Friday, December 5, 2008

Consider your shopping done

Hey, there's yet another great reason to stay on your couch this holiday season! We just launched a new website for the Comber Store: There are t-shirts and sweatshirts, hats, stuff for the kids, lots of gift ideas and... oh just go look already.

Our seasonal sale has started, with some great new deals on sweatshirts and t-shirts - many at 50% off. Get more bang for your buck!

Keep an eye out for the occasional "Catch Of The Day", and you might just land yourself a sweet deal on that favorite shirt, sweat, or other 'Comber goodie.

Visit the Your Pix link ( It's customer-submitted photos of our Comber gear in action. Go see what's there, and then submit some pictures of your own globe-trotting selves!

If you're up and out, the Beachcomber store is open from noon to 6pm every day, from December 6 through Christmas Eve. Come say hello! We're not the mall and you probably won't have to fight for a parking space. We even know how to answer the phone, so you can call in your orders if you want: 508-349-8887. We're right on Route 6, about a mile north of the drive-in.

So order up! We can't figure out how to make the holidays any easier than this. Cut the elves a break and order by December 19 for Christmas delivery. There's even free shipping anywhere in the US on orders over $99! Plus, we make a respectable donation to the American Cancer Society every time an order is placed, so you can feel extra-good about your purchase.

Happy December! After all, December means that opening day is less than 6 months away.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sputnik on YouTube

It's just not the same here without you. If you're having trouble with end of summer life reentry, check out this video from Sputnik's 8/1 show at the Comber and you'll be right back where you belong.

Friday, August 29, 2008

A.K.A.C.O.D. in the Cape Cod Times

Ken Capobianco wrote a terrific story on A.K.A.C.O.D. in today's Cape Week. A.K.A.C.O.D. plays tonight and features Dana Colley (from Morphine).

Of Monique Ortiz, Capobianco writes: "Often she sounds as if she fell out of a '40s film noir, but she also has developed a vulnerability and emotional directness. You can hear blues rock influences as well of someone like PJ Harvey (who, let's face it, is one of the great modern blues vocalists)."

Can you imagine a better match for Dana Colley's saxophone? I've been a fan of pretty much everything Dana's been involved in, but this one sounds especially promising. I just wish they'd come up with a name that's easier to type.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Uncle Tim's Bridge

Commercial Street will be closed September 2-4 from Main Street to Whit's Lane while they assemble all the necessary stuff to tear down Uncle Tim's Bridge. Now don't get all freaked out, they're going to rebuild it. But if you want pictures of it the way it is now, you might want to get a move on.

(photo by Stella Sparrow)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Summer Ends Here!

This is it! Hard to believe summer has come and gone in its usual whirlwind fashion. Did you get everything in you had hoped? Trips to the beach? Relaxing with friends? Catching a live show at the Comber? Oh sure, there will be more live shows after Sunday - but you'll have to wait until next year to see them. And oh yes you can get oysters at a hotel lobby raw bar somewhere, but wouldn't you rather have them fresh on a deck while you sit in the sun and watch the waves? We don't mean to henpeck, but you should probably have your people call our people so they can sort out your end of summer schedule. Here are some things to consider:

8/27 10pm $10
Part One Tribe
This Cape Cod success story is one of the hardest working original alternative/reggae/rock/blues bands around. Part One Tribe has been living in their van on the road touring since April, 2004, only going home to visit family for 1 week at Thanksgiving and 2 weeks at Christmas. In this time they have sold over 30,000 CD's out of their van.They've recorded and released 6 studio albums, 3 live albums and a limited edition acoustic album. Their latest album "Obvious As Ever" (Long Beach Records) is rumored to be coming out "mid 2008." Check our math, but that should be now if not sooner.

8/28 10pm $10
Squidda is a four piece rock band from Outermost Cape Cod. Jesse (bass) and Josiah (guitar and vocals) grew up together in Provincetown, immersed in Caribbean music backing up a virtuoso steel drum player in the band Magic of Steel. Fireplug lead guitar player and singer Tom brings classic songwriting, gnarley blues chops and arena rock sensibilities, while Reid (drums) rounds out the package with soulful non-traditional rhythms and amusing facial expressions. They say their plan for world domination hinges on Obama winning the upcoming presidential election, "because how can you Rock without Barrack?"

8/29 10pm $10
Former Morphine saxophonist Dana Colley collaborates with Bourbon Princess' front woman / bassist Monique Ortiz and Larry Dersch of Binary System are A.K.A.C.O.D. Creating a darkly psychedelic sound that is sensual, cinematic and otherworldly, Colley & Co pay homage to the "low rock" sound created by his former band while pushing musical boundaries and forging new ground.

Fusing Colley's unique electric guitar influenced baritone saxophone playing with experimental percussion and an unforgiving voice that compares to such greats as Jim Morrison, Nico and Patti Smith, A.K.A.C.O.D, has been packing rooms and garnering rave reviews in their native Boston with mesmerizing live shows.

