“Salute to Broadway” concert ~ Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 7pm

American Classics presents a cabaret style “Salute to Broadway” concert on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA.

American Classics founders Benjamin Sears and Bradford Conner are joined by Cynthia Mork for a cabaret of songs from the Great American Songbook featuring beloved standards and some surprises, too! Critics have called American Classics concerts “pure delight” (Boston Phoenix) and hailed the as “people you want to hear” (Boston Globe).

The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 9. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

4Ever Fab ~ Beatles Tribute band live at Stage Fort Park – Sunday 8/14/16

4Ever Fab
Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park
August 14, 2016 @ 7pm

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab, appears in concert on Sunday, August 14, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding band returns to the bandstand with a terrific and genuine Beatles sound. This show features spot-on renditions of your classic Beatles favorite. This concert is dedicated in memory of Robert Cavender, a long-time bandstand supporter.

This concert is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, who will provide free ice cream treats to the audience. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, August 17. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Rockport Legion Band sixth free concert ~ Sunday August 14

The Rockport Legion Band will perform our sixth free concert of our 83rd consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.

7:00, Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Popcorn is available.  Children are welcome.  Folding chairs and blankets are good. 

Jason Howard will conduct this program.

The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key
“American Cadet” March R. B. Hall
The Little Mermaid Alan Menken
Wonderland by Night, Trumpet Solo Jason Howard Arr. Alfred Reed
The Magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber Arr. Warren Barker
Iowa Brigade Band Fred Jewell
Selections From Aladdin Arr. John Moss
Gershwin! Arr. Warren Barker
Harlem Nocturne, Alto Sax Solo JoAnn Thrasher Earle Hagen
Eric Clapton on Stage Arr. Paul Murtha
New Orleans Jam Session!, Dixie Group Arr. Bob Lowden
The Billboard March John N. Klohr
Symphonic Highlights from Frozen Arr. Stephen Bulla
The Elephant and the Flea, Flute & Tuba Duet A. Eric Heukeshoven
Jeannine Lynch & Allen Bernard
Disney Blockbusters Arr. John Higgins
March-Ponderoso K. L. King
God Bless America Irving Berlin


Old Cold Tater with Check & Ellen Tonight at 7pm.

Old Cold Tater with Chick & Ellen
concert at 7pm, tonight, Wednesday, August 3
Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park.


The concert is sponsored by Cazeault Home & Solar, Gloucester’s best source of home solar applications.


This will be a first-class concert of acoustic blue grass for your entertainment! Don’t miss this one! Please spread the word to your friends as well.





Harbor Loop Concert Series Starts this Thursday with “What Time Is It Mr. Fox” and Quentin Callawaert to open 6:30pm July 9, 2015


Come see the whole band as we kick off the Harbor Loop Concert Series in Gloucester, MA.

FREE Concert on the Boulevard July 3 feat. Runaround & Laser Light Show

Ringo Tarr and the Gloucester Fund present another FREE CONCERT on the Boulevard featuring THE RUNAROUND SOUND starting at 5pm at the corner of Centennial and Western Ave (the Boulevard).

This has become a spectacular annual July 3 event drawing thousands of people down to the water for great music, dancing and fun for the whole family.

Music begins at 5pm, breaks for the Parade, resumes after the parade, breaks for the fireworks and continues after the fireworks with a spectacular laser light show.

It’s a terrific way to celebrate our independence.

Here’s a glimpse of the party from last year


BREAKING NEWS: Fireworks Cancelled, Horribles Parade and Free Concert Still ON

The Runaround Sound at the Boulevard on July 3

The Gloucester Fireworks Committee just cancelled tomorrow’s fireworks due to weather predictions (see Gloucester Times article here), but the Horribles Parade and free concert are still on in the hopes that weather will clear up.

Music featuring Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound will begin after the parade passes by the Boulevard stage (probably around 7:00pm) and continue until 11:00pm with a spectacular laser light show somewhere in between.

So come out and enjoy the parade and free concert.  Let’s show all those people visiting from out of town that bad weather predictions aren’t enough to spoil our fun!

Cape Ann Holiday Celebration Schedule

July 3rd

Photo by Northshorekid.com

Ringo Tarr and The Gloucester Fund present a Free Concert on Gloucester Harbor to kick off the Independence Day weekend! Concert features Cape Ann Big Band and The Runaround Sound.  This year we feature a LASER LIGHT SHOW bigger and better than ever before, plus a brand-new surprise.

