Great Line Up Of Events on Rocky Neck

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Thurs Sept 4: Nights on the Neck!

Friday, Sept. 5: Gordon Goetemann: Extending Boundaries Opening Reception 4-6PM at the Cultural Center

Saturday, Sept 6: Tricia Nadeau Conant Opening Reception at Rocky Neck Gallery Artist Cooperative 6-8PM

Sunday, Sept 7: Richard Rosenfeld and Bob Crandall in the first Rocky Neck Conversations series talks on Air Wars, 7PM at the Cultural Center

Tuesday, Sept 9: African Drumming 6-7PM at the Cultural Center

Wednesday, Sept 10: third Goetemann Residency opening talk at the Cultural Center 7PM

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Friday, Sept 12: ****ANNUAL BEAUX ARTS BALL**** at the Studio Restaurant, 7:30, costume parade from the Center at 6:30 (you do not have to wear a costume, but it is fun if you do). Ball Tickets $35 for RNAC members/$50 for non members/$100 gets you a RNAC membership and a free ticket, and Wicked Tuna Raffle tickets can be purchased online at

Thursday is BIG on Rocky Neck

Three (and a whole lot more, but I’ll just focus on these right now) big things happening Thursday on Rocky Neck. Hobbit House Studio II (aka Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery) will be opening on Madfish Wharf in Gallery 6) – come by and say hi, and all you GMG peeps and FOB’s come by and hang out any time (open Thursday through Sunday noon – 8:00pm). Thursday is the opening of the long awaited Cape Ann Ceramics Festival at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck – don’t miss that. Last but not least, Thursday evening is August Nights on the Neck – see schedule below.


Cape Ann Ceramics Festival kicks off this Thursday, August 7 with Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck at 6 Wonson St. Doors open for a First Peek from 5-9pm at Nights on The Neck. There will be live music with Sugar Tones at 6pm. The Opening Reception will be Saturday August 9, 4-6pm. This year’s show features Hideaki Miyamura, courtesy of Pucker Gallery, Ani Kasten, courtesy of Lacoste Gallery, Hayne Bayless, Thomas Hoadley, Jennifer McCurdy, Jeremy Randall and 18 local and regional talented potters. August 7-September 1, Contemplation artists Larry Elardo, Jill Solomon and more will also be exhibiting Outdoor Sculpture at Flatrocks (Lanesville) and Side Street (Rocky Neck) Galleries. Hope you can join us for these and other Festival events. See Cape Ann Ceramics Festival for more info.

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August Nights on the Neck – always a great time!

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Nights on the Neck and Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Sneak Peak

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Two great events you don’t want to miss on Thursday, August 7 on Rocky Neck.
Cape Ann Ceramics Festival Contemplation: Fine Ceramics from Cape Ann and Beyond, featuring world and local talent Opening Reception to be held on Saturday August 9, 4-6. First Peek at Nights on the Neck, Thursday, August 7, 5-9. Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St., Gloucester.

Nights on the Neck Photos by Len Burgess

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We had a fun¬†first Nights on the Neck for 2014, in spite of some last minute cancellations by performers. ¬†Len Burgess got some wonderful shots of Three Sheets to the Wind at Trefry Park, Ernie Pigeon at Goetemann Gallery (doesn’t it look like Ernie is sitting in front of windows looking¬†out at the water? – Gordon’s paintings are amazing), Bird Mancini performing by the Rocky Neck Accommodations, Pat Conlon and Fran Clark at the Rocky Neck Gallery. ¬†Unfortunately missing are shots of T Max at the Cultural Center.

Great shots.  Thanks Len.

E.J. Lefavour

Nights on the Neck

Nicky Avelis with Hannah and Craig Kimberly, with Michael Toby on steel drums.

JoeAnn Hart ©Kim Smith 2013JoeAnn Hart reading an excerpt from her recently published novel Float.

Gordon and Judith Goetemann ¬©Kim Smith 2013Judith and Gordon Goetemann listening to JoeAnn’s reading held at the Goetemann Gallery, Rocky Neck.

Don’t Miss the Final Nights on the Neck of the Season

Thursday, September 5th РFinal Nights on the Neck of the Season and Closing Party for Ships, Shapes & Schtuff at Khan Studio.  Last chance to check out the very unique works of Judy Wilburn, Lyn Cardinal and Joanne Kaliontzis.

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5:30 Elynn Kröger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck                Rick Drost
6:00 The Center, 6 Wonson Street                              T Max
6:30 Goetemann Gallery, 37 Rocky Neck                   JoeAnn Hart
7:00 Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck                         Everly Sisters
7:30 Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck                   Nathan Cohen
8:00 Madfish Wharf, 77 Rocky Neck                           Toby Tobas Steel Drums

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Four Great Reasons to Have Rocky Neck on your Radar this Week

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Thursday, August 1st – Nights on the Neck – always fun for the whole family.

