Rockport HarvestFest – Saturday 10/17/15

October 17, 2015 9am to 6pm

Here is the Music Line-Up

Rockport Harvest Fest in Rockport MA

TOMORROW, Saturday, October 17, 2015

Harvey Park Stage
11:00 am   BRIAN KING

Harvey Park Stage @ 11:15

T-Wharf Stage
1:00 pm   OLD COLD TATER

T-Wharf Stage

Harvey Park Stage @ 1:15 with Jack Tomaiolo
3:00 pm   SASQUATCH

Harvey Park Stage @ 3:15 with John Hicks
Joe Wilkins 3:00 pm   Listen to Joe Wilkins JOE WILKINS

T-Wharf Stage ~ with NuFolk Duo featuring Ryan Goodhue on Accordion
5:00 pm   ABOVE WATER

T-Wharf Stage

Miranda Russell Band @ Shalin Liu May 7tt & 8th

Here’s a sneak peek of Miranda Russell, accompanied by Justin Piper and Joe Kessler, performing “Jolene” on “Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.” She will be Allen’s guest this week through to May 10, 2015. Airing Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, Fridays at 1:30 pm and Sundays at 6:00 pm, on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

After you watch her on TV you’re really going to want to see her live — and you’re in luck.  Miranda will be at Shalin Liu in Rockport next Thursday & Friday May 7 & 8.  Good seats are still available for both shows, but the best seats are on May 7.  Don’t wait.  These shows are likely to sell out.  Get tickets here.

gimmesound embraces the paradigm shift in music

The music business is in undergoing a huge transformation — but you already know that, so why are we stating the obvious?  Two reasons:

1) Once in a while when you find yourself in the middle of a major paradigm shift, it’s worth stepping back for a moment to notice what’s going on before you arrive at the next level and exclaim, “Oh! Look what happened.”

2) 2014 was a dramatic turning point for music as evidenced by two Earth shattering stats that you might not be aware of:

  • Taylor Swift was the ONLY artist to release a platinum album in 2014.
  • Digital music sales were down in 2014 for the first time in 10 years (maybe ever, it’s hard to get good stats on music downloads).

Even with all the tech advances that empower musicians to record and distribute their own music relatively inexpensively and without getting “signed” by a major label, it’s harder than ever to make a living as a musician.  We believe that recorded music sales will never again be the major source of revenue for musicians — just like sheet music sales are no longer a major source of revenue.

Vickie and I believe that live music holds the most promise for the future of the music business, both for musicians and fans.  In this new world where we spend more and more time staring at a screen of some kind, we find people crave live concerts where we make powerful connections with musicians and other fans that transport us to a magical place we just can’t experience any other way.  Musicians who can draw fans to their concerts are able to make a good living doing what they love most–playing music.  Everybody wins!

We’re embracing this musical paradigm shift by focusing our efforts on presenting and promoting live music even more than we have in the past.  Our new focus is reflected, in part, by changes to  We’ll continue to provide live music listings while we transform the site into something new that helps musicians and venues promote their live shows better and works well on all devices, including phones.  You’ll notice that songs on gimmesound can now be played on phones and tablets (including the iPhone and iPad).  More mobile enhancements are coming.  Stay tuned . . .

Music This Weekend – Get out and enjoy

TONIGHT, Friday, May 16, 2014

Listen to Miranda Russell MIRANDA RUSSELL

Live and Unplugged: Fundraiser for Manchester Essex Regional Schools Spaulding Education Fund
4 Rosedale Ave., Manchester, MA 01944

Menage a Trio with special guest Jack Senier (piano) & & Mark Pucci (bass)
118 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-7888
8:00 pm  1964: THE TRIBUTE

1964: The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to a nostalgic era in rock history
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-4123
8:30 pm Listen to The Hot Tub Piranhas THE HOT TUB PIRANHAS

with special guest Frank Hawks
3 Porter Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-0131

