Music Around Town ~ May 9 – 15, 2011

May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm (Music, Uncategorized)

Coffee House at St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester

Friday, May 13 at 7:00 pm. Featuring Gary Backstrom


Gloucester, MA – St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, and Gloucester is holding a Coffee house on Friday, May 13 at 7:00 pm.  Coffee and Tea will be available for purchase. Admission is free provided attendees bring canned goods or make a free will donation to the Cape Ann Food Pantry.

Renowned local guitarist Gary Backstrom spent over 12 years in the Boston based jam band Jiggle The Handle. He currently fronts The Gary Backstrom Band plus Road To Utopia – a Todd Rundgren tribute band. Don’t miss seeing Gary; even in an intimate acoustic setting he will rock your socks off.

“I’ve seen Gary about a dozen times the past 6 years and what amazes me is how he never does the same set twice. It is always a new and rewarding experience to hear him play. A unique part of this Friday’s event will be the “open mic” session. We are hoping folks will come and spontaneously share their performing skills whether it be singing, storytelling or poetry.”  – Jim LaBelle

 The Coffee House is open to the public. People attending are asked to bring canned food items or make a free will donation to the Open Door (the Cape Ann Food Pantry).  For more information please call Jim LaBelle at 978-828-0055.

St. John’s Episcopal Church Gloucester was founded in 1863 and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2013.  It is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and is proud of its commitment to the spiritual growth and to the social justice needs of the residents of Cape Ann.



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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

I am wicked excited that the Monday night jam is back. 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~

Prime Rib Specials!
Wednesdays Only!Hello everyone!  

Wednesday, May 11th
Special Guest: INGE BERGE!

A rare appearance!  Not since last August did we have Inge
and his world-influenced original music.  Don’t miss this one!
Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –  $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Thursday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party

Photo by Sharon Lowe

From Dave,

We are proud to present Mr. Greg Luttrell. This is big!Greg is a fantabulous slinger and plumber of depths.
Reinforcements include that Irish king of Kells, Mr. Benny Benson, on vibrators and zzzing, and, of course, greg T., my valet, on gritarrh, as well as myself, on base. Do not pass go….
We’re going to have the bestest summer you’ve ever been able to enjoy, so, Write Thursdaze in to your busy schedule. You won’t regret it. You won’t even remember it. Trust me, we’ve got your mind in mind. Make a date, and dine by the whites of her eyes!
NOTICE:  NEXT WEEK WE ARE OFF. THERE ARE 3 BANDS PLAYING IN OUR STEAD. We need time to lick our paws and use the khatbox. Blame Fred.

Photo by Sharon Lowe

Friday – Satch Kerans CD release party upstairs

Friday –  9:30 to 12:30 ~Millie and the Cougar Bait

Saturday – 9:30 to 12:30 ~ Local 28

Sunday8:00 to 11:00 ~ Bradley Royds and friends


Thursday – 6:30 to 9:30 ~ Renee and Joe

Friday9:00 to 12:00 ~ DJ Vito

Saturday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ The Gravel Project

Sunday – 3:30 to 6:30


The Dog Bar~

Tuesday ~9 to 12:00 Open Mic – with Steve Caraway

Wednesday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Lindberg, Pardee and Cardoza

Thursday – 9:00 to 11:00 ~ Charlee Bianchi

Friday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ Mike O’Connell and The Backstabbers

Saturday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~ F-Bomb

Sunday – 9:00 to 12:00 ~  Ryan and Max


Minglewood Tavern

Sebastian Moceri      Photo by Louise        Scott Noring

May 11, 2011
Dennis Monagle Sessions
Rotating local talent every Wednesday! In the Pub

May 12, 2011
Richard James Band
Psychadelic Rock In the Pub

May 13, 2011
Blue James Band
Eclectic Mix of Soul/Reggae/Rock/Pop…they have it all! In the Pub

May 14, 2011
Southern Rock In the Pub



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



“Art of Alchemy” Gallery Opening


10% of proceeds go to fund Gloucester Arts Education.

