Tonight’s free outdoor Harbor Loop concert, starting at 6, features several well-known musicians. Mile 21 and Runaround are the featured groups, with Marina Evans and Charlee Bianchini opening the show.
Mile 21 established itself in 2000 as a punk/ska band with influences of reggae and hip-hop. After a hiatus in 2003, Mile 21 returned with a new sound that incorporated catchy hornlines, melodic riffs and influencial lyrical patterns. This new music expresses the band’s desire to release socially conscious music while maintaining a very pop element that appeals to a wide range of people. The band’s 2012 lineup is Carlos Menezes Jr. on trombone, Mike Francis on lead vocals and guitar, Keith Amero on bass, Steve Russo on drums, Mike Lentini on saxophone, Mike Goulart on lead guitar, Julian O’Brien on keys, and Shawn Lowe on trumpet.
The Runaround is celebrating its fifth year, and is known for its energetic delivery of ska, reggae, pop and soul music. The group also features Menezes on lead vocals and horns, as well as Steve Russo on vocals and drums, Nick Capello on saxophone, Christian Towler on guitar, Tim Klopotoski on vocals and keys, and Bill Spencer on vocals and bass.
More free outdoor concerts on Sunday
On Sunday, there are two free outdoor music events in Gloucester and Rockport.
The Gloucester show features Good Old Salty Jazz Band and Honky Tonk Women together at Antonio Gentile Bandstand at Stage Fort Park at 7 p.m. Ample free parking and restrooms are available. Concertgoers are urged to bring picnic dinners, lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 9
78-281-0543 or visit www.davidlbenjamin.com.
Meanwhile the Rockport Legion Band continues its 79th summer season with its free outdoor concerts on Sundays at the bandstand at Rockport’s Back Beach from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring chairs or sit on the grass. Popcorn and cold drinks are available. For more information, visit the Rockport Legion Band’s website at http://rockportlegionband.wordpress.com.
for ‘Master Harold’
@text1_r: “Master Harold … and the Boys,” ends its run Sunday at Gloucester Stage Company. The play is set in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 1950, and tells a political and personal story in which a deeply rooted racism poisons the tender and humorous relationship between a white teenager and his family’s black servants. The show has received positive reviews from both locals and critics. One Rockport couple bought tickets to see it again they were so moved by it. The show features Benny Sato Ambush in his directing debut here and actors Johnny Lee Davenport, Peter Mark Kendall and Anthony Wills Jr. For tickets and show times, call the box office or visit www.gloucesterstage.org.
Final days of ‘Oz’
The Annisquam Village Players present “The Wizard of Oz” through Sunday at the historic Annisquam Village Hall at 36 Leonard St. in Gloucester. A large cast of all ages come together for this colorful musical. Tickets are available at the door, if not sold out, or can be purchased online at www.annisquamvillageplayers.com.
at Rocky Neck
The Rocky Neck Gallery announces its next show as part of its Summer Artist Series, which features an exhibition of paintings by award-winning artist Paul George. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception Sunday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. George has been teaching oil and watercolor workshops on Cape Ann, Monhegan Island, and in Florida since 1996. He recently opened the George Gallery at 77 Rocky Neck Ave. in Gloucester. For information, visit www.rockyneckgallery.com.
Dogtown poetry lecture at museum
The Cape Ann Museum presents a special lecture “Marsden Hartley and Charles Olson: Two Poets of Dogtown,” on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1:30 p.m. presented by Peter Anastas, Gloucester writer and president of the Charles Olson Society. In his illustrated talk, Anastas will discuss how Hartley and Olson were inspired by their encounters with the wild center of Cape Ann. This program is free for museum members, $10 for nonmembers (includes museum admission). Reservations are required, call 978-283-0455 x16. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition “Marsden Hartley: Soliloquy in Dogtown,” at the museum until Oct. 14. Anastas wrote an essay in the exhibition catalogue, in which he declares that Marsden Hartley is the only significant 20th century American painter who can claim equally to be a writer of poetry. For more information, call 978-283-0455 or visit www.capeannmuseum.org.
Rockport Rotary’s Lobsterfest take
s place Saturday, Aug. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall and bandstand in Rockport, located on Beach Street, opposite Back Beach. Proceeds benefit local community service projects and the club’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $25 and include a hot-boiled lobster, home-made clam chowder, corn on the cob, roll, watermelon, and soda or water. There will be a cash menu with hot dogs, hamburgers, and beer, wine, and desserts. Entertainment by the Cape Ann Jazz Band. Tickets will be sold at the Legion Hall on the day of the event. This event will be held rain or shine and is handicapped accessible.
Brittany Betts, daughter of Hank and Wendy Betts, director of Share the Music and Cape Ann Symphony Singers, will present a free, informal “house concert” of vocal, trumpet and flugelhorn pieces on Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian-Uni
versalist Church at 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport. Music includes her original worship songs, an audience sing-along of global worship songs, winsome ’40s tunes, musical theater and a Disney set with surprise guests. She will be accompanied by pianist Patty Clark of Georgetown.
Brittany Betts lives in Memphis, where she is the vocalist for The Memphis Doctors Dance Band. She is a founder and lead trumpet for the Sunday Traffic Brass Quintet and is the worship leader at St. Luke Lutheran Church. She earned her bachelor of arts in trumpet performance from West Virginia University and pursued further theological training at Visible Music College in Memphis, where she taught for six years.
History sharing program
Residents are invited to see images of old Gloucester and share their memories during free monthly presentations at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester on Friday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. This month the topic is The Phyllis A and gillnetting. Members of the Phyllis A. Marine Association will talk about the historic 1925
gillnet fishing vessel that was owned and operated by the Arnold family for 75 years and is now being restored. For more information, call Schooner Adventure at 978-281-8079.
Free admission Saturday at museum
The Cape Ann Museum is offering free admission on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to all Cape Ann residents. Next Thursday, Aug. 16, is the museum’s afterhours summer gathering featuring art, dance, film, music, fun, food and spirits. This is the third annual Cape Ann Museum afterhours and more than 150 people attended the first two. Call 978-283-0455.
Free whale lecture
Schooner Adventure Lecture Series will host a free lecture “In the Company of Whales” presented by Iain Kerr, who holds a doctorate degree and is CEO of Ocean Alliance. The lecture is at 7 p.m. in the Rocky Neck Cultural Center on Wonson Street. For more information, call 978-281-8079 or email: email@example.com.
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