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Previewing the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival is always one of the year's most anticipated events, as locals and visitors alike look forward to performances by national and international jazz musicians. The festival is entering its 17th year in 2021, and although it will look slightly different due to CoViD-19 uncertainty and precautions, it'll still provide an excellent opportunity to check out some live music on the Cape.

It's worth noting that none of the official Provincetown Jazz Festival performances will take place in the town of Provincetown in 2021.

However, it's still possible to spend your vacation in Provincetown and attend these events. You could also book a vacation rental elsewhere on Cape Cod because the venues the festival is using are easily accessible.

Here's a look at the facilities and lineups you'll see at the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival, which takes place on August 2 and 16.

The Venues

This year, you'll have to visit the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth or the Cotuit Center for the Arts if you wish to attend the Provincetown Jazz Festival. The reason is that these venues are large enough to allow for some level of social distancing during the shows.

There had been plans to hold performances at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, but the venue is too small to accommodate large crowds while keeping a safe distance between attendees.

The Crown and Anchor is another venue that often hosts performances during the Provincetown Jazz Festival, but it's more of a nightclub environment, and there were no plans to hold events there in 2021.

The Cotuit Center For the Arts is a large campus with multiple buildings on Falmouth Road. One of the newer buildings contains a 400-seat theater that organizers will use during the Provincetown Jazz Festival. There's plenty of on-campus parking, too, making the center simple to reach.

The Cultural Center of Cape Cod is located on Old Main Street in South Yarmouth, just over the Bass River Bridge from West Dennis. It's easily accessible, but keep in mind that parking is limited in the surrounding area.

Who'll Be There

On Monday, August 2, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod will host concerts by Krisanthi Pappas and the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet.

Pappas is an accomplished jazz singer who has been compared to Norah Jones and Diana Krall. She has performed with some of jazz music's biggest names, including Branford Marsalis and Gary Burton, and has won the Billboard World Song Contest in the jazz category twice.

The Cape Cod Jazz Quintet is well-known in this area because they frequently headline events on the Cape. The band features drummer Bart Weisman, bassist Ron Ormsby, pianist Fred Boyle, trumpeter and flutist Steve Ahern, and saxist and flutist Bruce Abbot.

The performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts will take place on Monday, August 16, and feature two performers making their Provincetown Jazz Festival debuts.

First, there's Peter and Will Anderson, identical twins from Washington, D.C., who play clarinet and saxophone. The duo has performed at Blue Note New York and the New Orleans Jazz Festival and headlined venues like the Kennedy Center and the Lincoln Center over the years.

There will also be a concert by Leslie Boyle at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Boyle, a prominent jazz vocalist from the Cape, will be accompanied by members of the Cape Cod Jazz Quintet as she sings songs from multiple genres in a performance that's sure to impress.

Getting Tickets

Tickets for the 2021 Provincetown Jazz Festival are available through each venue's website. There's a link to both on the Provincetown Jazz Festival's official website, as well.

For shows at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, you can also place your order by phone at 508-394-7100. The same goes for performances at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, which you can purchase at 508-428-0669.

Tickets are $30 each and include both nightly performances at the venue. A percentage of every ticket sale is donated by the Provincetown Jazz Festival to worthy local causes.

Getting Back to Normal in 2021

The Provincetown Jazz Festival usually has at least one event in Provincetown, but that wasn't in the cards for 2021.

Still, having the opportunity to check out some live jazz music in an intimate environment should provide attendees with a sense of normalcy after a 16-month period that has been anything but typical.

If you're planning a vacation to the Cape this summer, buying some tickets to one of these concerts is sure to provide an evening of entertainment. It also offers hope that we're finally coming out of this pandemic and returning to normal sometime in 2021.

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Live on the Outer Cape: Music, Drama, and Comedy
Posted by Kinlin Grover | Monday, May 14, 2018

When staying on Cape Cod for any length of time, consider taking in some of the local performing arts scenes, as there is something to check out on pretty much any night of the week during the summer. Depending on your mood, you might want to see a live performance of a Shakespearean drama, laugh with a stand-up comedian at an intimate local venue, or dine with live music in the background before getting up and cutting a rug after your meal.

All of these opportunities and more are available on the Outer Cape on any given day, providing you with loads of different ways to spend your evenings. Have a look at the events calendar at the following venues or check out some of the highlighted festivals to ensure you don’t miss a top-notch performance during your Cape Cod vacation.

