Nine Friday nights.

Nine great outdoor concerts benefiting local non-profits.

The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation presents a series of 9 free concerts on Meetinghouse Green, corner of Church and Middle St, Gloucester, from July 7 to September 8, 2017. The family-friendly concerts begin at 6 pm. Bring folding chairs or blankets. There will be food vendors at every concert. In case of rain, the events will take place inside the Meetinghouse. The public is invited to make free-will donations to Cape Ann non-profit organizations partnered with each concert (bring cash/check). Parking available next door at St John’s Church.

A Big Thank you to our wonderful sponsors.

The sponsors of ‘Music on Meetinghouse Green’ pre-pay the expenses so all contributions go to our non-profit partners. Special thanks to Linzee & Beth Coolidge (matching gift) plus Tom & Susan Andresen, J.J. & Jackie Bell, Michael & Mary Ann Bresnan, Harry & Mary Hintlian, Dick & Doris Prouty, Charles Nazarian and our corporate sponsor, the Cape Ann Saving Bank.

TOMORROW
Hye Fusion

Hye Fusion

Concert to benefit Artsbridge

Friday, August 18, 2017 6:00pm Hye Fusion is an American-born trio of musicians who perform Middle Eastern music integrated with Western Jazz. The musicians play current and traditional instruments including the oud, classical and rhythm guitars, keyboard, clarinet and saxophone as well as the doumbek – the most commonly played percussive instrument throughout Middle eastern cultures. The result is a dynamic synergy of melodies and rhythms.

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GC Jug Band/Deb Hardy And The Altairs

GC Jug Band/Deb Hardy And The Altairs

Concert to benefit The Grace Center

Friday, August 25, 2017 6:00pm Deb Hardy and The Altairs are a roots rock party band hailing from Boston’s North Shore. They feature the powerhouse singer Deb Hardy and the driving force of Carl DiFranza, Tom Alley and Jamie Melville. The band gets a crowd moving with a mix of high energy folk, blues, soul, classic and alternative rock.

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Cape Ann Big Band

Cape Ann Big Band

Concert to benefit Gloucester Meeting House Foundation sprinkler system

Friday, September 08, 2017 6:00pm Born in the basement and bred in a garage, the Cape Ann Big Band is not your average swing orchestra. The band connects with local musicians of all ages and backgrounds to encourage big-band music making and community involvement. Cape Ann Big Band is inspired by the sounds of jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, rock ’n roll and show-tune ‘golden oldies’.

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Past events.

Here are the past events from our Fall/Winter concert and lecture series.

‘Appalachian Spring’ concert

‘Appalachian Spring’ concert

May 14, 2017 3:30pm The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to announce that the Ipswich-based community orchestra, The Orchestra On The Hill,” will perform renowned composer Aaron Copland’s prizewinning “Appalachian Spring” on Sunday, May 14, at the historic Meetinghouse which is home to the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.

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Cape Ann Sustainability Fair

Cape Ann Sustainability Fair

April 29, 2017 10:00am TownGreen2025 presents the 2017 Cape Ann Sustainability Fair, Gloucester’s third sustainability fair with added focus on other elements of sustainable living on Cape Ann.

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Organist Joonho Park Plays Bach

Organist Joonho Park Plays Bach

April 22, 2017 7:30pm The Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation is pleased to present organist Joonho Park performing an all-Bach program in a progressive organ recital. The first half will be performed in the Meetinghouse, home of the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, on the 1893 Hutchings pipe organ, restored by world-renowned Gloucester organ builder Charles Fisk in 1962.


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Musica Sacra: Handel's 'Israel in Egypt'

Musica Sacra: Handel's 'Israel in Egypt'

March 18, 2017 7:30pm The biblical tale of the Exodus inspired Handel to write some of the most dramatic music of his career, depicting the story in vivid detail from the increasingly unpleasant plagues visited upon the Egyptians to the Israelites’ feelings of exultation and triumph in escaping their oppressors. Join Musica Sacra and our professional soloists and orchestra for this extraordinary musical journey.

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Valentine's Concert

Valentine's Concert

February 11, 2017 7:30pm Featuring ‘Leven & Sorrelanza. A Valentine’s concert featuring the a cappella vocals from two great Cape Ann vocal ensembles.

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Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Martin Luther King Day Celebration

January 16, 2017 1:30pm Admission is free with voluntary donations. The afternoon event on January 16th runs from 1:30-5:30pm.

