Roots And Blues Festival Will Rock Nauset Beach Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Local Music

Garrett “G. Love” Dutton, Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and Jimmy Jazz Prescott are “G. Love and Special Sauce.” COURTESY PHOTO

ORLEANS A day-long music festival Saturday will be bringing live music to Nauset Beach, for the benefit of Nauset Beach.

The first-ever Cape Cod Roots and Blues Festival is a collaboration between musician Garrett Dutton, a.k.a. G. Love, and Mike McNamara of the Hog Island Beer Company, and promises a day filled with great music. General admission ticket sales sold out early, but sales may open again if organizers arrange for additional off-site parking.

Details are available at www.CapeCodRootsAndBlues.com.

Gates open at noon, rain or shine, and the music will continue through 6 p.m., with performances by jazz-rock-blues fusion band G. Love and Special Sauce, singer-songwriter-guitarist Citizen Cope, Boston-based dance band Ripe, and Ron Artis II and the Truth. Satellite parking is available at Nauset Middle School, with shuttle bus service.

McNamara said they chose Nauset Beach as a venue expecting around 1,000 attendees and have sold around 2,000 tickets so far. But Nauset wasn’t their choice just because it’s the only venue around that could handle such a crowd, he said.

“That’s our crown jewel,” he said. “It’s our number one resource.” To that end, a portion of the proceeds from the concert, and Friday’s VIP concert at Hog Island Beer Company, will benefit the Friends of Nauset Beach, a registered nonprofit.

“The purpose is to give the beach a voice,” said McNamara, the group’s founder. The Friends of Nauset Beach will advocate for capital investment in the beach that allow continued access by the public, both on foot and by off-road vehicle, in a way that respects the environment, he said.

McNamara said the event has a host of sponsors, all of whom sought him out with offers to help.

“I haven’t knocked on one door and asked for one thing,” he said.