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October 3, 2013

Gloucester musicians take shows to Beverly

Allen Estes and an all-star band open a concert series at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly on Saturday.

This is the kickoff event in a fall series organized by Gloucester concert producers who want to take advantage of the old-world atmosphere in the theater, which opened in 1912 — the same year as Fenway Park — as a vaudeville theater.

Peter Van Ness of GimmeLive, which is producing the concert, said this is an opportunity to see Estes perform with a six-piece band of well-known musicians. Van Ness said Estes is a prolific songwriter who has thousands of New England fans. Some of the Gloucester resident’s award-winning songs have been recorded by Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Dave Mallett, Tom Wopat and The Judds.

“He’ll be performing some new material that has not yet been recorded. It’s also the first time in several years that you can see Allen with a six-piece band with this rare assemblage of extraordinary talent,” said Van Ness.

The band is comprised of former Billy Joel guitarist David Brown on guitar, Fairport Convention founder Dave Mattacks on drums, Matt Leavenworth on fiddle, Steve Burke on keyboards and Wolf Ginandes on bass.

Estes has been winner of the Independent Music World Series New England and voted Best Independent Act of New England. He was recently filmed performing his Howard Blackburn song, “Not With Ya Hands,” for next season’s “Wicked Tuna” television show premiere.

“Allen’s music blends pop, rock, folk and country into a unique, New England sound that speaks to the soul of this place and touches us deeply,” said Van Ness.

A popular South Shore country group, Dave Foley’s Fabulous Mustangs, opens the show. The group received great reviews after opening for REO Speedwagon at the Cape Cod Melody Tent this summer.

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