Arts Alive is free 3-day celebration of the arts in Falmouth and the Upper Cape. Friday, June 16, 5 to 9pm; Saturday, June 17, 10am to 9pm; Sunday, June 18, 11am to 5pm.
60 performances of Theater, Spoken Word, Dance and Music for all tastes – jazz, classical, folk and fiddle, show tunes.
Town Dance on Friday night, a Rock Fest Saturday Night.
More than 50 artisans and crafts people display and sell their wares.
All free and everyone welcome – rain or shine!
Friday Night: Performance Tent
5 PM Falmouth Academy Jazz Band
Falmouth Academy’s Cool Nights Jazz Band is made up of instrumental musicians in the Jazz II class taught by George Scharr, who is the director of orchestras and chair of the arts department at Falmouth Academy. The band includes saxes, trumpets, trombone, guitars, percussionist, clarinet and flute. The FA jazz Band performs at the end of June every year in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where they are rewarded with standing ovations.
6 PM All Cape Jazz Band
Music patrons and jazz enthusiasts will appreciate this year’s exceptional line-up of high school musicians from across the Cape. Cape high school musicians auditioned for this prestigious band in February, resulting in a righteous ensemble of the best sounds from the area’s regional high schools. Faculty judges selected seven saxophones, four trumpets, five trombones, two percussionists, piano, bass and guitar to come together for this one concert.
Falmouth High School and Falmouth Academy are well represented in this ensemble with: Josh Watson from FA and Jonathan Decker, Jake Luckcraft, Nathaniel Evans, John Turner, Dante Colpus, and Robert Taft, all from Falmouth High School.
7 to 9 Town Dance with the Rip-it-Ups
The Rip-It-Ups are a traditional rock & roll band who play a lot of blues—a rockabilly band with country jazz and soul. Fronted by dynamic vocalist Jodi Birchall, the band plays everything from ballads, originals, country and western to great jazz, blues, and rock, with a lot of energy. Band members include recording artist, trumpet player, and singer/songwriter Kami Lyle; bassist and singer/songwriter Joey Spampinato who, along with his brother Johnny Spampinato, are members of the world-renowned rock & roll band, NRBQ; Paul Dinsmore and Gary Locke, who played with the Bluesdusters for many years in the Cape Cod area; Tad Price, on guitar, who has played with many varied musicians including Sarah Burrill; and Liam Hogg, who has played drums on the Cape for many years with bands like Earth Junior and Sarah Swain.
Saturday, On the Lawn
9:30 AM to noon The Friday Morning Figure Painters
The Friday Morning Figure Painters, led by Ruth Leech from the Falmouth Artists Guild will gather to paint a live model on the Library Lawn. Watch the paintings take shape as various artists interpret the model in their own unique ways, using a variety of media.
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM, Monday Morning Painters
Led by Patty Calkins-Martin, the Monday Morning Painters will paint the festive Arts Alive Festival as it happens, on the Library Lawn.
Saturday, Performance Tent
10 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—and one cellist—range in age from young children to adults.
11 AM 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.
Noon Falmouth Theatre Guild
Members of the Falmouth Theatre Guild will perform a medley of show tunes from past and upcoming shows. Glenn Starner-Tate will accompany on piano.
1 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 and Arabic dance both at Cape Cod Community College and at Ballet Works in South Yarmouth.
2 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.
3:00 PM Woods Hole Theater Company
Members of the Woods Hole Theater Company will perform selections from their current offering of “next to normal” the rock musical by Brian Yorkey, currently playing at Woods Hole Community Hall.
4:00 PM Tom Goux and Friends
Members of Notescape, a close-harmony a cappella men’s vocal group will sing ballads, doo-wop, and popular tunes from the American Songbook. There will also be some instrumental music. Performers include singers Tom Goux, Peter Clark, Peter Hopewood, Joe Hackler, and Doug Man, with Bob Vander Pyl on guitar.
5 PM The Analogues
A high-fidelity, low-nonsense trio bringing blues, jazz, and funk to the masses. Featuring Shawn Malcolmson on percussion, Chris Harris on bass, and Neil Ganju on guitar and vocals.
6 PM Rock Fest: Flydown
Rock music by Brian Kerins, vocals and bass, drummer Stevie “Flydown” Kenneally, and lead guitarist and background vocalist Jeff Lawson.
7 PM Rock Fest: Unnamed Colors
Unnamed Colors is an original art-rock trio from Newburyport comprising four musical adventurers with a penchant for challenging. Together, they have established a unique, ever-evolving repertoire that is engaging, richly dynamic, and full of surprises.
8 PM Rock Fest: Left of Jupiter
Jason Violette on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Paul Violette on drums, Rick MacGovern on bass, Daryl Sabine on lead guitar, and back-up vocals.
Saturday, Music Tent
10 AM Universal Sound
Universal Sound, under the direction of Lisa Esperson, will present percussion music from various world cultures.
11 AM Treasure Time Storybook 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 Jim Lareau, Singer/Songwriter
Jim Lareau will sing original music, rock and roll songs, and bluesy tunes. He plays acoustic and electric guitar and ukulele.
1 PM 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.
2 PM Jeff Brown, Singer/Songwriter
Jeff sings folk, country, and bluesy covers and originals.
3 PM Cats’ Melodeon
Cats’ Melodeon, led by Bill Black on bouzouki, 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.
4 PM Bill Black Sings Irish Songs
Bill Black will sing songs of Ireland and songs of the water.
