BREAKING NEWS: GARY BACKSTROM BAND to open for John Cafferty on Jan 31 in Beverly

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):

And Now I Can Sleep

I saw this sweater and matching pants (jammies, I’m thinking…but, I’m really not sure) during my one trip to the mall during the holiday season.





They reminded me of something, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  Since then, every once in a while, it has nagged at me.  I’d get this tiny little sliver of a flashback…almost grab it….and then POOF…it’d be gone again.

Until last night.


I awoke from a sound sleep with a strange song in my head.  Foggy…I went back to sleep.  In the morning, I found myself humming it again…and then, not much later…I finally had it!

I had figured out the song.  But, why?  Why was I suddenly singing a song from some whackadoodle show from my youth?

The Great Space Coaster!  What?!

There’s No Gnu Like Gary Gnu!

Seriously?  I watched this stuff?  I was a pretty active kid…Did I really have this kind of free time on my hands?

And then…. I found these images.

And now I can sleep.

Do you think the designer of the pants and sweater clocked some time watching this same show back in the day?  You never know when inspiration will strike….or how long it will stay dormant in your psyche, evidently.


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Tuesday January 13th , 2015 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Tue N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Light freezing spray likely.
Tue Night N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Scattered snow showers.

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