It was an interesting week to see a concert by a Fleetwood Mac Cover Band with the news of longtime guitarist and vocalist Lindsey Buckingham leaving the band ahead of their upcoming tour. But luckily for those at the Cabot on Friday night Tusk still came and played almost all the popular songs from the career of the iconic band including the songs Lindsay wrote and sang on.
Quick refresher Fleetwood Mac was an English Blues Band formed in late 60s Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on Bass, Christine McVie on Keyboards and Vocals and Peter Green on Guitar they had some initial success especially in UK. But it took til the mid 70s with addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham that the band began their rise to superstardom. Their album Rumours is one of the biggest selling albums ever and they had. many hits in 70s and 80s, and successful reunion in 90s.
It is that classic Mac lineup of circa 1975 on that Tusk covers mostly and they do it well. Have a very pretty charismatic leading lady prancing around ala Stevie Nicks, a keyboard playing singer like Christine McVie, A great singer and guitarist like Lindsey Buckingham, and a crack rhythm section like Mick and John. The show is setup to let each member of this talented band shine and the crowd at the Cabot appreciated it on Friday.
The show reminded the audience how many great songs Fleetwood Mac had over the years. They played the hits and classics like Don't Stop, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon, You Make Loving Fun and of course Landslide and the MTV reunion hit and Rumours Outtake Silver Springs.
But they weren't afraid to play album tracks either like World Turning, Gold Dust Woman, Songbird, Monday Morning, Never Going Back Again. Even had nods to the blues early days with a medley featuring Oh Well and Black Magic Woman.
The sound was very good and faithful to the original recordings. Nothing compares to seeing the real Mac live but Tusk does a nice job in providing the next best thing. Would recommend seeing Tusk in concert if they Go Your Own Way.
Story Covered By: John Suslak
Wood Media Staff Writer
The greatest selling album of the 20th Century may surprise some it was Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-1975, a true testament to those classic songs from that era. The Eagles are still touring including a stop in Boston later this year after the passing a couple years ago of co-founder Glenn Frey. They put on a great show but prices are too high for many.
Luckily for those who couldnt afford to see Eagles at the Garden, there was an opportunity last Saturday to hear those classic songs at The Cabot in Beverly, in the form of Eaglemania.
Eaglemania is a nationally known Eagles Tribute and they didn't disappoint. They had a lead singer with a good voice that carried most of the songs especially the Don Henley ones. But like the real Eagles they had 2 others take the lead on songs.
Musicianship and vocals were solid all night and were faithful to the original arrangements, but gave the band time to shine on solos.
Setlist covered all the biggest hits throughout out the Eagles career. But also included other rarer songs such as Seven Bridges Road with wonderful harmonies, the Don Henley opus The Last Resort, and even the post 9/11 song Hole in the World.
Crowd was into the group all night and everyone had a good time. While nothing beats the opportunity to see Eagles live having the opportunity to catch Eaglemania is a solid alternative and recommend them if they come to your area.
Story Written By: John Suslak
Wood Media Staff Writer
On Friday Night the Cabot welcomed Al Jardine for an unique intimate show. Al Jardine is a founding member of The Beach Boys and still tours with Brian Wilson regularly. The Brian Wilson and Beach Boys live shows are usually a slick produced show playing a lot of classic songs but minimal chatter.
The show in Beverly was completely different just a 3 man show with Al, his son Matt, and a third person on Keyboards and Guitar. The greatest hits of the Beach Boys were certainly still will represented during the show but Al was not afraid to play some rarer songs like Vegetables from Smile and works from his recent solo album.
Also want to give a shout out to Matt Jardine for his amazing vocals for songs like God Only Knows and Don't Worry Baby. But the old man still looks and sounds good and it was really cool to hear the original voice of Help Me Rhonda and Sloop John B.
But what made the evening so memorable was how personal and chatty they all were. Al shared stories about time with Annette Funicello, meeting the Beatles, and what it was like to be a Beach Boy and for Matt Jardine to grow up in the Beach Boys world. They used the video screen a lot to show lot of archival footage.
Did you know that Brian Wilson received a F in High School for a composition he wrote, it was Surfer Girl.
Al Jardine is also an author he was approached to write a children's book based upon Sloop John B and even played a bit of it and showed the illustrations on the video screen.
In the end it was a great intimate night of music to see a true legend and hear some of the greatest songs in pop music in such a casual and unique setting.
Story Written By: John Suslak
Wood Media Staff Writer
The spirit of the 1970s was alive and well at the Cabot Theatre in Beverly on Saturday Night with a sold out concert by Arrival from Sweden the Music of Abba.
For those who are young or forget Abba, they were a quartet featuring Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The started up in 1972 and within a couple years they were worldwide stars. Many hits followed until the band broke up in 1982. Abba has never reunited since despite many offers. But their music has lived on especially in recent years thanks to Mamma Mia the Musical and now movies made with band cooperation. In many parts of the world Abba is revered as one of the most successful groups of all time.
