who we work for.” “We can be a part of something greater.”

We also learn about the effects our own actions had on the stores. Many of us were a part of the massive customer boycott of the stores and saw the empty shelves on the news but what you might not know is all of the intrigue that went on during that boycott when some workers still in the stores participated in the resistance with slow-downs and civil disobedience tactics as well as  defiant memos to the reigning leadership, all part of an organized grassroots strategy by 6-8 key people who met each day.

The film follows it all through buyout attempts and lay offs to the dramatic conclusion then follows up with interviews that reflect how we all felt when we heard the news on August 27, 2014 that Artie T. had been reinstated. We don’t hear from Arthur S.,  Felicia Thornton or Jim Gooch, the co-CEOs  during the takeover. We don’t hear from Artie T.  until a speech at the end of the film,  but this story isn’t really about them. Food Fight: Inside The Battle for Market Basket takes us out of the boardroom and talk of money and power and into the lives of regular, hard working,  loyal people — the Market Basket employees –who with all the customers who supported the cause, stood up for what was right, what they believed in, and won. This gripping, touching and inspiring documentary tells us how and why they did just that.

If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?

Joey’s poll from yesterday asking “WHICH IS A BIGGER EMOTIONAL HIT FOR YOU, THE LOSS OF DAVID BOWIE OR PRINCE?” struck a powerful chord in me. It feels like the greatest musicians of our era are dropping so fast we can’t even keep track. Case in point: Lonnie Mack (blues/rock guitar pioneer and major influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan) also died yesterday.  So what do we do? One response is for Vickie and me book as many of our idols as quickly as possible and rush out to see the ones who are too big for the venues we book. It’s beginning to feel like a race against time.

RockinBluesl_Jumbo4-30bAt the same time, we think it’s important to showcase young artists, who might become the next Prince or Bowie or any of the dozen other greats who have left us over the past year. To that end, we produce several “rising star” shows a year — and our next one is a Rockin’ Blues Benefit next Saturday, April 30 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.

In addition to featuring three of the region’s top talent: Delta Generators, Willie J. Laws Band and Danielle Miraglia, this show has some profound significance: 1) It’s the last Delta Generators Show with Craig Rawding fronting the band — and 2) We will auction off a guitar (thanks to Guitar Center) signed by all the artists to raise money for Harborlight Community Partners.  This will likely be the last guitar — perhaps the last thing ever — signed by all the current members of the Delta Generators.

If you live in Gloucester, you may have seen Danielle Miraglia here. In 2014, we brought her to Gloucester for the first time to perform with James Montgomery at a benefit for The Open Door, then again at the Cape Ann Solstice with Allen Estes and Charlie Farren.  She’s also been at the Rhumb Line.

On Sunday morning at 9AM, Danielle will be Aurelia Nelson’s special guest — and her only guest — on her North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up.  You’ll hear Danielle perform some of her songs along with a tribute to her favorite artist, Prince.  Now, Danielle isn’t one of those people who waited until yesterday to honor Prince.  Here’s a transcript of an interview she gave 10 years ago in Boston Beats:

Question: “If you could play on stage with anyone alive, who would it be?”

Danielle: “Oh, Prince. Even though I would be completely intimidated by him, and probably just faint. And he’s my height, so it would work.  All his dancers are really short, because they can’t be taller than him or it would just look funny.  I don’t have to play anything, I’ll just roll around on stage.  I’ll just hold onto his leg.  You can put that in print if you want.”

Check out Danielle at Gloucester’s UU Church fundraiser here (by Cape Ann TV):

Bounce Back…for Apres Mini Bar.

I had a great little getaway to Vegas back in December.  While the pretty sweet minibars were hit rather hard, I was happy to not once feel the need to tear into the Bounce Back Hangover Recovery Kit.  Nice touch.  How thoughtful of them.

With a detox drink, earplugs, “clear eyes” eye drops, cool mint breath strips, and eye renewal cream…I’m still left to wonder if it would have worked had I not done such a stellar job of pacing myself each day/night.

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Homie and Rubber Duck’s Fifth Anniversary

Five years since Rubber Duck and Homie met on that blustery day April 18, 2011. The Fifth is the wood anniversary. Homie gave Rubber Duck a carving of Homie. (Homie is a little self-centered.)

