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Music on Meeting House Green Willie Alexander/ August 24, 2018

FROM GARAGE BAND TO THE BEAT OF ROCK ’N ROLL, WILLIE ALEXANDER AND THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY ORCHESTRA ROCK MEETINGHOUSE GREEN, AUGUST 24

 Gloucester-based singer/pianist Willie Alexander plays with his Persistence of Memory Orchestra at the free Gloucester Meetinghouse Summer Concert on Friday, August 24, 6 – 9 pm.

 Alexander has played and raved through more musical eras than most musicians have survived. With deep roots in ‘60s bands such as the Lost and Bagatelle, becoming a member of Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground in 1971, Alexander’s music fuses punk, rock ’n roll, jazz and blues, with hip-hop laced with techno. Together with his Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Alexander will have you hopping and jiving under the fairy lights of Meetinghouse Green. His music is zany, soulful and rocks you out of your chair. Fun for both young and old concert-goers.

 As always, the concert is free but in the spirit of giving to the community, the audience is invited to make free-will donations to the Grace Center, a local day resource center serving adults in crisis in the Cape Ann area. Breakfast and lunch are served to adults in need, Monday to Friday, at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.

 Bring cash or a checkbook, beach chairs or blankets. Fresh, all-natural food is provided by The Common Crow. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse. Parking is available in lots nearby and at St. Peter’s Square.

 Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Brent and Linda Wilkes; Tom and Kristin Zarrella; and our corporate sponsor Cape Ann Savings Bank.

 

Music on the Meeting House Green

SMOKY CABARET BAND ‘WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX?’ TO PLAY AT MEETINGHOUSE GREEN SUMMER CONCERT, AUGUST 17

 

 

A longtime staple of Boston’s underground cabaret scene, ‘What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?’ will rivet the crowds at Meetinghouse Green, at the corner of Church and Middle Street, Friday, August 17 from 6 – 9 pm.

 In 2004 the band started as a duo with singer-songwriter Brian King, of gender-defying voice, who teamed up with violinist and trumpeter Nathan Cohen. Today, the band includes Dennis Monagle on drums, Renee Dupuis on voice, keys, and melodica, and Joe Cardoza on upright bass. They deliver their own brand of smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir. Think of Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse playing in a French café. ‘What Time Is It, Mr. Fox’s’ latest album ‘Little Bit of Blue,’ recently released with two Boston and NYC sold-out CD release parties, includes songs accompanied by circus performers, dancers, and animation by award-winning Harvard filmmaker Ruth Lingford.

 The concert is free. As with all of Meetinghouse Green’s concerts, the audience is encouraged to make free-will donations to Cape Ann Art Haven, a Gloucester community space offering art classes for kids and adults in pottery, photography, mural painting, drawing and more. Bring cash or a checkbook, beach chairs or blankets. Food is provided by Short and Main, a contemporary bistro featuring pizza, oysters, and fried chicken on Thursdays. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held inside the Meetinghouse. Parking is available on Meetinghouse Green, nearby lots, and at St. Peter’s Square.

 Music on Meetinghouse Green’s sponsors include Linzee and Beth Coolidge; J.J. and Jackie Bell; Michael and Mary Bresnan; JoeAnn Hart and Gordon Baird; Harry and Mary Hintlian; Charles Nazarian; Dick and Doris Prouty; Sandra Ronan; Brent and Linda Wilkes; Tom and Kristin Zarrella; and our corporate sponsor Cape Ann Savings Bank.

 

Sales Tax Free weekend

Sales Tax free weekend.

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 to 12.
Among the final measures lawmakers passed on the final day of the formal legislative session Tuesday was an economic development bill that includes a two-day sales tax-free weekend this month, Aug. 11-12. The sales tax holiday was approved by the House last month and included in the Senate bill through an amendment by Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican. The Senate approved Tarr’s amendment 31-6 last Wednesday.

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