Put A Good Buzz On – Allen Estes and Will Hunt at the Gloucester Block Party July 2014
Cape Ann TV Video shot by Chris Mullen, Steven Essery, James Frye, John Walker, Dylan Benson and Jim Capillo. Edited by Jim Capillo
Put A Good Buzz On – Allen Estes and Will Hunt at the Gloucester Block Party July 2014
Cape Ann TV Video shot by Chris Mullen, Steven Essery, James Frye, John Walker, Dylan Benson and Jim Capillo. Edited by Jim Capillo
Since we discovered the Larcom Theatre and produced our first concert there a year ago this weekend, Gloucester’s singer/ songwriter / multi-instrumentalist and ace sound man, Will Hunt has brought in his gear and, together with Bradley Royds, they’ve mixed our shows to wide acclaim (see a review here).
But Will’s kinda busy and needs his gear for other concerts, like The Nines @ Gloucester’s UU Meetinghouse and The Toasters Concert Cruise. So we realized it was time to get new gear appropriate for the 550 seat theatre that we don’t have to keep moving in and out.
And we figured, if we’re going do it, we might as well do it right.
On Wednesday, Jon Coretto and his crew from WHB Concert Production (the people who revamped the sound at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom) installed the top of the line: Meyer M’elodie curvilinear array loudspeakers with 600-HP sub-woofers and Galileo system processor, Digidesign SC-48 console and 6 JBL VP 7212 MDP stage monitors.
Plus we have a 56 channel snake splitter for bands that want to make studio quality live recordings or simply MUST have their monitors mixed on stage.
Now if you don’t much care about all that techno-babble, just know this: IT SOUNDS AMAZING!
Seats are still available. The best ones are in the balcony. Get them here.
Feel free to thank them for the excellent job they do making sure the sound is perfect in every seat!
All the performers were at the top of their game last night and, based on their level of talent, they could have brought giant egos with them.
But they chose to leave their egos at the door and collaborate at the highest level of professionalism in order to lift a packed house at Gloucester’s UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn’t felt in years.
Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and Cape Ann TV crew who helped to bring The Cape Ann Winter Solstice Concert to life.
Thanks, most of all, to everyone who came out to support our local music treasures and help restore the Meetinghouse so it can become a premier listening venue for dozens of major musical events every year.
Based on last night’s success, it’s safe to say we’ll be doing this again and again and again. Stay tuned …
You can’t get advanced tickets online any more, but you can still go the Gloucester UU Church and get tickets at the door ($25 for all ages). Box office opens at 4pm. Doors open at 7. Concert starts at 7:30. There’s plenty of free parking at the Church and nearby (Trinity Church parking lot and Library lot off School St. are both plowed) so come on down and celebrate the longest night of the year with some of Cape Ann’s finest musicians while you help to restore one of Gloucester’s most treasured buildings!
Take a break from all this madness and enjoy great music with friends & family Saturday December 21st. Get your tickets now so you can relax.
If you’re not convinced this will be the concert of the season, check out Gail McCarthy’s piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times.
Reserved Pews (no hassle): $225 Seats 12 or $195 Seats 10 (less than $20/person)
General Admission $20 in advance $15 Child/Senior (under 12/over 65)
$25 At the Door (all ages) – Cash only, please, at the door.
Plenty of free parking available:
Parking also available at Trinity Congregational Church 70 Middle Street & Saint John’s Church at 48 Middle Street
If you went to The Slide Brothers concert we presented on Saturday, you hopefully had a good time, but had no clue as to last-minute scrambling that went on. That’s because everyone involved is a pro — and that’s the way it should be. Today, we’d like to offer a special shout-out to some of the folks whose work made this event happen and let you peek behind the scenes just a bit.
The scrambling began a couple of days before the show when we learned The Slide Brothers were not going to be able to bring a drum kit. Mike Doyle happened to be at the theatre when we heard this, so he scooted down to Nate’s The Drum Shop North Shore on Rantoul St. and arrived back at the theatre in less than half an hour with a very nice sounding Premier kit in gorgeous white pearl, which you can see in the photo. Thanks MTD and Nate for making this happen so quickly.
