Harbor Loop Summer Concerts August 9, 2018 ~ T Max, Mari Martin and (most of) the Lucky Boys at Harbor Loop! 6-7pm ~Then Mike O’Connell and Friends 7-9pm




Special thanks to Carol Pallazolla and Christopher Silva for making it all come together!

Mike O’Connell Tonight ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party at The Rhumb Line :8:30pm 6.21.2018

Happy Summer

Thursby, The Rheum Line presents Mike O’Connell and his elastic band of doom: Forrest “Frosty” Padgett, on thumps, and Bobby Gus, on gootar. Bobby’s been here many times and you will be sure to dig his moves. It’s all in the wrist. He knows all the chords. 830 to 1130. Tell your friends to come on down and enjoy themselves while they can! Pretty soon, you won’t remember any of this….


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Mike O’Connell Tonight with David Brown and Forrest Padgett and Dear Ol’ Dave, of course @ Dave Sag’s Blues Party . The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 1.12.2017


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Thursday night at the Rhumbline sees the resprouting of that local hero: Mr. Mike O’Connell and his band of Stooges.

mike-o-rl-mon-1-18-2016-bwcSpread out! No greasy kid stuff on his chinny chin chin as he brings in Mr. Dave Brown, pound for pound the best guitarist this scene has ever seen and Comrade Drummer Forrest “Frosty” Padgett on commie shrapnel shoe bangings. We will bury you!*


40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Dave Sag’s Blues Party is gonna rock n roll tonight with Mike O’Connell, Steve Sadler and Forrest Padgett and of course Dave himself! @ The Rhumb Line 8:30pm 9.1.2016

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Tonight the Kapusta King of Wooster, Mr. Mike O’Connell, returns to the Rhumb Line stage. Mikey, who was nearly arrested last week for wearing a Speedo® at the beach has just gotten back from a vacation visiting the Sonny Bono Memorial Pine Tree in Calif. Oughta be a story there…

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He’s bringing the heavy guns to put you in the mood for celebration. There’s Mr. Steve Sadler, utility glitarist, Mr.Forrest Padgett, on defibrilllators and me, on the big bass.

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Mike O’Connell and Friends ~ Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016 on July 28th. What a great night of live music!


Harbor Loop Summer Concert Series 2016
Mike OConnell & Friends
Jay Aptt- guitar/vox
Ben Ferrini- bass
Leo Ciaramitaro- drums
w/ special guest: Kylie O’Connell

They performed “Dear Mr. Fantasy” by Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood
Great night and some smokin songs by these guys.

Next week Groove Therapy! So far we made it without any rain and cancellations. Let’s hope it goes for the rest of the concerts.

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Seaport Grille Anniversary Celebration continues tonight with David Brown, Mike O’Connell, Roger Brockelbank and Dave Sag 6-9pm 3.9.2016

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There’s a big party goin’ on at the Seaport Grille.
It’s Scott Cook Night, celebrating the very first customer of that venerable institution. From 6 to 9 I’ll be slugging it out with David Brown, Mike O’Connell and Roger Brockelbank. It’s gonna be a blast. Afterwards we’ll be shifting our bods to The Glou. House to join with Madhouse to celebrate the life of Kay Ellis, of Lannon fame who passed last week.


Mike O’Connell, George McCann and Forrest “Frosty” Padgett Tonight @ The Rhumb Line’s “Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30-11:30 1.14.2016 It shall be smokin!



Mike O’connell and the Three Stooges, featuring George McAnn, Chuck’s brother and erstwhile guitarist in the Jas. Montgomery Band.

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40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


This Thursday @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party . Mike O’Connell, George McCann and Forrest Padgett 8:30-11:30pm 10.9.2014

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This week let’s welcome back the Kielbasa King of Woosta: Mr. Mike O’Connell. We’re gonna have some fun, Bwana,channelling the 3 Stooges and playing our arses off to please you, the viewer. Mike is bringing in the cavalry in the form of Mr.George McCann, Chuck’s brother, and the mainstay in James Montgomery’s band, to whoop it up on guitar. Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett will be sweating profusely trying to get here on time to keep time, on the drums, that is. And I’ll be there, too!

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After the last time we played here, the walls needed repainting and the bathroom fixtures had to be replaced. We recommend you bring your Insurance cards, and a white flag, just in case. Mikey’s the real deal!



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40 Railroad Ave

Gloucester, Ma.



Dave Sag’s Blues Party . Mike O’Connell . George McCann . Benny Benson . The Rhumb Line. Thursday 8-11 March 27, 2014

Hold on to your hats!

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Mikey, long known as a silver-tongued crooner and water-slide glitarist, wrecked the joint last time around. We’re aiming for a repeat performance as he drags in his long time buddy George McCann, on Qatar, kicking and screaming. Seems these two cats had a hot band once, but now are satisfied feeding me kielbasa and listening to my bad jokes. Even Benny Benson, our Irish Ace of Pace and agitator par excellance is motivated to skim the froth and get down to the nitty gritty. So, come early and stay late. Bring a date and dine by the whites of her eyes!

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40 Railroad Ave.

