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Who’s buying tickets to movies, art and sporting events? New findings from US Bureau of Labor Statistics plus Health & Retirement Study

All ages! See details from a new report released yesterday by the US Bureau of Labor statistics which charts various data sets (mostly 2012-2015):

Consumer Expenditures on Admissions to the Arts, Movies, Sporting Events, and Other Entertainment: Spotlight on Statistics: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

or in article PDF form

For example, this chart lumps together movies, art and sporting events

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Also a September 7, 2017 report  has more findings about the health benefits for seniors who create art and attend art events.   

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From the Health and Retirement Study (#HRS) Washington, DC—Older adults who create art and attend arts events have better health outcomes than adults who do neither is one of the conclusions in a new report published by the National Endowment for the Arts. Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts presents the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older. Staying Engaged is based on results from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), conducted by the University of Michigan with primary support from the National Institute on Aging within the National Institutes of Health.

Gloucester knows this well! One big example is from the Council On Aging (COA) Rose Baker Senior Center Art Program. Its mission statement under the direction of Juni VanDyke: To connect Gloucester Senior Citizens to their community through worthwhile art projects while encouraging artistic individuality and collaboration.

 

Son of a Gun We Had Big Fun | scenes from #CapeAnnBigBand summer concert at Gloucester’s famous UU Church

WOW! Son of a gun we had big fun on Middle Street Friday September 8, 2017.

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There was an ensemble mix from Cape Ann Big Band self dubbed ‘Jambalaya Horns’ at Gloucester’s famous UU Church for the last Friday Night concert of this popular summer series.  “Music on Meetinghouse Green” passed the hat for the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF) fire sprinkler project, part of the UU restoration efforts.

 

Middle Street was alive with the sounds of New Orleans thanks to the Cape Ann Big Band players: 
Gary Wolsieffer – Tuba/bass
Carlos Menezes Jr. – Saxes/Vocals

Zach Gorrell – Keys/Saxes
Rick Geraghty – Drums/Vocals
Jon Persson – Trumpet
Tom Bones – Trombone
Joe Wilkins – Guitar/Vocals

Anthony Rocco – Trumpet/Vocals

sound snippet solos:

Jon Persson trumpet (9 sec)

 

Zach Gorrell sax (19 sec)

 

Joe Wilkins guitar (13 secs)

 

I missed hearing the students from Gloucester’s O’Maley Innovation Middle School jamming with the Cape Ann Big Band. Carlos Menezes has to be among the coolest school music directors in the country.

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There was a soccer game at Gloucester High School, a short walk and many pleasant route options away. I marvel at Gloucester’s amazing public spaces.

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About the concert series
FREE! “Nine Friday Nights. Nine Great Outdoor Concerts to benefit nine local non-profits.” 
Mayor Romeo Theken likes to remind everyone that “There’s always something going on in Gloucester!” including all the free performances for most every Gloucester Summer NightGloucester MA Free Outdoor Performances Daily…

Soul Rebel Project Concert Castle Hill tomorrow & Zach joins in!

Soul Rebel Project will be playing tomorrow at the Thursday Night Picnic Concert at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. It’s the 21st year for this summer concert series at Cranes, a Trustees property, 290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA. Concerts are 7pm – 9pm and gates open at 5pm for the tailgate picnic part. Tickets are available for sale at the gate only: Members: $20/car; Nonmembers: $30/car; Walk-in, bicycle, & motorcycle: $10. 

I’m psyched to hear that Zach Gorrell will be joining in. You may know Zach from his work at Sound Harbor Cape Ann Art Haven or Cape Ann Big Band. They just played Fiesta. He’s awesome! Of course, Gloucester knows Soul Rebel Project, too. And they just played during Fiesta at Minglewood.

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The Thursday Night picnic concerts at Harbor Loop in Gloucester are free and held from 6-9pm. Tony Frontiero and John Rockwell & the Headlands are playing Harbor Loop tomorrow.

Enjoy some sights and sounds from Soul Rebel project

 

Throwback 2011 from Walt

Here are pictures from from the Soul Rebel Project band from last year’s concert at Cranes. Thanks for sharing these great pictures! Good luck tomorrow!

