Rock the Meeting House!


Rock’n’roll legend Willie Alexander with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra consisting of drums, keyboards, saxophone, and clarinet will be performing at the Gloucester Unitarian-Universalist Church on Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Tickets at the door: $15 General Admission; $10 Seniors (over 65) and Students (with ID), Special Needs community Free of charge. The grand 1806 Meetinghouse is located at the corner of Middle & Church Streets in Gloucester’s Historic District. See for more information.

Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander is a multi-talented musician, whose career has traced the history of Rock for thirty-five years. From the Lost, a 60s garage-band that made a couple of records for Capitol, to the psychedelic late 60s Bagatelle, to a brief stint in the post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band in the punk 70s, which recorded for MCA, to an introspective take on the 80s recording for the French label New Rose, and renewed band energy in the 90s with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Willie has maintained a consistently high level of emotional and artistic integrity.

Willie was recently featured on the cover of ‘The Sound of Our Town’ by Brett Milano, a history of Boston Rock’n’roll. In recent years Willie has performed with local bands The Megawatt Blues Crushers and Alek Razdan’s A-Train.

The Persistence of Memory Orchestra will accompany Willie’s vocals and keyboards at the upcoming Gloucester UU Concert, featuring Russ Gershon (leader of the internationally acclaimed Either/Orchestra) on tenor sax, Mark Chenevert (Chandler Travis Philharmonic) on tenor sax & clarinet, and Jim Doherty (Ibrahima’s World Beat and the Well Babies) on drums with surprise guests.

POMO will play material from their two self-titled albums on Accurate Records as well as from Willie’s new CD ‘The Fisheye Brothers,’ a collaboration with Jim Doherty, inspired by Gloucester heroes and places. Persistence of Memory Orchestra’s second album ‘The East Main Street Suite,’ has been described as ”a rich stew with a base of Rock’n’roll and elements of Jazz, Beat poetry, klezmer, samba and electronica mixed in. To say it defies category hardly does justice to the originality and uniqueness of this music.’


EVENT: Willie Alexander & the Persistence of Memory Orchestra

DATE: Saturday, July 19th, 2008 at 7:30PM

LOCATION: Gloucester Unitarian-Universalist Church, corner of Middle & Church Streets in the Historic District

TICKETS: $15 General; $10 Senior (over 65) & Student (with ID) at the door, Special Needs community Free of charge.



Concert (not for publication): Charles Nazarian at 978-281-4448 or

Church (not for publication): Karen Rembert at 978-283-3410 or Office address: 10 Church St. 01930