Visit George's Coffee shop for the best homemade breakfast and lunch for eat-in or take-out. George's features daily specials, large portions and made-to-order favorites. Open Mon-Fri 5:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch and weekend until 12:30 p.m. for breakfast only.
Marblehead Massachusetts is a picturesque coastal town that is steeped in history. In its early years fishing and the shoe industry were Marblehead's two major sources of income. Today it is mainly a residential community with some minor industry and a few specialty retail stores and is known to be one of the yachting capitals of the world.
The original painting of "The Spirit of ˜76" is housed in Abbot Hall and visitors come from all over the world to see it. Visitors also come to view the scenic harbor and the narrow crooked streets in the Historic district that is lined with antique Colonial and Victorian buildings.
The town of Marblehead offers residents and visitors a series of events during the course of the year that include an arts festival and a tall ships cruise. Also offered are jazz concerts and a Christmas walk.
Sean Rowe has spent much of the last year traveling the country with just his guitar, performing in people's living rooms. "It's like I'm some kind of a bearded salesman," he says, "Going door to door but instead of vacuum cleaners I'm selling all these feelings that come with the songs. It's a really intense experience for listeners to have me there in their homes playing. They're not used to having a stranger show up, play music, drink their beer and eat their food. But I think that's how we're supposed to be. It only feels strange because we've made it that way." It is this same sense of unflinching connection that has shaped Rowe's extraordinary new album Madman. The singer, who The Wall Street Journal wrote "recalls the ecstatic intensity of late-'60s Van Morrison and stark subtlety of late-era Johnny Cash" has created a beautifully primal work. Madman is deliberately, if not defiantly, simple in both arrangement and composition. It is soul music in the purest and most literal sense, hypnotic rhythms, warmly distorted guitars and Rowe's incredible voice recalling a time, real or imagined, when music and people seemed distinctly more connected. Rowe's previous Anti- release, The Salesmen and The Shark, was a far more polished affair recorded in Los Angeles with the accompaniment of West Coast session players. This time around, Rowe is intent on replicating the immense emotional power of his live performances. The process began with Rowe alone in an upstate New York recording studio with his guitar, laying down riffs that would become songs. For Madman, an album he was self-producing, Rowe wanted to strip away much of the production and focus instead on the voice and guitar style he had perfected in theaters, nightclubs and living rooms. "I came to this realization that the songs don't have to be structurally heavy to be intense," he explains. "It's more about the honesty and emotion behind the delivery. A lot of these songs are pretty simple but I was really thoughtful about that, it was intentional. I wanted to go right to the heart." The record begins with the title track Madman. A rhythmic guitar, lilting piano and melodic bass, punctuated by horns all of it in the service of Rowe's incredibly soulful voice. "My singing is definitely more playful on this record," he says. "Lyrically the song is about living this life when you're on the road more than you're at home." It is an immensely personal and heartfelt song for the recent father and dedicated naturalist, with Rowe singing, "When the road takes me to the other side of the world/Let a walnut tree replace me/Give my body back to the birds". Rowe came of age listening to a father's record collection that included The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more. But in his late teens it was soul and blues that spoke to the bourgeoning singer-songwriter. Rowe says the sound of Madman is influenced, in large part, by the hypnotic driving guitars of Delta blues. "I was listening to records by R.L. Burnside and John Lee Hooker and others which are basically just guitar and drums and really raw sounding. I was also listening to the early soul records like Otis Redding and Ray Charles. I didn't want to try and duplicate those sounds, just take aspects of them and make them my own." The influence of Delta blues is most apparent on the album's second track "Shine My Diamond Ring" with its driving repetitive guitar and stomping bass drum. "The guitar sound was influenced by John Lee Hooker," Rowe says. "The version you hear on the record which was mostly a live cut almost never happened as it was very last minute. We already had an earlier version of Shine that i was happy with but on this particular day we had about 15 minutes to kill till wrap up time and i felt if i grabbed the drummer and recorded this song live with just the two of us, I could nail it even better. I'm glad I did that." "Desiree" is a raucous deconstructed take on early disco, with a pulsating bass, Nile Rogers-like guitar picking and a looser than ever Rowe singing with absolute abandon. "It's so different than any song I've done before, Rowe says. "It's a really fun song and it felt good. It's one of those songs that I felt like I needed to write. With the thumping bass and drums it needed a lot of space so we tried to keep as many holes in it as possible. The vocals were cut live in one take." On Sean Rowe's latest, the adage less is more is on full display. This is a record of extraordinary honesty intent on establishing a connection. In its deliberate simplicity there is pure sonic emotion. "I wanted to go right to the heart with this," he explains. "And sometimes that meant seeing how much we could remove. It helps to have a great recording. But I would rather have great performances and that's what I was after here. Sometimes when you're listening to a piece of music you don't have to think about it, you just feel it. It's primal and you trust it."
