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 9 to September 10, 2021. 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.

Be-Bop Guitars

Be-Bop Guitars

Concert to benefit Pathways for Children

July 09, 2021 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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Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow

Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow

Concert to benefit Backyard Growers

July 16, 2021 6:00pm Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age.

Up-and-coming songwriter, Ashley Storrows radiant voice and thoughtfully crafted songs have quickly grabbed listeners attention. For Ashley, the drive to write songs has never been a choice but rather a necessity. She began writing as a child on a farm in Western Massachusetts with a hay wagon as the stage and sheep for an audience. She has since expanded her following, ranking #2 on Reverbnations folk music chart in Maine, and she has shared the stage with Putnam Smith at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and One Longfellow Square (2016). Ashley released her debut CD the Bear and the Bird in July 2016. According to the Portland Press Herald, The Bear and the Bird is full of tender, poetic songs that will provoke thought, optimistic smiles and even a misty eye. Ashleys warmth and honesty draw you in and invite you to feel the same.

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HYE Fusion, Middle Eastern Band

HYE Fusion, Middle Eastern Band

Concert to benefit Maritime Gloucester

July 23, 2021 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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The Goddesses

The Goddesses

Concert to benefit The Open Door

July 30, 2021 6:00pm The Goddesses play mainly songs from the 50’s and songs from the 70’s that sound like they are from the 50’s: 50’s artists like The Coasters, Chuck Berry, Huey “Piano” Smith, Buddy Holly; 70’s artists like Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, NRBQ, The Dwight Twilley Band, etc. Sam Goddess sings,, Tony Goddess sings and play guitar. Dave Sag plays bass, he’s a veteran of a million local gigs, member of Madhouse, etc. John Cameron plays piano and is well known as a member of the Boston ska band Bim Skala Bim. Steve Chaggaris plays the drums and like Sag is a local club scene vet, member of Orville Giddings Band, etc.

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What time is it, Mr. Fox?

What time is it, Mr. Fox?

Concert to benefit North Shore Health Project

August 06, 2021 6:00pm Led by the gender-defying voice of 3rian King, the ensemble delivers their own brand smoky cabaret, neo-soul and acoustic noir, sounding something like Tom Waits and Amy Winehouse performing in a French cafe. What Time Is It, Mr. Fox? is known for its original songs which marry rich lyrical imagery with a cinematic sensibility, exploring themes of love, spirituality, sexuality, and identity. Whether stripped down for acoustic coffeehouses and living room concerts or immersive multimedia shows in clubs and theaters, Mr. Fox brings honesty, energy, and emotional authenticity to every performance.

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Mari Martin

Mari Martin

Concert to benefit HAWC

August 13, 2021 6:00pm Mari Martin has been entertaining audiences from Massachusetts to California with her compelling voice and signature stage presence for over 20 years. Mari’s influences run the gamut of popular music…from the Beatles to Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones to Billie Holiday. Throw in some Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keyes, Marvin Gaye, Dinah Washington, Eric Clapton, Earth, Wind and Fire, Ella Fitzgerald and Al Green, and you’re beginning to get the picture.

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Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Concert to benefit The Grace Center

August 20, 2021 6:00pm Internationally-acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. Their engaging contemporary interpretation of Jewish music is irresistible to audiences ranging from elementary school students to the judges at the International Jewish Music Festival, who heralded them as “a true musical democracy.”

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Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra

Willie Alexander’s Persistence of Memory Orchestra

Concert to benefit Gloucester Education Foundation

August 27, 2021 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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Cape Ann Big Band

Cape Ann Big Band

Concert to benefit Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation

September 10, 2021 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.”

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