, Gloucester, MA

May 2, 2013

Jay Geils brings blues, jazz revue to Rockport

Around Cape Ann
Gail McCarthy

---- — 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

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

Rockport Music events

The cinematic debut of “Wait, Wait ... Don’t Tell Me!” with host Peter Sagal takes place tonight, Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Sagal and Carl Kasell, official judge and scorekeeper, make their debut with a live broadcast of the popular news quiz show beamed into theaters across North America live from New York University in New York City.

On Sunday, May 5, at 5 p.m., singer-songwriter Patty Larkin appears in concert. She will perform acoustically in celebration of her 25-year career. Larkin has been lauded by critics for her exceptional performances. Tickets start at $18.

Just around the corner, on May 10, Jason Vieaux will perform a concert of classical guitar. He is described as “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.”

For tickets and information on all shows, visit

Family fun day

The Cape Ann Partnership for Children & Families invites families to attend the annual free Family Fun Fair, Saturday, May 4, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Pathways for Children at 29 Emerson Ave. in Gloucester. There will be free activities, including a live animal show by Curious Creatures and puppet shows presented by Amy Seabrook of Adventures with Amy. For more information, visit

Scots musicians in Annisquam

Three Scottish musicians will bring jigs, reels, and strathspeys to the historic Annisquam Village Church on Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m., followed by shortbreads and tea. They perform on bagpipes, fiddle and piano. The Parcel of Rogues is a trio of old friends who met doing Scottish country dancing and who now come together to share their love of Scottish music. Dan Houghton is a virtuoso piper and singer-guitarist. Calum Pasqua hails from Brooklyn and is the first American to win the Glenfiddich Invitational Fiddle Championship at Blair Castle in Scotland. Susie Petrov, who plays piano and accordion, has been performing Scottish music across North America and Europe. Their repertoire ranges from the joyful to soulful. Suggested donation is $15, $5 for students. The church is at 820 Washington St. (Route 127). For information, call 978-283-6416 or visit

Two evenings of reading Ferrini

There will be two evenings of Vincent Ferrini readings with Peter Anastas and Dave Rich on Thursday, May 2, and Thursday, May 17, both at 7:30 p.m. This is in honor of the Vincent Ferrini Centenary. Both Anastas and Rich will dig into Ferrini’s life as a writer from his involvement in radical politics to his move to Gloucester in 1948. The readings take place at the Gloucester Writers Center, located in the late poet’s home at 126 East Main St. in East Gloucester. (Park across the street).

‘Becky Shaw’ final days

Cape Ann Theatre Collaborative presents the final shows of “Becky Shaw,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist, tonight at 8 in a benefit for Essex County Greenbelt, and May 3, 4 and 5. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 3 p.m. A New York Times writer described the show as a “comedy of bad manners, a tangled tale of love, sex and ethics among a quartet of men and women in their 30s.”

Shows are at Gorton Theatre (home of Gloucester Stage Company) at 267 East Main St. in Gloucester. Admission is $15; $12, seniors and students. For tickets, visit or reserve at the door by emailing Cash or check only at the door.

Manchester artists’ exhibit

Two Manchester artists are exhibiting at the Beverly Farms Library today through May 30. The artists reception is Friday, May 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. featuring Lise Kure-Jensen, who presents “For the Simple Love of Seacoasts” with acrylics and watercolors, and Jody Blagden who presents “Flowers Through The Seasons” with watercolors.

Kure-Jensen has studied drawing and painting since the mid 1980s in upstate New York and on the North Shore. She holds a doctorate of arts degree from the University of New York at Albany.

Since 1983, Blagden has taken workshops with nationally-known watercolor artists. Currently she is an exhibiting member of the New England Watercolor Society, North Shore Arts Association, Guild of Beverly Artists, and the Deer Isle Artists Association in Maine. She is also an associate member of the Rockport Art Association.

Garnet Rogers at Old Sloop

Garnet Rogers will perform at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse on Saturday, May 4, with Chris Pahud and Seth Connelly opening at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport, at 12 School St.