Now to the show we saw in Beverly it was made up of a group which like Abba is from Sweden led in a similar fashion as Abba with 2 very pretty female singers then 2 males who played guitar and keyboards respectively. The ladies were very talented and hit all the right notes with outfits that look like they came from the Abba museum in Sweden, yes there is one. The crowd got all the big hits like Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Winner Takes it all, and of course ending with Dancing Queen. Also would like to mention the very talented band with a 2nd keyboardist/sax player, drummer, bassist, and two backing vocalists.
The crowd at the Cabot was great with them up and dancing a good amount of evening. Also there were several Dancing Queens with Abbaesque costumes which only added to the Atmosphere of the night.
In closing since a tour from Abba won't happen ever most likely, I highly recommend going to see Arrival from Sweden the Music of Abba if it comes to your town.
Story Written & Covered By: Jack Suslak
Wood Media Staff Writer
There are sadly just a few true legendary Divas still with us and still performing, one of those is Darlene Love who performed her Holiday show for the 3rd straight year at The Cabot in Beverly Mass, in front of a sold out and festive crowd. She was simply amazing, still sounding and looking great nowhere the 76 years young that she is.
Before I get to the show itself, it is important to note the true importance of Darlene Love she is the voice behind classic Phil Spector songs like He’s A Rebel and Da Doo Run Run but unfortunately at the time the songs were credited to other groups, and as the musical landscape changed Darlene got lost in the shuffle. But after some lean years things turned around as people who knew the greatness of Darlene such as Bruce Springsteen and Steve Van Zant helped to revive her career. Her song from the Phil Spector Christmas album Christmas Baby Please Come Home became a holiday classic, and as a result David Letterman invited her to come on his show every year starting in the 80s and did it for almost 30 years during the Holiday Special. The last few years has brought Darlene to a recognition worthy of her statue, by getting an Oscar for being part of the outstanding documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.
Now the show that the folks in Beverly got last weekend was her holiday show, so the show was featured with songs from the season throughout the show, but still had time to highlight the classic songs from the past as well as 3 songs from her outstanding 2015 album Introducing Darlene Love which was produced by Stevie Van Zant.
She shared some interesting stories including on how she and Stevie got to working together, how she worked with Elvis Presley on the Gospel Medley during his iconic 68 comeback special, and how she totally miscalculated the commercial ability of He’s A Rebel, thinking it wouldn't sell one copy, it would go on to become a number 1 single.
Darlene was backed by a wonderful band who provided a great sound throughout the night, and she was not afraid to allow her 3 backing vocalist share the limelight during a few songs with her and including some songs without Darlene, I also must also give a mention to Milton Vann who is one the backing vocalists, but brought down the house in his own right with an incredible solo version of the Holiday Classic O Holy Night.
It was a privilege to be in the same room as a true legend like Darlene Love, and it has been nice to see her finally be recognized for all of her work and to have one of the most popular christmas songs isn't a bad bonus to have either. If you get a chance to see her when she comes to your area don’t miss opportunity. For us in the Boston area, the chances are good she will be back in our area next year during the holiday season.
Story Written & Covered By: Jack Suslak
Wood Media Guest Writer
Beverly MA: The Historic Cabot Theatre brought a sell out crowd to the north shore to see hilarious comedian and musician Mario Cantone. For those of you unfamiliar with Mario he is an American comedian, writer and actor, with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including Chappelle's Show. He also played Anthony Marentino on Sex and the City. His style is fast-paced and energetic, with much of his humor coming from his impersonations of various characters ranging from his family members, to celebrities, to stereotypes.
During his appearance at The Cabot last night he brought his A game right from the start of the show and didn’t stop. Being a Massachusetts native he made sure to let the crowd know that he is the next best thing out of Stoneham other than Olympic figure skater Nancy Karigan. His show brought a unique presentation of comedy and music which the show also featured a full band on stage.
He opened the show with a sort of jazz musical number and then went right into comedy that can only be described as “hilariously funny”. He covered a variety of topics ranging from the President Trump Family to Kaitlyn Jenner. His voices that he was able to cover was simple amazing as he was able to go deep into his heart and perform some amazing some from many famous musicians. At the end of the show he ended up performing an encore for the local crowd and he even mentioned to them that he doesn’t usually do them. His encore included him bringing out his best Bruce Springsteen and performed some of his great hits to send the crowd home happy.
I must say that he was a man that was able to take control the of the stage and keep you engaged for the entire show which last roughly about an hour and half. Many times you go to a one man comedy act and they have to keep checking their notes. However Mario brought it and was able to keep you on the edge of your seat and almost in tears because he was so funny. When Mario heads to your town this is one show that you don’t want ot miss and prob one that you’ll want to bring the entire family too.
