Three months from today on Saturday, August 8th, The 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival kicks summer into high gear at Stage Fort Park featuring top national blues stars, including the man who’s known as Hendrix of the Harmonica, Sugar Blue. You’ve heard his signature playing on “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. (You didn’t think Mick played that harp did you?)
Now you have the chance to see this blues icon (who’s also recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and many other) LIVE IN GLOUCESTER at The Gloucester Blues Festival on August 8th at Stage Fort Park.
What kills me is how much cheaper the tickets are if you buy them in advance — only $28 (GET TICKETS HERE) as opposed to $40 at the gate. So stop what you’re doing right now and GET A PAIR OF TIX FOR YOUR MOM (and a pair for yourself too).
Here’s Sugar Blue live (Ooooh, what a tight band he’s got too!)
And here’s the Rolling Stones’ multi-platinum hit “Miss You” — you don’t see a harp in Mitch’s mouth, do you?
Gracie Curran at Larcom Theatre April 2014
Here’s some irony: Earlier this month, the Boston Globe announced this year’s Boston Music Wards nominees (see here) which include Gracie Curran for Blues Artist of the Year. A few days later the Boston Herald cited Gracie Curran’s move from the Boston area to Memphis as an example of local blues artists’ response to the a loss of venues that offer them a place to preform (see here).
Vickie and I are bringing Gracie back to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday NOV 1, for one night only with young, award-winning piano player Victor Wainwright, who got the first standing ovation at this year’s Gloucester Blues Fest. GET TIX HERE.
Tomorrow, you can hear Gracie talk about the her career, the Blues, Memphis, Boston and much more on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up radio show on North Shore 104.9FM at 9am. Yeah, this will be worth getting up for.
This week, Jed Gottlieb wrote an interesting piece in the Herald (see here) about Boston Blues club Smoken Joe’s closing, in which he demonstrated the loss of blues support in the Boston area, using the fact that Gracie Curran moved to Memphis as an example — Boston’s loss.
Remember, Gracie Curran opened the 2013 Gloucester Blues Festival, which helps keep the blues alive in New England — our gain.
Vickie & I also help keep the blues and other music genres alive right in your own backyard. We’re bringing Gracie back to the Larcom Theatre (down the road in Beverly) on November 1 to perform with Victor Wainwright, who’s the hottest young name in blues right now. Victor won the Blues Music Award for Piano Player of the year in 2013 and 2014 and he got the very first standing ovation at this year’s Gloucester Blues Fest.
(BTW: If you want to help us keep the music coming, please vote for our Chase Grant here. It’s easy and free.)
Putting these two young blues stars on the same stage along with Victor’s smokin’ hot band is practically a fire hazard! You’ll experience a night of soulful rockin’ blues like you’ve never felt before. Watch the videos and see what I mean:
Get tickets here before they’re all gone.
Ronnie Baker Brooks band with special guests Debbie Davies & Biscuit Miller. Battery ran out before just before the very end, but you get the idea. Everybody was dancin’!
Perfect weather for extraordinary music. Tickets still available at the gate. Kids are only $5 and under 5 years old are FREE!
What? You don’t have your Blues Fest tickets yet? This really is it folks. Either get them NOW (right here) or wait until Saturday and pay $12.00 more. Plus VIP may not be available at all on Saturday. Here’s a little taste of Biscuit Miller, who was supposed to be at the Blues Fest last year, but had a scheduling conflict. You don’t want to miss this high-energy guy!
Just in case you’re one of those people who thinks blues is a bunch of old folks singing sad songs, you’ve got to check out young rising star, Victor Wainwright, who will have you dancin’ on the grass at Stage Fort Park on August 9. Just 2 weeks left to save $12 on your Gloucester Blues Festival Tickets (get them here).
WOW! Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks. And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12. You really don’t want to miss this one . . .
The last few times we’ve warned you against waiting until the last minute it has been because the shows were selling out (which they did) and we didn’t want you to complain that you hadn’t heard about them until it was too late. This time we’re trying to save you $12 PER TICKET to the Gloucester Blues Festival, which is the biggest and best blues festival that will ever come to your backyard for prices like these: $28 in advance or $40 at the gate.
I know, August 9 seems far away, but you can only buy advanced tickets until August 4. That’s only 4 weeks from today and given this great weather, you’ll probably forget because you’re having too much fun in the sun during the day and partying too hard under the stars at night.
But right now, you’re reading this blog post, which means you’re at a computer or on a smart-phone, either of which can be used to get your tickets RIGHT HERE. Then you can relax and enjoy the rest of July without worrying that you’ll be distracted at just the wrong moment by that nagging voice asking, “What was I supposed to do?”
Here’s Shemekia Copeland at the very first Gloucester Blues Festival in 2012.
Check this year’s lineup here.
Local contact:Promoter Gary Gorczyca.
Time is flying by and August 9th will be here before you know it. I’ve been to the first two Gloucester Blues Festivals and look forward to the next one. Located right by the water with and excellent view of the ocean. It is a guaranteed good time by all. What an excellent line up it is! Hope to see you there!
Here are some photos from last years show on August 10th 2013
Gracie Curran and The High Falutin Band
Mr. Nick and The Dirty Tricks
The Lydia Warren Band
All photos by jisilva photo
Full albums can be viewed at flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/joey_grl/sets/
Get your advance tickets now only $28.