Rogers, a Canadian singer, songwriter and composer, began his professional career working with his brother, folk musician Stan Rogers. Garnet’s music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and purposeful. He sings songs about people who are not obvious heroes and of small every-day victories.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $16 from the website at, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $18 for adults, $10 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family. Those attending are asked to bring non-perishable food items for The Open Door food Pantry. Donors will receive a free drink as a thank-you.

Photography show opening

Photographs by Phillip Jones of bridges the world over are featured in an exhibit that opens with a public reception Saturday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Mercury Gallery at 20 Main St. in Rockport. For decades in America and abroad, the renowned photographer has taken black-and-white pictures of urban scenes, from the new and glistening, to the aged and worn. For more information, visit

Chorus North Shore Youth Chorus

The 50-member Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore will perform its spring concert “Music Shall Live” at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport. The program features a range of songs from the Renaissance period to folk songs, directed by Sonja Dahlgren Pryor and accompanied by Frank Corbin. The title of the concert comes from an early German round about music, a song that the choir will perform. The singers come from 16 North Shore communities.

Choir members from Cape Ann are Benjamin Adams, Emily Dailey, Sarah Palmer, Sophie Palmer, Katrina Tuck, all of Rockport; Johanna Couture-Pocaro, Olivia Francis, Mariah Murphy-Thornley, Shannon Murphy-Thornley, Isabella Piscitello, Charlotte Salmon, Kayla Saltonstall, Rachel Wolfe, all of Gloucester; and Nellie Boling, Madeleine Potter, Tori Potter, Izzi Schmidt, Santana Tosi, all of Manchester.

The choir’s repertoire includes work by Faure, Brahms, Handel, Mozart, Britten, and Bernstein. They regularly sing with the Chorus North Shore, matching the discipline of the 125-voice adult chorus. The youth singers are selected by audition. Tickets are $18, 12 and younger free, and available at, or call 978-546-7391.

Artist reception for exhibit

Naomi Lee (Glimcher Panarello) will hold a public reception for her work on Saturday, May 4, at Sovereign Bank in Manchester from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with refreshments and a token of her appreciation, she said. About two years ago, the artist was juried into the Guild of Beverly Artists. Her paintings will hang at Sovereign Bank in Manchester through June 5. There are many paintings of Gloucester’s landscape, which is a favorite subject. She paints in oils and acrylics.

An enchanted tale

Dona Lambert’s The Chicken Coupe Troupe will present a play about friendship titled “Ashford, Ella and the Dream” tomorrow and Saturday. Admission is free. Show times are Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockport at 4 Cleaves St.

The story involves Ella, who is stuck in a horrible job as Lady Clementine’s maid. But Ella has a plan to go to college, and a best friend who tells her that she is a girl with a Fairy Godfather. The show is directed by Sam Cunningham and William Gleckner; as graduating Rockport High seniors, this marks their last play and season with the Coupe. The show runs about 90 minutes with an intermission. Refreshments will be sold. Donations always accepted. For information, call Dona at 978-546-2416

Crime novel reading

The Gloucester Writers Center and the Bookstore of Gloucester are sponsoring a reading by Greg Gibson next Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Harbor Room at 8 Norwood Court in Gloucester. Gibson will read from his new crime novel, “The Old Turk’s Load.”

Luc Sante, author of “Low Life” and “Kill All Your Darlings, “described the novel as a “marvel of Chandleresque plotting, with a deeply felt and utterly real ‘60s setting and a heart as big as all outdoors.”

Gibson is a writer, publisher, a member of the writers center’s board of directors, and has been an antiquarian book dealer since 1976. His publishing house, Ten Pound Book Co., has published 30 books, including Vincent Ferrini’s autobiography “Hermit of the Clouds” and Peter Anastas’ “Maximus to Gloucester.” Gibson is the author of “Gone Boy” (Random House), “Demon of the Waters” (Little Brown) and “Hubert’s Freaks” (Harcourt).

For more information, visit

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