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It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

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It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

Tonight at Katrina’s ~ Inge Berge Filling in for Toni Ann 7-10pm 1.29.2015

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Dear Friends,
Once upon time there was a local singer songwriter who got a steady Thursday night local gig.
This was very exciting for her to play weekly with some of the finest players in her little town. One January
Thusday night she had planned to play with her good friend, and, have for the first time, her cousin
as her guest!
Sometimes the best layed plans mean nothing…this singer songer got the flu and couldn’t
perform!
Luckily her friend, Inge Berge, put on his superhero cape and saved the night! THE END

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At Katrina’s tonight 1/29 from 7-10PM Inge Berge will be covering for me, so please show him your support and I’ll see you next week!

katrinas nye

14 Rogers St
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Wednesdays with Fly Amero and his special guest Inge Berge @ The Rhumb Line 8-11pm 1.14.2015

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, January 14th
Special Guest: INGE BERGE!

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Great songwriter. Great guitarist and singer. Great person
for us all to know and love here in Gloucester. The great . . .
Inge Berge! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
John Rockwell

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Ron Schrank

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Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there :-)

Tonight ToniAnn Enes with Guest: Inge Berge @ The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM

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Hello Friends,

Hope all is well with you, just giving a heads up on my week!
I’ve been rehearsing a few new tunes that I’d love to play for you this week! 
Wednesday, 9/10,  I’ll be at The Sea Glass Restaurant at The Castle Manor Inn from 6:00 to 9:00PM performing with the one and only…Inge Berge.
We’re still having the $6.00 Specials for Ladies Night so if you going to hang on for dear life to this  beautiful weather please come  and pay us a visit!
As always I appreciate your support!
Thank you,
Toni Ann
The Seaglass Restaurant @ The Castle Manor Inn
141 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 515-7386

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest:Inge Berge

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This Week:
Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad, $12.95!

Wednesday, July 30th
Special Guest:
INGE BERGE!!

       photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando                                                                  

Inge Berge is among the finest and most sophisticated
songwriters on Cape Ann.  His lyric is sharp.  His music is
self-contained and utterly complete.  And his right hand hits
a perfect groove on the guitar – every time.  World class all
the way. ~ Fly
Upcoming…
8/06
Toni Ann

8/13 Fozzie Hill

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

Benefit show for Autism and Surfers Healing Foundation. 6pm – 12am Saturday June 7 @ The Dog Bar.

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Saturday 
Jun 7 at 6:00pm to Jun 8 at 12:00am

Dog Bar

65 Main St Rear (20 Rogers St),

Gloucester, Massachusetts

6:30-7:00 Three Sheets To The Wind
7:15-7:45 Ralph Fatello & The Nor’easters
8:00-8:30 Inge Berge
8:45-9:15 Funbucket
9:30-10:00 Cripple Cove Quartet
10:00-11:00 Girl On Top
11:00-12:00AM Drive- A Tribute To The Cars
Great raffle prizes, T-shirts, guest bartender and all kinds of fun stuff. $10 at the door.

Phone (978) 281-6565
Email dogbarca@gmail.com
Website http://www.dogbarcapeann.com

http://www.surfershealing.org/

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Inge Berge 5.28.2014

 

 

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Wednesdays Only:
Prime Rib is BACK!!! $12.95!

Wednesday, May 28th
Special Music Guest: 
INGE BERGE!

Songwriter on the edge.  Brutally honest.  Up close and quite
personal.  Inge Berge takes the Rhumb Line stage by storm
this Wednesday.  LOVE backing this guy on guitar! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib, $12.95!(while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…
Jon Butcher

Charlee Bianchini

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

If you want to make a living playing music, you have to make a living playing music!

One of my favorite local stars, Inge Berge, shared a post on his Facebook page about this “Call For Performers” by the city of Yellowknife, NT in Canada:

As we head into Gloucester’s spring/summer/fall busy season, I’m glad he brought this topic up because that’s often when musicians are asked to play for free in return for “exposure.”

I don’t expect musicians to perform for free, because I don’t work for free.  Actually, the last time I asked any musician to play without pay (except for passing the hat) was when Vickie and I were helping organize the first Block Parties in 2008, at which I played for free too.   And that was only because everyone involved in starting the Block Parties donated their time.  By last year  (could have been 2012) the Block Parties had evolved to the point where the Block Party Committee raises money and pays musicians.

