AROUND CAPE ANN: Starting the year with music and arts | News

Heather Pierson, whose audio defies categorization, performs with her trio in Rockport on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall of the Very first Congregational Church of Rockport.

Primarily based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Pierson is a pianist, singer-songwriter and nationally touring performer whose tunes delves into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants and folk.

She is extensively acknowledged for her simplicity at the piano and her bell-tone vocals.

Her visual appeal in Rockport comes on the heels of the trio’s December tour OF additional than 15 venues in New England. Pierson is keen to share some her songs and some classics with Rockport audio enthusiasts as component of the Previous Sloop Presents undertaking arts collection, according to her spokesperson.

The Heather Pierson Trio features Shawn Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals, and Craig Bryan on drums, percussion and harmony vocals.

“Heather is like two terrific acts in a single, sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian outdated-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith,” wrote DC Bloom of Lone Star Tunes Magazine.

Boston singer-songwriter Rachel Marie will open the display with her distinctive mix of audio, referred to as “snarky however melancholy folks-pop poetry.”

Progress tickets are $15 for grown ups and $5 for people age 18 and under at, the John Tarr Retail store in Rockport or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the doorway is $20 for grown ups, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $40 for family members.

New on Watch

Cape Ann Collectors provides its 12 new acquisitions with a display “New on View” this weekend on Saturday, Jan. 7, and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. at 474 Washington St., Gloucester. Website visitors can delight in operates by Cape Ann masters these types of as Theresa Bernstein, Nell Blaine, James Clymer, Emile Gruppe, Hayley Lever, William Meyerowitz, and Don Stone amongst other folks. People also can stop by the gallery every single Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. appointments generally welcome. Phone 978-430-0414 or go to

‘Mucho Ado’ in High definition

Rockport Audio offers National Theatre in HD’s manufacturing of Shakespeare’s passionate comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Shalin Liu Functionality Center, 37 Main St., Rockport.

Actors Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan direct the cast in Shakespeare’s tale of sun, sea and mistaken identification. This production, directed by Simon Godwin, is broadcast live from the National Theatre phase in London.

“The famous relatives-operate Lodge Messina on the Italian Riviera has been visited by artists, superstars and royalty. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing younger soldier, not all friends are in the temper for love. A string of scandalous deceptions before long encompass not only the younger pair, but also the adamantly one Beatrice and Benedick,” in accordance to the synopsis.

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CAM’s Initial Friday event

Cape Ann Museum delivers no cost admission each 1st Friday of the thirty day period, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the downtown campus at 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester.

Each individual thirty day period, the museum associates with a contemporary artist to interpret the museum’s collections and Rockport Brewing Business features a free beer tasting. This January, the museum will be crammed with lights, songs and dance to start out the New 12 months.

At 6 p.m., dancers from MAGMA’s residency with choreographer Heather Stewart will accomplish. Subsequent the overall performance, MAGMA Director Sarah Swift will lead a New Yr Heat Up for all attendees to kick off the evening’s ongoing dance celebration in the auditorium. DJs Zach and Jason deliver an analogue listening experience with their choice of obscure and forgotten information. They are driving a variety of past occasions on the North Shore, this kind of as Down the Tracks, Mondo A Go Go and often sitting in as members of Salem Funk Club. “They dare you to resist the urge to dance,” in accordance to a software statement.

The event is no cost to the public. Registration required at: start with-fridays-art-immediately after-hrs-gentle-up-the-new-calendar year-tickets-483873196757.

Close to Cape Ann is a column devoted to gatherings taking place on Cape Ann and artists from Cape Ann undertaking in other places. If you would like to submit an merchandise, make contact with reporter Gail McCarthy at 978-675-2706 or [email protected] at least two weeks in progress.

Kenneth Proto

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