Then, on the day of the show, we discover we need even more gear and everyone in the Michael Thomas Doyle band chipped in to lend The Slide Brothers all that was needed for their stellar performance. Thanks guys. You’re real pros.
That performance relied, in good measure, on the expert talents of our sound crew, led by Will Hunt, who spent half of Friday drilling through a brick wall in order to hide the snake.
Perhaps the last person ever to get any credit for his hard work is the guy in the light booth, which for this concert — and for Allen Estes, was Inge Berge, whose artistic lighting enhanced both performances. And when Calvin Cooke (the B.B. King of Slide Guitar) told Inge to raise the house lights for a gospel tune so it would feel more like a church, he obliged gracefully and then returned the theatre to a performance feel with class and style.
You’ll notice that most of these people are from Gloucester and all are from Boston’s North Shore. We are terribly grateful to live in a place so full of talented professionals!
Dave Sag is on a roll. One way to gauge the quality of a musician is by the guests who perform with him and it just seems like some of the best musicians in the area are showing up as Dave Sag’s guests lately (see list here). So we figured it was time to reprise the Local Music Seen show we premiered a couple of years ago featuring Dave Sag. The show will air tonight at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12, and on Friday at 1:30pm and Sunday at 6pm.
In addition to being a talented, versatile musician, Dave Sag is an entertaining story teller and his stories shine in this show, as you can tell from this clip, where Dave asks our sound guy, Will Hunt (who did a did an excellent job programming the Block Party music and managing sound on all 3 stages this past Saturday) to join him on Sax — and Will, who’s equally versatile and always a good sport, agrees. Check out the dynamic, on-stage spontaneity in this number:
Just in case you don’t live in Gloucester and can’t get Channel 12, you can watch the entire show on-line now thanks to Cape Ann TV’s new technology! Click here to watch the show.
Block Party Head, Valerie Marcley, sent along the good news . . .
It’s Party Time Gloucester! Block Party Dates Announced
Will Hunt Accepts Artistic Director Position
The Downtown Gloucester Block Parties will be held July 20, August 17 and September 21 beginning at 6 pm. Main Street transforms into an entertainment mall with live performances, al fresco dining, stores open until 11 pm and Kids’ Town for the youngsters.
Block Party organizers are thrilled to announce Will Hunt as the new Artistic Director. Hunt is a skilled musician familiar with performers from Cape Ann and beyond. He has equipped and been technical director for Block Party stages. Hunt contributes innovative vitality to the Block Parties.
“I’m pleased to take on the role of artistic director this year. I’m planning some exciting new bands and performers as well as favorites from previous years.”
Chief Blockhead, Valerie Marcley states, “Will has the talent and knowledge we need to become an even better event.”
Lucinda Seigel has accepted the post of Merchant Liaison, helping the stores organize for the three parties. “Lucinda is very sharp, has international business experience and is a skilled organizer with wonderful enthusiasm!” states Marcley.
To take part in the dynamic Block Party Series please contact the following.
Those who wish to perform contact Will Hunt at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street Merchants contact Lucinda Seigel:email@example.com
Restaurants contact Mark McDonough:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor and donation inquiries to Judith Brackley:email@example.com
Press, Vendors, Suggestions & all other inquiries contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Block Party welcomes performers in all genres including theater, comedy, music and dance. Street performers are also invited.
The Downtown Gloucester Block Party Series is a project of
the non-profit Cape Ann Business Incubator.
More than likely you know someone who was at the Marathon. Here’s a small-world example: Vickie’s brother-in-law works for a medical device company in Cedar Falls, Iowa and his boss is the father of the eight-year-old boy who died. Even if you don’t know someone who was there, you’re probably reeling from the shock that terrorism has struck so close to home. I know I am.
Music has a way of healing wounds of all kinds. And musicians have known this since humans began making music (when ever that was).
I was Speaking with T Max today about this and he gave me a quote perfect for this week from Leonard Bernstein, one of my musical heroes — I watched his Young People’s Concerts on TV as a kid (see them on YouTube here). He says,
“This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.”
