Summer band concerts bring the community together

A little dinner, a little dancing and a lot of fun
Foot tapping, swaying and dancing at the Dennis Band Concert on Monday nights in the summer. Photo by Maggie Kulbokas.

Band concerts are a weeknight staple during the summer months on Cape Cod. Locals and visitors come together to enjoy an evening of music and community in most of the Cape's towns and villages. In some communities, like Harwich, Chatham and Brewster, the town band commands the stage. In other towns, like Orleans, Dennis, Bourne and Truro, local bands play everything for rock and reggae to folk, bluegrass and pop.

It is fun to roll down the window and let the music in as you drive by the village green in Dennis on a Monday night in the summer, but it is even better to roll out a blanket or set up some chairs and sit a spell.

Last Monday Crocodile Tears entertained the crowd with music from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Older folks smiled as they remembered the good old days and the little ones danced around purely out of joy. They played "Sister Golden Hair", "Runaround Sue", "Margaritaville" and even "Old Cape Cod" as part of their hour and a half set.

Folks of all ages and families big and small gathered around the gazebo, some chomping on small snacks while others took giant bites out of fresh lobster rolls.

Moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas headed to the front of the audience to dance with little ones who were undoubtedly tuckered out by the time they got home.

If you are looking for something free and fun to do, outdoor band concerts are a must.

In Dennis there are only two more scheduled performances. Tonight at 6pm, the Cape Cod Surftones will sing their hearts out and next Monday (8/12), the Harwich Town Band will finish the season with a bang!

Check out the calendar for other evening concerts scheduled through the end of the month.

(Crocodile Tears doing Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" at the Dennis Town Band concert.) welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on