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No, It’s Not Sold Out! You Can Get Glocuester Blues Fest Tix at The Stage Fort Park Gate on SAT @ 9am

Whew!  When you went to get advanced tickets online, you thought it was sold out didn’t you?  It’s not.  You can still get tickets at the gate, which opens at 9am on Saturday.  Get there early and get a good spot!

The Rhumb Line Until after labor Day Trivia is suspended.Instead we will have our good friend Bradley Royds do his thing from 6:30-8:30..followed by Joe Wilkins and Funk du Jour at 9pm

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Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes, A.J. Croce, Rockport Jazz Fest & More @ Shalin Liu this month

This is it.  Right now.  August probably gives us, here in Gloucester, more entertainment choices than any other month — I haven’t really studied this, it just feels that way, but I’ll bet it’s true.

Shalin Liu‘s busy schedule is a prime example.  Many of their concerts are sold out, but here are a few choice shows we recommend, all of which have good seats left.

Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes this Thursday, August 6th.  They’re billing this show as ONE MAN, FIVE GUITARS AND TRUE ARTISTRY.  No kidding.  Get tickets here.

A.J. Croce next Wednesday, August 12.  Knowing he’s son of Jim Croce might be enough to get you there.  But you might as well just take it from Willie Nelson, who said, “A.J. Croce has wisdom beyond his years. With his music, he represents his generation with a profound sense of honesty in his lyrics and quality in his delivery. The future of entertainment is safe in his hands!”

And then there’s the Rockport Jazz Festival from August 13-16, featuring one of my newest friends, Sean Jones, on August 15.  Sean was Henri Smith’s special guest at Saturday’s Block Party in Beverly and let’s just say he owned the crowd of thousands, who showed up.  Expect great things from Sean Jones over the next few years!

This Saturday! The Gloucester Blues Festival 2015 August 8th 11am to 7:30 pm @ Cressy’s Beach

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Spread the word…The fourth annual Gloucester Blues Festival  is this Saturday, August 8 2015 ON THE BEACH AT STAGE FORT PARK…. Tickets $28 The last day of sale in advance price is Monday 8.3.2015 then  $40 at the gate. Check out the lineup and listen to the great mix of musicians! See You There!

click here for info and tickets > https://gloucesterbluesfestival.com/

Here’s the line up

JUKE JOINT FIVE 11:00am
ALEXIS P. SUTER 11:45
ALBERT CASTIGLIA 1:00
MITCH WOODS 2:15
JOANNA CONNOR 3:30
LITTLE ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS 4:50
SUGAR BLUE 6:15

FYI:
PARKING- City owned parking lot for 1100 cars, $15.00 fee,
beside the festival grounds
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION:
CATA (978)283-7916 Shuttle trolley “park n ride” with stops between Stage Fort park, downtown,and Good Harbor Beachhttp://www.canntran.com/Trolley.cfm
Gloucester Taxi – (978)283-0099
Lighthouse Taxi & Livery Service – (978)281-6161
A-1 Airport Livery of Cape Ann – (978)281-8121

MBTA COMMUTER TRAINShttp://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/
leave regularly from Boston’s North Station,
exit 75 Railroad Avenue in downtown Gloucester.

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photo by Joanne Silva  Gloucester Blues Festival 2014

Check out last years festival photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/72157646528871617

Beverly’s Block Party vs Gloucester’s Block Party – Contrast & Compare!

Perhaps it’s worth a trip to Beverly tomorrow to see how they do their Block Parties (info here). There are some differences between theirs and ours in Gloucester, notably that the entire area is fenced and you can walk down the street drinking a beer (or wine).  Music is only on 2 stages and Gloucester’s own Henri Smith headlines the Beverly Bank Stage tomorrow, featuring Sean Jones (new, young chair of Berklee’s Brass Department) and Salem’s Henley Douglas, Jr.

