Arts Alive Performance Schedule 2018

Arts Alive 2018 Performance Schedule 

Friday, June 15, Performance Tent

5 to 5:30 PM, Dawna Hammers

Dawna Hammers is a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist. Her original songs are a blend of folk, soft rock, blues, jazz and world beat. She brings truth, hope and inspiration through her songs that are full of melody, harmony and rhythm. She has performed Joni Mitchell tribute concerts and has released six CDs of original and cover songs.

5:30 to 6:45 PM, Infamous Jack

Infamous Jack is an original rock band consisting of Mark Melville on vocals, Bill Peterson on guitar, Neil Ganju on guitar, George Wirtz on bass, and Doug Shine on drums. 

7 to 9 PM, Town Dance with Puffy Elvis

Puffy Elvis performs favorite classic rock hits for the Falmouth Town Dance this year. Puffy Elvis is a big, old-time rock ‘n’ roll band made up of teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators at Falmouth High School. Young in spirit and high in energy, the band plays music you can dance to.

Saturday, June 16, Performance Tent

10 AM to 2 PM: Artists on the Lawn

10 to 11 AM: Sonnay Fiddlers

The Sonnay Fiddlers play traditional Celtic and international fiddle tunes. The group is made up of beginning to very accomplished students of Nikki Engstrom, an award-winning fiddler and a member of the Celtic duo Stanley and Grimm. The fiddlers range in age from young children to adults.

11 AM to Noon: Falmouth Theatre Guild

Members of the Falmouth Theatre Guild will perform a medley of show tunes from past and upcoming shows. Elizabeth Beckel will accompany on piano.

Noon to 1 PM: Turning Pointe Dance Studio

Students from the Turning Pointe Dance Studio will perform a variety of classical and contemporary dances under the artistic direction of Laura Sciortino.

1 to 2 PM: Tradewinds

Tradewinds is an a cappella quartet that sings selections from the Great American Songbook, plus traditional, jazz, and pop tunes. Tradewinds began its career as the School Committee quartet in the Falmouth Theater Guild’s production of “The Music Man” on the Cape in the late 1990s. 

2 to 3:30 PM Moonlighters Big Band

The 19-member Moonlighters Big Band plays dance music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including waltzes, tangos, cha-chas, rhumbas, bossa novas, swing music, foxtrots, and more. Performing on the Cape for 35 years, the band includes five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, guitar, keyboard, electric bass, string bass, drums, and a vocalist.

3:30 to 4:30 PM: Belly Dancing with Elena

Elena Griffin leads a troupe of Middle Eastern belly dancers in colorful costumes. She teaches belly dancing and believes that people of all ages and body types can learn to dance.

4:30 to 5:30 PM: Falmouth Songbirds

The Falmouth Songbirds is women’s vocal ensemble directed by Susan Laite. They sing classical music, spirituals, jazz, folk, popular music, and standards in three-part harmony. The group encourages the love of music by offering instruction in voice, musical notation, and theory to its members.

5:30 to 6 PM (set up)

Rockin' Saturday Night

6 to 7 PM: Rhythm and Blues Conspiracy

The Rhythm and Blues Conspiracy draws its inspiration from postwar rhythm and blues, 1960s rock, and 1950s to '70s soul. Their set list features both well-known and underrated cuts from Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, Bo Diddley, and their favorite, the J. Geils Band. The sound is driving but not metal; the band very simply plays the blues.

Members include brothers Sam Puopolo on bass and lead vocals, Henry Puopolo on guitar and back-up vocals, and their father, Scott Puopolo on drums. The band has performed at local bars such as Grumpy's bar, the Anchor Alehouse, Dino's Sports Bar and Grill, Lane's Bowl and Bistro, as well as at events such as the Marshfield County Fair,  the Barnstable County Fair, and last year's Falmouth Road Race, where the band played a rocking set along the course.

