Once again, there’s a lot going on “under the tent” at the Payomet Performing Arts Center in North Truro. Get your tickets now!
The English Beat
Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 8:30PM
Founded in Birmingham, England in 1978, The English Beat fuses ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock creating an infectious dance groove to carry their lyrics dealing with themes of love, racial unity and sociopolitical topics.
Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 8:30pm
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe.
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams (at Provincetown Town Hall)
Saturday June 22 at 8:00pm
After more than two decades of marriage while separately pursuing their professional goals, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams finally took the advice of their peers and combined their unique talents to create a new career as a performing and recording duo. They have recorded two acclaimed albums and have shared stages with Jackson Browne, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Levon Helm, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and others. They are the subjects of a new documentary series (“It Was The Music” – look for it soon!) with new live and studio albums in the works. Theirs is a story how music brought and keeps them together.
Friday, June 28 at 8:30pm
Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful feminine energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970’s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her style is Jazz on Dub.
Saturday, June 29 at 8:00pm and Sunday June 30 at 8:00pm
Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar, along with engaging energy and onstage wit, continue to earn him new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos and writers in Folk Rock history. GRAMMY® Award-nominated Richard Thompson’s musical influence cannot be overstated. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60s, he and his bandmates invented the distinctive strain of British Folk Rock.
Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on drums
Monday July 1 at 8:00pm
Singer/songwriter troubadour Jonathan Richman is a Massachusetts music legend. His shows are more than just concerts, they’re parties! Interaction with the audience is an integral part of the performance. Jonathan has been playing music, recording and touring for most of his life. In the 1970s his band The Modern Lovers was influential on the then-burgeoning punk rock and later new wave and indie musical styles.
Wednesday July 3 at 8pm
Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”
Sunday July 7 at 8pm
Cope has built an entire career on trusting his gut and following his muse, and if his new album is any indication, his instincts are sharper now than ever before. As technically innovative as it is emotionally resonant, the record arrives at a uniquely challenging moment in modern American culture, when profound political polarization and social divisions seem to grow deeper by the day. Rather than dwell on our differences, though, Cope tunes in to what unites us here, drawing on everything from Chuck Brown and The Beatles to Randy Newman and Bill Withers, aiming his unique brand of urban‐folk inwards to reflect on the personal journeys we all undertake to embrace ourselves despite our flaws. $1 from every ticket will be donated to Mimi Woods Foundation in the US that support enriching youths in need through arts and education
Max Weinberg’s Jukebox Plays the Beatles
Monday, July 8 at 8pm
Bruce Springsteen’s celebrated drummer from his E Street Band will join us for a stop on his tour, Max Weinberg’s Jukebox plays The Beatles! A truly interactive experience, Weinberg invites the audience to create the set list, in real time, that he and his crack four piece group will play that night. Performing songs from the glory days of rock and roll guests get to choose from a video menu of Beatle’s tracks — and hear the group play ‘em the way they want to hear them played. That’s right—the crowd gets to yell out their choices and Max plays them!
Tuesday, July 9 at 8:00pm
After several albums with ‘Til Tuesday, Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo Records. In addition to her solo albums, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, most notably the song score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, with “Save Me” landing her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song.
Le Vent du Nord
Thursday July 11 at 8:00pm
The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.
An Evening with Bettye LaVette
Saturday July 13 at 8:00pm
Bettye is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. To quote the late, great George Jones: “Bettye is truly a ‘singer’s singer’.” Her latest 2018 release, “Things Have Changed” garnered her 2 Grammy nominations.
Sunday July 14 at 8:00pm
Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world. Music is at the core of Haiti’s sense of identity, and musicians have always played an important role in society, both in documenting the country’s history and helping to shape its path forward. Lakou Mizik’s music reflects the African, French, Caribbean and U.S. influences that collide in Haiti. The spirit-stirring vodou rhythms and call-and-response vocals are supported by the French café lilt of the accordion. Intricate bass lines and interlocking guitar riffs mesh mesmerizingly with the joyful polyrhythmic hocketing of rara horns. These powerful layers are topped by sing-along melodies with inspiring, socially conscious lyrics. The end result is a soulful stew of deeply danceable grooves that feels strangely familiar yet intensely new — and 100% Haitian.
The Edgar Winter Band
Friday July 19 at
Edgar Winter, rock and blues musician, is a multi-instrumentalist — keyboardist, guitarist, saxophonist and percussionist — as well as a singer. Edgar invented the keyboard body strap, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around the stage during his high-energy multi-instrument performances. His live appearances have occurred around the world, and Edgar is known for his own scintillating shows, as well as his riveting collaborations with the likes of Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Ban
The Milk Carton Kids
Sunday July 21
The Milk Carton Kids’ new record “All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do” marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. “We wanted to do something new,” Pattengale says. “We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we’d been before. There arose some sort of need for change.” “Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette,” says Ryan. “It was liberating to know we wouldn’t have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars.”
