Category Archives: GMG Music Schedule

Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park Begins July 10

The Antonio Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series begins on Sunday, July 11, 2016, at 7:00pm, at the bandstand in Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA. The series of eight free outdoor concerts is celebrating its Thirtieth anniversary. For most of those years the concerts have been produced by David Benjamin, who promises another exciting season of varied musical styles played by top professional bands.

The concerts are sponsored in part by area businesses and individual sponsors. The opening concert on July 10, will feature the Continentals, a popular New England pop-rock band playing your favorite “oldies” and many current cover tunes. The Continentals rain date will be Friday, July 15, at 7pm. All other concerts feature a rain date of the following Wednesday evening.

This season marks a return of the Cape Ann Big Band (Aug. 21), the fantastic Beatles tribute band 4Ever Fab (Aug. 14) and Lee Lewis and the Doo Wop Allstars (Aug. 28). Other featured acts are: Grupo Fantasia (July 17), Compaq Big Band (July 24), Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen (July 31) and the Cape Ann Community Band (Aug. 28).

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For concert information please contact David Benjamin, Tel. 978-281-0543,
email: or visit,

2016 Summer Concert Series ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’

Postcard Face, 2016 Meetinghouse Summer Series-finalThe Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, corner of Church and Middle St., Gloucester, from July 8 to September 2, 2016.  The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm.  Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets.  In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink.)  The public is invite
d to make free-will donations to Cape Ann non-profit organizations partnered with each concert (bring cash/check!)  Parking is available next door at St John’s Church.


The concert schedule and non-profit partners:


July 8    Berklee Jazz Quintet & Linda Amero to benefit Pathways for Children

July 15  Ken Steiner Presents the Music of New Orleans to benefit Gloucester Stage Company

July 22  Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 29  Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus to benefit The Kestrel Educational Adventures

Aug 5    Willie Alexander and the Raztones to benefit Opioid Angel Program

Aug 12  Dory Mates + Brian King  & Nathan Cohen to benefit Gloucester Writers Center

Aug 19  The Milkhouse Heaters, Vermont to benefit The Grace Center

Sep 2      Cape Ann Big Band (Ensemble) to benefit GMF Fire-Sprinkler Project

Poster, 2016 Meetinghouse Summer Series-final

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation’s mission is to preserve the City’s oldest church building (1806), centerpiece of the Historic District on the National Register, and to expand its non-religious use as a civic hub, entertainment venue and community center.

BREAKING NEWS: Court Rules Led Zeppelin DID NOT steal Stairway to Heaven – do you agree?

A couple of months ago, we posted the article below.  Here’s an update:

A few hours ago, an LA Jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal Stairway To Heaven‘s iconic opening riff from Randy Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) who wrote the song “Taurus” for the band Spirit.  Best of all — according to the LA Times, the jury based their decision on hearing the music! Here’s an excerpt from the article:

Shortly before making that decision, the jury returned to the courtroom and asked U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner to hear recordings of both songs played on an acoustic guitar again. They were played twice, and the jury returned to deliberations.

Just 15 minutes later, the court reconvened, and jurors announced they had reached a verdict.

See the full article here.

Do you agree?  Below is our April 14 post on the subject along with a video of each song (the passage in question begins at :45 seconds into the song Taurus).

A recent article in the Boston Globe tells the story of several lawsuits against Led Zeppelin, with particular detail on a Los Angeles judge’s ruling to proceed to a jury trial this May in order to determine whether Jimmy Page stole the opening guitar riff to “Stairway to Heaven” from Randy California, composer of “Taurus” by the band Spirit.

Below are the two songs.  Listen to the intro of each one — especially the acoustic guitar parts.

Do you really think Page stole the lick?


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.

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This Week’s very Special Guest: J.B. Amero 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.22.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, June 22nd – 7pm
Musical Guest: J.B AMERO!

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Deep soul magic. Perhaps the most popular performer we
have here on Cape Ann… the great J.B. graces our presence
as we kick off Fiesta this Wednesday. We start at 7, but I’d
say come early. A crowd is expected. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

They call her “Queen of the Blues” ~ Toni Lynn Washington Joins The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.16.2016



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Dave says,

The bases are loaded this Thursday as I Welcome Ms. Toni Lynn Washington to the Rhumb Line stage. A veritable living legend in the Boston area, Ms. T is sure to have your Adam’s apple bobbing with delight. I know she’ll hit it out of the park, too, with such luminaries as Mr. Mike DiBari, the mentalist of the blues, on catarrh, and Mr. Steve Bankuti,the drummer whose line is always busy!
It’s her first time here in town, so come early and stay late! You’ll be quizzed on this next week!




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

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonight’s Musical Guest: Bill Gleason 7-10pm 6.15.2016


rlineThis week’s dinner specials:
American Chop Suey – $9.95
and/or Grilled “Day Boat” Scallops – $14.95

Wednesday, June 15th – 7pm
Musical Guest: BILL GLEASON!


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Think he don’t mean it? Think again. He does. Without a
doubt, Bill Gleason is the best we’ve ever had when it
comes to raw, genuine American blues. I’ve been kickin’
around here for a long, long time, folks… an’ I ain’t never
seen nothin’ close. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
6/22 – J.B. Amero

6/29 – Fly Amero & Arizona Friends

7/6 – Toni Ann

7/13 -Jon Butcher

7/20 – John Rockwell

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

Funny Girl at NSMT grabs you and won’t let go!

