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Sunday August 7 – Cape Ann Big Band at Stage Fort Park

2016 Summer Concert Series
Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
Sunday, August 7th
Cape Ann Big Band at 7pm
cape ann big band

The Cape Ann Big Band, Directed by Carlos Menezes, appears in concert on Sunday, August 7, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding local big band delivers a great evening of Big-Band Jazz, Swing and Ballads.

This concert is sponsored by Institution for Savings

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner.

The rain date is Wednesday, August 10. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

3 Family Movies this week from Cape Ann Community Cinema: Minions gHW Summer Cinema, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Music of Strangers- Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble



If you are in need of an indoor a/c break, stay cool with an afternoon or evening showtime. While you’re getting snacks and seats, the movie screen glows with vintage black and white slides remonstrating movie parlor etiquette. They’re peppered with sponsor ads from local business, organizations, and other creative artists. There’s a great one from POP Gallery! Fun to see before the movie previews.



Cristina Pato  gaita (Spanish bagpipes) music of strangers world music world family

Cape Ann Big Band jaw dropping O’Maley fundraiser

On June 17th, the last day of school, the classic 17 piece Cape Ann Big Band hosted a Spring/Summer Concert at the O’Maley Middle School, A Swing Extravaganza. Listen to some of the songs in the clip below! The band was formed in 2010. The band leader for this super professional, top-notch, sought after band is Carlos Menezes Jr. He just happens to be  the director of the O’Maley music department! Our students have access to astonishing and creative visual arts, performance,and music teachers.  The members of the Cape Ann Big Band, Gloucester Education Foundation, O’Maley Band Parent Organization, Captain Hooks, Supinos, Paula Burns, and others are making this music happen to inspire the kids in our community.”80% of all ticket sales went to help fund new instruments and band room renovations at the Middle School.” Plus Cape Ann Big Band announced during the concert that they are donating those sweet stands to the music department.

Just sayin’-  You can book the Cape Ann Big Band. http://www.cabbswings.com

Here’s two minutes of video snippets including classics Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and ‘S Wonderful with vocalist Katy Geraghty. You’ll hear a huge round of applause for Carlos Menezes Jr solo, and stunning vocals from Kate Barry, Scott Parisi and Nathan Seavey. I loved the rendition of “Me and Mrs. Jones”  the 1972 song by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Cary Gilbert. My phone battery died so I didn’t grab from that song. I also missed the O’Maley Jazz ensemble who played a big set of 10 songs with many solos. They were incredible. Next time you hear that the school band or Cape Ann Big Band are playing a gig make it a point to see them.


The true one and only ‘Cat’ in Gloucester, Cat Barbagallo with the Sayess family, other parents and GEF helping out with fundraising.




Cape Ann Big Band Summer Concert on June 17th.

The Cape Ann Big Band will be hosting its only Spring/Summer Concert at the O’Maley Middle School on Friday June 17th at 7:00pm! 80% of all ticket sales will help fund new instruments and band room renovations at the Middle School. We’ll be featuring an opening set by the all new O’Maley School Jazz Ensemble! Come check these guys out!

Tickets on-sale here for $20. Seating is General Admission.

Cape Ann Big Band to play for Salem Jazz & Soul Fest Spring Gala Fundraiser SUNDAY

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band

Renee Dupuis with Cape Ann Big Band at Beverly’s historic Larcom Theatre in May 2014 (photo Sheila Roberts Orlando)

Here’s an opportunity to have some fun while supporting an excellent cause.  Local favorites Cape Ann Big Band featuring vocalists Renee Dupuis and Nathan Seavey perform down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre to help raise money for The Salem Jazz & Soul Festival and their excellent music education work.

Awesome Auction Items

Before and during the concert and at intermission you can bid on some awesome auction items.  Here’s a short list of highlights:

Original artwork, gift cards to local restaurants, KHS ladies bicycle donated by Salem Cycle, theater tickets, music lessons, martial arts lessons, wizard-themed party for kids at the Salem Witch Institute’s Crown and Shield Hall, weeklong stay at a house in Southern France.

