, Newburyport, MA

August 22, 2013

The Lookout: Port band gets back in the groove with reunion show

The Lookout
Ann Reily

---- — Good, old-fashioned blues will be on the menu when Newburyport band Roll & Tumble reunites for a concert this Saturday at the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

The show, the band’s first in several years, starts at 8 p.m. and will feature both original tunes and covers from their three well-regarded CDs.

Roll & Tumble formed 15 years ago at the former Glenn’s Galley in Newburyport, where Curtis Jerome Hayes got a gig performing old-style blues on the piano. Justin Quinn, who worked next door at Interlocks, would join in from time to time, playing the harp and singing.

Restaurant owner Glenn Mayers suggested they join forces with Frank Corso, a slide guitar player who had an art studio in the building. Corso, in turn, recommended bass player Jon Ross, who decided the band really needed a drummer, which he also happened to be.

Tickets are $21 for adults and $19 for students and members. For more information, call 978-462-7336 or visit

The Firehouse is located in Market Square, Newburyport.

Wimpy Kid bookmobile at farmers market

The Wimpy Kid Book 8 Mobile will visit the farmers market at The Tannery Marketplace on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

Children can get free Wimpy Kid goodies, watch book trailers and have their pictures taken. The eighth book in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, written by former Daily News staffer Jeff Kinney, is due out this fall.

The bookmobile will be parked outside Jabberwocky Bookshop, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

Landscapes featured at Newburyport gallery

“Between Land & Sea,” a new exhibit at The Walsingham Gallery, features coastal landscape paintings by Robert Scott Jackson and Ronald Tinney.

Jackson is a Newburyport native who graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Boston and has practiced painting on a professional level for more than 40 years.

Tinney grew up in Pennsylvania and has studied with numerous noted marine artists. He now lives on Cape Cod, where he paints year-round.

The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 30 at the gallery, which is located at 47 Merrimac St., Newburyport. Hours are Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 978-499-4411 or visit

Studio scares up readings of Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’

The Actors Studio’s Summer Classic Series continues this weekend with staged readings of Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts.”

“Ghosts” tells the story of Mrs. Alving, a strong-willed and capable woman who is seemingly trapped in the chauvinistic culture of her time.

Readings will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday at the studio in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Mill 1, Suite 5, Newburyport. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling 978-465-1229 or online at

Apply for a spot on art studio tour

Local artists and creative entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply to display and sell their work during the 2013 Amesbury Open Studio Tour.

Entering its 17th year, the tour will be held Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 17 from noon to 4 p.m.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 3. For applications, guidelines and more information, visit

Local photographer’s work on display

Photography by Newburyport resident Rocco Coviello is on display through Sept. 27 at The Provident Bank’s Newburyport branch.

“Taken by a Photograph” features images of landscapes; local attractions; and musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Mumford & Sons and John Mayer.

A free artist’s reception will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7 at the bank, 66 Storey Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit may be viewed during normal bank hours, which are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 978-225-1401.

Apprenticeships offered at boat shop

Lowell’s Boat Shop in Amesbury is offering an after-school apprentice program for high school students between the ages of 15 and 18.

Enrolled youths will work alongside museum staff and volunteers to learn the skills and art of boatbuilding. They will also have the opportunity to build a traditional wooden boat.

Applicants must display drive and dedication to the project throughout the school year. Prior woodworking experience is a plus, but not required.

For more information and an application package, contact 978-834-0050 or

Refuge looking for your best photos

The third annual Nature and Wildlife Contest is underway at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Matted prints are being accepted through Oct. 4 in two themed categories: wildlife and landscapes/seascapes. Entries will also be judged in two age categories: adult and youth (under age 18).

To qualify, pictures must have been taken within the boundaries of one of the following refuges: Parker River, Great Bay, Wapack, Thacher Island, Rachel Carson, Great Meadows, Assabet River, Monomoy or Oxbow. Photographers can submit two prints, which must be no bigger than 8 inches by 10 inches. The application fee is $5.