Taj Mahal Quartet
Monday, July 22 at 8pm
A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. With his booming baritone, nimble finger-picking guitar playing and pioneering fusion of blues with disparate world and folk styles, the iconic artist has earned himself a place amongst the titans of American music.
Al Jardine – A Postcard from California
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8pm
Al Jardine, an original founding member of the Beach Boys, presents his tour “A Postcard from California” on Tuesday, July 23! From the very first song with a founding member of The Beach Boys, Al Jardine takes you on a nostalgic trip from 1961, when The Beach Boys recorded and released their first single (“Surfin’” b/w “Luau”), right up to A Postcard from California, Al’s most recent solo studio album, featuring “Don’t Fight The Sea” and the title track (in itself, a story of Al’s family moving to California in the early 1950’s). Known for their perfect harmonies and original tunes about surfing, beaches, hot rods and California girls, The Beach Boys became the rock ‘n’ roll voice of the West Coast in the ’60s and ’70s. Last year Al began playing solo shows on a tour featuring songs and stories from his early days to his most recent solo album, A Postcard from California. Al, along with his son Matt Jardine, delivers an intimate show full of hits and rarities combined with never-before-heard stories from Al’s amazing career.
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8pm
Named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone, Robert Randolph and his Family Band bring the pedal steel/jam band sound to the Payomet tent. It’s a blend of rock, funk, soul, jazz and good old jamming—what Randolph calls a true music art form scene where you can just be who you are. Robert Randolph and the Family Band walk that line deftly, displaying their virtuosity within the context of a smartly crafted tunes and inspiring the likes of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Derek Trucks, all of whom have played with Randolph and studied his technique.
The Dustbowl Revival
Thursday, July 25 @ 8 PM
Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.
Saturday, July 27 at 8pm
WAR is an American funk band from Long Beach, California, known for several hit songs including “Spill the Wine”, “The World Is a Ghetto,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”, “Low Rider,” and “Summer.” Formed in 1969, War is a musical crossover band that fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. WAR’s global popularity is a tribute to the timelessness of its music and message. Perhaps, nothing epitomizes this truth greater than the fact that WAR has twice been honored by its hometown of Los Angeles, over twenty years apart, for its music-making positive contributions to the betterment of the community.
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 8:00pm
Fleck and Washburn met at a square dance and began playing music together a dozen years ago, beginning with the Sparrow Quartet. They married shortly thereafter and became parents to a cute little tot. They’ve been touring the globe as a duo for years, almost nonstop but for each other’s performances with various other musical iterations: Béla with the likes of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chick Corea and Chris Thile, among many others, and Abigail with Wu Fei (a master of the ancient 21-string Chinese zither), The Wu-Force and Uncle Earl.
Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Memphis Soulphony
Friday, August 2, 2019 at 8:00pm
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, three-time Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has ascended to the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics. With the Memphis Soulphony, Dee Dee completely steps away from jazz and dips into her roots singing sultry and soulful interpretations of the Memphis music she grew up with.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 8pm
As one half of Loggins & Messina, co-founder of Poco and key contributor to Buffalo Springfield, Jim Messina has left an indelible footprint on popular music. Young and Messina formed Poco following the demise of Buffalo Springfield in 1968 and created timeless hits, such as “Crazy Love,” “Call It Love,” “Heart of the Night” and many more. He released nine albums with Kenny Loggins amassing over 14 million record sales featuring hits Jim penned or co-wrote “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “My Music” and “Thinking Of You”.
The Garcia Project
Sunday, August 4th at 8:00PM
The Garcia Project faithfully channels and projects the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia Band and the fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another. The Garcia Project performs actual, full, classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from 1976 to 1995 – creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience for old fans to relive or new fans to enjoy for the first time.
Beres Hammond – Never Ending
Tuesday, August 6 at 8:30PM
There is no other genre of music which says “SUMMER!” more than reggae does! Come ready to dance as Jamaica’s greatest practicing singer/songwriter and Grammy award nominee, Beres Hammond returns to the Payomet stage!
Wednesday, August 7 at 8:30PM
Celebrating 46 years, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock, and dancehall, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion.” Third World received numerous awards, including an award in 2009 from Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the 1986 “United Nations Peace Medal,” 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band and have worked and collaborated with top acts such as The Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.
