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An Annual Cavalcade of Joy

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 01:43 PM


For much of the year, musician Chandler Travis is admittedly “kind of selfish. I’m always promoting my own music, yakking on the phone, trying to promote whatever shows I’m doing so if you look at it on the surface, it’s sort of narcissistic. This is something that isn’t.”

“This” is the Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless which Travis has been organizing for the past 12 years. The holiday concert features festively dressed musicians from throughout the Cape who come together for one night to play traditional and not-so-traditional selections of seasonal music.

“It’s such a great vibe. I feel like this is like the holiday work party for all the musicians on the Cape,” said Sarah Swain of Harwich, a longtime veteran of the Cavalcade.

Proceeds from the event, which is held at the Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans, go to benefit HAC’s NOAH Shelter in Hyannis. Last year, the Cavalcade raised more than $10,000, representing a first for the holiday concert. “It feels good,” Chandler said. “We really depend on people’s donations to break the record every year.”

The goal, he said, is always to raise a little more than the previous year while having a lot of fun and providing some holiday entertainment in the process.

In addition to Swain, this year’s line-up includes The Rip it Ups, The Ticks, Sarah Burrill, The Greenheads, Steve Shook & the Elftone All-Girl Ukulele Revue, Tripping Lily and the Catbirds.

Swain said the Cavalcade is always her favorite part of the holiday season. “I like it a lot better than Christmas,” she said. “Every year it keeps getting bigger. It’s wacky and so much fun, just like Chandler.”

Chandler, who puts in countless hours to pull off the event, proudly acknowledged the Cavalcade has become a holiday tradition on Cape Cod. And in doing so, the event serves as proof that people can get some real joy out of helping others during the season of giving.



WHEN: Sunday, December 13, from 7 pm to close

WHERE: Jailhouse Tavern at 28 West Road, Orleans

Suggested $25 donation will go to benefit

HAC's NOAH Shelter

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Cape Cod's Top Musicians Fight Homelessness at Christmas Cavalcade

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 08:42 AM

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Some people give once a month. Some people give once a quarter. And some like Eastham’s Chandler Travis do so once a year.

Over the past decade the popular musician has done so at a time when giving is en vogue, the holidays, using his connections to bring together the Cape’s most talented artists for one night of seasonal fare. He will do so again this year as part of the 11th Annual Cape Cod Christmas Cavalcade this Sunday, December 14 at 7 PM at the Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans.

There is a suggested donation of $25 to attend and all money raised from the holiday concert will go to benefit the NOAH Shelter which serves Cape Cod’s homeless men and women.

Sponsors include Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, Goff Brothers Construction Company, Cape Air and the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

Among the acts that will be performing at the Cavalcade are The Ticks, Fred Fried, The Rip it Ups, Christine Ernst, Steve Shook & the Elftone All-Girl Ukelele Revue, Polka Dan & the Beetbox Band, Sarah Burrill, Edwige Yingling, Sarah Swain & the Oh Boys, Toast & Jam and Travis’ own band the Chandler Travis Philharmonic.

As to why he organizes the event, Travis said, “it is important to me because I have a very selfish lifestyle and it’s nice to have one day a year when I can do something for somebody else. And it is fun for me because I really like Christmas music. I like a holiday that has its own music and the music is as bipolar as the holiday.”

The Cavalcade is enjoyable for the musicians because it allows them to play songs, “they are not sick to death of already,” Travis laughed.

The allure for fans is that they get to see the Cape’s best musicians come together for one night of holiday-themed music. “It’s always a blast,” Travis promised.

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