Saturday, August 3rd – Stop by Khan Studio and the GMG Gallery, 77 Rocky Neck Ave., Gallery 3 for Audi Souza’s Opening Reception for her exhibit Cape Ann Views and North Shore Gardens from 6-8:00, then head over to the Beaux Arts Ball at the Center. ¬†And if that’s not enough, Chowderhouse is back at Sailor Stan’s with music by Kitt Cox’s Sunny Fishcakes Review 5-8:00pm. ¬†Chowder & Chilli ($5 Cup/$7 Bowl).

E.J. Lefavour

Don’t Miss Nights on the Neck – Thursday, August 1st

Always a great time on Rocky Neck.  Here are some photos from July NOTN on Madfish Wharf, with Sol y Canto putting on a great performance for a rapt audience.  See schedule of performers for our August 1st and September 5th Nights on the Neck below.

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NOTN August 1 2013

E.J. Lefavour


Thursday First Night on the Neck of the Season


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Not only do you have the first Night on the Neck on the 4th of July, but you also have the opening reception for Mary Bowles and Kerrie Bromberger’s Summer Garden by the Sea at Khan Studio. ¬†A night on Rocky Neck you should not miss.

E.J. Lefavour

If you’re not on vacation, find an excuse to take tomorrow off

There’s so much going on tomorrow that it’s just not a good day to be at work.

Gloucester’s Sidewalk Bazaar kicks off at 9am and must be better than ever — otherwise why would our boy Joey represent?

Click here to download the complete Sidewalk Bazaar Schedule

The Farmer’s Market starts at 3pm at Stage Fort Park — remember it’s ON, regardless of the weather. ¬†And the knife guy (forgot his name) will be there this week. ¬†I’m bringing my precious Sabatier French knife that I got in 1974 so he can fix the curve, which I have not been able to maintain properly because I only have a stone, not a grinder. ¬†More on that later . . .

At 6:30pm Allen Estes and Fly Amero will be on the Schooner Lannon for a gorgeous Sunset Music Sail.  Call 978-281-6634 for tickets.  Seeing these two aboard the Lannon is a must.  No mics, no amps, no speakers.  You know you’re in the presence to world-class musicians when there’s literally nothing between you and the sound of voices and guitars.

For all of you who won’t fit on the Lannon, check out Nights on the Neck, which starts at 5pm. ¬†This week you can see singer/songwriter and Noise founder/editor T Max at 8:45.

And of course there’s the Harbor Loop Concert starting at 6:30 — always a good time –and you can bring your kids and watch them dance. ¬†If you video your kids dancing (or other kids) put it up on YouTube and paste the link in a comment to this post. ¬†We’ll show it to all of Gloucester.

If that’s not enough, six other venues have music of all kinds.

But let’s not forget about tonight! ¬†Fly Amero is back from Larry Hoppen’s memorial service and will host the great Inge Berge at Rhumbline. ¬†Marina Evans joins Dennis Monagle at Minglewood. ¬†Steve Caraway hosts an open mic at Catch 22 …

Whew!  I could go on and on.  See the complete live music schedule here.

What to do on the 5th of July

The 4th is yesterday, but Summer has just begun and the Gloucester music scene is in full swing. ¬†Start out at¬†Nights on the Neck¬†at 5pm with Mamadou Diop. ¬†Just in case you’ve never seen him, check out the video below:

Then there’s great music all night long with Special Guest Evan Goodrow joining Dave Sag’s Blues Party at the Rhumb Line at 9:30. ¬†See sample of Dave Sag below:

Make a night of it!  See the full live music lineup here.

Why do they call this the Kenny Neal(s) Band?

Why the (s)? ¬†Watch the video and see how long it takes you to figure it out. ¬†If you don’t get it after 20 seconds, have another cup of coffee . . .

Kenny will be at¬†the Gloucester Blues Festival. ¬†It won’t be long before the sun heats things up around here and you’ll be at the beach, Fiesta, whatever … where you might forget that you can save $12¬†by getting tickets ahead of time, so¬†get tickets now¬†and stop worrying.

If you don’t remember who’s playing,¬†click here for our video introducing the performers.

Our local music scene is already hot with 10 live music choices tonight (more really, because Nights on the Neck alone has 6 live shows between 5 and 8:45 and we only list them once — see their full schedule here).

And let’s not forget Bradley Royds begins his Thursday Night Series at Giuseppe’s.

We’ve been getting new listings all week long so click here to see the new updated music lineup.