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Great crowd for Quentin Callewaert & Safety Gloucester Harbor Loop concert

Different musicians every Thursday, 6-9PM sponsored by Pratty’s, Go Spring Water, Seacoast, Rhumb Line, Noble Electric and Maplewood Car Wash 

These photos are scenes from the Quentin Callewaert & Safety concert August 3, 2017.

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Maritime Gloucester’s aquarium sign mural looks good!

 

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August 3 2017 Thursday nights Harbor Loop summer concert series Gloucester MA

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MAY 2 $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge Returns Today 7:30 PM @ Katrina’s · Gloucester

Line up is subject to change

Details

Katrina’s Bar & Grille presents their second $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge: an 8-week, performance event open to all musicians. Starting on Tuesday, May 2nd, this weekly event will select a finalist at the end of each night for 7 weeks. On the 8th week, all of the weekly finalists come together and perform for a piece of the $1,000 cash prize.

Sign up by emailing your name, phone number and whether you are a solo artist, duo, trio, etc. to clangathianos@me.com.

How it works:
This weekly event, hosted by Chris Langathianos, will showcase musicians – solo performers, duos, trios & bands (no drums as setups must take less than 5 minutes) – allowing them to perform up to 3 songs. Performers will play before a panel of judges. The judges panels will change from week to week and will be made up of local musicians, business owners, etc. After each performance, judges will provide their live feedback to the performer and audience. A confidential score card will be kept, and a weekly winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

After the 7 weeks of preliminaries, all 7 finalists and 1 wild card will return for week 8 to perform 3 songs – at least 1 MUST BE AN ORIGINAL – before a panel of celebrity judges. 3 winners will be selected and will go home with a piece of the $1,000 cash prize. 1st place / $700, 2nd / $200, and 3rd / $100.

Other details:
1. Performers may participate on a weekly basis but may only win one week.
2. In the event of high demand for performance spots, the event host reserves the right to move previous performers further down the list.
3. All audio equipment is provided – PA, microphones, stands, and monitors.

Sign Ups:
Performers may register for a performance slot by emailing Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com or through this Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/290128601426632/

If you have any questions, they may be directed to Chris at the email above.

All Bach Organ Concert at the Meetinghouse and St. John’s Church


PRESS RELEASE: GLOUCESTER MEETINGHOUSE CONCERT
TITLE: All-Bach Organ Concert by Joonho Park, New England debut
WHAT TO EXPECT: The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to present organist Joonho Park performing an all-Bach program in a progressive organ recital. The first half will be performed in the Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the 1893 Hutchings pipe organ, restored by world-renowned Gloucester organ builder Charles Fisk in 1962.

At the intermission, the audience will stroll next door for the second half of the concert in St. John’s Episcopal Church on the 1989 Fisk pipe-organ, the firm’s Opus 97. We are very grateful to H. Woody Brock, Lanesville resident, world-famous authority on economics, and Bach aficionado for being the sponsor of this event: the debut performance by Joonho Park in New England.

A reception for Joonho Park will follow the concert at St. John’s. For more information and advance tickets please visit http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

WHAT’S SPECIAL? This concert is a rare opportunity for Cape Ann residents to hear an internationally recognized young virtuoso performing on two Gloucester pipe organs of historic significance. The Meetinghouse organ was built by George Hutchings, builder of the organ in Boston’s Symphony Hall, and restored in Gloucester by Charles Fisk in 1962. The innovative St. John’s organ is the only new instrument commissioned from Fisk on Cape Ann, the firm’s Opus 97 completed in 1989. Although contrasting in many regards, both instruments feature mechanical (tracker) key action, a wide tonal palette for the performance of many eras of organ music, and exquisite craftsmanship.

The concert will include a wide sampling of Bach organ works including the Partita ‘Sei gegrüßet Jesu gütig’ , Chorale Prelude ‘An Wasserflüssen Babylon’, Trio Sonata in D-minor and the Great E-flat Prelude and Fugue (‘St. Anne’) demonstrating the expressive tonal architecture of these two distinguished pipe organs.

