---- — Singer/songwriter and harmonica player Curtis Salgado is among the performers taking the stage at Blue Ocean Music Hall during this weekend’s New England Winter Blues Festival.
Salgado is stopping at the Salisbury venue during a tour promoting his latest CD, “Soul Shot.” He joins a lineup of local performers that includes Bad Mother, the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Evan Goodrow Band.
The 2012 winner of the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year, Salgado delivers a sound that mixes R&B, funk and blues. He was recently nominated for four 2013 Blues Music Awards.
In 2006, Salgado’s career was briefly sidelined as he recovered from a liver transplant. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he successfully battled. Like many other musicians, Salgado didn’t have health insurance. His medical expenses were partly covered by a huge outpouring of support from his fans and his fellow musicians.
Following his show in Salisbury on Saturday, Salgado will stop at The Grog in Newburyport on Sunday for a encore performance during Parker Wheeler’s weekly Blues Party.
The Blues Festival in Salisbury begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online at www.blueoceanhall.com. Blue Ocean Music Hall is located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach.
Salgado will take the microphone at 6 p.m. on Sunday at The Grog. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.thegrog.com.
Step into David’s Tavern on Brown Square and hear a mix of music this weekend.
Tonight, hear traditional and contemporary Irish music performed by Tom Courtney from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; solo guitarist Barry Michaud will perform covers of soft rock songs in the main dining room from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Sarah Gengel and Dan Kirouac will play soft rock in the pub from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.
The restaurant is located inside The Garrison Inn, 11 Brown Square, Newburyport.
Senior Readers give performance tomorrow
The 13 actresses in the Senior Readers theater workshop at the Firehouse Center for the Arts will give a free performance for the public tomorrow night.
The show, which begins at 7 p.m., is the product of their acting classes. The casts will perform two one-act plays, “The Revenge of the Red Feather Ladies” and “The Red Feather Ladies Get Their Man,” both of which were written by Maxine Holmgren.
The arts education program is designed for seniors over the age of 55. The performance is a staged reading, a format in which actors remain seated and read from a script.
Mardi Gras concert tomorrow night
The Belleville Roots Music Series continues tomorrow night with their annual Mardi Gras concert and dance.
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys will present a mix of Creole classics and their own brand of contemporary Zydeco. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Belleville Church, 300 High St., Newburyport.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show. Admission for children age 12 and under is $10. Tickets are available at Dyno Records, 1 Middle St., Newburyport, at the Belleville Congregational Church office today and tomorrow mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or via the church website at www.bellevillechurch.org/roots.php.
Valentine’s Day chocolate and
Jewell Towne Vineyards in South Hampton is hosting a wine and chocolate tasting on Saturday in honor of Valentine’s Day.
Sweethearts can head to the winery from noon to 4 p.m. for the complimentary pairing, featuring Lindt chocolate.
Jewell Towne is located at 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton.
performs in Port
Singer-songwriter Tom Rush will return to the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square on Saturday. Rush will perform at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 for the general public.
A native of Portsmouth, N.H., Rush launched his musical career at 17 years old. Rush graduated from Harvard University with an English degree and having recorded two albums.
In addition to creating his own pieces, Rush covered the songs of numerous musicians, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan to help expand their fan bases. Many of today’s top music stars name Rush as one of their influences.
Rush has kept the design of his shows very simple — just his guitar and him. That format, he said, allows him to have a closer connection with the audience.
To purchase tickets, call 978-462-7336, go online to www.firehouse.org or stop into the box office.
‘Coastline and Canines’ hangs at Firehouse gallery
Fueled by her love of animals and the countless hours spent playing with her golden retrievers, New Hampshire resident Joanna Doyle found her niche.
After all, dogs and oceans are the constant subjects of her oil and acrylic paintings. Doyle’s latest works will be featured this month in a new exhibit at the Firehouse Center for the Arts gallery in Newburyport.
Her oil, acrylic and mixed-media show, “Coastline and Canines,” will hang at the performing arts venue starting today. It will remain up through March 3. Doyle will be at the Firehouse on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to visit with the public.
After graduating from Tufts University, Doyle studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Boston Architectural Center. She is a member of the Newburyport Art Association and the New Hampshire Art Association. Her two golden retrievers, Genevieve and Jean Luc, are her favorite models and her constant companions.
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