Tag Archives: Harbor Loop Concerts

I know this post will get me in trouble, but …

HarborLoopCrowdBank Gloucester’s Banking For The Community program is bigger than ever this year.  You get to vote ON-LINE (right here) for an organization to to win up to $5K!  Now, there are some excellent organizations on the list, but you can also check a box labeled “Other” and write one in yourself.  That’s what I did.  I voted for the Harbor Loop Concerts.  “Why?” Well, for a number of reasons this 30-year-old tradition almost fizzled this summer.  But due to the tireless efforts of organizer Bradley Royds, with a little help from Mayor Kirk and others at City Hall, they pulled it off — barely — and it was a wonderful summer of free music at Harbor Loop enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors.  I’d like to see this concert series secure for next year and what better way than by awarding it the top Bank Gloucester prize.  Soooo …. if you agree, just go to https://www.bankgloucester.com/ballot, check the last box in the right hand column and write in “Harbor Loop Concerts” just like in the image below:


A Beautiful Night ~ Start the weekend by walking to live music @ 6 downtown venues

Start at Captain Carlos with Cripple Cove Quartet at 5.  Walk out the door to catch Alek Razdan & A-Train at Harbor Loop at 6:30, followed by Johnny Carwash.  Then you can walk to Rhumb Line to see Punk legend, Wille Loco, with Dave Sag.

Yes, I said walk.  It’s not that far.  If you’re not from Gloucester check out Google’s Walking Directions (still in beta, but they work well).  Here are Google’s directions for the 13 minute walk from Harbor Loop to Rhumbline.  And it’s a nice walk — especially on a night like tonight.

While they’re on break you can walk down to the Dog Bar, Brew Pub and Minglewood.  No cover for any of these shows tonight, so start the weekened NOW!

Trouble deciding where to go?  See the full live music schedule here.

Harbor Loop Concert Series ~ Photos of “The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester and Tonekat from last Thursday Show. 7.18.2013

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Last Thursday show was so good. No rain! I could hear harmonic melodies as I made my way down Pleasant Street. The Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester opened the evening with some Doo Wop and many 60’s song hits. Tonekat took over the second half and ended with a mixture of smokin rock and blues, leaving the audience wanting more. Both bands play around Gloucester if you hear of them playing check them out. You will not be disappointed.


Honky Tonk Women of Gloucester
Barbara Jansson, Sheila Jones Schrank and Elaine Persons

Pleas click batch photos for a slide show. Not the header ones : )


Mike Miele, Jay Appt, Ben Ferrini and Todd Ellyson

jisilva photos

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Sunday’s FREE Bandstand Concert Tops Off Perfect Gloucester Weekend

It’s a weekend of community entertainment starting tonight at Harbor Loop; then tomorrow’s Cape Ann Big Band benefit for returning veterans at Gloucester House, Saturday’s Block Party and Sunday’s Bandstand Concert at Stage Fort Park featuring Overdrive.  These Bandstand concerts are a perfect example of how to bring a celebrated, centuries old New England tradition into the 21st century.  Bravo David Benjamin!


Don’t even think about the weather — just get out and have fun tonight!

HarborLoopCrowdJust because you can get the weather on your phone doesn’t mean the prediction has gotten any better.  As of right now, tonight’s Harbor Loop Concert is cancelled due to bad weather.  It was raining when we talked to Bradley Royds about this, but the sun is coming out now.  You just never know what’s going to happen, so be sure to check the local live music listings for last minute changes.

Gloucester weather may be unpredictable, but here’s a prediction you can count on: You can go out tonight — every night — and have a great time without even knowing what the weather will be.  This is the advantage of living in a town with a vibrant music, entertainment & cultural scene —  something Patty Hecht pointed out at last night’s Downtown Visioning Meeting at City Hall (see Joey’s interview with Patty @ 191 Main St. here).

So don’t fret about it.  Just go downtown.  If the weather cooperates, you can sit, eat and be entertained outside.  If not, you can stroll around in the rain (kinda fun in the summer) and pop in and out of all the restaurants offering music until the wee hours of tomorrow morning (see schedule here).   And don’t forget to be grateful that you live here.

