Vickie and Peter Van Ness, founders of gimmeLIVE, have produced some of the largest and most critically acclaimed concerts and festivals on Boston's North Shore featuring top local talent on stage with national recording stars.
In 2007, they reunited the Pousette Dart Band for a Memorial Day Weekend Music & Arts festival that launched Celebrate Gloucester and the grand opening of Cruiseport Gloucester, Gloucester's very first cruise ship terminal.
After co-founding Gloucester's wildly successful summer Block Parties and producing several other major events, including Concert From the Heart, which raised money for a local boy's much needed heart transplant, they produced Celebrate Gloucester 2010 featuring Charles Neville, Henri Smith, Roomful of Blues and top local talent.
GIMMELIVE kicked off a Summer 2012 concert series at North Shore Music Theatre with Chris Isaak's U.S. tour (which introduced local rising star Chelsea Berry) followed by Aaron Neville, with local singer Henri Smith and the first Orleans concert in New England after original founder John Hall re-joined the band, featuring local legend Fly Amero.
In 2013, gimmeLIVE began presenting critically acclaimed concerts at the fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA starting with a sold-out Mardi Gras concert featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours in the spring and continuing with a 2013-2014 series, featuring world-class artists, whose Larcom Theatre shows have garnered rave reviews. The Larcom Theatre's 2014-2015 concert season -- beginning in late September 2014 -- will be announced soon. Click here to join our mailing list and get special deals before tickets go on sale to the public.
On December 21, 2013, gimmeLIVE packed Gloucester's iconic UU Church Meetinghouse for the first of a highly successful benefit concert series featuring top local talent. The next Meetinghouse fall/winter series will be announced soon.
Through gimmeLIVE, Peter & Vickie Van Ness continue to bring critically acclaimed entertainment to top intimate venues.
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando
The Larcom Theatre's packed house rose to their feet and danced in the ailes to Boston rising stars Gracie Curran and Lydia Warren performing with the venerable Roomful of Blues Horns on April 5, 2014. Here's what T MAX, Editor of The Noise Magazine, says about the show:
Lydia uses no pedals to enhance her sound, just what comes out of the box--a little amp distortion and a dab of reverb ... A steady bass drum thump backs her goodbye words before she launches into "Turn it Up," a rocker that brings half the audience to its feet, pleading for more.
Next, seven-pieces line the stage that make up the High Falutin’ Band--double saxes, trumpet, keys, bass, drums, and guitar. While they’re getting into a blues rhythm, out bounds Gracie Curran, throwin’ her hands up in the air like she’s part of a raving gospel choir ...
When the group end the set there is a lot of noise (chair banging, and stomping) until the band returns with just bass and drums, and dim lights on Gracie. It’s a sweet dreamy number that moves on to warbling wah wah, floating keys, and a crazy trumpet solo accented with balls of light flying ’cross the room. Lydia Warren comes back out to rejoin the show for the second encore ...
A full standing ovation sends everyone home happily. The Larcom continues to build a good reputation for its rockin’ presentations.
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando
In 2013, we started a Mardi Gras tradition in Beverly, MA by bringing New Orleans native Henri Smith to the Larcom Theatre with his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-Award winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
That sold out concert was so successful, we scheduled two shows in 2014 and recorded one of them for a live concert CD to be released later this year.
Once again, Henri Smith and his band thrilled the packed Larcom Theatre and set the stage for many more New Orleans Jazz and Blues concerts to come.
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando (except where noted)
Seldom has there been more talent on one stage than this stellar evening featuring some of the Boston area's top musicians. Here's what New England Concert Reviews had to say about it:
I’d never been to the Larcom Theatre before, located in downtown Beverly. I went last weekend and was very pleasantly surprised; it was absolutely beautiful, both inside and out! ...
... That night was a meeting of prime rock and blues aficionados. McCann described the night perfectly, “Saturday night was a high-energy show with a lot of spontaneous moments; the musical camaraderie was contagious.” Read full review here.
On January 31, guest presenter, M.E. Productions, presented rock-blues icon Johnny Winter to a sold-out, ecstatic crowd.
Here's what Blues Blogger A.J. Wachtel had to say about Johnny's set: Opening with "Johnny B. Good" the ... performance kept building momentum song after song. "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" and "It’s All Over Now", "Boney Maroney", "Got My Mojo Working"; "Highway 61" and "Dust My Broom" on slide were all done to perfection; and the packed house loved it... I also like the way they smile at each other mid-song deep in a tight groove fully aware of the great sound they are creating. And everyone in the crowd is smiling too. A great way to start the year. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
The show sold out a few days before, resulting in a sizable waiting list.
On December 21, 2013, we started a new tradition in Gloucester. Many of the area's top talent from Classical to Celtic to Pop, Rock & Punk shared the stage for a celebration of the Winter Solstice and lifted a packed house at Gloucester's UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn't felt in years.
Plus we raised much needed funds to help restore the UU Church's iconic meetinghouse. You can see concert photos here.
Given the tremendous success of this premiere concert at Gloucester's Meetinghouse, you can expect us to be announcing more concerts at this gorgeous venue. Stay tuned . . .
