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!
Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.
Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute. This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid. Tickets are available here.
Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him. He’s our favorite saxophonist!” Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.
This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me. We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.
Last October, Gloucester’s Henri Smith chatted with Allen Toussaint in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Check out Allen’s reaction to Henri’s song. Plus you’ll LOVE what Allen says about Amadee Castenell! You can see Henri and Amadee along with award-winning trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester) on December 5 right down the road at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically magical Larcom Theatre. Tickets available here.
If you haven’t yet been to a concert at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, now is the time — and if you’ve been to a concert in this gorgeous waterfront venue, you know what I’m talking about.
It’s the perfect summer music experience — ask anybody who was at the packed James Montgomery show last Friday.
This Friday (8/29) we’re bringing in the same concert stage and state-of-the-art sound & lights for Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours to kick off Schooner Festival weekend — get tickets here.
There’s a wonderful parallel between James Montgomery and Henri Smith. Both bandleaders are major talents, they love to surround themselves with the best players available and both are committed to furthering their musical traditions by nurturing young talent.
Henri is bringing Grammy-winning saxophonist and flautist Amadee Castenell (who appeared in the HBO hit series Treme) along with Berklee professor Herman Hampton and top New England Conservatory trombonist Eric Stilwell — 3 generations of top musicians on the same stage!
And Mile Marker One will have a full bar along with perfect summer food: Lobster Rolls, BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Sausage/Peppers/Onions and of course Clam Chowda!
Don’t let summer pass you by without dancing a second line with Henri and his stellar band at the largest waterfront tent in Gloucester! Don’t wait until it sells out. GET TICKETS NOW!
Last Friday’s James Montgomery show jam packed Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent next to Mile Marker One) and VIP was sold out. The photo on the right shows how close the VIP seats are to the stage.
Wouldn’t you like to be this close to Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-winning sax & flute player Amadee Castenell?
You can still get VIP seats (right here), but they won’t last long. Plus you’ll be supporting Cape Ann YMCA Camp & Teen Services.
Don’t be one of those people who comes at the last minute and then complains that all the best seats are taken. DO IT NOW!
Here’s a shot of the VIP section from behind the last row of VIP.
Isn’t this where you want to be on Friday night to kick off the Schooner Festival?
Check out this video of Henri Smith’s sold out Mardi Gras 2013 concert at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
When Henri Smith brings New Orleans Friends & Flavours, featuring Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell to Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion on August 29, he’ll be helping to raise money for the Cape Ann YMCA — and he’ll release his new live CD recorded at The Larcom Theatre last March.
This will be Henri’s first live CD and it features stellar guests, including Grammy-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell along with young, rising stars — all brought together by Henri Smith, one of the country’s premier band leaders.
Recorded and mixed by Bill Winn (whose award-winning credits include Whitney Houston and Herbie Hancock among many others), this CD is destined to become a classic — and you can get yours signed at the concert.
Henri Smith concerts have been selling out, so you probably shouldn’t procrastinate.
Get your tickets now (right here) and then you can relax the rest of the summer.
You’ve just got to hear these guys to believe it! The Slide Brothers’ only New England performance this year is Saturday, November 2 at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, that Fly Amero describes as “a fully restored, gorgeous facility with hand-painted tin, beautifully designed curtains, world-class stage lighting and, well… the list could go on and on … The sound (under the direction of Will Hunt) was nothing shy of spectacular…” (see full post).
Best of all, it’s right next door — about 20 minutes away — in downtown Beverly. And you can now get Premium Seats to the next 2 concerts for less than the cost of Standard Seats if you click on this link now. Premium seats sell out first, so we’re telling you before we tell the rest of the world. You know you want tickets to both concerts, so get them now!
The Slide Brothers only New England date this year
Saturday, November 2, 2013
7:30 PM (doors open 7pm)
Gloucester Virtuoso Michael Thomas Doyle opens
Henri Smith New Orleans Christmas featuring Grammy-Award Winner Amadee Castenell
and other Special Guests TBA
Saturday, December 14, 2013
7:30 PM (doors open 7pm)
Allen Estes‘ Cable TV show Local Music Seen features Brian King tonight at 6:30pm. On the show, Brian sings his hit Cold Rain, which was recorded by Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans” (listen here). You can see Brian at Giuseppe’s tonight.
Irma Thomas appears in the HBO TV hit Treme (season 3 premieres this Sunday night). And in the Treme video below, you can see Irma Thomas with Amadee Castenell in the blue suit on sax right next to her (that’s Dave Bartholomew, who lived down the street from Henri Smith, on trumpet next to Amadee)
Amadee performs with Henri Smith here in Gloucester and was in Henri’s band when he opened for Aaron Neville on June 30 at North Shore Music Theatre (see him in the photo below, on the right next to Danny Heath on Trombone)
Before he went on stage that night, Aaron Neville had been reviewing mixes from his upcoming album, My True Story with his wife, Sarah, who directed the video, below, that was released exactly 1 week ago today:
Now back to Gloucester:
Veteran blues man, Bill Gleason is Fly’s guest tonight at the Rhumb Line. He’s also one of the featured performers at the Lanesville Music Festival on Saturday followed by KBMG with Fly’s brother J.B. as a special guest.
And Pete Lindberg, who plays drums on Marina Evans‘ new EP (listen here) is performing his own songs at the Lanesville Music Festival at 5:30 (see festival schedule here)
Confused yet? Sort it all out with the full local live music lineup here.
Let’s face it folks, we, in New England, are known for being kinda stuffy, right? Isn’t that why we’ve welcomed Henri Smith to Gloucester? Isn’t that why we do our level best to keep him here year after year? Yes, he’s a fine musician. Yes, most of his friends are all top talent too. Yes, he infuses Gloucester will all kinds of culture we’ve never before experienced. But let’s be honest. He’s fun! And so are his super-talented friends. Just look at this video:
Don’t these guys just look like they’re having the time of their lives? We need more of that — and we’re going to get it on June 3o when Henri gathers the most talented, fun-loving New Orleans musicians you can see north of the bayou at North Shore Music Theatre to open for the iconic for Aaron Neville (get tickets here). Henri’s band will include:
Stanton Davis on Trumpet
Amadee Castenell (from HBO’s Treme) on Sax, Flute and Vocals
Herman Hampton (Berklee professor) on Bass
Daniel Heath on Trombone and vocals
Les Lumley (from Ghetto Mysticism) on percussion.
Charles Burchell (from New England Conservatory) on Drums
Ben on Piano (you know him)
PLUS A SURPRISE GUEST!
Now for some fun tonight (see full music lineup here) we have to mention one of Gloucester’s most talented and fun musicians with an acerbic wit, Inge Berge, will be at the Dog Bar with his trio. See what we mean by wit and fun in the video below:
Yesterday we featured Stanton Davis and Les Lumley from Ghetto Mysticism. Today it’s Amadee Castenell, who has recorded and toured with Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint — with whom he appears in the HBO hit series Treme (Amadee is to Irma Thomason’s left in this video) and many others. Amadee joins Henri Smith’s band on sax & flute June 30 opening for Aaron Neville at North Shore Music Theatre (get tickets here). At about 3 minutes into the video below you get an idea of Amadee’s virtuosity — starts out slow and subtle, then wows the audience!
Now that it’s summer, there’s more to do on a Wednesday night in Gloucester. Lots of good people playing (see full music lineup here), but we just have to mention the first solo appearance by Dylan Estes (Allen’s son) at Giuseppe’s tonight. He’ll start about 8:30. We’ll be there with John, the Zip Line Kid.