Great Summer Music Outside This Week

TONIGHT, Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Just Like Newman 6:00 pm JUST LIKE NEWMAN

Summer Concert Series – till 8pm
Beach Street, Manchester, MA 01944

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Full Circle 7:30 pm FULL CIRCLE
Harbor Loop Concert Series
Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Summer Concert Series – till 8pm
32 Beach St, Rockport, MA 01966

7:00 pm  COMPAQ BIG BAND – Jazz
Stage Fort Park Concert Series
Hough Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Check online for the latest updates

Check online for the latest updates

Weekend starts now ~ Don’t be fooled

And what a weekend it is!  First, there’s the Harbor Loop Concert Series Finale TONIGHT.  You simply cannot miss this extraordinary gathering of some of Gloucester’s best talent.

Tomorrow “our boy” (as Joey would say) Allen Estes interrupts his vacation to open for “our boy” Fly Amero and his touring band ORLEANS at North Shore Music Theatre.   Now, don’t be fooled.  Just because you can’t get a VIP seat (they’re sold out) doesn’t mean you can’t get a great seat! Here’s a trick to using their ticketing website:
1) Choose “Best Available” where it says “Select Price Level”
2) Put the number of seats you want in the line that says Regular under Ticket Type (see example, below).

Remember, all seats at North Shore Music Theatre are good seats — even the BACK ROW! This picture of Chris Isaak on June 28th was taken on Vickie’s phone from BEHIND the last row! Get your tickets now and LET THERE BE MUSIC!

Then on Saturday, it’s a FREE concert at the Boulevard featuring FULL CIRCLE from 7-11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks.

And Sunday Morning, you’ll want to sleep late in order to recover from all this fun, but you’ll be happier if you get yourself out of bed for the Parade of Sail led by the Lannon.

OK, now you can sleep  . . .

Just a Ghetto Child in Gloucester

Shemekia Copeland’s astounding performance was the climax of Gloucester’s Blues Festival 2 weeks ago.  We blogged all day from the festival, but never showed you any of Shemekia’s set — so here you go:  In this video, she walks the crowd singing without a mic, while the band plays from the stage.  Perfect mix; powerful music; gave me the chills.

We’ve had a busy month of festivals, here in Gloucester.  This weekend we’ve got 28 artists in 16 venues — two of which are schooners. And that’s just Friday & Saturday (see the Friday & Saturday live music lineup here).  You’d think it was another festival.  Nope.  Just more evidence of Cape Ann’s thriving music scene.

Start the weekend a little early with the epic Seafood Throwdown rematch today at 4pm at the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park.  Then the Harbor Loop Concert — 12 live music choices in all.  See tonight’s live music lineup here.

Magnolia to play The Harbor Loop Concert this coming Thursday 7-26-2012

Magnolia (now a 7 piece band) will be playing from 7-8 next Thursday?  We’ve evolved into a pop / alternative kind of sound, with roots stemming from a traditional folk/alt-country infused Americana sound.  It promises to be a great show, and will be our first show this year with our new lineup (new bass player and drummer).

Debut EP Available Now

Have a listen > http://www.magnoliatheband.com/music/



Harbor Loop Concert!

Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents last night brought out a large crowd for the free Harbor Loop Concert Series!

Click to view the slideshow of your neighbors!




A large camper was parked smack dab in the middle of the view, but Tally’s took care of it which drew cheers fro the crowd.

August 19 – Paula Karahalis Band, Phat Maxx

August 26  – TBA Very Special Guests!!

More Music in Gloucester…

GMG Local Music Sept. 3 – Sept. 7

Lots of great music around town this Labor Day Weekend. Check it out!

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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Blues Party at the Rhumb Line

From Dave Sag-

“Wow! a busy week ahead! So gird your grid for the big end of summer blast.
This thursday at the Rumline I’m proud to present the one, the only Godfather-in-law of punk: Willie”Loco” Alexander, the all-weather blues god and all purpose keeper of the flame. The master of piano triplets, he’ll be bangin’ out Fats Domino and  Buck Cherry lix all nite long. Backing him up will be Johnny Loud, the quiet drummer and , of course Greg T. and myself.”


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd….9-12pm, THE ERINN BROWN BAND (Steve Peabody, Alison Keslow and 2N) play @ LATITUDE 43, Rogers Street (Rt. 127) in Gloucester,MA.




Orville Giddings band from 8:30 to 11:30

From Dave Sag-

“Friday nite I’ll be down at Elliot’s ,filling in with  the Orville Giddings band from 8;30 to 11;30. Li’l Stevie Chaggarris on drums holding down the fort.”