Maestro Bernstein’s healing words ring true as local musicians carry his reply to over a dozen venues in Gloucester and Cape Ann this week. See the complete live music schedule here.
Tonight T Max is Fly Amero’s guest at The Rhumb Line. (Fly’s on the cover of T Max’s Noise Magazine this month — read the story here). Both T Max and Fly are tuned into the power of music to heal (here’s one example of how Fly transformed a dark day).
Tomorrow there’s another Singer/Songwriter Shuffle at Giuseppe’s with top local stars, including Inge Berge, Satch Kerans, Steve Caraway, Will Hunt, Randy Black, Brian O’Connor & Jake Pardee. And just like last week you will still have time to catch rising star Brad Byrd at The Dog Bar after the Shuffle. Currently I’m under an intense deadline that is forcing me to work late, but one way or the other, we’ll try to get to at least one local live music show over the next week or so. And I’m sure it will help us heal.
Here’s a video that may seem a bit idealistic and hippy-dippy-trippy, but I find wisdom appropriate for our time in it’s simple, haunting lyrics especially this stanza:
Nothing you can know that isn’t known.
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.
Kudos to all the venue owners who opened up last night and are opening today — and to the performers who got themselves shoveled out and on stage so we can celebrate NEMO with music!
Landing is open again tonight and Will Hunt will host an open mic.
Gloucester’s parking ban will be lifted at 6:00 tonight, so we can all get out and party. Several shows are cancelled, but there’s still plenty to do thanks to our intrepid venue owners and performers. See the updated live music schedule here (it lists cancellations as well as show that are still on).
School may be closed tomorrow, but the show must go on . . .
I wouldn’t call this a heat wave, but it’s actually above freezing outside for the first time in a while and there’s plenty of live music to be had all over Cape Ann tonight — with most of the shows early enough to bring the kids. See the full lineup here.
If you haven’t been down to the Landing in Manchester for Will Hunt’s open mike, this might be a good night. Perhaps you can ask him to reprise his big move at the beginning of this video from the Rat in 1984 (Will’s on guitar & lead vocals)
Vickie and I don’t exactly work a normal Mon-Fri week, but we have a kid in school, which means we feel the same way about Mondays as pretty much everybody else does. So we figured we’d lighten Mondays up a bit with our new series starting today, called Peter & Vickie’s Laws of Life. LOL for short :) Why, you ask, does Peter get top Billing for this series when Vickie has it for the posts? Well I’m writing the first one in the series, so I get to name it.
Feynman was one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, so I thought we’d start the series off with an LOL loosely based on a law of nature, namely Antoine Lavoisier‘s Law of Conservation of Mass, which, simply put, states that mass in never created or destroyed; it just gets rearranged or converted into energy. So here’s the LOL corollary:
You’re more likely to gain weight if someone you know is losing weight. According to Lavoisier, all that weight people lose HAS to go SOMEWHERE, right? So if your wife complains that you’re getting fat this holiday season, ask your her to STOP LOSING WEIGHT. It only makes it harder for you.
Next Monday, we’ll have another LOL. Until then enjoy a week of good food, good music and good friends — and encourage everybody to eat as much as they like.
We told you there’d be last minute updates and guess what, there are. Henri Smith, Joe Wilkins, Gary Shane and others have agreed to join Will Hunt‘s production of Cape Ann Rocks for the Rockaways tomorrow from 4-midnight at The Hive.
OK, we’ve gotten some questions about this benefit. People asking, Who are the Rockaways? It’s not who; it’s where. The Rockaways are a section of New York that was just creamed by Superstorm Sandy. People who live there are a long way from getting back to normal and need help (see articles here and here). One of my heroes, physicist Richard Feynman, was born in Far Rockaway. Among other discoveries, Feynman figured out what caused the Challenger Space Shuttle to crash. Check out this video for a great story of how he reluctantly agreed to join the Commission investigating the Challenger disaster and what happened next:
Speaking of videos, we’ve got some new ones on gimmesound — and we now feature them more prominently on the Home Page. If you’ve got a music video you think we should feature, leave a comment and let us know.