When: Oct 23, 2015 8 PM to Oct 23, 2015 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20 )
It all started with a question in 2009: "How are you getting to Chicago?" And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois before arriving as separately booked artists at the Fox Valley Folklore Society's annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra continue to do more performing together both in the USA and in 2011, with a successful tour in the United Kingdom. "Debra Cowan and John Roberts reminded me of why I love folk music so muchit's the ripping yarns, the sparse tunes, and the joy of singing along." Rob Weir, Off-Center Views With their eloquent voices and expert musicianship, John Roberts and Debra Cowan bring to life songs seldom heard on TV or radio these days. Drawn from both the folk tradition and the work of contemporary songwriters, many of these songs tell of the timeless joys and sorrows of human experience. They offer windows into where we've come from and perhaps where we're headed. Both John and Debra can spin a ripping good yarn and whether illuminating, inspiring, or laugh-out-loud funny, their stories convey their love of the songs and the people who've sung them over the years, decades and in some cases centuries. John and Debra first met in 1999. John, an English émigré, has been singing sea shanties, broadside ballads, pub tunes, and British traditional songs since the 1960s. Sometimes his bold voice stands alone; other times he accompanies himself on Anglo concertina or banjo.
When: Feb 26, 2016 8 PM to Feb 26, 2016 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 18 USD (Fri, 26 Feb 2016 20 )
Create artwork from metal that can weather the seasons and grace your home for years to come. Trellises, plant stands, gates, tables, and sculptures can be fabricated with steel and found materials. Learn to see what shape and form suggests. No previous experience is necessary. Welding equipment includes Mig, arc and oxy-acetylene.
When: Sep 5, 2015 12 AM to Sep 7, 2015 12 AMin Marblehead, Massachusetts (Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00 )
An Occidental Gypsy performance includes so much more than just music. Jeremy, Eli, Brett, Jeff, and Erick are incredibly energetic and charming entertainers who interact with fans on a personal level, and incorporate audience participation into every show. On stage, the dialog between band members is entertaining, to the delight of the audience. Perhaps this is why the Boston Globe recommends an Occidental Gypsy show as a "Weekend Best Bet." When Occidental Gypsy decided to gypsify Michael Jackson's "Thriller" on the band's debut album. "Over Here," released in 2011, they were quick to garner critical acclaim, and have continued to gather rave reviews and full houses during active touring. Motif Magazine wrote, "Listeners will surely be all in with Occidental Gypsy's Over Here," and defined the band as "a terrific and unpretentious fab five." Occidental Gypsy was originally formed by brothers Brett (lead guitar) and Jeff Feldman (bassist) as a straight-ahead Gypsy Jazz Quartet. Through the release of Over Here and the addition of new members, the band has taken on a far more diverse, sophisticated, and eclectic sound. The group is fronted by jazz guitarist Jeremy Frantz, and takes the audience to soaring heights by young prodigy violinist Eli Bishop and percussionist Erick Cifuentes. The band also occasionally taps international talents to join the band on stage like Yuki Nakajima and Jason Anick of the John Jorgenson Quintet. Live, the band compliments original material with expertly arranged 'gypsified' covers. Occidental Gypsy's unique approach to world, folk, jazz and dance music stems from the influence of Gypsy Swing founders, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. The band will also be featured at the the June 2015 DjangoFest in Mill Valley, California, having been invited as capable Django "heirs." The members of the group posses a deep knowledge and reverence for the Gypsy style and feel honored to bring their music to the ears