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Cape Ann invades Marblehead

Posted by boston.com  November 10, 2013 10:00 AM

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On Friday, December 13, the me & thee presents four acts from Cape Ann. Chelsea Berry’s music is rooted in folk and rock, and she has developed a strong following throughout the northeast. T Max is an eclectic folk rock singer, songwriter, and storyteller, who also publishes The Noise, New England’s longest-running music magazine. Willie Alexander’s career has lasted for more than thirty years, and included stints with the Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band, and the Persistence of Memory Orchestra. Andy Pratt is singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer who achieved critical acclaim in the 1970’s for his experimental work and hit song, “Avenging Annie.” Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show. The me & thee coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.
 
Chelsea Berry is a singer/songwriter with incredible edge, power, and finesse. Formally trained in opera and classical music, Berry’s voice has been compared to that of Joni Mitchell.  Born and raised in Alaska, Berry began touring at age 15, and now makes her home on Boston's North Shore. With strong lyrics, Berry’s music is reminiscent of tracks by Alanis Morrissette, Sheryl Crow, and Florence and the Machine. Berry has shared the stage with a number of artists including Chris Isaak, Livingston Taylor, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, and Marshall Crenshaw. Recent shows where she has headlined have begun selling out regularly. Following the success of her last solo release, Live in the Moment, Chelsea toured solo to promote the album and then returned to the studio where she recently recorded her first full-length, full-band album Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
 
T Max has been editing and publishing The Noise for over thirty years. In 1993, he founded the Boston Rock Opera (Jesus Christ Superstar; Preservation Act II; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; S.F. Sorrow). He was the musical director of Project Eno, and created and performed the one-man folk-rock opera Why Do We Go to War? T Max has recently released Thinkin' Up A Dream on Dove Records. He weaves his songs into the tales he tells about where he has lived:  Brooklyn, New York and Hollywood, California, but also Martha’s Vineyard, Jamaica Plain and Gloucester in Massachusetts. Previous releases include On British TV (eclectic textured folk rock) and Shake (an environmental tale with a score written, produced, and played completely by T Max).
 
Willie "Loco" Alexander was born in Philadelphia in 1943, but emigrated to Boston in the '60s, where he formed the folk duo Baba & Willie Loco. In 1964, Alexander founded The Lost, one of Boston's most popular garage bands of the period, and recorded for Capitol during the mid-'60s. By 1967, he was playing in Glass Menagerie with Doug Yule. In 1970, Alexander was invited to join the Velvet Undergound, one of the most influential bands of the 1960’s, after its leader departed. He played keyboards and sang in the band until Yule and the rest of the skeleton crew called it quits in 1972. As a solo artist, Alexander recorded three singles beginning in 1975, and formed the punk-oriented Boom Boom Band the following year. The group recorded two albums for MCA, but broke up in 1978. He released Solo Loco in 1982, and then formed the Confessions, who also recorded two albums, A Girl Like You and Autre Chose. Alexander continued in his solo status throughout the '80s, then founded the Persistence of Memory Orchestra in 1991.
 
Andy Pratt exploded on the music scene in 1973 with his Columbia Records hit single titled "Avenging Annie,” a song about Annie Oakley and Pretty Boy Floyd the Outlaw. Roger Daltrey (lead singer of The Who) liked "Avenging Annie" so much that he sang it on his album One of the Boys. At the height of his career, Pratt was much sought after by music industry giants Clive Davis, Nat Weiss, Ahmet Ertegun and Arif Mardin (record producer of Aretha Franklin, The Bee Gees, Nora Jones, Boy George, and many others). He has shared stages with countless musicians, performing with John Belushi, T-Bone Burnett, Robin and David Batteau, Jon Butcher, Toni Lynn Washington, James Montgomery, Moogy Klingman, Stewkey (The Nazz), Rick Shlosser, Mark Doyle, Gary Link, Abe Laboriel, Andy Mendelson, John Nagy, David Grisman, Jumma Santos, John Payne, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Andy Newmark, Luther Vandross, David Lasley and many others.
 
Tickets for the performance of Cape Ann Invades Marblehead are $18 in advance and $21 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. The Landing Restaurant at 81 Front Street, Marblehead offers a 10% discount on dinner if you show your ticket or receipt.  Enjoy a meal before the show! As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is one of the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouses in New England, and probably the country. It has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead.  For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.

Next concert:  January 24, 2014 – Chris Smither – Jonah Tolchin opens

CALENDAR/PSA: Friday, December 13, 2013 Cape Ann Invades Marblehead at the me & thee. Tickets are $18 in advance and $21 at the door.  The coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead and starts at 8 p.m.  Call 781-631-8987 or go to www.meandthee.org for information and directions.

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