Once again Henri Smith and his all-star band, this time featuring Grammy-award winner Amadee Castenell and Toronto's Italian accordion sensation Carmen Spada got a packed house dancing in the aisles for a special Christmas concert on December 14, 2013, followed by a very special Sunday matinee on December 15 with an extra encore!
Thanks to everybody who braved the snow, ice and cold to show our friends from New Orleans how New Englanders party in a snow storm!
Thanks to everyone who took the chance and filled the theatre for artists they'd never heard of, and music they'd never heard before!
The Slide Brothers had the entire theatre up, dancing and clapping to their inspirational music.
Rave reviews proclaim The Slide Brothers one of the best blues concerts of 2013 on Boston's North Shore.
Young rising star, Michael Thomas Doyle and his band revved the crowd up with hot sounds from the next generation on virtuosos.
"It was a magical night!"
photos: Sheila Roberts Orlando (except where noted)
Dave Foley and the Fabulous Mustangs opened with a country swing that transported us straight to Nashville!
After Intermission, Allen Estes took the stage. Here's what Fly Amero of Orleans had to say about his experience:
Allen Estes Band
Larcom Theater, Beverly MA
Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Fly Amero
This is not a review. I would never presume to critique any single one of the great musicians we have here on the North Shore. Let's think of it more as a message to those out there who figure they've seen Allen Estes perform a number of times, and thus may have passed on tickets for this wonderful Beverly show. In a nutshellï¿½ too bad for you!
Forget that the historic Larcom Theater is a fully restored, gorgeous facility with hand-painted tin, beautifully designed curtains, world-class stage lighting and, wellï¿½ the list could go on and on. Forget that the place is virtually next-door. Forget it all. This was about a truly incredible songwriter, centerstage at a venue which absolutely captures the nuance of his lilting voice and intelligent, heartfelt lyric. The sound (under the direction of Will Hunt) was nothing shy of spectacular, with its focus exactly where it should be - the lead voice. Allen's words were clear as a waterfall. His songs could be heard as they've never been heard before, and appreciated for the finely crafted works of art that they are.
But there was an unexpected knockout punch that came on with subtletyï¿½ and that was Allen's masterful orchestration of the entire set. Starting the show solo, he gradually, one by one, eased players onto the stage until ultimately finding himself backed by five of the finest musicians New England has to offer. I cannot for the life of me think of any place in the world I'd rather have been on Saturday night than right down the street from us all (not "up the line", which makes everyone think it's far, far away when it's really not) at the Larcom Theater, 13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA.Allen Estes: vocals/acous. guitar
GIMMELIVE brought music to the Larcom Theatre for the first time in decades on April 6, 2013 for a sold-out Mardi Gras concert featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours
Originally scheduled in February, the concert had to be postponed due to the major winter storm that forced the Governor to close all roads and declare a state of emergency.
Performers and fans were undaunted as they packed the Larcom Theatre a couple of months later to raise money for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans 2013 trip and helped usher in a new era of top quality entertainment in the heart of downtown Beverly, MA.
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 Americaï¿½s 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 Larcomï¿½s 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.
The Meetinghouse is to Gloucester what the Old North Church is to Boston -- its stature as an irreplaceable building transcends any particular religious affiliation. Therefore, preserving it as an important piece of American and Religious History is an ongoing project.
For more than 207 years, the Universalist Church has been a fixture on Gloucester's skyline and one of Cape Ann's best-loved landmarks. Its lantern steeple, with a bell crafted by Paul Revere, has guided generations of mariners into port, and famous artists have celebrated this distinguished building in paintings and photographs. Built in 1805-06, this is the oldest standing church in this historic seaport. Today it is the leading anchor of our famous Middle Street historic architecture, a central element in the Gloucester Historic District and part of the National Register of Historic Places.
We need to maintain and restore the Meetinghouse in a historically accurate manner. We will be restoring our building, while lowering our overall carbon footprint to zero, and helping to serve as a catalyst for a larger Green Gloucester vision. The elements of this green restoration in the next three years are:
The gimmeLIVE Concerts at the UU Meetinghouse raise money for the Meetinghouse Restoration project.
Gloucester's UU Meetinghouse is a pleasant drive up the coast from Boston (less than an hour) with plenty of free parking available. Click here for directions and parking info.
Berthed at Cruiseport Gloucester, where the world's top cruise ships come when they visit Boston's north shore, the Beauport Princess has two dance floors, three full service bars with wine, beer and top-shelf liquor, an open-air top deck and comfortable seating for up to 300 people.
Your ticket includes the concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille's world famous Lobster Rolls!
Dine, dance and cruise historic Gloucester harbor ~ full of fishing boats and schooners. You'll witness extraordinary views, only seen by water, of the city's historic skyline, working waterfront, iconic Man at the Wheel statue, Rocky Neck Art Colony, the famous Greasy Pole, America's first lighthouses and more.
And when the sun goes down, the ship lights up. Dance to the music of national recording stars on the Beauport Princess stage with top artists from north of Boston's hottest music scene.
Cruiseport Gloucester is a pleasant drive up the coast from Boston (less than an hour) with plenty of free, on-site parking. Click here for directions.