While we obviously pride ourselves for being able to bring nationally-renowned stars to the Cape Cod Melody Tent and South Shore Music Circus, it makes us especially happy when our acts have local connections. This summer is no different, with artists performing at both theaters week after week with Massachusetts ties. Some grew up here, some attended college here, one even recorded a platinum-selling album here! While the Bay State origins of our amazing performers at Local Music Heroes (July 21 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent) may be obvious, here are a few local connections on our summer lineup this year that may surprise you:
PINK MARTINI (CCMT: 7/14, SSMC: 7/15):
Both of Pink Martini’s co-lead vocalists are from Massachusetts! Storm Large grew up in Southborough, while China Forbes grew up in Cambridge. When Ms. Forbes was studying at Harvard, she met fellow student Thomas Lauderdale, who asked her to perform with his “little orchestra”: Pink Martini.
A month after she was born, Paula Poundstone’s family moved from Huntsville, Alabama to Sudbury, Massachusetts. She dropped out of high school before obtaining her diploma, and began doing stand-up comedy in Boston full time.
Jeff Ross attended Boston University with his sister, after growing up in New Jersey. Ross returned to Boston in 2016 to film scenes for his “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops” special with members of the Boston Police Department.
David Marks grew up in California with the Wilson brothers, but studied jazz and classical guitar at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory.
TAJ MAHAL (CCMT: 8/18, SSMC: 8/19):
Taj Mahal gained his love for music as a young boy growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He spent years as a teenager farming in Palmer, Massachusetts, and even studied animal husbandry when he was a student at UMass Amherst.
In 2009, Chris Botti released his platinum-selling live album “Chris Botti in Boston”. The 2008 performance was recorded at Symphony Hall and featured Sting, Josh Groban, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma, and Katharine McPhee.
Bill Burr grew up in Canton, Massachusetts, and went on to attend Emerson College in Boston. He performed stand up comedy for the first time at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston.
We are thrilled that our theaters have Massachusetts pride on and off the stage. Now come see it for yourself this summer!