WHEN: Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 7:30pm

WHERE: The first half of the concert will be performed in the historic 1806 Gloucester Meetinghouse (home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church), corner of Church & Middle Street with parking on the green. Persons needing an elevator may enter from the 10 Church Street side entrance. The second half of the concert will be performed next door at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

ADMISSION (at the door or on-line at http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org):
$20 General
$15 College Students & Seniors (65+)
Under 17 free

THE PERFORMER: Joonho Park’s numerous awards from competitions include the first prize and the Bach special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Graz’ in Austria (2006), second prize and the Mozart special prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of St. Maurice’ in Switzerland (2007), third prize and the audience prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Musashino-Tokyo’ in Japan (2008), first prize at the ‘International Organ Competition of Nuremberg’ in Germany (2009), first prize at the ‘Dublin International Organ Competition’ in Ireland (2011), the second prize at the Grand Prix de Chartres in France (2012) and most recently the second prize at the ‘Arp-Schnitger international organ competition in Bremen’ (2014).

To mention a few his important international performing experiences: solo recitals at ‘Bachwoche Ansbach’; Lorenzkirche in Nuremberg; Marktkirche in Halle/Saale; Konstantin-Basilika in Trier in Germany; at the Westminster Cathedral; Saint John’s Smith Square; John Hill memorial concert series in St. Lawrence Jewry in London; Saint Albans International Organ Festival; King’s College in Cambridge; Magdalen College in Oxford in United Kingdom; and at the summer organ concert series of Galway Cathedral.

Organist Joonho Park was born in 1985, in Seoul, South Korea where he began his musical studies. He is currently on the organ faculty of the University of Texas at Austin and organist at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which has purchased Fisk Opus 46 (formerly in The Memorial Church at Harvard University) and is building a new sanctuary in the 12th century Romanesque style from limestone quarried nearby.

SPONSORSHIP: This progressive organ concert is made possible through the generosity of H. Woody Brock. If you would like to be a sponsor in support of a future Gloucester Meetinghouse event please see our website for details: http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

AFTERWARDS: There will be a reception at St. John’s after the performance.

MORE INFORMATION (not for publication)
EVENT CONTACT:
Charles Nazarian, president
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation
10 Church Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-821-5291
chasnaz@gmail.com
http://www.gloucestermeetinghouse.org

Scenes and sounds from Cape Ann Symphony 65th Anniversary season Romantic Masters concert

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We were told that yesterday’s Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Anniversary Season concert “Romantic Masters” was the orchestra’s most sold out March concert, ever. Great job, Heidi Dallin, on promotion!

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My son spotted Heidi’s name in the playbill and Yellow Sub, along with many other local names and arts supporters. It takes a village.

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By the way– kids tickets are $5 at these concerts. Area schools benefit from Cape Ann Symphony performance outreach.

Cape Ann Symphony’s next concert is: SCANDINAVIAN SPECTACULAR Saturday, March 20, 2017 8PM

Before setting off into the next piece, Musical Director & Conductor Yoichi Udagawa breaks down a mini music lesson excerpt with the orchestra. He has a signature foot lift when he conducts.

 

Here’s a snippet of glorious music. Can you name that tune?

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The Thousand Dollar Singer-Songwriter Challenge kicks off tonight! 7:30pm @ Katrina’s 14 Rogers Street. Gloucester, MA

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Tonight’s lineup for the kickoff of our $1,000 Singer-Songwriter Challenge. Call to reserve a table:(978)515-7817
7:30pm: Mike Foley (solo) – Michael Foley
7:45pm: Greg Guba (solo) – Greg Guba
8:00pm: Annabelle Lord-Patey (solo) – Kevin Patey
8:15pm: The Lucky Ones Duo – Tony Frontiero
8:30pm: Sasquatch (solo) – Paul Cohan
8:45pm: Banda de Goma (duo) – Lynne Taylor
9:00pm: Amy Spillert (solo) – Amy Spillert
9:15pm: Renee & Joe – Renee Dupuis & Joe Cardoza
9:30pm: Charlie Russell (solo)
9:45pm: Will Hunt (solo) – Will Hunt
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PERFORMERS:
– These set times are approximate. Please arrive 45 minutes prior to your set.
– Each act will have roughly 15 minutes, including the 2 to 3 minutes needed for judges’ feedback. Please plan your 2 to 3 songs accordingly.
– Participants are not required to sing any original material, however, a points bonus will be given in the scoring if one original is performed.
– The stage will be set with 1 monitor, 2 microphones (Shure Beta58) on boom stands. Please bring guitar and/or keyboard cables.
– This week’s judges: Chelsea Berry (singer-songwriter), Brian Alex (singer-songwriter, ENTRAIN), and Aurelia Nelson (North Shore 104.9)

