This coming Thursday local comedy Legend Paul D'Angelo will be performing his unique style of comedy at the Historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly Massachusetts to celebrate New Years Eve. This is the second year in a row that Paul will perform on NYE in Beverly and if last year's show is anything to talk about his show was a hit with the crowd. Be sure to checkout www.LarcomTheatre.com for tickets to this show which starts at 8pm. Tickets for this show start at $35 and Wood Media will be in attendance to give you an amazing review of his talents and provide photos from the event.
Who is the comedian/writer/actor that The Los Angeles Times calls "…quite likely the funniest entertainer you've never heard of… yet"?
Paul Murphy spent ten and a half years as an Assistant District Attorney, supervising several of Massachusetts’s busiest courthouses, before building a reputation as a noted criminal-defense trial attorney. The unexpected twist to this story is that, for nine of those years, under the pseudonym of Paul D’Angelo, Paul was simultaneously becoming one of the nation’s top standup comedians.
While maintaining a full-time legal career, Paul rose from open-miker to headliner in less than six months and was selected to host his own weekly show at Boston’s two premier comedy clubs, Nick’s Comedy Stop and the Comedy Connection, for six and two years respectively. In 1989 Paul had the honor of being chosen as a national finalist representing Boston in the Johnny Walker Comedy Search and was named "Boston’s Best Comedian" in 1994 and 1995 by Boston Magazine… no insignificant feat in a city which has produced enormously successful comedy stars such as Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Paula Poundstone, Steven Wright, Anthony Clarke, Bobcat Goldthwait and Denis Leary. In 1997, Paul was honored to be invited as a feature performer at the Montreal ‘Just for Laughs’ International Comedy Festival. Paul was also a national finalist in the 1999 San Francisco International Comedy Competition; he was a national finalist representing Boston in the 'Laughs Across America' comedy search sponsored by the Las Vegas Comedy Festival; and he was also a national finalist, chosen from among thousands of contestants across the country, in the 2005 Sierra Mist / Improv 'Next Great Comic Search'. In addition, Paul is the writer/director/co-star of the original sitcom pilot 'A Fine Mess' which was featured at the prestigious New York International Independent Film Festival in 2002. He is currently co-starring in Showtime’s 'Godfathers of Comedy' stand-up comedy special directed by Rocco Urbisci.
Paul’s has entertained many prominent corporate clients throughout the nation including Ford Motor Co., MITA Corp., Sony Music Corp., Hasbro / Milton-Bradley Corp., Hewlett-Packard Corp., Fidelity Investments, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Bike Athletic Corp., Nike-Bauer International and the Burger King Corporation. In addition, Paul has performed at casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, on Norwegian Cruise Lines, and at many colleges including Harvard University, Lehigh University, UNH, Boston University and U. Massachusetts.
As evidence of his adaptability, Paul has been selected to open up for over fifty internationally known recording artists as diversified as rhythm and blues greats Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations and Patti LaBelle; rock and roll legends Huey Lewis and the News, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Beach Boys, Chicago, the Righteous Bros., Aretha Franklin and Hall & Oates; country-western stars Lyle Lovett, Tanya Tucker and the Oakridge Boys; comedians George Carlin, Joan Rivers and Dennis Miller; and mature artists such as Tony Bennett, Englebert Humperdinck and Bobby Vinton, in various theater venues accommodating audiences of up to 5000+ people.
While living in Hollywood, CA, Paul appeared regularly at the Hollywood Improvisation and Laugh Factory and performed as a headliner at the Ice House and the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA, arguably the country’s most discriminating non-showcase stand-up comedy venue that regularly features performers such as Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Gary Shandling, Ray Romano, Howie Mandel, Arsenio Hall and Richard Jeni.
