Gloucester's Peter and Vickie Van Ness, founders of gimmeLIVE productions, are cooking up an array of concerts through the end of the year, including a special holiday offering with Elisabeth Von Trapp, a children's event with a visit from Santa, and music by Allen Estes.
Many local musicians will be part of these shows, whether they headline or perform the opening act, at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Local favorites Jon Butcher and Fly Amero will appear with James Montgomery at the Veterans Benefit Concert on Saturday, Nov. 14. This benefit concert features the Mohegan Sun All-Stars; Johnny Winter Legacy Band, featuring Paul Nelson; and special guests Barry Goudreau, formerly of the band Boston; John Cafferty and Michael "Tunes" Antunes of the Beaver Brown Band; and others.
Next up, KBMG, a group of local musicians, will open for The Yardbirds on Friday, Nov. 20. KBMG is a folk rock band consisting of Dan King, David Brown, Dave Mattacks and Wolf Ginandes. There are about 60 tickets remaining.
A concert on Friday, Nov. 27 will feature Elisabeth Von Trapp, the granddaughter of the Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Von Trapp, a folk singer, will present a concert titled "The Sound of Christmas," with musician Douglas Major. Born and raised in Vermont, Von Trapp has been singing professionally since she was a child. She has performed internationally, from European cathedrals to Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center.
The next day — Saturday, Nov. 28 — at 11 a.m., there will be a multi-media presentation of "The Night Before Christmas," narrated by David Bull, known as "Le Grand David." Allen Estes will perform Christmas songs and a sing-along with elves. Santa Claus will take a break from his preparations and make a special appearance at the theater, where there will be an opportunity for photos on stage.
The 90-minute holiday program will benefit the YMCA. Rick Doucette will be bringing "Y" teens to sell concessions and perform as elves. The YMCA will receive all proceeds from concession sales as well as a portion of the ticket proceeds.
The following Saturday, — Dec. 5 — Gloucester's Henri Smith will present a "New Orleans Christmas" with new special guests Stanton Davis and Amadee Castenell.
Back by popular demand, there will be a concert of rocking blues music with New England's top award-winning blues band, The Delta Generators, on Friday, Dec. 11. This year the band is joined by 2015 Boston Music Award-nominees Willie J. Laws Band and Danielle Miraglia, who was also nominated for Album of the Year by Red Line Roots. Miraglia is a familiar face on Cape Ann, where she has performed at a benefit for Cape Ann Open Door with James Montgomery, and at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church with Allen Estes and Charlie Farren for the Solstice Concert last December, and also at the Rhumb Line.
For tickets and more information about the upcoming events at Larcom Theatre, visit gimmelive.com.