Around Cape Ann
---- — This evening’s free Harbor Loop Concert, set for 6:30 p.m., brings Boston’s 2011 International Music Award Winner, Mamadou Diop to the stage.
Hailing from Senegal in West Africa, Mamadou performs African poly-rhythms and high energy blends of reggae. The Jake Pardee Band opens and includes some local musicians who perform blues-themed music, with special guest vocalist and songwriter Paula Karahalis of Gloucester. Jake Pardee of Rockport and Boston is on lead guitar/vocals. with Hugh Gilmore of Boston on bass, Sam Ward of Ipswich on drums, and Scott Noring of Rockport on percussions, along with other special guests.
Estes, Amero on the Lannon
Allen Estes and Fly Amero will perform on a sunset music sail on the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. during a sail around Gloucester harbor.
Visit schooner.org or call 978-281-6634 for information and reservations.
The Hammond Castle Renaissance Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday.
The Abbadia Mare Renaissance event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with knights in shining armor battling it out, magic shows, belly dancing, music and storytelling as well as a human chess match each day.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 5 to 12, and children ages 4 and under are free. There is a free bus shuttle from the parking lot at Stage Fort Park.
For more information, visit www.abbadiamarefestival.com.
Rockport and Gloucester both have free outdoor concerts on Sunday.
In Gloucester, the concert takes place at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand in Stage Fort Park with local favorites: Honky Tonk Women and Old Cold Tater playing at 7 p.m. For more information, call 978-281-0543 or visit www.davidlbenjamin.com.
The Rockport Legion Band continues its 80th season of free summer concerts at the Back Beach Bandstand along the water on Sunday at 7 p.m. Children are welcome, and visitors can bring chairs or sit on the grass, and popcorn and cold drinks are available. Jason Howard conducts.
Hot Club of Cowtown
Since their first recording in 1998, the Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to a globe-trotting, western swing trio that will perform in Rockport tomorrow night, July 26, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center.
The group features guitarist Whit Smith, fiddler Elana James, and bassist Jake Erwin. For information, visit rockportmusic.org
Contemporary art at historic house
The Cape Ann Museum presents “Tin — Relics and Remakes,” a contemporary art installation at the 1710 White-Ellery house, by artist Sinikka Nogelo on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The program is free and open to the public. The house is at 245 Washington St. in Gloucester at the Route 128 Grant Circle traffic rotary.
For many years, Nogelo was the face of Cape Ann Television. When she retired in 2010, she returned to her first love, painting. The exhibit includes works in paint, recycled tins and plastics and construction materials leftover from the Gloucester City Hall restoration.
Nogelo is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony, and her work appears in collections throughout the US and abroad. For information, visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
New show at Local Colors
Local Colors Artists’ Cooperative is featuring a special exhibit titled “Man at the Wheel and Motif No. 1” from July 27 through August 17. The artwork, designed by Ann Schlecht (silver charms), Lois Hertzler (photography), Jim Sousa (photography) and Donna Amero (stained glass) will be on display in the front windows at 121 Main St. in Gloucester.
Swamis at Annisquam church
A celebration of the 150th anniversary of Vivekananda’s birth, the Vedanta Societies of Boston and Providence will join with the Annisquam Village Church in an interfaith service Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The service includes brief addresses by Swami Yogatmananda, Hindu chaplain at Brown University and UMass Dartmouth, and Swami Tyagananda, Hindu chaplain at Harvard and MIT). Music from both traditions will include preludes of sitar and tabla.
Children will perform a short play portraying the arrival of Swami Vivekananda in Annisquam. A simple Indian meal will follow.
The public is invited, but reservations are required for the supper; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New show at Gladstone
Gladstone Jewelers of Manchester is presenting “Domestic Geometry: Summer House,” the third solo exhibition of photographs by artist Esther Pullman at the gallery.
The exhibition runs through Aug. 31.
Pullman trained as a graphic designer at Yale University in the 1960’s and 30 years later turned to photography. Her work reflects her background in two-dimensional design, color, and typography. Pullman lives and works in Cambridge and Annisquam.
Summerfaire in Rockport
The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will hold its annual Summerfaire on Saturday from 8 a.m. at 2 p.m. at the church, 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport.
Activities will include a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, book sale, plant sale, crafts, and children’s games. Hot dogs and baked goods will be sold, and the Thrift Shop will be open.
Music and Meditation
The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is hosting its second in a series called Music & Meditation in the Meetinghouse on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., featuring a varied experience of music and meditation in the Gloucester’s oldest standing church. It is held in the candle-lit, early-evening setting in the sanctuary.
A meditation practitioner, Michael Bresnan, will team up with the Dorymates, comprised of Tony Hilliard and Janet Ruth Young, who will present a combination of meditation and music. A social gathering will follow.
Quarry Dance 2
Windhover Performing Arts Center is hosting Dušan Týnek and his New York based modern dance company to perform “Quarry Dance 2,” a one-hour performance at a private quarry at 7 Leverett St. in Lanesville on Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and is open to the public free of charge.
There will be live sax music by Russ Gershon.
Contributions are welcome. Parking is at the Lanesville Congregational Church across from Leverett Street on both days. Parking is available Friday only at the Lanesville Community Center. Street parking is allowed on Emerald Street, and one side of Washington Street.
Chairs will be provided, or visitors can bring their own.
The rigging lines were organized by Doug Millen of Bay View Builders in Manchester. For more information call 978-546-3611 or visit www.windhover.org.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.