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Gloucester’s Police Chief Leonard Campanello is a ROCK STAR!

Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello – photo: Allegra Boverman

Chief Campanello’s “Angel” project began yesterday.  If you don’t know what that is, read this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.

The Chief’s project has been the subject of national news for about a month now and he’s even been challenged by the district attorney (see this article in the Boston Globe).

But our Chief remains cool as a cucumber.

Just listen to him in this NPR interview from yesterday — especially the part where he says, “We appreciate the district attorney’s comments, but the fact is that the police have always had the discretion to charge or not charge and not just with drugs, with most crimes.”

If you see Chief Campanello, please congratulate him on his vision, compassion, brilliance and cool head.

This is definitely the guy you want protecting our city and helping to heal our drug problem. BRAVO CHIEF!

We knew we were lucky to have Chief Campanello come to Glocuester when he brought the crowd to their feet with his Springsteen version of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town” at the first Cape Ann Winter Solstice in December 2013.  Sheila Roberts Orlando captured the moment perfectly in the photo below:

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Party with Blues Icon James Montgomery aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship on July 4th

James Montgomery – photo: Boston Herald

Here’s your chance to party on Saturday, July 4th aboard Gloucester’s Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with blues icon James Montgomery and his HOT band, featuring David Hull (of Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, George McCann (played w/ Steven Tyler, Billy Squier, James Cotton, etc.) on guitar and Jeff Thompson (played w/ J Giles, James Cotton, Duke Robillard, etc.) on drums.

Your ticket includes the first appearance by the legendary James Montgomery Band aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship PLUS a very special July 4th Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls! (Chicken salad and veggie wraps available too.)

This is an all-ages concert cruise with a full bar aboard for people over 21.

Our July 13 concert cruise is sold out, but you can still get tickets to July 4th (get them here RIGHT NOW)

You can dance right in front of the stage aboard cruise ship, and you can bet James will ask you to dance just like he does in this video:

 

Live WTF???? Trading away a puppy for a vehicle? What say you?

http://hartford.craigslist.org/bar/5036124002.html

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I’m not sure if I’m very happy for this puppy, or just very sad. I wish I could just go and buy this lil’ fella! How do you feel about such transactions? Is it a bit strange, or is it chalked up to tough times & any means necessary type living? Please feedback and fill out the poll! (Or better yet, go get this sweet pup!)

You can be on James Montgomery’s new CD

James Montgomery in Boston Herald interview

Tomorrow (5/21), you can be in the audience when the James Montgomery Band records a new live CD right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.

This concert (and the CD) will also raise money for James Montgomery’s foundation V is for Veterans, which focuses on helping disabled veterans.  James donated most of the tickets to veterans organizations and the VA hospital, but you can still buy tickets here.

James will be joined by David Hull (from Aerosmith & The Joe Perry Project) on bass, Cliff Goodwin (from the Joe Cocker Band) on guitar and Jeff Thompson on drums.  Young, rising country stars Whitney Doucet (who sang with Keith Urban) and Lexi James open.

Be sure to scream and shout and clap loud enough to be heard on the CD, so when it comes out you can get one and play it for your friends — fast forwarding through the songs and waiting for the applause, of course.

Here’s a video of James the last time he was at The Larcom.  Notice the crowd in the middle of the song … this could be YOU!

Click here to read an excellent Boston Herald interview with James — especially the part where he talks about B.B. King!

SELL OUT ALERT: 35 seats left for Art Garfunkel @ Larcom This Sat 5/23

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Only 35 seats left for this very special evening with Art Garfunkel, one of popular music’s most revered icons.  Most of the seats are in the Balcony (get them here).  For this show, with only 2 people on stage, the seats at Balcony left and right (that normally offer a partially obstructed view) will be fine.  And they’re a bargain. Get them NOW!

Imagine seeing him and hearing his extraordinary voice in the intimate Larcom Theatre (right down the road in downtown Beverly) with gimmeLIVE’s perfect sound.

This will be Art Garfunkel’s only Boston area appearance on this tour.

It will certainly be an experience you won’t soon forget!  Don’t wait until tickets are gone.  Get them now, right here.

 

Still a few tickets left for Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess on 6/13

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE featuring the first ever appearance by these national recording stars aboard the Beauport Princess.  

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — There are only about 50 tickets left.  Don’t wait!