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

Homie would have carved it himself but he has no opposable thumbs.

The following is a repost of Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary describing that fateful hook-up five years ago today.

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?”

Solitude of the lonely Homie.

Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic!

A little stand offish at first.

They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love.

“So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time.

“I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.”

You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!”

“We could make it work!”

“Do you think it’s safe to come out?”

Your friends are rude Homie.

Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011:  (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds:  But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ”  “I am so out of here!”  But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him.  Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.

37 Days Left to Apply for This Fun!

Red Bull Flugtag, meaning “Flying Day” in German is coming to Boston.

Even if you’re not brave (or crazy) enough to apply….I think being a spectator for this spirited mayhem would be a blast!

Mark Your Calendars now!

Applications and “craft designs” are due by May 13th.

The Red Bull Flugtag event will be held on August 20th at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell.

Red Bull Flugtag is back in 2016 and is once again challenging wannabe pilots to push the limits of human flight. Since 1991, Red Bull Flugtag (which translates to “Flying Day” in German) has made stops around the world challenging competitors to build and pilot homemade human powered flying machines. For the first time ever, the brave and brainy teams of five will take a flying leap off a 28-foot-high flight deck into the water below in both Boston, Massachusetts and Louisville, Kentucky.

Applications are now being accepted for both locations and carpenters, athletes, designers, engineers, entertainers, and everyone in-between can turn their dreams of flight into reality. Five-Member teams of aspiring aviators and courageous craftsmen can apply for a chance to compete by submitting flying-machine plans to http://www.RedBullFlugtag.com. The deadline to submit craft designs is May 13.

READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE!

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VIDEO: Top North Shore Talent brings Doo-Wop to life in Beverly April 15-17

Classic Doo-Wop April 15-17 right down the road at The Larcom Theatre — Beverly’s most intimate acoustically stellar listening venue!

Written & Directed by Malden-native Richie Willis (founder of the award-winning vocal group, North Shore Acappella) The Last Days of Doo-Wop is a heartwarming tale of five local street corner singers — the Doo-Rays — that brings you back to a time of tenderness and turbulence.

Top hits of the 50s & 60s woven together with critically acclaimed original songs — this engaging musical tugs at your heartstrings and warms your soul.

Good seats still available for all shows.  GET THEM HERE.

FOB FIRST: WIN BACK STAGE MEET & GREET WITH THE SMITHEREENS THIS SATURDAY 4/2

Larcom Theatre audience member plays Jim Babjak’s guitar last April when The Smithereens played to a pack Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

You may have heard that 80s power-pop hitmakers, The Smithereens, are coming back to the Larcom Theatre (right down the road in Beverly) this Saturday 4/2 and they’re bringing award-winning keyboardist Andy Burton, of John Mayer’s band and HBO’s hit series Vinyl — these guys are LOTS of FUN!

You can’t buy a back-stage meet & greet with the band, but you can WIN it — and because you are an FOB, you’ve got the first chance to enter.

Just go here, enter your name, email & phone and type SMITHEREENS where it asks for the contest name.  Winners will be selected Friday 4/1 at 5pm and contacted via email.

YOU MUST HAVE A TICKET TO WIN.  If you don’t already tickets, get them here!

 

 

ROOMFUL OF BLUES SUMMER KICK-OFF CRUISE MAY 29 – Tickets already SELLING FAST

We just put tickets on sale to the public for our Roomful of Blues Cruise on Sunday, May 29 aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship and they’re already selling fast.

Last year every one of our concert cruises sold out and it looks like this one will too.  Please don’t wait … and then call asking us to break Coast Guard rules to let you on board a full ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOWWe hate saying “No” to people we know on concert day!

What? You’ve never been aboard the Beauport Princesss Cruise ship?  Well you’re in for a treat: The ship has 2 fully-enclosed decks with dance floors plus an open-air top deck.

We offer theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the second deck and couches on the top deck.  Your ticket includes complementary light snacks, plus there are three full-service cash bars with beer, wine and top-shelf liquor.

