Friday, September 8 at 7:30PM
This concert will feature three legendary Cape Ann musicians performing in the round. Fly Amero, Jon Butcher, and Allen Estes will perform their own songs and other songwriters’ songs, and they will back each other up throughout.
Our favorite left-handed, upside-down guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer returns to Old Sloop Coffeehouse! Dennis “Fly” Amero finds his musical roots deep within the vast genres of the 60’s pop revolution. His influences range from Bob Dylan to James Brown to Roy Orbison to Aretha Franklin … and just about everything in between. As a young teenager, Fly was already capturing public attention, performing on the hallowed stages of 1967’s Newport Folk Festival with Buddy Guy and Jr. Wells and – from the completely opposite end of the musical spectrum – the notorious Jim Kweskin Jug Band, then featuring Maria and Geoff Muldaur. Growing up, Amero honed his stage skills with his brother’s local, hard-working 70’s soul band, J.B. and Water. Later, he moved to New York City, joining in on musical projects with members of the bands Foreigner and Meatloaf. Fly is also a member of the chart-topping pop-rock band Orleans.
Grammy-nominated Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of influential recording artists comprising the legendary Boston music scene. MTV vids and hit songs, “Life Takes A Life” ,”Wishes”, “Holy War”, “Goodbye Saving Grace”, and “Waiting For A Miracle” comprise the underpinnings of a music career that continues today. Jon Butcher’s signature sound and particularly his guitar work represent a skillful mix of Americana – rock, r&b, jazz and folk, all of it focused through a prism built from the blues. Jon’s company Electric Factory Music provides film score, soundtrack and music licensing services for television and film companies looking for something decidedly unique. With its launch at FOX in 1991, ELECTRIC FACTORY has provided music for all of the major network/cable television carriers through shows like the hit cable TV series Shameless (Showtime), United States of Tara (Showtime), Ugly Betty (ABC), The Simpsons (Fox), Six Feet Under (HBO), Deadwood (HBO), My Name Is Earl (NBC), and many more.
Allen Estes is a veteran singer, songwriter, and performer with a long and distinguished resume. His songs have been recorded by David Mallett, The Judds, Tom Wopat, Tammy Wynette, and Shania Twain. He has co-written songs with Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Pat Alger, Norro Wilson, Lorrie Morgan, Kent Blazy, Larry Cordle, Robert Ellis Orrall, Billy Montana, David Mallett, and Jimmy Stewart. Allen has released a dozen CDs, and he has been part of the bands Madhouse, Steamboat Willie, The Estes Boys, and Trinity Lane. He has opened shows for Bonnie Raitt, J Geils, Reba McEntire, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Chesney, Tricia Yearwood, Livingston Taylor, Robert Palmer, and many others. He has been the Winner of “Independent Music World Series New England” $25,000 1st prize, and was voted “Best Independent Act of New England”. Allen is a lecturer in songwriting and performance at Berklee School of Music. He also hosts Local Music Seen on Cape Ann TV, Cape Ann’s local access cable television station. The weekly show presents an interview and brief performance by a musician of local interest. Local Music Seen is the most popular program on Cape Ann TV.
Here is a video of Fly and Jon performing the old Jax Jones song You Don’t Know Me.