Harbor Fest a smashing success!
By: Elise Hugus, August 22, 2011
Rebecca Forster - Tara Murphy and the Cape Cod African Dance & Drum crew kicked off a full day in celebration of music, dance, and art at last Saturday's Harbor Fest 2011.
A big high-five to everyone who came and participated in Harbor Fest, InsideOUT's "coming out" party last weekend at the Falmouth Marina bandshell!
Showcasing local music, artists, and food, the event was meant to give a taste of just what InsideOUT is all about: bringing together talented and creative people who make Cape Cod such an amazing place to live year-round.
Having launched IOCapeCod.com and a free monthly print edition just one month ago, we weren't sure what kind of turnout we'd get. The weather forecast threatened thunderstorms. Several other awesome events were taking place over the weekend.
But lo and behold, the clouds parted over downtown Falmouth. A cool breeze blew from Falmouth Harbor. And then Cape Cod African Dance & Drum got up to do their thing, led by Tara Murphy and Sam Holmstock.
For those who weren't too astounded by the group's charisma and energy, attendees of all ages were invited to try out some traditional drum rhythms and dance moves from West Africa for themselves.
Next up was Isel Garcia Renart, a Falmouth-based songstress who derives her songwriting from travels between the East and West coasts. After several stirring acoustic originals and reggae covers, she belted out a spoken word serenade to her very lucky lover in the audience.
Judging from the reaction from the crowd, the until-now unknown Dune Billy All Stars simply stole the show. Composed of members of ShangoAxe and Roots Down Below and led by steel drummer and vocalist Michael Gabriel, the band proved that Cape Cod's got talent.
"We're not hillbillies, we're from the dunes," proclaimed drummer Charles Parker Walton.
The Cape's favorite funk-rock-reggae band Boombasnap wowed the crowd with their freewheeling freestyles and screaming guitar solos, backed up with solid, hip-shaking rhythms and slap-happy bass lines.
A variety of artisans displayed their wares, including Andrew Hicks' blown glass fish and pendants, 3DBYT's three-dimensional paintings, jewelry from The Bead Tree, and DefCod's orignal silk-screened T-shirts.
Throughout the day, close to 1,000 people sampled the grub on a stick from Fiddlestix, Cape-themed burritos from The Burrito Place, and Chef Anthony's ever-famous sausage selection. John's Liquors provided a thirst-quenching selection of beer and wine, adding a little class to the event with their white tablecloths and bowties.
We owe tons of gratitude to Sound by Ian and UnderCurrent Productions for donating their time, equipment, and expertise to making everyone sound their absolute best. We couldn't have done it without you guys!
An extra big thank-you to Cavossa Disposal for the use of their dumpster— and to all those who were so good about cleaning up after themselves at the event. Luckily, trash was kept to a minimum and we were able to recycle 99% of the beer bottles! Murray McDonald also hooked us up with insurance for the event— and so far, it appears that nothing went wrong, including random acts of nature. The incredible turnout was due in no small part to The Enterprise, which advertised the festival with full-page color ads in all five Upper Cape newspapers for several weeks.
Last but certainly not least, Harbor Fest was the brainchild of Niko Tripoli, the founder of One Drop Productions, who mixed up a blend of old- and new-school reggae tunes between sets. Through his vision and persistance, we were able to collaborate to put on a truly fantastic festival. Special thanks to volunteers Megan Zottoli, Orion Ganz, Terese Dentici, Billy Henrique, and Phineas Heywood.
As many people told us throughout the day, "there should be more events like this!" We couldn't agree more. With public space and festival tickets at a premium these days, InsideOUT is glad to bring together local talent and devoted fans together for a free, outdoor show. It's the whole mission of this site, played out in a physical space.
We look forward to seeing you at future InsideOUT events!