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September’s Block party highlights a variety of entertainment with an emphasis on women performers. In addition to Willie Alexander, Karen Ristuben and Mo Bounce, emerging new talent such as Marina Evans and Alexandra Valenti will fill five stages.
Main Street restaurants serve outside and the stores are open late for shopping. Youngsters are entertained in Kids’ Town.
The third & final Ryan and Wood Distillery Block Party Cocktail contest will feature Rye Whiskey for the September party. Restaurant patrons may enjoy a sample and vote for their favorite creation at the Ryan and Wood information table.
- The July winner was Alchemy Bistro’s “Simpler Tides” created by mixologist Felicia Grossi.
- August winner was Dog Bar’s “Knockabout Jell-O™ Shots” created by mixologist Misty Baker.
The popular contest will continue in September.
September 21 Entertainment
- 6:00 PM – Bonnie Barrish – Romantic concert piano compositions
- 6:45 PM – Toni Ann Enes – Original folk to rock to diva!
- 7:30 PM – Deb Hardy– Dynamic Rockport singer-songwriter
- 8:30 PM – Bradley Royds– X-tra-ordinary guitar and songs
- 6:00 PM – Naoya and Yuri featuring Jamie Song – Japanese pop!
- 6:30 PM – Bill Gleason – Acoustic blues treasure vault
- 7:20 PM – Karen Ristuben – Smooth Jazz Chanteuse with combo
- 8:30 PM – Willie ALexander with the Razdans & Doctor Dave Vincent!
- 6:00 PM – Play Reading – “The Medium” by Judith Sargent Murray
- 6:45 PM – Cape Ann Dance Company – Back by popular demand- this troupe always dazzles us!
- 7:15 PM – Tony Fonseca – Drumming
- 8:30 PM – Livin’ on Luck – Classic rock and choice gems to dance to!
- 6:00 PM – The Docksiders – Gloucester High School’s terrific Big Band
- 6:45 PM – Joe Thomas – Giuseppe’s piano song monster takes requests
- 7:30 PM – Marina Evans – Back from tour with a new CD!
- 8:15 PM – Alexandra Valenti – young voice big talent, one to watch
- 9:05 PM – Johnny and the Firecrackers – Rock ‘n’ roll , punk, new wave and soul
*All times approximate
- Mo Bounce @ 7:30 PM – Funk & R&B
- Joe Thomas – outdoor sing-alongs during the breaks!
A variety of music, dance and entertainment fills Main Street for the August 17th Downtown Gloucester Block Party. Master Bluesman Joe Mack headline with several dance groups and bands filling five stages. Punk icon Willie Alexander will be headlining at our September Block Party. Main Street restaurants serve outside and the stores are open late for shopping. Youngsters are entertained in Kids’ Town.
Senator Bruce Tarr and 7 year old Gloucester philanthropist Bailee Militello will be on hand to promote Bailee’s Backpack Drive. Block Party attendees are urged to bring school supplies, or purchase at nearby stores to donate to needy students and help them prepare for the school year. Bailee will have an informational table and a donation box at the corner of Kids’ Town.
The second Ryan and Wood Distillery Block Party Cocktail contest will feature Knockabout Gin for the August party. Restaurant patrons may enjoy a sample and vote for their favorite creation at the Ryan and Wood information table. The July vote was close but the winner was Alchemy Bistro’s “Simpler Tides” created by mixologist Felicia Grossi. See Gloucester Daily Times Story the popular contest will continue in September.
August 17 Entertainment
- 6:00 PM – Gary Shane – Legendary Boston songwriter
- 7:00 PM – Choctaw Rocket – Rocking Americana
- 8:30 PM – Gil Clark & Friends – Extraordinary young Rockport musicians
- 6:00 PM – Jamie Shaler – Angry Young Bee rocker gone folk!
- 7:00 PM – Gator Glenn – Blues with a National Steel twist
- 8:00 PM – Annette Dion – Fine Gloucester songstress & writer
- 9:00 PM – Surprise Guest
- 6:00 PM – Latin Dance Patterns Basic Steps – With Club C
- 7:00 PM – Cape Ann Dance Company – Back by popular demand- this troupe always dazzles us!
- 7:30 PM – OmBelly Dance Company – Finger cymbals, exotic costumes…and bellies!
- 8:15 PM – Day Job – Classic rock to dance the night away with!
