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.

Supporting the legendary Judy Collins: 2 Sold Out Shows!

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September 11 and 12, 2015: Marina is honored to be supporting legendary songwriter, author, painter, and activist Judy Collins for two sold-out concerts at the stunning Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

With an incredible catalog of 50+ albums, Collins has been a leader and inspiration for songwriters and activists the world over since the 1960s. She has earned several Grammy Awards, and has released multiple gold- and platinum-selling albums. Known for her mellifluous voice, unparalleled artistry and musicianship, and her creative interpretations of traditional and well-known songs, Collins is an icon who has long been an important influence on Marina’s music and career.

In fact, the best way to explain her feelings on supporting such a folk legend, Marina feels, is to quote one of Collins’ own lyrics (!):

“Pinch me darlin’ I think I’m dreamin’
This is too good to be true
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Surprise Guest to Perform at Health Project Gala

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From the Gloucester Daily Times, October 14, 2014:

The Gloucester-based North Shore Health Project is celebrating 25 years of serving Cape Ann residents infected with and affected by HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C with a gala and concert featuring a top secret musician.

The event, which will be held Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, will feature performances by Antje Duvekot and Meg Hutchinson, and local singer-songwriters Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and former Entrain member Brian Alex, along with a special surprise guest.

“I’m very excited to see this person — he’s got a big draw,” said Susan Gould Coviello, executive director of North Shore Health Project and an Essex selectman. She said she could not release the name ahead of the performance. “I’m thrilled that he’s donating his time to play.”

The North Shore Health Project was formed in 1988, but the group believes this year to be its official 25th anniversary. Coviello said the project is “really ready to celebrate what we consider our 25th year in business.” The group was founded by a concerned group of people tired of losing their friends and neighbors to HIV and AIDS. In 2005, it expanded to include hepatitis C in response to the growing epidemic.

“We got sponsors to help defray the cost, because although it’s a celebration it’s also a fundraiser,” added Coviello about the gala. “We currently serve about 140 clients, and that’s only about a fraction of the people who are infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.”

North Shore Health Project offers medical case management and support groups to its clients, as well as an array of holistic services. Patients can participate in meditation, acupuncture, and reiki, to name a few. Coviello said the staff asks clients for feedback after sessions to gauge the helpfulness of each service.

The holistic services “help reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, it helps them sleep better — and patients take those practices home and [they] help them get through their day and through their week,” said Coviello, who also noted that massages can sometimes be the most human contact some patients have in a day.

Many patients with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C struggle to overcome the stigmas and prejudices associated with the virus and disease. AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity working to prevent new cases, noted that “fear of contagion coupled with negative, value-based assumptions about people who are infected leads to high levels of stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS.”

Such stigma can discourage patients from seeking diagnoses or treatment, and can add unnecessary difficulties to day-to-day life.

“The North Shore Health Project has offered case management and more to residents of Cape Ann and beyond for 25 years,” said Board President Donald Maier, M.D. “Its services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual client with an emphasis on holistic supports which, combined with strong physician collaboration, ensure that clients are empowered to maintain optimal health during treatment.”

Tickets to the event can be purchased at www.rockportmusic.org/north-shore-health-project.

 

 

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!

 

Opening for Loudon Wainwright III!

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BIG NEWS, everybody: I am thrilled to be opening for folk legend Loudon Wainwright III on Sunday, July 27 at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA!

With a stunning stage suspended over the waters of Sandy Bay, the Shalin Liu represents the leaps and bounds by which grassroots music organization Rockport Music has grown in recent years. As a little kid sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Rockport Art Association, flipping through a chamber music concert program, I never would have imagined that one day my name and face would appear on those glossy pages. And I certainly couldn’t have imagined that the plywood stage resting on that dusty floor would one day grow to a state of the art performance space.

Needless to say, this is an enormous honor and a highpoint of my career thus far. I am also very much looking forward to sharing my set with the talented David Brown on dobro. I am so grateful to Rockport Music and to Mr. Wainwright for offering me this incredible opportunity! Please, join us!

Loudon Wainwright III, courtesy of Rockport Music:

A singer-songwriter of immense depth and wit, Loudon Wainwright III has been thrilling audiences with his sharp, literate take on the folk tradition for over 40 years. From the “next Dylan” tag of the early 70’s to his evolution into a revered cult figure and Grammy-winning folk elder statesman, Wainwright’s singular talent has never dimmed.

Wainwright’s career has been that of a slow burn rather than a firecracker. His critically-adored records, beginning with 1970’s Album I, helped the songwriter gain a devoted cult following. Wainwright’s rapier wit, self-deprecation and often darkly cynical take on the human condition combined with his strident vocals and deft finger-picking guitar skills spawned a whole new generation of singer-songwriters to follow in his wake.  With high profile song appearances in recent hit films like Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Wainwright has enjoyed a resurgence in his career and introduced his songs to a new, younger audience.

“Mr. Wainwright wrings more human truth out of his contradiction than any other songwriter of his generation.”
– The New York Times

“…one of America’s most astute lyrical commentators…lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering.”
– Mojo Magazine

 

New Video: California!

I am super excited to share with you all a video that’s very close to my heart: a solo acoustic performance of my song “California,” filmed at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center in my hometown of Rockport, MA! It has long been a dream of mine to perform on this beautiful stage, with the backdrop of Sandy Bay. So, naturally, I was THRILLED to hear from Henry Cooper of Granite Visions (who produced the video) that he and his team were interested in putting together an interview and a couple of live performance videos. Many, many thanks to Henry and Granite Visions for their support and hard work! And stay tuned: more videos to come!

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What better way to ring in the new year than with a fantastic big band behind you? This performance with the Cape Ann Big Band at the gorgeous Shalin Liu Performance Center certainly set a high bar for 2013 – the show was a hit, and we made the front page of the Gloucester Daily Times!