Every once in a while a reporter is able to get a rock icon to open up and share personal stories. Local writer, Blake Maddux, is one of those rare few as you’ll be able to see in his interview with Edgar Winter in the Beverly Citizen. Read it here!
Weaved through several fascinating stories about Woodstock, his brother Johnny, his father, mother and grandfather, Edgar says, “music is a lot more than just my internalized private world. It has the power to transcend boundaries and reach out and bring people together.”
You can experience what Edgar is talking about this Saturday, right down the road in Beverly at The Larcom, the most intimate, acoustically stellar listening room north of Boston! Good seats still available starting at $29.00. Get them here!
Here’s an Edgar Winter quote from the article:
So Johnny and I started out playing ukulele, singing Everly Brothers songs like “Wake Up Little Susie” and those kind of songs.
It all starts THIS Saturday at 11am with the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival — Music All Day — like getting 8 concerts for the price of 1 — only $20 and kids are FREE! GET TICKETS HERE.
Next Weekend kicks off with the Lanesville Music Festival FREE starting at NOON with a Dance Party from 8:30-11pm featuring King Brown Mattacks and Gates — only $10 at the door. And if you’d prefer classical music to dancing you can go to the Cape Ann Symphony’s Big Night Big Music concert featuring Bernstein, Debussy and Respighi
Then on Sunday 9/25 from 2-7pm go to The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence feat. Marina Evans, Jon Butcher, Fozzie Hill w/ Wolf Ginandes, Allen Estes, John Raymond Jerome & Fly Amero at Mile Marker One! Free with donations accepted to support the North Shore Health Project.
Finally, on OCT 1 The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre Fall Concert Season kicks off with Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots and special Guest Dwight & Nicole right down the road in Beverly.
And if that wasn’t enough, you can see rock legend Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter’s little brother) the following week OCT 8 also at The Larcom. Remember these hits?
Henri Smith taken in New Orleans when he went back for Allen Toussaint’s Funeral
Tune in to Northshore 104.9 FM tomorrow at 8:40AM for some fun when Dana & Mugs welcome local singer/bandleader Henri Smith (who moved to Gloucester after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home). You’ll learn how Henri & Charles Neville (of the Neville Brothers) are nurturing the next generation of top musicians through this week’s debut of The New England Neville Brothers in Beverly (more info here). And you can bet Dana Hersey will ask Henri about his roles in several films shot in New England, including “The Great Debaters,” “Double Jeopardy,” “Pink Panther 2” and “Shutter Island.”
Best of all you could win a pair of tickets to Friday’s show and dance with Henri Smith along with Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell and the next generation of Neville Brothers at the fully air conditioned Vittori-Rocci Post right off Rte 128 in Beverly! Good seats are still available for only $25.00. GET THEM HERE.
Here’s an example of what that was like 2 years ago at a show in Gloucester!
Aurelia Nelson and the crew from North Shore 104.9 are in front of Cape Ann Savings Bank with their Prize Wheel RIGHT NOW. And they’ll be there all day today! Tomorrow you can enter your name to win prizes instead of spinning the wheel. Either way, you’ll want to go down to the Sidewalk Bazaar and try your luck!
You can win tickets to see Henri Smith feat. Grammy-Winner Charles Neville and the North Shore debut of The New England Neville Brothers (the next generation of Neville Brothers) with Grammy-Winner Amadee Castenell — all in one fun night out Friday, August 19th at the Vittori-Rocci Hall (right off 128) in Beverly!
Other prizes include Downtown Dollars which you can spend at any shop downtown during the sidewalk bazaar!
Get down there now. Don’t wait until all the prizes are gone!
Here’s a taste of what you’ll get to see if you with the concert tickets
After a couple of days of dicey weather The Force has delivered us perfect a outdoor movie-going night. FREE screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, presented by Building Center. Refreshments at 6pm. Movie starts at dark. 65 Rogers Street (I4-C2)! Be there to awaken the Force within you! Special thanks to Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9 for keeping Movie Night Alive!
