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Cliff Eberhardt & Louise Mosrie @ Old Sloop Nov 7 — Don’t miss this one!

Two of our favorite performers, Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie will share the stage at Rockport’s Old Sloop, one of Cape Ann’s best listening rooms.  If either of these artists were performing solo, you’d want to go — but the two together is like an early holiday gift!  Get tickets now RIGHT HERE before they sell out.

Cliff Eberhardt and Louise Mosrie

If you saw Cliff open for The Jon Butcher Axis this summer at The Cabot, you know what I’m talking about.  If not, check this out:

Here’s Louise Mosrie on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes

David Roth with Connor Garvey at Old Sloop Coffeehouse – 10/10/15

David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than two decades.

Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller.

Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people.

Old Sloop Coffeehouse  More Information & Get Tickets
First Congregational Church • 12 School St • Rockport, Massachusetts

SELL OUT WARNING: Not many seats left for Chelsea Berry & Charlee Bianchini at Old Sloop on Saturday

Do you really want to be the schmuck who says, “What? We can’t get in? Really?”  Of course not.  So stop what ever you’re doing and get your tickets right here, right now!  (Forget what the poster says about tickets at the door.  There won’t be any.)



Chelsea Berry with Charlee Bianchini Old Sloop Coffee House Saturday, Nov. 1 @ 7:30pm

chelsea old sloop

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Not many tckets left for this event!
Tickets can be purchased also at The Bookstore, 61 Main St. and Toad Hall Bookstore, Rockport, Ma.




Gordon Bok with Daisy Nell and Capt Stan – Saturday 10/11/14 at Old Sloop Coffeehouse

Gordon Bok learned many tunes, sea songs, stories, legends and ballads growing up in Camden, Maine. Where he couldn’t find songs that matched his experiences or needs, he wrote his own, and he has kept up a lively flow of poems, songs, stories, choral and instrumental works. He has performed extensively in the United States, and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand and has appeared on the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor. Daisy Nell & Capt. Stan will open.


Ellis Paul with Martyn Joseph at Old Sloop Coffeehouse on Friday Sept 12


Ellis Paul has won 15 Boston Music awards, released 19 CDs, and earned loyal fans around the world with his meticulously written songs and compelling live shows. Paul has written songs for numerous TV shows as well as Hollywood films such as the Farrelly Brothers movies “Me, Myself & Irene”, “Hall Pass”, and “Shallow Hal”. Martyn Joseph headlines festivals in Europe and is known for his dynamic performances and his ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.

Folk Charts Top Artist, ELLIS, Comes to Old Sloop This Friday ~ Marina Evans opens


Check out Ellis’ performance on A Prairie Home Companion last Summer.

Now, you all know Marina Evans, right?  Just in case you don’t, check out this video shot at Shalin Liu.  These two will make for an excellent show.  Don’t miss it.  Get your tix now.


Megan Burtt @ Old Sloop on Saturday April 5th

Every year or so, Megan Burtt comes to Gloucester to visit her good friend and Berklee chum, Chelsea Berry — and to treat us to her thoughtful, moving, gorgeous music at local venues.  This time she’s at Old Sloop on Saturday, April 5th with Boston singer/songwriter Danielle Miraglia.  This will be an excellent show!



Music venues abound — and a new one is on the way!

Woke up to a dusting of new snow that was gone by noon.  Only a few dirty-gray-white winter leftovers remain as the sun burns a bright spot behind the clouds — too shy to show its full face.  Does this presage one of those jolting seasons when Mother Nature forgets about spring and jumps into summer without warning?

That’s what seems to happen in Gloucester’s music scene.  Before you know it your choices for live music double, but don’t worry.  We’ll continue to help you sort it all out with Cape Ann’s only complete live music listing here.

If you think about it, there really are two kinds of music venues: restaurants/clubs and what musicians call “listening venues”.  (That is, until the weather gets nice enough to add a third: boats with music cruises.)  For now, suffice it to say that we’re extremely lucky to live in an area with an abundance of good restaurants and clubs who offer live music for free because they’re able to make a living on the food and drink they serve.

A good club can make for a great experience (both for artist and fan) but sometimes you end up in a singer vs. crowd competition like the one I wrote about here.

Chelsea Berry wrote an excellent song about this very issue:

And now there’s even a facebook page dedicated to promoting listening venues in MA.  See it here.

Free from the distractions of TV, clanging silver & dishware, people talking, wait staff running around and kitchen noise, the concert milieu connects you with the artist through an intimate, intense bond that’s simply impossible to maintain in a restaurant or bar.  And when you’re on stage you can feel that energy, soak it in and give back something more powerful that seems to arise spontaneously out of the ether.

Luckily, we live in an area with several excellent listening venues.  Good coffee houses: Old Sloop in Rockport.  One World in Essex and Crosswinds in Gloucester.  Cape Ann’s crown jewel, the Shalin Liu performance Center and the Larcom Theatre down the road in Beverly.

ComeTogetherBenefi600With your help, Gloucester’s iconic UU Meetinghouse is working to restore their balcony so it can become another major listening venue and we’re helping them by presenting concerts in the church to raise money for that effort. Cape Ann Winter Solstice started this project off by packing the house on December 21.  We’re doing it again on April 25 with The Number Nines featuring top Cape Ann talent 3rian King, Chelsea Berry, Renee Dupuis and Dennis Monagle together with Boston stars Meff and Brendan Burns.  If you want to be sure to get a seat, you probably shouldn’t wait until the last minute to buy your tickets.  Get them now here:


Megan Burtt is Back

Every year or so, Megan Burtt comes to Gloucester to visit her good friend and Berklee chum, Chelsea Berry — and to treat us to her thoughtful, moving, gorgeous music at local venues.  This time she’s at Old Sloop next Saturday, April 5th with Boston singer/songwriter Danielle Miraglia.  This will be an excellent show!


In celebration of Megan’s return, we’re reprising her show on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes this week starting tomorrow (WED) at 6:30 and again on Friday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Here’s a taste of  that show:

Hot music weekend in the dead of Winter

Well, anybody who thinks Cape Ann’s music scene is only hot during tourist season should look at this weekend’s lineup (see full weekend music schedule here).

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you just can’t see every good show this weekend.  You’re gonna have to choose.  Maybe I can help.  It just so happens that I’ve recently interviewed two people who are performing this weekend at Shalin Liu.

Here’s my interview with Brian Gore, whose International Guitar Night performs tonight at 8PM.

And here’s my interview with Kendrick Oliver, director of the New Life Jazz Orchestra, who’s performing tomorrow at 8PM.

And don’t forget Mark Berger & Ride with dramatic photographs from out west as the backdrop for this Old Sloop concert tomorrow.

And it’s Crazy Moon’s final weekend at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Plus some of Cape Ann’s favorites all over town, including Linda Amero, Charlee Bianchini & Dave Brown, Runaround, Dan King, Michael O’Leary, Mari Martin, Allen Estes & Orville Giddings — and there’s the Community Sing-a-long in Celebration of Pete Seeger at the Lanesville Community Center tonight.  WOW!  Is your head spinning?  Click here for some help choosing.

Marc Berger and RIDE at Old Sloop Coffeehouse on Saturday February 8th

The music is western-themed, and it will be performed by a five-piece band. The drummer is a photographer by day, and he’s taken some beautiful pictures of dramatic scenes in the west. Photos are going to be projected as a sort of backdrop for the band.

Check out their video:


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