And what a weekend for Live music, which starts at 1:30pm today and 11:30am tomorrow and goes on into the late night both days! See full live music schedule here.
We may be somewhat old-fashioned, but we still listen to CDs for 3 major reasons:
But when Vickie had to jump on a plane to Iowa suddenly last Saturday to deal with a family emergency, she felt the need to bring a taste of Gloucester with her. So she ripped our copy of Chelsea Berry‘s CD Live in the Moment (one of Vickie’s favorites) and put it in our cloud (the Amazon cloud, that is) so she could listen to it on the plane and while in Iowa — along with lots of other music from Gloucester (see list below) and elsewhere that is already stored there.
Although we’re fans of the Joey Approved Product series, those of you who read our posts regularly know that we’ve never even mentioned a product or service that we use — until now. This is different. Why? Because the cloud is changing the way we buy, store and listen to our music more than any other technology since Edison invented the phonograph.
Here’s why we like the Amazon Cloud Service:
Some of you may know that I’ve made a number of predictions that have come to pass relative to the Internet, music, etc. (for example, in 1998 I predicted that by 2003 every business will either have a website or wish they did). Here’s another one: By 2020, the most common way to listen to recorded music will be to access it from a cloud server.
And here’s a partial list of local artists, whose music Vickie is playing for her family in Iowa from our cloud (in alpha order by artist last name or band name):
Fly Amero, Bandit Kings, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dennis Brennan, Cape Ann Big Band, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, Elle Gallo, Orville Giddings, Tom Hauck, Will Hunt, KBMG, Satch Kerans, Pete Lindberg, Michael O’Leary, T Max, Dennis Monagle, Ned and the Big Babies, Gary Shane, Henri Smith
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.
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
You may remember that Peter and I are presenting a concert series at North Shore Music Theatre this summer (see post & videos here) and we’ve got some great VIP packages that offer exclusive access to VIP Pre-Parties, 3 Course Dinner at Backstage Bistro, Meet & Greet, Gifts & more (see VIP details here).
Maybe you want to take your sweetheart (Joey might even recommend that sort of thing in his advice column, who knows?). Now, when you’re a couple, VIP is the best way to go. But maybe you don’t want to spring for VIP Tickets. Here’s your chance to win a luxurious VIP experience for the evening. Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free) and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to the concert of your choice. All you need is 2 regular tickets and you and your honey can go as VIPs!
Lot’s happening in Gloucester tonight. Will Hunt is Allen’s guest on the premiere of a new Local Music Seen show tonight at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12. Then, you can see Allen Estes in the flesh at the Rhumb Line with one of the area’s best blues men, Bill Gleason (who has also been Allen’s guest on Local Music Seen).
Our good friend and multi-talented sound man, recording engineer, guitarist, sax player, singer/songwriter Will Hunt. Among many other things, Will does sound for Local Music Seen with Allen Estes, and on this week’s show, Peter and Allen thank everybody else who works on this show EXCEPT for Will! Peter almost forgot to thank me too ;)
Then, at the sold out Mardi Gras concert at Minglewood on Tuesday, Peter thanked everybody else EXCEPT Will, who gave us excellent sound.
Now, Joey C. remembered to thank Will at Celebrate Gloucester, so we were afraid Will might begin to think we don’t like him or something.
We want to make sure Will doesn’t get a complex, so we’re dedicating this entire post to say just one thing:
THANK YOU WILL! WE LOVE YOU!
You’ll get to see Will on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes some time in the next couple of month — and that will be a real treat. This time he’ll be performing, so somebody else will do sound. We’ll forget to thank him too. That’s just what happens with sound men . . .
From Dave Sag
Rhumb Line Thursday Night Blues Party and Friday at Elliott’s
We return to the axis mundi this Thursday, as Greg and I welcome back Mr. John Hyde, jazzbo smartypants,and keyboard Xtroirdinaire.
Helping him tie the nuptial knot will also be longtime buddy and stick-thrasher, Mr. Benny Benson, the coolest kat that is what am.
Should be a great nite!