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-6342

65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-6565

Rock & Soul
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0223

Live Dead at The St Lawrence Literary Society
(It’s a bar!)
11 Fairview Ave., Ipswich, MA
Phone: 978 356 3125
9:30 pm Listen to Ned and The Big Babies NED AND THE BIG BABIES rock pop rock indie

40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732

TOMORROW, Saturday, May 17, 2014

10:00 am  MOTIF NO.1 DAY

Instrument Petting Zoo
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

Trio of young professionals dedicated to engaging audiences through performance and education.
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391
6:00 pm DAN KING

Early Show with special guests
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732
7:30 pm Listen to ROOTS 66 ROOTS 66

with special guest Mark Earley
38 Gloucester Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-4808
8:00 pm  SAFETY
Bridge Deck
Mile Marker One
75 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978) 283-2122

Leaders of the New England folk music scene
37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966
Phone: 978-546-7391

51 Rocky Neck Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-4123
Captain Carlo’s

27-29 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-283-6342
9:00 pm  JOE UNIS BAND
Dog Bar
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-6565
9:00 pm  EDDY’S SHOE
Get Groovy
Minglewood Tavern
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: 978-281-0223
9:30 pm  SARAH SWAIN
The Rhumb Line
40 Railroad Ave, Gloucester, MA
Phone: 978-283-9732
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Johnny Winter’s Johnny B. Goode at the Larcom Last Night!

Congratulations to Gloucester’s Peter and Vickie Van Ness for a sold out Johnny Winter concert last night at the Larcom Theatre!

Click here for What’ Happening  Larcom

What Kind of Music Do You Want to Hear Tonight?

There is so much going on tonight, I’m not sure how to decide what to do.  There is everything from paino bar ~ Brazilian ~ jazz ~ Beethoven ~ Rock ~Reggae ~ DJ Dance Party.  So get out there and enjoy all the great music on Cape Ann.  See Full List here

intergenerational benefit

Sinatra in Rockport?

Michael Dutra

Swing back in time with songs like “My Way,” “Summer Wind,” and ”Strangers in The Night” with one of the finest Frank Sinatra impressionists in the country, Michael Dutra. Dutra has performed his tribute to ‘Ol Blue Eyes around the world since 2002, taking the stage more than 300 nights per year and stunning audiences with his dead-on renditions of Sinatra classics.

Ok, so you know summer is coming Captain Carlo’s is open.  Great lineup of music this weekend at over 15 different venues from a little bit of  country to rock-n-roll.  See full lineup here.

So much to do tonight ~ How do I choose?

Don’t choose.  Do it all!  OK, all might be a tad ambitious, but you can do a lot because the first show starts at 6:30 and the last one at 9:30.  See the complete music lineup here.

Tonight is your last chance to see Inge Berge at Giuseppe’s (8pm).  He’s one of our favorites and if you haven’t heard his new song with ever-so-slightly-tragic, but perfectly insightful lyrics set to a catchy, lyrical tune that is signature Inge, check it out here (you can read the lyrics too, but you don’t have to because Inge actually sings clearly, so you can understand them!)  You might want to request this song tonight, too.

At 6:30 you can see former gimmesound Artist of the Week Orville Giddings with Mark Earley at Captain Carlos.  Here’s a video of Orville at In a Pig’s Eye in Salem.  Notice how he quiets the crowd with his captivating performance

“I can hardly stand to buy anything I can make myself” ~ Greg Bover

In this final video of our gimmesound Artists of the Week series featuring Greg Bover and Frances Fitch, the two of them talk about their inspiration and reveal some of the things that make this harpsichord so special ~ all with a smattering of music thrown in.

Your mom has a choice of a dozen live shows this evening on Cape Ann.  Don’t wait ’till tomorrow to treat her right.  Take her out tonight.  See the full lineup here.

Frances Rocks Greg’s Harpsichord

Didn’t think the harpsichord could ROCK?  Check out this video of gimmesound Artist of the Week, Frances Fitch performing a piece written in 2005 by American composer Edwin McLean, who lives in the South.  Listen carefully and you’ll hear a rhythm similar to Big Chief performed here by Henri Smith.  And don’t miss her performance of the full piece next Tuesday 5/15 at 7:30pm at Shalin Liu.  It’s FREE!

