This Sunday (4/19) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson welcomes 80s rocker Martha Davis, founder of The Motels, to her North Shore 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” for a spirited interview about what it’s like to be “the most charismatic female performer in rock,” as described by Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times.
Martha Davis is credited with helping to define the New Wave sound that dominated MTV and pop radio in the 1980s.
But she’s not one of those rockers who’s satisfied to live off her prior success. She’s still writing new songs, recording new music and discovering new talent, like Boston Music Award Winner Ruby Rose Fox who opens The Motels show down the road at The Larcom Theatre on Wednesday (good seats still available, especially in the balcony — get them here.)
And she’s about to release a film of her live performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, where she changed the face New Wave music forever. Check out the trailer here:
Last month (in this post) I pointed to the roots of today’s music. This month, the Cape Ann Symphony takes the whole thing one step farther. First of all, they’re playing one of Beethoven’s most extraordinary compositions, the 7th symphony. My guess is that the audience will jump to their feet after this finale just as they did last month for Beethoven’s first piano concerto, featuring David Deveau.
Beethoven’s 7th has been used in a number of films, most recently the 2nd movement in a tremendously powerful scene in which Academy Award winner Colin Firth as King George VI delivers a triumphant speech after struggling all his life with a terrible stutter. Check out that scene in this video:
Now imagine hearing the whole symphony live.
And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve invited Boston Symphony Orchestra father and daughter team Richard and Erin Svoboda as soloists for Michael Gandolfi’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon. Plus you’ll hear an overture by Rossini, the most popular opera composer of his time. You really do want to be there! Get tickets here.
Don’t you just love that line? It’s the chorus of this MTV smash hit by Martha Davis and the Motels.
You can see her and the band LIVE, just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre on April 22 during what is shaping up to be 80s week, with the Smithereens performing there on April 25.
Tickets just went on sale to the public today and they’re selling fast, so you might want to get them (RIGHT HERE) before it’s too late. Here’s what the critics say:
“…arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.” – Robert Hilburn, The Los Angeles Times
“Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.'” – Hollywood Reporter (about recent Hollywood Bowl Concert)
And here’s another of her top 10 hits, “Only The Lonely”:
Like to rock? Remember the mid ’80s? On Saturday, April 25, you can party with the hitmakers who who lit up alternative rock radio in the ’80s and ’90s right down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. That’s right folks, The Smithereens, with monster powerpop hits like “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After” and more are coming all the way from Jersey to Beverly just for you!
Tickets don’t go on-sale to the public until tomorrow (SAT) at noon, but FOB’s can get the best seats NOW by clicking RIGHT HERE. Best of all, tickets are only $25, $35 and $45. Check around and you’ll see this is the best Smithereens deal you’re gonna get!
Here are 2 of their top hits:
And here’s a great one from their NEW CD!
Here’s the video we debuted Friday night at the Dog Bar. Please enjoy, share, and repeat! (click the gear tap to get HD)
This video was a true run-and-gun production. We had about 30 minutes to film the EMPIRE scenes, and about 1 hr for the DOG BAR scenes. The only crew on the shoot was me, and it was all hand held with on rigs, jibs, or gadgets. Paul, aka Pocket Tanya, is an amazing self-producing artist from Gloucester. He has endless energy while performing live, and develops a true connection with his audience at every performance. Paul writes, sings, raps, and produces some amazing tracks. With an amazing mix of 80’s, funk, pop, and hip hop, he somehow upholds all of those styles while creating his sound he calls “Junkie Pop.” If you ever get the chance, get out and support local artists like Pocket Tanya!
Yes, my good friends, it’s time to party! This Friday Night at DOG BAR @ 9pm is the place and time. Please come out and support our local artist POCKET TANYA, and have a blast at a live showcase performance and JUNKIE POP music video world premiere. Filmed inside the landmark locations of EMPIRE DEPARTMENT STORE and THE DOG BAR, this puppy is all Gloucester through and through! The video was conceived on the fly, and shot in a matter of a couple of hours. It was done all hand held, and just me and Paul, no other crew. This is a true run-n-gun production. Pocket Tanya is an amazing performer-singer-songwriter that will entertain the shit out of you! Also on the ticket is Megan McKenzie, a soulful and powerful vocalist that you won’t want to miss. Then to hold it all together is the pumpkin’ DJ stylings of SUPA UGLY. Calling all LGBT, ESPN, WKRP, NCAA, AACP, AARP..EVERYBODY COME OUT AND HAVE SOME FUN!!!!(The video will be re-played throughout the night, so you won’t miss it if you come out a bit late.)
Below is are some sample frames from the video!!
