Dave Sag’s Blues Party tonight with Orville Giddings, Mark Earley and Steve Chaggaris and dear Ol Dave of course 8:30pm 7.12.2018 Put on your dancing shoes!


Thursday at the Rhump Line:
The Ipsquink Boys!! That’s Orville Giddings, incandescent serial smiler on gootar and vocals, backed up by a truly confused bunch of guys, including Marque Earley(again!)
and Steve Chag-rug.
Steve Chaggaris
 And me. of course.  We all love OG and wish him well in his  hospital recovery of a dental whitening proceedure  gone wrong. The doctors say he’ll be fine. And he will! sunglasses recommended! Be there! 830-1130
40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

Orville Giddings & Mark Earley join Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line Tonight! 8:30pm 2.22.2018

Thursday at the Rheum Line: direct from the land of honky jive, it’s Orville Giddings and his 20 mule team of belabored sidemen! Good old OG will thrill you with his musical potpourri of inflammatory blues ,heartfelt originals and side-splitting guffaws. We got Mark “Chicken Wing”  Earley on the Sax, Johnny Loud on the drums, Bill Cunniff on rhythm gootar and myself on base. What could be mo’ better?


The Rhumb Line

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732



Orville Giddings Tonight @The Rhumb Line’s Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm 7.27.2017

Tonight Mr. Orville Giddings jumps into the pool of love at Fred’s Paradise Rhumblestiltskin  Club. Long a staple of the burgeoning Ipswich musical scene, O is sure to put a little Gleem® in your smile. He writes great songs, sings ‘em well, and is just an all-around pleasure to work with.

Joining us will be “Dr. John “ Cameron ,keyboard centipede, and L’il Steevee Chaggaris on the skins.

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Wednesday, November 23rd – 8:30pm Thanksgiving Eve features: ORVILLE GIDDINGS ALL-STAR BLUES BASH


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 23rd – 8:30pm
Thanksgiving Eve features:

Thanksgiving Eve at the Rhumb Line is probably the most festive
and happening Cape Ann musical scene I’ve ever known. Totally
sets the mood for the holidays. Always a big night, I’d plan on
getting there early. Grab a seat. Order dinner. Have a blast!
My good friend Orville Giddings has something special lined up
for you. All you have to do is be there to enjoy it. And, speaking
of being there, I wish to thank Allen Estes and all those who attended
my return last week. It was a special night, and it meant the world!
Have fun, everyone! Love ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Coming sooner than you think…
An Amero Family Christmas!


Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Guest Host:Orville Giddings with special guests: Jerry Smith and Bella Palance 6pm @ The Rhumb Line 10.19.2016


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 19th – 6pm


Orville Giddings steps in this week, hosting Jerry Smith, plus
up-and-coming singer/songwriter, Bella Palance (pictured below).
Rhumb Line Wednesdays will be in good hands through my brief
absence. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! ~ Fly


Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!

Due to the debate, it’ll be 6pm-9pm tonight only!
Come early, have dinner/show, go home and laugh
yourselves to sleep!!! 🙂

10/26 – Sheila & Ron (guest hosts)

11/02 – Dan King (guest host)

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Wednesdays at The Rhumb Line…Orville Giddings Hosts this week with special guests: Honkytonk Women 7-10pm 9.14.2016

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 14th – 7pm
Special Guest Host: ORVILLE GIDDINGS!


The great Orville Giddings hosts this week’s Wednesday show
(thanks, Orville). His musical guests…

Honkytonk Women 2014

This will be one special evening which I’ll be very sorry to have missed.
But, I’ll be right back at you next week! Try to have fun without me! 🙂 ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
9/21 – Bradley Royds

9/28 – Chick Marston

10/5 – Fozzie Hill

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Orville Giddings Joins Fly tonight 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 5.4.2016


Wednesdays at the Rhumb Line – 7pm
This week’s Dinner Special…
Fresh Baked Haddock – $13.95

Wednesday, May 4th – 7pm

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Last time Orville Giddings was on for a Wednesday? You gotta
go way back to last fall. Too long to wait, my opinion. We got him
this week, and… it’s sure to be a total blast. See you there! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
5/11 – Allen Estes

J.B. Amero

Marina Evans

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂


This week…
Fresh Grilled Salmon – $13.95!

