SONGS FOR THE ANGELS on September 10!

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During National Recovery Month, the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is hosting an exciting benefit concert featuring Cape Ann’s favorite singer/songwriters. Songs for the Angels will showcase Cape Ann’s vibrant music scene — represented by singer/songwriters Fly Amero, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and Willie Alexander, and introducing opener Quentin Callewaert, plus a special performance from Chief Campanello, among other surprises. All will come together for the crucial cause of fighting addiction, both in our local community and across the nation. Held in the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, this promises to be a one of a kind concert for a very important cause. You won’t want to miss this one!

>> Click here to reserve your tickets! <<

About the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI):

The concert will support the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI). In 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello and John Rosenthal developed a revolutionary new program aimed at getting opioid drug users the help they need, instead of putting them in handcuffs. PAARI’s mission is to support the Gloucester Police’s ANGEL initiative and to aid other police departments to implement similar programs. PAARI-committed police departments share a common mission: Encourage opioid drug users to seek recovery; Help distribute life saving opioid blocking drugs to prevent and treat overdoses; Connect addicts with treatment programs and facilities; and Provide resources to other police departments and communities that want to do more to fight the opioid addiction epidemic. In just over a year, PAARI has grown into a network of over 150 police departments across the country. PAARI works to remove the stigma associated with drug addiction, turning the conversation toward the disease of addiction rather than the crime of addiction. We work directly with over 200 treatment centers to secure fully-funded scholarships for participants with or without insurance.  For more information about PAARI, please call PAARI at (888) 9-PAARI-9 or visit paariusa.org.

Schooner Serenade: Concert aboard Adventure

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Friday, August 12: Marina & Bernardo are so excited to be the third concert in the songwriter series Schooner Serenade! Held aboard the stunning Schooner Adventure as she is docked in her home port of Gloucester, MA, this series features New England songwriters lending their tunes to the valuable cause of preserving this historic ship’s legacy. Marina & Berna will be debuting new music from their forthcoming album, aptly entitled Tide and Stars.

Photo by Michael Bergmann

Homeward Bound: Stateside Summer Shows

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It’s that time of year again – when I fly across the Atlantic from Italy to Cape Ann, Massachusetts, only to hit the ground running (& singing!) for a summer tour across New England. And I couldn’t be more excited!

This summer, it’s quite the mix: solo acoustic shows, concerts in duo with my musical partner & killer slide guitarist Bernardo Baglioni, and performances fronting the incredible Compaq Big Band. Everything from house concerts (in living rooms, recording studios, and one on the stunning shores of Lake Winnipesaukee!) to museums, from the decks of one of Gloucester’s historic schooners to the hallowed halls of aged New England churches — there’s a concert for everyone. Click here to see the full calendar!

I’m also looking forward to a benefit concert for the Schooner Adventure, “the last of the Gloucestermen,” a historic ship that is a living testament to our rich maritime history (August 12). I’ll be performing in acoustic duo with Bernardo aboard the ship as she’s docked in her beautiful home port of Gloucester, MA. Come join us for a sunset concert beneath the spars!

More concerts are being added all the time, so stay tuned — click here to view the full concert calendar, or follow me on Facebook or Instagram for up-to-the-minute news. Many thanks all — looking forward to seeing you (and singing to you!) along the road!

 

Schooner Serenade: Summer Songwriter Series

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BIG NEWS! I am so excited to be collaborating with the Schooner Adventure on producing Schooner Serenade, a summer songwriter series to benefit this historic ship!

Join us for a unique and intimate musical experience as the sounds of strings and voices mingle and echo from bow to stern, as the sun sets and the stars rise…

This monthly concert series will be held aboard the stunning Schooner Adventure while she is docked in her home port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and will run from May through August. Featuring singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond performing their original music, this promises to be a series of shows not to be missed.

May 29th ~ Allen Estes   Get Tickets

June 26th ~ 3rian King & Nathan Cohen   Get Tickets

July 12th ~ Daphne Lee Martin Get Tickets

August 12th ~ Marina and Berna Get Tickets

Beyond being America’s oldest seaport, Adventure’s home port of Gloucester, MA is also a vibrant artistic community that has nurtured and inspired renowned visual artists, poets, and musicians throughout the centuries. Schooner Serenade unites Gloucester’s unique cultural history with Adventure’s crucial mission to educate on maritime, cultural, and environmental issues  and to restore and preserve her for future generations love of the sea. Held aboard Adventure while she is docked in her historic home port, Schooner Serenade features talented singer/songwriters from Cape Ann and beyond whose original music and live performances have earned them local, regional, and international acclaim.

