We love to support local musicians and try to see my son play when we can but many of his gigs are late in the evening. Recently, there have been free outdoor summer concerts throughout the cape, giving us a chance to sample the local music scene. It's a great opportunity to pack snacks and beverages, grab your chairs and spend time outdoors in the early evening without breaking the budget. A few Sundays ago, we enjoyed listening to Sarah Swain, down at Aselton Park on the harbor. She's a local musician I've avoided for years -- the local press tends to get redundant in its talent features, limiting itself to the same names repeatedly. It becomes a turnoff to those of us who are always looking for something new, maybe a little closer to the edge of almost discovered, but not quite.
We've now had the good fortune to catch Sarah twice, back in May at a fundraiser and again in the park. Her praise and press is well-deserved. She delivers a thoughtful, heartfelt performance that will not disappoint. We're totally hooked on her -- she's just plain fun to listen to, and watching her two pre-school daughters run around at her concerts is a kick too. At the Aselton show, her brother-in-law accompanied her while his three kids (under three) cavorted or slept with Mom and Grandmom chasing.
The shows at the park are family affairs and it's entertaining to watch the audience while listening to the musicians. Sarah's tunes are originals and her interpretations of old favorites -- indie genre with lots of folk-rock blues, which Marty and I love. Her next show (she also plays with Randy and the Oak Trees) is this Thursday, July 29 at a fundraiser for Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, at a hundred bucks a pop. Or, for those of us with slim wallets, you can catch her again at Aselton with Randy and the Oak Trees, Friday, August 6. And again for the fatter wallets -- the annual Hooker's Ball Saturday, August 14 in Chatham.