The inaugural Coast-Fest at Falmouth Harbor was the place to be on August 3. Produced by the hometown band, Crooked Coast, with the help of family, friends, and countless volunteers on the CC production team, the event kicked off under a flawlessly sunny sky with food trucks and craft vendors, corn hole for the kids, and a beer and wine tent for the adults.
The rock and arts festival was the first of its kind at the historic Bandshell, where the Falmouth Town Band has been performing every Thursday in the summer for the past six decades, allowing Crooked Coast fans young and old to catch their favorite band, before bedtime, in a truly unforgettable setting. In addition to the hometown headliner, the dynamic line-up also showcased regional talent, including Naomi Westwater, Quadrafunk, The Quins, Joe Sambo, and The Nth Power (below).
Crooked Coast superfan Pat Keoughan volunteered on behalf of media sponsor WCAI. Pat can also be found sharing her love of Falmouth at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, where she has been volunteering for years.
Brand-new Falmouth retailer Fatface joined the fun, and also offered their support as a sponsor. Tim Reynolds was busy handing out cool swag to passers-by. Why not return the favor by visiting them at their hip and cheery boutique on Main Street in Falmouth Village, right across from Peg Noonan Park.
The beer tent was bustling and the bartenders from John’s Liquors were hustling. Coast Ale, the band’s new collaboration with Bad Martha Beer (slated to open in East Falmouth in the coming weeks) was among the selection of flowing libations.
Pat Clarke of Cape Clasp, along with furry family member and company mascot, Fish, were there to educate the public about their important mission. The Woods Hole company partners with local marine life organizations to “make waves” by creating unique products, donating 15% of sales to marine research and to promote efforts toward a plastic-free ocean. Cape Clasp also gave back by serving as a Coast-Fest sponsor.
When darkness descended over Falmouth Harbor, and a salmon sunset faded into the Cape Cod summer sky, Crooked Coast took the stage and launched into “Icarus” a contagiously upbeat jam from their wildly popular 2015 album “Wildlife.”
And the crowd went crazy…
With beach balls and bubbles floating through the August air, the audience ecstatically chanted lyrics to songs in celebration of this special place we’re lucky enough to call home.
We’d like to give a huge shout-out to Crooked Coast, and all the volunteers who made this event possible. Kudos to the Town of Falmouth and Board of Selectmen for getting on board, and big thanks to the Falmouth Police Department and Falmouth Fire & Rescue Department for making sure it was a fun and safe event for all. And like everyone in Falmouth, we’re hoping it becomes an annual one. Not only was it an amazing day and night of family fun, but the first-time festival was also a fundraiser, with one dollar of every ticket going to local nonprofit Falmouth Band Parents. Crooked Coast continues to influence the next wave of local musicians, while also giving back to the community. To borrow one of their favorite catch phrases, “Yup, that feels pretty good.” We’re already counting down to next year…
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