By Gail McCarthy
---- — 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.
The second concert in the fall series features The Slide Brothers on Nov. 2. They are often called “the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition, now extending to blues, rock and soul.” A Gloucester rising star, Michael Thomas Doyle, will open.
Then on Dec. 14, Gloucester’s Henri Smith presents a “New Orleans Christmas” concert. He is back by popular demand after his sold-out April concert at the Larcom. This holiday concert features traditional New Orleans jazz and blues with a touch of gospel as well as other holiday favorites.
“After the public’s ecstatic reaction to our sold-out Mardi Gras concert, we knew the Larcom Theatre was a perfect venue to showcase top local talent from the Boston area,” said Van Ness. “The Larcom’s elegance and fine acoustics evoke a musical experience you just can’t get anywhere else on Boston’s North Shore.”
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If you go What: The Allen Estes Band, with Dave Foley's Fabulous Mustangs as opening act. This is an all ages show. When: Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. Where: The Larcom Theatre, 13 Wallis St. (right off Cabot Street) in Beverly. How much: $19, available at Casa De Moda in Beverly or online at www.gimmelive.tv. Or there is a 2013 Fall Series Subscription for three concerts for $99, with a savings of $23.50 for premium seating. The other concerts are: Nov. 2, The Slide Brothers, called "the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition"; and Dec. 14 with Gloucester's Henri Smith who presents a "New Orleans Christmas" concert.