February 2014

Earworms

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? Chances are you probably have. According to research by James Kellaris, 98% of individuals get music stuck in their heads. Makes you crazy, right? The term for the phenomenon is earworm from the German word Ohrwurm.

Women and men experience the earworms equally often. Sorry ladies – they tend to last longer for women and irritate them more. Kellaris came up with statistics suggesting that songs with lyrics may account for 73.7% of earworms, while instrumental music only accounts 7.7% of earworms. As annoying as an earworm is – keep in mind it could always be worse. Palinacousis is a brain disorder that causes repetitive auditory hallucinations, including bits of music and song lyrics.

Don’t lose hope, scientists at Western Washington University found that engaging your memory in moderately difficult tasks like reading a novel or Sudoku puzzles, is an effective way of stopping earworms.

Tell us in the comments, what song is the worst earworm for you?

 

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COUNTRY STARS, A CAPELLA AND FAN FAVORITES AT THE MUSIC CIRCUS AND MELODY TENT THIS SUMMER

2nd Announcement of the 2014 Summer Concert Season Released

Cohasset, MA, February 21, 2014– Critically acclaimed country stars Martina McBride and Trace Adkins will be returning to the Music Circus and the Melody Tent this summer. Also on the schedule are a cappella powerhouse Straight No Chaser; fan favorites Huey Lewis and The News; and instrumental phenom Chris Botti.  All shows on the Music Circus and Melody Tent’s second announcement are on sale to the general public today.

“Martina McBride has a large, loyal fanbase. We’ve been getting requests from her fans on social media,” commented Deanna Lohnes, Marketing Associate for both venues, “We have a terrific mix of shows this season. Fans of all the artists we’ve announced are letting us know how excited they are to see these performers live.”

Tickets for all shows on sale now. Please see the chart below for venues, dates and times.

Cape Cod Melody Tent Date Time
Straight No Chaser 11-Jul Show at 8 PM, door at 7 PM
Martina McBride 12-Jul Show at 7:30 PM, door at 6:30
Trace Adkins 3-Aug Show at 8 PM, door at 7 PM
Chris Botti 9-Aug Show at 8 PM, door at 7 PM
 

South Shore Music Circus

Date Time
Martina McBride 11-Jul Show at 7:30 PM, door at 6:30
Straight No Chaser 12-Jul Show at 8 PM, door at 7 PM
Huey Lewis & The News 13-Jul Show at 7:30 PM, door at 6:30
Trace Adkins 2-Aug Show at 8 PM, door at 7 PM

 

About South Shore Playhouse Associates, The South Shore Music Circus & The Cape Cod Melody Tent:

The South Shore Playhouse Associates (SSPA) is a not-for-profit organization which runs the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent.  The only two continuously-operating tent theatres in the United States, the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent have hosted world-class entertainment in the round for more than 60 years, serving nearly 200,000 patrons annually.  South Shore Playhouse Associates supports arts and education in Southeastern Massachusetts.  In the past decade, the SSPA has distributed more than $3.7 million to other local non-profit organizations.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Deanna Lohnes at 781-383-9850 or email at dlohnes@themusiccircus.org.

New shows on sale TODAY

New shows for the 2014 Summer Concert Series are on sale to the general public today.  Tickets for Martina McBride, Trace Adkins, Straight No Chaser and Chris Botti are on-sale now at melodytent.org – click on Tickets & Events.  Below are the performance dates for each show:

Straight No Chaser – July 11th @ 8pm

Martin McBride – July 12th @ 7:30pm

Trace Adkins – August 3rd @ 8pm

Chris Botti – August 2nd @ 7:30pm

 

From Bangladesh to Band Aid: Musicians Giving Back

Musicians have a long history of giving back to their communities and supporting causes that make the world a better place. Rock music’s first major act of philanthropy was the concert for Bangladesh back in 1971. Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, among many others, raised money to support humanitarian efforts in Bangladesh after a cyclone ravaged the region. That concert paved the way for future musicians’ humanitarian efforts such as Live Aid, Farm Aid and more recently 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief, featuring The Who, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Kanye West and the surviving members of Nirvana.

