A Taste of Provincetown’s Music Scene

 

Musical entertainment is never hard to find in Provincetown. Just stroll down Commercial Street in the evening and follow your ears! The options are vast. Everything from live performances, DJ’d dance parties, classic standards, Broadway show tunes, cabaret, and acoustic nights. Chances are, someone, somewhere on Commercial Street can scratch whatever musical itch you’re feeling at any given time. If you are looking to catch some live music, here are a few of my favorites venues.  Each one has a jam-packed schedule for the summer season.  No matter when you’re here, you can catch a great show.

Crown & Anchor

This perennial favorite rocks all kinds of music in each of its signature venues. Listen to sing-along favorites while dining on delicious bistro-style fare at the Central House Piano Bar. Looking for the afterhours hot spot? The Paramount may hit the spot, with top international DJs and entertainers lined up all summer long.

Payomet Performing Arts Center

Just down the hook, in North Truro, Payomet is an easy drive from Ptown and brings an eclectic mix (40-50 concerts a year!) of up-and-coming and established performers to the Outer Cape. It’s a great venue with a real range of national and international talent, on a local stage. Upcoming artists for 2017 include Suzanne Vega, Aaron Neville, Las Cafeteras, the Skatalites and newer musicians such as Anna & Elizabeth, Sienna Hull, and Harold Lopez-Nussa (direct from Havana, Cuba!).

The Art House

This place embraces and upholds Provincetown’s spirit of fun, adventure, and escape…for all. Presenting high quality performances ranging from live music to stand-up comedy, it has something for everybody. The Broadway@The Art House series, now in its fifth seasons, brings Broadway superstars to the Outer Cape.  This year’s series includes Tony award winners Sutton Foster and Laura Benanti.

Post Office Café & Cabaret

If it’s cabaret you’re after, this must be your first stop. Located right in the heart of town, with a fantastic line-up of performers such as Thirsty Burlington, Elektra!, Atomic Bombshells, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Jimmy James. Plus, their breakfasts are legendary.

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Amanda Wastrom

Amanda Wastrom is a Cape Cod-based writer, artist, and curator. She is a frequent contributor to Cape Cod LIFE and Cape Cod Magazine. For more on Amanda's work, click here. Thanks! Amanda