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Christmas in the New World

Christmas in the New World

Concert to benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Preservation Fund

December 16, 2016 7:30pm Celebrate the holiday with this program abounding with festive music exported to 18th-century Central and South America! Selections include lively Spanish villancicos, ornate Italian cantatas, and rhythmically-playful works with indigenous influences. Castellanos, Durán, Jerusalem, Pacheco, and Torres are among the featured composers.
With Jessica Petrus, soprano, and Catherine Hedberg, mezzo-soprano, and special guest Eloy Cruz (Mexico), Baroque guitar

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Peking and the Mystics

Peking and the Mystics

Concert to benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Preservation Fund

November 18, 2016 7:30pm Peking and the Mystics has toured nationally and internationally (including trips to the Far East and South America), recorded three CDs, appeared on television and radio, and been featured in local and national print media. The group’s eclectic a cappella repertoire, made up of original arrangements by PATM members themselves, incorporates swing, jazz, doo-wop, and pop music of every decade from the 1890s to the 2000s.

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Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde

Concert to benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation Preservation Fund

October 23, 2016 6:00pm Sonic artist Peter Krasinski on the historic Meetinghouse pipe-organ, improvising accompaniment to 2 silent film classics: the Buster Keaton comedy, “The Haunted House” and the scary main feature “Dr. Jeckyl & Mr. Hyde.” Event opens with a fun costume parade and grand organ prelude.

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Jeannie Alexander at the Meetinghouse

Jeannie Alexander at the Meetinghouse

September 23, 2016 7:30pm Jeannie Alexander will read poems from her unpublished manuscript, ‘Ever the Unsafe Girl’, a collection of poems essays and photographs. She has described her work as ‘confessional-mythological.’ The bio excerpt here is from her organizational website, noexceptions.net, the No Exceptions Prison Collaborative, seeking justice and compassion for those incarcerated in TN prisons. This event is sponsored by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation as part of its ongoing 2016-17 Lecture & Concert Series.

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2016 Music On Meetinghouse Green Series

Here are this summer’s concerts from
the Music On Meetinghouse Green Series.

Scanzonati

Scanzonati

Concert to benefit Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association

August 11, 2017 6:00pm Scanzonati is an exciting and original group that revisits some of the classic Italian pop songs of the past 30 years in an acoustic setting with sophisticated harmonies and arrangements. The project represents an incredibly rich and precious age of well-written Italian music infused with lyrical finesse. Gino Paoli, Fiorella Mannoia, Pino Daniele, and Domenico Modugno are only some of the most renowned and prestigious artists that the project pays the tribute to. The band combines charming and soulful vocal textures with talent and creativity, in a quest for discovering new sounds and atmospheres.

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Gordon Michaels

Gordon Michaels

Concert to benefit Essex County Community Organization

August 04, 2017 6:00pm Gordon Michaels effortlessly performs Broadway ballads, jazz standards, blues, R&B oldies, gospel and country. He is a gregarious southern gentleman at heart and an entertainer with a smooth baritone voice, that will leave you wanting more. Gordon Michaels started the House of Blues Gospel Brunch in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. His ultimate goal is to keep music alive in the Boston and New England area.

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Willie Alexander’s Persistence Of Memory Orchestra

Willie Alexander’s Persistence Of Memory Orchestra

Concert to benefit Magnolia New Beginnings

July 28, 2017 6:00pm From the Lost, a 60′s garage-band that made a couple of records for Capitol, to the psychedelic late-60′s Bagatelle, to a brief stint in the post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band in the punk 70′s, which recorded for MCA, to an introspective take on the 80′s recording for the French label New Rose, and renewed band energy in the 90′s with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Willie has maintained a consistently high level of emotional and artistic integrity.

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Melanie Bresnan

Melanie Bresnan

Concert to benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures

July 21, 2017 6:00pm Hailing from New England via Nashville, TN, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Melanie Bresnan has spent most of her life studying and performing music. Her songwriting blends the influences of classical vocal technique, jazz, choral music, rock and Irish traditional music, together with country and pop music. Melanie creates songs that are catchy and singable but still rooted in traditional folk music.

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Peter Souza, Three Sheets to the Wind

Peter Souza, Three Sheets to the Wind

Concert to benefit Schooner Adventure

July 14, 2017 6:00pm Three Sheets to the Wind is an old sailing term and refers to a ship whose sheets (lines) have come loose, causing the sails to flap uncontrolled and the ship to shudder and roll like an uncontrolled drunk. It is also a Gloucester chantey/sea music group. Many of the group have years of song and sea history behind them. They love to interact with the audience to create a perfect storm of song and good cheer.

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Berklee Be-Bop Guitars

Berklee Be-Bop Guitars

Concert to benefit Pathways for Children

July 07, 2017 6:00pm The “Be-Bop” Guitars is an all-faculty band from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. It includes guitars, trumpet/flute, vibes, bass and drums. While rooted in the “Bop” tradition, the band plays a variety of materials that reflect the long history of Jazz music. Since its beginning in 1990, the ensemble has garnered a steady following of fans that enjoy guitar-oriented Jazz, and recorded several CDs.