Speaking of Henri Smith, he’ll be opening for the Aaron Neville Quintet featuring Charles Neville at North Shore Music Theatre on June 30  ~ GET TICKETS HERE.  There’s still time for you to enter to win 2 FREE VIP UPGRADES to that show.  Just sign up for the gimmeLIVE Concert Club (click here, it’s free).

Tonight you’ve got 9 choices for live music and they’re all free.  See the full music lineup here.

Sneak Peek Inside the Harpsichord

You’ve heard Frances Fitch play her new harpsichord (see here or here if you missed either of those videos).  In this video, her husband and gimmesound co-artist of the week, Greg Bover, takes us under the hood (literally — he takes off the jackrail to reveal plectra and then shows us how they pluck the strings).

You won’t see the plectra Next Tuesday, May 15, but you should go to Shalin Liu  at 7:30pm anyhow to hear his masterpiece played in one of the most perfect acoustic settings on Earth — and it’s right down the street — and it’s FREE.

Inge Berge is back at Giuseppe’s tonight for his 2nd of 5 Thursdays.  If you go, request his gorgeous new song and ask him if it’s the sequel to this song.

Let’s not take Gloucester’s tremendous talent base for granted.  Get out and support them.    It’s fun!  See the full music lineup here.

1650s Improv. Bet you’ve never seen music that looks like this!

Yesterday we introduced you to gimmesound artists of the week, Frances Fitch & Greg Bover (click here if you missed it — people asked what time is next Tuesday’s concert at Shalin Liu.  Answer: 7:30pm).

Today we have a special treat as Frances Fitch show us some Harpsichord music written in the 1650s and then plays it for us.  You can hear the entire piece next Tuesday night.

Plenty of music tonight starting at 7pm at six excellent Gloucester venues — all FREE.  See the full music lineup here.

Quick do the math: How long is 1000 Sunday Mornings?

It’s how long it took master craftsman Greg Bover to build a harpsichord for his equally talented wife Frances Fitch, who plays it magnificently in this video.  Frances & Greg are the gimmesound artists of the week and all week long we’ll have videos featuring Frances, Greg and this extraordinary instrument.

Next Tuesday, May 15, you can see Frances play this masterpiece live at Shalin Liu — and Greg will talk about the process of building it over the past 25 years.  Just in case you’re not convinced it’s where you want to be next Tuesday, think about this:  Shalin Liu was built specifically for instruments like this.  No mics, no amps, just perfect acoustics.  This could be your only chance EVER to hear a harpsichord of this quality, played by a master in an acoustically perfect room.  Oh, and it’s FREE.

Since yesterday’s post we’ve added several new shows.  Cape Ann’s music scene is just exploding.  Click here and see what we mean.

Morphine Front Man in Gloucester with T Max & Deb Hardy next Saturday

Remember Morhpine?  Not the drug, the band, led by Mark Sandman, who died on stage of a heart attack in Italy in 1999.

Mark’s friends are carrying on and have started a music education project that does excellent work.  They’ve also got an excellent band fronted by Jeremy Lyons, who sounds enough like Mark Sandman that if you close your eyes, you just can’t tell the difference.  They were gracious enough to headline the first gimmesound GiveBack benefit for the Mark Sandman Music Project at TT’s in Cambridge (check out a very entertaining article about that concert — and Mark Sandman here).   See a video of Jeremy and his band below (Jeremy is at the end of the video)

And if bringing Jeremy to Gloucester isn’t enough, T Max, founder and editor of The Noise, has added Gloucester singer/songwriter Deb Hardy to the bill along with himself (and he’s always super entertaining).  Here’s what he says about next Saturday:

JEREMY LYONS – American Roots from New Orleans to New England

“You sure can sing dem notes on dat GIT-tar!”
—Dr. John

Jeremy Lyons, versatile performer, slide guitarist, singer and songwriter, plays in and with American music traditions. After his home was washed away by Hurricane Katrina (chronicled in the song “Hurricane”), he moved up North but left a good chunk of his heart in New Orleans. His repertoire is deep enough that he could easily play an entire evening of 1) folk and blues traditional songs; 2) all original material; or 3) driving rock-tinged grooves. Though most often in his solo shows you hear an intriguing mixture of styles that add up to the best of roots music.

