Melody Tent & Music Circus release first set of shows

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After announcing Darius Rucker would make stops at both venues, organizers for the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis and the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset have revealed the first full batch of performers scheduled to perform at both intimate venues this summer.

Highlighting the list of acts set to make perform at both the Melody Tent and Music Circus are Trace Adkins, Martina McBride, Diana Krall and Straight No Chaser. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Chris Botti, The Temptations & the Four Tops will each return for performances in Hyannis and Cohasset. Tickets for all of these shows will go on sale this Friday and Saturday through Ticketmaster.

Trace Adkins will bring his “Songs and Stories” tour to Massachusetts for performances at the Melody Tent on Friday, July 6 and the Music Circus on Saturday, July 7. Inspired after filming his “CMT Invitation Only” special last year, the country star plans to make the show very interactive by sharing stories behind some of his biggest hits with the audience. The Louisiana native is touring in support of his latest album, 2011’s Proud to Be Here. Tickets for the shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $44.75 and $63.75.

Fellow country star Martina McBride will return to Cape Cod for a performance at the Melody Tent on Saturday, August 25. The following night, she’ll perform at the Music Circus in Cohasset. McBride continues to tour in support of 2011’s Eleven, which has been powered by hit singles “Teenage Daughters” and “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”. Tickets for the shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $71.75 and $90.75.

Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, who’s last offering of new material was 2009’s Quiet Nights, will perform at the Melody Tent on Friday, June 29 and at the Music Circus on Saturday, June 30. Tickets for the shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $68.25 and $87.25.

Acclaimed a cappella singing group Straight No Chaser will hit Massachusetts in July with shows scheduled for Cohasset on Saturday, July 28 and Hyannis on Sunday, July 29. The group is touring in support of their new EP, Six Pack: Volume 2, which follows through 2010 full-length album, With a Twist. Tickets for the shows will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for $39.75 and $58.75.

Trumpeter Chris Botti, who is reportedly working on a new album, will return to the Melody Tent on Friday, August 10. Tickets will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $43 and $62. He’s also scheduled to perform at the Music Circus on August 11, though no ticket sale information has been made available.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons will return to Massachusetts for performances at the Music Circus on  Saturday, August 25 and the Melody Tent on Sunday, August 26. Tickets will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. and range in price from $66.75 to $99.75.

The Temptations & the Four Tops will once again team up for a co-headlining tour that will stop in Cohasset Saturday, August 4 before hitting Hyannis the following night. Tickets will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $45.25 and $64.25.

Fans in Hyannis will also have the pleasure of catching Bonnie Raitt with special guest Mavis Staples at the Melody Tent on Sunday, June 24. Tickets will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $68.50 and $87.50.

As previously announced, Rucker will perform a pair of shows at the Melody Tent in Hyannis on Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31, before heading to Cohasset for a show at the Music Circus on Saturday, September 1. Only a handful of single tickets, priced at $47.25 and $66.25, are available for each of the shows.

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 each venue.

The South Shore Music Circus and the Cape Cod Melody Tent 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.

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