A National Historic Landmark, the Schooner Adventure is among the last surviving Grand Banks dory-fishing schooners, the last of the “Gloucestermen”.  An icon of the American fisheries and a floating classroom for maritime history and environmental education, Adventure is an invaluable, living monument to our fishing and maritime heritage, both in Massachusetts and America as a whole.

About The Artists:

Allen Estes  May 29, 2016

A Cape Ann favorite whose songwriting has earned him co-writes with such illustrious songwriters as Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, and David Mallett, and whose dynamic live performance has earned him opening slots for such greats as Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, J. Geils (and many, many more), Allen Estes is a local treasure who is not to be missed. Combining a full, rich voice with exceptional fingerpicking skills and honest, elegant songwriting, Estes masterfully mixes country, folk, and blues in his songs. Learn more at allenestes.com.

3rian King & Nathan Cohen  June 26, 2016

3rian King (voice, keys, guitar) and Nathan Cohen (violin, trumpet) are the founders of the neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?.  The pair like to bend and blend genres, allowing the song to be what it needs to be in order to express its emotional core. Together they have packed houses in Boston, NYC,  and throughout the country. 3rian’s strong gender-defying voice has been compared to Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, and Amy Winehouse.

His song “Cold Rain” was recorded by New Orleans Soul Queen, Irma Thomas on her Grammy-nominated album, “Simply Grand,” which also features Cohen on violin.  Time Out New York advises “catch him as his star rises.” Cohen is fluent in classical orchestral and chamber music, but has also studied and played music all over the globe on remote Pacific Islands, Ghana, Ireland, and Turkey, to name some favorites. Nathan currently runs the Rockport Public Schools Orchestra and Chamber Music program, and is an adjunct professor of music at Endicott College. Check out What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? at www.whattimeisitmrfox.com

Daphne Lee Martin  July 12, 2016

Winner of Songwriter of the Year at the 2016 New England Music Awards, Daphne Lee Martin combines a unique vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline, and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case with original, timeless melodies and arrangements that hark back to harmony-rich maritime folk songs, tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s, and of course, Tom Waits. A songwriter with a mission, Martin has used her music as a means of teaching sustainability, environmental science, and the importance of traditions to the communities of the future during the several years she spent within Pete Seeger’s Hudson River Sloop Clearwater community. Her deep experience uniting community-based initiatives with her unique and award-winning songwriting makes her a perfect fit for Schooner Serenade. Learn more at daphneleemartin.com.

Marina & Berna   August 12, 2016

Combining a background in jazz with folk Americana, blues, and an indie edge, Cape Ann singer/songwriter Marina Evans’ sound is all her own. Marina’s strong, sultry vocals and the raw grit of her husband, producer, and musical partner Bernardo Baglioni’s slide guitar bring her unusual melodies and lyrics to life. Having released 3 original EPs and a full length album in recent years – two of which were written and recorded abroad in Bernardo’s native Italy – the pair has toured across the U.S. and internationally. Marina’s passionate live performance has earned her two consecutive nominations for Female Performer of the Year at the New England Music Awards, as well as opening sets for such folk legends as Judy Collins, Jonathan Edwards, and Loudon Wainwright III. Debuting brand new material from Marina’s forthcoming album  fittingly entitled Tide and Stars — this dynamic duo is not to be missed. Learn more at marinaevansmusic.com.

Singing for Pathways: Volunteer Appreciation

Over the past few years, Marina has been volunteering at Pathways for Children, a local non-profit organization providing care, support, and services to children & families in need. Visiting a few times per week, Marina has worked with the kids at Pathways in music & movement classes. “I was very fortunate growing up to have lots of exposure to music, starting at a young age,” she says, “and I wanted to give these kids a chance to have that special kind of creativity and freedom of expression that comes with music and dance.”

Marina is honored to have been invited to speak and perform at Pathways’ annual Volunteer & Donor Appreciation event, held this year in Gloucester, MA. “When they asked me to perform, I thought, what better song to express the unique strength & character of the hardworking, dedicated people who built this organization, than my own love song to Cape Ann? Music and community, a sense of place and a sense of meaning, are all closely tied — and this song expresses that better than any words could (I hope!).”

Click below & watch Marina’s live performance of her original piece “Cape Ann Song.” Lyrics are posted below. Many thanks to Gloucester’s illustrious Mayor Sefatia for the video!