We’ll have a new artist every month. Matt

Wednesday ~ Ladies night ~ 7:00 to 9:00 ~ 


The Franklin Cafe ~

Friday – 8:00 ~Linda Amero




Cape Ann Brewing ~

Chantey Night, an open Tuesday night sing featuring members of Three Sheets to the Wind, Knockabout, and other music groups from the North Shore and the Boston area, has moved from the now-closed Cameron’s to the Cape Ann Brewing Company.   The singing begins at 8:30 every Tuesday night.
For all the schooner heads this is quite a thing to see.  If you have someone coming into town and want to hear and see something very different it can be pretty cool.

Be warned though- don’t go planning a meeting or meet-up where you think you’re going to be able to carry on a conversation while they are singing.  Best to plan it for a different night at Cape Ann Brewing.

Janet Young

About the Sea Shanties ~

Thursday nights  ~ Open mic with Brian Fines

Saturday 9:30 ~ Lion Pride Sound


Madfish Grille ~


Topside Grille –  Events  ~



Click photo for  info and tour.

Thursday –  Saturday 8:30 pm  ~ JOE THOMAS

Sunday – 7:00 pm  ~ 7:00 pm  Dale ReynoldsSolo Acoustic


Sunday Brunch – 11:00 to 2:00 ~ Jake Pardee and Joe Cardoza




Thursday at 5:00pmEspressos – E. Gloucester

Other Drink Specials available. Food is Great !

Friday night 7:30 to 11:00 ~ Steve Caraway


Coffee House at Saint John’s ~


Pleasant Street Tea Company ~!/pages/Gloucester-MA/Pleasant-Street-Tea-Co/69436656326


The Gloucester House –

Cruiseport Gloucester ~

Studio Restaurant ~


Antonio Gentile Memorial Bandstand Summer Concert Series ~

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


Cape Ann Community Cinema


Woodmans –

Woodman’s of Essex

Latin Night events at the Lobster Trap is Essex, presented by Franco Lazo Morales, Woodman’s Director of Entertainment.  You can expect a live music set early around 7 that will lead you into Salsa lessons and a live DJ Latino-style dance party!  Franco is from Mexico City and works as a soloist inviting along special guests, he plays a variety of Latin inspired music with a reggae flare.  Please spread the word, these events are taking place every Thursday in May with prospects of continuing throughout the Summer!!/event.php?eid=215246525158899

The Shalin Liu Performance Center ~
Performance Center” –

37 Main Street, Rockport, MA

978-546-7391 or



Thursday, May 12, 7:30 PM

Founded in 2008 by composers Howard Frazin and Tom Schnauber, Wordsong is a new concert format in which one text is presented in multiple, newly composed settings, and is the focus of directed conversation between composers, performers, and listeners. At the Shalin Liu Performance Center the Lorelei Ensemble will be premiering five new settings of “Dona Nobins Pacem” (Grant Us Peace). Dedicated to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, this choral ensemble of eight women, works to expose audiences to lesser-known music from the Medieval through Baroque periods as well as works by living composers.

Admission: Free and open to the public. Tickets not required.



Sunday, May 15 at 5PM

Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street in Rockport, MA

The acclaimed Austrian soprano Ute Gfrerer makes her Shalin Liu Performance Center debut on Sunday, May 15. Gfrerer and her band offer a program based on four divas–Judy Garland,Marlene Dietrich, Edith Piaf and Lotte Lenya — who found great celebrity and fame, but whose lives were fraught with great pain and disappointment. Ute sings such notable songs as “La vie en rose,” “Mon Dieu” “Trolley Song,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Falling in Love Again,” and “Stranger Here Myself.”
Tickets: $18, $24, $32. 978-546-7391 or




Old Sloop Coffee House ~

Click banner for event happenings

Friday – 7:30 pm ~ SARAH MCQUAID

Michael O’Leary Splitting the bill w/ singer/guitarist Sarah McQuaid and  joined by ‘stringman’ Steve Levy.