- 6:00 PM – The Cripple Cove Quintet – featuring the Goddesses – Great old rock ‘n’ roll you may have missed!
- 8:30 PM – Joe Wilkins Noise!
*All times approximate
- The Joe Mack Band @ 8PM
- Joe Thomas – outdoor sing-alongs during the breaks!
Although I wished I could have stayed longer, the brief hour that I was there at the Block Party last night was so much fun. A cooling and most welcome breeze arrived just as the party began and everyone was there to have a fabulous time. Many thanks to the “Block Heads” who bring us this wonderful event–times 3! Don’t miss the next two upcoming Block Parties, August 17th and September 21st.
Alicia at her studio open house yesterday; also open Sunday from noon to 6:00
Last Day of the Heat Wave!
Here’s a new feature for tomorrow’s (SAT) Downtown Block Party: Win Cool Prizes!
The Block Party’s new Marketplace at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Plaza between Hancock and Porter Streets (see map) has a new game called Glosta-opoly played on a brand new Monopoly-style board created by members of Art Haven.
You can play the game for free and win wicked-cool Prizes including CDs by top local artists including Chelsea Berry, Julie Dougherty, Michael Thomas Doyle, Allen Estes, Tom Hauck, Orleans “Still the One Live”, Renee & Joe, T Max, plus a limited edition Celebrate Gloucester 2010 2 DVD set, limited edition Celebrate Gloucester 2007 Staff T-Shirt, hats & shirts & pens from Gloucester Engineering, jar openers and shot glasses from Ryan and Wood, creations and services from the Teen Artist Guild, gift certificates for From Dust to Dawn Cleaning services from Holly Ciancola and Whitmarsh Lock and Safe, energy bars and candies from Sunny Variety, Mardi Gras beads and glow sticks from Cape Ann Lanes, free car washes from Maplewood Car Wash, gift certificates from downtown merchants and more . . .
Don’t sweat the parking. I’m always surprised when I hear people complain about parking in Gloucester. Honestly, I’ve never had trouble finding a parking space — not even during Fiesta. Last night I went to the Harbor Loop Concert. I got there after it started on a beautiful summer night in the height of the tourist season when every local hotel is full and what do you know? I found a parking space on Rogers Street at Harbor Loop! In fact I had my choice of at least half a dozen free (after 6) spots on Rogers within earshot of the music. Plus there were plenty of spaces at I4-C2. So don’t worry about the few Main Street parking spots that are not available during the Block Party. Trust me. You won’t have a problem finding a space within a couple minutes walk.
All proceeds will be divided between the Dog Park and Cape Animal Aid. Tickets are $20 per dog with up to 2 owners, and we will have goodie bags for dogs as well as prizes for best-dressed, best-behaved and most-talented (i.e. best trick) dog. The K-9 police guys will be there and there will be a photographer doing family/dog photos. Free appetizers for people (inside the restaurant where no dogs are allowed) and a cash bar inside the parking lot. Plenty of water for the doggies, each of whom will go home with a goodie bag. Sponsors are Animal Krackers, Petco, Quinn’s Canine Bakery, K-9 Cuts, TD Bank and Seaport Vet. For tickets, go to http://www.sparxcubed.com/YappyHour.html or call 917-523-9163.
September 19, 2009
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Main Street Gloucester
from Pleasant Street to Washington Street
Come One Come All
FREE Downtown Block Party.
Get ready to dance and play.
See Photo Slide Shows from past Block Parties
All musicians, performers, and organizers are donating their time. If you would like more information contact Joey Ciarimataro at 978-815-5595.
For more info, click here.
Here’s your reminder to call and try to get reservations for tonight’s Downtown Gloucester Block Party. August 15th.
Tons of fun for the whole family. For a buttload of information check out the www.downtowngloucester.com website put together by the fabulous Vickie Van Ness. Any local artisans who would like to showcase their stuff leave a comment here or find our contact info on the Downtown Gloucester website and I’ll give you the skinny on how to go about it. As always we don’t charge anything for you to participate we only ask that you be local and have fun doing it!
Stop Action Photography- The Dory Races,and Gloucester Tri Presented by Mark Teiwes
Sail Gloucester 2009 From Jay Albert
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Annisquam– From Jim Barber
Gloucester- Land, Sea and Air From Steve Borichevsky
All Along the Waterfront From Kate Glass