Shoshana Bean is Fanny Brice in North Shore Music Theatre’s production of FUNNY GIRL playing thru June 19, 2016. Photo © Paul Lyden

Every once in a while a live show delivers a truly moving theatre experience.  North Shore Music Theatre‘s production of Funny Girl is it.  This musical has everything you’d want in an evening out: It’s funny, heartwarming, music is stellar and the dancing is engaging — especially the tap.

Most importantly, the star, Shoshana Bean, grabs you from the moment she enters the stage and keeps hold of your emotions while she beckons your hopes, dreams and fears to go along with her on a wild ride through the early 20th century life of Zeigfeld Follies star Fanny Brice.

Shoshana Bean (who was the first replacement actress for the role of Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked) has a gorgeous voice and is perfectly cast in the role made famous by Barbara Streisand on Broadway in 1964 and on film in 1968.  Bean is an extraordinarily good actress whose physical comedy and timing make this NSMT show one of our favorites in a long time.  Even our son loved it and he’s jaded by having been around rock stars all his life!

Funny Girl is selling fast and only running through June 19th, so get your tickets right now, RIGHT HERE!!

Here’s live performance of Fanny Brice singing one of her hits just to get you in the mood  . . .

Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party” 8:30pm 6.9.2016


It’s a biggie! Yes, yes, Mr. Gordon “Sax” Beadle is back in town this Thursday, comin’ at you with his atom smashing style and vaporizing sorties. it’s always a big deal to play with this guy…always takes a couple of days to recover…like a couch. Just back from a tour of Atlantis, our pied piper is dragging in the same vibrating rhythm section as last week.


I’m talking Mr. Pete Henderson on catarrh and Forrest “Forrest ” Padgett on the defibrillators. It’s always a blast! Do come!


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

Katrina’s is excited to add some Country Western / Blues music to their venue and host Cowboy & Lady! 8-11pm Thursday 6.9.2016


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This event Is for Country/Blues music lovers!!!

I’ve been chomping at the bit waiting to announce this special event at Katrina’s.
Cowboy and Lady will be riding into town Thursday, June 9th for a evening
of classic country/blues at our venue. Cowboy and Lady is a country-blues inspired duo featuring Tyler-James Kelly (The Silks) & Jess Powers.


*Reservations recommended for this show!Reserve your seat now! 978-515-7817



Wednesdays with Fly Amero at The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks musical guests: Honkytonk Women 7-10pm 6.8.2016

This week’s dinner special:
Roast Sirloin w/french fries
or choice of potato – $10.95

Wednesday, June 8th – 7pm
Musical Guests: HONKYTONK WOMEN!

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Honkytonk Women : Sheila Schrank on guitar with lead and harmony vocalists, Deby Wantman and Maureen Benson.

First time in on a Wednesday, folks. The 50s & 60s “girl group” hits
have never sounded better. This one is sure to be unique and fun!
We start things of at 7pm.~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

The very near future…
J.B. Amero

Liz Frame & The Kickers

Jon Butcher

Looking forward……to seeing you there:-)

Cape Ann Big Band Summer Concert on June 17th.

The Cape Ann Big Band will be hosting its only Spring/Summer Concert at the O’Maley Middle School on Friday June 17th at 7:00pm! 80% of all ticket sales will help fund new instruments and band room renovations at the Middle School. We’ll be featuring an opening set by the all new O’Maley School Jazz Ensemble! Come check these guys out!

Tickets on-sale here for $20. Seating is General Admission.

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Tonight with Cheryl Arena 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.2.2016

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Thursday night Ms. Cheryl Arena returns to Fred’s Coliseum in force!  Yes, that lovable gal with the nasty harmonica and the big voice is ready to chase you back to whatever evil rock you’ve been lying under.

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And, oops, I forgot to write down who the guitar player is, but rest assured you won’t be disappointed. Forrest “Forrest” Padgett will be the heartbeat du jour. My buddy Paul F’oss will be arriving by sled dog from the hinterlands of Bangor ME to tickle the ivories, and I’ll be on base with two men out.



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

John Rockwell and his band Loose Tongues @ Katrina’s 7-10pm 6.1.2016

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Last time I got to see Loose Tongues they were so wicked good..
Wicked nice guys, too!
I tried to keep track of all the songs they played. not sure if the titles are correct or not but you get the drift. One song after another and with awesome harmonies…seriously…if you want to fill your Wednesday evening up with some sweetly performed all time favorites Katrina’s is place for it tonight…

Here’s the list…

Here comes the sun
But there’s a full moon risin’
Let’s go dancin’ in the light
We know where the music’s playin’…
She’s got a ticket to ride..
Gone Gone Gone …..really gone…cause you done me wrong
You’ve lost that lovin feelin..
She was just seventeen
Lord I was born a Ramblin man..
Drinks to remember
If not for you
Working on her night moves
Kathys clown
Me and Julio down by the school yard
Mussels from a shell
So sad …save it for a rainy day…jayhawks
All the right reasons…
Here comes the sun
Beware of darkness
Falling Slowly
Let you down
Shower the people
Weather with you


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