VIDEO MONTAGE OF GUSTER IN GLOUCESTER AT THE RIVERFEST SEASIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Wonderfully fun and funny, heartfelt, quirky, original, and fabulous musicians all, Guster headlined Gloucester’s first Riverfest Seaside Music Festival. Montage of highlights from the show with favorite songs “Amsterdam,” “Happier,” “Satellite,” “Stay With Me Jesus,” “Homecoming King,” “Ramona,” “Do You Love Me,” “This Could All Be Yours,” and more.

For information on upcoming shows, tickets, store, and to see Guster’s latest hit video for “Overexcited,” go HERE to www.guster.com

Riverfest presented by 92.5 The River and the City of Gloucester, Stage Fort Park. See photos from the show at Kim Smith Designs

ROCK ON GLUSTER! GUSTER IN GLOUCESTER: PHOTOS FROM GLOUCESTER’S 1ST ANNUAL RIVERFEST SEASIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Headlining act Guster gave a fantastic and fabulous-in-every-way show at the Riverfest Seaside Music Festival Saturday afternoon. They played all the fan favorites for a wonderfully fun and eclectic audience. Some of my favorite songs from their beautiful repertoire of music included “Amsterdam, “Do You Love Me,” “This Could All Be Yours,” “Homecoming King,” “Satellite,” “Stay With Me Jesus,” and many, many more. Video with music highlights to come later this week 🙂

Although I had to work most of the day and didn’t get to the event until after 3:30, the festival went fabulously well, from this fan’s perspective. A huge shout out to Donald St. Sauveur and radio 92.5 The River (the best rock radio station, bar none!), Mayor Sefatia and her team for bringing Riverfest to Gloucester, to Jill Cahill and Gloucester’s stellar DPW for the advanced planning and organizing (Stage Fort Park looked absolutely gorgeous!), to all the sponsors, and especially to the fans. Everyone was having a grand time-enjoying the music, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and just having fun.

Thank you festival organizers for a wonderfully new and exciting event for Gloucester! I hope it is the the first of many Riverfests to come!!!

GET READY FOR GLOUCESTER’S FIRST EVER RIVERFEST!

EXCITIMENT IS BUILDING FOR GLOUCESTER’S FIRST EVER RIVERFEST SEASIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL!

GUSTER HEADLINING

TIME ARTIST
12:00 – 1:00 PM Tall Heights
1:30 – 2:30 PM Mt. Joy
3:00 – 4:00 PM Noah Kahan
4:30 – 6:00 PM Guster
LINEUP SAMPLER

 

GUSTER HEADLINING RIVERFEST SEASIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH!!!

Less than a week from Riverfest! Headliners Guster will be on from 4:30 to 6:00. GO HERE for the complete line-up and more information.

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We heard you when you told us we’d outgrown the venue in Newburyport. So, we’re excited to share that Riverfest is moving to a new, larger venue — beautiful Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, overlooking Gloucester Harbor.

And we’ve also moved the event up one week from its traditional Labor Day weekend. The event will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019, 12-6pm.

But something that definitely hasn’t changed — Riverfest will continue to be free and open to the public, as it’s always been.

We’re stoked about the future for this popular, annual event, and we hope you’ll join us on August 24th for an awesome day of live music and great vibes!

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The Riverfest Seaside Music Festival is a free show open to the public, now in it’s 18th year! Because of the popularity of this event, attendees are encouraged to get there early with blankets & chairs for a day of great live music!

Help keep Gloucester and Stage Fort Park beautiful! Please do not leave behind cigarette butts, trash, food, etc. Put all trash/recycling in proper barrels.

Dogs and other pets must be on a leash at all times.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Stage Fort Park, except within the designated age 21+ area(s) specially permitted during this event.

Sarkin- A Portrait In Pictures

Know The Man- Know The Genius – Hear His Fascinating Story Here

and our interviews from his old space at the Birdseye Building-

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part II

Chickity Check It! Tormented Sarkin Video Now Posted

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon Sarkin Interview At His Birdseye Building Studio Part I

Jon talks about his relationship with Chad Carlberg, gives us a tour of his workspace inside the Birdseye building, shows how some of the pieces for the Guster Music Video were made and how success breeds success.

Look for part II tomorrow

Jon Sarkin Interview Part I Coming Tonight

I had the honor of interviewing the great Jon Sarkin in his studio space at the Birdseye building.  Jon has been featured in GQ, Tom Cruise buys his life story with the intent of Tom playing Jon.  His work has also been purchased by many serious art collectors and he has shows all over the world.  Recently his work was featured in the latest music video for the band Guster which was produced by Chad Carlberg’s Gloucester based Production Blue studio.