CLUBE DREAM SCENE: DOG BAR
SCENE 2: EMPIRE
SCENE 3: EMPIRE
SCENE 2: EMPIRE
CLUBE DREAM SCENE: DOG BAR
SCENE 1: PARSON’S ST.
CLUBE DREAM SCENE: DOG BAR
SCENE 2: EMPIRE
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SCENE 5: EMPIRE
CLUBE DREAM SCENE: DOG BAR
CLUBE DREAM SCENE: DOG BAR
SCENE 1: PARSON’S ST.
Pocket Tanya photo shoot by CK
Pocket is amazing, so call all ya homies, best mates, stupid neighbors, and so-so friends and come to the show!! Maybe have some snacks & drinks, meet Pocket Tayna and special guests, and have a friggin blast!!!!
You can find Pocket Tanya on iTunes suckas!
Our friend Aurelia Nelson just keeps the local stars coming on her fascinating North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up and tomorrow (Sunday) is no exception. Local singer/songwriters Chelsea Berry and Bang-A-Song Studio owner Tony Goddess will be Aurelia’s guests. Worth getting up to listen in at 9am!
Here’s an example of the excellent results Chelsea & Tony got collaborating on Chelsea’s latest solo CD:
If you’ve been waiting for a multi-platinum recording artist (i.e., Rock Star) to come down the road to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, wait no longer. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (feat. Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax) will ROCK the house on Saturday, January 31 with his #1 hits “On The Dark Side”, “C-I-T-Y”, “Tough All Over”, “Hearts on Fire” and one of my favorites “Tender Years.”
You know how you’re gonna feel in late January … like you need some high-energy music to break you out of your winter doldrums. The thing is, these tickets won’t last that long. So get them now (right here). They make perfect holiday gifts for all of your friends and family who will be feeling the same way in late January. Here’s his hit, “On The Dark Side” from the Eddie and the Cruisers movie featuring “Tunes” on Sax.
If you missed Gloucester’s Jon Butcher on Aurelia Nelson’s 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” this morning, you can catch him on Carmelita’s Bay State Rock tonight at 11:30 on WAAF! Plus you’ll hear brand new songs from his upcoming CD, which you can get SIGNED on Saturday when he debuts the music LIVE @ the Larcom, just down the road in Beverly (tix still available here).
Here’s a song you won’t likely hear tonight, but you WILL on Saturday:
Two great chances to connect with local stars — Tonight Boston Music Award nominee Gracie Curran and her hot band are live on stage with Blues Music Award winner Victor Wainwright and his smokin’ band from Savanna GA right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. Doors @ 7pm Concert @ 8. Let’s show these two young, rising stars that a little rain & wind won’t stop us from having fun. Good seats still left (especially in the balcony). Get them here.
Then, tomorrow morning you can hear Gloucester’s own Jon Butcher on Aurelia Nelson’s North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up at 9AM (don’t forget to set your clocks back or you’ll be listening in at 8am instead). Jon will fill you in on his new CD, “Experienced!”, his film project “Kiss the Sky” and his concert at the Larcom Theatre next Saturday. Tickets are selling fast, so you’d better get yours soon. Get them here.
It’s the perfect weekend for an extra hour sleep. You’re gonna need it with all this excitement!
Here’s a taste of these two stars:
When I say Jazz, people often reply, “Oh, I don’t like jazz.” But they like Henri Smith and Cape Ann Big Band and Henley Douglas, Jr. and Henry Allen and Karen Ristuben and Mark Earley and Miranda Russell and Linda Amero and The Docksiders — all jazz. If you like any or all of these people OR you like blues, funk, or a new genre called “atmospheric pop”, you’ll LOVE 22-year-old Grace Kelly, who’s been performing since she was 8. Another young rising star Yoko Miwa opens the show. You can get Tickets here.
On Thursday (Sept 25), you can see these two rising stars at Beverly’s fully restored, historic Larcom people are calling Grace Kelly a “jazz phenom.” Check out her latest video and see what top stars say about her:
“I’ve heard the future of jazz and it is Grace Kelly.” – David Was, NPR’s Day to Day
“Grace Kelly writes great songs, sings beautifully, is a world class saxophonist, and is going to be a big big star” – Huey Lewis
“Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician.” – Wynton Marsalis
When’s the last time a rock star this big played in Gloucester? In fact, other than Billy Joel, who jumped on the piano a few times at the Studio many years ago, has any Rock & Roll Hall of Famer ever played Gloucester? Has anyone else who played at Woodstock ever played Gloucester? If you know these answers, please comment.
