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Arts Alive 2024

June 14 – 16, 2024

Main Street Falmouth

ArtsFalmouth will hold Arts Alive 2024 the weekend of June 14, 15, and 16 on the Falmouth Library Lawn. We will be celebrating the performing, visual, and literary arts, Juneteenth, Father’s Day, Pride Month, and Native American culture. All events are free and open to the public. Please join us!

Performance Schedule:

5 PM: Falmouth Academy Student Ensembles
Performances by Falmouth Academy’s music program students: chorus, jazz band, rock band, and instrumental ensembles.

6 PM: Shannon Davis
Award-winning singer/songwriter Shannon Davis is known for her songs containing strong imagery coupled with haunting vocal melodies.

7 to 9 PM: Town Dance with Puffy Elvis

Puffy Elvis is a big, old-time rock ‘n’ roll band made up of teachers, retired teachers, and some people who know teachers. Young in spirit and high in energy, the band plays classic rock hits and a few new tunes to encourage attendees to dance the night away!

9:45 to 11 AM: Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday begins with a commemoration of Juneteenth, the date in 1865, when the last group of enslaved people in Galveston Bay, Texas were declared free by the U.S. Army, two years after Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Paul Glass will emcee the event, which begins at 9:45 AM with drumming by Lisa Esperson to draw attendees to the Performance Tent. At 10 AM, Ashlei Weathers will offer a Libation, a ceremonial African tradition honoring the spirits of ancestors. Henry St. Julian will discuss the historical context of Juneteenth, and Representative David Vieira will read the Emancipation Proclamation as Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army. The Juneteenth Celebration Chorus, Lawrence School students led by Eileen Cahill, will sing “Lift Every Voice.” Falmouth Public School student poetry and art will be featured.

11 AM to Noon: Tish Adams Trio

Jazz vocalist Tish Adams and will continue the spirit of Juneteenth with a vibrant selection of songs: elegant Torch Songs, high-energy Swing, rip-roarin’ Blues.

Noon to 1 PM: Turning Point Dance Studio
Students of all ages from the Turning Pointe Dance Studio, led by Laura Sciortino and celebrating their 20th year, will perform a selection of contemporary and classical dances.

1:45 to 2:45 PM: Joe Mongelli & the Cape Jazz Crew

Joe Mongelli and the Cape Jazz Crew Presents the Genius of Horace Silver, perhaps the most influential jazz composer and pianist and of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Cape Jazz Crew is Joe Mongelli, trumpet; Scott Avidon, saxophone; Matt Hutchison, piano; Michael Dunford, drums; and Michael Ryle, upright bass.

3 to 4 PM: L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble

Led by Josh Bell, L’Esperance Mandolins Ensemble is a group of 20 musicians, playing various types of mandolins, percussion, and guitar. Their repertoire includes classical, folk, and jazz music. the group has performed for audiences from New York to Rhode Island to Vermont for over 30 years.

4:15 to 5:15: Cranberry Jam
Cranberry Jam is a 19-piece contemporary big band with vocalists performing big band instrumental and vocal favorites, along with contemporary arrangements of Grammy Award-winning songs through 2024.

5:30 to 6:30 PM: Greenlanders
The Greenlanders are a retro ’60s/’70s folk quintet performing songs from folk revival artists such as the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Bob Dylan, Donovan, John Denver, and the Eagles. The group has been together for almost 60 years.

6:45 to 7:45 PM: The Paradise Rock Band

Founded in 1982, The Paradise Rock Band is led by lead singer Craigo Carlson, with Alex Lane on drums, Malcom Child on bass, Dickie Nolan and Eric Hayden on keyboards, and Noah Germolus on saxophone.

8 to 9 PM: 12-Step Boogie: Rocking in Recovery

12-Step Boogie brings a varied mix of music to the table, with a strong influences in R&B, blues, and rock. They play tunes by Tom Petty, Mud Crutch, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon, Joe Walsh, J.J. Cale, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, and many many more. The band was formed in 2015 by Gregory Fones, Kevin St. Pierre, and Wayne Morea. Each bring years of experience, not just musically, but also as seasoned veterans of drugs and alcohol use during their early years as musicians. Addiction eventually took control and robbed them of their dreams and almost their lives. Now through sobriety and unity they’ve joined together to revive their dreams and their music. From 12 bars to 12 steps—12-Step Boogie!

Sunday, June 16, 2024

10 to 11 AM: Allsorts: A Cup of Compassion with Morgaihne Huntress

Local performing artist explores compassion in her new pocket play, which explores compassion through poetry, prose, and song.

11 AM to Noon: Cape Symphony Flute Quintet
Classical and popular music on piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, and bass flute

Noon to 1 PM: Falmouth Theatre Guild: A Cabaret of Show Tunes
Members of the Falmouth Theater Guild will perform a variety of show tunes.

