Band Concerts, Weekly Music Festivals Begin
Once again this summer, music lovers can take in a different show just about every night of the week, many of them free. While national acts are on display at venues such as the Melody Tent and the Payomet Performing Arts Center, many of the local shows provide an opportunity to hear Cape musicians that play in a variety of genres and styles.
Along with the traditional Friday night Chatham Band concerts (8 p.m. in Kate Gould Park, June 28 to Aug. 30) and Harwich Town Band concerts (Tuesday nights, 7 p.m., July 2 to Aug. 27), Harwich's Port Summer Night Wednesday music strolls get underway July 3, and Chatham's Mondays on Main music nights start July 1. The Nauset Beach Summer Concert Series is also on Monday nights, beginning July 8 at 6:30 p.m. All of these events are family friendly and, best of all, free of charge.
Also throughout July, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and TD Bank sponsor a series of free concerts in seven Cape towns five nights a week. Wednesdays bands play at Chatham's Kate Gould Park and Thursdays at Nauset Beach. See the full schedule at artsfoundation.org/events/td-bank-summer-concert-series.
Port Summer Night features a different theme for the weekly 6 to 9 p.m. event, which takes place in downtown Harwich Port. Themes and bands slated to play are: Thank a Local Hero, July 3 with Andrea, the Judge and the Sinner, Earth Junior, Joe Marino, and Mr. Gotcha; July 10, Rock and roll with Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys, Digney Fignus, Mike Dumas and Satellite Band, Canon Hill, and Monica Rizzo; July 17, Family Fun Night with Elmore and the Counterfeit, Technicolor Motor Home, Club 9 Ball, and Amy Marie; July 24, Dance the Night Away with The Johns, Drumma Queens, Vb and the Buzzx, Super Soulshine, and Link Montana and the Rough Riders; Summer Fun is the July 31 theme with High Attitude, Straight Jacket Slumber Party, Ukeladies, and Mark’s Music Program; Aug. 7 is Country Night with Tattoo Cowboy, Catie Flynn, Saddle Up, and Abby Vail; Aug. 14 is Blues and Jazz, with Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, The Clayton Restaino Project, All Worn Out Jug Band, Out Late with Diana Di Gioia, and Abby Vail; Aug. 21 features Battle of the Decades with Elmore and the Counterfeit, The Rip It Ups, Mojo Kings, and The Placeholders; Feel the Rhythm is the Aug. 28 theme with Night Train, Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra- Beethoven, Just Like That, Aaron Norcross Trio, and Crocodile Tears; and Sept. 6, Encore to Summer with Amy Marie, Mr. Gotcha, Straight Jacket Slumber Party, and Brothers and Sisters.
Chatham's Mondays on Main also has a theme every week. On July 1 the theme is Celebrate the Fourth of July; July 8 is Christmas in July; July 15 is Country Night; July 22 is Anglers Night; July 29 is Rock n Roll Night; Aug. 5 is First Responders Night; Aug. 12 is Pirates and Mermaids; Aug. 19 is Throwback Night; and Aug. 26 is Endless Summer. Performers schedule to appear at different locations along Main Street include Andrea and the Sinners, Balance Band, Caitie Flynn Band, Cannon Hill, Dana and Jed, Left of Jupiter, Link Montana, Mark’s Music Program, Melic Moon, Michael Oakland, Mike DeAngelis, Monica Rizzo, Night Train, Rebecca Catron, Steve Morgan and the Kingfish, Sugarbucket, Super Soulshine, The Honeymooners, The Johns, The Long Johns, The Placeholders, and Tim Sweeney. Other bands as well as performance locations will be announced weekly in The Chronicle and in an informational booklet available July 1. There will also be face painting, special promotions and pop-up shops throughout downtown.
Sponsored by the Orleans DPW and Natural Resources Department, the free weekly Nauset Beach concerts begin July 8, with a Tuesday night rain date. The opening acts will be Greg Johnson and 45 RPM; on July 15, the Chandler Travis Philamonette will perform; The Rip-It-Ups play July 22; On July 29 it's the Johns; Easy Street plays Aug. 5; on Aug. 12 the Rock Harbor Band performs; Frank Poranski and the Pollyannas play Aug. 19; and on Aug. 26 The Dirty Water Band closes out the series.
The Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse sponsors Music on the Hill every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the 819 Main St. church. The shows begin July 2 with pianist Jacqueline Schwab; July 9 singer Chev Hardy will perform; July 16 will feature Monica Rizzo; on July 23 the Toast and Jam band; on July 30 singer Dana McCoy will perform; local singer Kathleen Healy plays Aug. 6; Aug. 13 features the All Worn-Out Jug Band; on Aug. 20 the Avant Garde Chandler Travis Three-O will perform; and finally on Aug. 27 Rev. Edmund Robinson and Friends will close out the series.
CranFest in the Courtyard at the Harwich Cultural Center takes place July 18 to Aug. 22, with shows beginning at 6:30 pm. Admission is $20. The lineup feature Low Lily, July 18; Ordinary Elephant, July 25; Gina Forsyth and the Mid City Aces, Aug. 1; Zoe Mulford, Aug. 8; Sol y Canto, Aug. 15 ; and Matt and Shannon Heaton, Aug. 22.
For jazz aficionados, the 16th annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival takes place at the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club. Slated to play the East Harwich venue are James Montgomery, July 2; G. Love, July 9; Louie Bello, July 10; Funktapuss, July 16; Suede, July 17; White Heat Swing Orchestra, July 23; Allnighters, July 24; Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, July 30, Alisan Porter (no date announced); Dr. Michael White, Aug. 6; Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys (no date announced); Jermaine Paul, Aug. 13; Grace Kelly, Aug.14; Stephane Wrembel, Aug. 20; Many C and The Stellars, Aug. 21; Paula Cole, Aug. 27; and Ray Greene and the All Star Band, Aug. 28.
If a capella groups are your thing, there are two opportunities every week to experience local groups. Cape Harmony is comprised of 10 young women who perform at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church on Chatham's Main Street at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday. Tickets are sold at the door and are $12 for adults. The 10-member men's singing group Hyannis Sound perform every Tuesday at 7 p.m., also at St. Christopher’s. Tickets are sold at the door at $15 for adults.