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The best way to support local musicians is to go to their big shows — like TONIGHT

When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show.  And you can do that by bopping on down to road to  Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm.  Good seats are still left to see  Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  Get those seats RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show.  Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while.  ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!

In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.


So here’s the rescue I was waiting for! Finally we are getting dug out of here. With drifts as high as 8 feet, there was no access to Kilby St., until now. Sorry for the crappy flying, but it was very gusty up here!

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Appears almost sold out, but there really are plenty of good seats left

Balcony Seat

View from Balcony Center Row H Seat 11 — still available here

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we always warn you when a concert is about to sell out.  A quick glance at the seating chart for next Saturday’s John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band concert at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, looks like it’s almost sold out.  But here’s the thing: there are lots of excellent seats left.  Most importantly, every seat at the Larcom has a great view and the sound is PERFECT!  For this show, the best available seats are in the Balcony and you can get them here.

This will be a special show, in part because local Rock Star, Gary Backstrom, is opening with his excellent band — and there’s a wonderful personal connection at play too: Gary’s drummer, Mike Doyle, studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos of the Beaver Brown Band.  You don’t want to wait until it really is sold out and miss this drummer’s reunion do you?

You can see Mike showing off at 3:23 in the video below, of Gary Backstrom Band at Harbor Loop.

And just in case you’ve forgotten the cult hit Eddie and the Cruisers (for which John Cafferty wrote and sang his hit “On The Dark Side”, here it is (with the movie’s co-star and Beaver Brown member, Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax).


Doug Veenhof Meditation Program For North Shore VETS and Their Families

At Wisdom’s Heart 2 Duncan Street

12 HOUR MEDITATION TRAINING for military veterans and their loved ones.

Wednesdays, February 4, 11, 18, 7-9:30pm and Saturday, February 21, 1-5:30pm.

Mind training based Buddhist meditation practices illuminated by the latest research in neuroscience and affective psychology focus on relaxation and developing stable and vivid attention to tame impulses and quiet the chatter of the untrained mind. Check back for details.


Here’s the video we debuted Friday night at the Dog Bar. Please enjoy, share, and repeat! (click the gear tap to get HD)

This video was a true run-and-gun production. We had about 30 minutes to film the EMPIRE scenes, and about 1 hr for the DOG BAR scenes. The only crew on the shoot was me, and it was all hand held with on rigs, jibs, or gadgets. Paul, aka Pocket Tanya, is an amazing self-producing artist from Gloucester. He has endless energy while performing live, and develops a true connection with his audience at every performance. Paul writes, sings, raps, and produces some amazing tracks. With an amazing mix of 80’s, funk, pop, and hip hop, he somehow upholds all of those styles while creating his sound he calls “Junkie Pop.” If you ever get the chance, get out and support local artists like Pocket Tanya!

Introducing New Chamber Board President Catherine Schlichte

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce To Hold 93rd Annual Dinner Dance On January 24

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce invites you to Cape Ann’s biggest social gathering, the 93rd Annual Dinner Dance! Come hear 2014 Chamber President, Mike Luster, speak about this past year’s accomplishments while passing the torch to Catherine Schlichte, who will address what 2015 has in store! This premier social gathering is hosted by Cruiseport at 6 Rowe Square in Gloucester, MA. The Cocktail Reception will begin at 6:00 pm followed by dinner, a short speaking program and of course, dancing until 11:00 pm! This year’s event will feature The Carlos Menezes Band and Mari Martin.

“One of my main focuses this year will be getting the Cape Ann License plate on the road,” said incoming Chamber President Catherine Schlichte. “The Chamber team did a great job last year getting the plate launched, with fantastic community support; and I am confident that with the right promotional push we will achieve the 1,500 applications needed for the registry to make the plates. The revenue dollars generated through this initiative will support our three main objectives: 1) Promotion of the region, 2) Economic Development, and 3) Education.”


“The theme for my Presidency is ‘Membership’ as depicted in our Annual Dinner illustration, ‘The Stars are out Tonight’! As a membership based organization, our members are our stars.  Our effectiveness as a Chamber is strengthened with the guidance and input provided by our members. We have 800 members today, with great representation from each of our four communities. In 2015 we are looking to grow our membership and provide improved products and services.”

Ken Riehl, Chamber CEO, echoed Catherine’s sentiments in reiterating his priorities for the year: “to further stabilize and grow the Chamber through improved Chamber programs, increased business partnering, and better Chamber communication and outreach. I spent a considerable amount of time last year walking all four community’s main streets, and look forward to continuing this year working with all businesses to more completely communicate and build trust in our services. The Chamber’s Dinner Dance is a fantastic way to catch-up with business colleagues, meet new people and have a lot of fun while doing it – Catherine and I look forward to seeing everyone there, and to a terrific year for the Chamber and the Cape Ann Community.”

RSVP along with payment, $85 a person; call the Chamber or online registration is available at

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend returns January 30 – February 1


Bird watchers from throughout New England will flock to Cape Ann to participate in the sixth annual Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend presented by The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Swarovski Optik, The Retirement Financial Center, Thomas T. Riquier, CFP; and Mass Audubon. The Elks at Bass Rocks in Gloucester will serve as headquarters for the weekend event on January 30 through February 1.

Cape Ann is known to birdwatchers worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, working with Mass Audubon, has planned a weekend filled with a variety of events for all levels of birders.

Robert Buchsbaum from Mass Audubon and Bird Naturalist Jim MacDougall will be featured speakers during the weekend. Not to be missed on Saturday, January 31 will be a live Owl presentation hosted by Eyes on Owls.

Expert guides will lead bus trips to many of the birding hot spots around Cape Ann. For those who cannot make it on the guided tours other expert guides will be on site at the Elks throughout the day on Saturday, January 31. A bird-watching excursion aboard 7 Seas Whale Watch’s Privateer IV will take place on Sunday, February 1 (weather permitting) out of Gloucester Harbor.  The cost for the boat trip is $60 per person.

On Friday, January 30, from 1 to 3 pm, Trident Gallery, located at 189 Main Street, Gloucester, will kick off Winter Birding Weekend with a workshop titled “”Drawing Birds and Wildlife from Nature”.  Artist Sandy McDermott, will guide the participants on the close observation and field sketching of birds and other wildlife.  No prior drawing experience is necessary. Reservations are required as space is limited so sign up early.

Space is still available for the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend and people are encouraged to register in advance.  Register for the event and find more information, including a detailed schedule of activities, by visiting the Chamber website at


Holiday Delights on Cape Ann TV This Weekend

This just in from Lisa Smith:

Keep Warm, stay inside this MLK weekend and watch “Holiday Delights” on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. This latest version of the Gloucester Stage perennial favorite Christmas play was filmed with three cameras last month. It features over 30 young actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop and tells the story of a Gloucester girl who finds the true  meaning of Christmas on Christmas Eve. The program airs Saturday, January 17 at 9 am and 5 pm; Sunday, January 18 at 8 am; and Monday,  January 19 at 9 am and 6 pm.  See complete Cape Ann TV Schedule here.

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