Don’t get me wrong, I do volunteer my time for various causes that I feel are worthwhile — and I sometimes work for trade.  But in every trade case, I’m getting something in return for my work — something of equal value to the value of my work.

Next time somebody asks you to play for free, ask “What am I getting in trade?”  If the answer is something like, “Oh, you’ll get great exposure,”  my advice is just say no.

Lugging your gear into your car, driving to the venue, setting up, breaking down, loading your gear back into your car and driving home would be enough to demand some pay (at least what stage hands get).  Then there’s performing, which (among other things) requires years of practice, tremendous dedication, a willingness to trust your artistic instincts and … talent.  That should be reserved only for those occasions where the people who’ve asked you to perform value the fact that you’re digging deeper into the human soul than most people ever get and sharing what you find with the rest of us. 

I could rattle off a dozen reasons why mere “exposure” is no where near enough compensation for performing — and the first one that comes to mind is that if you’re playing anywhere on Cape Ann, you can get plenty of free exposure right here on GMG and on gimmesound.com.

Plus, because you don’t want to play to an empty room, you’ll probably plug the event on your own social media pages, which gets free exposure for the people who’ve asked you to perform in the first place.

Feel free to share this post with everybody who asks you to play for free …

VIDEO: Excellent songs up for Oscars tonight — and lots of great music in town too

OK, tonight most of us will be celebrating films, but Oscar night is also a perfect time celebrate great songs — and this is a particularly good year for song nominations.

Our two favorites are “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (the guy with the funny Smokey the Bear hat who won the Record of the Year Grammy with Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers) from the movie Despicable Me 2; and “Ordinary Love” by U2 from the movie Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom.  I particularly like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” video (not from the movie).   Check out this dancing!

Among the Best Picture nominees is American Hustle, part of which was filmed down the road in Salem.

If you like to be out on Oscar night and just follow the events on your phone, there’s plenty of excellent music, starting with The Jazz Brewers at the Brew Pub at 5pm and one of our favorites, Inge Berge, at The Rhumb Line at 7:30.  See tonight’s full live music schedule here.

Thank you to Musicians, Sponsors, Volunteers & Fans for a magical solstice

WinterSolsticeSm_FlyWhat a gift it is to live in a community full of tremendously talented musicians, who can bring world-class music to one of Gloucester’s most treasured spaces.

All the performers were at the top of their game last night and, based on their level of talent, they could have brought giant egos with them.

But they chose to leave their egos at the door and collaborate at the highest level of professionalism in order to lift a packed house at Gloucester’s UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn’t felt in years.

Bravo!

Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and Cape Ann TV crew who helped to bring The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert to life.

Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to support our local music treasures and help restore the Meetinghouse so it can become a premier listening venue for dozens of major musical events  every year.

Based on last night’s success, it’s safe to say we’ll be doing this again and again and again.  Stay tuned …

Cape Ann Solstice Tickets Available at the Door ~ Plenty of FREE PARKING

You can’t get advanced tickets online any more, but you can still go the Gloucester UU Church and get tickets at the door ($25 for all ages).  Box office opens at 4pm.  Doors open at 7.  Concert starts at 7:30.  There’s plenty of free parking at the Church and nearby (Trinity Church parking lot and Library lot off School St. are both plowed) so come on down and celebrate the longest night of the year with some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians while you help to restore one of Gloucester’s most treasured buildings!

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STRESSED? Here’s an antidote that will make you feel great!

christmas shopping 1Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st.  Get your tickets now so you can relax.

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If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.

You have a few options for tickets:

Reserved Pews (no hassle):  $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
or
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.

Tickets are available online, at the church and liquor locker.  They will also be available on Saturday morning at Solstice Farmers Market.

