Do you want to get into the music business; or are you already in the music business and want to do better? Or, would you just like a fun weekend in Cape May listening to music and dining out? Then Cape May’s Singer Songwriter weekend is for you.
There will be music business panels, workshops, clinics, and demo listening sessions. You will be able to network, and meet industry professionals. On the other hand, if you’re an appreciator, rather than a music-maker, there will be 150 performers in town, playing at venues all over Cape May.
Many of the performances are free and open to the non-participating public. Almost everything is within walking distance of Leith Hall bed and breakfast. Why not take off a spring weekend and come visit us? In previous years, several of the performers have stayed with us and we all had a wonderful time at breakfast and at afternoon tea. We are here with Ocean views, wonderful breakfasts, and Elan’s pastries for afternoon tea. Give us a call or go online at www.leithhall.com
This Friday and Saturday (3-27 and 28), Cape May will host its eighth annual Singer Songwriter weekend. Though the weekend is designed for singer-songwriters, giving them the skills and information to further their careers, the many performances in locations all around town make a wonderful experience for us audience members. Not only are there a lot of performers to choose from, all of the acts (except Congress Hall) are free!
Cape May Singer Songwriter Weekend March 28 and 29
The seventeenth annual Cape May Singer-Songwriter weekend is almost upon us. With performances at Congress Hall, at Carneys, and at Elaine’s, Alethea’s at the Colonial Hotel, Cabana’s, Lucky Bones, The Merion Inn, the Pilot House and the Mad Batter, the whole town will be alive with original song. You are sure to find a singer songwriter that is just your taste among the dozens of performers. March 28 and 29, there will be over 150 performances. I’ve listened to several of the performers (there are Youtube links at the Singer-Songwriter website) and the songs are melodic, charming and interesting.
Why not plan a spring getaway at Leith Hall and add music to the great dining and shopping that Cape May is known for?
Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 will see an explosion of talent in town at Singer Songwriter Cape May. Now in its sixth year, this annual event will be bigger than ever with 150 acts at over 18 Cape May locations packed into two days. All genres are welcome, though the tone tends toward the folky tradition and lyric oriented songs. There is an extraordinary variety of talent and great performers from distant places and as close as Philadelphia.
If you go to their website, www.sscapemay.com, you can see excerpts from the performers and get lots of information about tickets. The event is co-sponsored by Congress Hall, so the website advertises their rooms, but you can stay anywhere in town (including Leith Hall!)
So, go to our website to make a reservation or give us a call. We look forward to seeing you for this fun weekend.
October and November in Cape May are a celebration of jazz, film, and theater.
Cape May jazz, film and theater really get going in November. There’s a new Jazz Festival in town which I described in my last blog post. The New Jersey Film Festival in Cape May will run from Friday October 19 through October 21, and will feature Feature Films, shorts and documentary and independent shorts as well. Among the feature films will be Mirror Dance about two identical twin ballerinas in a country torn by war, Barbarian Days, about a town celebrating Robert E. Howard, the director of Conan the Barbarian. and The Worlds Smallest Airport.
Cape May jazz, film and theater, continued…
Cape May Stage will present This Wonderful Life for all of the fans of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, and the East Lynne Company will present Bret Harte’s Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas on Friday and Saturdays 11/24&25, 12/8&9, and Sunday 12/3.
Sherlock Holmes Weekend will be November 3 through 5, and will feature a new mystery. East Lynne Theater company will also present a play based on the Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
November 9 through 11 will be the new Exit Zero Jazz Festival which will bring us exciting music by exciting performers. Call us today for reservations at Leith Hall for these holiday activities. We hope to see you soon.
Great Jazz Festival News! This article by Jack Fichter in the Cape May County Herald announces a new jazz festival in Cape to be held next November. For everyone who misses the old Jazz Festival, this is a welcome announcement. I’ve re-blogged the whole article below.
CAPE MAY — A new jazz festival is coming to the city in November but it won’t be from the former Cape May Jazz Festival. The Exit 0 International Jazz Festival will be held Nov. 9 through 11, Veteran’s Day Weekend, at Cape May’s Convention Hall.
Ramsey Lewis will be headlining the festival with his Electric Band. Lewis is a three-time Grammy Award winner and holds seven gold records.
According to his website, “Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, with an unforgettable sound and outgoing personality that has allowed him to cross over to the pop and R&B charts. The Ramsey Lewis Trio, with bassist Eldee Young and percussionist Redd Holt, became a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene, releasing their debut album, ‘Ramsey Lewis & His Gentlemen of Jazz,’ back in 1956.
Lewis earned his first gold record, as well as a Grammy award for Best Jazz Performance, for their swinging version of Dobie Gray’s hit ‘The In Crowd.’ He returned to the pop charts in 1966 with versions of ‘Hang On Sloopy’ and ‘Wade In The Water.’
Other confirmed artists at press time include Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Henry Cole’s Afrobeat Collective, Ben Williams & Sound Effect and DJ Soul Sister. The complete lineup will be announced by July 5 by the promoter, Spy Boy Productions.