You can still get tickets (here) to tonight’s show at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse featuring Lovin’ Spoonful founder and writer of some of our generation’s most enduring #1 hits, like “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” “Daydream.” “Younger Girl.” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City.” “Rain On The Roof.” “Nashville Cats.” “Six O’Clock.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” “Younger Generation.”
After the show, John will hold a meet & greet and sign records, CDs, posters, Woodstock tickets … what ever memorabilia you bring — and you can get his new CD with David Grisman.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience music that defined a generation up close and personal!
It’s not often that a rock star this big performs in downtown Gloucester. Remember The Lovin’ Spoonful?
How about Woodstock, which was 45 years ago this August?
When John Sebastian performs next Saturday at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse, he won’t be wearing the tie-dye jacket he’s got on in this video, because it’s now on display at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He will, however, sing some of his most enduring #1 hits like “Do You Believe In Magic?”, “Daydream”, “Summer In The City” and “Welcome Back” the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter.
And he’ll tell some wonderful, fascinating stories rooted in the major role he played in the mid-’60s rock revolution. Don’t miss this rare chance to experience music that defined a generation up close and personal. Get your tickets now (right 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)!
Following her trend of interviewing local and national rock stars, Aurelia Nelson is hosting Chelsea Berry on her “Curtain Up” show tomorrow (Sunday) at 9am on North Shore 104.9FM.
Chelsea is back from a her national tour and will be performing Friday (7/25) at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent). There are still seats available and you can get tickets here.
We know we live in a very special music community when someone who made her name in Gloucester comes back from a national tour and remembers where she got her start by appearing on local radio and performing in local venues.
Aren’t you glad you live here?
Just in case you don’t know who Chelsea Berry is, check out this video of her at Shalin Liu:
WOW! Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks. And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12. You really don’t want to miss this one . . .
Last night, July 3, 2014, was the 7th anniversary of the annual Runaround Sound Extravaganza, a free concert on the Boulevard after the Horribles parade. Last night we had the biggest crowd of the past 7 years even though there were no fireworks. It really is all about the music. Check out the finale.
All I can say is that I’m honored to live in the City that brought us the tremendously talented Carlos Menezes, Jr., who, along with some of Gloucester’s best musicians perform this show for free every year — and Ringo Tarr, who, along with his team, do more work behind the scenes in one day than many people do in a month.
Henri Smith at the Larcom Theatre March 2014
This is a big coup for the new Studio — and it’ll be your last chance to see Henri Smith anywhere around here without buying a ticket for quite some time.
Joining Henri will be many of the guys who were on stage with him at The Larcom Theatre in March, including Grammy-Award winning Amadee Castenell on sax and a big surprise!
Don’t expect there to be any tables left on Saturday, so you’d better call (978) 879-4896 to make a reservation. Do it now!
Henri will be back at the Larcom Theatre in December for a very special Christmas show. If you’ve signed up for our free Concert Club, you’ll be able to get tickets before they go on sale to the public (click here if you haven’t signed up). More details on this concert coming in a few days . . .
Here’s a taste of what you can expect this Saturday — check out Amadee’s sax and flute solos!
If you’ve been following our recent posts (like this one) you know we’ve been warning you of potential sell-outs, so you don’t lose out.
Last weekend’s James Cotton/Jay Geils show at The Larcom in Beverly sold out by Wednesday.
Next Friday’s (6/13) Concert Cruise featuring The Toasters with a special reunion of local favorites Mile 21 aboard Gloucester’s very own cruise ship, Beauport Princess is likely to sell out too.
The Toasters (called Ska “Pioneers” by Billboard Magazine) will bring their infections brand of Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Punk & Soul to Gloucester as part of their 2014 world tour.
Mile 21’s 2014 reunion features Lead Vocalist Mike Francis, Carlos Menezes, Jr. on trombone, Keith Amero on Bass, Steve Russo on Drums, Mike Lentini on saxophone, and Mike Goulart on lead guitar. These guys alone are worth the price of admission.
Tickets are only $35 in advance and include this very special Concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls!
As you might expect, seating is limited (this is a cruise ship, remember) so if you want to get aboard, you’re going to have to act quickly and get your tickets here.
You don’t want to be one of those losers who waits until it’s sold out and then tries to convince Homeland Security to let you aboard, do you?
Just in case you’re not sure what I mean by infections, watch this video:
Just because tomorrow’s Entrain concert will help raise money for Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse Restoration Fund doesn’t mean you should pay more than you have to.
Yesterday we told you the minute a few good seats were released for John Sebastian (they were gone within an hour of our post). Today we’re giving you fair warning that $20 advance tickets for Entrain will be gone by noon tomorrow.
So get down to the Liquor Locker tonight or when they open tomorrow at 8am. Or get advance tickets online here.