1 to 2 PM: The Harper and the Minstrel
Jay and Abby Michaels are a husband-and-wife musical duo, the Harper and the Minstrel, who play medieval, Renaissance, and Celtic music on at least a dozen instruments. Jay plays several different harps, viola da gamba, rebec, dulcimer, and Baroque and classical guitars. Abbysings and plays flutes, recorders, pennywhistles, bowed psaltery, guitar, harp, and hammered dulcimer.

2 to 3 PM: Julian Loida: Music is a Visual Art

Percussionist and composer Julian Loida uses his synesthesia (a blending of the senses) as inspiration for his creative process. He regularly collaborates with dancers and partners with visual artists, songwriters/composers, and other musicians.

3 to 4 PM: The ZYG 808

The ZYG 808 is a Grammy-nominated musician, composer, producer, vocalist, DJ, and recording artist of Indie Groove, Alternative Pop, Rare Groove/Funk, Afrobeats, and Hip-Hop. He is a leading figure in the Thump & Soul music movement.

4 to 5 PM: Nice and Easy
Pianist Chris LoCasio leads this trio with bass and drums performing jazz and blues music.

5 to 6 PM: 82nd Street Band
The 82nd Street Band interprets lesser-known songs by Bruce Springsteen and plays other tunes in his style including songs by Tom Petty, Southside Johnny, The Rolling Stones, and originals. The mix of acoustic and electric guitars with bass, percussion, harmonica, and
violin produces a blend of folk, rock, blues, and soul music.

6:30 to 7:30 PM: Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance is a jazz Quartet/quintet, based on Cape Cod, which specializes in Afro-Cuban Jazz and Mainstream Jazz. The quartet consists of alto sax, guitar, bass and drums/percussion, and we add a vocalist to perform as a quintet.

8 to 9 PM: Wamptronica

Wamptronica, featuring Raeha Ramos and Mwalim Peters, is an underground dance music act specializing in House Music, Rare Groove, and Breakhearts, combining recorded music with live vocals and instruments. Dancing is encouraged!

11 AM to Noon: Andrew Sexton and Friends
Music from the 1920s to the 1980s, including standards and originals

Noon to 1 PM: Michael Shea
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Michael Shea prsents Songs of American Jazz: some old, some new, and some original

1 to 2 PM: Rich Latimer
Folk, blues, traditional country, gospel music

2 to 3 PM: Richard Keith

3 to 4 PM: Jeff Brown
Americana and rock

11 AM to 12 Noon: Falmouth Chamber Players

The Falmouth Chamber Players will perform several chamber music selections by groups of woodwind players: Wind Octets by Beethoven and Mozart (Beethoven Octet Op 103, Mozart Serenade No. 12 in C minor); Flute Trios; and Trios for flute, clarinet, and bassoon.

Noon to 1 PM: Troupe Mirage

Egyptian dance troupe

1 to 2 PM: North River Brass Quintet

The North River Brass Quintet is a chamber group of brass musicians from the Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra and feature orchestral and contemporary styles of music from all genres. They have been featured in many venues and are delighted to share their music with the community for all to enjoy.

2 to 3 PM: Kim Moberg Band

Folk/Americana music by this dynamic quartet, including Kim’s work, Seven Fires Prophecy: Suite for Humanity

3 to 4 PM: College Light Opera Company (CLOC)

Twenty-eight members of the CLOC 2024 vocal company present selections from the upcoming season and a celebration of Juneteenth,

4 to 5 PM: Kerosene Heater Band
Rocking country music

11 AM to 12 Noon: The Northern Lights Band
Four-piece band plays soft rock, Americana, blues, classic rock, and ’80s music

Noon to 1 PM: Rose and Jerry
Roots/Americana music

1 to 2 PM: Bird at Sea
Alt/indie duo of songwriters Sierra Partian (vocals) and Andrew Aghababian (guitar) collaborate on soulful and inventive music.

2 to 3 PM: Neil Ganju with special guests Wayne Baldwin and Bela Ganju

Neil Ganju, acoustic guitar, performs with special guests acoustic guitarist Wayne Baldwin and vocalist Bela Ganju. They perform hit songs from the 1950s to 2020s.

3 to 4 PM: Low Pressure Band
Four musicians performing covers and originals

4 to 5 PM: Wayside Sound

Wayside Sound is an Americana band based in Falmouth and Boston. Composed of local musician and music educator Taylor Gonsalves and Jack Dudek of Boston, the band reimagines roots music, offering poignant storytelling, thoughtful guitar solos, and contagious passion, balancing traditional and modern sound, the vigor and depth of their performances is both memorable, refreshing, and captivating.

2 PM: Tea Dance with DJ Kris Kay

DJ Kris Kay will be performing a traditional Tea Dance on the bandstand in Peg Noonan Park. All are invited to dance! Tea Dances originated in New York in the 1950s and ‘60s, when it was illegal for bars in New York to sell alcohol to people known to be gay. Tea Dances on Sunday afternoons became a legally acceptable way of socializing.


Programs and performance dates and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Please contact the venue directly with any questions.