This Sunday (4/19) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson welcomes 80s rocker Martha Davis, founder of The Motels, to her North Shore 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” for a spirited interview about what it’s like to be “the most charismatic female performer in rock,” as described by Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times.
Martha Davis is credited with helping to define the New Wave sound that dominated MTV and pop radio in the 1980s.
But she’s not one of those rockers who’s satisfied to live off her prior success. She’s still writing new songs, recording new music and discovering new talent, like Boston Music Award Winner Ruby Rose Fox who opens The Motels show down the road at The Larcom Theatre on Wednesday (good seats still available, especially in the balcony — get them here.)
And she’s about to release a film of her live performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, where she changed the face New Wave music forever. Check out the trailer here:
Last month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music. This month, the Cape Ann Symphony takes the whole thing one step farther. First of all, they’re playing one of Beethoven’s most extraordinary compositions, the 7th symphony. My guess is that the audience will jump to their feet after this finale just as they did last month for Beethoven’s first piano concerto, featuring David Deveau.
Beethoven’s 7th has been used in a number of films, most recently the 2nd movement in a tremendously powerful scene in which Academy Award winner Colin Firth as King George VI delivers a triumphant speech after struggling all his life with a terrible stutter. Check out that scene in this video:
Now imagine hearing the whole symphony live.
And if that wasn’t enough, 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.
The show starts at 5PM and goes til 8PM but the live feed from the room is streaming now. Click the image below to go to the Cape Ann Giclee Home Page and view it!
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April 10, 2015 from 5 to 8PM
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You’re lucky this concert isn’t sold out. Get tickets here.
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We all know that Jimmy Fallon is a huge FOB and either he or his staff reads GMG every day.
What we didn’t know is how seriously he takes our suggestions.
That is, until last night when he introduced our #1 pick from SXSW, Elle King (we picked her in this post) as his musical guest last night.
See Elle King’s Tonight Show performance here.
Mt. Vernon Street on Sunday, March 22.
Must Watch Short From Anthony Farenwald. Brilliant Cinematography , Film Editing ,Soundtrack and Footage. I Give It a 10 Out Of 10 @craigkimberley, Check It!
My name is Anthony Farenwald and I grew up here in Gloucester. I thought you might be interested in this ski and surf film that I made documenting how my friends and I made the best of Boston’s craziest winter yet. It was filmed exclusively on the North Shore, I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the locations. In any case, hope you enjoy!
Host Allen Estes welcomes Newburyport’s Lynne Taylor as his guest on Cape Ann TV’s Local Music Seen tonight at 6pm. If you miss it tonight, you can catch her Wednesday at 6:30pm or Friday at 1pm. See full schedule here.
The daughter of a folk musician and a poet, Lynne grew up in Kent, Ohio during the seventies, and absorbed the social consciousness of that time. She has always felt that music was her calling. She began writing her own songs at the age of fourteen, and has been performing professionally ever since. Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, honest songwriting combined with a powerful vocal style and unique piano accompaniment. A staple on the music scene in her adopted hometown of Newburyport, MA, she has been performing professionally across the northeastern US since 1985.
In addition to being a popular solo artist, Lynne can also be found having a blast playing bass in her all original punk band, Halo and the Harlots and in roots/alt/country band Liz Frame and the Kickers! One thing is certain; Lynne Taylor has a sound and spirit that is instantly recognizable and all her own!
Lynne released a self-produced solo CD entitled Grace in 1996 and her band, Rantic, released their self-titled CD in 2001. Liz Frame and the Kickers released their first full-length studio recording in Oct. 2011, Halo and the Harlots released their self-titled debut in 2014, and Lynne released When Lightning Strikes in Oct. 2013.
You know we love to put young, rising stars on stage with national touring artists. Often the young talent comes from Cape Ann, but this time, we’ve got Boston Music Award winner Ruby Rose Fox and her stellar band opening for Martha Davis and The Motels on April 22, right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.
Just the thought of these 2 powerhouse voices on the same stage sends shivers up my spine. Check her out!
In this excellent, in-depth article by Bill Copeland, Ruby says “I think it took me a long time until I could sing in the place where my voice lived.” Truly the words of a poet and a dynamic singer-songwriter. Don’t wait until the last minute. Get tickets now, RIGHT HERE and be sure you’ve got a great seat to this super-hot show!
I could complain that SXSW isn’t what it used to be — that’s it has morphed from a music festival to a tech festival (which it has). Or I could just listen to the music that is still there and see what’s hot. So I did. Check out Elle King, who recently recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis. If you hurry, you can get to Austin in time to see her showcase tomorrow night.
You can watch over 100 SXSW music videos here. Let us know if you see somebody you’d like us to bring to Gloucester or Beverly.
If you’re already in Austin and checking GMG for a taste of home, I recommend you go see the world premiere of “All Things Must Pass” a documentary about the rise and fall of Tower Records. Here’s a quote from Tower’s founder, Russ Solomon, that might surprise you, “I don’t buy records anymore. I’m too old for that.” See the full interview here.
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Don’t you just love that line? It’s the chorus of this MTV smash hit by Martha Davis and the Motels.
You can see her and the band LIVE, just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on April 22 during what is shaping up to be 80s week, with the Smithereens performing there on April 25.
Tickets just went on sale to the public today and they’re selling fast, so you might want to get them (RIGHT HERE) before it’s too late. Here’s what the critics say:
“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times
“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'” – Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)
And here’s another of her top 10 hits, “Only The Lonely”:
For all of you folks that have never witnessed THE MOVIE for 2013, please take the time to do so. You will be entertained.
(for ease of playback on a video of this length, click the play button, then pause it for a few seconds, it speeds up the loading process)
And please come out and support this years event, it’a for the NEXT STEP, they change lives…you could, too!
Like to rock? Remember the mid ’80s? On Saturday, April 25, you can party with the hitmakers who who lit up alternative rock radio in the ’80s and ’90s right down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. That’s right folks, The Smithereens, with monster powerpop hits like “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After” and more are coming all the way from Jersey to Beverly just for you!
Tickets don’t go on-sale to the public until tomorrow (SAT) at noon, but FOB’s can get the best seats NOW by clicking RIGHT HERE. Best of all, tickets are only $25, $35 and $45. Check around and you’ll see this is the best Smithereens deal you’re gonna get!
Here are 2 of their top hits:
And here’s a great one from their NEW CD!
When I was a kid, it was an amazing sight watching tuna taken out of the boat at the Sport Dock. Then, someone would climb the ladder and call out the weight from the scale. It had to have been a rush for the spectators at the 2014 Blowout season watching 4 fish weigh in.
I love that the Bluefin Blowout has revitalized the spirit of sport fishing in town. It is reminiscent of the days of Tournaments held over 40 years ago at the Cape Ann Tuna Club in East Gloucester.
If people are curious as to what a full day at this event was like, they may enjoy this tasty tidbit.
Get ready for the fourth annual, less than 5 months away.