OK, folks. Time to kiss the cold winter blues bye bye and get ready for hot spring & summer blues starting next Saturday, April 5th, with the hottest concert of the season just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre featuring Gracie Curran with Roomful of Blues horns and Lydia Warren opening. All three of these bands have a Gloucester connection. Gracie Curran and Lydia Warren both performed at last year’s Gloucester Blues Festival. And Roomful of Blues performed at I4-C2 for Celebrate Gloucester in 2010. Save the date Saturday, August 9th for the 2014 Gloucester Blues Festival!
Here’s Gracie Curran and Lydia Warren at the 2013 Gloucester Blues Festival:
Good seats are still left for next Saturday. Get tickets here. This may be your last chance to see these two rising blues stars at an intimate venue close to home!
Hear Boston blues singer Gracie Curran, who opened the 2013 Gloucester Blues Fest, sing on Adriana Cohen’s Boston Herald Radio show, “Trending Now” today at 2pm. You can listen LIVE ON LINE here.
And you can see Gracie LIVE at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly with Roomful of Blues horns (remember them from Celebrate Gloucester?) on Saturday, April 5. Get tickets here.
Live music starts at 6 tonight, 11 AM tomorrow & Sunday. You can’t get to every show so here’s the schedule to help you choose.
Tonight you can catch an unusual lineup of top musical talent in one intimate venue that you don’t see every day: Allen Estes has been quietly assembling a band of all-stars, including the great David Brown, Dave Mattacks and Wolf Ginandes to plug in and rock. Wait, you might say. Isn’t Allen Estes, folk, country or americana? Sometimes. But when he’s with these guys and their plugged in they ROCK! And that’s precisely what they’ll do at Minglewood Tavern tonight starting about 9. Check them out!
Tomorrow, start off at the Blues Fest (weather will clear by morning). Then take the party to town at any of a dozen venues at night (see here). Get up Sunday by 11 and check out the Rockport Acoustic Music Fest.
The weather for Saturday looks great for the Blues Festival. This is only in its second year and already one of Gloucester’s largest events, bringing world class blues to Stage Fort Park and introducing you to young, rising blues stars.
You really don’t want to miss this year. Click here for videos of all this year’s performers.
Tickets available at the Gate only and the gates open at 9am. A special children’s ticket is available at the gate only to youngsters 6 to 12 for $5. Children under 5 admitted free.
World-class blues will reverberate through Stage Fort Park on Saturday with some of the nation’s finest performers playing from the Gloucester Blues stage. Located right on the waterfront on beautiful Cressey’s beach, the event will have a beer garden and outstanding food and craft vendors. Gates open at 9AM – MUSIC starts at 11AM
We try to let you know when there’s an opportunity to save money, enjoy music close to home that you can’t see every day and catch a rising star in an intimate local venue before he/she makes it big.
Next Saturday (8/10) all three come together for the Gloucester Blues Festival, BUT, if you want to save $12.00 you have to get your tickets by MONDAY at 10pm here.
Perhaps you missed last year’s premiere of the Gloucester Blues Fest. Click here for some videos that will give you a sense of how much fun it was.
The Gloucester Blues Festival is only in its second year and already it’s one of Gloucester’s largest events, bringing world class blues to Stage Fort Park and introducing you to young, rising blues stars.
You really don’t want to miss this year. Click here for videos of all this year’s performers. And you really don’t want to pay extra just because you forgot to get your tickets early.
So click here now, get your tickets and then you can relax and look forward to an excellent weekend of music and fun at Stage Fort Park!
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Blues Festival has replaced Biscuit Miller with Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks. These guys know how to rock. Check them out here:
Now don’t let the hot summer weather and amazing amount of local entertainment (see schedule here) distract you too long. You can only get $28 tickets to the Blues Fest until Aug 4. After that they’re $40. So get them NOW.
This just in from Bob Hastings of the Gloucester Blues Festival: Hailed by Alternate Roots Magazine as one of the top 20 Boston Bands Right Now, Gracie Curran & the High Falutin’ Band will open the Gloucester Blues Festival on August 10.
This April’s Noise Magazine proclaimed, “Gracie is one of the best blues divas on the local scene.” Bob says she’s likely to join Lydia Warren during her set. It’s the blues. Who knows what will happen. See videos of the rest of this year’s Blues Fest lineup in this post.
Gracie and the band won the 2013 Boston Blues Society’s Blues Challenge and is a Boston favorite. Here’s a video them at Johnny D’s, one of my favorite places to go when I lived in Sommerville in the late ’70s / early ’80s.
Bob Hastings, co-producer of the Gloucester Blues Festival, sent me an email this morning saying they just signed Lydia Warren. We saw her open for Savoy Brown at the Bull Run on December 1 (see post about that concert here). Alone on stage with her strat, she captured the crowd with her soulful vitality. At the Blues Fest, she’ll have her full band!
From Lydia’s website:
“Changing the face of the blues” – NBC’s Today Show
Lydia Warren tours internationally from Brooklyn to Beirut, whipping audiences into a frenzy at each stop. A versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer, the Boston-based performer tours and records as a solo act and with her band. The Lydia Warren Band has been nominated for a Boston Music Award, appeared on NBC’s Today Show and has released five albums.
Complete Blues Fest Lineup (see videos of the rest of the Blues Fest linuep in this post):