Performances and Events in Provincetown

Since Provincetown is one of the Cape's cultural hubs, it makes sense that the town has plenty of live venues from which to choose. The Provincetown Theater is known as the Birthplace of Modern American Theater, as it dates back to 1915 when a group of New Yorkers vacationing in the area started performing and eventually built a makeshift theater. Their performances drew attention from all over the East Coast, helping to grow the industry as a whole. Today, the Provincetown Theater hosts Broadway comedies, dramas, and musicals, in addition to performing arts festivals throughout the year. If you're on the Outer Cape in the summer, there's a good chance this venue will have something going on.

Not to be outdone, the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble also brings Broadway plays and musicals to Provincetown, producing them at Fishermen Hall. In 2018, the group will perform “Hair, the Musical” between July and September.

Of course, there’s also the Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, an annual event taking place each September. In 2017, the festival combined plays by Williams and William Shakespeare, while the theme in 2018 will be "Wishful Thinking". The performances take place at a variety of venues throughout town, even non-traditional venues, as 2017 saw "Hamlet" performed in a tank of water on the beach and "Pericles" performed on a boat.

Smaller music venues are found up and down Provincetown’s Commercial Street. Bubala’s By The Bay, for example, is where the town's West End begins and hosts live music every night during the summer. There is no cover or minimum charge, so you can get out and enjoy everything from jazz to country music without worrying about the cost. Governor Bradford Restaurant & Club is an all ages venue that features a different act every Saturday night. The music gets started at 8 PM and runs until about 11. Tin Pan Alley is a piano bar with live performances every night of the week.

The Provincetown Jazz Festival has been around since 2005 and brings musicians from all over the world to the area at a variety of different venues. If you're in the area in mid-August, it is well worth checking out at least a few performances.

The Crown & Anchor is well known throughout the Cape because of its cabaret shows, but this significant venue is also the home of comedy in Provincetown. Some performances will be local comedians, such as Julie Wheeler and James Judd, who have weekly performances from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Other times, the venue brings in better-known acts, like Bruce Vilanch and Leslie Jordan in 2018, for a couple of sets.

Events in Truro This Summer

Just a short drive down Route 6 from Provincetown is Truro, where there are even more live performances to attend. In North Truro, the Payomet Performing Arts Center hosts music, comedy, and theater starting in the spring, with some pretty big acts coming to town in the summer.

You’ll also find music at Truro Vineyards every Sunday throughout the summer. Admission to the show is free, and there's a food truck on-site, so you can have a meal, enjoy some local wine, and listen to a live performance. The vineyard also hosts Grape Stomp & Music Fest and the Vinegrass Music Festival in late September. Both of these festivals bring wine, cocktails, food, and music together and are a great way to end your summer on Cape Cod.

Music and Theater in Wellfleet

Continuing down Route 6 from Truro brings you to Wellfleet and, more specifically, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. This venue presents a series of thought-provoking dramas all summer long, with each presentation running for a few weeks at a time. There's a summer concert series at the venue, too, so you can get your fill of live music on Monday nights.

The Harbor Stage Company is in the heart of Wellfleet's downtown area. The venue is small and intimate, offering the chance to get up close and personal with classic dramas and comedies that you've probably heard of before, but maybe haven't seen performed live. In 2018, "The Weir", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", and "The Deer and the Antelope" are on the docket between the middle of June and early September.

For live music, The Beachcomber is the place to be in Wellfleet. Throughout July and August, this restaurant on Cahoon Hollow Beach brings in musical acts every day of the week. You'll have to buy tickets in advance for most shows and keep in mind that the music usually starts at 9 PM, so you'll have time to either have dinner in the restaurant or eat elsewhere before things get going.

Orleans Live Performances

Finally, as you come down Route 6 and exit onto 6A, you'll reach the center of Orleans, where even more live performances can be found. The Academy Playhouse is right on Main Street and has a mixture renowned shows throughout the year. There are children's performances in the afternoons, including the Little Mermaid in 2018, and both theater, including Shakespeare, and music at night.

The Elements Theatre Company is on the grounds of the Church of the Transfiguration on Rock Harbor, giving it one of the more scenic locations for performances on the Cape. This venue mostly hosts dramatic productions, although there are retreats and workshops during the summer for those interested in acting themselves.

The Barley Neck Inn dates back to 1848 when Isaac and Mary Doane purchased the land where the property now sits. Part of the original building now makes up this venue, which hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night. It's not glamorous, but catching a performance at The Barley Neck is a quintessential thing to do while on Cape Cod.

Finding Your Performances

As you can see, no matter what type of entertainment you’re into, you’re sure to find it on the Outer Cape during the summer. Once you book your vacation rental on Cape Cod, start looking at the local venues holding events because you’re sure to find a new and exciting way to spend your nights, no matter what you are looking to experience.

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