Story Written & Covered By: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
For one night a sellout crowd of over 800 at the Cabot was transformed back to the 1960s for one night to hear some of the greatest music ever by the best band ever the Beatles. The music came in the form of the Fab Four a.long time and popular tribute band. They just did a stint at the MGM in Vegas.
The show starts with a comedian who does a few skits dressed as Ed Sullivan, he looks the part but the motions were a bit over the top. But more importantly he introduces the band to stage.
Believe me these guys sound and look like the real thing. They start out with suits invoking those famous tv appearances and play such classics as I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, Eight Days A Week, Help and A Hard Days Night. They had the crowd in a rapture who loved it all.
After the intermission they turned to the later years of the catalog and came out dressed in the Sgt Pepper look that is so iconic for the Beatles. Brought the house down with incredible versions of Strawberry Fields Forever and A Day in the Life. The second half even gave “Ringo” and “George” a chance to shine on With A Little Help From My Friends and a medley of While My Guitar Gently Weeps/ Something/Here comes the Sun.
As the night ended “John” did his most ironic song Imagine, yes a solo song, but was fitting in today's world and crowd enjoyed it immensely. Then Hey Jude by “ Paul” closed out the proceedings but not before the crowd joining in on the famous sing along at the end.
It was a wonderful night had by all including the lads from Liverpool err i mean The Fab Four. I highly recommend you see them if they come your way. And they said they will be back in the area this summer. Also don't be surprised if they come back to the Cabot soon as well.
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Last night in Beverly Massachusetts Music Sensation and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sold out another show of well over 800 fans to celebrate the holidays in only a way she could Darlene took the stage just a little bit after 8 and the moment she took the stage the crowd roar with excitement. Darlene Love returned for the second year in a row to the historic Cabot Center for Perofmring Art's.
Darlene brought her hit touring show Rock with Holiday’s with Darlene Love to Beverly, of which this show is her only Boston area performance this year. 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.
The crowd in Beverly got to hear many hits’ that Darlene has become famous for including her version of Marshmallow World” and David Letterman’s favorite Christmas song “Baby Please Come Home”. Darlene’s performance cannot however be done without her amazing band which features talents who play procession and bass to the drums and the saxophone. Plus the crowd also get to hear the voice of her backup singers who at one point during the show Darlene left the stage to let them showcase their talents which is very humble of her to do. The crowd roared as her backup male singer sang one of the most amazing versions of “O’ Holy Night” that honestly as writing this that I have ever heard. Darlene informed the crowd that he was the choir director at her church but “There wouldn’t be enough room in her church for all of us to come here him sign at once, but we would have to take turns coming on down to New York”
Overall Darlene Love didn't disappoint the city of Beverly Massachusetts again as she rocked the night with many hit's that got the folks out of their chairs and dancing in the aisles. If you haven't experienced a show with Darlene Love you don't know what your missing and if she returns to Beverly next year you have to checkout her amazing performence. Darlene informed the audience that during her show she just turned 75 years young and as long as god let's her she will continue to entertain crowds until the day she moves on.
Darlene Love brought the house down at The Cabot again this year after showcasing how this small theatre in the small city has turned itself around and now can showcase many large name talents throughout the year. For more information on The Cabot Center for Perfroming Art's please visit www.TheCabot.org as new names are being added everyday for their upcoming shows.
Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Last night at The Cabot in Beverly Comedian Jimmy Dunn who has been seen on shows such as The McCarthy’s and The Late Show with David Lederman brought his new stand up show to the masses. His new show titled “Your Husband is an Idiot” was hosted by Kelly Macfarland and also starred comedian P.J. Thibodeau. This was not your average standup comedy show. This show brought you a Boston quality comedy experience right to the heart of the North Shore’s Art district.
The show opened with comic Kelly Macfarland bringing the crowd into what would be covered in terms of comedy for the night. Her witty jokes and comedy style about bringing her personal life into view for the audience made everyone feel at home. At one point during her opening set the crowd was so entertained they felt that they could have a conversation with her on stage. She was a great person to open as she explains to all of the crowd what it was like to go wedding dress shopping when you’re in your 40’s and what can happen when you’re getting ready to say yes to the dress.
Next up at the show was comedian P.J. Thibodeau who just made the laugh’s continue at full force. His jokes all about how he has made so many mistakes in his relationship with his wife and how he always Is wrong brought everyone to the edge of their seat wanting more. He also had the ability to tell the crowd what it was like to grow up in Rhode Island and what the difference is with living in Beverly when he told some of his jokes which added that local spin the crowd loved. PJ also was able to handle the crowd who was really eager to add their two cents to the show in which PJ showed no hesitation and was able to continue to show adding that to his lineup of comedy.