The Rockport Legion  Band~

Steve Thomas, Music Director
Rockport (MA) Legion Band


Sea Garden Restaurant at Seaward Inn –

The Seaward Inn, Rockport, will feature Angela Masciale, singer-songwriter, guitarist on May 15th. 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Sunday Morning Live during a Breakfast Buffet by the Sea.
Angela sings Folk-classical, Blues and Traditional Folk.  
 There is no cover charge for the music.
Please check our online Blog for more information or call 978-546-3471.

One World Coffeehouse ~

The Farm –

Friday  – 5/13 –   Andrea Capozzoli   Saturday – 5/14 – HYDROGYN


The Landing –

Friday 8:30 pm 

Saturday – 9:00 pm  ~

Sunday 6:00 Michael O’Leary


Upcoming events

WHAT:                  pApAs fritAs

WHERE:                at The Rhumb Line

WHEN:                  Thursday May 19th

TIME:                    9pm

DEETS:                  21+/$3

WITH:                    The BF’s (9pm)

                                pApAs fritAs (10:15pm)

                                The Bandit Kings (11:30pm)

pApAs fritAs is kicking off their European tour with their first gig since 2003 at The Rhumb Line on Thursday, May 19th starting at 9pm and accompanied by The BF’s and The Bandit Kings.  (Thanks to Dave Sag for giving up one of his fantastic Thursday night slots to allow the band a hometown show!)  The Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona has invited pApAs fritAs to reunite this year for their 50,000+ attendee festival, which will be preceded by shows in Brussels, Paris, and Marseilles.   Two of their three albums (on Minty Fresh Records, Chicago) were recorded in West Gloucester, so after six European tours, two Japanese tours, countless cross-U.S. tours, and ten years…it’s fitting for the band to reunite here in Gloucester.  The band will be playing with Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents the next day (Friday, May 20th) at Harpoon Fest (at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston), as well, before departing for Europe.



Monday, May 23, 8PM

Composed a century apart, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony both share a sense of pushing the symphonic genre into new areas, in both cases partly through the inclusion of chorus. But while Beethoven’s final work in the genre bears an outwardly “symphonic” structure–four movements and a big finale–Stravinsky’s from 1930 feels more oratorio-like. “It is not a symphony in which I have included Psalms to be sung,” Stravinsky said. “On the contrary, it is the singing of the Psalms that I am symphonizing.” In any event Stravinsky’s finale, “Alleluia-Laudate Dominum” delves the same celebratory spirit that made Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” an unprecedented expression of ecstasy in 1824. Maestro Dutoit is joined in this ingenious pairing by renowned soloists and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale.

General Admission: $15, $5 for students and youth 18 and under. 978-546-7391 or


Shalin Liu Performance Center
Friday, May 27
Tickets available starting 5pm Wednesday, February 9 at the venue’s online box office:

AND… at the 37 Main Street Box Office: 978-546-7391
The Orleans Trio
Best known for “Dance With Me” and “Still the One,” Orleans has more than earned its place in American pop culture history, and continues to sound better than ever.  The Orleans Trio, with original members Lance and Larry (lead voice on ALL the hits) Hoppen, plus Dennis “Fly” Amero is an intimate, “unplugged” version of this prestigious and legendary group. Their vibrant harmonies, deep/broad catalog of classics and impressive NEW tunes, along with signature guitar work are proof that Orleans, in any configuration, is indeed “STILL THE ONE” and “STILL HAVIN’ FUN”! Their audience rapport,
humor, onstage chemistry and versatility make this show a favorite for lovers of all live music.



Saturday, June 4, 5PM-10PM

Concert to benefit Rockport Music’s Education and Outreach Program.

Live taping of NPR’s “From the Top” with pianist and host Christopher O’Riley and remarkable young guest artists. Hits from the Great American Songbook performed by musicians fromBoston Conservatory.
Individual Tickets: $200 per person ($100 tax-deductible)

Tickets may be purchased at or by contacting: Sara Young: or 978.546.7391 x106

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