Something new in Beverly for tomorrow is an AFTER PARTY at 9:30pm hosted by The Cabot featuring Beverly born comedian Dave Rattigan, an intimate New Orleans concert by Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours with Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell added to the bill along with other performers from the Block Party and a Taste of Beverly’s Best Late Night Snacks competition with food from Beverly Favorites: The Wild Horse, Gloria’s, The Indo, Freeda’s and Calibasil.

So check it all out, then come back here and tell us what you think . . .

 

 

OMG did you really wait ’till the last minute to get your Gloucester Blues Fest Tix? Save $12 get them now!

So … saving $12/ticket means nothing to you?  Really?  Here’s the thing: Advance sales END on Monday.  It’s a NO BRAINER to get your tickets RIGHT NOW — RIGHT HERE and save money! 

Every year the Gloucester Blues Festival gets better and better.  Next Saturday (Aug 8th) is your only chance to see major blues stars LIVE IN GLOUCESTER on the same stage.  Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from one of the SEVEN bands, Mitch Woods, who will ROCK stage Fort Park like you’ve never heard it done before!

 

It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

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It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

Antonio Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert – Postponed to Wednesday

Tonight’s Concert Postponed till Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm.

Precision Roofing will provide free hot dogs and beverages at Wednesday’s Concert.

Bring the Whole Family!  Overdrive will have you dancing with the sounds of R & B with amazing horns!

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Check online for latest information

Check online for latest information

Sometimes you just gotta cross the bridge

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot -- photo Holly Harris

Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot — photo Holly Harris

Last night, a number of our Gloucester friends came to the Robert Randolph & The Family Band concert we presented at The Cabot in Beverly, some of whom exclaimed, “Boy it’s just amazing that we can see this level of music so close to home!”

Indeed, Beverly is about as close as a national touring artist, the likes of Robert Randolph, is likely to get to Gloucester.  So perhaps it’s time for us to extend our notion of “just down the road” to include Beverly, which is … dare I say … over the bridge.

Tomorrow we’re bringing three of the hottest Boston area bands to the Cabot stage: Boston Music Award winners Ruby Rose Fox and Jesse Dee with Salem’s Sarah & the Wild Versatile.  We believe all three bands will soon be playing much bigger venues — that are much farther away than Beverly and — oh yeah — charge a whole lot more for tickets.  ALL AGES  seats for tomorrow’s concert start at $15 (the same as it costs to see Jurassic World at the mall).  It’s a great show for your kids, who’ll be able to say “I saw them up close at The Cabot!”  Good seats are still available here.

Sound Temple Music and Healing Arts at Floating Lotus in Gloucester on Friday (7/24)

Come meditate, move and be in a sacred, healing musical space with Sound Temple.

Friday, July 24
Sound Temple with Christine Tulis and Kem Stone

Special Guests
Stan Strickland, Jon Holland and Lisa Bouchie

Floating Lotus
169 Main Street, Gloucester
7:30 pm
$20 suggested
at the door

HELP! The Beatles Benefit – Tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center

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Time for fun with the Beatles. Bird Mancini and T Max (with special guest Karen Ristuben) do their Beatles show tonight at Rocky Neck Cultural Center, East Gloucester “Help!” since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the single.

Did you get your tickets at Diamond Cove Music (57 Washington St, Gloucester) or did you pick them up online athttp://culturalcenterbenefit.bpt.me

Either way, we’ll see you tonight–get there on time, please (doors at 7:30) and we’re expecting a crowd–you know, the way fans would go to the airport to greet The Beatles. Please don’t throw jelly beans at us.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party at The Rhumb Line To Host Andrew Clark This Week! 8:30 pm July 16, 2015

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Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Why not c’mon down to the Rhumbline this Thursday and dance your ass off to the pimple-popping sounds of that Tootin’ Torquemada of the Tenor: Mr. Andrew Clark. With his erumpent  vocal shenanigans and ventricle-atomizing saxophone, there’ll be plenty to talk to your therapist about on your next visit. I’m making an appointment now. Not only that but Mr. Steve Sadler, on catarrh, will  be sandbagging the groove with the likes of Mr. Ephraim Lowell, on the jackhammers. Gonna be a great night!
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http://offers.therealschoolofmusic.com/instructors/andrew-clark

rhumbline
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

THE WAILERS w/ Dub Apocalypse show. Another amazing M.E. Productions at The Cabot!! Ya