Now it was time to get the headliner of the night but before Jimmy took the stage on his own we got to the part of the show where we found out all about where the title “Your Husband is an Idiot” came from. This featured a game show style comedy set where they pitted PJ, Jimmy and another local comic against each other in a short little trivia game called HGTV Show or Sex Position. This segment made everyone chuckle as we learned that most men only know one thing either Sex or Sports and nothing in between. As a warmup to Jimmy Dunn this was a perfect setup as once Jimmy took the stage his comedy made everyone not stop laughing. Have you ever wondered what turns men on a lot? Well Jimmy made sure to let everyone know that he loves it when his wife is wearing his clothes and what it is like to find his wife wearing his football jersey and who he thinks it really was in his bedroom. Jimmy’s comedy style just kept coming at you with new one lines and jokes that everyone can appreciate.
Overall this show really brought out the best of the comedy scene here in New England. After going to this show and some in the past Jimmy Dunn’s new show “Your Husband is and Idiot” really makes Beverly feel like it is now on par with show’s that go on at The Wilbur and Laugh Boston. The only difference is the parking is free and you don’t have to drive. Jimmy Dunn brought the house down and should come back to Beverly to woo the crowd again and make everyone feel like they are part of the show. The Cabot Theatre in Beverly has brought high quality comedy and theatre to the North Shore and they continue to be a valuable asset to the arts community and soon will be the premiere theatre in all of Massachusetts.
Written by: Mark Allen Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Comedy at The Cabot returns to the new, remodeled Cabot on Saturday, February 27. Presented in partnership with Beverly-based Scamps Comedy Productions, the show features a great ensemble mix of Boston’s funniest comedians, including rising star Dan Boulger, former Betty Crocker Award winner Dave Decker, crowd-pleasing headliner Ira Proctor, and radio personality/actor Chris Zito.<-Boy do I wish that is really how I felt!
Last night at The Cabot Cinema in Beverly, MA four comedians took the stage and all I wanted after the week I had was to laugh. Something that could take my mind off of the everyday stresses and transport me to a land of laughter that was so intense tears started pouring down my face. Well I must say that didn’t really happen.
The host Dave Decker was one of my favorite parts of the whole show and that’s not saying much. Almost his entire act was about porn. Being someone who feels very strongly about that topic I mostly sat in silence because it was well awkward for me to watch. Now don’t get me wrong I am not a prude by any means and tend to have a mouth like a trucker but I just felt like his set was lacking some real world substance.
The second comedian Dan Boulger was just plain awful! It was said that he won the Boston Comedy Festival but I was wondering the whole time who the judges were and what they saw in this person because for most of his performance he looked like a deer in headlights. He was just plain awkward. He was stuttering and stammering. Most of the time it came across as if he just forgot his punch line and completely forgot the majority of his material. There was one person in the audience who made a comment to one of this jokes and it completely threw him off! I mean most comedians can just roll with the punches and I think that what he tried to do but failed miserably. After telling the person off, he just stood there and couldn’t even continue. Not to mention the nervous laughter. I was more embarrassed for him and just wanted his set to be over before it even really began.
The third comedian Chris Zito I must say was markedly better. He had a lot of personal insight and he talked about his relationship with his children, his ex-wives and current fiancé. He tried to use real life situations and occurrences to relate to his audience which is what I like to see. However then it took a turn for the uncomfortable he began talking about how his second wife and himself were at one point trying to have a child and were finding it very difficult. Talking of all of the tests that the both of them needed to go through and how they may have been better off not even trying because of how much effort they put in and how much money it cost them for all of the treatments. If these events really did take place He very well may have been using comedy as a way of coping and feeling better but I personally found it insulting from a personal and females’ perspective. I don’t feel that it was the right time, place of crowd for that particular set of jokes and material.
Lastly the headliner Ira Proctor came on and I found him quiet confusing at first. I really couldn’t tell if he simply had too much to drink before coming on stage or if it was simply his “shtick.” Once I was able to kind of “figure” him out and what his style was I must admit that I grew rather fond of his style. He was funny and whitty and very good at connecting with his audience. However at one point one of the patrons needed to take a call due to a personal matter and as she got up to scurry away that is all he talked about for a good 15 minutes. Now I understand having your flow interrupted and being “thrown” off of your game. However this individual came off as nothing but rude and insensitive and couldn’t seem to move on from the incident even after she returned to the show. He honestly came across as a bit of a jerk!
All in all with the Cabot recently receiving a face life of sorts and having a beautiful new look that they should be very proud of, I kind of expected the talent to be top notch as well and it honestly left me desperately wishing I didn’t want to leave throughout the whole show. It was a real disappointment.
Story Covered by: Nicole Lynne Wood
Wood Media Staff Writer
Wood Media Theater Reviewers are a husband and wife team which includes Mark & Nicole Wood of Beverly.