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The best way to support local musicians is to go to their big shows — like TONIGHT

When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show.  And you can do that by bopping on down to road to  Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm.  Good seats are still left to see  Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  Get those seats RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show.  Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while.  ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!

In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.

Appears almost sold out, but there really are plenty of good seats left

Balcony Seat

View from Balcony Center Row H Seat 11 — still available here

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we always warn you when a concert is about to sell out.  A quick glance at the seating chart for next Saturday’s John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band concert at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, looks like it’s almost sold out.  But here’s the thing: there are lots of excellent seats left.  Most importantly, every seat at the Larcom has a great view and the sound is PERFECT!  For this show, the best available seats are in the Balcony and you can get them here.

This will be a special show, in part because local Rock Star, Gary Backstrom, is opening with his excellent band — and there’s a wonderful personal connection at play too: Gary’s drummer, Mike Doyle, studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos of the Beaver Brown Band.  You don’t want to wait until it really is sold out and miss this drummer’s reunion do you?

You can see Mike showing off at 3:23 in the video below, of Gary Backstrom Band at Harbor Loop.

And just in case you’ve forgotten the cult hit Eddie and the Cruisers (for which John Cafferty wrote and sang his hit “On The Dark Side”, here it is (with the movie’s co-star and Beaver Brown member, Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax).


BREAKING NEWS: GARY BACKSTROM BAND to open for John Cafferty on Jan 31 in Beverly

You’ve all heard the Gary Backstrom Band, right?  (If not, you’re missing out on one of Gloucester’s most exciting musical ensembles.)  Be sure to catch these guys when they open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday, January 31 right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats are still available RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

Gary’s got quite an impressive bio (see here) having opened for the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks and Los Lobos among many others.

Besides being one of the area’s top guitar players, Gary is also a very talented singer/songwriter.  Here are a couple of videos of the band at Harbor Loop with special guest Carlos Menezes Jr. on Sax (great solos in the 2nd video):

Another local rising star releases a HOT EP

You might recognize him as Chelsea Berry’s guitarist (see these videos) or Gary Backstrom’s drummer (see this video).  Mike Doyle is a virtuoso on both.  I once asked him which he prefered: drums or guitar.  “Do you have kids?” he replied.  “Yup,” I answered.  “Which one do you like better?”

Well Mike has a new EP and it’s certainly worth getting.  See what he has to say about it:

“The Storm Colors EP” is a 3-track EP of original music, performed by Michael Thomas Doyle and Mike Moschetto at the Office Recording in North Andover. Michael, a multi-instrumentalist, captures an ethereal, but punchy and catchy atmosphere in his debut EP. With the help of Mike Moschetto, engineering and producing the EP, Michael showcases his songwriting and arrangement abilities, as well as his virtuosity in this short-but-sweet recording. “The Storm Colors EP” is available at michaelthomasdoylemusic.bandcamp.com for digital download.

GMG Local Music Schedule July 29 – August 2

Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.


Latitude 43

Dog Bar

Rhumb Line

Capt. Carlo’s


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

“Big fun this week as Justin Quinn returns for a nite of Chicago-style blues. Justin is a fine harpist and vocalist and has great cowboy boots.He’ll be burnin’ his leather on  the floor with the likes of Jon Ross, formerly Duke Robillard’s bassist, now on guitar; got that old sound goin’…. and Per Hanson, James Cotton’s drummer on…guess….drums! Greg and I will be there too, meddling and obfuscating our way thru the furrows of the blues.

This is a great unit….some of you may have purchased a CD last time around. Bring some cash and buy another one  this time , you won’t be disappointed!

Again, I lost a lot of my fan files, so if you know someone who wants in, send ’em to me!”


KBGM Release Party Reminder

Singer/songwriter Dan King will perform with David Brown, Dave Mattacks, and Wolf Ginandes for their Boston CD release party at Atwoods Tavern in Cambridge on Thursday, July 30 and in Gloucester at Elliotts at the Blackburn on Friday, July 31. The band, also known as KBMG, will play in support of their latest studio album, Western Color. KBMG played most recently to a fantastic audience at the Berklee Performance Center and are pleased to be back in Boston.

Their first combined full-length studio effort, Western Color, overflows with wasted love, light, rumors, and castaways—a ragged journey of sound and story combining folk, rock, and roots influences.

A highly anticipated album, Western Color evokes the tangled landscape of northern New England’s rugged working class, crashing waves and ultra violet sunsets; and is the culmination of efforts from some of the best artists in the area.

CD’s will be available for purchase. Featuring new hits, Goodnight Romeo, When it Comes Down to Love, Raggedy and more!

Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud7NoYKz_9A for the Goodnight Romeo video

Thanks and see you soon!


From: GARY BACKSTROM <info@garybackstrom.com>

Rock / Soul / Jam BandMembers: Gary Backstrom, Dave Osoff, Brian O’Connell, Dave Scandura


We will be doing a show in Gloucetsr Ma this camming Thursday ,7/31,  at Lat 43 . The venue is located on Rogers St In Gloucester . We go on At 8:30 and play till 12.  Come up and make a beach day out of it , then roll into the show. Latitude has great food so come early for dinner. See you all there Gary

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From Ric St. Germaine

Hi everyone…………….guess who’s coming back to Gloucester………
Tabasco Fiasco will be playing at Elliott’s at the Blackburn,,,,,,,,,Saturday, August 1… 9pm
Come on down for a night of fun, food, socializing and some great dance music………
Hope to see you there……..peace to all………………..Ric Saint Germain

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The band will be performing this Friday July 31 at Captain Carlos. It’s also the debut of a new 7-song limited edition CD of original music available for purchase. We will play a few select tracks off the disc along with our eclectic mix of funky rock and alternative/ska covers. Don’t miss the party .. it’s gonna be a KILLER!
Slingdaddy @the Gull  this Saturday Night!
Erinn Brown and Band-
Saturday, August 1st…The Farm
Rt. 22, Essex, MA

9:30 – 12:30 p.m. The Erinn Brown Band! (Alison Keslow, Steve Peabody and Jay Aptt)
Great food and yummy beer!
(Jay Aptt on guitar!!)
~More info @ www.myspace.com/ErinnBBrown
~Contact Erinn if you want the band to play for your private party.
~Cd’s available for hard-copy or download at www.CDBaby.com/ErinnBrown2

Blackburn Performing Arts Spring Music Festival

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Spring Music Festival
Friday, May 15
The Gary Backstrom Band
Saturday, May 16
Machine 475
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