Story and Coverage By: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Beverly, MA--The Cabot Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce an electrifying artist lineup for early 2016. The performances include topnotch pop, rock, country, Irish, blues, folk and jam bands. The Machine Performs Pink Floyd on Friday, February 5; the Irish-American band Solas celebrates its 20th Anniversary atthe Cabot on Friday, February 12 and the acoustic folk group Mipso comes on board on Saturday, February 13. The fun continues with the king of blue-eyed soul, singer Felix Cavaliere, and his Rascals as they groove into The Cabot on Saturday, February 20. The phenomenal Celtic band Gaelic Storm (*this show is already on sale) follows on Thursday, February 25. March features country titan Clint Black on Friday, March 4, The Jerry Garcia Band featuring Melvin Seals on Sunday, March 6, Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad) on Friday, March 11, Kansas on Friday, March 25 and John Mayall on Saturday, March 26. Belinda Carlisle (of theGo Go's) performs Friday, April 15 and Charlie Daniels Band shows up Friday, April 29. In addition, with sponsorship from The Lowell Institute, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will present a FREE Community Chamber Concert on Sunday, February 28.
In addition to the news about all these exciting shows, The Cabot has a wonderful new board member, Kevin O'Connor of This Old House. Kevin officially came on board on November 18. Check out this video, produced by Paul Van Ness: Behind the Scenes at the Cabot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWYuEZ8LhgA.
Tickets for all shows go on sale Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 AM at the Cabot Box Office, at http://www.thecabot.org or by calling 978-927-3100. For more information, email: info@TheCabot.org. The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot Street, in scenic Beverly, Massachusetts and is wheelchair accessible. The 1920 vaudeville theatre has a full liquor license--drinks are available in the theatre's orchestra and mezzanine level lobbies. *Please note that The Machine, Solas and Gaelic Storm shows are already on sale.
"We are thrilled to have Kevin O’Connor on our board and we are also excited about this new lineup--but there's even more to announce--we are going to launch 2016 with a bigger stage, beautiful new first floor seating and carpeting at The Cabot. The theatre will shut down for the entire month of January to get this work done. Our "buy a seat" campaign has been very successful! We raised $130,000 to name 260 seats so far and we'll get this part of the renovations completed duringthe snowy winter month of January so that we can come back with expanded seating and a better theatre experience for all in February 2016," notes Executive Director Casey Soward.
Gaelic Storm, Clint Black, John Mayall and The Charlie Daniels Band have all just released new CDs:
Friday, February 5 | 8 pm: The Machine Performs Pink Floyd THE MACHINE, America's top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo's Artpark, and Germany's Rock of Ages. (*this show is already on sale) Tickets: $19, $25, $29
Friday, February 12 | 8 pm: Solas 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions. Eleven albums later, with numerous awards to their credit, and more miles traveled touring the world to count, Solas will mark this milestone with an exciting new recording project and tour, All These Years. (*this show is already on sale) Tickets: $30 general admission
Saturday, February 13 | 8 pm: Mipso When Mipso’s 2013 debut, Dark Holler Pop, rose to #8 on Billboard’s Bluegrass charts, the success surprised a lot of people – Mipso’s four members included. “Well, we didn’t know so many people would buy it,” laughs mandolin player Jacob Sharp, “and we definitely didn’t know we were a bluegrass band.” Since then, Mipso has performed over 300 shows and welcomed frequent collaborator Libby Rodenbough’s voice and fiddle to the fold – and has continued to grow as musicians and songwriters, while drawing continual inspiration from their rich North Carolina roots. Their new album, Old Time Reverie – produced by Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin – is a reflection of that musical and personal growth: a gripping, mature sophomore release that finds the quartet expanding their sonic resources while doubling down on their experimentation with string band tradition. Tickets $15, $18, $22
Saturday, February 20 | 8 pm: Felix Cavaliere's Rascals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdWDRzmgzec Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Felix Cavaliere rides high on the wave of rock superstardom and his group Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals is reputed to he one of the hottest rock bands touring today. With Mike Severs on guitar and vocals, Vinnie Santoro on drums and vocals and Mark Prentice holding down bass and vocals, the sound remains true to the source and leader’s vision. From 1965 through 1969, the Rascals were one of the best selling groups on the pop charts featuring Felix-sung hits such as "Good Lovin'," the mega-hit "Groovin'," "A Girl Like You," "A Beautiful Morning," and "People Got to Be Free." As the hectic sixties evolved so did the Rascals' sound, from blue-eyed soul (a term coined to describe The Rascals) to pop psychedelia and jazz fusion. Tickets: $39, $49, $50
