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Beverly Block Party to feature eating, drinking and dancing on Cabot Street

July 9, 2014

By Will Broaddus, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass.

July 09--BEVERLY -- People will be taking to the streets in Beverly this weekend -- not to protest, but to party.

Cabot Street will be shut down for the sheer fun of it, so people can enjoy live music, food and refreshments at The Block, a block party in the heart of Garden City.

They will also be celebrating the fact that three such block parties are being held this year instead of two, with similar events to follow in August and October.

In addition, everyone should be happy because they won't have to drink beer and wine behind a fence this year, in the beer and wine garden, but may wander wherever they want in the blocked-off street.

"If everyone behaves, we can let people move about the entire area with their adult beverages," said Gin Wallace, director of Beverly Main Streets, which is hosting the block parties.

Wherever partiers wander in the closed-off area, which opens at 5:30 p.m., they will also find something good to eat.

"There will be 10 restaurants set up right on Cabot street in tents," said Heather Wolsey, head of marketing at Beverly Main Streets. "They'll be serving some of their special menu items, which are easy to eat when you're outside walking around.

"Fibber McGee's will have steak tip subs and sausage subs. Prides Osteria is going to be coming with caprese sandwiches."

There will also be coffee, cupcakes and cookies from Atomic Cafe, gourmet chicken Parmesan sandwiches served by Bellamia, and burritos, platos and tortas from La Victoria Taqueria.

Winfrey's Fudge will serve up their signature, fresh fudge, and Rowand's Seafood will dish out some lobster rolls.

Soma will have pizza, with a variety of toppings, while The Wild Horse will put together pulled-pork sliders and coleslaw.

Beer will be served by Salerno's Italian Eatery, and Henry's Wine Cellar will pour wine. Partyers must bring an ID to purchase drink tickets at the event.

It wouldn't be a block party without music, and three different acts will play during the evening, starting at 5:30 p.m. with bluegrass and Americana from the Barn Burners String Band, which hails from North Easton.

They will be followed by Beverly's own Absolute Gentleman, which has been playing together for about a year.

The group will sometimes include a cover song in their set, but most of their material is original, with Gabe Rossi supplying the lyrics.

"We have four really good musicians in the band, so everybody contributes," said Rossi, who sings lead and plays guitar. "While we've written songs in the island, reggae and funk genres, we're moving away from all of that.

"If our last dozen songs are any indication, we're becoming a post-punk rock band, influenced by the likes of the Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem and the 1990s -- the band."

Perfect Gentleman has strong local ties and often plays at Opus in Salem and the Spotlight Tavern on Rantoul St. in Beverly, which they consider "our CBGB."

"Scotty, the keyboard player, lives in Beverly, and Dylan grew up in Beverly, our bass player," Rossi said. "My first apartment was on Cabot Street and Max, our drummer, grew up in Marblehead.

"We all have close ties to Cabot Street and get our coffee from Gusto and Atomic every morning."

Perfect Gentleman will be playing at the block party from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

"Expect a rock and roll show, with everything that means," Rossi said. "We don't leave anything on stage. You're going to get a bunch of entertainment."

The evening will be carried to a close by Rule of 3, a trio that features Rich Marino, owner of Chianti Restaurant.

"We play a lot of the local restaurants, like Pig's Eye in Salem and The Landing in Marblehead," Marino said. "Our band really features the vocals."

In addition to singing, Marino plays bass, and Beverly native Paul Carr plays guitar.

"Drummer Pat Seitz plays an old-fashioned, stand-up drum kit," Marino said. "We play acoustic rock is the way we describe it, a lot of songs you don't see live, B sides and one-hit wonders."

Marino and Carr were in a band together prior to Rule of 3 and were joined by Seitz shortly before they were due to play on New Year's Eve.

"Pat learned 38 songs in 11 days before New Year's," Marino said. "It's a three-piece band that puts out a lot of music for three guys, celebrating the harmonies of those songs from the '60s and '70s."

If you go

What: The Block, block party hosted by Beverly Main Streets

When: Saturday, July 11, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Cabot Street, from Pond Street to Federal Street, Beverly

Info: free, suggested donation $5, visit


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