Melody Tent and Music Circus add more shows

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The summer concert schedule continues to grow at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset. Both venues will welcome Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs, k.d. lang, Chirs Botti and the “Happy Together” tour this summer, while Huey Lewis & The News and Pink Martin will make stops at the Melody Tent. Tickets for all of the shows will go on sale this Friday and Saturday through Ticketmaster.

Huey Lewis & The News will return to the Melody Tent on Saturday, July 17. The band is touring in support of their new album, Soulsville. Released last October, the new album is their ninth studio effort and fist since 2001’s Plan B. Soulsville pays tribute to the artists and music of Stax Records. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $54.25 and $72.25.

Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs will once again team up for a co-headlining tour this summer. The two will play the Music Circus on Saturday, July 23 and the Melody Tent on Sunday, July 24. McDonald and Scaggs were most recently in the area last summer with The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. McDonald’s most recent studio effort was 2008’s Soul Speak, while Scaggs released Speak Low in 2008. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $61.75 and $79.75.

The “Happy Together” Tour will make its way to Massachusetts for shows in Hyannis on Thursday, July 14 and Cohasset on Friday, July 15. The show will feature some of the biggest hitmakers of the 1960s including The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie (“Happy Together”), The Association (“Cherish”), The Grass Roots (“Let’s Live for Today”), Mark Lindsay (former lead singer of Paul Revere & the Raiders “Louie, Louie”) and The Buckinghams (“Kind of a Drag”). Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $37.75 and $55.75.

k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang will play the Music Circus on Saturday, July 9 and the Melody Tent on Sunday, July 10. The Canadian singer-songwriter is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming album, Sing It Loud. The album, her sixth studio effort, is due to hit stores on April 12. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $43.75 and $61.75.

Chirs Botti, a road warrior of sorts, will return to Massachusetts for shows in Hyannis on Friday, August 19 and in Cohasset on Saturday, August 20. The acclaimed trumpeter released a live album, recorded at Boston’s Symphony Hall with a variety of special guests in 2009. His last studio effort was 2007’s Italia. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $39.25 and $57.25.

Pink Martini will make their way to Hyannis for a show at the Melody Tent on Saturday, July 16. The band continue to tour support of their most recent studio album, 2009’s Splendor in the Grass. The album features songs in five different languages. Last fall, Pink Martini also released a Christmas album called Joy to the World. Tickets for the show  will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $37.75 and $55.75.

Previously announced performers for both venues include Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo Wap Party, The Temptations & The Four Tops. Tony Bennett and Siobhan Magnus with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra will play the Melody Tent, while Kenny Rogers will play the Music Circus.

More shows will be added to the lineup for both venues over the next couple of months. A variety of children’s entertainment and comedy shows will also be held at the venue.

The South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset and the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis are both operated by South Shore Playhouse Associates (SSPA), a not-for-profit organization that supports arts and education in southeastern Massachusetts. Every seat for both venues is within 50 feet of the stage.

One Comment

  1. jensenlee says:

    With all of the hits by Paul Revere and the Raiders, what an odd (but accurate) choice of “Louie Louie” for this article. The Raiders did record and release “Louie Louie” but Mitch Miller of Columbia Records, who hated rock, killed the record before it received national exposure. The Kingsmen’s version of the Richard Berry tune, which came out about the same time, was much more successful.

    In a pack of 1960s songs that glamorized drug use, Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Kicks” had a definite anti-drug message. I recently posted on my Rockaeology blog at http://tinyurl.com/4a8astb that “Kicks,” written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, was first offered to the Animals but lead Eric Burdon turned it down. The Raiders made “Kicks” one of their biggest hits; it’s been called one of the best examples of the garage band sound.

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