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Cape Cod’s Jazz Scene

February 16, 2016 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod’s Jazz Scene

Cape Cod’s jazz scene is unlike that of any other area.

Current 2016ย Jazz events:

Pre-Season Social!
This Thursday, February 18th, 7-9 PMย 
Come to our second social at Quicks Hole Tavern featuring Scott Shetler (clarinet, mandolin, sax, vocals), Bruce Millard (guitar, mandolin) Joe Sutton (guitar, vocals), ย and Woods Hole Jazz founder Tom Renshaw (bass). ย  Enjoy a rousing evening of blues, swing, and gospel in an informal atmosphere. No cover. Tips appreciated.

Thursday, March 3rd – Vocalist/Trumpeter Christine Fawson with Phil Wilson

The talented and entertaining Fawson brings her Berklee mentor, legendaryย trombonist and Grammy-nominee Phil Wilson. $25, $20 in advance. Learn more.

Wednesday, March 23rd – Dave Zinno Quartet Bassist Dave Zinno returns to Woods Hole with top trumpeter Jason Palmer, Tim Ray (piano), and Steve Langone (drums).
Thursday, April 14th – Nadia Washington (vocals, guitar) One of NYC’s top up-and-coming vocalists, a blend of rock star Janis Joplin and jazz queen Nina Simone.
Tuesday, April 26th – Frank Wilkins with Toni Lynne Washington An encore performance by Boston’s Queen of the Blues.
Sunday, June 26th – Kate McGarryย 
Aย 2013 Grammy nomineeย for Best Jazz Vocal album, McGarry effortlessly blends styles with a repertoire that ranges from jazz classics to broadway to folk.

2015 Jazz Fest Falmouth – September 26 – October 4 th1

Enjoy lectures, recitals, concerts, jam sessions, a jazz brunch and a jazz stroll during the eight day celebration presented by Arts Falmouth. The jazz stroll will take place on Friday, October 2nd and promises to be a night full of great music. Downtown Falmouth will come alive on Friday night. The shops and restaurants from Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street will showcase an assortment of groups ranging from classic swing to avant-garde with a little blues thrown in. Just wander in and out;ย  it’s all free.ย  The 2015 line up features both local favorites and award winning ensembles. Each performance time is staggered giving you an opportunity to hear a variety of jazz styles throughout the evening.ย Click here for the 2015 Jazz Stroll lineup.

September 26:ย  Robert Wyatt on Louis Armstrong
September 27:ย  Pianist Jon Weber on almost everything else about jazz
September 30:ย  Toni Lynn Washington, Queen of the Blues
October 2:ย  Jazz Stroll along Main Street
October 3:ย  Denise Donatelli in concert at Highfield Theater
October 4:ย  Goodis & Glenn Jazz Brunch at Persy’s

 

Woods Hole Jazz – September 30 – November 11

1270558Jazz has been a long standing tradition on Cape Cod and the Woods Hole Community Hall building has been home to jazz music for over thirty-five years. Toni Lynn, known as Boston’s “queen of the blues” will be performing in September with the Frank Wilkins Quartet both of whom grew up playing in church so their music has undeniable gospel influences. With one performance per month from September – November, this fall is the perfect time to book a trip. Click here for ticket information and to read more about the musicians.

September 30: Toni Lynn Washington with the Frank Wilkins Quartet
October 20: Donna Byrne
November 11: The Harry Allen Trio

 

Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest – September 3-6

Sheila Baptista, founder and producer of the Martha’s Vineyard Jazz & Blues Summerfest began the festival in 2008 with only word of mouth marketing and donated a portion of the proceeds to help support regional efforts to spread a vital message regarding breast cancer, early detection, courses of treatment and positive recovery. The festival has grown rapidly each year and has become an event that locals and vacationers alike look forward to each year. The first night is held in Oak Bluffs and the following three nights are held in Edgartown. Click here for ticket information.

September 3: Jazz Giants 25 and Under
September 4: Lisa Fischer, Sharel Cassity, Andrea and James Rohlehr and the Andjam Band
September 5: Women of the World, Sage All Ladies Jazz and Blues
September 6: Nnenna Freelon, Jazz Pianist Yayoi Ikawa, Jazz Gospel Violinist Kersten Stevens

 

Cape Cod Jazz Festival – September 1 & 2 th

The twelfth annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival takes place this year at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club in Chatham. Mary C and the Stellars, performing on September 2 have been featured on MTV, VHI, Bravo, and NBC. Performances are free an open to the public and take place at the resort’s garden terrace overlooking Pleasant Bay. Dine alfresco at the resort’s restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic while you listen to the smooth sounds of the summer.