Jazz Festival at Convention Hall
Main stage headliner concerts will be held at Convention Hall on Friday and Saturday nights, along with a Saturday afternoon concert. Participating club venues include: the Boiler Room at Congress Hall, Carney’s, Carney’s Other Room, Cabana’s, Martini Beach, and Cape May Stage at the Robert Shackleton Theater. Ticket packages are being sold by the City of Cape May’s Convention Hall. To order tickets, go to: www.capemayconventionhall.org
The promoter, Spy Boy Productions, has no affiliation with Friends of Cape May Jazz or Cape May Jazz Festival.
At a Thur., June 21 press conference, promoter Michael Kline said he has produced concerts in New Orleans beginning in 1997. Kline said he had worked for WWOZ Radio, “New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Station,” which is licensed to the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.
“I worked there for almost eight years and we produced shows in conjunction with the radio station,” said Kline.
Exit 0 International Jazz Festival spokesperson Victoria Clayton said Kline represents jazz artists nationally and internationally. He is a resident of West Cape May arriving here after Hurricane Katrina.
Kline said one of his challenges to stage the festival was finding open dates available on Convention Hall’s schedule. A Saturday afternoon main stage concert will be held in Convention Hall, he said.
“There will pretty much be three headline concerts Friday night, Saturday night, Saturday afternoon,” said Kline.
He said he was working on a “special surprise” for Sunday afternoon.
For all of our guests who used to visit Leith Hall for Jazz festival – we miss you! Let’s hope that this Jazz Festival will be great.
Just a reminder of our Music Festival Special; we’ll supply your tickets if you visit us for any concert.
There are two great evenings coming up. Both part of the
CapeMay Music festival, but very different. The first is Tuesday June 5, and is a performance by the New York Chamber Ensemble featuring works by Mozart and Mendelsohn. The New York Chamber Ensemble is so moving and their virtuosity is extremely impressive. The setting in the Episcopal Church of the Advent is also so intimate and beautiful that their concerts are always a night to remember.
The next concert is by the Bay Atlantic Symphony orchestra on Thursday, June 7. Jed Gaylin is the conductor and he always explains what the orchestra is about to play, giving you more understanding and insight into the work.
Some classical work that you’ve heard before is suddenly new and fresh and you come away with more appreciation and enjoyment than you ever had before. It even works for difficult music, though this concert will be all very easy to listen to. The June 7 concert will be all Viennese composers; Webern, Hayden, Brahms and Schumann.
The Gaylin family often stays with us at Leith Hall and it is always a joy to see them again.
Suzie and I just got back from New York where we saw the new Broadway production of Porgy and Bess, which is set in Catfish Row in Charleston South Carolina. Many thanks to SK for the tickets. The show was wonderful and the music was, as always, spectacular. The show, together with Memorial Day fast approaching, reminded me of the first Memorial Day, which is a little known story. Just after the Civil War, freed black slaves in Charleston South Carolina wanted to honor the hundreds of Union soldiers who were imprisoned and died in the Charleston race course. The soldiers had been buried in an unmarked mass grave, so the freedmen cleaned up the site, built a memorial arch and landscaped the grounds. On May 1, 1865, they held a memorial service and supper to honor the Union soldiers.
Confederate groups held services to commemorate Confederate dead, also usually in May. In the North, (in Waterloo, NY) John Logan proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day in his capacity as Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Union veterans’ organization. The holiday was quickly adopted all over the North, while the south celebrated competing memorials on different days.
Memorial Day had its name changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day in 1967. It was moved to a Monday date along with many other federal holidays in 1968, and became an official Federal holiday in 1971. During Woodrow Wilson’s term, the emphasis of Memorial Day shifted from the Civil War to a more general national holiday, including the Spanish American War and WWI dead. Wilson was the first southern president elected since the Civil War, and was the president who imposed racial segregation in the Federal Government.
From the beginning, Memorial Day has been the occasion for
parades and barbeques, and the tradition continues in Cape May. Memorial Day weekend begins our season of band concerts and Crafts and Antiques Shows on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate. On May 28th MAC will offer the Atlantic Brass band in a free concert to round out the holiday.
concerts, we’ll provide you with a pair of tickets – free. May 29th, the New York Chamber ensemble will be playing a concert called Music by the Numbers, which will include both George Gershwin (Lullaby, I Got Rhythm, and Someone to Watch Over Me) and Joseph Hayden’s Surprise Symphony.
Cape May Convention Hall on the Beach
Sunday, June 3, the concert will be a tribute to George Mesterhazy, who was Cape May’s beloved jazz pianist. Several of his friends will be playing as well as special guest, Babatunde Lea. We are expecting a huge and enthusiastic crowd at the new Convention Hall.
Just give us a call at (609) 884-1934 or go to our website at www.leithhall.com to make an online reservation. Mention that
you’d like Music Festival Tickets when you make your reservation. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.