Melody Tent in Hyannis Promises Another Summer of Sensational Music, Humor and Fun Festivals

On August 2, don't miss the Temptations (above) performing live with the Four Tops. Photo courtesy MelodyTent.org.

The Cape Cod Melody Tent is well-known for bringing marvelous talent to the sandy shores of Cape Cod and this year is no exception. Shows at the Melody Tent have been known to sell-out, so get your tickets while you can! Here are some of the wonderful acts and events that can be seen this summer.

  1. Great Festivals. The Cape has plenty of wonderful festivals year-round, so it comes as no surprise that there will be several fabulous festivals held this summer at the Melody Tent.

    The first is the WCOD Cape Cod Chowder Festival on Sunday June 22. This annual event will be held from 12pm to 3pm. Tickets are $12 for adults in advance, $17 for adults at the door, $5 for kids 10 and under, and kids 2 and under are free. The day is devoted to enjoying samples of chowder from some of the best restaurants on the Cape, all while listening to great live music from local bands. The winning restaurant will be awarded the “WCOD Chowder Bowl”.

    If you want to sample delicious food, but aren’t much for chowder, then the 1st Annual Melody Tent Family Food Truck Festival might be more up your alley. This event will be on Saturday, June 28, and will feature plenty of tasty treats with global appeal, including Thai from Away Café, French cuisine from the Plouf Plouf (voted the “best French Bistro in Rhode Island), and Italian from Pasta Pot to name a few of the participating vendors. The event will also feature music from blues guitarist Quinn Sullivan. Tickets are $23 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under (kids tickets will be available at the box office ONLY).

    Beer lovers will also have an event to mark down on their calendars: the 1st Annual Melody Tent Brewers Festival. This event (on Sunday, August 10) will have plenty of beers for sampling, including many from microbrewers. The samples are all included in the admission (tickets are $30). There will be live music to listen to from Entrain and Adam Ezra.

    The last festival of the summer will be the Irish Music Festival on Friday, August 22. The festival features a stellar line-up of Irish musicians, including Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, as well as the Fighting Jamesons and Celtica: Pipes Rock. The doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $31.50.

  2. Comedians. Laughter is the best medicine, or so the saying goes, so for folks who like their funny bones tickled, the line-up of comedians at the Melody Tent this summer is a real treat.

    Mike Birbiglia will be performing on Saturday, July 19, with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets to the general public are $55 and $35 (club prices are $49 and $29). Birbiglia has risen from a Massachusetts native to a well-known comedian who has had several special run on Comedy Central and has plenty more to his repertoire. Attendees are sure to get more than just a chuckle from this act.

    Another well-known act coming to the Melody Tent is Nick Swardson. His show is Wednesday, August 6, at 8pm and tickets are $53 and $33 for the general public (club prices are $47 and $27). Swardson has a brash sense of humor that will leave audience members clutching their sides.

    Amy Schumer
    will be at the Melody Tent on Friday, August 29th, with the show starting at 8pm. Tickets are $60 for the general public ($54 club price). Not only is Schumer a hilarious stand-up comedian, but she also has a show on Comedy Central called “Inside Amy Schumer” which is funny, crude, and a bit lascivious.

    The last comedic performance – and the last performance of the summer – will be none other than Bill Cosby. The show is on Saturday, August 30, and it starts at 8pm. Tickets are $75 and $55 for the general public (club prices are $69 and $49). The show will feature Cosby’s unique comedic style, which is renown the world over.

  1. Children’s Theatre. The Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre has been putting on phenomenal plays for children at the Melody Tent for years. This year they will be presenting several plays.

    Little Red Riding Hood will be on Wednesday, June 16 at 11am. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. This musical version of the classic tale has pleasant twists that will delight families.

    Jack and the Beanstalk will be on Wednesday, July 23, at 11am. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. This interactive show will have children smiling, clapping, laughing, and having a stellar time.

    Pocahontas will be shown on Wednesday, July 30, at 11am. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. This performance is NOT the Disney movie. The show is a far more historically accurate tale of Pocahontas and is sure to engage children while also educating them and teaching them respect for nature.

    Cinderella will be coming to the Melody Tent on Wednesday, August 6, at 11am. Tickets are $11 in advance and $13 at the door. This classic is always enjoyable and is sure to be a hit with the kids.

  2. Bands and Musicians. The musical tastes of most everyone will be appeased this summer, with performances by Bob Weir and Rat Dog, Ziggy Marley, Let’s Fall in Love (an evening of standards from the Greatest American Songbook, performed by the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra), an evening of music from John Hiatt & The Combo and The Robert Cray Band, Straight No Chaser, Martina McBride, moe., Extreme, the Fab Four, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, 3 Doors Down Acoustic, Boz Scaggs, Scotty McCreery, and evening of music from the Temptations and the Four Tops, Trace Adkins, Jennifer Nettles, Gregg Allman, Chris Botti, ABBA the Concert, Little Big Town with Sara Haze, the Moody Blues, Boyz II Men, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, “Dark Side of the Moon” by Classic Albums Live, and an evening of music with Matt Nathanson & Gavin DeGraw. Get your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on the show you want to see!

Summer at the Melody Tent is sure to be brilliant, so plan which shows you are going to see as soon as you can! For more information about joining the Gold Circle Club, click here.

About the Author

Contributing Writer

Mati Brown holds a Journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She has written for several publications, including the Berlin Reporter, EDGE publications, and the Falmouth and Mashpee Bulletins. A current resident of Brewster, she is glad to be writing about the area she grew up in.