THE

ARTISTS

2020 LINEUP

Zoë Lewis - emcee

Affectionately known as “a band in a body” Zoë plays vintage jazz and world beat  grooves on anything from the piano to the spoons! Originally from the UK, she’s called Provincetown her home for the last 28 years. She's traveled to over 70 countries picking up musical grooves and stories along the way, released ten albums of original material, toured with Judy Collins, the Indigo Girls, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and has even opened for Pat Benetar on the ukulele!  

 

Her “Small is Tremendous” CD was signed to Judy Collins’ Wildflower record label, another song was signed to Putumayo records and became #1 in the satellite radio kids charts for 18 weeks, she has won numerous songwriting awards and her songs have appeared on Broadway, in documentaries, movie soundtracks and in commercials. She created and starred in two musicals; SNAIL ROAD and ACROSS THE POND which were staged in Provincetown to packed houses and she leads a theatrical 1920's SPEAKEASY which has become a big hit with the Cape Cod summer crowds performing prohibition era jazz.

 

Zoë has played at numerous music festivals, teaches musical workshops, performs on Olivia cruises and takes her show to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico every winter. As much known these days for her storytelling as for her songs, her performances are upbeat and fun, almost circus-like yet poignant and oftentimes political. Zoë is an entertainer from a bygone age.

Emily Elbert

Emily Elbert weaves together a soul-folk blend of introspection and celebration. With a global, D.I.Y. spirit, she has carried her music around the world, playing over a thousand independent shows from Italy to Indonesia.

 

Anchored by what L.A. Weekly calls a “funky, engrossing groove" with "sly words in artful arrangements,” the publication notes, "Elbert would be considered remarkable just for her guitar playing, which segues from hard-edged funk and blues to more gently subtle jazz intricacy. But she’s an equally adept vocalist, weaving her soulful phrasing nimbly within the rhythms of her guitar chords.” Imbuing organic sounds with progressive perspective, Emily’s songs reflect a heart attuned to observation and inquiry.

 

She has independently released four albums of original music, and several singles, including 2017's protest-rocker "True Power" In addition to her work as a solo artist, she has collaborated with artists including Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding, Jenny Lewis, Dweezil Zappa, and Phish's Mike Gordon, and co-written Bruno Major's viral hit "Easily". Emily's fifth album, the social-justice oriented “We Who Believe in Freedom," was released in fall 2018.

Sara Leketa

Sara Leketa has been performing music relentlessly in New England and beyond since 1999.  After overcoming stage fright at open mic’s around Cape Cod, she has worked to write and perform as much as, and in as many places as possible.

 

Never taking for granted the opportunity to connect with an audience, she says, “You play as hard as you can for one person, as you would 1,000. Every listener deserves your best performance.” Whether she's playing an outdoor festival or The Hard Rock Cafe, Sara strives to do just that. Leketa can be heard performing her own style of what has been pegged as a mix of Rock/Folk/Blues/Punk solo, as a duo, trio, 4 and 5 piece band. She also be heard performing the part of Brad Whitford in Boston's own; Aerochix. ( A female tribute to Aerosmith.)

 

Over the years she has had the opportunity to share the stage with artists such as Lori McKenna; Members of the band Boston, David Hull, Quiet Riot, The Bullet Boys, and Bret Michaels.

 

She believes in holding no restrictions in regards to musical genre and feels it's more important in her own music, to be raw instead of polished. “ I’d way rather have my voice crack and get the feeling across, then hit a perfect note and lack emotion. I want the audience to feel WITH me. That’s what music is for me. An understanding.” Sara's song "Wicked" won "2012's Song of The Year" through the Limelight Music Awards. 

Natalia Bonfini

A blues musician at her core, Natalia's natural ability to tell a story takes listeners on a journey. Born and raised in Eastham, she currently tours all across the East Coast, often times playing up to 10 shows weekly! In the in between hours, Natalia is busy writing. Her single “Before” won her the 2018 New England Songwriters Competition as well as an honorable mention in SongDoor’s International Competition. Her debut EP followed in 2019. With vocals reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Janis Joplin, and lyrics confessional and commanding such as those of Alanis Morissette and Ed Sheeran, Natalia comes alive on stage and is a must-see.

Amalia Ververis - Melic Moon

Nominated for Best New Artist, and Female Vocalist of the Year for the 2020 Limelight Music Awards.

A melting pot of different influences and styles, Melic Moon is the collaboration between vocalist/ multi-instrumentalist Amalia Ververis, producer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Machaby, and drummer/percussionist David Ellis. The songs from Amalia and Mike each come from different places but blend together in a wondrous way. Individually, each member spent their formative years crafting their skills in many different parts of the country, soaking up the different influences that would come to form Melic Moon.

 

Under the Rose Moon of 2017, these individuals were brought together, and since then have built a live set for local venues, a recording studio (Underground Recording Co.), released their first single "Shattered", and are set to release their full-length album April 17, 2020.

Melissa Manseau

Melissa Manseau graduated from Chatham High School and then received a B.A. in Music Education from UNH and a M.M. in Vocal performance with an emphasis in Opera from the Univ. of Northern Iowa.  Melissa is equally inspired on stage as well as in the classroom. Ms. Manseau has performed with Opera North, Opera by the Bay, Boston Vocal Artists, Salt Marsh Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Bronx Opera, Granite State Opera and Sarasota Opera. Favorite roles

include, the title role in Suor Angelica, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Leonore in Il Trovatore, Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw, and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.

 

In addition, Melissa has recorded with Parma Recordings, as well as the online Trump Opera series. Melissa lives and works in NH as a full time Professor of Voice for the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She lives with her husband, SAG actor Michael Walsh, who can be seen on stage and film and enjoys many creative activities, including song and screenplay writing. Her teenage son, Jackson Walsh, is a promising

musician, fashionista, and hip-hop dancer. She frequently travels to enjoy time with her many Cape Cod family members. Ms. Manseau began her Cape Cod singing career as one of the first performers at Chatham First Night where she continued to enthrall and educate audiences on Opera for 15 years. Melissa is honored to perform at the Cape Cod Women’s Music Festival.

Tamora Israel - guest poet

Tamora Israel is a performance poet and actor. She’s a Long Island NY native and has been a Cape Cod resident for 13 years.

 

She recently participated in The Provincetown's 24 hour play as a writer. She last performed in The Laramie Project at The Provincetown Theater. She performed a TEDx talk in 2019  on "Consent and boundaries in a post MeToo era". She is the co-owner and co-founder of The Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space located in Hyannis, at which she hosts an Open Mic Night every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. You can follow her on Instagram @tisreal83 or on Facebook @Tamora Israel Poet, Performing artist, public speaker or on Twitter @isreal_t

Barbara Blaisdell - Sensible Shoes (VIP party)

One of VT's favorite dance bands, playing a funky mix of original music and cover tunes. The new CD, 'My History' available on CDBaby or order here! "...An exceptional recording filled with well-written and beautifully performed songs." – Valley News

ASCAP award-winning songwriter,keyboard player and singer Barbara Blaisdell brings her powerful New Orleans-inspired rhythm piano to the stage. 

Sensible Shoes rules the blues news!"
-Jonathan Demme, Film Director

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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