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Top 10 ways to have the most fun @ tonight’s BLOCK PARTY ~ The last one in 2012

  1. Don’t sweat the weather.  It will be nice.
  2. If you want to sit down and eat in a restaurant MAKE A RESERVATION.  Here’s a list of restaurants offering al fresco dining  (with phone numbers).
  3. Wear layers (it will be clear, but cooler than you’re used to tonight).
  4. Bring the family.  No need to pay for a sitter.  There’s plenty of entertainment for kids.
  5. MOTHERS: Re-read #3 and don’t complain that you’re cold and want to go home early.  Your husband isn’t cold just because he doesn’t have a coat on.  Neither are your kids.  I don’t want to hear anybody say, “You make me cold just looking at you.”
  6. Embrace walking.  That’s the point.  Don’t waste time looking for the closest possible parking space to Main St.  It’ll only infuriate you, which isn’t the best way to start off the night.  Here’s how I look at it: I can eat more because I’m walking it off!
  7. If you don’t like the entertainment, walk a little.  You’re bound to find something you like.  Then come back to where you were.  Entertainment at each stage changes every hour.  See the entertainment lineup here.
  8. If your kids don’t like the music you like, send them to Rick Doucette at Kid Town or Daddy O’Keefe in front of Mark Adrian Shoes.  See map here.
  9. If you really must have inside entertainment, go see Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s queen of the blues, LIVE at Cape Ann Community Cinema at 7:30pm (costs $15, but worth it).
  10. Be prepared to see friends and neighbors you haven’t seen in a while ~  SMILE, you’re at a PARTY!

Block Party Entertainment Update ~ Correction for tonight ~ Will Hunt’s Excellent Tech Question for the Cowsills

This just in from Block Party Guru Val Markley:
LEE – Touching and uplifting Originals and Sing-along will be at the Mystery Train Stage at 9:30pm.

See complete Block Party Entertainment Schedule by STAGE here.  See complete Block Party Entertainment Schedule by TIME here.

CORRECTION: gimmesound had Inge Berge listed at the Castle Manor Inn tonight.  Inge told us he’s on guitar backing up Toni Ann Enes (check her out – very entertaining), but it’s not HIS gig.  Thanks, Inge for clearing that up.  See tonight’s complete music lineup here.

Last night at Cape Ann Community Cinema, our boy Will Hunt was in the audience as The Cowsills sang their hits, followed by a screening of their new film, followed by Q&A, during which Will asked how they recorded so many voices (6 or 7 parts on many songs) with a 4 track in 1967.  The answer was that they mixed down all the band tracks first, then stood around a single mic, adjusting each singer’s volume by the distance from the mic.  You singers know how hard it can be to keep your part when you’re RIGHT NEXT to someone singing another part.  It takes some serious ear training to listen for the right resonance and maintain it throughout a song in ONE TAKE.  You couldn’t just fix one part.  EVERY BODY had to sing it again if anybody screwed up.

Then Susan Cowsill told us that they would often break out laughing and not be able to stop — kind of like laughing in church, she said.  All in all it was a great night at Cape Ann Community Cinema.  Tonight it’s the screening of Neil Young Journeys followed by a live acoustic set by Forever Young, the Neil Young Tribute Band (get tickets here).

And tomorrow, it’s Rita Chiarelli with a live set followed by her film Music From the Big House.  See video below of her performing These Four Walls from the movie soundtrack

Cross the bridge INTO GLOUCESTER and catch over 50 live shows this weekend

Oh, you live here?  Aren’t you lucky — all the live music you could ever want is right at your doorstep.  So, how do you decide what do to?  We’ll help you.

Start by checking the full weekend live music lineup here.

And don’t forget The Cowsills at Cape Ann Community Cinema TONIGHT.  You aren’t likely to catch this 1960s phenomenon again any time soon.

Here are links to videos of some of this weekend’s performers:

See you around town!