Music Around Town ~ August 23 – 29, 2010

August 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm (Music)


On Monday, August 23 Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski from the Trey Anastasio Band (the guitarist from Phish) will join host Dan King at The Rhumbline in Gloucester for a special Monday Night Open Jam. Paczkowski is originally from Chatham Mass. and Lawton lived in Salem for many years before moving to Vermont to concentrate on his local collaborations. He hosted a multitude of popular open mics and jams in the North Shore and has played in the Boston area for many years (Hard Rock Cafe, the Orpheum…) through his years there and has collaborated with King often, live and in the studio.

The infamous Open Jam is celebrating 15 years this August and will feature a full set by Russ and Ray’s new duo, Soule Monde (Lawton, the drummer and Paczkowski, the keyboardist of the Trey Anastasio Band and Classic TAB). Other special guests will include the Bandit King’s Dennis Monagle, Joe Cardoza, Renee Dupuis, and Ann Marie Shimanoski, as well as Brian O’Connor of Groove, Sebastian Moceri of UFO and many more!Lawton and Paczkowski are members of Trey Anastasio’s solo band and Lawton also tours with Vermont band, Strangefolk. Between them, Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski have backed up the likes of Santana, Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Los Lobos, and countless others over their celebrated careers. They have played Bonaroo. Austin City Limits, All Points West, and Red Rocks, to name just a few. Lawton and Paczkowski are pleased to bring this wealth of music experience back to the North Shore, to the Rhumbline in particular, and to the longest running jam in Cape Ann history!

The Monday, August 23 show will be a special live event, not an Open Jam. However, usually The Open Jam is a weekly session where local musicians may sign up and sing or play with a full or partial band. This is any local (and not so local) musician’s  best opportunity to showcase their talent in front of an encouraging, excited audience. PA, mics, drum kit and some instruments provided. Featuring a stellar house-band comprised of Dan King, Dennis Monagle, and Joe Cardoza. Mondays in August. Monday, August 23 at The Rhumbline.  41 Railroad Ave., Gloucester, MA; 9:30pm, no cover.


The Harbor Loop Concert @ Fitz Hugh Lane Park  ~ Looks like it’s having  Hometown Jam Session.

August 26, 2010 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Dented School Bus is a local all-star group with members from Garfish, Scarlett, Megan McKenzie Band, Phat Maxx and other Gloucester bands.

The following folks might wander onto “the Bus” over the course of the evening:
John Silviera, Walter Piscitello, Frank Bernadini, Doug Comeau, Kevin Lopes, Theresa Gray, John Donlon, Frank Hawks, Brian Madey and Thad Bernard.
Opening band:

Josh Caress & The Glasnost Gang team up with members of Magnolia:
Josh Caress (formerly of Gloucester favorites The Troubadours): guitar & vocals, Jud Abts: guitar, AAron Butt: guitar, Ken MacLeod: drums, Dan Hayward: Bass, Dan Kaplan: piano & vocals, Eleanor Halgren: vocals.

Click photo for Josh Caress’s website

Josh Caress & The Glasnost Gang team up with members of Magnolia:

Josh Caress (formerly of Gloucester favorites The Troubadours): guitar & vocals, Jud Abts: guitar, AAron Butt: guitar, Ken MacLeod: drums, Dan Hayward: Bass, Dan Kaplan: piano & vocals, Eleanor Halgren: vocals.

About Josh Caress & The Glasnost Gang

While he doesn’t always admit it up front, Josh Caress is old enough to remember the Cold War, having grown up in that last generation of American kids who lived under safety net of “assured mutual destruction” that prevented the two most powerful nations on earth from destroying each other because of their diametrically opposed ideologies.

