The Center is host to as many concerts each year as the campus’ schedule allows. Local, regional and international artists perform on the Center’s main stage, art gallery and art studio. In addition to single event concerts, regular series such as the Trespass Music Mondays Series, 3rd Fret Coffeehouse Concerts and the Kami Lyle Sit-A-While are ongoing throughout the year. The Center is also a proud host to the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Provincetown Jazz Festival.
Happy Hour with Celeste Howe and Malcolm Granger
July 1-September 9
Happy Hour ~ With Celeste Howe, accompanied by Malcolm Granger on piano.
Kicking off July 1st ~ the return of Friday Happy Hour at the Cotuit Center For the Arts!
Come Join Celeste Howe as she sings your favorite songs from Bacharach to Berlin and everything in between. Malcolm Granger will be tinkling the ivories as this Cape Cod vocal treasure delights you with sincere and soulful song. Enjoy your cocktails and enjoy this musical ride that’s sure to delight. Share your knowledge of song during our moments of trivia ~ there will be prizes!
Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival 2016
August 2, 9, 16
Hailed by the New York Times as “A Triumph of Quality”, the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has grown to become an established year-round presenter of chamber music and a major contributor to the cultural life of Cape Cod since its inception in 1979.
“The Acoustic Living Room” Songs and Stories with Kathy Mattea Featuring Bill Cooley
Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures. This special intimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. Kathy is warm, witty and a great story teller. Kathy's concerts present her new and most recent material alongside her Top 20 radio hits: from the signature ballad "Where've You Been?" to the bluesy "455 Rocket" to the iconic "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses." Long known as an impeccable song catcher, her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards.
Tedi Marsh Sings Michel Legrand - with special guest Fabiano de Castro
The one and only Tedi Marsh will be joined by the incomparable Fabiano De Castro for one of the most anticipated concerts of our season. An evening devoted entirely to the music of Michel Legrand. Summer of '42..Windmills of Your Mind…La Vie en Rose…The perfect August night.
88.7 FM WMVY at Cotuit: Partners in Art and Music Fundraiser
Sunday, August 7, from 5:30pm-9:30pm
Iconic Vineyard radio station 88.7 FM WMVY and Cotuit Center for the Arts join together for a very special fundraising concert to benefit both organizations. Amazing music. Great food. Worthy cause. This is a one-night only special event you won't want to miss.
Show your support of WMVY radio and of live performance venues by attending this great evening of music at Cotuit Center for the Arts. This special fundraising event features the incredible Jason Spooner Band, a recent winner for Best Live Band Performance for the New England Music Awards, opening act singer-songwriter, Jordan Renzi and Brazilian Bossa Nova band, “Cla Da Bossa Nova” outside on the patio. The evening includes a terrific meal catered by Simply Divine catering, and a full cash bar.
COTUIT ON THE ROAD: What the World Needs Now at the Coonamessett Inn
Friday, August 12
Cotuit on the Road – the joint venture between Cotuit Center for the Arts and Brave Horse Music – brings “What the World Needs Now—A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach” to the beautiful Coonamessett Inn on August 12. The musical revue, which is produced and directed by Ruth Condon, was originally presented at CCftA in March of 2014 and brought back in June of 2015. “Both runs completely sold out every performance,” said Condon. “The audience—and the cast members—enjoyed it so much that we are thrilled to be taking it on the road." The show will feature songs written between 1958 and 1995, including “Walk on By,” “They Long To Be Close to You,” “Alfie,” “Heartlight,” and “This House is Empty Now,” a collaboration with Elvis Costello.
COTUIT ON THE ROAD: Love Is Blind at The Cove
At The Loft Restaurant & Bar at The Cove Resort
Summer Dinner Theater Show
Sunday, August 14th at 7:00pm
The Loft’s dining room is newly decorated with a casual concept with a touch of sophistication which will transform into a New York City jazz club for the summer East Coast performance of “Love is Blind,” on August 14th. Emily Wade Adams, a Nauset High graduate now living in New York City, and producer Ruth Condon of Brave Horse Music bring music inspired by the late Amy Winehouse to life in this one-of-a-kind production.
Winehouse, who died tragically six years ago, left behind a catalog of some of the best music of the last decade. From her solo hits to her duets with artists including Tony Bennett, her talent was unparalleled. Her recordings span genres, covering everything from Jazz to Motown to Hip Hop. Her voice, which has been compared to Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan, had a rich quality unexpected in someone so frail, so delicate.