Wednesday, October 7th – 7pm

orville fly

What a fantastic talent and spirit. Each time Orville Giddings
shows up at the Rhumb Line Wednesday doorstep, it just gets
better and better! Gotta love this guy! We hit at 7pm! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
Next week…
J.B. Amero

Toni Ann

Inge Berge

Jon Butcher

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonights host is Orville Giddings with his guest Ron Schrank 7pm @ The Rhumb Line 6.3.2015


Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, June 3rd – 7pm


Orville Giddings will be hosting this Wednesday’s  Rhumb Line
music show  while I’m away in Albany, NY with Orleans (and
the boys from “Little Feat”). Thank you Orville! His musical
guest will be Ron Schrank. Don’t miss it! It all starts early…

ron schrank
7pm! ~ Fly
ps: Speaking of 7pm, a big thanks to all the folks who came out for
last week’s debut early start. It was a great night, and I’m sure there
will be many more to come!
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
6/10 Dan King

6/17 Annette Dion

6/24 Brian King

7/01 Charlee Bianchini

7/08 Marina Evans
Coming Soon… Fozzie

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Tonight! Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line ~ Special Guests: Orville Giddings, Mark Earley and Steve Chaggaris. New hours are 8:30-11:30



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Let’s welcome back the Ipswich Twins! That’s Mr. Orville Giddings and his neighbor and lawn-mowing customer, Mr. Marque Earley. Mr. G. ,superior gootarist and Pepsodent® spokesperson, is ready to charm you  with his raucous blues and plaintive self-inflicted toons. A great songwriter! And Marque, of course, is the finest living local saxophonist who ever lived, locally. Whooping it up on drums will be out favorite kooky cackler, Mr. Steevee Chaggaris. I’ll be on base, once again. Spring has sprung, so get out there and do the do!


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Hot music weekend in the dead of Winter

Well, anybody who thinks Cape Ann’s music scene is only hot during tourist season should look at this weekend’s lineup (see full weekend music schedule here).

That’s the good news.  The bad news is that you just can’t see every good show this weekend.  You’re gonna have to choose.  Maybe I can help.  It just so happens that I’ve recently interviewed two people who are performing this weekend at Shalin Liu.

Here’s my interview with Brian Gore, whose International Guitar Night performs tonight at 8PM.

And here’s my interview with Kendrick Oliver, director of the New Life Jazz Orchestra, who’s performing tomorrow at 8PM.

And don’t forget Mark Berger & Ride with dramatic photographs from out west as the backdrop for this Old Sloop concert tomorrow.

And it’s Crazy Moon’s final weekend at Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Plus some of Cape Ann’s favorites all over town, including Linda Amero, Charlee Bianchini & Dave Brown, Runaround, Dan King, Michael O’Leary, Mari Martin, Allen Estes & Orville Giddings — and there’s the Community Sing-a-long in Celebration of Pete Seeger at the Lanesville Community Center tonight.  WOW!  Is your head spinning?  Click here for some help choosing.

World Series & Rock Music — a “Partnership”

Fox Sports says Eddie Vedder is a diehard Chicago Cubs fan?!?!?!?

In this day and age when rock stars “partner” with big corporations, you wouldn’t expect MLB to be left out, would you?  Of course not.  48 songs from 90s mega-stars Pearl Jam will “soundtrack” (yes they actually use this word as a verb on their website) the 2013 World Series.  There was a time when Pearl Jam was one of only a handful of touring artists that could guarantee to sell out an arena.  The band is on tour again and it makes me wonder who benefits more from this partnership — MLB or Pearl Jam?

Closer to home, local venues are changing their live music schedules knowing that many — if not most of their customers will want to watch the World Series, which begins tonight.  Minglewood Tavern cancelled live music for tonight and tomorrow.

The Rhumb Line moved guest host Allen Estes (filling in for Fly Amero, who’s on tour with Orleans) to 4:30.  He and Orville Giddings will get fans revved up for the game, which starts at 7:30.

John Rockwell will be at Alchemy as scheduled for Ladies Night (telling?)

Henry Allen makes his final appearance at Midori tonight during the game — perfect for those of you who hope the Sox win, but don’t really care to watch.

Whether or not you plan to watch the World Series, you can get a complete listing of local live music with up-to-the minute schedule changes here.