September 1: The Mark Greel Band
September 2: Mary C and the Stellars

Jazz has been touted as one of America’s original art forms, and has been around for over a century. Enjoy the improvisational rhythms and melodies of an American classic on beautiful Cape Cod this fall.

Jazzfest Falmouth

September 29, 2015 by Trish Robinson

Jazzfest Falmouth happens Friday, October 2nd and we could not be more excited to th4host The John Salerno Trio on our very own front porch! The evening for your ears begins at 5:15 at Museums on the Green. Come down town early and have a listen to the Bart Weisman Group as they play their ‘Keeping Jazz Alive on Cape Cod’ set. After this Jazzfest Falmouth kick-off concert, we suggest stopping for a bite to eat at one of Main Street’s many restaurants. If you choose to dine outside, you’ll be able to hear Jazzfest happening all around you; more than fifteen local businesses will be playing host to amazing musicians. Wherever your night takes you, just make sure you’re at The Captain’s Manor Inn by 7pm for a world renowned music sensation.

Fgallery1-13-lgJohn Salerno, originally from the Boston area, has traveled the globe perfecting his craft. From Italy and England to Turkey and Greece, John Salerno has studied all types of music and has taken bits and pieces from his travels and incorporated them into his one-of-a-kind sound. The front porch of the Captain’s Manor Inn will come alive with the IMG_9126-427x640sounds of swing, big bang, and maybe even some show tunes! Bring your suggestions, and your auditory appetite for smooth Jazz. Enjoy seasonal refreshments under the stars!

The John Salerno Trio will play until 8:15, but that’s hardly when Jazzfest Falmouth ends. Enjoy live music until 11pm in Falmouth Friday night. We couldn’t think of a more wonderful way to welcome the fall than with great music for the whole community to enjoy. Hope to see you Friday night!

The Woods Hole Film Festival

July 16, 2015 by Trish Robinson

firestation_pic1The Woods Hole Film Festival is the oldest film festival on Cape Cod and the Islands and is celebrating its 24th year this summer. Independent and emerging filmmakers will come together and premier over 100 films and 8 short programs. Programs include workshops, master classes, panel discussions and parties complete with live music. Spotlightingย the history and beauty of this region is a goal of the Woods Hole Film Festival and those films that feature or have a connection to the Cape or the surrounding New England geography will be especially highlighted. Another way the festival honors the beauty of the area is through their venue choices. From the Old Woods Hole Fire Station, to iconic restaurants and landmarks,ย you’ll watch these films and attend accompanying events in some of the most loved buildings in town. This year, in addition to the Woods Hole locations, Falmouth Academy as well as Falmouth Cinema Pub will also be featuring films.

Opening night will feature Maya Forbes‘ (Cambridge, MA native) directorial debut “Infinitely Polar Bear” which features Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Other highlights are expected to be Richard Ray Perez‘ film “Cesar’s Last Fast,” a documentary chronicling Cesar Chavez’ struggle to secure humane and fair treatment for America’s farmers; and Sally Taylor‘s, (daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon) presentation of her documentary. Preparation for Taylor’s documentary “Consenses” beganย when she asked 150 artists over the span of two years to interpret each other’s work and share their reactions. The documentary reveals those reactions and evolves into a greater conversation about human reaction and the understanding of art as it pertains to the individual.

There will be multiple events each day, and tickets are available online through Woods Hole Film Fesitval’s website. This is a highly anticipated and extremely well attended event each year and 2015ย promises to deliver!

 

 

 

July 4th Celebration

June 27, 2015 by Trish Robinson

The July 4th Celebration in Falmouth Cape Cod will once again include the annual bike and carriage parade sponsored by the Falmouth Village Association.

July 4th CelebrationParticipants will meet on the Village Green the morning of July 4th and the Parade will begin by heading down Main Street at 10am. Over the years this event has grown in size to several hundred who enjoy celebrating freedom on this special day.

bikeparade (2)Children of all ages will be wearing their red, white and blue and it is great fun to see the great decorations people have adorned their bicycles and carriages with. From tricycles, to unicycles to tandem bicycles everyone gets in on the fun. After working up an appetite folks love strolling Main Street and stopping for a snack at Ghelfi’s Candies and Ice Cream of Cape Cod or Ben and Bill’s Chocolate Emporium or for lunch at any number of great eateries like Stone L’Oven, Anejo’s Mexican Bistro, Quarterdeck, La Cucina Sul Mare, Pickle Jar Kitchen or Pies ala Mode Cafe.

