Pops by the Sea

popsOne might think that the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod might get complacent in their 31st year of putting on the Pops by the Sea, which is set forSunday, August 14. It would be easy to do what they’ve always done when organizing the largest single cultural event on Cape Cod. Not so with Julie Wake at the helm of the organization and the event for the first time.

Cape Cod is fortunate to have the Boston Pops, led by Keith Lockhart, come and play on the Hyannis Village Green every year.  They always add new songs to their repertoire for the show, and are accompanied by different professional musicians, actors, and performers. This year’s lineup includes Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti (you may have seen her in TV’s Nashville!?) who will perform musical theater classics, singer/songwriter James “D-Train” Williams whose hit singles include “Walk On By,” and guest conductors The Blue Man Group, who will be sure to entertain the crowd while leading the orchestra.

But we have to admit that the part we’re most excited about this year is the pre-show from 1-4pm that features local acts (sorry Keith Lockhart and Blue Man Group – we definitely favor our local musicians and performers!): Brazilian band Clã Da Bossa Nova; reggae and calypso singer Michael Gabriel; mandolin, guitar and piano player Alex Becrelis; and the always impressive Cape Cod African Dance and Drum.

This grouping of amazing multi-cultural acts will be headed by emcee and DJ Ian Lee. The London DJ will take the audience attendees on a journey of world music with the local acts creating a bridge between continents and styles.

You can pack a picnic and grab a lawn seat (for only $20!), choose the festival seating or a VIP table All of the proceeds of the fundraising concert help the Arts Foundation provide artistic, cultural, and educational programs, scholarships for local students, grants for local arts organization and fellowships to local professional artists.

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