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
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