 

Cape Ann Song, by Marina Evans

In a little town at the end of the earth

Full of scent and sound of the water

Hangs a history, deep and oh so long

Wild as the sea and pretty as her songs

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

 

The harbor birds are crying, swooping low and fast

O’er fishermen arriving, hulls heavy with their catch

From a granite ledge with panoramic view

The painter tilts his head to glimpse that golden blue

From salty saloons to the riverside

Poets sway and singers swoon, drunk on love of light

 

This is more than an island

More than sea and shore, more than tide and wind

You see it in silver scales shining in the sun

In spindrift and great white sails

Mysteries and tall tales…

 

Generations, living and breathing the ocean, the ocean

Four hundred years of devotion, devotion

Oh a legacy that can’t be sold

Oh and we — we can’t let go

 

Now it’s in our hands, in our hearts and minds

To live and love this land

By the sea defined

By the sea defined

Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert

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This Saturday, January 23, I am honored to join an all-star lineup for a benefit gala & concert for the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce! Hosted at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center, one of the premier performance spaces north of Boston, this concert is not to be missed. Featuring the best & brightest from the Cape Ann music scene, this show will highlight 6 vocalists — hostess & event organizer Mari Martin, Kate Barry, Renee Dupuis, Megan McKenzie Downey, and myself — backed by a killer 4-piece band (Mark Retallack, Roger Brockelbank, Vinny Briguglio, and Jake Pardee). All concert proceeds will go to benefit the Cape Ann Chamber, a vital organization that supports our local businesses. Click here to visit the Chamber’s website to learn more about the event, or visit Rockport Music’s website to purchase tickets.

What: Cape Ann Divas Benefit Concert for the Cape Ann Chamber
When: Saturday, January 23; 6pm gala, 8pm concert
Where: The Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA
Tickets: http://rockportmusic.org/cape-ann-chamber-of-commerce-dinner/

Come Together in Song: Benefit For The Grace Center

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In recent years, the Cape Ann Clergy Association realized that there was an ever-increasing number of requests to provide care, support, and resources to the homeless on Cape Ann. Following a needs assessment study in 2011, which identified the distinct need for a safe day space for Cape Ann’s homeless, the group formed the Grace Center, a fully staffed day resource center that moves from church to church in and around Gloucester, MA.

Marina became aware of the Grace Center just this past year, and was impressed with the generosity and hard work the group has put forth to help those less fortunate in our community. Theirs is a valuable mission, and (unfortunately) reflects a growing problem Cape Ann faces in supporting an increasing homeless population.

Marina came up with the idea to “come together in song” in support of this important cause. Together with her husband Bernardo Baglioni, as well as a special guest appearance by Gloucester police Chief Campanello, she put on an intimate acoustic performance in one of Gloucester’s beautiful churches. All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Grace Center, and Marina is proud (and pleasantly surprised!) to have raised over $1,000 in donations to the organization.

“It’s an honor to lend my music to a cause like this, and to support our community the best way I know how — in song,” Marina says. “I have received so much support from my hometown over the years, and I love this place through and through. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to give back!”

To learn more about the Grace Center, and to donate, please visit:

http://gracecenterinc.org/

North Shore Health Project Benefit Concert

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In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the North Shore Health Project, a leading agency for HIV and HCV support in Massachusetts, Rockport Music has put together a benefit concert at its gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center on October 17, 2014. And I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Cape Ann singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Fly Amero, Brian Alex, myself, and other special guests will open up the show with an in-the-round set of original music. Our set will then be followed by renowned folk songstresses Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, whose gorgeous voices, melodies, and lyrics are not to be missed!

Proceeds from the concert will support the ongoing mission of the North Shore Health Project. To get your tickets and to learn more about the concert, click here; to learn more about the North Shore Health Project, click here. We hope you will join us, for great original music and more importantly, for a great cause!

 

Last Waltz Live!

This weekend, I will be playing the part of Joni Mitchell in a LIVE recreation of The Band’s classic film, The Last Waltz! Presented by Last Dance Productions, and featuring a host of amazing local artists and the fantastic Rev Tor Band, this is fixin’ to be a great night of music. AND it’s for a good cause: this is a benefit concert for the ever-inspiring musical nonprofit Music in Common.

In a lot of ways, this is a dream come true for me: Joni was the reason I started playing guitar and writing songs in the first place. And now, many years after my initial struggle through an oversimplified version of “Case of You,” I am thrilled and flattered to perform her beautiful song “Coyote” on the gorgeous stage of the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

Click here to learn more about the show and to buy your tickets. Thanks team, hope to see you this weekend!