Can you imagine a better way to kick off summer than partying with 5-time Grammy nominated national touring stars while cruising historic, gorgeous Gloucester Harbor!  Here’s a taste of how much fun we had last year:

BREAKING NEWS: Award-winning keyboardist ANDY BURTON, of John Mayer’s Band & HBO’s VINYL to join THE SMITHEREENS on APRIL 2 in Beverly

This just in from the band’s road manager.  One of today’s top touring keyboard players will join THE SMITHEREENS when they bring their high energy power pop show right down the road to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday, April 2nd.

While on break from John Mayer‘s tour, Andy Burton will bring his tremendous talent and energy to the stage when The Smithereens make their triumphant return to Beverly’s most intimate, acoustically stellar listening venue after last year’s rockin’ show that packed the house.

Good seats are still left, the best available seats being in the balcony – GET THEM HERE.

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Andy Burton with The Smithererens:

TONIGHT Brooks Williams & Jeremy Lyons at Old Sloop!

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Check out these videos:

And here’s a video of Jeremy Lyons playing and singing the Mark Sandman parts at a concert we produced at T.T. The Bears to benefit the Mark Sandman Project in 2009.  You can see Jeremy at 4:40.

PODCAST: Malachy McCourt says, “The best way to lose weight this week is to see A Couple of Blaguards. You’ll laugh your arse off!”

Malachy McCourt (L) with his brother Frank

In a very funny interview, earlier this morning, Dana & Mugs welcomed Malachy McCourt to their morning show on North Shore 104.9. Malachy regaled them with stories about growing up in Ireland with his Pulitzer Prize winning brother Frank (author of “Angela’s Ashes”), working on the docks in NY, 50+ years of marriage, meeting the Queen and the play that he and Frank wrote, A Couple of Blaguards, which you can see right down the road at Beverly’s Intimate Larcom Theatre tomorrow (St. Patrick’s Day) at 2pm and 8pm as well as Friday 3/18 at 8pm [GET TICKETS HERE]

Listen to the podcast below and join us tomorrow or Friday for a pint and some good laughs!

“If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.” -Malachy McCourt

On St. Patricks day, you can mosey on down the road to Beverly’s intimate Larcom Theatre, and see the only Boston area performance of the critically acclaimed Irish comedy, “A Couple of Blaguards” by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize winning author of the New York Times Bestseller “Angela’s Ashes”) and Malachy McCourt, author of New York Times Bestseller “A Monk Swimming.”

Called “Wickedly Funny” by Time Out New York, “Memorable” by the New York Times with “An unholy amount of charm!” (Washington Post). GET TICKETS HERE!

According to Malachy McCourt, This show is the result of Frank and me listening to the stories of our elders which in turn tunes the ear, the eye and the tongue to observe and give voice to even the most trivial of events. I think we had more fun than anyone writing and performing Blaguards, which has become an affectionate term for the rowdy, outgoing, and sometimes drinking sort of boys. If you don’t have a good evening, you should have yourself checked to make sure you haven’t died during the day.

Veteran actors Howard Platt (“What About Joan?” “Sandford and Son,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “The Rock,” “Nixon” … many more) and Jarlath Conroy (“True Grit,” “Law & Order,” “NYPD Blue,” “Putzel,” “The Art of Getting By,” “Across the Universe,” “Kinsey,” “Stay,” “Day of the Dead,” “Heaven’s Gate,” to list but a very few) portray Malachy and Frank McCourt in this extraordinarily moving and “Wickedly Funny” stage production.

Can you imagine a better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Tendercrop. Stands Repeating

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I know that it was just about 3 months ago that I wrote about how in love I am with the new Tendercrop Farm location in Wenham, but it totally stands repeating.  Each week since, including just yesterday, I hear someone say, “Did you know that Tendercrop Farm opened a new location?”  Which tells me that all of Cape Ann is not aware yet…and they should be.

I’m lucky enough to only be about 5 minutes away when at work so I’ve been running over at lunchtime.  The other day I got a totally delicious chicken salad with walnuts and cranberries.

If you haven’t been you should really make a point to swing by!

There’s A New Rotary in My Life

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Not sure if it is temporary or permanent but there’s officially another rotary in my life.  This one near the school where I teach in Beverly.

Happily (I think) it is there due to the clearing and construction of the new Whole Foods due to open later this year.

