This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, 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 without horizon. Their program includes such classics as “Mack the Knife,"In the Mood", "Minnie the Moocher", “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Take the A Train.”
Dance in the aisles and swing to your favorite tunes -- past and present -- with Cape Ann Big Band's only spring concert this year!
Formed in December 2010, director Carlos Menezes Jr. teamed up with friends and fellow musicians Paula Burns, Shawn Lowe, Mike Lentini, and Rick Geraghty to discuss the potentials of starting up a 17-piece big band. What was once a dream, quickly became reality when Menezes found the roster full in just a week’s time.
For Menezes, one of the great joys of the ensemble is the generational diversity among its members. Music is a worldwide language that connects people with community and penetrates the soul of both listener and performer. This is the very experience that the band strives to deliver through its powerhouse performances.
Driven by the talents of Cape Ann musicians, the Cape Ann Big Band prides itself in performing to entertain and connect with it’s local community.
Inspired by the sounds of jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll, the band prides itself in a repertoire without horizon. This season’s repertoire will feature a number of vocal and instrumental standards from the “Golden era” of swing, pop tunes, and a number of show-tunes derived from popular films. “The Pink Panther”, “Minnie the Moocher”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Take the A Train”, Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood”, “Begin the Beguine”,and a medley from Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles” are just a few of the charts in this season’s repertoire.
Members include ~ Saxophones: Mike Lentini, Nick Capello, Ed Biggs, Steve Silva, Carlos Menezes Jr., Trumpets: Shawn Lowe, Arthur Adamson, Rick Naso, Trombones: Paula Burns, Tom Madore, Dana Cohen, Tim Klopotoski, Drums: Rick Geraghty, Piano: Chris Bodek, Bass: Gary Wolsieffer, Guitar: Christian Towler.
Less than 24 miles from Boston, the fully restored Larcom Theatre is conveniently situated in downtown Beverly, MA -- 3 miles from Route 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map).
This gracious showplace -- featuring spectacular acoustics -- was built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Harris and Glover Ware, two brothers and former vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA.
For their new theatre, which offered both stage and screen entertainment, they chose the birth site of one of America’s most widely read nineteenth century poetesses, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
After seven years of wowing audiences with his turn-of-the-last-century-style stage magic production at the 1920 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre (just 4 blocks away), Cesareo Pelaez, the founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase of the Larcom in 1984 and immediately set to work restoring its pristine beauty.
The Beverly Historical Society recognized Cesareo with an award for the integrity and authenticity of his restoration. When Cesareo finished his work there, the Larcom’s elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings once again took you back in time to an age when American life moved more slowly and more deliberately.
Beginning with gimmeLIVE's sold-out 2013 Mardi Gras concert, the Larcom Theatre was filled with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
Today, with a state-of-the-art sound system, Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase top local talent on stage with national recording stars at the Larcom Theatre.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.Click here for detailed directions to the historic Larcom Theatre.