Doors are 6:30.  Show starts at 7:00pm with the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars opening.

What better way to spend a Sunday evening!

New Year’s Eve in Rockport with Cape Ann Big Band featuring John Rockwell and Renee Dupuis and What Time Is It Mr. Fox @ The Shalin Liu.

Cape Ann Big Band with Renee Dupuis and John Rockwell


What Time Is It Mr. Fox?


This was the first time going to NYE In Rockport. I got my button and went straight to The Shalin Liu. I moved around a bit. Got a seat right away in the balcony then asked if it was ok to move down to the main floor. It was excellent. Twenty dollars for a button and I got to see two great shows at the same venue. There was music all over the small town of Rockport and all kinds of festivities. I was happy,so there was no need to venture out. Make sure to check out  the website next year to see what’s happening. You will be glad you did! > http://newyearsrockporteve.com/countdown/

Stage Fort Park Concert – August 24 – Cape Ann Big Band

Stage Fort Park, Hough Ave., Gloucester, MA
August 24, 7pm
Cape Ann Big Band (Big Band Jazz)


Don’t miss the last concert in the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Stage Fort Park.  Grab your chairs, your dinner and enjoy Cape Ann Big Band under the stars at Stage Fort Park.



Cape Ann Holiday Celebration Schedule

July 3rd

Photo by Northshorekid.com

Ringo Tarr and The Gloucester Fund present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.  This year we feature a LASER LIGHT SHOW bigger and better than ever before, plus a brand-new surprise.

Located near the Blyman Canal and Blyman Bridge section of the Boulevard on Gloucester Harbor. The scheduled events for the night include: (times are not exact)

  • 5:00 – Music begins
  • 6:00 – Horribles Parade passes right down the Boulevard.
  • 7:00 – Cape Ann Big Band immediately after the parade
  • 8:00 – The Runaround Sound –  Gloucester’s favorite high-energy band featuring ska, reggae, soul and more.
  • 9:15 – Laser Light Show – You don’t want to miss
  • 9:30 – FIREWORKS
  • 10:00 – Music resumes and a SPECIAL SURPRISE ~ Dancing til 11pm!

July 4

10:00 a.m – Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 p.m. – Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach

9:00 p.m. – Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach

Cape Ann Big Band Only Spring Concert – Saturday May 3rd


Larcom Theatre from stage right

A Cape Ann Big Band concert is one of those rare treats that comes along only a couple of times a year — and this Saturday, May 3,  they’re going over the bridge (for their only spring concert this year) to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre.  Come Swing into Spring with Cape Ann Big Band playing hits from the swing, soul, jazz, and rock’n’roll songbooks as well as show tunes and pop songs.   

If you haven’t been down the road to the Larcom Theatre yet, this is your chance. It’s the perfect venue for a big band.  Built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Vaudeville musicians, this gorgeous theatre has spectacular acoustics.  And we just installed a new, top-shelf sound system for perfect sound in every seat!  Get yours now.

This very special Cape Ann Big Band concert features guest vocalists, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey.  Get a taste of what you’ll hear in this video:

Get your tickets now!

Cross the bridge SATURDAY with Cape Ann Big Band, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey


Larcom Theatre from stage right

A Cape Ann Big Band concert is one of those rare treats that comes along only a couple of times a year — and next Saturday, May 3,  they’re going over the bridge (for their only spring concert this year) to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre.

If you haven’t been down the road to the Larcom Theatre yet, this is your chance. It’s the perfect venue for a big band.  Built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Vaudeville musicians, this gorgeous theatre has spectacular acoustics.  And we just installed a new, top-shelf sound system for perfect sound in every seat!  Get yours now.

This very special Cape Ann Big Band concert features guest vocalists, Renee Dupuis, John Rockwell, Carolyn Seavey & Nathan Seavey.  Get a taste of what you’ll hear in this video:

Remember, Cape Ann Big Band sold out last year at Shalin Liu.  You don’t want to be stuck waiting ’till the last minute and then not able to get a seat, do you?  Get your tickets now!

