It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album. You’ve probably read many such reviews. It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece. Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect. It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody. Check it out:
Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.
Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.
I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)
Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band @ The Cabot — photo Holly Harris
Last night, a number of our Gloucester friends came to the Robert Randolph & The Family Band concert we presented at The Cabot in Beverly, some of whom exclaimed, “Boy it’s just amazing that we can see this level of music so close to home!”
Indeed, Beverly is about as close as a national touring artist, the likes of Robert Randolph, is likely to get to Gloucester. So perhaps it’s time for us to extend our notion of “just down the road” to include Beverly, which is … dare I say … over the bridge.
Tomorrow we’re bringing three of the hottest Boston area bands to the Cabot stage: Boston Music Award winners Ruby Rose Fox and Jesse Dee with Salem’s Sarah & the Wild Versatile. We believe all three bands will soon be playing much bigger venues — that are much farther away than Beverly and — oh yeah — charge a whole lot more for tickets. ALL AGES seats for tomorrow’s concert start at $15 (the same as it costs to see Jurassic World at the mall). It’s a great show for your kids, who’ll be able to say “I saw them up close at The Cabot!” Good seats are still available here.
The first time B.B. King heard Alexis P. Suter sing is when she opened for him in NYC. This is what B.B. King said, “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”
On August 8th, only eight weeks from this Saturday, you can experience what he was talking about at the 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival at Stage Fort Park. Plus you get to hear 6 other blues legends too, including the guy known as “Hendrix of the Harminica,” Sugar Blue!
You know you want to be there and you don’t want be one of those people who forgets that you can save $12 per ticket by getting them now (GET TICKETS HERE). So don’t put it off any longer.
Here’s a little taste of what you can expect from Alexis P. Suter at The Gloucester Blues Festival.
John Cafferty singing one of his #1 hits with the audience at The Larcom in January photo Sheila Roberts Orlando
Most of you who follow us know that we present concerts just down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre (among other venues).
This summer we’ll also be presenting concerts at The Cabot — and the first one we’ve put on sale is John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band with special guest Charlie Farren on Friday, July 31 — and it’s helping us answer two questions at once: “When are you bringing John Cafferty back?” and “When are you bringing Charlie Farren back?”
We figured this summer was the perfect time to party at The Cabot with these 2 high-energy rock stars, who haven’t performed together on stage for years.
It’s an All Ages show with reserved seats starting at only $25. Get your tickets now (RIGHT HERE) because this show will sell quickly!
Three months from today on Saturday, August 8th, The 4th annual Gloucester Blues Festival kicks summer into high gear at Stage Fort Park featuring top national blues stars, including the man who’s known as Hendrix of the Harmonica, Sugar Blue. You’ve heard his signature playing on “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. (You didn’t think Mick played that harp did you?)
Now you have the chance to see this blues icon (who’s also recorded with Willie Dixon, Prince, Stan Getz, Bob Dylan and many other) LIVE IN GLOUCESTER at The Gloucester Blues Festival on August 8th at Stage Fort Park.
What kills me is how much cheaper the tickets are if you buy them in advance — only $28 (GET TICKETS HERE) as opposed to $40 at the gate. So stop what you’re doing right now and GET A PAIR OF TIX FOR YOUR MOM (and a pair for yourself too).
Here’s Sugar Blue live (Ooooh, what a tight band he’s got too!)
And here’s the Rolling Stones’ multi-platinum hit “Miss You” — you don’t see a harp in Mitch’s mouth, do you?
This Sunday (4/19) at 9AM, Aurelia Nelson welcomes 80s rocker Martha Davis, founder of The Motels, to her North Shore 104.9 radio show “Curtain Up” for a spirited interview about what it’s like to be “the most charismatic female performer in rock,” as described by Robert Hilburn of The Los Angeles Times.
Martha Davis is credited with helping to define the New Wave sound that dominated MTV and pop radio in the 1980s.
But she’s not one of those rockers who’s satisfied to live off her prior success. She’s still writing new songs, recording new music and discovering new talent, like Boston Music Award Winner Ruby Rose Fox who opens The Motels show down the road at The Larcom Theatre on Wednesday (good seats still available, especially in the balcony — get them here.)
