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
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Groove Therapy ( Mark Pelosi, Jeff Arnold, Brian O’Connor, Vinny Briguglio and Leo Francis) opened the evening. Many high energy songs. Lots of hoola hooping and dancing going on. Mari Martin and The Lucky Boys (Mari Martin, Vinny Briguglio, Mark Retallack Bob Enik Roger Brockelbank closed out the evening. Jazz, rock and roll filled the air for hours. It was a perfect night for a concert and so much fun!
This just in from Harbor Loop Concert Series organizer, Bradley Royds. He says we’ll have the full summer lineup soon. What better way to kick off a summer of free outdoor music than with Mamadou & Jake! — Thanks, Bradley, for making this happen again this year!
Harbor Loop Concert Series 2014
Summertime in Gloucester – its time for a party!
Thursday, July 10th marks the launch of the 41st Harbor Loop Concert Series. This is the perfect event for music-loving folks of all ages and the fun-loving musicians who enjoy playing for their hometown crowd.
Concert organizer Bradley Royds proclaims “The kick-off acts are sure to cause unbridled happy-feet and impulsive head-bobbing.” Jake Pardee will open at 6:30pm, and Mamadou will hit the stage from 7:45pm until 9:00pm.
Headliner, Mamadou, is well-known for whipping up original world-fusion rhythm and reggae based music. The band is comprised of a variety of well known Boston based musicians, featuring multiple percussion players and Pardee as lead guitarist. Royds adds “Jake is fantastic and he will knock it out of the park before Mamadou does the same.”
Lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and coolers are all welcome in the park. A variety of food and beverage vendors will be on-site. As the sun sets over Gloucester, come enjoy the music while overlooking the scenic-historic Inner Harbor from the hillside of Fitz Hugh Lane Park.
The Harbor Loop Concert Series is totally kid-friendly, and the park offers an environment that is safe for the whole family. Shows are every Thursday in July and August, 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Please go to http://www.harborloop.com for further information and for notice of cancellation in the event of rain.
Check online for the latest updates
TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 17, 2013:
The Rhumbline Fly Amero with special guest Allen Estes (always a great show when these two get together) @ 8:00pm
You can also see Allen preview some new songs on Local Music Seen at 6:30pm on Cape Ann TV Cable channel 12, or you can watch that show right now here.
TOMORROW, Thursday, July 18, 2013
Harbor Loop Concert @ 6:30
Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
@ Dog Bar 9:00pm
Brad Byrd with Special Guest (you never know who will show up)
There’s so much going on tomorrow that it’s just not a good day to be at work.
Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar kicks off at 9am and must be better than ever — otherwise why would our boy Joey represent?
Click here to download the complete Sidewalk Bazaar Schedule
The Farmer’s Market starts at 3pm at Stage Fort Park — remember it’s ON, regardless of the weather. And the knife guy (forgot his name) will be there this week. I’m bringing my precious Sabatier French knife that I got in 1974 so he can fix the curve, which I have not been able to maintain properly because I only have a stone, not a grinder. More on that later . . .
At 6:30pm Allen Estes and Fly Amero will be on the Schooner Lannon for a gorgeous Sunset Music Sail. Call 978-281-6634 for tickets. Seeing these two aboard the Lannon is a must. No mics, no amps, no speakers. You know you’re in the presence to world-class musicians when there’s literally nothing between you and the sound of voices and guitars.
For all of you who won’t fit on the Lannon, check out Nights on the Neck, which starts at 5pm. This week you can see singer/songwriter and Noise founder/editor T Max at 8:45.
And of course there’s the Harbor Loop Concert starting at 6:30 — always a good time –and you can bring your kids and watch them dance. If you video your kids dancing (or other kids) put it up on YouTube and paste the link in a comment to this post. We’ll show it to all of Gloucester.
If that’s not enough, six other venues have music of all kinds.
But let’s not forget about tonight! Fly Amero is back from Larry Hoppen’s memorial service and will host the great Inge Berge at Rhumbline. Marina Evans joins Dennis Monagle at Minglewood. Steve Caraway hosts an open mic at Catch 22 …
Whew! I could go on and on. See the complete live music schedule here.