“Over the last few years The Jason Spooner Band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles. They’ve also made stops at major music festivals around the country.” – Guitar World Magazine
Catch a live performance by The Jason Spooner Band at Mashpee Commons Bandstand on Friday, August 16th 🎶
The show is free and open to the public 🙌
Beer/Wine garden, (cash bar) 🍻🥂Please note, outside beverages are not permitted.
✨ About Jason Spooner:
Portland, Maine based songwriter, guitarist and producer Jason Spooner has been a visible and respected presence on the northeastern and national live music circuits for close to two decades. Spooner has expanded his musical horizons significantly over the course of five studio releases. His quartet stands out with a signature sound that appeals to a wide range of audiences, seamlessly blending a variety of musical influences including roots rock, americana, blues, folk and jazz with undercurrents of reggae and soul.
The recipe has certainly served the band well; over the last decade and a half Jason Spooner Band band has performed with acts as varied as B.B. King, John Mayer, Jackson Browne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Ray LaMontagne, Susan Tedeschi, Brett Dennen, Allen Stone, Everlast, Jackie Greene, G. Love, Guster, Blues Traveler, Peter Rowan and Sara Bareilles.
The band has performed at Targhee Fest in Jackson Hole, WY – The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, CT – FloydFest in Floyd, Va – The Festival at Sandpoint, Sandpoint, ID – The Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod – the River City Roots Festival in Missoula, MT – The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, CO and have been perennial favorites at The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.
In addition to glowing recent press in Guitar World Magazine, No Depression, High Times Magazine, Wood & Steel Magazine and USA Today, the band was recently named one of Relix Magazine’s coveted “On The Verge – Bands you should know.” The band has won and received numerous nominations for the New England Music Awards including Live Act of the Year (winner) and Song of the Year (nominee).
As the band approached the recording of their fifth album Wide Eyed, they moved central operations to a small studio to which they had unhindered access at all hours which spawned a period of unprecedented creative energy.
“For previous releases, we’d always blocked out a few weeks to make records and it always felt very compressed and overly urgent – stressful in some ways. Getting comfortable in a new space and trying to be instantly creative on more of a 9 to 5 schedule. For Wide Eyed, we wanted things to feel more organic, more like a live performance.” says Spooner.
“I like to think of this record and the approach we took as slow-roasted in that we made it over the course of a year or so which gave us time to really capture only the really inspired takes. When recording music starts to feel like a day job, it’s time to change up the recipe. If a song is destined to come alive at 2am, then you need to flow with that and not limit it. We weren’t staring at the clock the entire time concerned about moving on to the next task or song. We took the time that each song required and I think the result is something that feels natural and comfortable in its own skin.” Spooner adds, “having our own studio space was huge. If an idea came knocking, I could spin over to the studio and capture while it was fresh instead of writing something down on a notepad or humming a melody into my phone and hoping we’d come back to it.”
What ensued was the band’s most fruitful and creative recording experience to date with the core tracks for the album recorded live on the floor. The raw energy created in the space permeates the album. Wide Eyed also represents a band that is more open to, aware of and comfortable with their collective musical inspiration. “Our influences are all over the map as individuals… rock, blues, folk, jazz, Americana, R&B, reggae, etc..” says Spooner. “I feel like this record allowed us to tap into some of those influences without worrying if it fit our ‘official genre.’ All of my favorite records seem to have that in common – when artists aren’t afraid to dig into what inspired them to pick up an instrument in the first place.”
Wide Eyed represents a fresh direction and unencumbered energy for the band. The album encompasses the sounds of four individuals discovering a new formation, a new approach to recording and, ultimately, new musical horizons.
Jason is officially endorsed by Gretsch Guitars, Taylor Guitars and Fishman Acoustic Electronics.
For more information, visit: www.jasonspooner.com
The Parkington Sisters are performing a free concert at Mashpee Commons Bandstand on Thursday, August 1st. The show starts at 5pm with opening act Jim Decatur, and The Parkington Sisters begin at 6:30pm. The concert is open to the public and beverages will be available for purchase at a pop-up Beer/Wine garden.
About the Band:
When Ariel, Sarah, and Rose Parkington of the Parkington Sisters pick up their instruments to strike up a song, the air begins to buzz. The chemistry between the three sisters is so present you feel like you can touch it – and as soon as they strike the first tone, it overwhelms the listener like a tidal wave crashing down.
Hailing from Wellfleet, Massachusetts, the Parkington Sisters cut their teeth on music from the very beginning. Daughters of a prog rock musician and a classically trained guitarist and songwriter, they were raised playing music on picturesque Cape Cod. Over the past 5 years, they have shared the stage with artists ranging from Mavis Staples and Bruce Springsteen to Dispatch and the Dropkick Murphys, performing in radio studios and stages across the US, Canada and Europe, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall and in March 2014 NPR’s Mountain Stage. The Parkingtons also joined the Dropkick Murphy’s to perform the national anthem before Game 6 of the 2013 World Series at Fenway Park, leading to the first World Series home win for the Red Sox since 1918!
