Vickie and Peter Van Ness, founders of gimmeLIVE, have produced some of the largest and most critically acclaimed concerts and festivals on Boston's North Shore featuring national recording stars and award-winning young artists (see highlights).
In April, 2017 GIMMELIVE opened a new venue, 9 Wallis, right next door to Beverly's historic Larcom Theatre. 9 Wallis is the North Shore's most intimate, elegant listening room offering comfortable show seating at tables with food & beverage service including fine wines, local craft beers and specialty cocktails.
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Since 2012, GIMMELIVE's award-winning seasons at Beverly's three theatres -- The North Shore Music Theatre, The Cabot and The Larcom -- have featured Grammy winnters, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers and showcased emerging young talent you might want to keep your eye on -- Vickie & Peter have been known to spot stars in the making before.
In January 2016, after producing dozens of benefit concerts and festivals north of Boston, gimmeLIVE produced a Classic Rock Benefit Festival in Delray Beach Florida featuring Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Mark Farner -- founder of Grand Funk Railroad, Steve Augeri -- Journey's former lead singer, John Cafferty & Michael "Tunes" Antunes of the Beaver Brown Band. The festival raised thousands of dollars for the educational programs at Old School Square.
In 2007, GIMMELIVE reunited the Pousette Dart Band to headline a Memorial Day Weekend Music & Arts festival that launched Celebrate Gloucester and the grand opening of Cruiseport Gloucester, Gloucester's very first cruise ship terminal.
After co-founding Gloucester's wildly successful summer Block Parties and producing several other major events (including Concert From the Heart featuring American Idol finalist Ayla Brown, which raised money for a local boy's much needed heart transplant) they produced Celebrate Gloucester 2010 featuring Charles Neville, Henri Smith, Roomful of Blues and local rising stars.
GIMMELIVE kicked off a Summer 2012 concert series at North Shore Music Theatre with Chris Isaak's U.S. tour, which introduced Chelsea Berry followed by Aaron Neville, with local singer/band-leader Henri Smith and the first Orleans concert in New England after original founder John Hall re-joined the band, featuring local legend Fly Amero.
In 2013, gimmeLIVE brought music to Beverly's historic Larcom Theatre for the first time since the days of Vaudeville, starting with a sold-out Mardi Gras benefit concert featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours followed by world-class artists, whose Larcom Theatre shows have garnered rave reviews.
In December 2013, gimmeLIVE packed Gloucester's iconic UU Church Meetinghouse for the first of a highly successful benefit concert series featuring top local talent and major recording stars, including John Sebastian, the first Rock n Roll Hall of Famer to perform in Gloucester.
During the summer of 2014, gimmeLIVE presented concerts at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard and in Gloucester aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship and at the Waterfront Pavilion featuring artists of several genres -- from folk icon Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary) to Ska pioneers The Toasters.
Later in 2014, Peter and Vickie co-produced That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras, a live CD recording at Beverly's Larcom Theatre featuring New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith with Grammy Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
GIMMELIVE's 2014-2015 concert season at Beverly's Larcom Theatre featured award-winning, sold-out shows featuring music legends including Art Garfunkel, Leon Russell, Booker T. Jones, Jefferson Starship, Johnny Winter, Marshall Tucker Band and many more.
During the summer of 2015, Vickie and Peter presented a series of concerts featuring national recording stars and award-winning Boston area talent at the newly re-opened Cabot Theatre in downtown Beverly.
In January 2016, gimmeLIVE produced a Classic Rock Benefit Festival in Delray Beach Florida featuring Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals, Mark Farner -- founder of Grand Funk Railroad, Steve Augeri -- Journey's former lead singer, John Cafferty & Michael "Tunes" Antunes of the Beaver Brown Band. The festival raised thousands of dollars for the educational programs at Old School Square.
In early 2017, gimmeLIVE opened a new venue in the building adjoining the Larcom Theatre (at 9 Wallis Street), formerly owned by members of Le Grand David Magic Company and known as the Grand Salon. GIMMELIVE has re-branded this elegant venue as 9 Wallis, which is now the North Shore's most intimate listening room offering comfortable show seating at tables with food & beverage service, including wine, craft beers and specialty cocktails.
This beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space is also available for private parties and corporate events -- with or without entertianment. Our stage -- with state-of-the-art sound, lighting and Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) 4K Video -- can accommodate any performance or presentation. We are completely wired with CAT6 for high-speed internet access. Click here if you'd like someone to contact you about booking a party or corporate event.
Through gimmeLIVE, Peter & Vickie Van Ness continue to bring critically acclaimed entertainment to top intimate venues north of Boston.
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando
The Larcom Theatre's packed house rose to their feet and danced in the ailes to Boston rising stars Gracie Curran and Lydia Warren performing with the venerable Roomful of Blues Horns on April 5, 2014. Here's what T MAX, Editor of The Noise Magazine, says about the show:
Lydia uses no pedals to enhance her sound, just what comes out of the box--a little amp distortion and a dab of reverb ... A steady bass drum thump backs her goodbye words before she launches into "Turn it Up," a rocker that brings half the audience to its feet, pleading for more.
Next, seven-pieces line the stage that make up the High Falutin’ Band--double saxes, trumpet, keys, bass, drums, and guitar. While they’re getting into a blues rhythm, out bounds Gracie Curran, throwin’ her hands up in the air like she’s part of a raving gospel choir ...
When the group end the set there is a lot of noise (chair banging, and stomping) until the band returns with just bass and drums, and dim lights on Gracie. It’s a sweet dreamy number that moves on to warbling wah wah, floating keys, and a crazy trumpet solo accented with balls of light flying ’cross the room. Lydia Warren comes back out to rejoin the show for the second encore ...
A full standing ovation sends everyone home happily. The Larcom continues to build a good reputation for its rockin’ presentations.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando
In 2013, we started a Mardi Gras tradition in Beverly, MA by bringing New Orleans native Henri Smith to the Larcom Theatre with his band New Orleans Friends & Flavours featuring Grammy-Award winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
That sold out concert was so successful, we scheduled two shows in 2014 and recorded one of them for a live concert CD released later that year.
Once again, Henri Smith and his band thrilled the packed Larcom Theatre and set the stage for many more New Orleans Jazz and Blues concerts in Beverly, MA.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
Photos by Sheila Roberts Orlando (except where noted)
Seldom has there been more talent on one stage than this stellar evening featuring some of the Boston area's top musicians. Here's what New England Concert Reviews had to say about it:
I’d never been to the Larcom Theatre before, located in downtown Beverly. I went last weekend and was very pleasantly surprised; it was absolutely beautiful, both inside and out! ...
... That night was a meeting of prime rock and blues aficionados. McCann described the night perfectly, “Saturday night was a high-energy show with a lot of spontaneous moments; the musical camaraderie was contagious.” Read full review here.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
On January 31, guest presenter, M.E. Productions, presented rock-blues icon Johnny Winter to a sold-out, ecstatic crowd.
Here's what Blues Blogger A.J. Wachtel had to say about Johnny's set: Opening with "Johnny B. Good" the ... performance kept building momentum song after song. "Jumpin’ Jack Flash" and "It’s All Over Now", "Boney Maroney", "Got My Mojo Working"; "Highway 61" and "Dust My Broom" on slide were all done to perfection; and the packed house loved it... I also like the way they smile at each other mid-song deep in a tight groove fully aware of the great sound they are creating. And everyone in the crowd is smiling too. A great way to start the year. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
The show sold out a few days before, resulting in a sizable waiting list.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
On December 21, 2013, we started a new tradition in Gloucester. Many of the area's top talent from Classical to Celtic to Pop, Rock & Punk shared the stage for a celebration of the Winter Solstice and lifted a packed house at Gloucester's UU Church to a level of musical joy that many said they hadn't felt in years.
Plus we raised much needed funds to help restore the UU Church's iconic meetinghouse. You can see concert photos here.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
Once again Henri Smith and his all-star band, this time featuring Grammy-award winner Amadee Castenell and Toronto's Italian accordion sensation Carmen Spada got a packed house dancing in the aisles for a special Christmas concert on December 14, 2013, followed by a very special Sunday matinee on December 15 with an extra encore!