John Pizzarelli Trio – For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 8pm
Payomet favorite and world-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has established himself as a prime contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook and beyond– for this show he will be returning to his roots to honor his hero, the legendary jazz/pop vocalist and pianist Nat King Cole, whose centennial is being celebrated around the world this year with various concerts, books and recordings. “For Centennial Reasons” completes an epic trio of Pizzarelli albums saluting Cole, starting with one that put him on the map as an influential jazz guitarist and singer in 1994, and continuing five years later with an album that cemented his legacy.
Deadgrass – Celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 8pm
Come experience something new, something fresh… and something very dead! Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom joined forces to form Deadgrass. Don’t miss this great string band’s LIVE! electrifying bluegrass celebration of Jerry Garcia’s musical world that has been thrilling audiences all along the East coast. Bassist Dave Richards, banjo player Russell Gottlieb and fiddler Michael Barrett Donovan complete this fine group of seasoned pros exploring the life works of Jerry Garcia on the instruments that first inspired him from his earliest Jug Band days through Old & In the Way, The Jerry Garcia Band and, of course, The Grateful Dead.
Saturday, August 10 at 8pm
Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band weaves together threads of American music—from country & blues to folk & bluegrass. Their innovative instrumentation is suited for roots-rock and heartful ballads alike, and the alchemy of their personalities onstage draws even back row listeners into a sense of intimacy. Red Molly is simply a joy to experience.
Ultimate Queen Celebration starring Marc Martel
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 8pm
Marc Martel is the ideal match as the frontrunner of the Ultimate Queen Celebration, an explosive, attention-commanding tribute where some of the most iconic rock anthems of all time collide with a theatrical performance style and eye-popping production. At its core, the riveting show focuses on the extremely diverse body of the band’s greatest hits, from the grandiose “Bohemian Rhapsody” to the adrenaline-pumping “We Will Rock You”, the euphoric “We Are The Champions,” the funky “Another One Bites The Dust,” the stadium-shaking David Bowie collaboration “Under Pressure”, the soulful “Somebody To Love” and the swinging “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (to name but a few from the steroid-stacked set list).
David Bromberg Quintet
Tuesday, August 13 @ 8:00PM
David Bromberg has spent his life absorbing traditional music from its surviving creators and their recordings so convincingly while adding his own instrumental twists that he has become a part of musical tradition itself, as close to the source of American roots music as anyone alive. Folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, you name it, he has become the real deal.
Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8pm
Though he was raised on a healthy diet of blues, bluegrass, ragtime, Western swing and old-time country — and though he has consistently demonstrated a decided affinity for pre-1950s menswear — the Illinois native is by no means a throwback or a museum piece. Timelessness and refined good taste are LaFarge’s raison d’être, and his influences are as multi-hued and wide-ranging as the rhythms that buoy his starkly poetic songs — rhythms that are steeped in the very essence of jazz.
Saturday, August 17 at 8PM
The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians. Experiencing them live is like getting the antidote to all ills of the world. The Subdudes don’t just do a “concert’ — they take you down a river, over the mountain and into a valley echoing with music and song. Come to the tent Saturday, August 17 to hear Cajun roots blend with an urbane mixture of rock, country, folk, blues, New Orleans R&B, Zydeco and gospel to create a gumbo of American roots music uniquely their own!
Blue Oyster Cult
Friday, August 23, 2019 8:00PM
Creators of some of the most memorable songs of the modern era, including Don’t Fear the Reaper, and Burnin’ For You, Blue Oyster Cult continues to present thrilling dynamic and masterful performances of live music throughout the country. We’re so happy to be one of the stops on their 2019 world tour. Get your tickets in advance, this show will sell out!
The Zombies with Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent
Sunday, August 25 at 7pm
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate their long-awaited Induction into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – and they’ll be joining us under the tent on Sunday, August 25! Featuring founding members Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent, the band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favorites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
Saturday, August 31 @ 8PM
Rock N Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason has been performing live shows for over 50 years. What keeps audiences coming back year after year is his authentic approach to performing and the loyal presentation of his music. Mason often says, “There are no old songs, only good songs.” His love for the songs he works into his set list is evident, and his enthusiasm for music is contagious. Audiences always leave his shows upbeat, happy, and inspired.
Monday, September 2, 2019 at 8PM
Since forming in Boston in 2009, Nashville-based string band Della Mae has established a reputation as a charismatic live act comprised of some of the finest players in bluegrass, Americana and beyond. Originating from different musical backgrounds and states across the US and Canada, each member brings distinct elements that make Della Mae such a beloved band. Together they have a completely original style – sensitive yet assertive, intense yet playful, steeped in tradition yet undeniably current. Versatile instrumentalists and vocalists, they draw from a bottomless well of roots influences to create vibrant original music that conveys expansive musical vision.