There’s plenty of music to listen to around Cape Town and the islands this week, from jazz and Afro Cuban to Nashville sounds and Texas blues.
In addition, there are concerts for a cause. In Hyannis, musicians will unite to raise funds to help the Ukrainian people. On Martha’s Vineyard, the women-powered Ladyfest raises money for a local organization that aims to help end the violence. Here are some choices for a music break:
Bongogénèse and Mozelle in Cotuit
Cotuit Center for the Arts (4404 Falmouth Road, Route 28) is moving its concerts indoors to the main stage this weekend with performances by Afro-Cuban band Bongogenesis at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7 and jazz singer d ‘Eastham Mozelle Adrulot at 7.30pm on Saturday 8th October.
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The singer performs regularly at local jazz venues and has also sung in New York and London. Bongogenesis’ repertoire is described as “Son Montuno, Guajira, Mambo, Son-Pregón, Bolero, Cha Cha Chá, Changüí, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa, Calypso, Cape Verde, Reggae and Afro-Cuban Rock”. music from various Caribbean countries and some songs, they say, “that are just fun to play and great for dancing to”. The band consists of Sam Holmstock on percussion, Glenway Fripp on bass, Greg ‘Mr B’ Polanik on guitar and tres Cubano, and Olivia Yingling on vocals.
Tickets: $35, with discounts available. Reservations and information: 508-428-0669, extension 0 or https://artsonthecape.org/
Benefit Ladyfest at Oak Bluffs
Ladyfest, the annual women-powered arts and music festival that raises awareness and funds for CONNECT to End Violence, will once again return to downtown Oak Bluffs on Saturday, October 8th. The event, which will run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., will feature musical artists from multiple genres, including rock, soul, electronic and pop on three stages along Circuit Avenue: the main stage outside Dos Mas, a secondary stage outside the Ritz and a smaller stage in Post Office Square.
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The event, listed with a suggested donation, benefits CONNECT, the local nonprofit that aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence and help victims in need. Ladyfest is presented in partnership with co-founders Kelly Feirtag and Rose Guerin, The Ritz Cafe, TPS Audio and MVY Radio.
Participating artists will include Prune, Shawan Rice, The Space Invaders, Rose Guerin, Workman Song with Siren Mayhew, Lydia Fischer, Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish, Serendipity, the Dock Dance Band, Maryse Smith, JodieTreloar-Sampson, Wolftrap with Bailey Mae Gardener , Jemima James, Barbara Dacey, DJ Pretty Ninja, Casey Hayward, Barbararama with Barbara Hoy-Puciul, Missis Biskis and more to come.
Ruthie Foster in Truro North
Four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at the Payomet Performing Arts Center (29 Old Dewline Road, North Truro). For 25 years, Foster’s music has garnered acclaim for the Austin native, including seven Blues Music Awards and three Austin Music Awards, and the chance to share a stage with Bonnie Raitt, the Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi and more. Foster’s latest album is “Live at the Paramount”. Payomet tickets: $33-45 ($30-42 for members); https://payomet.org/.
Les Sampou & The Dirty Martini Trio in South Yarmouth
New England singer-songwriter Les Sampou will return to the Cape Cod Cultural Center (307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth) for an evening of popular music with The Dirty Martini Trio at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 8. The project features works by composers such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington, with songs made famous by the likes of Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday and Diana Krall. The trio includes Sampou on vocals and percussion, Ed Grenga on vocals and keyboards, and Justin Meyer on double bass. Tickets: $25; www.centre-culturel.org or 508-394-7100.
A concert for Ukraine at West Barnstable
A group of musicians from Cape Cod and beyond will come together for a “Giving With Your Hearts” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday for a program “to honor and support our friends in Ukraine.” The show, at 1717 Meeting House of West Barnstable (2049 Meetinghouse Way) is free, but donations are encouraged to help people whose country has been overrun by Russian forces. Information: 508-237-0135. There will be a post-show reception with light snacks and drinks.
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‘Songs of Nashville’ in West Harwich
Musician Michael Paul Brennan, who is from Cape Cod and played in Nashville, says they “had so much fun last time,” they are bringing back the “Songs from Nashville” show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 on Cape Cod Theater Company/Harwich Junior Theater (105 Division St., West Harwich). He and Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jason Erie will perform again, this time on a program that includes new faces Jon Latham and Tyler-James Kelly, a longtime singer-songwriter from Providence who loves American Roots music. The idea is that they perform together in a “Nashville in the Round” style that gives performers the ability to share the stage together at the same time while taking turns telling stories.
Tickets and information: $20; https://capecodtheatrecompany.org/.