Event:  GARFISH @ The Gull Restaurant Friday September 4th
“Put on your dancing shoes!”
What: Performance
Host: Gar Hiltz
Start Time: Friday, September 4 at 9:00pm
End Time: Saturday, September 5 at 12:05am
Where: The Gull Restaurant



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th…5-9pm,  Erinn and Alison play @ THE GULL, 75 Essex Street (Rt. 133) at Cape Ann Marina Resort in Gloucester, MA


Madfish Grille


From John Keegan-

Join us in celebrating the Last Dog Day’s of Summer  at the Madfish Grill this Labor Day Weekend on Saturday, September  5th, 2009
A Rare Live appearance! John Keegan and Madhouse will be playing at the Madfish Grille, On Saturday, September  5th, 2009  , 77 Rocky Neck Ave, Located in the Historic Rocky Neck District of Gloucester, Massachusetts The Oldest Art Colony in the Country!

What could be a  better way to celebrate the Official Send-off to the Summer Season
Fantastic Food,( they got a GREAT NEW Chef)  Ice Cold Drink’s,  an awesome Raw Bar, and your favorite band playing at one of the Coolest Places on the Water!

Come One, Come All, Come Early, Bring Your Friends,  and don’t forget your Dancing shoes!
Hope to see you all there,

Rock On!




Event: SAFETY Labor Day Red & White Ball at Rockafellas in Salem
“Wear white for labor day!”
What: Concert
Host: Rockafellas
Start Time: Sunday, September 6 at 9:00pm
End Time: Monday, September 7 at 12:00am
Where: Rockafellas of Salem



All DAY MUSIC @  THE BLACK LOBSTER, Bridge St (formerly Strombergs)
in the Tent, on the water, beneath the Beverly/Salem Bridge!

L A B O R  D A Y !!! September 7th, from 12-7pm.
LISA MARIE BAND plays from 12-2 pm
ERINN BROWN BAND plays from 2:30-4:30 pm
ELLE GALLO BAND plays from 5 -7 pm

For more Info…

THANX FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harbor Loop Concerts a Big Hit!

With the great weather last night, the hill on Harbor Loop was packed. The pizza and other food vendors stayed open after the Farmer’ Market closed. Kids were everywhere. The Megan McKenzie Band opened the concert and rocked the house. To hear the band, click here.


The sun set, and Phat Maxx took the stage. The kids accepted the band’s invitation to come onto the stage and little rockers danced the night away.


Next week is the last concert with Hoodoo Revelator who had to be rescheduled because of bad weather early this summer.

GMG Local Music- August 24 – August 30

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



From Frank Hawks –

“The Megan McKenzie Band” will be performing at the Cape Ann Harbor Loop concert series this Thursday in Gloucester along with “Phat Maxx”.





Same Gig- Different Takes! Both Whacko Good Guys!

Blues Party at the Rhumb Line

From Dave Sag-

This Thursday Walmart productions is proud to present local luminary and part-time rib king,Mr. Mike O’Connell. Slide king, vogalist and songbird xtroidinaire,he is sure to get your cane tapping to the boogie beat. backing up over him will be Jeff Casper, the friendly drummer and plumbing magnate, and ,of course, Greg T. and myself. I promised Mike I’d wear my white fenceclimbers,maybe even shorts. We’ll see. And pssst… rumour has it that other special guests may be showing up adding to the general mayhem. Did I say a special birthday? Come find out. Wear your bike helmet….

From: Mike O’Connell

I will be good and warmed from Thursday Night,, for “Uncle Dave Sag” has asked me to play with him at his Blues Party at The Rhumb Line!! I cant wait, haven’t seen him all summer and I need a dose of Those White Flippers with no socks,  Top shelf designer Bowling Shirts of his,, and his Genius Sarcasms. He’s gonna tool on someone that night and it is probably gonna be me. I’m Psyched! I believe Uncle Dave’s Blues Party starts at 9 so come on down to both shows if you can, Hope to see you.



From Frank Hawks –

Just getting the word out that Slingdaddy will be at Elliot’s @ the Blackburn
this Friday, August 28th.  As always, Elliot’s has an earlier show time
than most other venues – 8:30-11:30.  Elliot’s is a great place to have
dinner (if so desired) and the stay an catch the show.

Thanks for coming out to support live music, because without you, there
would be no live music.





From: Mike O’Connell

Sat Aug 29 Lat 43

This week the band performs 9 to 12  at Latitude 43 Here in Gloucester MA. Frosty Padgett playing on his drums,, Special Bass Guitar Man Dean Cassell will be gracing us with his presence, Jason “Broken Record” Aptt will be there clowning as well and myself to tie it up.