The fun for our July 4th celebration does not stop with the parade and fun on Main Street. You should head down to Falmouth Heights Beach or Surf Drive Beach later in the evening to take advantage of the spectacular fireworks show set of on the barge out on the Ocean of Vineyard Sound. The Falmouth Bed and Breakfast Association is a proud sponsor of the Fireworks July 4th Celebration.July 4th celebration fireworks

Holidays by the Sea

December 3, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Holidays by the Sea is once again promising to be a fun filled weekend in Falmouth Village.

The festivities officially being on Friday December 5th at 5:30 with a carol sing at the iconic Nobska Lighthouse. Hot chocolate and cookies will be on hand to fuel you for participating in the festive seasonal sing along.

At a very reasonable 9:30 am on Saturday December 6th you can join in on the 3rd annual Jingle Jog 5K sponsored by Dunkin Donuts and Anytime Fitness. Festive outfits are actually encouraged for the race and our very own son-in-law donned a Santa outfit a couple of years ago. The Elf Run for participants 12 and under starts at 9:30 and the Jingle Jog for those 13 and over starts at 9:45.

Jingle jog 5K

Jingle Jog

After joining in the race or just cheering on the runners you can head over to Marine Park at Falmouth Harbor to welcome Seafaring Santa! The Falmouth High School Chorus will be on hand singing Christmas carols. All are invited to join in the activities ofย  the annual children’s bike raffle, hot chocolate & treats courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts.

Also on the 6th at noon there is a public viewing of the Nobska Lighthouse which is sponsored by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and goes unti 2 pm. As a little incentive we share that Santa visits at 12:30 pm!

Holiday Stroll for Holidays by the Sea

Holiday Stroll

After a little afternoon rest get ready for the Holiday Stroll along Main Street and Queens Buyway. Hop on the trolley to the Falmouth Historical Society for a visit with Santa until 6:30. There will be face painting by Mrs. Claus, along with hot chocolate and cookies. The Falmouth Historical Society will also have additional craft activities for the kids. Take the trolley to the Queen’s Buyway, and visit the Petting Zoo! (In the courtyard behind Cape Chic and Pink Polka Dot from 5-6:30) Enjoy live music by the Donnie Cross Trio at Headlines on Main Street. The movie Frozen will also be streaming throughout the evening at Peg Noonan Park. Also keep a look out for Elsa and Anna! The Very Merry Dickens Carolers and the Falmouth High School Band will perform along Main Street. Ride the Trolley down Main Street while the Falmouth High School A Capella Group sings Holiday songs! Just look for the trolley stop signs. Snacks and refreshments can be found at your favorite local shops! Information cards will be available at most Main Street Shops.

The official festivities conclude on Sunday December 7th with the 51st annual parade. The Parade starts at noontime at the Falmouth Mall and proceeds down Main Street to the Village Green. Our parade is Southeastern Massachusettsโ€™ largest holiday parade with theme decorated floats, marching bands, live animals, costumed characters and Santa Claus!

Holidays by the Sea 51st annual parade

Holiday Parade

Trick or Treat

October 26, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Trick or Treat with Patches the firedog

Patches the fire dog and Olivia

Trick or Treat at Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth Village

Ladybug Girl and Sara the good witch

Trick or Treat in Falmouth Village was celebrated in grand fashion with the 17th annual Trick or Treat stroll along Main Street on Saturday October 25th. Hundreds of youngsters and their parents came dressed for the occasions in costumes ranging from policemen and fireman to goblins, witches and beloved characters like Elsa of Frozen. We had parents dressed as superheros and sports figures as they escorted their little ones along the street. Restaurants and Retail shops alike offered up goodies to the trick or treaters.

Patches the firedog and Olivia as red riding hood led the parade down Main Street in Falmouth Village.

Eight Cousins Bookstore had Ladybug Girl and Sara the good witch to hand out fun pencils for their treat.

 

 

Thank you to the Falmouth Village Association for sponsoring such a family friendly and fun event!

Trick or Treat at Eastman's Hardware in Falmouth Village

The beginning of the trick or treat parade line.

Trick or Treat in Falmouth Village

Trick or Treat at Homespun Gardens

Trick or Treat at La Osteria in Falmouth VIllage

Osteria La Civetta’s Spooky Spider web with Cauldron of Treats

Falmouth Village Scarecrows

October 24, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Falmouth Village Scarecrows make their appearance again this Fall and Halloween season on iconic Main Street. Over 20 different creative oversize scarecrows are located on the lamposts in front of restaurants, retail shops, the local fire station and several bed and breakfasts in Falmouth Village. The scarecrows went up on October 15th and will remain until late November.

