In 1996, on Saturday, August 3, the Warped Tour came to the Barnstable County Fairgrounds. As a young music lover I remember being beyond excited that bands like NOFX, Pennywise and Fishbone were coming to make noise in my back yard. At one point I bumped into the rap group Tha Alkaholiks, as they walked through the crowd after their set. I was psyched to meet them and went as far as trying to rap in front of them. They nodded at my cringe-worthy lyrics, smiled politely, gave me a fist bump and said, “Okay, homie. Keep that up.” Then they disappeared into the crowd, probably shaking their heads. The day was like wandering a hot, slightly dusty but wonderful, music-filled dream.
This Saturday, August 2, from noon to 10 PM, the dreamers behind therealcape.com are putting on another epic show at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds. The popular website has built a large following due to their satirical blogs on Cape Cod life. They decided to take their momentum and use it to throw a music festival.
One thing that makes this show special is that mixed in with national headliners like Zach Deputy, Pink Talking Fish and Spiritual Rez are Cape Cod acts like The Silent Trees, Crooked Coast, Aaron Norcross Jr. & The Old Dogs and Daniel Byrnes, to name a few. If you’ve been reading this column for a while you may already be acquainted with many of these artists.
Headliner Zach Deputy hails from North Carolina. His sound is a mix of Caribbean rhythms and Southern soul. Deputy has been wowing festival crowds across the country all summer. His powerful singing is accompanied by loops of guitar and beat boxing that he makes live on stage on the fly. No two Deputy shows are the same, and for this reason his fans treasure his live recordings.
Pink Talking Fish is a hybrid tribute fusion act renown for their live shows where they slide from Pink Floyd to Talking Heads to Phish songs seamlessly.
Spiritual Rez is a Boston-based reggae/rock group with a great horn section. They are touring in support of their newest album, “Apocalypse Whenever.” Spiritual Rez has a long history of playing on Cape Cod but the Real Cape Music Festival will be their only show here this summer. Their live concerts are a high-energy explosion.
One of the great things about the Real Cape Music Festival is it goes beyond music and showcases other artists. There will be live glassblowing, graffiti artists and even a burlesque troop, Cape Cod’s own Brazen Belles.
There will be food, beer and wine available throughout the festival. For those feeling like Cape Cod cowboys, there will be a mechanical shark ride. Yes, you read that correctly, a mechanical shark!
Cape Cod has a vibrant music scene and the Real Cape Music Festival is a day to celebrate it alongside national touring artists. Although there are more great bands on Cape than could fit into one day of music, they did a great job with the selection. Also, with so much of the music scene taking place in bars, it’s refreshing that this festival is all ages inclusive.
While music styles change and evolve, it’s always a blast having a lot of bands in one place. This Saturday I hope to see you out on those fields of dreams.
For more information, go to therealcapemusicfestival.com.