, Newburyport, MA

July 18, 2013

The Lookout: Well-known local singers present two concerts this weekend

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — UPDATED: Saturday's concert at Maudslay Arts Center has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather. Additionally, the Vest-a-Dog fundraiser has been postponed until Sunday.


Soloists Allyn Warner Gamble and Stephen Faria will join forces in a “Midsummer Concert Extravaganza!” at The Actors Studio this weekend.

Gamble was a principal singer in Las Vegas for 30 years and has opened for Johnny Carson and George Carlin. Now a teacher at The Actors Studio and The Musical Suite in Newburyport, she has appeared in a number of local productions, including “Heidi, the Musical” and “The Secret Garden” at the Firehouse Center for the Performing Arts.

Faria is well-known in the Greater Newburyport area for his sketch comedy, original musicals and dramas, and versatile acting range. He recently took on a number of roles in “The 39 Steps” at the Firehouse. In addition to singing, he is also a skilled trumpet player.

Faria and Gamble will be accompanied by Jack Senier on piano, Ross Adams on bass and Alan Stone on drums, as well as special guest vocalists.

Shows will be held Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and include a reception with the musicians following both performances. For reservations, call 978-465-1229 or visit

The Actors Studio is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport.

Salisbury artist receives award for painting

William Duke of Salisbury was honored with the Most Popular Award at the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester earlier this month.

The award was given for his watercolor “September Twilight,” which received the most votes by the viewing public.

Duke teaches watercolor painting at several Council on Aging facilities, including in Salisbury, Newburyport, Merrimac and Rowley. He also holds two weekly workshops in his classroom studio at 134 Beach Road, Salisbury.

Duke’s work is on display locally at the Walsingham Gallery in Newburyport and Post Road Framers in Rowley. For more information about his work or classes, contact him at

Weekend fundraiser is for the dogs

Pawsitively Best Friends in downtown Newburyport has teamed up with Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog to raise money for the Essex County K-9 Unit.

Activities from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday on Inn Street will include a K-9 demonstration, photo opportunities and a raffle for a pet gift basket.

Proceeds will help pay for bulletproof dog vests and general safety equipment. For more information, call 978-499-9999 or visit or

Buffett tribute, tailgating party in Salisbury

The fourth annual Buffett Beach Blast! is set for Friday, July 26, at Blue Ocean Music Hall on Salisbury Beach.

The celebration starts with a Parade of Cars at 3:30 p.m., followed by a tailgating party from 4 to 8 p.m. and a concert featuring Jimmy Buffett tribute band Changes in Latitude at 8.

Special prizes will be awarded for the best theme cars, and there will be silent and live auctions throughout the evening. All proceeds benefit the Salisbury Beach Partnership, a nonprofit organization.

Tickets are $25 for the concert and $15 per car for the tailgating party. No RVs, buses or oversized vehicles are allowed.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 978-462-5888, visit or stop by the box office Tuesday through Sunday. Blue Ocean is located at 4 Oceanfront North.

Band launches CD with House of Blues show

Salisbury-based rock band Nerve8 is celebrating the release of its first full-length album with a concert Saturday at the House of Blues in Boston.

Nerve8 was formed in 2010 by former Moonshyne guitarist and vocalist Terry Marengi and also includes Corey Dobson on drums and vocals, Cameron Kaszuba on synthesizers and percussion, DJ Marengi on guitar, and Tim Phillips on bass and vocals. The band combines indie music with elements of synth pop, dance and alternative rock.

Saturday’s show in the Foundation Room will also feature two other local acts, Salisbury rock band Animals and Shapes and Newburyport singer and guitarist Ben Sargent.

Tickets are $10 and include a copy of the new CD, “Somewhere Else, Not Here.” To purchase, visit

Dance in Newburyport to celebrate the full moon

A Full Moon Sacred Circle Dance is planned Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Chailey Manor in Newburyport.

No experience is required to learn the simple, traditional and newly crafted village dances from around the world.

Attendees are also encourage to arrive early to picnic on the lawn before the dance. The manor is located at 9 Spring Lane, at the edge of the forest on the banks of the Merrimack River.

Admission is a suggested donation of $10. For more information, contact Ellen Kennedy at 978-388-8604 or

Free concerts in Georgetown this summer

The Georgetown Summer Concert Series kicks off this Sunday with a performance of jazz standards by Asia Wood.

Upcoming shows will feature Auld Locals on July 28, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers on Aug. 4, Rust Never Sleeps on Aug. 11, and Girls Guns and Glory on Aug. 18.