Thursday, February 25 | 8 pm: An Evening With Gaelic Storm: After nearly two decades and more than 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm — the chart-topping, multinational Celtic band — is looking sharper than ever with their latest release, Matching Sweaters. The new album mixes traditional Irish music with modern influences, creating a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own audience. From bluegrass fans and country cowboys to Deadheads, rock & rollers and Celtic fanatics, Gaelic Storm has built one of the most diverse fan bases in modern music. Matching Sweaters helps explain the broad appeal. Rooted in the songwriting of founding members Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger, the album moves from drinking songs ("Another Stupid Drinking Song") to energetic instrumentals ("TheNarwhaling Cheesehead") to rootsy pop/rockers ("Whiskeyed Up and Womaned Out"), gluing everything together with the spark and spirit of a band that's spent close to 20 years on the road. (*this show is already on sale) Tickets: $19, $29, $34
Sunday, February 28 | 3 pm: FREE BSO Community Chamber Concert: Sponsored by The Lowell Institute, The Boston Symphony Orchestra's String Ensemble will present Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G, Op. 36 and Saint-Saens: String Quartet. The BSO musicians in this concert are Jason Horowitz and Julianne Lee, violins, Daniel Getz and Rebecca Gitter, violas and Olver Aldort and Blaise Déjardin, cellos. This is a FREE concert for all however it is advised that people get tickets in advance on line at www.thecabot.org, at the Cabot Box office or by calling: 978-927-3100. A free coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians will follow theconcert.
Friday, March 4: Clint Black | 8 pm: "A country music traditionalist from Texas, Clint Black was one of the first artists to kick-start the mass-market popularity of country in the '90s. Black is also one of the first artists of a generation that was equally inspired by rock-oriented pop -- like '70s singer/songwriters and '60s rock & roll -- as well as country artists like Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, and George Jones," says writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic.com. Black has a new CD, On Purpose, just released in September 2015 and dedicated to his father, who died in 2012. Tickets: $45, $55, $65
Sunday, March 6 | 6 pm: Melvin Seals & The Jerry Garcia Band Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards inthe Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Tickets: $19, $27, $33
Friday, March 11 | 8 pm: Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad Mark Farner is the heart and soul of the band Grand Funk Railroad, having written and/or sung their most famous songs from the majority of their '70s hits: "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)," "Bad Time," "Footstompin' Music," "Rock & Roll Soul," thenumber one remake of the Little Eva classic "The Loco-Motion" (which is everything creatively that a remake should be), a cover of "Some Kind of Wonderful," along with a multitude of well-known album tracks, including "Hooked on Love," "Mean Mistreater," "Heartbreaker," to riveting versions of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and Traffic's "Feelin' Alright." Tickets: $35, $45, $55
Friday, March 25 | 8 pm: Kansas KANSAS has spent more than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. Theband’s first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. "From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so." Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70s, what seemed to be “different," was actually ahead of its time. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner. The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997. Tickets: $39, $49, $59
Saturday, March 26 | 8 pm: John Mayall For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues." In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance. This revival continues with the release of a brilliant new studio album titled Find a Way to Care, produced by John and Eric at famed House of Blues Studios in Encino, California. About the new album, Corne says, "I really wanted to feature John's keyboard playing on this record. He's truly one of the most lyrical, economical and underrated keyboardists around. We also wanted to change things up a bit after the success of "A Special Life" and the addition of a horn section on several tracks was a really fun way to do that. As good as the last album was, I think this one is even better." Tickets: $25, $35, $45
