Time to bring your chairs, your kids, some good food from local restaurants — or left-over BBQ — your dancing shoes and party attitude down to Harbor Loop for a community evening of family fun and fabulous music with What Time Is It Mr. Fox.
For those of you who are new to Gloucester, we do this every Thursday night during the summer. It’s fun & FREE.
Here’s the full Harbor Loop Summer Schedule (with a map).
Here’s a taste of what you can expect tonight.
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).
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):
So you think the Schooner Fest starts tomorrow? Think again. You’ve gotta consider a free concert at Harbor Loop right in the heart of Gloucester’s waterfront, as the beginning of Schooner Fest. (Complete Schooner Fest Schedule here. Henri Smith Tickets here)
Last year I saw crew coming off visiting schooners who were charmed by the Harbor Loop concert and astounded when I told them we have these every week. Thank you Bradley Royds!
So come on down to Harbor Loop tonight and party with one of the most creative local bands, What Time Is It Mr. Fox?
Music begins at 6:30pm with Piano Forte opening. Just in case you’ve never seen Mr. Fox, read this:
“Time has come for Mr. Fox”
– Barry Thompson, Boston Herald
“Catch him as his star rises”
– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)
“a triumph of mood and style, an unforgettable musical, theatrical and emotional experience.”
“can simmer in blues, tremble with high drama, and faint into a yawning croon”
– Michael Brodeur, Boston Phoenix
There’s just too much going on this week to fit into one post a day, so today we’re just going to step back, catch our breath and review what’s coming up.
Gus Foote Park Garden designed by Kim Smith ~ From Gloucester Daily Times ~ photo Allegra Boverman
Let’s start with music. We’ve been adding new shows almost every day this week as we find out about them. Remember, there’s even music at the Farmers Market.
Check the live music lineup to see the latest. Check it again tomorrow; it’s likely to list more shows.
If you were paying attention, you’ve already saved the date for the Harbor Walk Ribbon Cutting. Today’s excellent article in the Times gives you a first glimpse at what you can expect.
Later today, we’ll post a full schedule of Harbor Walk events that start Thursday, connect with the Harbor Loop Concerts and continue all weekend long.
Now, you DID take my advice yesterday and get your ticket to the Blues Festival, right? Good, because we (including the Zip Line Kid) will be live blogging from the festival all day long — with a special focus on those of you who are like us and decide what to do at the last minute.
more to come later …