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get tickets here > http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=211551&cart

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http://wailers.com/

Dub Apocalypse

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http://dubapocalypse.com/index.html

The Cabot  photo by Social Palates

photo by Social Palates

THE CABOT

286 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915
978.927.3100
info@TheCabot.org

Music At Eden’s Edge Preview From Linda rae and Rob Castagna

July 8 (3pm) Music At Eden’s Edge “Really Open Rehearsal” Public Welcome!

July 17 (8pm) Music At Eden’s Edge

Rob and I happened upon the North Shore Art Gallery on the 8th.  While taking our time enjoying the various paintings, we were quite surprised to hear chamber music above us. What a delightful afternoon as we listened to the quartet playing Schubert (written at age 16)…starting and stopping with a sense the foursome thoroughly were enjoying their practice which made us relax and enjoy their hard work and the many, many notes well played.  Though my iPhone 6+ takes great video, it doesn’t seem to translate as well, but hopefully this may encourage others to enjoy the final result (July 17th at 8pm) of their well practiced time.  Also, various artists were invited to draw or paint during this musical delight, and I have captured two with pleasure.  Never a dull moment during our visits to Gloucester/Rockport.  You have a great thing going here and we love it!  Again, thank you for Good Morning Gloucester, it keeps us in touch though we are five plus hours away.

Blessings, Linda rae and Rob Castagna

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M.E. Productions presents HOT TUNA w/ Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams Saturday, July 11 at 8:00 pm – all tickets $45

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Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093
Rock N Roll Hall of Fame alumnus, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing together for the past 50 years. Originating from Jefferson Airplane, the duo formed the iconic blues-roots band Hot Tuna.

While in Jefferson Airplane, putting together the soundtrack of the 60s, the pair remained loyal to the blues, jazz, bluegrass, and folk influences of the small clubs and larger venues they had learned from years before. San Francisco down time…hotel rooms on the road…just about anywhere they could manage some off time, they would play together and worked up a set of songs that mirrored their love of roots music. They would often play ‘their’ music at clubs in the Bay Area and while on the road, often after having played a set with the Airplane. In an era in which volume often overtrumped musicianship, Hot Tuna provided both. Fans also discovered that Jack and Jorma really loved to play, sometimes 3-6 hour long sets…which only energized the crowds, and in turn energized their performances.

Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093
Jorma and Jack certainly could not have imagined, let alone predicted, where playing would take them. It’s been a long and fascinating road to numerous exciting destinations. After two decades of acoustic and electric concerts and albums, the 1990s brought a new focus on acoustic music to Hot Tuna. More intimate venues with a more individual connection to the audience became increasingly frequent stops. Soon, the loud electric sound (and the semi trailer load of equipment) disappeared entirely from Hot Tuna tours. Two things have never changed: They still love to play as much as they did as kids, and there are still many, many exciting miles yet to travel on their musical odyssey.

WATCH VIDEO: Hot Tuna “Hesitation Blues”

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams

Larry Campbell recently performed, and some say stole the show, to a full house at the Shalin Liu Performance Center alongside David Bromberg and David Hidalgo. Larry is well known in musical circles, initially as the instrumental wizard behind Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour and later as the musical director and three-time Grammy-winning producer for Levon Helm. Campbell’s musical dexterity is legendary and won him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Larry stays busy producing albums for Garland Jefferies, the Steep Canyon Rangers, David Bromberg and Hot Tuna. Campbell is married to Teresa Williams and the pair often perform together. The two of them also performed on Jorma Kaukonen’s newest album, Ain’t In No Hurry.

Buy Tickets Online or by Phone: 978-525-9093

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