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“Take the L out of Lover and it’s Over” – April 22

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”:

The best way to support local musicians is to go to their big shows — like TONIGHT

When your favorite local band gets to open for a multi-platinum, national recording star, the best way to honor that opportunity is to go to the show.  And you can do that by bopping on down to road to  Beverly’s Larcom Theatre TONIGHT at 8pm.  Good seats are still left to see  Gary Backstrom Band open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.  Get those seats RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

And there’s a wonderful personal connection going on at this show.  Gary’s drummer Mike Doyle studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos, who plays drums for Beaver Brown Band. This will be the first time student and teacher have performed on the same stage in a while.  ANT THEY’LL BE HOT!

In fact, John Cafferty and “Tunes” sound better and have more energy now than they did in this 1984 video.

Appears almost sold out, but there really are plenty of good seats left

Balcony Seat

View from Balcony Center Row H Seat 11 — still available here

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we always warn you when a concert is about to sell out.  A quick glance at the seating chart for next Saturday’s John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band concert at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, looks like it’s almost sold out.  But here’s the thing: there are lots of excellent seats left.  Most importantly, every seat at the Larcom has a great view and the sound is PERFECT!  For this show, the best available seats are in the Balcony and you can get them here.

This will be a special show, in part because local Rock Star, Gary Backstrom, is opening with his excellent band — and there’s a wonderful personal connection at play too: Gary’s drummer, Mike Doyle, studied at Berklee with Jackie Santos of the Beaver Brown Band.  You don’t want to wait until it really is sold out and miss this drummer’s reunion do you?

You can see Mike showing off at 3:23 in the video below, of Gary Backstrom Band at Harbor Loop.

And just in case you’ve forgotten the cult hit Eddie and the Cruisers (for which John Cafferty wrote and sang his hit “On The Dark Side”, here it is (with the movie’s co-star and Beaver Brown member, Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax).

 

BREAKING NEWS: GARY BACKSTROM BAND to open for John Cafferty on Jan 31 in Beverly

You’ve all heard the Gary Backstrom Band, right?  (If not, you’re missing out on one of Gloucester’s most exciting musical ensembles.)  Be sure to catch these guys when they open for John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday, January 31 right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.  Good seats are still available RIGHT HERE.  Some of the best available seats are in the balcony GET THEM HERE.

Gary’s got quite an impressive bio (see here) having opened for the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks and Los Lobos among many others.

Besides being one of the area’s top guitar players, Gary is also a very talented singer/songwriter.  Here are a couple of videos of the band at Harbor Loop with special guest Carlos Menezes Jr. on Sax (great solos in the 2nd video):

BMA Nominee Gracie Curran on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain UP tomorrow (SUN) at 9AM

Gracie Curran at Larcom Theatre April 2014

Here’s some irony: Earlier this month, the Boston Globe announced this year’s Boston Music Wards nominees (see here) which include Gracie Curran for Blues Artist of the Year.  A few days later the Boston Herald cited Gracie Curran’s move from the Boston area to Memphis as an example of local blues artists’ response to the a loss of venues that offer them a place to preform (see here).

Vickie and I are bringing Gracie back to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre next Saturday NOV 1, for one night only with young, award-winning piano player Victor Wainwright, who got the first standing ovation at this year’s Gloucester Blues Fest.  GET TIX HERE.

Tomorrow, you can hear Gracie talk about the her career, the Blues, Memphis, Boston and much more on Aurelia Nelson’s Curtain Up radio show on North Shore 104.9FM at 9am.  Yeah, this will be worth getting up for.

Sell Out Alert: A Few VIP Seats Left for Henri Smith YMCA Benefit on Friday 8/29 @ Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG Tent)

JMB-WillieLast Friday’s James Montgomery show jam packed Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent next to Mile Marker One) and VIP was sold out. The photo on the right shows how close the VIP seats are to the stage.

Wouldn’t you like to be this close to Henri Smith and his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-winning sax & flute player Amadee Castenell?

Henri_postcardYou can still get VIP seats (right here), but they won’t last long.  Plus you’ll be supporting Cape Ann YMCA Camp & Teen Services.