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Cape Ann Big Band

Cape Ann Big Band

Concert to benefit GMF Fire-Sprinkler Project

September 09, 2016 6:00pm This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time. Known for operating like a family, Cape Ann Big Band prides itself with having a repertoire that has no boundaries. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.” Please note the date change to September 9th!

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Deb Hardy & Alternate Roots Band

Deb Hardy & Alternate Roots Band

Concert to benefit The Grace Center

August 26, 2016 6:00pm Deb Hardy is a musician from Gloucester whose songs reflect the drama,beauty and serenity of this ocean harbor community. Her style of singing andguitar playing is rhythmic, expressive and powerful. Deb performs her songs ina warm, relaxed, and energetic spirit. AlternateRoots is a roots rock party band made up of Tom Alley, Jamie Melville and CarlDiFranza. Together with Deb Hardy, they cover tunes from the Etta James,Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Blind Melon, Alabama Shakes and more.

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The Milkhouse Heaters, Vermont

The Milkhouse Heaters, Vermont

Concert to benefit Art Haven

August 19, 2016 6:00pm In the early days, Mike played bass while Jan sang lead and played guitar. They could often be found kicking around the Boston music scene. They received airplay on several of the city’s radio stations and were nominated for a Boston Music Award in 2001. They have shared the stage with The Black Crowes, Corey Glover, Fuel, Feeder, and Hum as well as playing the Boston leg of The Vans Warped Tour. Their songs are on numerous compilations alongside the likes of G. Love and Special Sauce, Jack Johnson, Burning Spear, and The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones.

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Brian King & Friends

Brian King & Friends

Concert to benefit Gloucester Writers Center

August 12, 2016 6:00pm Brian 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.

Chris Leghorn and Gerry Ryan are a new acoustic duo who perform a wide range of compelling songs that cover the traditions from folk, Celtic, sea shanties, original and popular music. They specialize in performing catchy songs with strong melodies and compelling harmonies that captivate and entertain an audience.

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Willie Alexander Band

Willie Alexander Band

Concert to benefit Opioid Angel Program

August 05, 2016 6:00pm From the Lost, a 60′s garage-band that made a couple of records for Capitol, to the psychedelic late-60′s Bagatelle, to a brief stint in the post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band in the punk 70′s, which recorded for MCA, to an introspective take on the 80′s recording for the French label New Rose, and renewed band energy in the 90′s with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Willie has maintained a consistently high level of emotional and artistic integrity.

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Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus

Northshoremen, Barbershop Chorus

Concert to benefit Kestrel Educational Adventures

July 29, 2016 6:00pm A nonprofit, men’s organization dedicated to four part acapella harmony; particularly the preservation of the Barbershop Harmony style. We meet every Wednesday night at the ICC, 300 Rantoul Street in Beverly, MA from 7:30 to 10:30.

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Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind

Peter Souza, 3 Sheets to the Wind

Concert to benefit The Schooner Adventure

July 22, 2016 6:00pm Three Sheets to the Wind is an old sailing term and refers to a ship whose sheets (lines) have come loose, causing the sails to flap uncontrolled and the ship to shudder and roll (like a staggering drunk) and meander at the mercy of the elements.

Three Sheets to the Wind is also a Gloucester chantey/sea music group. Many of the crew have years of established song and sea history to offer and create a perfect storm of song and good cheer. Their vocals, harmonies and instrument skills are phenomenal, and they have a great time performing and drawing the audience into the fun.

More Info…  Visit Artist’s Site  Visit The Schooner Adventure
Ken Steiner: the Music of New Orleans

Ken Steiner: the Music of New Orleans

Concert to benefit Gloucester Stage Company

July 15, 2016 6:00pm Ken Steiner, together with a band that he recently assembled, will be playing music that portrays the many facets of New Orleans music. The concert will include jazz, rhythm and blues, and funk tunes associated with New Orleans. Ken Steiner plays with The Real Cool Cats and Dave B & the Hotshots. All the musicians are veterans of the Boston/Worcester music scene.

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Berklee Jazz Quintet & Linda Amero

Berklee Jazz Quintet & Linda Amero

Concert to benefit Pathways for Children

July 08, 2016 6:00pm Berklee Jazz Quintet is comprised of John Baboian – Lead and Guitar; Greg Hopkins – Trumpet; Mark Earley – Sax; Dave Landoni – Bass, and Phil McGowan – Drums.

John Baboian, Lead Guitarist/Composer/Educator, has been on the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston since 1980. Although best known for his work in the jazz and swing idioms, John has performed in the Classical, Blues, Rock, R & B, Latin and World music genres.

Linda Amero is a local vocalist whose style crosses many genres from jazz to folk. A charismatic entertainer, she has also starred in musical comedy and other stage productions, as well as appearing in regular gigs at various North Shore venues.

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