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This weekly event, hosted by Chris Langathianos, will showcase musicians – solo performers, duos, trios & bands (no drums as setups must take less than 5 minutes) – allowing them to perform up to 4 songs. Songs may be covers or originals and the number of songs will be dependent on number of sign ups – at least 2 and up to 4 songs. Performers will play before a panel of judges. The judges panels will change from week to week and will be made up of local musicians, business owners, etc. After each performance, judges will provide their live feedback to the performer and audience. A confidential score card will be kept, and a weekly winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

After the 7 weeks of preliminaries, all 7 finalist and 1 wild card will return for week 8 to perform 3 songs – 1 MUST BE AN ORIGINAL – before a panel of celebrity judges. 3 winners will be selected and will go home with a piece of the $1,000 cash prize. 1st place / $700, 2nd / $200, and 3rd / $100.

Other details:
1. Performers may participate on a weekly basis but may only win one week.
2. In the event of high demand for performance spots, the event host reserves the right to move previous performers further down the list.
3. All audio equipment is provided – PA, microphones, stands, and monitors.

Sign Ups:
Performers may register for a performance slot 1 week prior to the weekly event – starting on Wednesday. Performers may register through by leaving a request/comment on this event page https://www.facebook.com/events/232570887157735/or by emailing Chris Langathianos at clangathianos@me.com

If you have any questions, they may be directed to Chris at the email above.

You and Chelsea Berry making a new album! KICKSTARTER 16 days to go!

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I’ve been living on the road, writing the songs, and now I’m ready to head in to the studio- with your help! Let’s make this album!

Read about/Back this project > https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chelseaberry/you-and-chelsea-berry-making-a-new-album?ref=discovery

http://www.chelseaberry.com/

Motif No.1 Day 2015 (M1D:15) is Gonna Be Amazing

Five days away from the best M1D in 65 years (really). Film, Dance, Poetry, Music, Art, activities for kids and tons of community events are planned.

FILM: (look for GMG goddess Kim Smith’s clip!) The Red Shed Film Fest at the Rockport Public Library

DANCE: The T-Wharf tent featuring the Rockport Dance Academy and Fight or Flight Aerial Theatre.

MUSIC: The Dock Square tent features the Mari Martin Band, Pesky J. Nixon and Glass Onion. The Shalin Liu features a FREE community concert and an Instrument Petting Zoo.

WORDS: The School Street Tent: Magnetic Poetry Slam, Words Interactive, Words Before Dinner: the Poetry of Cape Ann.

ART: motif 2015 is a show featuring fresh, new work curated by Bob & Jill Armstrong of Iartcolony Gallery in Rockport. Artists from Cape Ann, Boston and beyond have re-imagined the Motif in everything from sculpture to paintings to video installations. A gallery walk will also be part of the festival.

COMMUNITY: Rockport Elementary School 3rd Grade Art Show, the M1D 5k & Fun Run to benefit Rockport Public Schools, Thacher Island Committee, Sandy Bay Yacht Club, Rockport Cub Scouts, Millbrook Meadow Committee, Addison Gilbert, SISU Fitness and more!

FOOD: Top Dog will have a food booth at the School Street Tent, Blue Lobster Grille and That Nutty Redhead will be set up in Dock Square, the New Year’s Rockport Eve Food Booth will be in Harvey Park.

FAMILY ACTIVITIES: Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest with prizes sponsored by The Ice Cream Store, painting, sketching, a Story Walk and Make-a-Book craft sponsored by the Rockport Public Library and much more!

Print out this handy Schedule of Events and bring it with you to Motif No.1 Day. The CATA trolley Park ‘n’ Ride will be running all day. Follow us on Twitter @rockportfest to stay up on the festival haps (do people still say that?) #M1D #rockportrocks www.rockportartfestivals.com

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6 year celebration at Seaport Grille continues!

