Combing the 'Combah
By: Susan Blood, May 29, 2012
Susan Blood - This maven of Orleans lives in a recording studio, where she runs the media empire TroutTowers (trouttowers.com). with her husband, Chris. Her website, operabetty.com, has a companion radio show on WOMR. She likes lemon curd, has a knack for finding four leaf clovers and occasionally has chickens in her living room.
By the end of the holiday weekend we were down to a loaf of bread, a jar of mayonnaise and a box of staples in the fridge. So in an effort to reduce traffic in the grocery store, I went back to the Wellfleet Beachcomber for dinner on Monday.
Monday is the new Thursday of opening weekend at the Beachcomber. Back in the day, the Thursday before Memorial Day (still the traditional opening night and official start of summer) was not unlike the first day of summer camp. Locals and 'Comber regulars crawled out from under their winter rocks and were sociable. There was plenty of parking, and if you saw someone across the bar, you could go talk to them.
Not so in the last few years. Opening night is now practically a town charity, given how many parking tickets are distributed to people who park along Ocean View Drive after the parking lots overflow.
Once you're inside, you can't really chit chat because a) there are a million people in there and b) The Greenheads are one of the loudest bands in all of God's creation. The Ticks and Earth Junior, who completed the opening night local trifecta, are no slouches either.
But it's okay. You've got all summer to talk to your friends and hit on total strangers.
Over the weekend, The Incredible Casuals played one of their two scheduled Sunday afternoon gigs at the Comber this summer. Casuals fans are still a little freaked out at their absence most weeks. It's been a boon for local therapists.
So what's coming up? Your last chance to score a season pass is this Friday – free with paid cover ($10). Friday's show is Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck, who served as the backing band for the "Imagine There's No Hunger" benefit featuring Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart, Booker T, and Edgar Winter.
Next week's highlight is Clam Jam – which is sort of like that Forrest Gump scene with shrimp, except it's clams. Proceeds go to the Pan Mass Challenge (the 'Comber has a team). The line up: 4 PM The Elbows (kids band); 6 PM The Rip It Ups; 7:15 PM The Sarah Swain Band. All for a $30 donation.
There's stuff in between, of course, but that's a secret.
What I'm most excited about this summer: Fountains of Wayne on 6/30, the Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone on 7/3, Rhett Miller on 7/14, Martin Sexton on 7/20, G. Love on 7/22, Aaron Freeman (of Ween!) doing a double-header on 7/28 & 29, Cracker on 8/16, Marcia Ball on 8/17 and Built to Spill on 9/2.
I reserve the right to change my mind several times over the course of the summer, adding shows to my own calendar at whim.
Elsewhere on the Lower Cape
- On Monday morning, Kami Lyle played taps at a Memorial Day commemoration in Eastham – making it the classiest town on the Lower Cape for about four minutes.
- On Saturday I went to the Wellfleet Elementary seaside fair (Shut up. There was a giant inflated giraffe), where I fed my friend's kid more cotton candy than was perhaps advisable in hindsight.
- In short, it was an awesome weekend (unless you were that jacked-up kid's dad).