4 years ago, I filmed people of all ages (from 5 years old to grandpa) jumping off Magnolia pier, with at least 3 people jumping for the first time — all the while there’s a game of “Pier Tag” going on too. Pier Tag is impossible when the barricades are up. It’s time for the bureaucrats to man-or-woman-up, stop worrying so much about getting sued and remove the barricades to encourage kids, teens, adults, and grandparents to gather together in a safe, healthy place for some summer fun! While you’re at it, put the ladders back too. Joey – you think we should have a pole about this?
For some odd reason, somebody keeps barricading the kids’ favorite spot. This is creating an unsafe situation. Generations of young children have learned to jump off the pier by being able to jump without having to climb the railing, which makes it a lot harder to learn — and way more scary too. Whomever keeps barricading the jump spot, please remove the barricades. Thanks!
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Eric has something HUGE cooking up tonight!! If you want a taste of these huge fish, Passports is running a special tonight, the secret is in the video!
It’s a dream come true! Yes, fresh daily-made by hand pasta has come to 11 Center Street in downtown Gloucester. I had some last night, and OMG! It’s stunning! Support our local businesses folks!!
The case of love!
Hand cut baby!
Ravioli for life!
Fresh in the window
Vinegar and more
supplies for your own sauce
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?
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.
On The Eve Of The Opening Of The Beauport Hotel We Sit Down For A Chat
Photo Courtesy Marty Luster
Listen to our interview here–
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 . . .
Check out this video from Jeff Arcari‘s trip to Kathmandu, checking in on the first rug from the new Jon Sarkin collection. We expect delivery of two 8′ x 10′ rugs by July! #fishcityrugs
When I lived for a while in the mountains near Woodstock, NY, people there used to say, “We have three seasons: July, August and Winter.” This spring might make you wonder if the same is true here in Gloucester. It’s not. Nice weather is around the corner and it starts this weekend when we celebrate Memorial Day and call it the beginning of summer (even though astronomically, summer isn’t for another 4 weeks). So … good riddance oh nasty spring — IT’S TIME TO PARTY!
But here’s the thing: even if our capricious New England weather decides not to cooperate, which we all know is possible, you can still party in supreme comfort aboard The Beauport Prince Cruise Ship on Memorial Day Sunday with 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues! That’s because the Beauport Princess is a Cruise Ship (not a whale watch boat) sporting 2 climate-controlled indoor decks with dance floors PLUS an open-air top deck — and there’s a full bar on every deck. For this cruise, we have theatre seating on the first deck, tables on the 2nd deck and couches on the top deck — because Mother Nature could be nice to us after all! Tickets are only $35 in advance ($45 at the dock if there are any left — this cruise has sold out the last 2 years). It’s the best Memorial Day bargain you’ll find so get tickets right now RIGHT HERE!
Miranda Russell and her band play a wide variety of repertoire from jazz to folk-rock invasion to contemporary gems. Critics routinely praise Miranda for her dynamic vocal range and unique treatments of celebrated songwriters such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, as well as standards from the American Songbook. You will also hear at least one song from one of Miranda’s favorite artists: Prince.
Tickets are still left. Best available seats are in the balcony. Get Them Here.
David Sparr – keyboards
Justin Piper – guitars
Joe Kessler – fiddle and mandolin
Dave Landoni – acoustic upright bass & bass guitar
Leo Ciaramitaro – drums
Folk Singer Daisy Nell
Singer Cecelia Russell
A professional opera singer
Trumpeter Tom Palance
Note about the Larcom Theatre : The owners of the Larcom Theatre have put it up for sale. We are working to preserve this historic treasure as a performing arts venue rather than see it go condo. If you would like to help us in this endeavor, please call Vickie or Peter at 978.525.9093 or contact us here.
Can you imagine a more spectacular climax to the Cape Ann Symphony‘s most spectacular season? On Saturday (5/21) you can join Yoichi Udagawa and the top classical players on Boston’s North Shore for a stellar evening of music. This kind of concert doesn’t come along very often. Believe it or not, there are still tickets available for this Grand Finale. Get Tickets Here.
Watch this mesmerizing video to get you in the mood . . .