Louise Grasmere to be Featured at Fall Coffeehouse

Outdoor event, weather permitting

Press release
Louise Grasmere and her accompanist Linda Shoemaker will both appear at the Friday, September 17, Andover Community Coffeehouse, being held at an outside venue in Andover. Photo: Steve Colardeau

The Andover Community Coffeehouse, planning a return to its schedule of monthly “Third Friday” concerts on September 17, will be held outdoors (weather permitting) and will feature a return performance by Louise Grasmere, “Boston’s best-kept vocal secret” (and Andover summer resident). The event will take place in the grassy outdoor amphitheater located between the school and the bank parking lots in Andover.

If weather threatens, the event will be canceled. Contact 735-5135 with questions.

Louise Grasmere

The concert will begin at 6 PM, and food (grinders, wraps, desserts) will be available for purchase. Bring  your own chairs or blankets. The event is open to the public at no charge; donations to be shared with the featured performer are gratefully accepted.

In addition to the featured performer’s set, local musicians interested in performing a song or two as part of the “open mic” portion of the show are welcome to contact TheAndoverHub@nullgmail.com to sign up for one of several slots, on a first come, first served basis. 

The Coffeehouse, an arm of The Andover Community Hub, offers concerts monthly from September through June.  The events are normally held at the Highland Lake Grange Hall in East Andover. 

Grasmere’s initial Andover appearance was in January, 2020. To repeat material in the Beacon’s announcement of that event:

Who’s Louise?  From a review: “Combining all the grace and elegance of the classic jazz singers with the ringing power and authority of the great blues shouters, Louise Grasmere has a voice that will lift you out of your seat and into the heavens.”

But wait; there’s more:  “Grasmere’s sound is wholly her own – a unique fusion of jazz-influenced rhythm and blues seasoned with Motown, gospel, and soul.”  And on a personal note: Grasmere’s family started coming to New Hampshire in the 1960s, eventually settling in New London and then in Andover.  Louise now calls Andover’s Bradley Lake her summer home.