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Auditions for "A Christmas Carol"

Auditions for "A Christmas Carol"
Blackburn Performing Arts
1 Washington St. Gloucester
All Ages welcome
Wednesday November 10th 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday November 11th 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Sides will be available at audition.
Performance dates : Dec. 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 & 19
Contact Mary Howard @ philomena978@aol.com for more information

Reminder about Tonight’s Haiti Benefit Concert

“A Benefit Relief Concert”

Tonight, January 23 at 7:00pm – 11:00 pm

Blackburn Performing Arts

We join the millions of US citizens donating time, money and effort to ease the suffering.

Local musicians and performers including Dan King and members of Safety, Henri Smith, Bradley Royds, Ian McColl, Dire Wolf, Dave Sag, Gary Shane, John Keegan, Renee and Joe, the Terrestrials, the Vipers, Willie Alexander, Bill Gleason, David Trooper, Lisa Landy, Uma, Tucker Lindquist, Deb Hardy, Jason Feinman, George Hall, Satch Kearans, Bonnie and Nancy, Rory O’Connell, Gordon Baird, Barbara Koen, Peter Van Ness, Will Hunt and many others offer an evening of song and performance in support of the international response.

All donations will be given to Doctors Without Borders the international medical relief organization that is one of the major presences on the ground on the island.

Suggested admission/donation is $10 additional donations will be welcome.
Further information available at (978) 281 – 0680

Sidewalk Days Music Schedule

Gloucester Sidewalk Days, hosted by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce’s retail division, opens today and continues tomorrow and Saturday, with Main Street closed to vehicular traffic from Pleasant to Washington streets — and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — each day.

The Sidewalk Days festival has a new flavor, and a new name, but it essentially marks the continuation of the traditional Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar, which marked its golden anniversary in 2008.

musicianWith the help of Blackburn Performing Arts, the Chamber has extended the live music program to two venues, one in the West End and the other near BankGloucester. To read full article, click here.

West End Tent

Today: 11 a.m., Jason Feinman; noon Karen Ristuban; 1 p.m. Second Wind; 2 p.m. Alex Knudsen; 3 p.m. The Boyfriends.

Tomorrow: Noon, Battery Foote; 1 p.m., Jamie Shaler; 2 p.m., Dan King; 3 p.m. The Dynamic Duo; 4 p.m., 4 p.m. James Goodeye.

Saturday: 11 a.m., Not That Blonde with Jim D’Augustine; noon, Gary Shane; 1 p.m., Satch Kerans; 2 p.m. Hum (with Deb Hardy); 3 p.m., Willie Alexander; 4 p.m., The Goddesses with Jack O’Hara.

Uptown Tent

Thursday: noon Ron Schrank; 1 p.m. Will Hunt; 2 p.m. Lost Wilderness Campground; 3 p.m. Pete Lindberg; 4 p.m. Essex Choral Society

Friday: noon Michael O’Leary and friends; 1 p.m. Gary Backstrom; 2 p.m. Bradley Royds; 3 p.m. Annette Dion; 3 p.m. Gary Barbati

Saturday: 11 a.m. Adrian Hunt; Noon — The Terrestrials; 1 p.m. Janice Fullman & Friends; 2 p.m. Joe & Renee; 3 p.m. Inge Berge; 4 p.m. Ric St. Germain.

Go See- Shoes


Due to this terrible recession and depression, the Mayor of Gloucester had a bright idea to cheer up the citizenry: She asked the Governor of Massachusetts to temporarily release Mr. O’Connor from the Funny Farm in order that Mr. O’Connor be able to perform his One Man Show of  humor and stories about Ireland and Life. Mr. O’Connor is a direct descendant of The Last High King of Ireland, whose legacy left a dark mark in allowing the English into Ireland all because of a piece of *&^%$. Due to not having done a show in a long time [ever], Mr. O’Connor asked the Mayor if he could bring along a few of his mates from the Funny Farm in order that they may help him feel more confident and not so alone on stage. Mr. O’Connor’s friends, Paddy The Rat, Spud Murphy, Dick Reily and Marty Nolan, will be present among the audience (a mug shot of these lads is presently on display at the local police department). We feel it is important to have Mr. O’Connor’s friends here to help maintain a sense of order due to past experiences where civil disorder and rioting has broke out during Mr. O’Connor’s performances.

A word of warning: Mr. O’Connor has been known to have made a pact with the Devil so it’s important to say your confessions with your local priest as Mr. O’Connor has been known to corrupt the purest of minds that even Nick himself has been extremely mortified and will most likely be out of a job by the time this show is over. Past records indicate that the divorce rates have skyrocketed in town due to the women and men dancing naked down the street to the great Irish music. If you have a hard time locating the theatre, it will be easily be seen by Mr. O’Connors’ donkey and cart outside the entrance way of the theatre. Also in company with his donkey will be his donkey’s friend “Mc Ginty” the goat. One must be careful not to feed these creatures as they have been known to snap the fingers off people. Other than that they are charming to look at.

Proceeds of $10. admission to benefit SHOBU AIKIDO

Willie Alexander – TONIGHT!

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1 Washington Street, Gloucester

On Saturday we proudly present

Willie Alexander with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra.