And on Friday nite: It’s the return of the GEEZERS at Elliot’s at the Blackburn. This is a fun unit: Dave Brown, Dave Mattacks, Greg Tower and myself. Four totally disparate guys suffering thru the blood, the boils, the sweat, and the tears to bring you the finest in unhealable rapture! It’s always a pleasure. Do come.
Capt. Carlo’s This Thursday – Mike O’Connell Band
Band is at Capt. Carlo’s, Harbor Loop here in Gloucester This Thursday Night. School Night, but we start early! 8 pm,, So come on down kids for yet another version of The 5 Ringed Circus, Remember that we love you and need your support. Mike
Good food/drink….nice atmosphere with good music! Come see Slingdaddy this Saturday night at Elliott’s.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
8:30pm – 11:30pm
Elliott’s at the Blackburn
“Starring Inge Berge”
Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 9:30pm
40 Railroad Ave.
Inge Berge returns for a visit to Cape Ann from Norway and joins an all-star cast including Dan King, Groove drummer Dennis Monagle and Inge’s former bass player Joe Cardoza for a night of Bowie, Beatles, and other Glamorific Rock and Roll classics. Will the Guitar Drill make an appearance?
Creative Dress encouraged!
Open Mic at the Landing
From Will Hunt-
From John Hyde-
Going back to Glostah!
June 15, Monday 7:00 to 10:00
27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, Ma With Nancy Hildegarde, what more could I possibly say? http://www.captaincarlos.com/
How to Get Free Music From Gloucester Artists Like Allen Estes, Pete Lindberg, Henri Smith, Will Hunt, Karen Ristuben and Earl and Arch-
From Dave Sag on the Rhumb Line’s Thursday Night Blues Party–
This Thursday at the Rumline we proudly present Mr. Steve Sadler, raconteur and excellent glitarist and vocalizer. Y’all may remember him from the days of the BARKING SHARKS, local rockabilly-goats and rave-up x-spurts. Backing him up will be Jeff Casper, the friendly drummer, and, of course, Greg T. on catarrh and yours truly on first base.
And Saturday I’m proud to say that I’ll be playing at the First Church of Newbury right on Rt. 1a in Newbury, a short ride from town with an All star lineup of Justin Quinn on harp and vocals, Jon Ross on glitar, Curtis Haynes on keys and Per Hanson on drumps.This is a really good band, and we’ll be cranking out all our hits from Justin’s new CD. Start time is 8 pm. There is home cooking available.
Admission is 10 bux. Get outa town and boogie to the primal beat!
Hope to see you there!
From Steve Caraway–
Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 9:00pm
|The Dog Bar|
|65 Main Street|
The Prolz features Rockport’s Brian DeFort on electric guitar, Manchester’s Pete Kopelin on drums, Gloucester’s Vincent Briguglio on bass, and Dan King on electric guitar and vocals.
The band was an underground alternative rock band that put out one nationally released album and one independent release in the mid 1990s. Their first album, “Workers Meeting,” was distributed by Rotary Records and produced by Dan King. The indie release, “Instinct,” was produced by Tom Hambridge. Both albums are now available worldwide for digital download on iTunes, Amazon.com and Napster…. For more information, click here.
May 24, Sunday 12:00 to 3:00
Elliots at the Blackburn
1 Main St, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
My favorite gig with the awesome Miss Sandi B!
Sunday brunch with Sandi B!!
Brain Rolland, an accomplished acoustic guitarist and composer will perform “Sunday Morning Live” at the Seaward Inn, Rockport, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday during the inn’s Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.
A master of fashioning folk, jazz, flamenco, classical and Latin music flavors for acoustic guitar he will play music from his CD “Dreams of Brazil,” which nominated for Best Instrumental Album/Accoustic by New Age Reporter — and “The Tide’s In,” which debuted at No. 3 on the New Age/World/Ambient charts and has been creeping up on the College Radio’s Top 10 World and Jazz charts over recent months.
For more on the artist, check the blog online at http://www.seawardinn.com.
There is no cover charge, but and reservations are encouraged. Please call 978-546-3471.
May 25, Monday 7:00 to 10:00
27 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, Ma With Nancy Hildegarde in her first Capt Carlos gig of the summer!!