But for a kid growing up in suburban Illinois in the 1980’s, these things were in the background. For Josh anyway, life was good – his parents loved each other, there was a street to ride your bike, a yard to play baseball, and an older brother to pick on you. Josh used these experiences as the starting point for his 2007 breakthrough album, “The Rockford Files,” called “a lovingly crafted and heartfelt work of the highest order” by

But he left Illinois when he was ten, moving around the country from L.A. to Michigan, to New England. And now Josh Caress is a grown-up, with a family of his own, and things are much more complicated. And “Perestroika” is a complicated record. The imagery of the title track, “Perestroika On My Mind,” evokes political struggles and spiritual warfare, while other tracks like “Deconstruct,” “Lies” and “Problem/Solution” bring indictments against the darker side of the current cultural climate. But at the heart of “Perestroika,” there is still a little kid from Rockford, Illinois, struggling to resist cynicism, rescue innocence, and kindle the lanterns of hope in all of us.

“Perestroika” is Josh’s sixth self-released record since 2005. He has played all over the United States, from Boston’s Club Passim to Chicago’s Uncommon Ground. He also opened for Rosie Thomas in Grand Rapids, MI, where he was named a finalist in at the FFM festival at Calvin College in 2007. His music has been heard in the film Still On Her Keel by Halfway Rock Media, and has earned consistently positive reviews at Josh and his band, The Glasnost Gang, are currently performing in the Boston area and looking to add more dates to the schedule. Josh lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their son, Noah.

About Magnolia

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Click photo for Magnolia’s website

After a chance meeting between singer songwriter Dan Kaplan and drummer Ken Macleod, Magnolia quickly added longtime friend and guitarist Judson Abts to the lineup. After several months of writing and developing new material, the lineup was filled out with bassist Santiago Saenz, violinist Tina Muzzi, and vocalist Eleanor Halgren.

With myriad influences ranging from traditional folk music and Americana to more contemporary indie and pop, Magnolia combines to form a sound that is at once familiar, but altogether their own.  Abts’ guitar playing is both soaring and untamed, but can also be reserved and ethereal – he brings a keen ear for pop hooks and an impeccable ability to provide the perfect textural backdrop to Macleod’s rhythmic foundation.

All the while, Kaplan explores recognizable themes of love and loss, emotional insecurity and mortality, but manages to survey the landscape of twentysomething trials by fire without sounding derivative. Coupled with a delivery that is both heartfelt and honest, Kaplan’s tales of longing, youth, and world-weariness defy categorization into any one genre.

“I’ve always been drawn to the idea of not being constrained by any preconceived ideas of what music has to be…the goal has always been to figure out how to break the patterns that are so easy [for me] to fall into – to constantly challenge myself to write better melodies, better songs.”

And with an extensive back catalogue already, including 3 solo EPs and a new full length album due out this spring, it’s clear that there’s no end in sight to his creative potential.

Now equipped with a full time practice space and studio in the coastal town of Gloucester, MA, Magnolia will continue to bring their unmistakable style and sound to Boston and throughout the surrounding area.

This is when the magic begins. I would not miss this for the world.



Chelsea Berry Show at the Gloucester Community Cinema to Benefit Action, Inc.

Photo by Louise

Gloucester – Singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry will be performing at the Cape Ann Community Cinema on Thursday, August 26, with 50% of proceeds going to Gloucester-based human services agency Action, Inc.

Action, Inc. aims to improve the quality of life for low-income residents of Cape Ann and beyond by minimizing the effects of poverty, promoting economic security and advocating for social change. An integral part of the community since 1965, Action achieves its mission through a wide range of programs and services, including access to public benefits, the COMPASS Youth Program for at-risk teens, home care for elders and disabled adults, job training and adult education programs, assistance with home heating and utility payments, home weatherization and energy conservation, an emergency homeless shelter, housing advocacy, and more.

Originally from Alaska, Berry now lives and regularly performs throughout Cape Ann, and is also a part of the Boston music scene, playing at venues such as the House of Blues and the Paradise. Berry released her new original album Walk with Me in June.

Thursday’s show is all-ages and begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. To have your tickets held at the door, email or The Gloucester Community Cinema seats 125 livingroom-style and features a gourmet snack bar. Attendees may also bring in their own food and beverages.

