Henri Smith for the New Orleans Peoples Project – taken after Allen Toussaint’s funeral in New Orleans.
Vickie and I applaud everyone who promotes shopping locally and truly appreciate people who buy tickets to local concerts as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc. This Saturday at 7pm we present our third New Orleans Christmas concert at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically stellar Larcom Theatre starring Gloucester’s Henri Smith and featuring renowned trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester 2010) and Grammy-winner Amadee Castenell on Sax & Flute. This year, Henri’s full brass band (complete with Tuba) will perform a special tribute to one of Henri’s mentors, Allen Toussaint, who died last month while on tour in Madrid. Tickets are available here.
Check out this video of Henri with Allen Toussaint that I shot last year in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Allen explains how Henri serves as a New Orleans ambassador — and also has very kind words for Amadee, saying “When Amadee was in New Orleans we didn’t leave home without him. He’s our favorite saxophonist!” Then he reveals why Amadee no longer lives in New Orleans.
This will be an emotional show for Vickie and me. We hope you’ll join us in a Christmas Second Line Parade through the aisles of Beverly’s Larcom Theatre.
Last October, Gloucester’s Henri Smith chatted with Allen Toussaint in Allen’s dressing room at Berklee Performance Center. Check out Allen’s reaction to Henri’s song. Plus you’ll LOVE what Allen says about Amadee Castenell! You can see Henri and Amadee along with award-winning trumpeter Stanton Davis (who performed with Henri at Celebrate Gloucester) on December 5 right down the road at Beverly’s fully-restored, acoustically magical Larcom Theatre. Tickets available here.
Let’s face it folks, we, in New England, are known for being kinda stuffy, right? Isn’t that why we’ve welcomed Henri Smith to Gloucester? Isn’t that why we do our level best to keep him here year after year? Yes, he’s a fine musician. Yes, most of his friends are all top talent too. Yes, he infuses Gloucester will all kinds of culture we’ve never before experienced. But let’s be honest. He’s fun! And so are his super-talented friends. Just look at this video:
Don’t these guys just look like they’re having the time of their lives? We need more of that — and we’re going to get it on June 3o when Henri gathers the most talented, fun-loving New Orleans musicians you can see north of the bayou at North Shore Music Theatre to open for the iconic for Aaron Neville (get tickets here). Henri’s band will include:
Stanton Davis on Trumpet
Amadee Castenell (from HBO’s Treme) on Sax, Flute and Vocals
Herman Hampton (Berklee professor) on Bass
Daniel Heath on Trombone and vocals
Les Lumley (from Ghetto Mysticism) on percussion.
Charles Burchell (from New England Conservatory) on Drums
Ben on Piano (you know him)
PLUS A SURPRISE GUEST!
Now for some fun tonight (see full music lineup here) we have to mention one of Gloucester’s most talented and fun musicians with an acerbic wit, Inge Berge, will be at the Dog Bar with his trio. See what we mean by wit and fun in the video below: