January 2014

ACM Award Nominees Announced

Nominations were announced today for the 49th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. We’re honored to be included in this year’s nominations in the category of VENUE OF THE YEAR – SMALL CAPACITY.

Hosted by four-time ACM Award winner Blake Shelton and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, the award show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live on CBS.

This is the first year the Academy is recognizing venues with different capacities. Venue of the Year now includes three separate awards based on venue capacity: Venue of the Year – Small Capacity recognizes venues with a maximum capacity of 4,000 seats. There are additional awards for Medium and Large Capacity Venues.

“The Board felt that these changes more accurately reflect the nature of touring and wanted to make a change to be more inclusive than ever,” said ACM Board President, Darin Murphy. “These changes will make it possible for the Academy to honor venues of all types and sizes that do great work supporting the country music genre year-round.”

Also nominated by the Academy this year:

  • Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw lead with 7 nominations;
  • Keith Urban receives 6 nominations;
  • Lee Brice, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift each receive 5 nominations;
  • Florida Georgia Line and Lady Antebellum each receive 4 nominations;
  • Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker each receive 3 nominations


For more information about the awards and The Melody Tent’s nomination check out the ACM Awards website.

We need your help to support our community

Did you know the Melody Tent is a non-profit organization? Maybe not, we don’t hold fundraisers, giving campaigns or telethons like other organizations.  We are supported entirely on ticket sales to the shows you look forward to every summer. Instead of keeping that cash like other music venues, we give it back to the community in the form of grants supporting education and the arts.

Now we’re asking for your help to continue our support of the communities we call home. We need your vote in the Boston Globe’s GRANT program.  GRANT enables readers to show their support for non-profits by choosing which ones are given free advertising space in The Boston Globe.

The way it works:

The Boston Globe is sending vouchers to each subscriber, both online and delivery. Globe readers decide which non-profit to support with their voucher. Write the name of the organization you want to support and mail the voucher back to the Globe in the envelope that comes with the voucher. The organizations with the highest voucher donations will receive valuable advertising in The Boston Globe. The deadline for subscribers to turn in their voucher is March 1.

We’re in this together. Please use your Boston Globe voucher to help us enrich our communities.


1st Shows of 2014 On-sale to Everyone!

The first shows of the 2014 season which were announced recently have gone on-sale to the general public today, January 24th.  Tickets for The Fab Four, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Scotty McCreery, The Temptations & The Four Tops, ABBA The Concert and the debut performance of 2014 Grammy nominees Little Big Town are on-sale now at melodytent.org – click on Tickets & Events.  Below are the performance dates for each show:

The Fab Four – July 20th @ 8pm

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – July 25th @ 7:30pm

Scotty McCreery – August 1st @ 8pm

The Temptations & The Four Tops – August 2nd @ 7:30pm

ABBA The Concert – August 13th @ 8pm

Little Big Town – August 14th @ 8pm

Net Neutrality

Until a recent court ruling, the FCC (the government organization that regulates communications including TV, telephone service and internet service providers) prevented internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon from blocking or slowing content transported over their lines. Content creators, such as YouTube, Wikipedia, or bloggers, have a basic guarantee: they can reach their users without worrying about being blocked, harassed, or forced to pay an upcharge by the carrier.

The rule originally applied to long-distance voice calls. Over time it has come to be applied to the Internet and known as net neutrality, sometimes called “Internet freedom” or “Internet openness”

The ruling last week overturned net neutrality and has ruffled feathers all over the online world. Particularly with musicians, filmmakers and others who stream music and video or have high bandwidth needs.


Potentially, the new ruling means your Internet company could block access to Pandora, Spotify, or any other website. Some have gone as far as to sugget that the internet could potentially become like cable TV – you don’t control what you can access or what you pay.  Casey Rae, interim executive director at the Future of Music Coalition, said in a statement, “It has never been more important to have basic rules of the road preventing ISPs [internet service providers] from blocking content delivered over the Internet, regardless of how users connect. Thousands of musicians and independent labels are already on record in support of a level online playing field as part of FMC’s Rock the Net campaign.” Musicians supporting net neutrality include R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Kathleen Hanna, and thousands of others who have signed on for the Future of Music Coalition’s Rock the Net campaign for online openness.

A minority of internet users have a differing viewpoint. Bob Ohlsson posted a different view on the Professional Recording Workshop forum, “The internet is a parallel and not a serial system. More pipes means more bandwidth but “net neutrality” doesn’t address that… It’s a good thing because it will increase competition for high bandwidth service which will bring costs down. As it is, nothing stops peripheral networking from offering much faster long distance internet connections but it’s very expensive. Last leg ISPs haven’t been allowed to compete for that market in the U.S.”

What’s your opinion on the net neutrality ruling? Let us know in the comments.


Looking for more information?

  • This piece in the New Yorker gives a clear explanation of the ruling.
  • Read the statement from the Future of Music Coalition here.
  •  This essay from Slate also gives background into the court decision.



First Round of Show Announcements for 2014

We’re pleased to kick off our 2014 Season today. Our first round of shows for the summer season has been announced. We’re excited to welcome Little Big Town for their debut performances under the tent. Also performing:

  • An Evening with The Fab Four (The Ultimate Beatles Tribute)
  • An Evening with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  • Scotty McCreery
  • An Evening with The Temptations & The Four Tops
  • ABBA the Concert

To learn more about our artists and concert dates click here.

Tickets will go on sale to club members only on Monday. Want to get in on the action? Join the Cape Cod Melody Tent Gold Circle here.

Welcome to 2014!

We’re gearing up for an exciting 2014 summer season here at the Music Circus and Melody Tent.  We’re putting the final touches on our first batch of shows and will be making an announcement in the coming days.  Make sure that you get your 2014 Inner or Gold Circle membership today so that you can be one of the first to know about and buy tickets to these exciting shows… Get your membership here: https://melodytent.org/join-the-club/


In the meantime stay warm and safe in the first big storm of 2014!

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