"(Ortiz') smoky, velvet voice entwines naturally with Colley's legendary saxophone. Ortiz and the band grooved through a low, driving set of rolling deep bass, a ghostly Morphine-like essence inevitably discussed by those who were there to see."– Boston Noise

"The comparisons of A.K.A.C.O.D. with Morphine are obvious: the 'low rock' groove of sax, slide bass, and drums, the presence of Morphine saxman Dana Colley as player, producer, and songwriter. But that would discount singer/bassist Monique Ortiz's own distinctive songwriting chops, macho-woman deep alto vocals, and frank sexuality. With Larry Dersch on drums, A.K.A.C.O.D. ('also known as Colley/Ortiz/Dersch') are working their new Happiness, which mixes Morphine sexbeat and Sabbathy distorted stomps."- Boston Phoenix
8/30 10PM $12

Rootz Underground
tickets on sale now
We know you're busy, so we're bringing Jamaica to you. Save those frequent flyer miles for after Labor Day.
Like the founders of reggae and their offspring who fuse elements of traditional reggae and ska, R&B, Jazz, Latin, rock and then punk rock, Rootz Underground uses elements of revolutionary Rasta-influenced reggae, trance, rock, Jazz, and dub to forge a modern reggae rock sound. Reggae afficionados, critics, promoters and DJ's alike concur that Rootz Underground is a group that can make an impact as large as their predecessors in ensemble reggae recording and song writing, inviting comparisons to bands such as Midnite, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Third World, and the legendary Wailers. The group performed live for five years before beginning the recording process for their debut release MOVEMENT. Rootz Underground has had the opportunity to perform at Jamaican festivals such as Reggae Sunfest, Welcome To Jamrock, the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival and Flashpoint Film Festival.

8/31 4pm $10
Incredible Casuals
Really, if you haven't been to a Sunday with the Incredible Casuals, you haven't lived. If you have, then you're already planning to be here and are saying "WILL YOU SHUT UP ALREADY?!?!" because you want the best spot on the dance floor/at the bar/on the deck and don't want the word to get out to all those other people.

Sorry. Just doing my job.

8/31 10pm $8
Boston Naturals
We don't know how else to say this, but this is your LAST CHANCE to catch a show. Boston Naturals plays cover rock so you can sing your little heart out and dance like it's the second-to-last day of summer.

Wait, second-to-last day of summer? Yes we said (quite emphatically) that it was your last chance on Sunday. But we'll be here doing our thing on Monday and we invite you to come on by and see what we've still got to pour you. Bit of a gamble and totally worth it.

And that, my friends, is that.

Hey, don't forget to check out our blog - There's reviews, photos, videos, concert downloads and all matter of whatnot. Have something you'd like us to post? Drop a line to the email address in the sidebar and we'll see what we can do. We're also open to linking your Comber-related site or post.

Oh, and hey again, the Beachcomber store on Route 6 will still be open! Drop by and get yerself some sweatshirts so you can be toasty.

Happy summer!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cracker on YouTube

Someone posted a couple songs from Cracker's show at the Beachcomber!

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

Seven Days

I wanted to post some of my own, but it's hard to keep the video camera still when you are jumping up and down.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Viva Viva

Viva Viva opened for Apollo Sunshine last night and totally won us over. They don't have a cd out, so the only way to hear them is to catch them live or hang out on MySpace.

Whatever works.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

August bands in the news

In his August column, Bill O'Neill reviewed three cds by bands who will be at the Comber this month. Here's what he had to say:

"Inverted Valentine," Girls, Guns and Glory ( ***

In one of the more unlikely stories in Boston music history, Girls, Guns and Glory — a country rock band in the mode of the Mavericks — won this year's WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble (previous winners include the Neighborhoods, 'Til Tuesday, Gang Green and the Dresden Dolls).

Girls, Guns and Glory will perform Aug. 22 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

"Happiness," A.K.A.C.O.D. ( ***

A.K.A.C.O.D. is a Boston semi-supergroup: saxophonist Dana Colley of Morphine, singer/bassist Monique Ortiz of Bourbon Princess and Larry Dersch of Binary System. The low rumble of the trio will sound familiar to fans of Morphine.

A.K.A.C.O.D. will perform Aug. 29 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber.

"Low on Cash, Rich in Love," Eric Lindell (Alligator) ** ½

New Orleans-based blues guitarist Eric Lindell adds a Gil Scott-Heron cover ("Lady Day and John Coltrane") to a batch of originals on his latest CD. There's a gentle soulful feel to his songs, sort of like he's the Jack Johnson of the blues world.

Eric Lindell will perform Aug. 13 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber in a benefit show for Provincetown community radio station WOMR-FM.

read his more of his music reviews here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Reva Blau wrote a great piece in the Banner on Sputnik, who plays with Old Silver Band on August 1st. Love your taste in music, Reva!

Old 97's and more!

We have another great weekend planned for you! And we tried to arrange for some sweet beach weather. Don't forget your sunscreen.