Don’t be one of those people who comes at the last minute and then complains that all the best seats are taken.  DO IT NOW!

Here’s a shot of the VIP section from behind the last row of VIP.
VIP Seating

Isn’t this where you want to be on Friday night to kick off the Schooner Festival?

Check out this video of Henri Smith’s sold out Mardi Gras 2013 concert at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

 

FREE Harbor Loop Concert Series Starts TOMORROW

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

(photo by Mamadou Diop)

Mamadou Diop

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.”

jake pardee

Jake Pardee

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.

Having some fun with a radio ad and Adobe Premiere

Now we often fast forward through TV commercials or change the car radio station when an ad come on, but once in a while somebody crafts such a good radio spot that you can’t help but listen.  That’s what our friends Aurelia Nelson & Jay Foss at Northshore 104.9 did this week and I was so inspired when I heard it that I decided to pop into Adobe Premiere and have some fun.  This is what came out:

And by the way, there are still good seats left to what could be your last chance to see these young, rising blues stars before they break into big venues.  Get them here.

BREAKING NEWS: Local Rock Star, Jon Butcher, to appear with SOLD OUT “Experience Hendrix” show TOMORROW – Catch him on camera and WIN!

Jon Butcher

Do you have tickets to tomorrow’s sold out Experience Hendrix show at Hampton Beach Casino?  If so, we’ve got a job for you.  Our friend Jon Butcher (who moved to Cape Ann a year or so ago) has been asked to join Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Dweezil Zappa, Billy Cox (from Band of Gypsys & Jimi Hendrix Experience) and numerous other stars on stage at tomorrow’s show and we want YOUR photos of him.

So, if you’re there, shoot a photo of Jon Butcher on stage and put that photo (or a link to it) in a comment to this post.  We’ll select the best photo and give the photographer 2 tickets to The Jon Butcher Axis: Celebrating the Music of Jimi Hendrix show down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre one month from today (Sat, April 26).  Of course, this show will sell out too, so if you can’t shoot Jon Butcher tomorrow, get your tickets today!

Here’s a taste of what you can expect at the Jon Butcher Axis show on April 26:

 

 

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.

Hometown Girl, Caitlin McGrath, makes it big in LA

Joe McGrath send us this post about a new single and independent record label from Gloucester native, Caitlin McGrath.  Check it out!

Caitlin McGrath released her first single and music video this month under her independent label. The video depicts her ‘Change of Scenery’ song starting with a drive to the airport in the ’65 Buick Riviera, then a trip around the globe to Japan, Korea, Italy, Morocco and more. Caitlin is working in LA, but will be visiting Cape Ann next month for her sister’s wedding celebration.

Get Change of Scenery on iTunes here and Amazon here.

Caitlin and partner Reggie Pierre, of Diamond Girl fame, have produced the song, video and founded King Lion Music LLC to promote this and many more to come.

15+ Things to do on a RAINY DAY & a classic video

Visiting Gloucester?  Have friends in from out of town?  You’re probably complaining to yourself that the weather isn’t cooperating, right?  Not to worry!  There’s lots to do in Gloucester and Cape Ann when the weather is lousy.  Just be glad you’re not on Cape Cod, where there really isn’t much to do except go to the beach.

Just to see what he’d say I asked a friend, who grew up in Gloucester and now lives in NYC (owns a bar and writes for a New York Time Blog) why would New Yorkers come here instead of Cape Cod.  Here’s the mini rant he wrote back:

Gloucester is a place for culture now, just like it was in the 1800s and 1900s. Contemporary culture is actually at its best here, maybe more so than any Mass city other than Boston and Cambridge.  Where else can you buy fresh caught fish, see a great play, hear Henri Smith play a bar or watch the Met opera in 3D, attend a reading by a national author, eat lobster in the rough or a 3-star style meal, hike, jump quarries, dive off rocks into the ocean (there are no rocks on Cape Cod), mountain bike, drink a $2 beer in barroom full of fisherman, see the most beautiful boats in the world, go to a world class museum, etc etc. 