Cape Ann Symphony Benefit Concert at Shalin Liu – 2/22

Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director

Cape Ann Symphony Presents Fundraising Concert
Featuring Cape Ann Big Band
at Shalin Liu Performance Center

Mother/Daughter Duo Wendy & Brittany Betts
Perform at Post Concert Reception

cape ann big band - courtesy photo

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Tickets on sale today for Henri Smith feat. Charles Neville March 7&9 and Cape Ann Big Band May 3

Sold out Larcom Theatre crowd cheers Henri Smith & Charles Neville April 2013 – photo Thom Falzarano

FOBs find out first!
If you haven’t been down the road to Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre, this would be a good time to get tickets to see two top local bands in one of the best listening venues north of Boston.

With superb acoustics, world-class stage lighting, comfortable seats, and excellent sight lines, this gorgeous theatre is a perfect place to experience the area’s best live music — and it’s only about 20 minutes away with plenty of free parking. (Here’s some info on previous shows.)

Cape Ann Big Band’s Larcom Theatre Debut is Saturday May 3, 2014.  17 top players led by Gloucester’s Carlos Menezes (one of the area’s most talented young musicians) this big band will feature guest vocalists for a special spring concert.  GET TICKETS HERE.

Back for two shows on the heels of their April 2013 sell-out, Grammy-winner Charles Neville joins Gloucester’s Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends and Flavours on Friday, March 7 at 8pm and again on Sunday, March 9 for a 3pm matinee.  Take advantage of this early announcement and get your tickets now:  Friday night tickets here, and Sunday Matinee tickets here.

When it comes to local entertainment the days of procrastination are over

I love to procrastinate.  One of my Grandfather’s favorite sayings (he had lots of them) is “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow, ’cause you might not have to do it.”

It used to be that if you wanted to see live music in Gloucester and Cape Ann, you could decide at the last minute, stroll down to the venue just before showtime, get your tickets at the door, mosey on in and find a good seat.

Those days are gone.  Oops, did you want to see Chelsea Berry & Friends at Crowell Chapel on Dec 7 or Cape Ann Big Band’s Shalin Liu matinee on Dec 8?  Too bad.  They’re sold out.  The good news is that Chelsea & Friends added a new show on Dec 8 and there are still a few tickets for Cape Ann Big Band at 7pm.

But if you wanted to see Overboard on Nov 30 at Old Sloop, you’re just plain outa luck. They’re completely sold out.  So are a number of other local shows between now and Christmas.

More good news : we added a Sunday Matinee on Dec 15 for our Henri Smith Christmas show at The Larcom Theatre in Beverly, so you can still get good seats.  And there are still a few seats left to some of the Shalin Liu shows we told you about in this post.  But these won’t last long, so don’t think you’ve got much time to decide.

I think we can probably all agree that having a thriving music scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann is a good thing for all of us — even if it means we miss a few shows because we don’t pay attention to posts like this one that tell us to save the date.

Don’t be fooled by cooler weather — the music season NEVER slows down on Cape Ann

A few places have closed for the season and there aren’t as many tourists around.  Traffic is lighter.  The Cut Bridge isn’t always up.  But that doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to concerts at Shalin Liu.  That’s because with a world-class music venue down the road in Rockport, the season never really ends — at least not the music season.  Many of their concerts are already sold out — or nearly sold out, meaning you have to call the box office to see if there are any seats left, namely: Capital Steps and Arlo Guthrie.  There are still a few tickets left for Jonathan Edwards and Peter Wolf, but not many.  And the Cape Ann Big Band matinee on Dec 8 is nearly sold out too.  There are still some good orchestra seats for The Freddy Cole Quartet on next Friday, Nov 15, but they’re going fast too.  Check out his video below:

So the moral of the story is that just because it’s getting cold out doesn’t mean you can wait until the last minute to get tickets to world-class concerts at Cape Ann’s premier concert venue!

Sunday’s FREE Bandstand Concert Tops Off Perfect Gloucester Weekend

It’s a weekend of community entertainment starting tonight at Harbor Loop; then tomorrow’s Cape Ann Big Band benefit for returning veterans at Gloucester House, Saturday’s Block Party and Sunday’s Bandstand Concert at Stage Fort Park featuring Overdrive.  These Bandstand concerts are a perfect example of how to bring a celebrated, centuries old New England tradition into the 21st century.  Bravo David Benjamin!