7 to 8 PM: 12-Step Boogie

12-Step Boogie was formed in 2015 by Gregory Fones, Kevin St. Pierre, and Wayne Morea. Each bring years of experience to the band. Not just musically, but also as seasoned veterans to the effect drugs and alcohol played in their early years as musicians, and how it 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! 12-Step Boogie brings a varied mix of music to the table, with a strong influences in R&B, Blues, and Rock. Playing 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.

8 to 9 PM: Good Advances

Good Advances is a five-piece band playing funk, soul, and R&B. Michael Scena, a Falmouth native, sings lead vocals, with Neil O'Connor on lead guitar, Dave O'Connor on drums, Mike Burke on bass, and Dorian Tolis on rhythm guitar. While currently in the process of writing original music, Good Advances performs music ranging from Sam Cooke to Childish Gambino. Look for the band to be playing in the Cape Cod and greater Boston area this summer.

Saturday, June 16, Music Tent

10:30 to 11:30:  Anytime Fitness Workout Classes

Participatory demos: 10:30 to 11, small group training; 11 to 11:30, group training Burn.

11:30 to 12:30: Michael Scena & Neil Ganju

Michael Scena (vocals) and Neil Ganju (guitar) are a duo from North Falmouth, playing new and old soul music, with jazz and hip-hop influences. The duo draws inspiration from artists like D'Angelo, Anderson, Paak, and Stevie Wonder.

1:30 to 2:30: Laughing Crow Band

The Laughing Crow Band plays blues, folk, gospel, and Americana music on guitar, bass, lap steel, and drums. They cover the music of Ben Harper, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Hot Tuna, and many others, as well as covering the original sources of their music, which they describe as is a grand continuum beneath a very large and welcoming tent.

2:30 to 3:30: Cat’s Melodeon

Cat’s Melodeon, led by Bill Black on banjo, performs traditional Irish dance music—jigs and reels and more—on fiddle, flute, recorder, accordion, banjo, guitar, uilleann pipes, and bodhran. The group’s name comes from a local expression in Ireland’s County Mayo and refers (among other things) to an informal get-together for enjoyable purposes.

3:30 to 4:30: Michael Shea

Michael Shea plays acoustic guitar and sings original songs and covers. He has been influenced by many songwriters, including Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Laura Nyro, Jesse Winchester, Ray Charles, and Jackson Browne.

4:30 to 5:30: Andrew Sexton Trio

The Andrew Sexton Trio plays great American music from several eras, including standards and originals. The trio features Alec Zeuli on alto sax and Craig Hamilton on bass.

5:30 to 6:30: Yesterday’s Country

Yesterday’s Country plays old-time traditional classic country music from the Golden Era of Country Music throughout Cape Cod, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Members include Ben Carnavale on pedal steel guitar and lead guitar; Jack Meserve on vocals and acoustic guitar; Rich Brown on bass and vocals; Bill Kiesewetter on keyboard; and Paul Fata on vocals and lead guitar.

Saturday, June 16, Library Tent

10 to 11 AM: Stories and Songs with Miss Donna

Donna Skinner of the Falmouth Public Library will present singable stories, songs, and puppet fun for families and children of all ages.

11 AM to Noon: Treasure Time Theater

Mrs. Treasure (Lee Drescher) will read a children’s book, sing songs and play guitar, encouraging children to actively participate in games, singing, and dancing.

Noon to 3 PM: Face-Painting Fun

Moana will sing songs and offer face-painting. 

3 to 4 PM: Woods Hole Theater Company

Shannon Sylvia presents a puppet show version of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.”

4 to 5:30 PM: OPEN

5:30 to 6:30 PM: BollyX with Donna Skinner

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. At the very core of a BollyX workout is the inspiration it draws from the music and dance of Bollywood, the film industry of India. This 30-minute demo class will be family-friendly, and open to all fitness levels.

Sunday, June 17, Performance Tent

11 AM to noon: Dawna Hammers Band “Songs for My Father”

Singer, songwriter, and recording artist Dawna Hammers will perform a special tribute to her father. Dawna's dad, the late Johnny Hammers was a tenor sax and clarinetist on the Cape who played with Dave McKenna, Lou Columbo and others. Dawna will sing original songs she wrote for her Dad along with ballads, bossas, blues and swings songs by Billie Holiday, Louie Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Jobim. Dawna will be joined by Klem Klimek of Entrain and NRBQ on sax, Lisa Esperson on percussion and a bassist.