For more information on Thursday’s show and upcoming performances by Chelsea Berry, call
her at 978-325-1168, email, or visit her website at
To learn more about Action, Inc., visit or call 978-282-1000. Action’s main
offices are located at 180 Main Street in Gloucester


August 29th Gloucester Event -Free Vendor Tables!

Dear Potential Vendors and Organizations!

Subject: & Cape Ann YMCA Camp Spindrift Event

I’m writing you since you showed an express interest in participating in our August 29 2010 upcoming

event called “End of Summer Splash”. We are scheduled to open the Gates around 12-12:30 PM and

the live music and events will be from 1-6PM. This is a Rain or Shine Event.

This is totally FREE to you the vendor, just set up and good luck! Since this is our first large event,

we cannot promise what our turnout is going to be, it could be 50 or 500. That being the case, we felt
that we couldn’t charge for vendor or organization booths.

This Event is the vision of being hosted at Cape Ann’s YMCA Camp Spindrift, 13 Atlantic Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930.

We at Sober Connections are striving to create events for the sober communities here on the North
Shore, and hopefully expand across the state. Our Social Website, has
started picking up people from all across the country! Our goal is to bring to the sober community a true

sense community awareness that there are fun things to do without the use and abuse of alcohol and
or drugs, and with our website, a forum for people to find or share these events whether it be just a
group of people heading to the movies, or a large event like we are pulling together for this venue.

We have been creating smaller venue events now for about 8 months, mostly local bands and dances,

but are stretching our wings to do this outdoor Bands and Barbeque Family Time event in the hopes of

raising monies not only for Camp Spindrift, but also for our quest to become nonprofit.

Ok enough said. Our venue for August 12, 2010 incorporate the following

*Local live bands and music from 1-6pm

*A barbeque that is included in the ticket pricing

*Children’s activities and games

*The use of Camp Spindrift’s Pool with lifeguards

*And hopefully you, the vendors and organizations, to help the parents and kids break up the
afternoon and do some worthwhile shopping or organization awareness!

What we would like from you if you’re interested in setting up, is to just answer the following questions
and contact info, and e-mail it (or snail mail with a quick telephone confirmation) back to us at Please let us know as well if you cannot so I don’t send out an annoying follow up e-mail.. lol.


•Vendor Organization Name?

•Vendor Organization info?

•Type of Goods or Organizational program?

•Setup Space needed?

Thanks for responding back to us, and we hope you have a Profitable (in sales or
knowledge) and Fun time with us!

Daniel R Driscoll
SoberConnections. net

We would like to have you onsite to setup before 11:30am so we may organize your vehicles and have

a nice clean festive look for the ticket holders when they start filtering in around 12:30ish.

Daniel D

I just want to be able to leave a quick link to get tickets for those people interested in the & Camp Spindrift August 29th event. They can be easily purchased at Ticket River at this link:!/

Thanks! Hope to many of you out there!


“To err is human to forgive is divine”

It is unfortunate at times to misinform and I hope that if one finds an error in this posting please bring it to my attention so it can be fixed immediately if not sooner.



Please be sure to check out the links to all these fine musicians and venues on the side bar of this blog.

The Rhumb Line~

Monday  – 9:00 to 12:30  ~ Open Jam with Dan King and friends ~ SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT OPEN JAM TO FEATURE MEMBERS OF TREY ANASTASIO BAND

I am wicked excited that the Monday night jam is back. I have to say that I loved hearing The Bandit Kings and Chelsea Berry over the past few months. They took the place of the jam and gave us some extraordinary music. If you happen to stop by you may get to hear the Bandit Kings, Inge Berge and who knows who may appear. During these jams you get some magical moments from musicians that are there to let loose with no planned agenda.

Thank you to Dan King for hosting this jam and to Fred Shrigley for making it possible.