 

In case you didn’t know it’s Seaport Grille’s 6 year anniversary celebration! North Shore Acappella was performing last night and if you have not had the pleasure of hearing them one word: AMAZING! What an awesome experience for my son, 10, to hear an Acappella group for the first time! I wasn’t the only one dancing in my seat to the 50’s! When they started singing Rockin’ Robin and my son had never heard it I became sad.  How could I have deprived my son of Rockin’ Robin for the past 10 years?!

Festivities continue tonight check it out!

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2 Annual Bang-A-Song Holiday Jam/January Open Studio kickoff party. Monday December 15th 6pm – 9pm.

2nd Annual Bang A Song Holiday Jam and January Open Studios FlyerEVENT: 2nd Annual Bang-A-Song Studio Holiday Jam
WHERE: 72 Rogers Street, Gloucester
WHEN: Monday, December 15th
TIME: 6-9pm

WHAT ELSE: We’ll have pizza and beer for jamming, instruments and
amplifiers for eating.  Come meet Tony and Warren, sign up for a January
open studio slot, and perform your best version of “Jingle Bells”,
“Christmas with the Martians” or  “Santa’s Got an Airplane”!!!!  Kids
are welcome.

 

 

President of Beauty ~ Film-in-Progress by Henry Ferrini

In 2014 Lester Young will have been gone 55 years, yet this swinging star shines brightly in the film-in-progress. In the film, Sonny Rollins calls Lester “god”, and a god he was for many players who paid their dues at mid-Century. The four-minute trailer includes interviews with Sonny Rollins, Harry Belafonte, Wayne Shorter, B.B. King, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, George Wein, David Amram, Amiri Baraka, Junior Mance, and Gunther Schuller. Collecting these interviews has been an ongoing process for about two years. Here are some pictures from the two-year journey that resulted in this trailer.

As a longtime documentary veteran, my approach uses contemporary places combined with archival film, interviews and music to evoke our shared history. In President of Beauty: The Life and Times of Lester Young, the music and America’s troubled social history combine to evoke a sense of this much-misunderstood American genius.

Read more about this exciting new film-in-progress from Henri Ferrini here.

 

BAND CAMP/essex Saturday August 23

Saturday afternoon into the night Band Camp presented singers, bands, dogs and more dogs!! In the field of Peter Hoare and Cynthia Sweet in Essex the weather went from gray to great and the party was on.

The Second Annual Band Camp. Saturday & Sunday August 23-24 Essex, Ma.

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Join Cynthia Sweet and Peter Hoare as they host the second annual BAND CAMP/essex on their sprawling property in Essex, Massachusetts. This year’s event will take place a month earlier than last year and should allow for fun in the sun and a warmer night of camping.

BAND CAMP is a weekend of live music, fun friends, and camping that is not to be missed!

 

This year’s musical lineup will include Just Like Newman, The Joe Wilkins Band, Bradley Royds, Brian Jarvis and Chris Phillips.

Also, On Saturday afternoon, we will have a very special guest performance by Fozzie Hill. Fozzie doesn’t perform too often on Cape Ann, and when she does, she packs
them in, so we are honored to welcome her and introduce our campers to her! Fozzie will perform after 4pm.

Tickets are available through BrownPaperTickets.com, and just like last year, we have a suggested donation of $20. What does your donation cover, you ask?

1. Music – all musicians are paid. We believe that all musicians should be paid for performing, and what we are able to pay depends solely on how many people attend and how many actually make the suggested donation.

2. Beer – like last year, we will be providing a couple of kegs of beer.

3. Porta-Potties – there are a lot of people in one spot, so we make sure we have plenty of places to “go”.

4. Insurance – not glamorous, but a necessity.

5. Incidentals – like plates, napkins, condiments, ice, wood to build the stage, light rental, etc.

6. Fire extinguishers – since we are doing this in the middle of summer this year – and it has been dry – we need to provide several fire extinguishers where ever there are campfires.

You get the picture. It costs money to have fun.

Chris Langathianos

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