And she’s about to release a film of her live performance at the 50th anniversary of the famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, where she changed the face New Wave music forever. Check out the trailer here:
Listen to this!
You’re lucky this concert isn’t sold out. Get tickets here.
We all know that Jimmy Fallon is a huge FOB and either he or his staff reads GMG every day.
What we didn’t know is how seriously he takes our suggestions.
That is, until last night when he introduced our #1 pick from SXSW, Elle King (we picked her in this post) as his musical guest last night.
See Elle King’s Tonight Show performance here.
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”:
Like to rock? Remember the mid ’80s? On Saturday, April 25, you can party with the hitmakers who who lit up alternative rock radio in the ’80s and ’90s right down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. That’s right folks, The Smithereens, with monster powerpop hits like “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” “A Girl like You,” “Blood And Roses,” “Only a Memory,” “Blues Before and After” and more are coming all the way from Jersey to Beverly just for you!
Tickets don’t go on-sale to the public until tomorrow (SAT) at noon, but FOB’s can get the best seats NOW by clicking RIGHT HERE. Best of all, tickets are only $25, $35 and $45. Check around and you’ll see this is the best Smithereens deal you’re gonna get!
Here are 2 of their top hits:
And here’s a great one from their NEW CD!
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.
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).
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):
If you’ve been waiting for a multi-platinum recording artist (i.e., Rock Star) to come down the road to Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, wait no longer. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band (feat. Michael “Tunes” Antunes on sax) will ROCK the house on Saturday, January 31 with his #1 hits “On The Dark Side”, “C-I-T-Y”, “Tough All Over”, “Hearts on Fire” and one of my favorites “Tender Years.”
You know how you’re gonna feel in late January … like you need some high-energy music to break you out of your winter doldrums. The thing is, these tickets won’t last that long. So get them now (right here). They make perfect holiday gifts for all of your friends and family who will be feeling the same way in late January. Here’s his hit, “On The Dark Side” from the Eddie and the Cruisers movie featuring “Tunes” on Sax.
Two great chances to connect with local stars — Tonight Boston Music Award nominee Gracie Curran and her hot band are live on stage with Blues Music Award winner Victor Wainwright and his smokin’ band from Savanna GA right down the road at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre. Doors @ 7pm Concert @ 8. Let’s show these two young, rising stars that a little rain & wind won’t stop us from having fun. Good seats still left (especially in the balcony). Get them here.
Then, tomorrow morning you can hear Gloucester’s own Jon Butcher on Aurelia Nelson’s North Shore 104.9 radio show Curtain Up at 9AM (don’t forget to set your clocks back or you’ll be listening in at 8am instead). Jon will fill you in on his new CD, “Experienced!”, his film project “Kiss the Sky” and his concert at the Larcom Theatre next Saturday. Tickets are selling fast, so you’d better get yours soon. Get them here.
It’s the perfect weekend for an extra hour sleep. You’re gonna need it with all this excitement!
Here’s a taste of these two stars:
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.
It’s not often that a rock star this big performs in downtown Gloucester. Remember The Lovin’ Spoonful?
How about Woodstock, which was 45 years ago this August?
When John Sebastian performs next Saturday at Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse, he won’t be wearing the tie-dye jacket he’s got on in this video, because it’s now on display at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He will, however, sing some of his most enduring #1 hits like “Do You Believe In Magic?”, “Daydream”, “Summer In The City” and “Welcome Back” the theme song from Welcome Back Kotter.
And he’ll tell some wonderful, fascinating stories rooted in the major role he played in the mid-’60s rock revolution. Don’t miss this rare chance to experience music that defined a generation up close and personal. Get your tickets now (right here).
James Montgomery just added young, rising Country star, Whitney Doucet to his lineup for the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door this Friday at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion in Gloucester. Whitney is fresh off a duet with Country Star and American Idol judge Keith Urban that blew Keith away.
Whitney’s addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country flavor to the already unique benefit concert that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston’s premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.
The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22! VIP is already sold out, but good seats are still available. Get them NOW (right here)!
WOW! Good news is you don’t have to choose because they’ll ALL be at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 3 1/2 weeks. And if you get your tickets now (right here), you’ll save $12. You really don’t want to miss this one . . .