Topics: Local Music

Roots And Blues Festival Will Rock Nauset Beach Saturday

By: Alan Pollock

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 or...

On Friday night, Aug. 3, the Melody Tent in Hyannis was filled to bursting with Baby Boomers. Very, very happy Baby Boomers. They had gathered for what the Tent had promoted as “An Evening with Tommy James and The Shondells and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone.” Many in this audience came to the Tent as retirees and grandparents – and left as youngsters, if only for a couple of magic hours. It was Noon...

HARWICH – Cape Cod has been home to many bands in the past, and one struggling to make a name for itself is Canon Hill. Around since 2013, the band has changed its lineup several times in its four-year history, but the two constants have been vocals and lead guitarist Logan Tichnor and drummer Ben Hayden. “Me and Ben were in eighth grade,” said Tichnor, “and Ben was in a band, but then he wasn't in a band anym...

A new light is about to shine on Harwich's cultural stage as a result of a collaboration between the Harwich Cranberry Arts and Music Festival, Inc., and the Harwich Cultural Center, located in the former Harwich Middle School on Sisson Road. Starting on Thursday, July 12 and continuing through Thursday, Aug. 23, Cranfest In The Courtyard will offer a series of acoustic concerts to be held, weather permitting,...

CHATHAM – Downtown Chatham will come alive each week with music, activities and special events in a new festival debuting Monday, July 2. “Mondays on Main” will feature live bands performing outdoors at various locations along the downtown business district from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Each of the eight Monday nights through Aug. 20 will feature a different theme, and businesses are being encouraged to hold special eve...

Letting Go: Total Strangers Call It Quits

By: Tim Wood

It may not be quite as momentous as the breakup of the Beatles – although they do play some of their songs –but the decision of The Total Strangers to call it quits is certainly a blow for local music fans. The band will play its final gig at the Chatham Squire's upcoming 50 th anniversary bash, which is fitting, since they reformed back in 1998 to play at the restaurant's 30 th anniversary. Prior to that, i...

Women's Music Festival Message: Rock Yes, Plastic No

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

It's that time of year again. On Saturday, May 12 the sixth annual Cape Cod Women's Music Festival (CCWMF) will once again light up the stage – and the outdoor tent – at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis. This year's lineup is sure to bring down the house while raising funds for Cape Wellness Collaborative (CWC) to provide free integrative therapies to those facing cancer on Cape Cod and the Islands. This year, with...

ORLEANS — Cape Symphony Artistic Director Jung-Ho Pak isn't the only Cape Cod musician who's earned the title maestro. Applause, please, for the eight Maestro award winners of Nauset Regional High School, who received that honor recently at the Atlanta Heritage Festival competition. Take a bow, Gordon Clark (trombone), Sean Chung (euphonium), Keb Hutchings-McMahon (guitar), Parker Mumford (piano), Acacia Nel...

ORLEANS — A local organization that keeps the town green has got the blues – but that's a good thing. On Aug. 7, blues artist G. Love will perform a benefit concert for the Orleans Conservation Trust at the Academy Playhouse. Given that fewer than 30 tickets remained as of Monday, we interrupt this story with ordering information: 508-255-1963 or web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/976370 The show will help fund th...

Amanda Kosloski of Harwich had been ringing with the Handbell Choir at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwich Port for about 13 years when she and a church group went to hear the Back Bay Ringers perform in West Barnstable. That day in August 2014 was the first time Kosloski had heard professional ringers perform, and when she learned the group was holding tryouts for new members, she said, “I have a mus...

The 13th annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Mansion Ballroom at Ocean Edge in Brewster on Sunday, Dec. 11. After many years at the Jailhouse in Orleans, organizer/host/master of ceremonies Chandler Travis had to scramble to find a new venue when the Jailhouse turned their old function room into a brewery. Luckily, Ocean Edge came through, says Travis, after a considera...

HARWICH — Life has its twists and turns, but the beat goes on. That's a lesson that Michael Dunford knows well. He joined the Harwich Town Band at the age of about 12 in 1975, and went on to a successful career as a banker, professional drummer and record exec. On Tuesday, he'll be back in the bandstand, where it all started. Following the lead of his mother, who had played in an all-girl drum and bugle cor...

'Port Summer Nights' To Sizzle This Summer

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Wednesday nights are going to be hopping in the 'Port this summer. The Harwich Chamber of Commerce has announced the lineups for Port Summer Nights, the weekly celebrations of art, dining, music and shopping, which start next Wednesday, July 6. “It looks great,” chamber Executive Director Jeremy Gingras said. “We've got eight weeks' of bands lined up and other activities.” Each Wednesday n...

Attention music lovers: The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club’s 13 th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival will kick off on Tuesday, June 28 with the jazz vocalist Suede. Suzanne Vega, James Montgomery and other popular names in jazz, folk and blues will also perform on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the 10-week festival which will wrap up on Aug. 31. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. in the resort’s Garden T...

First Night returns in June with an ice cream social and jazz band concert. The event is a thank you to the many Cape residents who have supported First Night throughout the years. The Monomoy Summer Seven Jazz Band, featuring Jeff Hughes, will play for free on Monday, June 19 at the bandstand in Kate Gould Park. The festivities begin with free ice cream provided for all by Buffy's Ice Cream and Emack and Boli...

The fourth Cape Cod Women's Music Festival is coming this Saturday, May 21, at 7 pm to the Cape Playhouse in Dennis. The festival, founded in 2012 by Harwich musician Sarah Swain, welcomes a fantastic lineup of (almost exclusively) female musicians to the stage, all to benefit the Cape Wellness Collaborative. "Music on its own is such a powerful and healing force for everyone," says Swain. "It just feels ...