The band’s new album Me You Us was produced and engineered by Joel Hamilton (Black Keys, Tom Waits, Pretty Lights), along with the sisters – and was recorded in haunted churches, basements, hotels and living rooms across New England – as well as at the new 5000 sq foot Studio G in Brooklyn. It combines the influence of growing up on Cape Cod and the sisters’ individual talents – each of the sisters is a songwriter and a multi- instrumentalist. With soaring melodies, tumbling from optimistic heights to eerie lows, vibrant harmonies and intricate arrangements, their songwriting incorporates the eclectic songwriting of Joni Mitchell and Aimee Mann, the energy of June Carter and the hit potential of Mumford and Sons. Their music has been premiered by Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, and Magnet Magazine and played on radio stations like Acoustic Cafe, WXPN, KUTX, KCSN, WUMB, and WERS.
Ryan Montbleau Band will perform a free concert at Mashpee Commons Bandstand on Thursday, July 25th. The show starts at 5pm with opening act Molly Parmenter Trio, and Ryan Montbleau Band starts at 6:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available for purchase at a pop-up Beer/Wine garden.
Montbleau’s been pouring his heart out in song since the early 2000’s, when he first began performing around his native Massachusetts. He’d go on to collaborate with Martin Sexton, Trombone Shorty, and Galactic among others, and share bills and stages with artists as diverse as Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ani DiFranco, The Wood Brothers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Mavis Staples, but it was Montbleau’s ecstatic headline shows—often more than 200 of them a year—that solidified his reputation as a live powerhouse and an inexorable road warrior. NPR’s Mountain Stage compared his “eloquent, soulful songwriting” to Bill Withers and James Taylor, while Relix hailed him “poetic Americana,” and The Boston Herald raved that “he’s made a career of confident, danceable positivity.”
New this year, join us for a complimentary dance lesson 💃🕺 from Ballroom-Bliss during our Plaza Parties 🎉
The events are taking place on Saturday July 13th and August 10th, and the Dance Instruction will be set-up from 4-6pm.
Join us at the Bandstand this summer for our Concert Series 🎶 and Movie Screenings 🍿. The events are free and open to the public; the only thing you need to bring is your own chair or blanket to set up on the lawn in front of the stage. There will be a pop-up beer/wine 🍻 garden during the concerts (non-alcoholic beverages including juice, soda, and water will be available as well). Check out the schedule, and be sure to mark your calendars for some of these fun summer events.
Join us for a performance by renowned storytellers Len Cabral and Bill Harley at the Bandstand on Saturday, June 29th, beginning at 3pm.
Len Cabral is an internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences with his performances at schools, libraries, museums and festivals since 1976. A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa, Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world. Len is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network 2001 Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, the author of a children’s book for young readers and a contributor to several folktale collections.
Bill Harley has been recognized by audiences and peers as one of the top storytellers in the country. Best known for his work with children and families, his ability to navigate through a confusing world with humor and wisdom is evident in his masterful storytelling as well as his numerous award‐winning recordings and books. Bill tours internationally as a performing artist, author and keynote speaker.
Len and Bill frequently perform together and combine both music and storytelling into their shows, providing audiences of all ages with a wonderfully unforgettable experience.
The show is free and open the public.
Kick off the summer with us during our Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale! On Saturday May 25th, you’ll find sales and special promotions at the shops, plus an array of family-friendly activities taking place throughout the neighborhood, including face painting, balloon animals, and live music. And, if you are one of the first 100 guests, you will receive a free gift bag filled with select items 🎉
Mashpee Commons extended shopping hours also kick off on May 25th, so you’ll be able to visit your favorite spots through 8pm 🙌
Sidewalk Sale Schedule of Events:
10am: 🎁 Complimentary Gift Bags for first 100 guests, Central Square (near Red Balloon Toy Shop)
12-4pm: 🎨 Free Face Painting/Glitter Tattoos, Central Square (near Hot Diggity)
4-8pm: 🎈 Free Balloon Twists, Central Square (near Hot Diggity)
📸 Keep an eye out for our MDW photo contest, taking place near the big blue chair, 3 winners will receive a $50 gift card to the Mashpee Commons business of their choice!
✨And of course, you’ll find sales 🛍 taking place at the shops from 10am-8pm!
If you’re hungry after all that fun, be sure to visit one of our many neighborhood restaurants with outdoor seating 🌷🥂 🙌
Dress up in your Easter best and head to Mashpee Commons on Saturday April 20th for a complimentary family photo with the Easter Bunny!
The Easter Bunny will be posing for photos and handing out free chocolate eggs from Ghelfi’s Candies between 12-4pm in Central Square (near the Red Balloon Toy Shop). Bring your own camera or smart phone to snap your pics (we will have a helper on hand so that you can jump in the shot with your kids if you like). This event is free and open to the public, no need to register in advance.
Please note, activities may be moved indoors due to inclement weather, we will be posting updates on our Facebook page and in our stories on Instagram.
February 14th is just around the corner! With that in mind, we chatted with the neighborhood shops and gathered their suggestions for the best gifts to get for the people you love this year. Check out their recommendations…