The South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent are proud to be part of the tradition of giving back. For more than 60 years we’ve supported arts and education in our local communities by providing grants to libraries, conservatories and arts organizations. The money we give back to the community allows arts organizations to continue providing a creative outlet to local residents and visitors alike. To help us continue this work, please consider donating your Boston Globe GRANT voucher to the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

We’re thrilled to be hosting Little Big Town for the first time this summer. LBT is part of music’s long-standing tradition of giving back. LBT supports Blood:Water Mission. Blood:Water Mission is a grassroots organization that empowers communities to work together against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. The purpose of Blood:Water Mission projects are to “empower communities to fight against…”  Rather than providing a hand-out, they seek to transform communities from the inside out, enabling them to be the agents of change.

We applaud LBT and the other artists who support the important work of Blood:Water Mission.

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Country isn’t just your grandpa’s music anymore

Country music was once associated with the deep south, beer and bad news. In recent years, the genre has come a long way from the songs that spawned the stereotypes.

What country is defies definition now, but the stars themselves believe it’s about truth and authenticity.  Faith Hill has been quoted as saying “Country music is the people’s music. It just speaks about real life and about truth and it tells things how they really are.” Taylor Swift has her own definition, “My definition of country music is really pretty simple. It’s when someone sings about their life and what they know, from an authentic place.” Country stars of years past have a slightly different take on what country music is. “Country music is three chords and the truth,” says Harlan Howard.

Pop crossover act Shania Twain has this to say about it, “Country music is still your grandpa’s music, but it’s also your daughter’s music. It’s getting bigger and better all the time and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

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Country music has had a strong influence on mainstream rock. Obvious examples are southern rockers the Allman Brothers and  Lynyrd Skynyrd. But there’s also the influence of Johnny Cash who has been covered by everyone from Tom Petty to Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.

The meteoric success of shows like American Idol and The Voice have helped bring the genre north. The Voice judge Blake Shelton talks about the influence of the show on contestants,  “The good part about it is, they’re all getting so much exposure that they can all go on from the show and be several steps ahead of where they would have been.”

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery talks about the his musical influences over time, “I don’t think you’d call me a traditionalist. But you can say I have an old soul, because I grew up listening to Conway Twitty and Hank Williams.”

 

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CAPE COD MELODY TENT NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD

The Melody Tent nominated alongside Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean

Cohasset, MA, January 29, 2014– Nominations were announced today for the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The Cape Cod Melody Tent was among the nominees in the category of Venue of the Year, Small Capacity.

We’re honored to be chosen by the Academy members as an outstanding venue. Small capacity venues have difficulty gaining recognition nationally, we applaud the ACM’s Board for understanding the changing nature of touring and shining a spotlight on the smaller venues nationwide,” noted Cape Cod Melody Tent Executive Producer Vincent Longo.

 

This is the first year the Academy is recognizing venues with different capacities. The Venue of the Year award 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, Venue of the Year -Medium Capacity will recognize venues with a capacity of 4,001 seats to 11,000 seats, and Venue of the Year – Large Capacity will recognize venues with a minimum of 11,001 seats.

Also nominated for ACM Awards were:

  • 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 please see  http://www.acmawards.com/nominees/.

 

About South Shore Playhouse Associates, The South Shore Music Circus & The Cape Cod Melody Tent:

The South Shore Playhouse Associates (SSPA) is a not-for-profit organization which runs the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent.  The only two continuously-operating tent theatres in the United States, the South Shore Music Circus and Cape Cod Melody Tent have hosted world-class entertainment in the round for more than 60 years, serving nearly 200,000 patrons annually.  South Shore Playhouse Associates supports arts and education in Southeastern Massachusetts.  In the past decade, the SSPA has distributed more than $3.7 million to other local non-profit organizations.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Howard Turkenkopf at 781-383-9850 or email at hturkenkopf@themusiccircus.org.

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