Uncle Jeffrey will be selling copies of My CD’S for the Latitude show issued with 1 pair of Orange Earplugs, Have A Great Weekend, Mike    www.latfourtythree.com www.myspace.com/mikeoconnellmusic




Saturday night

Captain Carlo’s





From: Mike O’Connell

“Almost Forgot…Sunday I will be up at The Grog with Parker Wheeler and Friends, and what a band he has put together! Parker Wheeler Himself,, Tim Pike, Wolfy Froggy’s Brudda Ginandes, Amadee Castenell, Cliffy Spencer, Stevie Bankuti. and Myself,, This is gonna be a “smoke show” so if you are not to tired for a Sunday Rockin’ come to the Grog In Newburyport. Band hits at 7 come early and dine. Once again Enjoy Your Weekend.”


GMG Local Music Aug.19 – Aug.23

Wednesday August 19

Dan King plays Roots Rock Wednesday, TONIGHT at Lat 43, featuring very special guests, 9pm!

Pete Lindberg playing at the Dogbar tonight. 9-12 Come down

Open Mike with Fly Amero Wednesday at the Rhumb Line


Thursday August 20

Dave Sag’s Blues Party Thursday 9-12

“This thursday at the Rumline I’m proud to present that dynamic duo: Mr. Mario Perrett, cutie pie saxist and vogelist xtroidinaire, backed up with Mr. Edd Scheer, the diaphaneous drummer and vocalizer. One of my favorite combo plates. Of course, Greg T. and I will be there, too.”


Harbor Loop


Friday August 21

Music at the Cape Ann Museum on Fridays at Noon

The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present free noontime concerts in the Museum’s Sculpture Garden on Fridays during the month of August. Performers for the remainder of the month will be James White on August 21 and The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra on August 28.

The Pleasant Street Tea Company and Lark Fine Foods have generously donated beverages and cookies for these events. In the event of rain, the performances will take place inside the Museum.

James White, now a resident of Gloucester, is originally from England. He has been writing music since the 1970s, playing and performing in both Europe and New England as well as doing session work with his first instrument, the electric violin.

The Aspidistra Drawing Room Orchestra is based in London, England. The orchestra specializes in the type of light classical music from the late nineteenth, early twentieth century that is usually referred to as Palm Court Music or Salon Music. The ensemble consists of a string quartet, piano, flute and oboe.

Funding for this program was made possible through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

The Cape Ann Museum is located at 27 Pleasant Street in Gloucester. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed during the month of February, on Mondays, and on major holidays. Admission is $8.00 adults, $6.00 Cape Ann residents, seniors and students. Children under 12 and Museum members are free. The Museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information please call: (978) 283-0455. Additional information can be found online at http://www.capeannmuseum.org.


The Glostafarians WICKED LOCAL REGGAE Captain Carlo’s


Saturday August 22

From Dave Sag

“Saturday nite, Madhouse will be cranking it out at the Rockport Art Association building  for their annual Greek fisherman hat festival. It’s a costume party. We played it last year and it really was a blast, so, c’mon down!”


Groove      Saturday     Rhumb Line


Sunday August 23

Antonio Gentile Memorial Bandstand Summer Concert Series
Stage Fort Park

August 23, 2009

7pm, Old Cold Tater, acoustic bluegrass more


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


GMG Local Music Schedule Aug.6-Aug.9

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


Harbor Loop




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

“Got a special show for y’all this week as I drag my dearest friend, John Rankin, out of the slickery swamp of Louisiana and wring  him dry on  Fred’s font of perpetual resurrection: the Rhumb Line. Educator, performer, vocalist, citizen, weekend father, this guy can do it all, and at the same time, too. He’ll be digging deep into that good ol’  Nawlins pile of steaming R&B, and throwin’ in a coupla originals to boot. You gotta hear this.

Behind him, pushing the beat will be our old buddy, Forrest “gump” Padgett on heart attack drums, Paul  Ahlstrand on tenor twelve sax, and yers trooly on base. C’mon down and tell John how much you like my punctuation!”


Nights On The Neck

Nights On The Neck

Click on the poster for more info


Groovin’ on Rocky Neck this Friday!
From Mike Lindberg
“We are going MadFish-ing this Friday Aug. 7th!! Come party hard with us on Rocky Neck as the the band returns to the Madfish Grille for another wild summer night of live music to shake your booty too. It’s high season here in G-Town, so come get a mad-buzz as we rock the neck Groove style.

Show starts @ 9pm. Let your freak flag fly!”


The 2009 Summer Concert Series at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand in Stage Fort Park in Gloucester continues Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. with The Herb Pomeroy Tribute Concert.

Click here for more info


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