Plenty of free parking available:

  • both sides of Pine Street and Proctor Street (Pine becomes Proctor after it crosses Church Street)
  • in a small parking lot on Proctor Street (free parking)
  • portions of both sides of Middle Street (and any place on Middle where there is a parking meter – no fee on Sunday)
  • one side of Church Street (please be mindful not to block the driveway of residents)

Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street

The Line-Up:

  • Allen Estes with Matt Leavenworth, Wolf Ginandes & Dave Mattacks
  • Willie Loco Alexander & the Raztones
  • Fly Amero
  • Gordon Baird
  • Inge Berge & Julie Cleveland
  • Charlee Bianchini
  • Ken Bonfield
  • Lenny Campanello – Gloucester Police Chief
  • Will Hunt & Alexandra Stella D’Maris
  • Dan King
  • T Max
  • Michael O’Leary

UPDATE: Cape Ann Winter Solstice Benefit Concert – Saturday Dec 21

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L-R: Matt Leavenworth, Dave Mattacks, Allen Estes, Wolf Ginandes ~ photo: Renata Greene

Cape Ann’s top musicians come together this holiday season to celebrate the Winter Solstice and help raise money for Gloucester’s historic UU Meetinghouse Restoration Project.  Local legend, Allen Estes, is back with Matt Leavenworth on guitar and fiddle, Wolf Ginandes on bass and Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums — all of whom brought us a magical night at the Larcom Theatre in October.

Sharing the stage with Allen and his band are some of Cape Ann’s top performers, from have a dozen genres, who come to celebrate the power of music to bring people together and lift our spirits.

Willie Loco Alexander & The Raztones
Fly Amero Gordon Baird
Inge Berge Charlee Bianchini
Ken Bonfield Dan King
T Max Michael O’Leary

Special Appearance: Gloucester Police Chief, Lenny Campanello sings Springsteen.

The entire concert will be taped for a Local Music Seen Christmas Special to be shown on Cape Ann TV.

TICKETS
Available at: Church Office
Liquor Locker
Online here
General Admission
$20 Advance
$15 Child/Senior
(under 12/over 65)
 
Reserved Pews
(online or call 978-525-9093)
$225 Center Pew Seats 12
$195 Side Pew Seats 10

GET TICKETS NOW

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A sneak peak behind the scenes

If you went to The Slide Brothers concert we presented on Saturday, you hopefully had a good time, but had no clue as to last-minute scrambling that went on.  That’s because everyone involved is a pro — and that’s the way it should be.  Today, we’d like to offer a special shout-out to some of the folks whose work made this event happen and let you peek behind the scenes just a bit.

The scrambling began a couple of days before the show when we learned The Slide Brothers were not going to be able to bring a drum kit.  Mike Doyle happened to be at the theatre when we heard this, so he scooted down to Nate’s The Drum Shop North Shore on Rantoul St. and arrived back at the theatre in less than half an hour with a very nice sounding Premier kit in gorgeous white pearl, which you can see in the photo.  Thanks MTD and Nate for making this happen so quickly.

Then, on the day of the show, we discover we need even more gear and everyone in the Michael Thomas Doyle band chipped in to lend The Slide Brothers all that was needed for their stellar performance.  Thanks guys.  You’re real pros.

That performance relied, in good measure, on the expert talents of our sound crew, led by Will Hunt, who spent half of Friday drilling through a brick wall in order to hide the snake.

And on the night of the show, Bill Winn and Bradley Royds gave us absolutely perfect sound — so good that we heard compliments from both performers and fans!

Perhaps the last person ever to get any credit for his hard work is the guy in the light booth, which for this concert — and for Allen Estes, was Inge Berge, whose artistic lighting enhanced both performances.  And when Calvin Cooke (the B.B. King of Slide Guitar) told Inge to raise the house lights for a gospel tune so it would feel more like a church, he obliged gracefully and then returned the theatre to a performance feel with class and style.

You’ll notice that most of these people are from Gloucester and all are from Boston’s North Shore.  We are terribly grateful to live in a place so full of talented professionals!

Singer Songwriter Shuffle starts up again tonight at Giuseppe’s featuring some of Gloucester’s best performers

Here’s who will be performing at Giuseppe’s tonight hosted by Aurelia Nelson of North Shore 104.9.
Allen Estes 7:00 pm   Listen to Allen Estes ALLEN ESTES

T Max 7:00 pm   Listen to T Max T MAX

8:00 pm   WILLIE ALEXANDER

8:00 pm   NICK CONSONE

9:00 pm   GLENN FRENCH

Inge Berge 9:00 pm   Listen to Inge Berge INGE BERGE

Chelsea Berry 9:00 pm   Listen to Chelsea Berry CHELSEA BERRY

Wow, what a lineup!

Paula Cole’s Noise Interview is a MUST READ for every musician and music fan!