You nailed it Ray!  Below the video, we’ve listed another 15 things you can do on a rainy day.  Just be glad you don’t live in England, where you wouldn’t expect the sun.  As John Lennon put it in the Beatles classic, “I Am the Walrus”:

Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun.
If the sun don’t come, you get a tan
From standing in the English rain.

SEE 15 RAINY DAY IDEAS BELOW VIDEO:

Glazed – Paint Your Own Pottery & Glass Fusing
184 Washington St
Gloucester MA 01930
Phone    978-283-5751

Cape Ann Lanes
53 Gloucester Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930-2256
(978) 283-9753

Cape Ann Art Haven
 180B Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-3888

Gloucester Cinema
74 Essex Avenue (Rte. 133)
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9188

Cape Ann Museum
27 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, MA

Maritime Gloucester
23 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-281-0470

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House
75 Eastern Point Boulevard
Gloucester, Mass. 01930
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.

Cape Ann Foodie Tours
617-902-8291

Cape Pond Ice – Ice House Tour
104 Commercial Street
Fort Point Wharf
Gloucester, MA
978-283-0174

Ryan & Wood Distilleries
15 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA
978-281-2282

Sargent House Museum
49 Middle Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-2432

Rocky Neck Art Colony
Rocky Neck
Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Community Cinema
21 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-309-8448

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Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks Coming to Gloucester Blues Fest

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Blues Festival has replaced Biscuit Miller with Mr. Nick and the Dirty Tricks.  These guys know how to rock.  Check them out here:

Now don’t let the hot summer weather and amazing amount of local entertainment (see schedule here) distract you too long.  You can only get $28 tickets to the Blues Fest until Aug 4.  After that they’re $40.  So get them NOW.

Critics say Gloucester Stage’s “Spring Awakening” is Better than Broadway

Eric Engel photo: GDT

The thing about risk is that when it pays off, you end up with something far better than what you would have gotten had you gone the safe route and avoided the risk altogether.  But risk is scary and losing really sucks, so most people avoid it.

Last week, in this post, I congratulated Eric Engel and the Gloucester Stage Board for taking the risk to open their season with the controversial Broadway musical, Spring Awakening (the original play was banned), by saying that Eric had brought Broadway to Gloucester.

Well, as it turns out, Eric’s direction and the cast’s performances are so good that reviewers are proclaiming Gloucester Stage’s production BETTER THAN BROADWAY!  Check these out:

Now you can reap the reward of Eric’s risk without having to take any risk yourself!  That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you only have another week to see this groundbreaking show.  So don’t delay.  Get tickets NOW, before anybody else reads these reviews and the rest of the shows sell out out and all you can do is kick yourself.

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Cape Ann TV Annual Special tonight 10:30 on Channel 12

Last month we told you about Cape Ann TV’s Annual Meeting, which they filmed and it airs as a special tonight at 10:30 p.m. Channel 12.

“Why would I want to watch an annual meeting?” you ask.  Well, this is not your average annual meeting.  It’s fun.  Allen Estes and I were among 4 producers who talked briefly about our experiences and showed clips from our shows (Local Music Seen in our case).  The other producers were Kim Smith who wowed us with clips from her spectacular butterfly movie that premieres Friday at Cape Ann Community Cinema (more on that here); Shaun Goulart, who’s tale of how he came to make his thriller is almost a thrilling as the movie itself; and John Ronan, who has the longest running show on Cape Ann TV and offered us a wonderful surprise in his clips.  Here’s a taste of what you’ll see:

If you miss it tonight, you can catch it again Saturday 6/22 at 5pm and Monday 6/24 at 9pm.

One of the things Allen talked about is how the music scene in Gloucester and Cape Ann is growing.  Proof that he’s right can be witnessed this weekend with over 50 live shows to choose from starting tomorrow.  See the complete live music schedule here.

JOYCE YANG replaces Dubravka Tomsič June 30 @ Rockport Chamber Music Festival

This just in from Karen Herlitz @ Rockport Music:

Dubravka Tomsic Cancels, Replaced by Joyce Yang  

 We regret that, due to an inflammation of her right hand, Dubravka Tomsič must cancel her concert as part of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, June 30, at 5 pm.  