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From Jon’s Website

HOW MY DISABILITY HAS INFLUENCED MY WORK

In 2006 Sarkin was nominated for a Wynn Newhouse Foundation award for artists with disabilities. As part of the application, he composed the below essay to describe his disability. Sarkin ended up receiving one of the runner-up prizes at the awards ceremony in New York in the spring of 2007.

There is no facet of my work that has not been profoundly impacted by my stroke. Because of this fact, any note of how my disability has influenced my art is very difficult. It is hard to describe this precisely because my disability has affected every aspect of my life so pervasively. It is extremely challenging to be objective about a thing as subjective as yourself.

Why am I unable to be reflective about how my stroke affected my work?

Our physicality and perception are how we access and negotiate and navigate our environment and surroundings.

When these were paradigmatically and physically altered, so too was my understanding of, and my relationship with, the outside world.

There exists a connection with the external world and my “internality” that is truly intimate. TRULY.

When this balance is disturbed, the resulting disequilibrium changes everything. EVERYTHING.

How this intimacy has been disquieted informs every aspect of my art. One of the things that is most apparent is its sheer abundance. I create in a fever, in a mad torrent of ideas and images. This directly relates to my inability to censor the floodgates of my imagination. Another part of my work is its stream-of-consciousness “texture.” This correlates with how my neural architecture has been scrambled by my stroke, resulting in an inability to think linearly and logically. Also, because my stroke has caused me to be obsessive, my art involves working with the same images over and over and over again. suffer from a syndrome I like to call “obsessive-compulsive-manic-depressive-creative-disorder.”

I see everything differently now. Much of this has to do with my double vision. When one’s vision is doubled, i.e., when one cannot focus on the same image with both eyes, one loses depth perception. I see objects quite differently now, and this is translated into how I draw them. My sense of color is changed, too. My perception of everything, including color and shape, and, come to think of it, sound and smell and the way things feel, has been cataclysmically and deeply altered.
This is why it’s hard to explain how my disability has influenced my work.

Here is a video the ABC did about Jon’s disability and how it has created the artist that he has become-

Look for part one of my interview with Jon tonight.

Local Ad Company Makes National Music Video For Guster

My childhood buddy Jonathan Cahill- AKA Abby Joy Cahill’s older brother writes-

Hey Joey,

Some breaking news for you:

Universal Republic Records has chosen Chad Carlberg, owner of Bait & Tackle Ad Company in Gloucester, MA,  and director with Production Blue, to create the new music video for Guster’s new single “Do You Love Me?” Chad Carlberg and Gloucester-based visual artist Jon Sarkin have begun collaboration on the project. Chad and Jon have been friends and have worked on a number of projects together for ten years. Chad and Guster drummer Brian Rosenworcel have been longtime friends as well.
Two months ago, Brian was talking to Chad about needing artwork for a new album (in two weeks!) and still had no artist. Chad suggested Jon Sarkin. Sarkin has work in the private collections of Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro and Diane Von Furstenberg. He has shown at Diane von Furstenberg, The DeCordova and others (see www.jsarkin.com for more), has been featured in three BBC documnetary films, an ABC Medical Mysteries, articles in GQ, Vanity Fair, Readers Digest, etc. Brian loved the idea, and a few days later the band was on-board and Sarkin was off and running on the album cover and all art for album.
Shortly thereafter, Brian asked Chad to direct one of the 12 songs off the new album for a web video. Chad chose the single “Do You Love Me?” But Brian called back later and recommended picking another song because the single was getting a real budget and would be done only by a director with Universal’s approval. But Chad was up to the challenge and said, “Let me try.” He wrote five treatments, and created a video page for his pitch of demo work. Even though he had Brian in his corner, Brian had no influence over Universal, who held the purse strings.
As it turned out, Universal and the band members loved the idea that Chad pitched using Sarkin as part of the video. This pitch video was based on a test Chad previously made with Sarkin and noted musician, Sten Bowen who also co-directed with Chad on this project.
Under Chad Carlberg’s direction, this is the first major Production Blue project, (Bait & Tackle Ad Company’s new, high-end production partner). Chad is assisted by Emile Doucette, Bait & Tackle’s Technical Director and Tom Papows, Camera Operator.
See video here about the idea for the music video and the Carlberg/Sarkin/Guster relationship: