By Evan Frye
Another incredible season has gone by under the Cape Cod Melody Tent. There was live music a-plenty under the big blue tent, and many melodies were played. So, as the mass-exodus from the Cape begins and the traffic (thankfully) subsides, let’s take a look back at the 2017 season.
Everyone felt “Wanted” when Hunter Hayes kicked the season off to a great start, and the next night, Cape Cod Symphony showed us why the Great American Songbook is just so darn great.
Michael Franti & Spearhead made us all “Say, Hey” these guys are really great!
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And would it be a summer on Cape Cod without some clam chowder at the Cape Cod Chowder Festival? I think not. Kip Moore convinced us there is in fact “Something ‘bout a Truck,” and there was “No Looking Back” when Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs took to the stage.
We threw back a few local brews at the Melody Tent Brew Fest, then chased it with a Pink Martini. This all made it feel like “Just Another Day in Paradise” when Phil Vassar came to town with some great country music.
Remember those commercials for the Kidz Bop cds? Well guess what, they tour now and it was awesome fun for the whole family. And we felt pretty heroic with our Local Music Heroes show featuring Entrain & Girls, Guns, and Glory. Paula Poundstone finally answered the question, “What’s So Funny?” The answer: Her!
Somehow we found a time machine and travelled all through The Beatles career with The Fab Four and Josh Turner made all the “Hometown Girls” in Hyannis swoon.
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“Whose Line” was it anyway when Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood took to the stage? Didn’t matter, we all laughed ourselves “scriptless.”
Hey man, things got real psychedelic when Dark Star Orchestra brought us back to Haight Ashbury for the night with some sweet Grateful Dead jams. Despite being on a Wednesday, it felt like “Saturday in the Park” when Chicago was under the tent.
Did you smell something cooking? A nice roast perhaps? Well that was just Jeff Ross doing what he does best. And it’s never “Hard to Love” a great show put on by Lee Brice. Tower of Power and Average White Band funked it up and got us all on our feet dancing. Which was good, because we were prepared to be the “Dancing Queen” when ABBA The Concert arrived.
Things got a little blue when we had guitar legend Joe Bonamassa then the next night polka-dotted blues legend Buddy Guy, and it was awesome. We then had a night of big laughs with Ralphie May.
Hope you drove you “Little Duece Coupe” and went “Surfin’ USA” at The Beach Boys show this year. And maybe you gave that Horse a name and befriended Jeramiah the Bullfrog when Three Dog Night & America played.
Then there was some good old fashioned “Family Friendly” laughs with Jim Breuer, and we sang the blues again with the legendary TajMo. And everyone saw the “Look of Love” when Chris Botti’s brass took the stage. Martina McBride then healed our “Broken Wing” and the Hope Music Festival was a great cause to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare.
Then Jake Owen sang us an “American Country Love Song” or two.
We all sang along to “My Girl” and “I Can’t Help Myself” with The Temptations and The Four Tops and then laughed our heads off with Bill Burr. Wrapping up a great summer in a big way, Lynyrd Skynyrd made us all “Free Bird”s for the last show of the year.
Yes, we’ve seen it all this summer, and it’s been amazing. The smell of Autumn is in the air, and we can’t wear white anymore because Labor Day has passed. But, we have an exciting thought to keep you going through those long, cold, snowy months ahead, next season at the Cape Cod Melody Tent! Stay updated and get tickets first by joining the Gold Circle Club. We’ll start announcing shows for next season in January!