ON-SALE ALERT: Tickets just went on sale for John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren

John Cafferty singing one of his #1 hits with the audience at The Larcom in January photo Sheila Roberts Orlando

Most of you who follow us know that we present concerts just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (among other venues).

This summer we’ll also be presenting concerts at The Cabot — and the first one we’ve put on sale is John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren on Friday, July 31 — and it’s helping us answer two questions at once: “When are you bringing John Cafferty back?” and “When are you bringing Charlie Farren back?”

We figured this summer was the perfect time to party at The Cabot with these 2 high-energy rock stars, who haven’t performed together on stage for years.

It’s an All Ages show with reserved seats starting at only $25.  Get your tickets now (RIGHT HERE) because this show will sell quickly!

Q: Who’s the Hendrix of the Harmonica? A: Sugar Blue and you can see him LIVE at the Gloucester Blues Fest Aug 8

Three months from today on Saturday, August 8th, The 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival kicks summer into high gear at Stage Fort Park featuring top national blues stars, including the man who’s known as Hendrix of the Harmonica, Sugar Blue. You’ve heard his signature playing on “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. (You didn’t think Mick played that harp did you?)

Now you have the chance to see this blues icon (who’s also recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and many other) LIVE IN GLOUCESTER at The Gloucester Blues Festival on August 8th at Stage Fort Park.

What kills me is how much cheaper the tickets are if you buy them in advance — only $28 (GET TICKETS HERE) as opposed to $40 at the gate.  So stop what you’re doing right now and GET A PAIR OF TIX FOR YOUR MOM (and a pair for yourself too).

Here’s Sugar Blue live (Ooooh, what a tight band he’s got too!)

And here’s the Rolling Stones’ multi-platinum hit “Miss You” — you don’t see a harp in Mitch’s mouth, do you?

It’s time for Beethoven tomorrow (SAT) with The Cape Ann Symphony Mother’s Day Concert feat. BSO Soloists

Past_PresentLast month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music.

And a few weeks ago (in this post) you saw the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony used in Academy-Award winning film, The King’s Speech.

So to help you get ready for tomorrow night’s powerful Cape Ann Symphony concert (Get tickets here), I’ve put a few other films and videos using this iconic music at the end of this post.

In addition to Beethoven, they’ve invited Boston Symphony Orchestra father and daughter team Richard and Erin Svoboda as soloists for Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon.  Plus you’ll hear an overture by Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his time.

You really do want to be there!  Get tickets here.

 

Ignorance Was Indeed Bliss

No!  Nooooooo!

Not my beer.  Anywhere else, but not in my favorite, super yummy and refreshing, grapefruit beer. And, to add insult to injury, why now?  Why find out now….just when the weather is getting warm and I am primed for Grapefruit Beer drinking on the deck and at the beach?

I don’t mean to be naive.  I guess, if I were to think about it, I’d be certain that I eat things I’d prefer not to eat on a weekly basis.  But this blatant….slap you in the face declaration… right there on the label makes it kind of difficult to turn the other cheek.

Do I continue to “enjoy” my favorite beer, regardless of the fact that I’m now aware it is partially bug juice?  Or do I run for the hills and find a new favorite?

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Cochineal extract is extracted from the cochineal, specifically the female, a species of insect that belongs to the order entomologists refer to as the “true bugs.” (Don’t trust any account that calls this bug a beetle — it’s not).

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Read More About How These Bugs End Up in Your Food   HERE   and    HERE  (if you dare)

Roomful of Blues Cruise aboard Beauport Princess Just Went On-Sale and is selling fast

We just put tickets on sale to the public for our Roomful of Blues Cruise on Saturday, June 13 aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship.  Our limited quantity Pre-Sale for this cruise sold out in a few hours, so we expect the full cruise will sell out in a few days.

GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW — Don’t wait until the last minute.  You’ll be left at the dock.

THIS IS AN ALL AGES CONCERT CRUISE

Dance, dine and cruise historic Gloucester Harbor with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues aboard the Beauport Princes Cruise Ship. Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring their world famous Lobster Rolls! A full cash bar is available aboard the cruise ship.

