The new and exciting Music at the Beach Concert Series kicks off this week, on TUESDAY night, with Pier Ave performing at the bandstand at Rockport’s Back Beach at 6:00pm. Check out Pier Ave in their video here!
The idea for Music at the Beach started taking shape thanks to a conversation between Bruce Reed and Don “Duffy” Greel, the Supervisor of Rockport’s DPW. During the conversation Duffy spoke of the concert series at the bandstand in the New Hampshire town where he has a camp. Reed had already been thinking that the bandstand could prove to further build community and would be the perfect venue for family events.
Bruce Reed explains…
I discussed some ideas with Rockport’s Town Administrator, Linda Sanders. Funding was always the major issue. I had a core group willing to help with ideas, but we still had no funding. Selectwoman, Sarah Fiumara Wilkinson, learned about a group named “Awesome Rockport” who is committed to identifying and supporting local initiatives. We filled out their form and were selected as one of three finalists. My 9 year-old cochairman, Wyatt Wilkinson, and I developed a presentation and won the grant. Wyatt and I then presented to the Board of Selectman and received their sponsorship.
The buzz around town for Tuesday’s event is quickly spreading and many people, including yours truly, are really excited to attend! We are very appreciative to Bruce Reed, Wyatt Wilkinson (9 years-old, bears repeating!), Awesome Rockport, and the Board of Selectmen….as well as anyone else who played a role.
These are community events for all ages and people are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics.
TUESDAYS 6:00-8:00 pm
CHECK OUT THE MUSIC AT THE BEACH FACEBOOK PAGE HERE
Nobody has to cross the bridge this week as I ask several Rockportoricans to carefully drive home drunk after an emancipating evening of heavenly swinging back door blues. I’m talking the genetically altered father and son duo of Rikki and Alec Razdan and their severely dyspeptic rhythm section including master cocktail drummer David “Doc” Vincent, who specializes in bopping on tables , chairs and beer bottles (and empties a few, too) and the redoubtable Mr. Dan Whelan, on catarrh, who can wheeze his way through any style.
I gotta keep up with these guys, so an emergency vehicle will be on standby for most of the night, before they, too, drive home with one eye closed, like I do. Please don’t listen to me,I may be kidding. Then again….
A – Train Orchestra
A – Train photo courtesy
If you’re a local to Gloucester and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard the fantastic A Train Orchestra at one of the many local events. Well now’s your chance to get their music on iTunes-
Here they were on Rocky Neck-
Take it Like a Man!
Get Ready For Summer! with the A-Train Orchestra
For more info click here for David “Doc Vincents Facebook Page
If you’ve ever heard this band, you’ll no doubt want to come tonight to hear them again, and if you’ve never heard this band, here’s your chance. They’re playing in the Old Firehouse Trust, which is right in Dock Square in downtown Rockport, from 4 to 8pm, where they will be tearing it up with their brand of high-energy jazz. The A-Train Orchestra will help you warm up between stops on your shopping trip throughout downtown. The Rockport Festivals group is hosting a hot chocolate stand right next to the band, so you can have a hot drink in hand while listening to some great music.
See you there!
A quick video from the evening-
Amy is such a good egg for sponsoring these free community concerts
These Boys Can Jam
Amy tells me she plans to have events like this once a month. I’m sure we will bring you the info on when the next entertainment will come to her awesome deck.
Video Coming Tonight at 6PM
A-Train Orchestra is going to be playing on the deck of Amy’s Coffee & Cones this Saturday, June 19th from 4pm-8pm. They are a fun band and crowd pleaser…they perform jump blues, boogie and soul!!! The drummer is Gloucester’s very own Dave “Doc” Vincent, it’s sure to be a fabulous time! Also very exciting news about Amy’s, as of tomorrow I am serving hotdogs and what is so exciting about that is the special sauce from my family’s restaurant when i was growing up….customers can now get a “Max’s Dog”!!! Please stop by tomorrow and try one out….I’ll even get on video again to share the history of this special sauce!
Thanks so much,
Amy’s Coffee & Cones
Join The A-Train Orchestra At The Madfish
This Saturday Night 05/22/2010
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE A-TRAIN ORCHESTRA CLICK THE LINK BELOW
From Deb Clarke,
Next Saturday is going to be a busy day for my buddy David ‘doc’ Vincent and the boys in the A Train Orchestra. You will find them in downtown Rockport on Saturday, entertaining the folk during Motif No 1 Day, in Dock Square 3-5, then later that night at the Madfish. Here’s the poster.