All concerts are free and run from 5 to 7 p.m. at American Legion Park, Rear Prospect Street. For more information, visit

Amesbury band featured at Boston festival

The Brew, an Amesbury-based independent rock band that has opened for Bruce Hornsby, will perform in Boston on Saturday.

Part of the nine-day Outside the Box performing arts festival that kicked off last week, the concert will take place at 3:35 p.m. on Boston Common.

The band has released four albums and won the 2012 New England Music Award for Best Massachusetts Act. Members include Aaron Zaroulis on drums, Dave Drouin on guitar, Joe Plante on bass and Chris Plante on keyboard.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Paranormal expert in Merrimac tonight

Learn about ghosts, monsters and legends from all over the world and in your backyard during “A Paranormal Evening With Jeff Belanger.”

The free event starts at 7 tonight at the Merrimac Public Library, 86 W. Main St., and is presented by Merrimac Reads Local Mysteries, made possible through a federal grant.

Belanger is one of the leading lecturers on paranormal phenomena and has written more than a dozen books, including “Weird Massachusetts” and “The World’s Most Haunted Places.” He is also the series writer and researcher for “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel.

Tonight’s presentation will feature a multimedia lecture, a question-and-answer session, and book signings. For more information, call 978-346-9441.

Legos and more coming to Georgetown library

An assortment of Legos and model trains will be on display at the Georgetown Peabody Library on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see a Lego city with Lego trains created by Patrick Connolly, along with G-gauge trains and other models.

The show is part of a Summer Wrap-Up Adventure for the library’s Tuesday Morning Fun program. There will also be a scavenger hunt and vehicles from town departments, including firetrucks and police cruisers.

Upcoming Tuesday Morning Fun activities include Bubble Day on July 23 and Fairy House/Gnome Homes Craft on July 30. Children of all ages are invited to drop in anytime between 10:30 a.m. and noon on those days.

The library is located at 2 Maple St. For more information on the Lego exhibit, contact Connolly at 978-270-7348 or For more information about library programs, visit

Family-themed fun at the YWCA

The Summer Family Fun Series is now under way at the YWCA Children’s Center in Newburyport.

Upcoming programs include Creatures of Joppa on Tuesday, The YoYo People on Aug. 6, a special open house event with a surprise entertainer on Aug. 10, the Toe Jam Puppet Band on Aug. 13, and story time with Farmer Minor and potbellied pig Daisy on Aug. 20.

Weather permitting, events will be held in the new natural outdoor play space. Tickets are $5 per family, or $20 for the whole series.

To purchase or for more information, call 978-465-YWCA, ext. 2, or email

Summer music continues at Maudslay Arts Center

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series continues with The Shaw Brothers at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's concert with the Paul Broadnax Ensemble has been canceled due to the threat of severe weather.

The Shaw Brothers, world-renowned for “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing,” will play a unique blend of traditional and contemporary music interspersed with humor, poems and stories.

Future shows include Grace Kelly Jazz on July 27, the Don Campbell Band on Aug. 10, Hal McIntyre Orchestra “Big Band Tribute to Frank Sinatra” on Aug. 11, Rebecca Parris on Aug. 17, Liz Frame and the Kickers on Aug. 18, New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Aug. 24, and The ’60s Invasion on Aug. 25.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. Desserts and beverages will be available to purchase during intermission.

Tickets for Saturday concerts are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday concerts cost $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all shows.

To buy tickets online or for more information, visit Tickets are also available at 978-499-0050 and at the gate.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport. In the case of rain, concerts will move inside to the MAC Concert Barn.

Local bands to play in Amesbury

Free community concerts are being presented this month in downtown Amesbury.

The seventh annual Music in the Millyard series features Five O’Clock Somewhere tonight and Switchback on July 25.

At each show, donations will be collected for Our Neighbors’ Table. Items needed the most include peanut butter, canned chicken/tuna, bottled juice, cereal, boxed pasta, shampoo, toothpaste and granola bars.

All performances are from 6 to 8 p.m. at the amphitheater. For more information, call 978-388-3178.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature James Gilmore tomorrow and Craig Bickhardt on Saturday.

Gilmore is a new folk singer and songwriter who mixes the sounds of oldies with the modern folk movement.

Bickhardt is a singer and songwriter of the old school with a spare-but-telling lyric approach.

Both shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Newburyport restaurant.

Hard rock at Salisbury Beach

Guns N’ Roses tribute band Rocket Queen will play at Salisbury Beach tomorrow night.

The female-fronted, Boston-based group’s show will start at 9:30 p.m. at Uncle Eddie’s Oceanside Tavern. High Voltage, a North Shore AC/DC tribute band, will open.

Uncle Eddie’s is located at 8 Oceanfront North. For more information, call 978-465-9779.


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