Wednesdays with Fly ~ Special Early Show with Hosts Allen Estes and Orville Giddings @ 4:30-7:30


Hello everyone!
Wednesday, October 23rd

Attention: Special Pre-World Series Time Slot:4:30 to 7:30pm

Hosting this week: ALLEN ESTES!
w/Musical Guest: ORVILLE GIDDINGS! 

allen estesov fAllen saves the day once again as host while I do a special Orleans
show in Boston for a symposium called “The Kennedy Forum”,
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of JFK enacting the Community
Mental Health Act.  Lots of high-level speakers (including Vice
President Joe Biden).  In addition to his brilliant songs and sounds,
Allen brings longtime friend and musical partner, Orville Giddings
to the Rhumb Line stage.  Don’t miss it! ~ Fly 🙂
Dinner (this week) with Allen Estes: 4:30 – 7:30pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Come check out the new Rhumb Line menu!
Next week…

Chick Marston
Coming soon…

Mitch Chakour

Dan King
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

It’s a short month ~ Maybe that’s why there’s so much going on already

In fact there’s enough music over the next few nights that it’s gonna be hard to choose where to go out this week.  Here’s the complete live music lineup to help you figure it out.

And here are some videos too  . . .

More Orville Giddings videos here.

Free can be creepy

So you’re not confused, this is Peter writing today.  Remember when I told you that Vickie took some of Gloucester’s best music to Iowa on the cloud?  (See that post here, if you missed it.)  I pointed out that we love having our music in the cloud because we can play it anywhere, any time and on lots of devices — PC, Kindle, phone, etc.

Now, all the music in our cloud is music we own — that is, we bought the CD or downloads, or someone gave it to us.

As you may know there are other cloud services that allow you to play music you don’t own.  No, I’m not talking about Pandora.  I don’t like Pandora.  It’s radio without a DJ.  Pandora’s algorithm selects music it thinks you’ll like and streams it.  If I’m going to listen to music chosen by somebody else, I want that somebody to be a person who has chosen the music because he/she likes it.  That’s why I don’t listen to top 40 radio.  Those DJs just play what they’re told.

I’m talking about Spotify (click here if you don’t know what Spotify is).  Spotify let’s you play any song in its massive library for free any time you like, plus it has a social angle, which can be very exciting, but with a rub.  Here’s an example:

Yesterday, one of my favorite local musicians,  Carlos Menezes (of Runaround, Cape Ann Big Band and other tremendously creative projects) created a Spotify playlist featuring Fitz and The Tantrums and, when he did that, Spotify sent me an email.  Why, you ask, did Spotify send me an email when Carlos created a playlist?  In a word: Facebook.  Like most Spotify users, I log in using my Facebook account.  So does Carlos.  Whenever Carlos creates a public playlist, Spotify sends an email to all of his Facebook friends who are also Spotify users — automatically — and I got one, since Carlos and I are friends on Facebook (I like to think we’re friends in the real world too).  I have a lot of respect for Carlos’ taste in music, so I clicked on the link in the email, which launched Spotify and showed me his playlist.  Then I clicked on the first song (Breakin’ the Chains of Love) to play it.  As soon as I played that song, a new post appeared at the top of the Activity section of my Facebook Page announcing to the world, “Peter is listening to Breakin’ the Chains of Love by Fitz and The Tantrums.”

That’s the rub.

Call me old-fashioned, but I really don’t want the world to know what I’m listening to and when I’m listening.  So I “removed” the Spotify activity from my Facebook page.  And when I did, I selected the option to “remove Spotify” and guess what?  Having done that, I could no longer play any songs on Spotify.  In order to play songs on Spotify again, I had to allow Spotify to post on my timeline.

Is it just me, or does this seem creepy to anybody else?

Well, I like Fitz and The Tantrums, so I might just buy their CD and put it in my cloud.

Owning the music has its advantages, not the least of which is that the artist gets paid a whole lot more if I buy a song than if I stream it on Spotify.  According to published reports, I’d have to play Breakin’ The Chains of Love about 100 times on Spotify before Fitz and the Tantrums got as much as if I downloaded it from their website.

And then there’s the privacy bit.  Once I buy the songs and put them in my cloud, my family and I can play them anytime we like without anyone else knowing what we’re playing and when.

Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t mind telling people what music I like and what I listen to, but I want to choose whom to tell and when.  I don’t want Spotify and Facebook deciding that for me.  I’ve been misquoted in the press and had things I’ve said taken out of context often enough to know that it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that somebody will draw an unintended inference from seeing all my listening published on Facebook.

