Hark! Holiday Caroling. Jambalaya Horns Band Visiting Marina Drive, Elizabeth, and Reynard. Christmas Lights. Joy. December 21 #GloucesterMA

GMG reader and creative homeowner of the JOY Christmas lights storyland on Elizabeth Road shares some happy breaking news:

“WE’RE ALL DECKED OUT! On Tuesday the 21st we will be doing hot chocolate and candy canes, and also have the Xmas band out here at 6*! Attached is the Jambalaya Horns flyer for December 21. Everyone here on Elizabeth Road is super excited for this!”

Elena Dimaio, December 2021

She shared some pictures of her seasonal storyland with GMG:

Oh, Elena! I know your home and street. I’ve taken a few snapshots :), and made a GIF for you. I call yours the JOY house on Elizabeth. Thanks for writing GMG!

Readers, if you enjoy Christmas lights and holiday cheer, the ‘Enchanting Elizabeth Street’ block both sides is a visit not to miss. The street is lovely and sparkling, easy for strolling, and now caroling, too? PURE FUN. Keep in mind, because it’s a dead end, drivers might consider dropping off passengers, parking on Marina or in the Shaw’s parking lot and catching up. Why rush and jam a good thing jam?

Elizabeth Road and Reynard Street are fan favorites year in year out and featured on the Mad Merry Highlights Tour list here: Holiday Lights and Cocoa Drives map

ON December 21, the band starts on merry Marina Drive, sparkling bright this season.

Check out Jambalaya Horns on Facebook. Jambalaya Holiday Caroling 2021- Week 2 schedule. Jambalaya Horns scheduled some great stops and is surely coming to a Gloucester neighborhood near you. Band is up for it if weather is above freezing and no rain. Check start times – can be 15 minutes or so behind. Elizabeth to Reynard might be a jog.

Wednesday December 15

  • Millbrook Park, Rockport 5:15
  • Oceanside (Denmar), Rockport 6:00pm
  • Harrison Ave @ Skywood Terrace* *Another must see block!

Friday December 17

  • Traverse St @ Haskell & Blake Ct.
  • Chapel St @Davis St. Ext
  • 40 Rocky Neck Ave (free hot cocoa and cookies)

Saturday December 18

  • Starknaught Heights @ Joseph Way
  • Willow Rest 1 Holly St free hot cocoa & cookies *Holly St. another fan fav

Tuesday December 21st

  • Marina Drive
  • Elizabeth Road
  • Reynard St from Capt. Hooks end toward Cherry

**Virtual tip jar** Venmo@JHorns or JambalayaHorns

Mass Cultural Council 2nd annual Traditional Arts Showcase at Shalin Liu, Sept. 8

Mayor Romeo Theken shares Mass Cultural Council’s invitation to upcoming arts showcase in Rockport: The Mass Cultural Council presents Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM 

MCC event at Rockport Music.org- Crossing Customs: Immigrant Masters of Music & Dance

“The Mass Cultural Council is sponsoring our second annual Traditional Arts Showcase at the Shalin Liu on September 8. We would love for you to join us! Please share this invitation with your networks (via your newsletters, social media, online calendars, etc.) See details below regarding performers and ticket info. $20 general admission”

Event will celebrate music and dance: Gund Kwok Asian Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe; recent immigrants from Nepal will perform music of the Gandharvas; indigenous music of Greece led by Vasilis Kostas; salsa lesson from Eli Lady Pabon; and music from Latin Logic (photo above).

I wonder if Carlos Menenzes (Cape Ann Big Band;Jambalaya horns, O’Maley), Zach Gorrell, Docksiders, and other area artists and musicians know these groups and vice versa?

Continue below to see more information about the upcoming event and videos of the performers from MCC Press release:

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Son of a Gun We Had Big Fun | scenes from #CapeAnnBigBand summer concert at Gloucester’s famous UU Church

WOW! Son of a gun we had big fun on Middle Street Friday September 8, 2017.




There was an ensemble mix from Cape Ann Big Band self dubbed ‘Jambalaya Horns’ at Gloucester’s famous UU Church for the last Friday Night concert of this popular summer series.  “Music on Meetinghouse Green” passed the hat for the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation (GMF) fire sprinkler project, part of the UU restoration efforts.


Middle Street was alive with the sounds of New Orleans thanks to the Cape Ann Big Band players: 
Gary Wolsieffer – Tuba/bass
Carlos Menezes Jr. – Saxes/Vocals

Zach Gorrell – Keys/Saxes
Rick Geraghty – Drums/Vocals
Jon Persson – Trumpet
Tom Bones – Trombone
Joe Wilkins – Guitar/Vocals

Anthony Rocco – Trumpet/Vocals

sound snippet solos:

Jon Persson trumpet (9 sec)


Zach Gorrell sax (19 sec)


Joe Wilkins guitar (13 secs)


I missed hearing the students from Gloucester’s O’Maley Innovation Middle School jamming with the Cape Ann Big Band. Carlos Menezes has to be among the coolest school music directors in the country.



There was a soccer game at Gloucester High School, a short walk and many pleasant route options away. I marvel at Gloucester’s amazing public spaces.


About the concert series
FREE! “Nine Friday Nights. Nine Great Outdoor Concerts to benefit nine local non-profits.” 
Mayor Romeo Theken likes to remind everyone that “There’s always something going on in Gloucester!” including all the free performances for most every Gloucester Summer NightGloucester MA Free Outdoor Performances Daily…