Friday, April 15 | 8 pm: Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go's Belinda Carlisle sang hits like "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" with her band The Go-Gos in the1980s. The Go-Go's released their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, in 1982. The record reached the top spot on the Billboard album chart, staying there for six weeks before going double platinum. The Go-Go's became the first all-female band ever to hit No. 1 on the charts by writing and playing their own songs. Throughoutthe early 1980s, the Go-Go's remained one of the most popular bands in America, with hit songs like "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" dominating radio airwaves and MTV video play. Personality conflicts and spiraling drug use took a toll on the band, and the Go-Go's broke up in 1985. A year later, Carlisle married Morgan Mason, a former aide to President Ronald Reagan, and reinvented herself as a solo pop star. Her first solo album, Belinda, went gold. Her second album,Heaven on Earth, topped the charts and boasted hit singles like "Heaven is a Place on Earth," "I Get Weak," and "Circle in the Sand." Finally, in 2005 Carlisle kicked her drug habit through a combination of yoga and Alcoholics Anonymous. In 2007, Carlisle released the French-language album Voila, her first solo album in 10 years. That same year, Carlisle released her tell-all memoir, Lips Unsealed, which became a bestseller. Tickets: $44, $54, $64
Friday, April 29 | 8 pm: Charlie Daniels Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0j7mHyLBew The Charlie Daniels Band Live at Billy Bob's Texas was released October 16, 2015. Partly Western and partly Southern, Charlie Daniels' signature “bullrider” hat and belt buckle, his lifestyle on the Twin Pines Ranch (a boyhood dream come true), his love of horses, cowboy lore and the heroes of championship rodeo, Western movies, and Louis L'Amour novels, identify him as a Westerner.The son of a lumberjack and a Southerner by birth, his music--rock, country, bluegrass, blues, gospel--is quintessentially Southern. Tickets: $55, $65, $75
Story Logged by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Tonight at 6pm is the legendary fabulous, fashion-plated, effervescent, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and "Twenty Feet From Stardom" powerhouse star, DARLENE LOVE. Darlene will visit Beverly's Historic Cabot Theatre to bring the North Shore some holiday Cheer. Darlene has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman for over 25 years celebrating christmas with her famous hit "Baby Please Come Home". Now you can come home to Beverly and celebrate with her. Tickets start at $55.00, $45.00 and $35.00 and are on sale now at the Cabot Box Office, at http://thecabot.org/event.cfm?id=225006&cart or by calling 978-927-3100. For more information, email: info@TheCabot.org <http://info@TheCabot.org> . The Cabot is located at 286 Cabot Street, in scenic Beverly, Massachusetts; the theatre is wheelchair accessible and has a beer, wine and prosecco available in the theatre lobby.
Darlene love was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and she was featured in "20 Feet From Stardom" in 2013. In 2014, that documentary won an Academy Award and Darlene was featured from the Dolby Theater stage on the Academy Awards Show. As she raised the Oscar, the entire house stood with a cheering ovation lead by the wildly applauding Bill Murray.
Darlene, who celebrated her 74th birthday in July, is killing it! She is touring non-stop, appearing on late night TV and she has a hot new CD produced by Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist and member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Titled Introducing Darlene Love, the disc was released this fall via Sony/Columbia/Wicked Cool Records. The disc has been greeted with sensational critical reaction and numerous TV presentations.
Introducing Darlene Love marks the first new, full-length album of original pop songs in 27 years from the renowned vocalist, who has achieved legendary status for her enduring work with Phil Spector and as one of the most prolific backup singers of all time. Now, with the spirited Love deservedly back in center spotlight, the album is being welcomed to worldwide acclaim: "Girl group royal takes back her throne," heralded Rolling Stone, "Love comes at it like a wrecking ball, husky alto thrillingly intact; "A stunning collection of vibrant, dramatic rock anthems and R&B workouts?' wrote Entertainment Weekly; "Love singing at maximum intensity" noted the L.A. Times, with the above-mentioned NY Daily News praising the album as a "'soaring work" and revealing that "Love has lost none of her talents and has never sounded more unsinkable." Electric Review proclaims, "if you're too young to have experienced first-hand the excitement that came with hearing a new Darlene Love song ache through the jukebox or car radio, Introducing Darlene Love will cast you back to a place of innocence and faith, shepherding you back to a time when people gathered in the misty fields, steadfastly holding to the belief that music was about to change the world."
Story Covered by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
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