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May 2, 2013

Jay Geils brings blues, jazz revue to Rockport

The Jay Geils All-Star Jazz & Blues Revue will perform at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m.

“This is a unique jazz and blues revue fronted by a rock ’n’ roll icon, which showcases rock legend Jay Geils from the J. Geils Band and Bluestime. Geils will play the music that was his first love, jazz and blues,” said Seth McNally of M.E. Productions. “The band is a who’s who of the regional jazz and blues scene.”

He will be joined by harp master Jerry Portnoy, whose career includes six years as a member of the Muddy Waters Blues Band, and another four with the Eric Clapton Band. His tour stops included all 50 states, 28 countries on six continents, and performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.

This band also includes award-winning jazz guitarist and Berklee alum Gerry Beaudoin; vocalist Cassandre McKinley; Grammy winning pianist and saxophonist Fred Lipsius of Blood, Sweat & Tears, who is a long time professor at Berklee; and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Doug “Professor” Bell from Bellevue Cadillac.

“The show will take a trip through the history of jazz and blues, from Count Basie to B.B. King and beyond,” said McNally. Some of the musicians will perform on vintage instruments.

Tickets start at $29. To purchase tickets, call 978-546-7391, or visit www.rockportmusic.org.

Derby Day event

The Castle Manor Inn in Gloucester will host “A Day at the Kentucky Derby” on Saturday, May 4, featuring style, mint juleps, and southern snacks starting at 1:30 p.m. There will be a fashion show at 3 p.m. and the race broadcast at 6:25 p.m. Dress to express your inner Southern bell — the best fancy hat wins cocktails for two. The Manor’s chef, Dawson Frock, offers a Southern snack menu from 5 to 6 p.m. with pecan-crusted chicken satay, country ham and biscuit sliders, and mini Hot Brown sandwiches. There also will be horse games and an equine rescue group will bring live horses to add to the atmosphere. The Castle Manor Inn is at 141 Essex Ave. (Route 133), about a half=mile drive from Gloucester Harbor. There’s plenty of parking. For more information, call 978-515-7386 or visit http://castlemanorinn.com/.

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