Arts Alive, the usual harbinger of the spring outdoor entertainment season, is welcoming fall to Falmouth this year with an exuberance of music and art. The three-day festival takes place Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 on the Falmouth Library Lawn, 300 Main Street. All events are free. The event is sponsored by ArtsFalmouth.
This year, the multi-Grammy-nominated GroovaLottos open the festival with the popular Falmouth Town Dance, from 7 to 9 PM in the Performance Tent. Dancers are welcome to dance inside and outside the tent.
An alternative soul-funk ensemble, The GroovaLottos play a mix of funky soul classics and catchy originals. Members are veteran touring and studio session players and singers led by Mwalim, a keyboardist/vocalist/producer and solo jazz recording artist. The band played their first show in 2011 at a multicultural festival in the afternoon, followed by a performance at a local dive that night. The Groovalottos quickly became a New England regional favorite at bars, clubs, and events, with their lively and heartfelt rhythms. The current line up consists of core members Mwalim on keyboards, percussion, and vocals; Chuck V. on bass, guitar, and vocals; and The ZYG 808 on drums and vocals.
Artists and crafters will show and sell their work from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday along Shore Street, Extended. Food will be available from vendors and from shops and restaurants along Main Street.
Artists from the Falmouth Art Center will be painting on the Library Lawn from 10 AM to noon, and all are invited to watch or join in.
Children will enjoy the Storywalk featuring the book, “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynolds. Artist Tom Cook offers an art class for children based on the book at 1 PM in the Music Tent. And the Library’s Book Bike will be on hand throughout the day. All are welcome to sign up for a library card and pick up a free book or DVD.
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be 30 performers offering an array of music, dance, and dramatic entertainment under two tents on the Library Lawn. Performers include regulars like the Smooch Paywell Blues Band, singer/songwriter Dawna Hammers, the big rock band Puffy Elvis, 12-Step Boogie, The Paradise Rock Band, the Sonnay Fiddlers, the Falmouth Fiddlers, and the Familiars. There are two a cappella groups: Tradewinds and Centertonix, from Cotuit Center for the Arts. There will be storytelling for children from Laura Ford of the Library.
The Turning Pointe Dance Studio is back, along with Egyptian dance by Khadija and Troupe Mirage.
There are plenty of newcomers too, like Ganivelle, who offers lively French dance music; Grasshopper Green, who play catchy pop music; and singer/songwriter Katherine Healy. Morgaihne Huntress presents Allsorts, a theatrical journey through overcoming adversity. Some regulars are returning with new names and compositions for this event, including The Blue Lotus Band, featuring Steve Gregory, Chris Harris, Shawn Malcomson, Neil Ganju, and Scott Damron.
The full schedule of performers is online now at: http://artsfalmouth.org/arts-alive-2021-performance-schedule/
The list of vendors is online at: http://artsfalmouth.org/arts-alive-2021-vendors/
And there is much more. Visit ArtsFalmouth.org for more information and a complete schedule.