Anticipate selections from the just-released collaboration between Gloucester’s recently departed poet laureate, Vincent Ferrini and our most illustrious, celebrated, and unmistakably alive punk-rocker.

Willie Alexander

The performance is at 8 PM on Saturday, June 13
Admission: $10. For reservations, please call 978 281 0680

GMG Local Music Schedule May 21- May 25

Check out these sites for music around town-


Latitude 43

Dog Bar

Rhumb Line

Capt. Carlo’s

And more…


From Dave Sag on the Rhumb Line’s Thursday Night Blues Party

This Thursday at the Rumline we proudly present Mr. Steve Sadler, raconteur and excellent glitarist and vocalizer. Y’all may remember him from the days of the BARKING SHARKS, local rockabilly-goats and rave-up x-spurts. Backing him up will be Jeff Casper, the friendly drummer, and, of course, Greg T. on catarrh and yours truly on first base.
And Saturday I’m proud to say that I’ll be playing at the First Church of Newbury right on Rt. 1a in Newbury, a short ride from town with an All star lineup of Justin Quinn on harp and vocals, Jon Ross on glitar, Curtis Haynes on keys and Per Hanson on drumps.This is a really good band, and we’ll be cranking out all our hits from Justin’s new CD. Start time is 8 pm. There is home cooking available.
Admission is 10 bux. Get outa town and boogie to the primal beat!
Hope to see you there!

From Steve Carawayof Babylon

Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:00pm
The Dog Bar
65 Main Street
Gloucester, MA





Prolz reunion Saturday and Sunday at Rhumb Line-
Members of the local music group The Prolz will re-unite for two hotly anticipated shows upstairs this weekend at The Rhumb Line on Gloucester’s Railroad Avenue.

The Prolz features Rockport’s Brian DeFort on electric guitar, Manchester’s Pete Kopelin on drums, Gloucester’s Vincent Briguglio on bass, and Dan King on electric guitar and vocals.

The band was an underground alternative rock band that put out one nationally released album and one independent release in the mid 1990s. Their first album, “Workers Meeting,” was distributed by Rotary Records and produced by Dan King. The indie release, “Instinct,” was produced by Tom Hambridge. Both albums are now available worldwide for digital download on iTunes, Amazon.com and Napster…. For more information, click here.


From Mike O’Connell-
Greetings Folks,, Wanted to let you know that Saturday Night here in Gloucester at Lat 43 we will be Lighting It Up Again,, Back from his vacation in The Bahamas with Spandau Ballet, is Culinary Specialist Cliffy Spencer on B-3 and piano and Complaints,, The Gringo Bobby Vabulas, between Yawns and watching the Flat Screen T.V.,, hopefully will be playing Bass…… Yeah, Drummer/Nervous Breakdown Artist, Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett will be Driving. Gloucester Native & Phony Bologna Jay Aptt will be telling tall ones and playing his fiddle,, I will be making sure that everyone is miserable on stage,, Come down early to see Acoustic Local Legends Kathy “Pal” and Jay Aptt open The Show at 7, Band hits shortly after.
We Love You, and We Need Your Support. Have A Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Maybe we will be graced by The Great Uncle Jeffrey and his new Orange Car & Outfits and Earplugs! Love to all, M O’C
From GMG’s own- Mike Lindberg
Journey tribute group-
A performance called Captured — The Journey Show, featuring a Boston-based Journey tribute band, will be playing Saturday night at The Gloucester House, with tickets priced at $10 and doors set to open for the show at 8 p.m.

From John Hyde
Going back to Glostah!

May 24, Sunday 12:00 to 3:00
Elliots at the Blackburn
1 Main St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
My favorite gig with the awesome Miss Sandi B!
Sunday brunch with Sandi B!!



Brain Rolland, an accomplished acoustic guitarist and composer will perform “Sunday Morning Live” at the Seaward Inn, Rockport, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday during the inn’s Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.

A master of fashioning folk, jazz, flamenco, classical and Latin music flavors for acoustic guitar he will play music from his CD “Dreams of Brazil,” which nominated for Best Instrumental Album/Accoustic by New Age Reporter — and “The Tide’s In,” which debuted at No. 3 on the New Age/World/Ambient charts and has been creeping up on the College Radio’s Top 10 World and Jazz charts over recent months.

For more on the artist, check the blog online at http://www.seawardinn.com.

There is no cover charge, but and reservations are encouraged. Please call 978-546-3471.

John Hyde Gigs

May 25, Monday 7:00 to 10:00
Capt Carlos
27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, Ma With Nancy Hildegarde in her first Capt Carlos gig of the summer!!

Blackburn Performing Arts Spring Music Festival

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Spring Music Festival
Friday, May 15
The Gary Backstrom Band
Saturday, May 16
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Both shows 8pm/$10

The Gary Backstrom Band- a high energy, innovative original act featuring the
infectious licks and songwriting of nationally recognized guitarist Gary
Backstrom, the mesmerizing grooves of award winning keyboardist Dave
Osoff and the dynamic and soulful rhythm section of bassist Brian O’Connell
and drummer Dave Scandura.  Their music features clever, hook filled
songwriting and arrangements interwoven with exciting, unpredictable interactive improvisation.

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Blackburn Performing Arts
1 Washington St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930