The panel of judges will comprise refuge staff and experienced photographers, and winners will be announced during the annual Phabulous Photo Weekend, Oct. 18-20.

Hunt’s Photo will provide a $100 gift card to the “Best in Show” and a $50 gift card to the first-place winner in each category. The winning photos will be displayed in the refuge visitor center for the next year.

For a complete list of contest guidelines, visit

Singers sought for North Shore chorus

New singers are invited to audition for the Cantemus Chamber Chorus next week.

Auditions for the 40-voice ensemble are by appointment only and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Church, 1 Arbor St., Wenham.

Tuesday’s auditions will be followed by a “season preview” led by music director Jane Ring Frank. The public is invited to sing along as the chorus runs through works it will perform this winter.

Visit for more information.

A tale of friendship for children

Georgetown resident Maggie van Galen will read from her children’s book on Saturday at Jabberwocky Bookshop.

“The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest — The Diamond Mine” is the second in a series of books about a mischievous monkey and his best friend, a wise elephant.

The reading will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the bookstore, located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St., Newburyport.

For more information, visit

Photos, watercolors highlighted in exhibit

A solo show by Karen Fitzgerald is on display through Monday at the Newburyport Art Association.

“Intuitive Responses” features watercolors, photography and mixed media by the Methuen High School teacher.

A free opening reception with refreshments will be held tonight from 6 to 8. On Saturday, Fitzgerald will do a watercolor demonstration at 11:30 a.m. On Sunday at 2 p.m., she will talk about her black-and-white, darkroom-enlarged pieces.

The exhibit is in the Laura Coombs Hills Gallery, 65 Water St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

MAC wraps up concert series

The Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series concludes its season this weekend with New Black Eagle Jazz Band at 7 p.m. on Saturday and The ’60s Invasion at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Black Eagles, as the band is often known to fans, has been a fixture on the international jazz scene since 1971.

The ’60s Invasion takes listeners on a journey through the 1960s with music and popular culture from the decade.

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

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are $25 for patio seating, which includes tables and chairs, and $20 for lawn seating (bring your own chairs and blankets). Sunday’s concert costs $12 general admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

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.

Tour a lighthouse this weekend

The Newburyport Harbor Light at Plum Island will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday, weather permitting.

Sneakers are required, and there is a short ladder to climb. Children must be at least 5 years old and 42 inches tall.

Admission and parking are free, though donations will be accepted.

For more information, call the Friends of Plum Island Light at 978-463-2867, email or visit

Local bands to play at Salisbury Beach

Salisbury-based rock band Nerve8 will perform tomorrow night at Splash Liquid Lounge on Salisbury Beach.

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.

Salisbury rock band Animals and Shapes will open the show, which starts at 8 p.m.

Wrestlers put on a show in Newbury

Atlantic Pro Wrestling will present a night of entertainment at Newbury Fire Hall on Saturday.

The all-ages show will feature follow-up matches with a number of the wrestlers seen during Yankee Homecoming.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door, at Express Video in Newburyport or online at

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the fire hall, 3 Morgan Ave.

Entertainment and food at 17 State St.

This weekend’s “Beats, Burgers and Brews” at the 17 State Street Cafe will feature Lynne Taylor tomorrow and Josef Nocera on Saturday.

Taylor, a Newburyport resident who combines brutally honest songwriting with powerful vocals and piano accompaniment, will be celebrating her pre-release CD party.

Nocera is a singer, songwriter and performer who also lives in Newburyport. He plays original music along with tunes by artists of the 1950s and ’60s.

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

Jazz on tap at Ten Center

Wednesday’s “Jazz at Ten Center” presents Danny Harrington on baritone saxophone, John Baboian on guitar, Bruce Gertz on Bass and Phil McGowan on drums.

The show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the restaurant, 10 Center St., Newburyport. For more information, visit


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