"Love is Blind" features a combination of the standards that inspired Winehouse, a selection of her own compositions, and songs of contemporary artists she influenced. The music is the star of this show, featuring a world-class band and a collection of hits that will have you on your feet dancing by the night’s end.
Provincetown Jazz Fest
August 15, 7:00pm and 9:00pm
This annual event features some of the best jazz you’ll hear anywhere – and it sells out every year. In 2016, Evan Christopher & Nicki Parrott make their Provincetown Jazz Festival debut!
Cotuit on the Road: What the World Needs Now
August 16 at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
August 20 at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod
Brave Horse Music and Cotuit on the Road presents “What the World Needs Now—A Musical Tribute to Burt Bacharach” Tuesday, August 16th at 8 p.m.
The musical revue, which is produced and directed by Ruth Condon, was originally presented at Cotuit Center for the Arts in March of 2014 and again in June of 2015. “We sold out every performance,” said Condon. “The audience—and the cast members—enjoyed it so much”.
An evening with Patty Larkin with special guests The Parkington Sisters and Jordan Renzi
Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk-urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. The concert will also include a performance by the amazing Jordan Renzi, and the Parkington Sisters. Local female folk fabulousness.
Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys’ Rockabilly Dance Party
Sarah Swain and the Oh Boys will rock the house. We are taking out the risers so there will be plenty of room to dance. Full bar, Amazing music. Big dance floor. Summer's not over yet! Come party with us.
Direct from sold out shows at world renowned clubs like NYC’s famous Birdland and Boston’s Scullers Jazz Club, as well as multiple other national and international tours, which include helping to raise $45,000 in one night for a free clinic outside Washington, DC - and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act, commanding standing ovations from Joan’s audiences and bringing the house down – longtime Cape Cod favorite Suede joins us for ONE NIGHT ONLY with her New England trio of Freddie Boyle, piano, Rich Hill, bass & Steve Langone, drums!
Phoebe Carrai and Peter Sykes in Concert
In the Gallery
A concert of baroque music played on period instruments by world class musicians, held in our intimate gallery. This concert by Phoebe Carrai and Peter Sykes is one you won't want to miss.
4th Annual Hootenanny
Saturday, September 10, 5:30pm
Cotuit Center for the Arts presents its Third Annual Americana Hootenanny on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 5:30 to 10 PM. The old-fashioned blues, brews, and barbecue throwdown will feature three New England American roots music groups: Hoot & Holler, Brother Brother, and the headliner Cold Chocolate.
Rhythm Future Quartet 2016
"DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW, PEOPLE!!" - David Kuehn
When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions.
2nd Annual Brazilian Cultural Festival
Brazil’s diverse cultural background has inspired many celebrations and festivals known around the world, such as the Brazilian Carnival. On Sunday, August 16th, Cotuit Center for the Arts and Brave Horse Music will honor Brazil with their own family friendly event that features a varied music program, dance, art, vendors and great food – the 2nd Annual Brazilian Cultural Festival promises to be a vibrant celebration of the rich culture of Brazil. The power of this music excites the emotions in subtle ways that are unsurpassed by any other music in the world.
Ryan Casey: Unbound
Step back into a bygone era with inventive, high-energy tap choreography by nationally recognized hoofer Ryan P. Casey, featuring a unique blend of rhythm, humor, storytelling, poetry and more.
5th Annual Ukulele Celebration
The “Uke-A-Long” closes the show and gives everyone with a ukulele an opportunity to perform onstage in a rousing celebration of the growing popularity of ukulele. Song charts will be available for download and there is a short rehearsal one hour before showtime. All ages and abilities are welcome. AND admission is free if you bring your ukulele and participate! Prior to the “Uke-A-Long,” a concert featuring various soloists and groups will be led by Cotuit Center for the Arts Ukulele celebrity, Steve Gregory.
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
The Rip-It-Ups have been wowing our "Entertainment Tonight!" audiences for years. We will have ample room for dancing and hope you'll join us for our last big party of the year. The Rip-It-Ups are probably best described as a Traditional Rock & Roll Band – with lots of Blues – Rockabilly – Country Jazz & Soul.