Music Circus & Melody Tent reveal first set of shows

, Staff

After announcing and promptly selling out a series of shows by Darius Rucker, the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset and Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis have revealed the first full batch of performers scheduled to perform at the intimate venues this summer.

Highlighting the list is country star Trace Adkins and classic rockers Chicago, who will perform at both venues for the first time. Perennial favorites The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett and Kenny Rogers will all return in 2011, as will Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo Wap Party and the co-headlining tour of The Temptations and The Four Tops. American Idol alumn and Barnstable native Siobhan Magnus will perform a very special homecoming show at the Melody Tent with the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra. Tickets for all of these shows will go on sale this weekend.

Magnus, who is busy recording new solo material, will rock her hometown with help from the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra on Saturday, June 18. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $32.75 and $50.75. The show will start with a short set from Magnus’ band Lunar Valve followed by a fifty minute “showcase” set of some of some of Siobhan’s favorite “songs to sing”. The show’s second half will feature a full performance by The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra featuring Magnus as guest vocalist.

Also going on sale Friday at 10 a.m. will be The Beach Boys’s stop on August 13 at both the Melody Tent and Music Circus (3:30 show in Hyannis, 8:00 in Cohasset) for $44.25 and $62.25, Tony Bennet at the Melody Tent on Sunday, August 14 for $69.25 and $87.25, and The Tempations & The Four Tops co-headliner at the Music Circus on Saturday, August 27 and Melody Tent on Sunday, August 28 for $44.75 and $62.75.

Adkins, who continues to tour in support of his 2010 album Cowboy’s Back in Town, will stop at the Melody Tent on Saturday, July 9 and at the Music Circus on Sunday, July 10. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $44.25 and $62.25. Chicago, who are reportedly working on their first new album since 2008, will play the Melody Tent on Thursday, August 18 and the Music Circus on Friday, August 19. Tickets for both shows will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster for $66.75 and $84.75.

Also going on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. will be Rogers’ performance at the Music Circus on Friday, June 17 for $44.75 and $62.75, as well as Bowzer’s Ultimate Doo Wap Party at the Melody Tent on Thursday, July 15 and the Music Circus on Friday, July 16, for $41.50 and $59.50.

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 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.

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