5 PM Matt Borrello, Singer/Songwriter An award-winning singer/songwriter who writes from personal experience, Matt Borrello draws his inspirations from folk, country, blues, and rock music. He is known for his insightful lyrics and passionate performances.
6 PM Jody Moore Band
The Jody Moore Band offers dance party fun, from Benatar to Journey, Blondie to Bon Jovi, with country, dance, and classic hits. Members include Jody Moore, vocals; Chuck Williamson, guitar; John MacFee, bass; and Chris Besegai, drums.
7 PM Stomp 86
Stomp 86 is an alternative rock cover band featuring Mark Leonar on guitar and vocals, Bob Bearse on bass, Ryan Buckley on drums and vocals, and Dave Carlino on lead guitar and vocals.
8 PM Audio Fossil
Audio Fossil is a three-piece band playing classic and newer rock music, including covers of Grand Funk, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, and other bands.
Saturday, Library Tent
10:20 AM Engage Falmouth presents “Women’s Voices”
Engage Falmouth presents: “Women’s Voices,” a performance to highlight the power of women’s creativity to counter discrimination and inequality. Featuring a local chapter of The Handmaid’s Coalition, the acts will include music, literature, and song. Engage Falmouth’s mission is to motivate, mobilize and empower the community to become a force for progressive change.
11:20 AM Liz Saunders Trio
Liz Saunders, vocalist, Ted Jellinek, pianist, and Tony Scalisi, will present music from the Great American Songbook.
12:20 PM Old Main Road
Old Main Road will perform a mix of folk, blues and gospel/spiritual songs. The trio includes Rich Latimer, Lisa Allen, and Bill Bellamy.
1:20 PM 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 Bill Bellamy on bass.
2:20 PM BREAK for technical crew: no scheduled performance
3:20 PM Amy Hart & Co.
Amy Hart & Co. plays acoustic rock music.
4:20 PM 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.
5:20 PM Michael Shea, Singer/Songwriter
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.
6:20 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 Battle of the Bands and the Barnstable County Fair.
Sunday Performance Tent
11 AM Puffy Elvis
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 favorite classic rock hits.
Noon 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 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 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, keyboard, electric bass, string bass, drums, and a vocalist.
2:30 PM Cape Youth Orchestra Brass Ensemble
The Brass Ensemble of the Cape Youth Orchestra will perform under the direction of Chris Schroeder. The Cape Youth Orchestra program brings talented young musicians of all ages and skill levels together with professional conductors, musicians and educators from the Cape Symphony, Conservatory, and Boston area. Centered on fostering joy in instrumental and orchestral playing, the youth orchestra program provides young musicians with enriching musical experiences that strengthen their musicianship and create lasting memories.
3 PM College Light Opera Company
The College Light Opera Company, the Cape’s only resident music-theatre 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 theatre.
4 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.
Sunday Music Tent
11 AM Doug Rugh, Artist
Doug Rugh will paint a still life, demonstrating how paint can be applied with a quick brush and using optical tricks to create the illusion of form. Doug is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and also studied the methods and materials of the old masters at the Schuler atelier in Baltimore. He maintains a studio, the Osborn & Rugh Gallery, at Queen’s Buyway with his artist wife Hillary Osborn.
Noon New Beginnings String Ensemble
New Beginnings is an eight-member ensemble 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 PM Vic Solo as Elvis
Vic Sologaistoa is Elvis Presley, complete with white jumpsuit and Elvis-inspired gyrations, as he sings Elvis’s greatest hits.
2 PM The Pioneers
The Pioneers, Celtic musicians Austin McEathron and Ryan Grondahl, play a vibrant and cheery combination of Cape Breton and Irish fiddle music that will make you want to get up and dance.
3 PM Dawna Hammers
Dawna Hammers is a visionary 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.
4 PM Spinnaker Winds
Spinnaker Winds is a woodwind quartet that performs works from the baroque through the modern wind repertoire, as well as arrangements of tunes from all genres of music. Members are Lorrie Hassan, flute; Melanie Hayn, oboe; Alison Heleen, clarinet; and Emma O’Neil, bassoon. All are members of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.
Sunday Library Tent
11 AM Celandine
Violinist Carol Rizzoli and cellist Ellen Adamson perform as Celandine. The duo will present music by a range of composers from Baroque to contemporary, along with lighter classics and folk songs. Both musicians are members of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra.
Noon 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.
1 PM Dawna Hammers: Family Show
Dawna Hammers has been teaching music to children of all ages for over 30 years. She will present a fun, interactive sing-along of many of your favorite songs and some cool new ones too. Come sing, drum and dance with Dawna and experience the joy and power of a quality intergenerational musical experience.
2 PM Ladies’ Choice
Ladies’ Choice will play fiddle tunes written by local musicians and composers, as well as other favorite tunes. Ladies Choice is a group of women who enjoy singing and playing folk, Celtic, fiddle, popular, and original music on fiddle, guitar, tin whistle, cello, and bodhran. Dawna Hammers will join them to sing a tune that she wrote.
3:30 PM Synergy of Sound
For thousands of years, sound, music, and rhythm have been used by indigenous and wisdom traditions for celebration, ceremony, healing, and spiritual growth. Synergy of Sound’s concerts are offered in the spirit of these traditions. Participants are invited to connect to body, mind, and spirit with the support of harmonic, rhythmic sounds of a variety of ancient and contemporary instruments from around the world, including gongs, tingshas, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, drums, rattles, flutes, voice, and more.