Young Artist of the week!

This young artist of the week is a very talented 14-year-old photographer  named Sarah. Sarah does digital and darkroom photography, and did a great series of graffiti photography last fall for the TAG gallery opening [one pictured below]. Above are some of her photos on display at Nights on the Neck last summer, but you can see more of her work at the TAG gallery at 180B Main St.

If you know of a young artist that should be featured here, email  with a short description and a photo of some of their work!

Today- Must Do Events Nights On The Neck- Cape Ann Farmer’s Market


Thursday, July 7 : NIGHTS ON THE NECK

Elynn Kroger Gallery, 15 Rocky Neck Ave

5 – 8 pm: Live music: Lisa Landry and Janet Young
Skye Fresh will demonstrate jewelry techniques and sales

Sailor Stan’s, 1 Wonson St.

5 – 9 pm: music and dinner

Imagine Gallery, 43 Rocky Neck Ave

5-7 pm: Rick Drost, accoustic guitar player and singer
7 – 8 pm: Moira Kelly on Harp
8-9 pm: Rick Drost, accoustic guitar player and singer

Rocky Neck Gallery, 53 Rocky Neck Ave

6 – 8 pm: The Quarry Men featuring Matt Natti on the Didgeridoo, Eli Natti on Upright bass and Jim Corcoran on the hand drums

Alma McLaughlin Antiques, 77 Rocky Neck Ave

5-8pm: Paco, Flamenco guitarist and Concertina player

Madfish Wharf,77 Rocky Neck Ave

6-7 pm: Moira Kelly, Traditional Irish Harpist

7-8:30 pm: outdoor concert, Bird Mancini : "A cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored Bossa Nova, country folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia!" Listen:

Schooner Adventure in The Marine Railways

5 – 9 pm: Sea Shanty Singers

For more detailed info on all events see EJ Khan’s Did You Know on GoodMorning Gloucester.


Cape Ann Farmer’s Market- 3-6:30PM at Stage Fort Park Click Pic Below for Directions


Tonight Bring Your Cameras To The Neck For ‚ÄúKids Dancing With Lighted Hula Hoops‚ÄĚ

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This just in from Jim Dowd-

Tonight- on rocky neck across John Nesta’s gallery- nightfall.  Kids dancing with lighted hula hoops and christmas lights.  Margie Green’s fun idea.
should be good photos- do long exposures!!!!
Rock on, brotherman!!!!

From Margi-
Hello Joey !
I met you briefly at the BEAUX ARTS BALL not too long ago -I was the Queen of Spades ! Jim Dowd had said he would contact you about videoing our 5 minute event , but I think he’s gone off working in Chicago, and may have forgotten.

At 8:30 , in front of Gully Hand’s studio, myself and 17 kids from in and around Rocky Neck will be donning battery-pack Xmas lights , and moving around to a wonderfully upbeat piece of music ! ¬†The kids are age 3-14. The piece is less than 5 minutes. We’d love it if you’d record it – what do you think ?

Rocky Neck Art Colony Presents- Nights On The Neck This Thursday-


Gloucester -  The Rocky Neck Art colony presents an evening of performance and entertainment from 5:30 to 9:00 pm. at Nights on the Neck, Thursday, August 5, 2010, on Rocky Neck.

Performers and entertainers include:

Three Sheets to the Wind, a group of local musicians and Schooner Adventure crew members, are preserving the history of maritime work songs (chanteys) and forebitter songs.

Carol St. John will explain how graphology (the study of handwriting) works, talk about appropriate uses, and call for participants to contribute handwritings to demonstrate its validity for a fun, friendly, positive event.

Rick Drost began singing with a Kingston Trio-style group in high school, continued in a small folk group in college, then a glee club, and an opera chorus. He started writing and singing around coffeehouses in DC and New England in the ‚Äė70s, finally settling in Cambridge, MA, where he was a member of the folk-rock group Parts and Labor. He performs at least once a week, wherever he goes.

Catherine Strisik has been active in the writing community of Taos, New Mexico, for over 26 years. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including The Cafe Review, The Comstock Review, Peregrine, Northwest Review, War, Literature and the Arts, and others. Her new book, Thousand-Cricket Song, from which she will be reading, is receiving much acclaim.

Laura Dow / Zumba. Working out can be healthy, rewarding, and beneficial; it can be lots of things, but it’s never been known to be an exhilarating experience… until Zumba! The Zumba program fuses Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a fitness program that will blow you away. Laura will present three Zumba rhythms ~ Salsa, Tango, and Flamenco~ to give you a taste of the program that’s taking the world by storm.

Click here For Photos From Past Events At The Rocky Neck Art Colony Website