Where are the best places to hear live music on Cape Cod?

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Wequassett is home to the annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival, and there are complimentary performances under the stars every Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in July and August. The Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis presents up to 60 national and international concert events between June and August. The Cape Cod Symphony is the second-largest symphony orchestra in Massachusetts and performs regularly at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center. It also holds two special summer concerts, one at Mashpee Commons and the other at Eldridge Park in Orleans.

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One of the best things Cape Cod has to offer is its rich and lively music scene, which hits its crescendo in the summer months with dozens of live performances. Nearly all of the communities on the Cape have a town green (public park space) where bands play free weekly concerts. The Sandwich Town Band performs every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; a 45-piece Brewster town band performs every Sunday in July and August at 6 p.m.; Chatham’s brass band performs every Friday night at 8 p.m. from July to Labor Day; and the town of Truro hosts weekly concerts at 6:30 p.m. on their town green every Thursday. The Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis hosts international artists who perform there between June and August. This is the Cape’s largest arena where you might watch the likes of Tony Bennett, the Beach Boys, Sugarland and others perform throughout the summer. Tickets for the shows at Cape Cod Melody Tent can be purchased online. The Cape Cod Jazz Festival takes place every weekend in July and August at the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club. The shows range from jazz to blues to Latin-infused music. The festival is free but there is a two-drink minimum per person. If you want premier seating next to the stage, book a pre-jazz dinner at the resort’s Twenty-Eight Atlantic restaurant for $55 and you’ll get prime seats.

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