Cape Ann Big Band Benefit Concert for Veteran’s Center – Friday July 19th @ Gloucester House

Join Cape Ann Big Band in its 3rd Year of working with the Gloucester House in effort to raise money for both Veterans and current members of our Armed Forces!

Spend an evening dockside with the Cape Ann Big Band. Friday, July 19th in the Gloucester House’s Café Seven Seas.
Doors at 6:30,
Concert at 7:00.
Tickets are $15 each To purchase tickets, please call Connie Condon at 978-283-4098 or The Gloucester House at 978-283-1812
Proceeds benefit the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veteran’s Center and their efforts to aid today’s veterans.


Quick answers to questions we’ve been getting about tonight’s parade, fireworks, concert & laser light show

Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities.  I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:

NOTHING.  It’s Free.

NO.  At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.  “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”

5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
9:30 Fireworks
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm.  Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks.  All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade.  (See more details here.)

Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.

YES.  Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston.  See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.

That depends on how close you like to be.  For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park.  If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water.  You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off.  It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!

Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here).  The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans.  Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.

Let’s have some fun tonight!

Roots 66 to open Free Boulevard Concert July 3 ~ Dance & Party from 5-11PM

Ev Harlow and his band Roots 66 have agreed to open the free concert on the Boulevard beginning at 5pm on Wednesday 7/3.  Their bluesy blend of roots, classic rock and Americana fits perfectly with the spirit of the day and will help us all get ready to celebrate our independence with music, dancing, parade, fireworks & a spectacular laser light show.

Then after the parade, and for the 6th year in a row, Carlos Menezes, Jr. will bring us music from Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound to Ringo Tarr’s Boulevard stage for a city-wide dance party by the Cut Bridge at the corner of the Boulevard and Centennial Ave (see map here).  This free concert, presented by The Gloucester Fund and gimmesound.com, is only possible because of lots of hard work and generosity on the part of Ringo, his stage/event team and the musicians — all of whom donate their time and talent.  Come down on Wednesday and show them some love!

The Runaround Sound at the BoulevardHere’s the updated schedule:
5:00 Roots 66 kicks off the music
6:00 Music breaks for Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & The Runaround Sound after the parade
9:30 Fireworks over Gloucester Harbor
10:00 Spectacular LASER LIGHT SHOW by RK Lighting Design
Then dance with Runaround under the stars & the lasers until 11 P.M!

St. Peter’s Fiesta Climax is full of music

Fiesta Sunday is the big day (see the schedule here).  This year one our local favorites, Cape Ann Big Band, kicks off the official Fiesta Sunday music from the St. Peter’s Park Stage at 3pm — and they have a terrific lineup of guest vocalists: Kate Barry, Mari Martin, Carolyn Seavey, and Steve Russo!  You just don’t want to miss this.  Here’s a taste of their talent from their first year of performing — and they get better every year!

Of course there’s music all day and into the night on Sunday all over Cape Ann — 16 live shows as of this posting.  Always check the complete live music listings for latest updates.

TICKET UPDATE: Big Band Sold Out, Few left for Chelsea Berry, David Maxwell, Brendan James, Henri Smith & Charles Neville, Livingston Taylor

The season is heating up and you just can’t wait until the last minute to get tickets any more.  Here’s the scoop.

Cape Ann Big Band’s Friday concert @ Shalin Liu is already sold out, but you can still get tickets to see Blues piano man David Maxwell next Saturday and also Livingston Taylor on 4/13.

There are also a few tickets left for two excellent Crowell Chapel shows this week: Chelsea Berry and Dawn Mitchele tomorrow (WED) and Brendan James with Brian Jarvis, Charlee Bianchini & David Brown on Saturday.

Tickets and a limited number VIP Packages are still available for Henri Smith featuring Charles Neville – next Saturday’s benefit for the fourth Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans trip.

Check the complete live music schedule for all live music on Cape Ann.

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