Miranda Russell on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes” this week and in concert next week

Here’s a sneak peek of Miranda Russell, accompanied by Justin Piper and Joe Kessler, performing “Jolene” on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.” She will be Allen’s guest this week and next week through to May 10, 2015. Airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

After you watch her on TV you’re really going to want to see her live — and you’re in luck.  Miranda will be at Shalin Liu in Rockport next Thursday & Friday May 7 & 8.  Good seats are still available for both shows, but the best seats are on May 7.  Don’t wait.  These shows are likely to sell out.  Get tickets here.

Want to learn the concert business? Maybe we have a job for you.

GIMMELIVE IS HIRING

Vickie and I are looking for someone who wants to learn the concert business and is willing to work at it with determined dedication. We’re a very small company. Everybody does everything, from booking to promotion to customer support to data entry to house and stage management to washing towels and shopping for the artists’ back-stage goodies. So will you.

This is not an easy job. Hours vary from week to week. Priorities can change suddenly without warning. No matter how much you prepare, the unexpected always happens. And sometimes it all seems to be going terribly wrong.

If you are an excellent communicator, great with people, thrive on challenge, love to learn, love music, embrace the unknown and can find clever ways to get stuff done with almost no supervision, this could be the job for you. It’s not an internship. You’ll get paid.

Watch our video (below) and get a taste of what it’s like to put on an outdoor concert (most of our shows are not outdoors, but it’s the only video we have that shows some of the work we do behind the scenes).

CLICK HERE. Check the box that says, “I want to be on your Street Team” (Oh, did we say you’ll be managing a street team too?) and tell us why you want to learn the concert business. We’ll get back to you.

Join The Ned Nugent & Mark Pelosi Duo for Brunch Today @ Alchemy Gloucester…12-3pm 4.26.2015

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http://www.alchemygloucester.com/

I’ve seen this duo recently and they are a pleasure to listen to.Plus the food, ambiance and service @ Alchemy Gloucester is so good….if they have that bubbly peach drink, I highly recommend it..

Cape Ann Big Band to play for Salem Jazz & Soul Fest Spring Gala Fundraiser SUNDAY

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theatre in May 2014 (photo Sheila Roberts Orlando)

Here’s an opportunity to have some fun while supporting an excellent cause.  Local favorites Cape Ann Big Band featuring vocalists Renee Dupuis and Nathan Seavey perform down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to help raise money for The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival and their excellent music education work.

Awesome Auction Items

Before and during the concert and at intermission you can bid on some awesome auction items.  Here’s a short list of highlights:

Original artwork, gift cards to local restaurants, KHS ladies bicycle donated by Salem Cycle, theater tickets, music lessons, martial arts lessons, wizard-themed party for kids at the Salem Witch Institute’s Crown and Shield Hall, weeklong stay at a house in Southern France.

Doors are 6:30.  Show starts at 7:00pm with the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars opening.

What better way to spend a Sunday evening!

SELL OUT ALERT: The Smithereens at Larcom on Saturday — Get $25 tix now before they’re gone

As promised, we’re letting you know before all the tickets are gone for New Jersey-based, power-pop rockers, The Smithereens on Saturday right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  You can still get tickets here (starting at only $25 — half of what you’d have to pay elsewhere) and there are even a few of my favorite seats left in Balcony Center Row L (get them here).

The cool thing about these guys is that even though they had monster hits in the ’80s (e.g., “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After”) which they could easily just live off, they’re still writing new songs and releasing new records that are as good or better than their classics.  Check out this Video of their new song, “Sorry.”

Brand new Martha Davis video and podcast — you saw and heard them here first!

Martha Davis and Ruby Rose Fox just keep on surprising us with wonderful new music and collaboration.  Check out this video from their concert in New York last night.  Tomorrow they appear right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats left — especially in the balcony.  Get them here!

And if you missed Aurelia Nelson’s excellent interview with Martha Davis on 104.9FM radio show, “Curtain Up” on Sunday, you can listen in right here:

Heath’s Tea Room … Re-opening Friday April 24th, 2015. Now accepting Mother’s Day Reservations for our 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm seatings.

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Here’s a slide show of one of my visits. I highly recommend the cottage pie, quiche and the Roast Turkey with Stuffing  is to die for. https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/72157626793853325/

visit their website> http://www.heathstearoom.com/Home.html 

“Lovewhip” Tonight @ MinglewoodAtLat 9pm 4.18.2015 Don’t Miss It!

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http://www.lovewhip.net/

minglewood

25 Rogers St
Gloucester, Massachusetts
(978) 281-0223

http://minglewoodtavern.com/

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