Tuesday – 9:00 to 12:30 ~   Henely Douglas and Soul Force ~V~

Wednesday – 8:00 to 11:00 ~ Fly Amero ~ Dinner with Fly Amero *I’ll be hosting and performing as always *Each week will feature a special, invited musical guest *Comfort food dinner specials from Dave Trooper’s kitchen *Sponsored by Shipyard Ale.

Thursday – 8:30 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sags Blues Party

Friday – 9:30 to 12:30 ~ Dana Blatchford & The Time Traveling Ferrets

Saturday – 9:30 to 12:30 ~ The Bandit Kings

Sunday 8:00 to 11:00 ~ Open Mike hosted by Dan King

Monday -7:00 – The Nancy Hildegarde Jazz Extravaganza

Thursday 9:00 to close ~  Two of Us – Acoustic Music with John Jerome and  Jim Frontiero

Friday – 9:00 to close ~ GO BACK TO The 80’s w/SAFETY

Saturday –  6:30 to 8:30 ~ Acoustic dinner set with  Frankie G
9:00 – Hi8US

Sunday  – 4:00pm ~ The Swamptones New Orleans R&B Roots Rock and Roll

The Dog Bar~


Latt43 ~

Live Music at Latitude 43!

August 23, 2010  – 9:00 to close
Dj Scottie Mac In the Pub

August 25, 2010 – 9:00 to close
Dennis Monagle & Friends
Showcase of different talent every Wednesday! In the Pub

August 26, 2010 – 9:00 to close
Pete Lindberg Band
Original Folk Rock In the Pub

August 27, 2010 – 9:00 to close
Paula Karahalis Band
Alternative Rock  In the Pub
August 28, 2010 – 9:00 to close
Mother Ton
Alternative/ Classic Rock/60’s 70’s/Funk Jam In the Pub



Tuesday – 7:00 to 9:00 ~ The Woodpeppers – Featuring Dan King, Wolf Gindandes and David Brown



Thursday – 7:30 to 10:00 ~ VILLAGE NIGHT ~Dan King

Blackburn Performing Arts ~


Madfish Grille ~

Thursday ~ 9:00 to close

Friday ~9:00 to close –

Saturday – 9:00 to close ~




Tuesday –  9:00 to close ~ The Sea Shanties ~

Wednesday – 9:00 to close ~ Blues Addiction – E very Wednesday night

Friday –

Saturday – 9:30 to 12:30  ~


Topside Grille –  Events  ~

Thursday August 26  –  8:00 to close ~ Ten Foot Polecats

Ten Foot Polecats are a punk blues band with their deep roots drawn from the North Mississippi Hill Country.  Even though they are basically in their sophomore season, they have made quite an impression on the National and local music scenes as they are currently one of the few blues based bands booked across the region in the rock, blues, punk, rockabilly and psychobilly circuits.  They have also been recently signed to the Hillgrass Bluebilly Record Label out of Austin, Texas. Known as a record label that is at the forefront of the raw & primal roots revolution movement, Hillgrass Bluebilly, and Ten Foot Polecats seem like a perfect match. Nationally, Ten Foot Polecats have been showcased at the 2009 Deep Blues Festival in Minnesota, The 2008 & 2009 Keene Music Festival in New Hampshire, the 2008 Boston Music Festival, and are scheduled to appear in the 2010 Muddy Roots Festival in Nashville, Tennessee and 2010 Heavy Rebel Weekender in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  They have also toured the United States in 2008 & 2009 and played venues from New York City to Seattle and have shared the stage with such nationally known acts as T-Model Ford, Kenny Brown, Kent Burnside and The New Generation, Bob Margolin, Wayne Hancock, Billy Joe Shaver, Black Diamond Heavies, Left Lane Cruiser, Cedell Davis, The Scissormen, Robert Cage, Elmo Williams, The Goddamn Gallows, Sasquatch & The Sickabillys, The Koffin Kats, and more.
“There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston (Massachusetts), but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi as The Ten Foot Polecats add muscle, blood, and heart to a genre in need of all three.”

