Arts and Entertainment Calendar

Ipswich Summer Band Concerts

Date: Wednesday July 23rd, Sunday July 27th, Wednesday July 30th, 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Cable Gardens, 126 County Rd. and Ipswich Green, 36 Main Street, and Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High Street, Ipswich 
Organization: Ipswich Cultural Council

Come enjoy music by Bach, Mancini, The Beatles and more, performed by The Ipswich Summer Band in a series of concerts. The Ipswich Summer Band is made up of talented musicians of all ages and is conducted by Nalani Fujiwara. Guest conductors include Chris Reif, Joe Janack, and Gordon Williams. Enjoy hearing classic band repertoire, Broadway medleys, Dixieland, and Big Band played by musicians who love to make music for the joy of others. Concerts will take place on Wed. July 23 at Cable Gardens (126 County Rd. Ipswich); Sun. July 27 at 5 PM on the Ipswich Green, by the Hall-Haskell House, 36 Main St., Ipswich; and on Wed. July 30 at the Ipswich Performing Arts Center, 134 High St., Ipswich. Admission is FREE of charge. This concert series was made possible by a grant from the Ipswich Cultural Council. For additional information, contact Marilyn Seidler at 978-356-0224.

Gershwin/ Porter - A Musical Revue at Marblehead

Date: Friday, July 25th - Saturday, August 3rd
Location: 12 School Street, Marblehead
Organization: Marblehead Little Theatre

Marblehead Little Theatre producers Henry Dembowski and Dayle Persons announce the 6th annual summer show: Gershwin/Porter - Who Could Ask For Anything More? Dont miss Cole Porter and George Gershwin's classic songs including: Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm, Anything Goes, and more! Show dates and times are July 25th - 27th, and 31st through August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees on July 27th and August 3rd at 2 pm. The opening night performance will feature a recepion with refreshments immediately following the show. Ticket price for opening night is $33all other performances are $23. The July 26th performance is sponsored by the Marblehead Museum and tickets can be purchased by calling Diane Barbour at 781-631-0074. Tickets are also available at and at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, Pleasant Street, Marblehead.

Grace Kelly
Date: Thursday, July 31st, 8:00 p.m.
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport
Organization: Rockport Music

Jazz saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly will return to the area! She sold out their first-ever concert at Boston's own Scullers Jazz Club at 11 years old! She has developed into a true artist, capable of fusing a host of differing influences into a unique version wholly her own. Tickets are $31 to $52 and you won't want these to sell out, too! Get yours today! Please visit  for more details on these and other concerts.

Midcoast Actors' Studio Summer Musical: 'NUNSENSE"

Date: August 1st - August 10th [Various Showtimes]
Location: UU Church in Belfast
Organization: Midcoast Actors' Studio

Midcoast Actors’ Studio presents NUNSENSE, the hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a talent show. Nunsense runs August 1-10 at the UU Church in Belfast. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370-7592 or emailing Founded in 2012, the mission of the Midcoast Actors’ Studio is to entertain, enrich, and educate the cultural life of the mid coast region of Maine by providing a superior theater experience. MAS shall provide area residents the opportunity both to attend and to participate in quality productions of a cross-section of the finest theatrical works available. For more information about MAS visit and like them on Facebook.

Festival By The Sea
Date: Saturday, August 2 at 10am
Rain Date: Sunday, August 3
Location: Manchester-by-the-Sea

On Saturday, August 2nd,
Manchester's celebration of local art, music and food, Festival by the Sea, returns to downtown. The popular annual event will feature over 75 artists ranging from painters to jewelers and artisans, and it will stretch from Town Hall Common throughout town into Masconomo Park. There will be a variety of food from local restaurants and food trucks as well as a beer garden featuring Cape Ann Brewing’s signature ale, Fisherman’s Brew. On the Masconomo Park bandstand, live music will extend throughout the day with a 6pm headlining performance by Caitlin Canty. Festival by the Sea begins at 10am and continues on into the evening with the concert in the park. For more information, follow Festival by the Sea on Facebook.

The Magic of Peter Pan comes to Annisquam!
Date: Tuesday, August 5th - Sunday, August 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Annisquam Village Hall, 36 Leonard Street, Gloucester
Organization: Annisquam Village Players

When Tinker Bell and Peter Pan fly throught he Darling children's window, life suddenly takes a magical turn. Pirates, mermaids, exotic animals, the Lost Boys, Indians, and of course, Captain Hook, fill Neverland with exciting adventures that include flying! Peter Pan is a musical adaptation of J. M. Barrie's 1904 play Peter pan, a show that has enjoyed several revivals on Broadway and beyond! Tickets are $32 for reserved seating and $16 for general admission. Tickets can be ordered online at

Gloucester Blues Festival
Date: Saturday, August 9th, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester
Organization: Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce

Now in its third year, this annual event has brought blues lovers from far and wide to Gloucester each August since 2012.  Come see some of the nation's finest blues performers play at the Gloucester Blues stage! This year, the list of performers includes Willie J. Laws, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones, Biscut 
Miller, Debbie Davies, Victor Wainwrite, Tinsley Ellis, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Located right on the harbor at beautiful Cressey's Beach, the event will have a beer garden and outstanding food vendors! Make sure to bring your own chars of blankets, but keep pets at home! Tickets are $28 in advance or $40 at the gate. To purchase in advance or for further information, visit

35th Annual Rockport Acoustic Music Festival
Date: Sunday, August 10th, noon - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Millbrook Meadow, Rockport

Since 1979, the Rockport Acoustic Music Festival has brought performers from many genres such as acoustic rock, folk, world, blues, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, world vibe, and more! See performers from across the country at the peak of the summer in Rockport!

Rockport Jazz Festival
Date: Wednesday, August 13th - Sunday, August 17th
Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center

The 3rd Annual Rockport Jazz Festival will feature a broad range of great jazz performances! From the vocal styling of Cyrille Aimee and innovative jazz rhythms of drummer Ali Jackson, to the Afro-Cuban inspired sounds of pianist Donal Fox and established jazz masters of Christian McBride and Kenny Barron, there is something for all types of jazz lovers! For a detailed schedule of concert performances, please visit

Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
Date: Saturday & Sunday, August 16 & 17th, 11:00am - 7:15pm
Location: Salem Willows, 176 Fort Ave, Salem, Ma

The 8th annual Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will take place at historic
 Salem Willows from 11 a.m. to 7:15 p.m the weekend of Aug. 16-17, 2014. The event is FREE! The two-day festival will include a 21-plus beer garden, an artisan’s fair, a kids’ tent, free music-education classes and more. The festival is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization that produces free concerts and raises money for music education causes on the North Shore. Check for more information. Photos provided upon request.


Ongoing Events:

Gloucester Movie Nights
Date: Every Wednesday Night from July 9th - August 27th, at sunset
Location: 65 Roger Street, Gloucester
Organization: Gloucester Harbor Walk

Join us for a movie night every week in Gloucester! Take a break from your week, bring your family and friends and come see classic movies for free on the harbor! Be sure to bring chairs, blankets, and anything to make yourself comfortable to see movies like The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, and more! Food will be available to purchase starting at 6:00 p.m. and the movies begin at sunset. For more information, visit 


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