Port Cargo retail shop's scarecrow on the lampost in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Port Cargo

Each year the members of the Falmouth Village Association enjoy showcasing their talents in coming up with a scarecrow character to represent their unique business.

Pickle Jar Restaurant scarecrow in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Pickle Jar Restaurant

Scarecrow at La Cucina Restaurant iin Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

Village of Scarecrows

This year some of the unique characters include an oompa loompa scarecrow from Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory located in front of Ghelfi’s Candies, a cocktail serving scarecrow in front of the Quarterdeck restaurant, a leprechaun in front of Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub, and Popeye the Sailor Man in front of The Captain’s Manor Inn. We encourage you to take a stroll along Main Street and enjoy the fun and creative scarecrow’s while you stop in to shop at our local shops and restaurants.

Popeye scarecrow at the Captain's Manor Inn in Falmouth Village of Scarecrows

The Captain’s Manor Inn

 

Jazz Stroll

September 13, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Jazz Stroll 2014 is set for October 3, 2014 in lovely Falmouth Village. This free event takes place at numerous retail and restaurant locations in Queen’s Buyway and along Main Street. Groups performing range from duos to trios as well as quartets and even the big band group Stage Door Canteen at Liam Maquire’s Irish Pub to close out this fabulous night. You might even choose to enjoy a jam session to be held at Jacks located at 327 Gifford Street.

Make a night of it and come for a stroll where you can mix musical pleasure with dinner and dessert or a little retail therapy while on for your jazz stroll.

This evening is one of many events that make up 2014 Jazzfest. One of this year’s highlight performances will be Grammy Winner Catherine Russell who will be performing at Highfield Theater on Saturday, October 4th at 7:30 pm. Russell is celebrated as a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her Grammy was awarded for her featured work on the soundtrack of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Catherine has performed with Steely Dan, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper and numerous other musical talents.Jazz stroll at Vagabond View

Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration

July 29, 2014 by Trish Robinson

 

arial mma canal 3Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration activities are well underway with concerts, boat parades, maritime exhibits, fireworks, tall ships and more!

There have been a lot of events that have been underway since July 25th with major activities today which marks the official US Army Corps and Canal Centennial Dedication Ceremonies.

You can tour the T S Kennedy ship today from 9am to 5 pm at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.T S Kennedy was originally built in 1964 and renamed T S Kennedy in 2001 in honor of the Kennedy family. The T S Kennedy served for over 20 years including several tours to the Persian Gulf as part of the First Gulf War and in 2001 it was moved to Buzzards Bay, MA for use as the training ship for the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Most recently the ship was deployed to New York Harbor in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with a mission of housing first responders and FEMA personnel.

You can also tour the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel from 9am to 5 pm today and the Schooner Mystic Tall Ships all tours are at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

At 4 pm the Tugboat parade begins and will wind through the entire Cape Cod Canal and about 12 tugboats are expected to participate.

The official Canaliversary celebration also starts at 4 pm with concerts , games , antique cars and more culminating in a spectacular fireworks show over the railroad bridge starting around 9 pm. David Mugar and B4 productions who have put on some of the most fabulous fireworks shows will be producing the show.

For complete up to date information visit www.capecodcanalcentennial.org

Cape Cod Baseball League Falmouth Commodores

July 1, 2014 by Trish Robinson

Cape Cod Baseball League otherwise known as CCBL is celebrating its 130th year in 2014. The Cape Cod Baseball League is the premier collegiate summer program in the country. The stellar reputation of the league attracts star ballplayers from the best collegiate baseball programs in the United States. A great night can be spent watching these talented young players while enjoying homemade clam chowder from Artie’s Catering at the snack shack right at the game. Perhaps a short trip across the street to Dairy Queen for one of their famous blizzard ice cream treats may be in order too.

Very exciting news as of June 29, 2014 is the Royal’s taking on Brandon Finnegan as a top draft pic (number 17) with a sign on bonus of over $2.2 million. Brandon is a left handed pitcher who made is debut with the Cape Cod Baseball League a year ago in June when he pitched a game winning 6-2 opener over the Harwich Mariners.

Some trivia for you around the impact of the Cape Cod Baseball League:Cape Cod Baseball League Falmouth Commodores

over 1000 alumni are playing professional baseball at difference levels

over 200 alumni are in the Major League Baseball

one in seven players currently on Major League Baseball rosters once played in the Cape League

more than half a dozen former CCBL players manage in the major leagues

Directions to the Guv Fuller Field.

Schedule of Games

 

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