Noon to 1 PM: Falmouth Fiddlers

The Falmouth Fiddlers play and sing old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic tunes on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, tin whistle, bodhran, cello, and string bass. Special guests include members of the Pine Street Pickers.

1 to 2 PM: Khadija and Troupe Mirage

Troupe Mirage is an Egyptian-style dance troupe of women aged 21 to 60, led by Khadija (Katrina Valenzuela), who teaches Egyptian Dance and Culture and Arabic language at Cape Cod Community College and Egyptian Dance at Ballet Works in South Yarmouth.

2 to 3 PM: New Classics Company

New Classics Company is a live theater production company from Hyannis that produces original entertainment and fresh takes on classic works. They will offer improv comedy featuring their Friday Night Improv troupe. The performers will act out comedic scenes based on suggestions from audience members, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

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

The College Light Opera Company, the Cape’s only resident music-theater company and America’s premier training ground for young artists, will be performing a sneak preview of its opening show of the season. Founded in 1969, CLOC strives to provide high-quality musicals and operettas to summer audiences on Cape Cod, while at the same time giving young talent from around the world a chance to begin a career in music theater.

Sunday, June 17, Music Tent

11 AM to Noon:  Jeff Brown

Jeff sings folk, country, and bluesy covers and originals.

Noon to 1 PM: Seaside String Ensemble

Seaside String Ensemble is a group of string players of all ages directed by Lary Chaplan of the Cape Conservatory of Music and Arts. The group performs a diverse repertoire, including classical music, country music, and show tunes. Chaplan has performed with a wide range of orchestras, rock, and jazz bands and currently plays violin with the Cape Symphony Orchestra.

1 to 2 PM: The Familiars

Manny and Linda Dias are The Familiars of Cape Cod. They sing and play folk, fiddle, country, Irish, and popular music from the 1950s through the 1980s. Manny sings and plays guitar, and Linda plays fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, and Irish whistles.

2 to 3 PM: Ladies' Choice

Ladies’ Choice will play favorite fiddle tunes and songs. Ladies Choice is a group of women who enjoy singing and playing folk, Celtic, fiddle, popular, and original music on fiddle, guitar, tin whistle, flute, cello, and bodhran.

3 to 4 PM: Roger and Me

Roger and Me plays traditional country with a bounce and modern folk. 

Sunday, June 17, Library Tent 

11 AM to Noon: Yoga with Alex Tice

Alex teaches Mind-Body Yoga that is a hybridized form of different accumulated theories and principles. There is focus on the breath, mindfulness and calmness in the poses, a building awareness of body presence and one's ability to expand in the form with posture integrity. Yoga inspires passion within the living centers of the body, connecting the conscious mind with the subconscious and innate intelligence of our human immune system and spiritual energy power reservoirs. He teaches yoga to share the journey and help any along the way to enrich their inner awakening and assist in balancing, strengthening, and harmonizing many aspects of their lives.

Noon to 1 PM: OPEN

1 to 2 PM: FCTV Youth Producers

Allen Russell and the Falmouth Community Television (FCTV) Youth Producers, a will create a stop-motion video on the theme of Father’s Day. The Youth Producers will show how to create characters out of clay and what type of clay to use for these productions. They will also show how to animate using backgrounds and a green screen, as well as adding voices and music to create a finished product. Fun for children, teens, and adults, who are invited to gather around and watch.

2 to 3 PM: Hillary Osborn, Art demonstration

Hillary Osborn, co-owner of the Osborn and Rugh Gallery at 114 Palmer Ave in Falmouth, will do a live oil painting demo, laying in a composition and blocking in the colors to finish a quick sketch. Questions are welcome. Hillary has been painting on location throughout the Upper Cape for the last 20 years and draws inspiration by directly painting from nature. The artist has exhibited her work in New York City, Boston, California and Cape Cod. She has received numerous awards for her landscape paintings.