By Wendy Killeen Globe correspondent

Musical minds connecting in Salem

Artist Renee Schneider’s exhibition celebrates jazz.
Artist Renee Schneider’s exhibition celebrates jazz.

DYNAMIC DUO Magic Dick, the harmonica player for the Boston-based J. Geils Band, has partnered with guitarist and singer Shun Ng to create a new musical phenomenon.

The duo performs at CinemaSalem March 31.

“From the moment I first heard Shun Ng’s CD, ‘Funky Thumb Stuff,’ I knew that a manifest musical collaboration was about to happen,” said Dick, who has toured the world with the J. Geils Band since 1969.


“Shun’s sound simply made me feel very alive and induced in me a synchronous alignment of musical DNA, as if it was his intention as well as mine all along,” said Dick, whose real name is Richard Salwitz. “A long and enlightening conversation happened on the day of our first meeting and now we’re a duo and I couldn’t be more delighted.”

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Ng was born in Chicago, raised in Singapore, and is now based in Boston. At 24, he is a soulful, world-class guitarist, vocalist, and electric performer.

“We wanted to make music in a way that no one had quite done before, while remaining grounded in our roots,” Ng said.

“[Dick] has seemingly done it all, but is still constantly trying to push the boundaries of music and chase the best in himself. To be working with a true Boston legend is a privilege.”

Performance begins at 8:30 p.m. at 2 Church St., Salem. Tickets range from $17 to $29. Call 978-744-1400 or visit


PLAYING THE BLUES Ronnie Earl, one of the premier blues guitarists of his generation, appears at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on April 1.

Earl started playing guitar in the mid-1970s, forming his own band, the Broadcasters, in 1988.

“My greatest love in music is the blues; this is my ‘mother music,’ ” he said. “Playing for me is a very emotional experience. I put every particle of my soul into it. I’m just trying to reach people’s humanity.”

Two years ago, his sold-out show at Shalin drew multiple standing ovations.

The show is at 8 p.m. at 37 Main St. Tickets range from $25 to $39. Call 978-546-7391 or visit


JAZZ ON CANVAS “Swing Time,” a solo exhibition of paintings by Amesbury artist Renee Schneider, is at Carry Out Cafe & Catering in Newburyport through April.

The series is inspired by her husband, Mark Schneider, who has performed in jazz, big band, orchestral, and musical organizations throughout New England. He is currently principal trombone of the Portsmouth (N.H.) Symphony Orchestra.

Renee Schneider has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a master’s of education in creative art and learning.

Combining her love of art and teaching, she owns and operates Colorful Kids in Amesbury, providing private art lessons and camp to children while she continues to develop her own art.

The paintings on display are the original illustrations for her first published children’s book, also called “Swing Time.”

“We love Renee’s whimsical style and vibrant use of color,” said cafe owner Paula Simpson. “This jazz series visually captures the movement, rhythm, and joy of making music. It makes your toes tap and heart soar.”

A reception with the artist is set for 2 to 4 p.m. April 3 at the cafe, 155 State St. Call 978-499-2240 or visit

OUTSIDE THE BOX Fashion, quilts, jewelry, ceramics, a life-sized wooden grizzly bear, and more are featured in Saltbox Gallery’s show at the Topsfield Fairgrounds April 1-3.

This year, there are more photographs, etchings, and large abstracts, as well as 300 traditional fine art paintings.

The event begins with an April Fools’ party, from 7 to 9 p.m. April 1, with the Ray Jazz Trio. The gallery show continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2-3. There is also a silent auction.

The event is at the Coolidge Hall on the fairgrounds, Route 1. Admission is free. Visit

GET A CLUE “Goodnight, Captain White,” an interactive whodunit, will be presented in the library of the historic Hawthorne Hotel in Salem March 31–April 2.

The event, presented by History Alive, is raising funds for playground equipment at the Saltonstall School in Salem.

The mystery to be solved is based on the 1830 death of sea captain Joseph White.

“I love that we can take advantage of the unique and important history that Salem offers,” said Nick Gesualdi, Saltonstall’s interim principal. “Leveraging the arts and history to help us raise funds for our school is awesome, and we are grateful for the generosity and support.”

The evenings begin at 7:30 at 18 Washington Square. Tickets are $26 or $36, and can be purchased at

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