Thanks to everybody who braved the snow, ice and cold to show our friends from New Orleans how New Englanders party in a snow storm!Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
Thanks to everyone who took the chance and filled the theatre for artists they'd never heard of, and music they'd never heard before!
The Slide Brothers had the entire theatre up, dancing and clapping to their inspirational music.
Rave reviews proclaim The Slide Brothers one of the best blues concerts of 2013 on Boston's North Shore.
Young rising star, Michael Thomas Doyle and his band revved the crowd up with hot sounds from the next generation on virtuosos.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
"It was a magical night!"
photos: Sheila Roberts Orlando (except where noted)
Dave Foley and the Fabulous Mustangs opened with a country swing that transported us straight to Nashville!
After Intermission, Allen Estes took the stage. Here's what Fly Amero of Orleans had to say about his experience:
Allen Estes Band
Larcom Theater, Beverly MA
Saturday, October 5, 2013
By Fly Amero
This is not a review. I would never presume to critique any single one of the great musicians we have here on the North Shore. Let's think of it more as a message to those out there who figure they've seen Allen Estes perform a number of times, and thus may have passed on tickets for this wonderful Beverly show. In a nutshell--too bad for you!
Forget that the historic Larcom Theater is a fully restored, gorgeous facility with hand-painted tin, beautifully designed curtains, world-class stage lighting and, well--the list could go on and on. Forget that the place is virtually next-door. Forget it all. This was about a truly incredible songwriter, centerstage at a venue which absolutely captures the nuance of his lilting voice and intelligent, heartfelt lyric. The sound (under the direction of Will Hunt) was nothing shy of spectacular, with its focus exactly where it should be - the lead voice. Allen's words were clear as a waterfall. His songs could be heard as they've never been heard before, and appreciated for the finely crafted works of art that they are.
But there was an unexpected knockout punch that came on with subtlety--and that was Allen's masterful orchestration of the entire set. Starting the show solo, he gradually, one by one, eased players onto the stage until ultimately finding himself backed by five of the finest musicians New England has to offer. I cannot for the life of me think of any place in the world I'd rather have been on Saturday night than right down the street from us all (not "up the line", which makes everyone think it's far, far away when it's really not) at the Larcom Theater, 13 Wallis Street, Beverly, MA.Allen Estes: vocals/acous. guitar
GIMMELIVE brought music to the Larcom Theatre for the first time in decades on April 6, 2013 for a sold-out Mardi Gras concert featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours
Originally scheduled in February, the concert had to be postponed due to the major winter storm that forced the Governor to close all roads and declare a state of emergency.
Performers and fans were undaunted as they packed the Larcom Theatre a couple of months later to raise money for the Y Teens Rebuild New Orleans 2013 trip and helped usher in a new era of top quality entertainment in the heart of downtown Beverly, MA.Missed the show? Don't miss the next few:
About 25 miles from Boston, the fully restored, historic Larcom Performing Arts Theatre is conveniently situated in downtown Beverly, MA less than half a mile from the Beverly Depot rail station and 3 miles from Route 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map).
This gracious showplace -- featuring spectacular acoustics -- was built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by brothers Harris and Glover Ware (vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA) on the birth site of their favorite poet, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
During its 105 year history, The Larcom Theatre has presented stage, screen and musical entertainment. In 1984 the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings were restored to their original glory by Le Grand David magic company, who presented their award-winning magic show there until the company's founder, Cesareo Pelaez, died in 2012.
Beginning with gimmeLIVE's sold-out 2013 Mardi Gras benefit concert, Vickie and Peter Van Ness filled the Larcom Theatre with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
In 2014, gimmeLIVE installed a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs. GIMMELIVE concerts at the Larcom Theatre have received stellar reviews for the quality of both the music and the sound.
On September 9, 2016 Donnie & Lisa Crowell purchased The Larcom Theatre and renamed it The Larcom Performing Arts Theatre or "The Larcom" for short.
GIMMELIVE is expanding into a new venue, 9 Wallis, right next door to The Larcom. 9 Wallis is the North Shore's most intimate listening room offering confortable show seating at tables with food & beverage service, plus a full bar.
Plenty of new shows will be announced soon. Click here to join our mailing list to get special deals and prime seats before tickets go on sale to the general public.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.