Deb Hardy is a singer songwriter from Gloucester whose songs reflect the drama, beauty and serenity of this ocean harbor community. Her style of singing and guitar playing is rhythmic, expressive and powerful, with influences of Kate Bush, Yes, and Led Zeppelin.
In 2005 Hardy released the full length CD, Done By Water, which includes recordings of the Transmissions, the Deb Hardy Band, as well as her live solo performances from Club Passim. Deb has recently been recording with John Hicks.
T Max recently released his third solo CD, Shake, an environmental tale with a score written, produced, and played completely by T Max. He is also known for founding Boston Rock Opera, doing one-man performances of Why Do We Go to War? and producing Boston Rock ‘n’ Roll Trading Cards. His publication, the Noise, is the longest running music magazine in New England.

Horns on Robert Palmer & Talking Heads Techno Tunes?

That’s right, folks.  In this video gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings gives us a hint about some new material we’ll hear at Castle Hill later this summer.  And he explains why he no longer plays in a trio, but prefers either solo acoustic or his big band.

Beautiful day, gorgeous night and lots to do starting at 7.  See tonight’s complete music lineup here.

Orville Giddings ~ Poor Boy @ Pig’s Eye

Peter shot this video on Patriot’s Day of gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings singing one of his most popular songs, Poor Boy, at In a Pig’s Eye in Salem.  Notice how the crowd gets quieter as  Orville captivates them.  You can see Orville at the Rhumb Line tonight with Dave Sag’s Blues party at 9pm.

But before that, check out our good friend Brad Byrd at Giuseppe’s at 8pm.

And there’s plenty more to choose from.  See tonight’s complete music lineup here.

Orville Giddings ~ thin man FAT sound!

In this video gimmesound Artist of the week, Orville Giddings talks about his excellent band (sorry about the wind noise).  You can see them next Saturday at Stone Soup in Ipswich.  And you can see Orville with tomorrow at the Rhumb Line with Dave Sag.

It’s Wednesday, which means a new show on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes.  Bradley Royds is Allen’s guest tonight on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  The show premieres at 6:30.

After the show, there’s plenty to do in town tonight.  Check out the full music lineup here.

Double dose of Orville & Allen today

Tonight is your last chance to catch Orville Giddings, the newest gimmesound Artist of the Week on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes at 6pm on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.  Then you can see the two of them live at the Rhumb Line starting at 7:30.

Whether he’s solo, duo with Allen or fronting his excellent band, Orville Giddings ROCKS!  You’ll be smiling as much as he is.

Remember, it’s Sunday on Cape Ann and that means you don’t have to wait until the evening to get out and take in music.  It’s already going on!

See today’s full music lineup here.

Three new songs in less than a month from Cape Ann’s most prolific songwriter

Allen Estes is on a roll!  Just in the last week, he’s written 2 new songs.  And last month he premiered this gem, recorded for his show Local Music Seen that will air later this month.  (If you were at the Docksiders’ benefit on March 31 you heard the song in this video).

Allen is Fly Amero’s guest tonight at the Rhumb Line at 8pm, so head on down and request one of his new songs!

Later in the evening, check out local drummer Dennis Monagle (see him battle it out on drums with the Docksiders here) as he welcomes Jeremy Parker, Justin Piper and John Aruda for some Organ Funky music at Minglewood.

You can start your evening out by singing at the Annie at 7pm.

But before you go out, be sure to catch Orville Giddings on  Local Music Seen at 6:30 on Cape Ann TV Channel 12.

So it’s a great night of music in Gloucester starting at 6:30.  See full music lineup here.