– Ted Drozdowski,  Boston Phoenix Check out more at
Friday August 27,  8:30 to close ~
Jamie Kent:Neoteny is Jamie Kent’s debut album and is a true reflection of his personality, song writing, talent, and aspirations. The album takes listeners on a journey through the depths of Kent’s mind, touching on experiences in his life that we all can relate to and introducing us to characters that have emerged through Kent’s playful nature and heartfelt imagination.
“Kent possesses a great voice and a fearlessness to be admired as he drifts through glimpses of blues, jazz, and rock notes that suggest Steely Dan influences without being derivative. This one has true promise.”
Donnie Moorhouse, The Springfield Republican
“A fresh, young 23-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fan base, local artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.”

The Iron Horse Entertainment Group Check out more at


Click photo for tour and info.

Japescape Productions introduces Kids Sing-Along for Mommy & Me Ages 4-10,  Tuesday ~ 4:30-5:30pm


As seen on GoodMorningGloucester

Roaring Mary, a Celtic music trio with guest musicians who appear at the Pleasant St. Tea Co. on the first, third, and (when applicable) fifth Fridays of every month, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Roaring Mary consists of Lin Swicker on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, Steve Levy on banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and vocals, and David de la Barre on whistle, Scottish small pipes, concertina and vocals. They do traditional music from the British Isles–Scotland, Ireland, Britain, and Wales. Invited guests join them each time for additional tunes and songs. They have a Facebook page, Roaring Mary, with graphics etc.

It’s a great time and very cool for kids as well as adults in a venue that is not a bar, appropriate for all ages. Hope to see you there!

Thanks for all you do here Joey, it’s a great website!!


Pamela Campbell


The Gloucester House –

Cruiseport Gloucester ~


Studio Restaurant ~

Friday –  9:30 to 12:30 ~

Saturday -9:30 to 12:30  ~

Sunday ~  Steve Caraway`s Sunday Residency at The Studio

Start Time:  4:00pm
End Time: 8:00pm
Where: The Studio ~ Hopefully on the deck
51 Rocky Neck Avenue,

Gloucester, MA 01930-
4152(978) 283-4123‎


Antonio Gentile Memorial Bandstand Summer Concert Series ~

Gentile Bandstand Summer Concert Series, 32 Revere St., Gloucester, MA 01930

Cape Ann Community Cinema

Chelsea Berry Show at the Gloucester Community Cinema to Benefit Action, Inc.

Thursday’s show is all-ages and begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. To have your tickets held at the door, email or The Gloucester Community Cinema seats 125 livingroom-style and features a gourmet snack bar. Attendees may also bring in their own food and beverages.

For more information on Thursday’s show and upcoming performances by Chelsea Berry, call
her at 978-325-1168, email, or visit her website at
To learn more about Action, Inc., visit or call 978-282-1000. Action’s main
offices are located at 180 Main Street in Gloucester


Woodmans –
The Shalin Liu Performance Center ~


Old Sloop Coffee House ~

click photo for event happenings
Friday – 7:30  ~


The Rockport Legion  Band~


Sea Garden Restaurant at Seaward Inn –

9:00 am ~ Berklee College Scholarship Recipients
Felix Peikli – A Tribute to Benny Goodman
19 yr old Jazz Clarinetist from Norway

Italo Cunha
– 17 yr old Jazz Guitarist from Brazil

One World Coffeehouse ~


The Farm –

Friday – 9:00 to close ~ The Fishercats

Saturday – 9:00 to close ~

Manchester Crossing –
Saturday- 8:00 to 11:30

Date: Saturday,
Time: 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Location: Manchester Crossing
Street: 40 Beach St.
City/Town: Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

The Landing –

Sunday – 6:00~Michael O’Leary Celtic Sessions


Upcoming Events

Peter Van Ness ~ Celebrate Gloucester

re-post from  ~  GoodMorningGloucester

September 5th is gonna be a special day- I can assure you of that!


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