2020 Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade For the Homeless – online!

Two one-hour shows, hosted by Ding Donnelly & Danny Devereaux, featuring vintage clips from Cavalcades past, plus additional surprises, shown on the Chandler Travis Philharmonic pages on facebook and youtube; just RSVP to the facebook links below for further information!

BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE, THOUGH WE VERY MUCH ENCOURAGE DONATIONS TO THE HOUSING ASSISTANCE CORPORATION! Info on their fine work and a link to donate:  haconcapecod.org. You can also donate to the Housing Assistance Corporation via PayPal at paypal.me/haconcapecod

Part One: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, 7:00pm – Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/29JwtaGPx – YouTube link:  https://youtu.be/HgODrvsguyU

Performers (in order of appearance):

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Kate & Tad from Sidewalk Driver
Cla Da Bossa Nova
Zoe Lewis
Jordan Renzi with Tad Price
Toast & Jam
Fred Fried
Broadway Central
Gip Hoppe
Kami Lyle
Tripping Lily
The Spampinato Brothers Band
Christine Rathbun Ernst
Steve Shook & the Elftone Mostly Girl Revue
The Snowflakes
Fred Boak with the Athol Thingerth
and more?!?

PART TWO: Sunday, December 20, 2020, 7pm – Facebook event link: https://fb.me/e/fyAqNjQUI – YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WChak6rFPPs

Performers (in order of appearance):

Siobhan Magnus
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic
Trevor the Juggler
The Ticks with the Cavalcade Players
John Shuman
Pierre Beauregarde
The Greenheads
The Rip-It-Ups
Scream Along With Billy
The Catbirds
and more?!?

The Christmas Cavalcade Benefits For the Homeless have been a tradition for more than 15 years, in Somerville at Johnny D’s, Toast, and the Once Ballroom (sadly, all now closed) and in Orleans in the function room at the Jailhouse Tavern (recently converted to the Hog Island Brewery), and more recently Ocean’s Edge in Brewster), raising a good deal of money over the years for the Somerville Homeless Coalition and The Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod), and normally giving some of the bay state’s best musicians a chance to get together and do seasonal songs that either aren’t in their repertoire at all or only appear for a few weeks annually (we think this is our 17th Cape Cavalcade!) They’re real community bashes, family affairs where it’s not unusual to see performers playing with their kids, as Steve Shook did with his daughter Liz when she was growing up, and as Sarah Swain did with her daughters Lucy and Jesse (whose Cavalcade careers started a couple of years ago, at the ripe old ages of 4 and 5.) At the other end of the age spectrum for a few years was Rock King, who was 86 last time we looked, all mixed in with some heavy duty pros like Livingston TaylorPatty LarkinBarrence Whitfieldthe Upper CrustJon Pousette-Dart, and Robin Lane.

This year, of course, is different, as Covid makes a large indoor live show a totally dumb idea. But will that stop the show? Hell, no! We can’t play live, but thanks to a number of people who’ve recorded Cavalcade footage over the years, spear-headed by sound man extraordinaire Chris Blood, we have oodles of great live videos from the past ten years or so that we’re anxious to share. There’s so much material that it has indeed been a daunting task to comb through it and prepare it, so much so that at first I didn’t want to go anywhere near it; but as the holidays got closer, it seemed not only like a Cavalcade was needed more than ever, but also like we have plenty of material for something truly wonderful.  

And so the Christmas Cavalcade perseveres, truly the “Ben Hur” of Christmas shows- although this year, thanks to the magic of virtual everything and extensive editing, it won’t even be all that long.

Here’s what we feel is an entirely adorable and fit-to-print Cavalcade photo by Rodney Lewis:

but there’s plenty of other options on the Christmas Cavalcade photo page.