Gloucester, MA 01930

phone: 978-283-9732

Lordy be, what fun. You will see ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party Thursday night @The Rhumb Line. 8-11

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We’re penetrating the Gardol® Shield this week with two of the finest slide glitar players this town has ever produced: Mr. Mike O’Connell and  Mr. David Brown. Mikey is a big favorite, what with his agglutinated vocal style and sponge-coated gritar stylings, he’s sure to have you sucking on your upper plate, whilst he  goes for your jugular.  And Brownie, of course, the systolic swami of slide, with his jewel-encrusted whammy bar and electric gas pedal, surrounded by a spaghetti mess of 2500 feet or so of extra cables. Heartfelt heartbeat duties performed by  one of our favorite egg scramblers: Mr. Forrest “Frosty” Padgett.

The last time this ensemble played together, I thought Mitch Miller was gonna come running and offer us a contract! But seriously, folks, it was a magic night, filled with psychic

DON’T FORGET:  WE’RE ON WINTER HOURS: 8 TO 11. Tell your friends and enemies!
NEXT WEEK:  Wilbur and Orville Giddings with Marque Earley and Steevee Chaggarris, the laughing drummer. The fur will fly. O.G. writes great songs. Nice teeth, too.

THE RHUMB LINE BAR & RESTAURANT40 Railroad Ave.Gloucester, MA 01930phone: 978-283-9732http://www.therhumbline.com/index.htm

SAFETY 80s RETURNS!! THE SUMMER SEQUEL ~ Plus an early show with Dan King and Mike O’Connell ~ Acoustic Roots Session

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RAd Tunes!
Dudes and Dolls!
Tasty Waves and Valley Lingo!
The Ultimate in Awesome!


Also an earlier show with Mike O’Connell joining Dan King for an acoustic roots session 5-7

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New Years Rockport Eve is right around the corner

New Years Rockport EveDon’t have buttons yet?  Here’s where to get them:

In Rockport:
John Tarr Store, Main St.
Smith hardware & Lumber at the Lumber Desk
Toad Hall Bookstore, Main St.

In Gloucester:
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, Commercial St.
House of Raven, Main St.
Gloucester Music, Main St.

Here’s a list of the live music (dozens of choices).  The whole shebang goes from 6pm to midnight and is one of the best entertainment values of the year.  You can download a map and complete schedule (in table format) here.  Plus if the weather cooperates (which it just might) you can see the moon, Jupiter and its moons, and galaxies so far away they’ll convince you that you really are as insignificant as you thought — a great way to begin the new year.  The Zip Line Kid and I are still talking about how much fun we had looking through the telescopes set up by the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club at Dock Sq.

Last year we were too late to get in to see Cape Ann Big band at Shalin Liu.  We won’t make that mistake this year.  Here’s a sample of what we missed:

Plenty of opportunities to get into the party spirit tonight (see complete live music listings here).  Might be a good time to check out  Mike O’Connell and his excellent band at Minglewood starting at 9pm.

Lovin’ my D90!

Even though this week has been one of the busiest ever, I got a chance to try out my new Nikon D90’s capabilities in low light last night at Lat 43. Usually the lighting makes it so I have to post-process in Photo Shop to pull out the image. Last night I was able to set ISO at 3200 and shoot at 1/60th at F2.8. It’s grainy but not bad. I’ve got a lot to learn, but that’s half the fun!

BTW…Mike O’Connell plays the best Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, and Tom Petty! Catch the band around town!

GMG Local Music Schedule Sept 30-Oct.4

Remember you can subscribe to GMG Local Music by clicking on the link on the sidebar.There’s lots of good music in Gloucester this week. This post will be updated as info comes in.


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Wednesday 8:30 pm – THE DAN KING ROOTS JAM



Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ the Rhumb Line

Back by globular demand! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Lisa Marie! That’s right, folx, no tickee, no laundree, so get your butt down here Thursday and shake your booties to the booty bleat.
I don’t have to tell you about her smood singin’, her brash blaring, her total control of da megaphonium of de blooze. Plays a mean tambourine, too, or three. It’s gwine be a party to end all parties!
Backing her up  will be long-time missing saxaphonier and general cooldude, Mr. Rick Razdan. We haven’t had the pleasure in a long time as he has been recovering from botched weenis cosmetic surgery. However, we now got the green light! Greg T. will be there, too as well as myself.
So,  put down that knitting and grab your walker and c’mon down…if you still got the strength…



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Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:00 pm – MIKE O’CONNELL and THE BACKSTABBERS



Friday, October 2, 2009, 9:00 pm

Funk / Rock / Jazz



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Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9:00 pm – EDDY’S SHOE



Kingston Trio Tribute

Essex –

The One World Coffee House will salute the magical folk revival group The Kingston Trio on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.

The celebration will include the songs “Tom Dooley,” “This Land is Your Land,” “Greenback Dollar,” “Where Have all the Flowers Gone,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Scotch and Soda,” “MTA” and a score of others.

Read more here.


Great Band at Elliott’s Friday Night

Friday night at Elliott’s, 1 Main St., Gloucester,  Mike O’Connell and the Backstabbers play at 8:30 – 11:30 or so.

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Jay Aptt and Mike O'Connell

If you like the Allman Bros., Tom Petty, ZZ Top, The Band, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, you will love this band.

With Jay Aptt (Tonekat) and Mike on guitar and vocals, Cliff Spencer on Hammond B3 and piano, Bob Vabulas on bass and Frosty Padgett on drums, this band keeps everyone up and dancing. This is one of my favorites!