Today’s Globe North Best Bets column features 4 events and the first 2 listed are in Gloucester. Here’s what they say:
Gloucester: Gloucester Stage Company closes its current season with August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fences.” The play tells the story of a former Negro baseball leagues star working as a garbage man in Pittsburgh in 1957. Thursday through Sept. 7. $35, $40. Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main St. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com .
Gloucester: The Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series presents blues artist James Montgomery, joined by Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata, Sax Attax Horns, and Willie Loco Alexander. Friday, 8 p.m. $25-$55. A portion of proceeds will go to The Open Door food pantry. Waterfront Pavilion, Cape Ann Marina, 75 Essex Ave. www.gimmelive.tv
Looks like the editors of the Boston Globe know where to go for top entertainment north of Boston.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester. Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.
Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.
The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22! VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available. Get them NOW (right here)!
Every ticket gets you a seat in the giant tent at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion. It will be a long time before you can see blues legend James Montgomery with his full band PLUS a horn section. And don’t forget about his special guests Danielle Miraglia, Marissa Licata (who recently toured with Jethro Tull) and Gloucester’s favorite music icon, Willie Loco Alexander. Plus you’ll be supporting The Open Door — having fun & doing good. You can’t get better than that! Get your seats today before they sell out!
As promised, we always tell FOBs before good stuff sells out and we’re almost out of VIP seats for James Montgomery’s Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door on Friday, August 22nd at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent). VIP seats are right up front, plus you get Exclusive Early Entry and the Celebrate Gloucester Commemorative VIP Laminate in the picture. Tickets available here.
Even if you miss VIP (which you probably will if you don’t get them by tomorrow morning), you can still get a great seat inside the tent. We’re setting up the stage and seating so everyone gets a great view — and if the weather is good you can even sit at a table under the stars.
Waterfront Pavilion at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort
You’ve probably heard about our Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series that starts Aug 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent).
And unless you’re just visiting, you probably also know that Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar starts tomorrow and features all sorts of artists, artisans and bargains on Main Street through Saturday.
Starting tomorrow, you can enter to win 2 tickets to the James Montgomery Band with special guests, who are coming to Gloucester to help raise money for The Open Door.
Just find The Open Door’s booth at the Sidewalk Bazaar and get a raffle ticket for their 3 minute shopping spree (see Craig Kimberley’s video of last year’s winner here.)
Every raffle ticket purchased at the Sidewalk Bazaar is automatically entered to win 2 free tickets to the concert.
One winner will be announced on the Open Door’s Facebook Page after being drawn at the end of each day.
Your raffle ticket helps support the Open Door AND you just might win tickets to one of this summer’s hottest shows!
You may know that legendary blues man James Montgomery toured the world for 5 years as featured member of Johnny Winter’s band, so Johnny’s recent passing hit James extra hard.
There’s a special bond among musicians (especially those who tour together) that’s hard to describe. I’ve never been to war, but the guys I know who have describe a very similar bond among the people in their unit.
Rather than try to describe this bond, I figure the best way to convey it is by demonstrating through music. Isn’t that what music does anyhow — convey a feeling or circumstance that’s impossible to describe?
Check out this video of James with The Johnny Winter Band in NYC. Johnny & James don’t even look at each other, but they don’t have to. Their musical bond holds it all together.
Perhaps, when he kicks off the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series on August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion, we’ll get James to give us a taste of what it was like to tour with one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived! Get your tickets NOW before they sell out like Johnny Winter at the Larcom in January.
Just Announced: James Montgomery’s Celebrate Gloucester Guests
James has invited young rising stars Danielle Miraglia & Marissa Licata along with Gloucester’s own Willie Loco Alexander to join him on stage Friday night August 22 at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion to help raise money for the Open Door.
This is James’ first appearance in Gloucester on over 2 years and he won’t be back for a while — and you can’t see him with this lineup anywhere else. So get tickets now (right here) before it’s too late.
Check out these videos of James and his guests and you’ll see why this is one summer concert you absolutely don’t want to miss!
BREAKING NEWS: We just announced the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert Series — three great concerts for three great causes, beginning with Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee John Sebastian on August 15th, the 45th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Get tickets here.
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As we reported last night (in this post), Allen Estes joined Jon Butcher and Charlie Farren on Jon’s song Coleman Mine that he wrote for the HBO series Deadwood. Jon and Charlie performed with James Montgomery and David Hull to a sold out house at Shalin Liu. If you missed it, here’s the song from Allen’s show Local Music Seen.
You can catch the full show tomorrow (Sunday) at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.
Great music tonight and tomorrow starting at 11am. See the full live music schedule here.
Chelsea Berry will be Aurelia Nelson’s featured guest on her North Shore 104.9 show Curtain Up this Sunday, Jan 20, at 9am. You don’t even have to get out of bed. Just tune your clock radio to 104.9 and set it to go off at 8:59am. Lie in bed and listen comfortably.
If you saw Jon Butcher on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, you’ll know he’s playing at Shalin Liu tonight with James Montgomery, Charlie Farren & David Hull. As of this post there were about 15 tickets left and you can get them here. Jon may ask Allen to join him on a song they performed together on the Local Music Seen.
Another good bet for tonight is Renee & Joe @ Minglewood Tavern. Here they are at Latitude 43 for the November Berklee in Gloucester show:
As for the rest of the weekend, we honestly don’t have any idea how you’re going to choose from over 2 dozen excellent shows — and plenty of them early enough to take the kids. Here’s the complete live music lineup.
What a great time at the fundraiser for our good friend, Morgan Huke! Morgan has been the force behind the Harbor Loop concerts and many other music endeavors on Cape Ann. He recently has had some serious medical issues. This event was the perfect way to help Morgan and bring musicians and supporters together for a fantastic night.
Here are a few photos-more to follow.
Morgan and Henley Douglas
Morgan and James Montgomery
What a great night for a concert!
These kids volunteered to pass around the contribution buckets.
If anyone knows these kids and the ones above, please show them these photos. They all asked where they could see their pictures!