Located near the Blyman Canal and Blyman Bridge section of the Boulevard on Gloucester Harbor. The scheduled events for the night include: (times are not exact)

  • 5:00 – Music begins
  • 6:00 – Horribles Parade passes right down the Boulevard.
  • 7:00 – Cape Ann Big Band immediately after the parade
  • 8:00 – The Runaround Sound –  Gloucester’s favorite high-energy band featuring ska, reggae, soul and more.
  • 9:15 – Laser Light Show – You don’t want to miss
  • 9:30 – FIREWORKS
  • 10:00 – Music resumes and a SPECIAL SURPRISE ~ Dancing til 11pm!

July 4

10:00 a.m – Manchester By the Sea Independence Day Parade

6:00 p.m. – Rockport Firemen’s Parade

8:30 p.m. – Rockport Legion Band Concert on Back Beach

9:00 p.m. – Rockport Bonfire on Back Beach

Check online for latest information
Check online for latest information

Free Concert at Stage Fort Park – Sunday August 11th

August 11th  at 7pm for an afternoon of Latin and World Music with the band Grupo Fantasia at at the Stage Fort Park bandstand.

Grupo Fantasia
Grupo Fantasia

This is a FREE concert.

For more information visit www.davidlbenjamin.com or http://www.gimmesound.com/Venue.cfm?vID=127

Check online for the latest updates
Check online for the latest updates

Quick answers to questions we’ve been getting about tonight’s parade, fireworks, concert & laser light show

Over the past couple of days, Vickie and I have answered a number of questions from people calling about tonight’s festivities.  I figure that for everyone who calls there are several others who have the same question but don’t call, so here are some answers:

NOTHING.  It’s Free.

NO.  At least not according to this article in the Gloucester Daily Times.  “Because construction crews have blocked off part of the school’s parking lot due to Newell Stadium construction …”

5:00 Roots 66 Kicks off the Music
6:00 Horribles Parade
7:00 Cape Ann Big Band & Runaround
9:30 Fireworks
10:00 Laser Light Show
Then dance and party under the stars and lasers ’till 11pm.  Horribles Parade Winners will be announced from the Concert Stage at some time after the fireworks.  All times (except fireworks) are approximate and may change based on the parade.  (See more details here.)

Here’s an excerpt from today’s Glocuester Daily Times:
“beginning at Gloucester High School. Parade runs from GHS down Centennial Avenue, up Western Avenue to Tally’s Corner, then down Rogers Street before turning left on Manuel Lewis Street. Parade then runs up Main Street to Pleasant, up Pleasant to Prospect, and then turns left on Prospect, right onto Railroad Avenue, right onto Washington Street, and left on Centennial back to GHS.”
See the full Glocuester Daily Times article, here.

YES.  Vendors will be on the Boulevard and Gloucester boasts some of the best restaurants north of Boston.  See a list of Gloucester restaurants here.

That depends on how close you like to be.  For an intense fireworks-emersion experience, my favorite spot is the path that runs along the harbor at Stage Fort Park.  If you’re on the Boulevard facing west, just walk toward Stage Fort Park (see map) on the sidewalk that is as close to the water as possible and stay close to the water.  You’ll end up on a fairly dark path right under where the fireworks are shot off.  It’s loud, brilliant and awesome!

Now, if you want a more communal experience, the best place is on the Boulevard near the concert stage (see map here).  The view is perfect and you get to oohh and aahhh and cheer with lots of other fireworks fans.  Plus you’ll be in a perfect spot to catch the laser light show that immediately follows the fireworks.

Let’s have some fun tonight!

Another FREE Concert on the Boulevard Saturday Night to complement the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks!

July 3 Concert on the Boulevard

Ringo Tarr is at it again, folks.  He’s putting on another FREE concert at the Boulevard.

Thousands of people danced and partied with us on July 3.  Were you there?  It was a perfect night for dancing and celebration.

Saturday’s concert features classic rock dance band Full Circle, so come ready to dance again!

Music starts at 7pm and continues until 11pm with breaks for the Boat Parade of Lights and Fireworks

Help celebrate the the Schooner Festival by dancing on the Boulevard.

Don’t miss the last free big outdoor concert of the summer!