of new audiences. Brett Feldman, the driving force behind the world Gypsy style, stays steeped in the true Gypsy tradition by playing by ear and perfecting the playing for hours each day. Due to their expertise within the Gypsy swing genre, and eclectic world influences that set their songs apart, Occidental Gypsy's fan base is constantly expanding. The name Occidental Gypsy (Western Gypsy) embodies the concept behind Gypsy World fusion. The group has taken the Gypsy sound that originated in Eastern Europe and brought it "Over Here" to blend it seamlessly with contemporary American music. Interestingly, Gypsy Swing was created by taking American Jazz to the East and blending it with the Gypsy Folk tradition. Now almost a century later Occidental Gypsy brings the music back home.
When: Nov 13, 2015 8 PM to Nov 13, 2015 10 PMin Marblehead, Massachusetts Cost: 10 - 15 USD (Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20 )
This fund-raising Walk is being sponsored by the non-profit (501(c)3) Friends of the Marblehead Council on Aging, to honor the late Eugene B. "Gene" Jacobi, Jr. All proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Marblehead Council on Aging. Day of the event registration will be held on Saturday, September 26th, at Devereux Beach, 115 Ocean Aveue, Marblehead starting at 8:00 am. The walk will commence promptly at 9:00 am. The route encompasses a loop (of your choice) around Marblehead Neck. Group participation is greatly encouraged - (bring your own signs)! Registration fees are as follows: Adults (In advance) - $25.00 Adults - Day of the event - $30.00 Children (under 13) - $10.00 Donations (tax deductible) are also gratefully accepted! First 500 registrants receive a free event shirt - Please specify your size when registering For further details please contact: AWalkWithGenesFriends@Comcast.net DISCLAIMER: In consideration of my acceptance of this entry, I hereby for myself, my heirs and assigns, waive any and all claims I may have against the Friends of the Marblehead Council on Aging, volunteers, all sponsors, the Town of Marblehead, and the representatives and successors for any and all injuries by me in this said event. I understand that all fees are non-refundable for any reason, including inclement weather. I also give permission to use my likeness and publish my name in the new media.
When: Sep 26, 2015 8 AM in Marblehead, Massachusetts (Sat, 26 Sep 2015 08 )
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how entertaining a performer she is. If you're not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl's songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you've been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded! Cheryl's first concert was to a captive audience. She found an old toy ukelele in a neighbor's attic and serenaded her mother who was taking a bath at the time. A year later she got a real ukelele, followed by her first guitar. She learned guitar from a neighbor, who also taught a group of boys. Each week they would get together and play just about any song they could think of for hours on end. Her first public performance was at a Hootenanny when she was 12. She started writing her own songs when she was 17. Cheryl has never had a "day job," and her first professional gigs were at the Steak and Ale Restaurant in her home town of Timonium, Maryland. The place only had one PA system; in the middle of her songs you would hear: "Jones, party of four ... Jones, party of four." She finally convinced them to get a second PA system. She performed at venues around Baltimore and Washington DC before moving to New England in 1976, where she now lives. She tours extensively, often performing solo or with Kenny White, who often opens her shows as well. She appeared as part of the On a Winter's Night tour, and was part of the Philo 25th Anniversary tour. Her funny stories between songs reveal her talent for diversity. Each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you've heard it before, you still find yourself laughing.
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