If I’m going to take grief from people, at least I want it to be because I recommend something specific with intent, like tonight you might want to go to the Rhumb Line and see my friends Allen Estes and Orville Giddings.  Or if that’s not your cup of tea, check out the other live music in Gloucester.

So to all you artists out there whose music I have in my cloud, don’t expect to see any Spotify posts in my Facebook Activity saying that I’m playing your music.

Double dose of Orville this week

Orville Giddings – always smiling Who’s in the background? You’ve seen him on Treme & with others on Cape Ann

Our favorite smilin’ blues man Orville Giddings is a favorite guest at the Rhumb Line this week.  Tomorrow (Thursday) he’s Dave Sag’s guest and Sunday he’s with Allen Estes.  Orville is great solo, with others and with his full band, who you can see the day before Thanksgiving at the Stone Soup in Ipswich.

Back in April we featured Orville on gimmesound.com, with videos of him performing solo, with Allen Estes and with his band.  See those featured videos here.

But don’t wait for tomorrow.  Tonight is the night of great Gloucester guest musicians.  Brian King, Fly Amero, Steve Caraway and Dennis Monagle are all hosting excellent guests.  See the full lineup here.

Check out this duo of Orville with Allen Estes on his show, Local Music Seen.  Before they start, Orville talks about how he performs this song at different tempos depending on who he’s playing with.  Fascinating.

Taking some of Gloucester’s best music to Iowa on a cloud ~ and a prediction for 2020

We may be somewhat old-fashioned, but we still listen to CDs for 3 major reasons:

  1. We prefer the superior sound quality
  2. We have a lot of them that we bought before MP3s were available
  3. The only iPod in our house belongs to John (I can’t stand putting anything in my ear!)

But when Vickie had to jump on a plane to Iowa suddenly last Saturday to deal with a family emergency, she felt the need to bring a taste of Gloucester with her.  So she ripped our copy of Chelsea Berry‘s CD Live in the Moment (one of Vickie’s favorites) and put it in our cloud (the Amazon cloud, that is) so she could listen to it on the plane and while in Iowa — along with lots of other music from Gloucester (see list below) and elsewhere that is already stored there.

Although we’re fans of the Joey Approved Product series, those of you who read our posts regularly know that we’ve never even mentioned a product or service that we use — until now.  This is different.  Why?  Because the cloud is changing the way we buy, store and listen to our music more than any other technology since Edison invented the phonograph.

Here’s why we like the Amazon Cloud Service:

  1. We can access our music using devices we already own, including our desktop PCs, laptop, droid phones and John’s Kindle Fire.
  2. It’s free.  Amazon has a free cloud player for the phone and a free interface for the PC.  There is a a limit to the amount of music you can store for free, but we haven’t hit that limit (remember, we still listen to CDs a lot) and music we buy from Amazon (mostly for John) doesn’t count toward that limit.
  3. All music we buy from Amazon automatically shows up in the cloud and is IMMEDIATELY accessible on all of our devices.  Here’s an example.  John and I are big Bruce Springsteen fans — and Vickie knows that.  On the day Wrecking Ball came out, she was sitting on the couch with John’s Kindle fire and said, “I just got it.” (Wrecking Ball, that is) at which point, I plugged my phone into the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) and began playing it!
  4. All of us in the family can play all of the music at any time without restriction.  For example, while Vickie’s in Iowa, she can play Chelsea’s I Wonder on her phone or her mother’s computer while John plays the same song on his Kindle Fire and I play that same song on my phone hooked up to the stereo (because I don’t put anything in my ear) — all at the same time.
  5. It’s easy to rip our CDs and add them to the cloud (it took Vickie only a couple of minutes to add Chelsea’s CD to our cloud before we took her to the airport).

Some of you may know that I’ve made a number of predictions that have come to pass relative to the Internet, music, etc.  (for example, in 1998 I predicted that by 2003 every business will either have a website or wish they did).  Here’s another one: By 2020, the most common way to listen to recorded music will be to access it from a cloud server.

And here’s a partial list of local artists, whose music Vickie is playing for her family in Iowa from our cloud (in alpha order by artist last name or band name):

Fly AmeroBandit Kings, Inge Berge, Chelsea Berry, Dennis BrennanCape Ann Big BandAllen Estes, Marina Evans, Elle GalloOrville GiddingsTom HauckWill HuntKBMG, Satch KeransPete Lindberg, Michael O’LearyT MaxDennis Monagle, Ned and the Big Babies, Gary ShaneHenri Smith

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

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.