Yesterday we were treated to one of our new monthly pleasures: T Max dropped off a  few copies of the September issue of The Noise Magazine.  It’s one of the perks of living in Magnolia, which, since T Max moved to Gloucester, happens to be right on his delivery route as he takes The Noise to Beverly, Salem, and on down to Boston.

This is an especially good issue, the highlight of which is Eric Baylies’ wonderful interview with Grammy-winner and Rockport native Paula Cole.  Paula invites us into her creative process and shares her profound wisdom on the music business in one of the most insightful artist interviews since John Lennon’s 1980 Playboy interview.  Paula gives us too many wonderful quotes to list here.  You’ll just have to read the article.  Kudos to Eric for asking all the right questions, to T Max for printing the whole thing and especially to Paula for allowing herself to be honest, personal and profound in print, without so much as a care in the world for the usual hype and meticulous grooming that usually attends a new CD release from a major star, such as her.

Among many other gems in this issue are two exceedingly entertaining reviews by T Max of live music at Beverly’s Block parties and the Big Shot of Inge Berge by Sheila Roberts Orlando, which proves that Inge is one of Gloucester’s most creative artists!

Wednesday with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special guest: Inge Berge


Surf & Turf Specials!
Wednesdays Only!

Hello everyone!
Wednesday, June 26th
Special Guest: 
INGE BERGE!

Inge Berge
 is more than a good songwriter.  He’s a poet –
in the true sense of the word, for he writes with honesty and
courage… and with little consideration for consequence.  I’ll
always admire him greatly for it, knowing only too well how
easy it is for us all to follow the path of least resistance as
artists.  What he does takes guts, and I hope I’m not the
only one who notices.  Meanwhile, Buona Fiesta! ~ Fly :-)
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Surf & Turf Dinner –
  $11.95 (while they last)
Tenderloin Tips with Grilled Garlic Shrimp!
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Upcoming…
July 3: Horribles Parade (best seen at the Rhumb Line)

July 10: Jon Butcher (w/Chris Pierce)
 
July 17: Allen Estes

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  :-) ~ Fly

Music Filled Weekend Starts Tonight!

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Inge Berge 7:00 pm Listen to Inge Berge INGE BERGE

Singer Songwriter Shuffle w/ Dave Simmons, Sarah Hoonah Smith, Julie Dougherty & Kathy Comeau,
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
7:00 pm  TONI ANN ENES

Singer Songwriter Shuffle w/ Brian O’Connor
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW

8:00 pm  KINGSTON TRIO

one of America’s most beloved folk and pop groups, returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-7391

8:30 pm  BRIAN FINES

open mic
11 Rogers St., Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 282-7399

FREE SHOW
8:30 pm  DAVE SAG’S BLUES PARTY

w/ Ed Scheer, Rick Russell & Mario Perrett
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  BRADLEY ROYDS

And Friends
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565

FREE SHOW
DJ Vito 9:00 pm DJ VITO

“SHAKE IT THURSDAYS”
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW
9:30 pm  WALLYS FUNK BAND

285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-921-2233

FREE SHOW

Friday, June 7, 2013

Linda Amero 7:00 pm LINDA AMERO

Menage a Trio w. Jack Senier & Thomas Hebb
118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-7888

FREE SHOW
7:00 pm  PETER SERKIN

Rockport Chamber Music Festival Opening Gala
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-546-7391

  7:30 pm  RUNA

12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-309-9667

7:30 pm  BOB AND JEN STROM

12 School Street, Rockport, MA 01966

Phone: 978-309-9667

8:00 pm  THE DUBTONE HORNS

Bridge Deck – Reggae On The River
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: (978) 283-2122

FREE SHOW
8:30 pm  JOE THOMAS

dueling pianos w/ Ricky Lauria
2 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-879-4622

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  THE LISA LOVE EXPERIENCE

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-283-6342

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  AT ALL COSTS

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-6565

FREE SHOW
9:00 pm  DAVE BAILIN AND THE BAILOUTS

rock/blues/classic rock
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

Phone: 978-281-0223

FREE SHOW
9:30 pm  TWO BASS HIT

285 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Phone: 978-921-2233

FREE SHOW
Ned and The Big Babies 9:30 pm Listen to Ned and The Big Babies NED AND THE BIG BABIES rock pop rock indie

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA

Phone: 978-283-9732

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