In case you were not aware that Beverly is indeed getting a Whole Foods you can read more about it by following the link below.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET PLANS BEVERLY, MASS., LOCATION

Whole Foods Market will open a location at 140 Brimbal Avenue in Beverly, Mass.

The store, which will be part of the North Shore Commons Shopping Center, will be approximately 35,000 square feet and will employ approximately 150 team members.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to open another Whole Foods Market location in the metro North area,” said Laura Derba, president of Whole Foods Market’s North Atlantic Region. “Beverly is a great community, and we are eager to open and to become partners with our new neighbors.”

The store is projected to open in 2016.

– See more at: http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-market-plans-beverly-mass.-location#sthash.sQk50OIZ.dpuf

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Important information on the newest holiday scam

Beware of the scams that are going around especially this time of year.  One of our clients was charged $200.00 on their credit card and $34.00 per month.

Tis the Season … (to be scammed)

A long time ago, in a land we may no longer recognize, the “flim-flam man” (remember Robert Preston in “The Music Man”) had to look you in the eye personally to defraud you of your hard earned money. Now it is done from an off-shore call center or by some weasel sitting in his mother’s basement. The Internet is a wonderful place for legitimate use, but it is also the Wild Wild West of the technological age.

Recently we have had a disturbing number of our elderly and less technically savvy customers call us reporting cold calls by people purporting to represent Microsoft, Dell, or a “Tech Support” organization and stating that their monitoring software reported a problem with the customer’s computer. They then attempt to convince the person to allow them to log onto their computer to resolve the issue … usually after securing credit card information to pay for the critical repair. In one case, they signed the victim up for a monthly “maintenance” contract billed to their credit card. This “PC Help Desk” software is next to impossible to remove completely without a system rebuild.

The callers have disguised their caller ID so that the call may initially appear to be legitimate. We usually get one or two of these calls a month … some of us like to play with them for 10 minutes or so before blowing them off; I am less tolerant and tend to say politically incorrect and hurtful things before hanging up.

Generally, things to be aware of include:

  • Microsoft & Dell NEVER EVER call you unsolicited to offer to fix something that you have not yet complained about. This is ALWAYS a scam.
  • The IRS and FBI do not send you an email with an attachment. They never email. The IRS will send a registered US Postal Service letter; the FBI will send somebody to knock on your door.
  • Banks and other financial institutions will NEVER ask you for passwords or other personal information on the telephone. If they do, hang up and call them back using a phone number that you know … not from the caller ID.
  • UPS, FexEx and DHL do not send email package delivery notices unsolicited. They DEFINITELY do not send message with attachments. This is the favorite delivery vector to many malware Trojans and ransomware attacks. Businesses and people who do a lot of package mailings are especially vulnerable to this method.
  • Basically be very suspicious of any mail messages that include attachments … especially if you do not know the sender and are expecting it.
  • If possible, use a special credit card (never an ATM or Debit card) for your Internet transactions. We have one with a very low limit JUST for that purpose.
  • If you get a suspicious Pop-Up screen on your computer, POWER IT OFF and then reboot. Run your AntiVirus software full system scan and then any AntiMalware programs you might have after updating them. Goggle “MalwareBytes” or “SuperAntiSpyware” for two that are free. They are our first line of defense for cleaning infected systems.
  • Backups, backups, backups … they are your true last line of defense. Get a good one and then TEST to make sure they are actually making recoverable copies.
  • There are always qualified computer professionals that can help you if necessary, but look them up in the phone book or ask your Chamber of Commerce for recommendations … do not call the number that the Pop-Up suggests.

National Christmas Tree & Mass Christmas Tree

Had a wonderful time walking around DC last night in short sleeves.  Temp as about 65 degrees.  The Lincoln Memorial was as inspiring as ever — this monument never loses its power.

We thought FOBs might like to see a shot of the National Christmas Tree and the smaller Massachusetts tree that was among trees from all states surrounding the National tree.

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Shop Local for a New Orleans Experience & a Holiday Tribute to a Music Icon

Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.

Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.  This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute.  This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid.  Tickets are available here.

Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him.  He’s our favorite saxophonist!”  Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.

This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me.  We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

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!

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