JOYCE YANG
Fortunately, we have engaged the remarkable young pianist Joyce Yang who wowed audiences earlier in the Festival in her performance with the Jupiter String Quartet to perform in a solo recital. The Washington Post exclaims Yang’s, “poetic and sensitive pianism…(is) capable of hurling thunderbolts.” Ms. Yang will perform the following program:

Scarlatti: Sonata in D major and Sonata in A minor
Currier: Scarlatti Cadences and Brainstorm
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff (arr. Wild): Dreams, The Little
Island, and Vocalise
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor

Tickets will be made available on June 21 once current Dubravka Tomsic ticket holders have an opportunity to respond to the cancellation announcement.  Click here for details.

Here’s a taste of the acclaimed young Joyce Yang bringing Rachmaninoff to life at the New York Public Library:

14 live shows ~ decks, schooners, restaurants, bars ~ music all day!

One of the best reasons to live in Gloucester is that when the weather finally turns nice, it’s outdoor music galore.  Case in point: today you can soak in music on 4 decks, a schooner, at Shalin Liu with the ocean backdrop and a dozen restaurants/bars, many on the water and/or with outside dining.  Here’s a taste of Michael O’Leary singing Celtic music on the Lannon.  Not sure if there are any tickets left for today’s music sail, but you can call 978-281-6634 and find out.

After the sail, get ready to dance & party with Boston Magazine’s Best Local Band, Three Day Threshold at the Rhumb Line tonight at 9.  Here’s a video of them at the Paradise in Boston.  Video sound isn’t great, but you get the idea (click here if you want good sound).

Having these guys in Gloucester is BIG.

See complete live music lineup here.

Nashville rising stars Louise Mosrie and The Twangtown Paramours @ Old Sloop next Saturday

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Louise Mosrie’s songwriting is riveting; her performance is captivating.  Every song tells a story that touches your heart.  Here’s a great quote about her that sums it up:  “…basically, she’s William Faulkner with a guitar.” – Rich Warren, WFMT-FM Chicago

Last year Louise took time out from her tour to tape Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  Here’s my favorite song from that show — gave me the chills from the control room.

More Louise Mosrie videos here.

Help Steve Caraway make a new CD

By now, you’ve probably heard of artists raising money from fans in order to make their next CD.  It’s call crowdfunding and it works.  As a musician, your chances of getting signed by a label are smaller now than ever before — and, frankly, getting “signed” isn’t what it used to me.  By the time you’re done recording your next record, you’re likely to be in debt to the label for more than you’ll ever make selling it.

Many top Cape Ann Artists have used various forms of crowdsourcing to fund recording projects (see my post about Chelsea Berry and KickStarter here.)

Crowdsourcing is not donating.  It’s more like paying for the CD before you get it — and it’s usually a good deal.  Plus you can choose from all sorts of goodies offered by the artist.

The latest crowdsourcing project that I’m aware of is Steve Caraway’s and he’s offering some very inventive “perks”, including an opportunity to actually perform on his new CD, which might sound crazy if it weren’t coming from Gloucester’s king of open mics!

Steve is a member of several bands, including Secret Service, Fun Bucket, Miss Judy’s Farm and an all-around booster for Gloucester’s thriving music scene.  He describes this project not so much as a solo album, but a collaborative effort with many local musicians.  Check out his video, below and make a pledge here.  Rock on Steve!

It’s a rainy, two-show night in Gloucester

The way I look at it, a rainy night is perfect for music in one of Gloucester’s restaurants.  You’re not gonna fire up the grill.  Picnic on the beach?  Nope.  Dinner on the boat?  Fuggedaboutit.

Tonight you can catch two great shows.  Start at 7pm with local favorite John Rockwell featuring Dave Brown (one of the best guitarists alive today) at Alchemy (one of only 2 Gloucester restaurants with 4.5 stars on Yelp and Gloucester’s highest rated restaurant with music).

Then head over to Minglewood and rock out with Dennis Monagle, Ned Nugent and Mark Pelosi at 9pm.

Check out this video and you’ll know what I mean when I say rockin’

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