Have you seen Indiscretion? The last time we saw them they played a gig alongside a bunch of other bands. Indiscretion had the opening slot and everyone - all those seasoned and jaded music people - just stood there gaping. And then there was dancing. This band is just so DANG GOOD. You will go home and tell everyone you know about them. So young, so mindblowing, so taking the month of July out with a bang. Thursday night @ 10. $8

And then, happy August! On Friday, August 1st, we have the Old Silver Band and Sputnik.The Old Silver Band gained an enthusiastic fan base of all ages and shared the stage with the likes of Leon Russell, Soulive, The Slip, Gordon Stone, Sara Bareilles, Hot Buttered Rum, State Radio, Naughty by Nature and the Roots. This summer the brothers, Matt and John Beninghof, had the good fortune of performing with Charles Walton at their weekly gigs in Woods Hole. It became apparent after only a few shows that a) drums equal more women on the dance floor b) Charles is a NASTY drummer c) the women on the dance floor love Charles. And with that simple conclusion, a new formation of The Old Silver Band was born. Clearly they have their priorities in line.

Sputnik is a NYC/Cape Cod based band led by Genie Morrow (Longwave, the Sensate Lovers). They combine dreamy vocals, ambient guitar effects, trumpet, keyboards and accordion to create a joyful, summery blend of straight ahead pop, with irresistible melodies. If there was a way to record what a summer night on the dunes sounds like, this band is it.
10pm $8

Oh such a buzz about Saturday's Old 97's show! Not just the buzz around town, either. The New Yorker said "Old 97's have been occupying a valuable sliver near the border of alternative country and power pop for the better part of a decade. With their last record, 'Drag It Up,' in 2004, it seemed as though they might move. Dark and sometimes muted, it found the band grappling with maturity, mortality, and even its own musical future—the lead singer and principal songwriter, Rhett Miller, had recorded an excellent solo album before 'Drag It Up,' and he added another one just after. 'Blame It on Gravity' (New West), the band's new album, represents a full resupply of its most attractive quality—its energy." We can't wait to see them, and it sounds like many of you can't either.
Tickets are on sale now:
Old 97's with Sleepercar, Saturday 8/2, 10pm $22

On Sunday we have the oft covered but never duplicated, Incredible Casuals. It's just not summer without a Sunday afternoon at Cahoon Hollow listening to the Casuals and eating oysters. If a series of symbiotic events can be a landmark, this is it.
4pm $10

Your favorite beach awaits, so come on in - the water's fine. The mudslides are also very fine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Barnstable County Fair

Our friend Cat, a long time supporter of the local live music scene, is driving in the Demolition Derby at Barnstable County Fair tomorrow (Wednesday). She's smoked 'em in the past and in our humble opinion is the one to put your money on - or at least to cheer for.

The photo's from the Cool 102 website, with the caption "That's Cat in last year's derby after the FIRST engine fire..."

Friday, July 18, 2008

"go forth and be casual"

Sarah Rodman, at says of the Incredible Casuals:

"For 28 years this irresistibly antic regional treasure has been closing out the weekend at this venue that boasts one of the most gorgeous beaches on the Cape. Go forth and be casual."

Old 97's and A.K.A.C.O.D. in the CCTimes

Bill O'Neill reviewed old 97's cd "Blame it on Gravity" in the Cape Cod Times:

"Ably mixing a bit of rock and pop into their songs, Old 97's are alt-country survivors, cranking out one tasty album after another, long after Whiskeytown imploded and Wilco went experimental.

Old 97's will perform Aug. 2 at the Wellfleet Beachcomber."

and he gives a shout out to the A.K.AC.O.D. show:

"What could be one of this summer's best Cape shows has been rescheduled. A.K.A.C.O.D. will perform at the Wellfleet Beachcomber Aug. 29 (instead of Aug. 15). A Boston supergroup of sorts, the band is made up of saxophonist Dana Colley of Morphine, singer and bassist Monique Ortiz of Bourbon Princess and drummer Larry Dersch of Binary System. Check out the band's MySpace page to get a preview."

here's the whole thing:

Jim Sullivan covers the Casuals

No, I don't mean he's singing "Crazy Girl." I mean he's writing about them:

Squirrels in the Banner

The Banner did a bit on tonight's Squirrel Nut Zippers show:


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Squirrel Nut Zippers! Bang Camaro! The Neighborhoods!

Hey, who's sold over 3 million records and is coming to the Beachcomber tonight? No, not the Newbury Comics Employee of the month (but good guess).

It's Squirrel Nut Zippers! This is the first time Squirrel Nut Zippers have played on Cape Cod and we're very pleased and proud that they chose the Beachcomber as their virgin venue. They've sold all those records, been in heavy rotation on MTV and played on Regis & Kathie Lee, Letterman, Leno, Conan and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve (did I mention Sesame Street?). They performed at President Clinton's Inaugural Ball and the Atlanta Summer Olympics, and have had multiple sold out national headline tours. A finer pedigree would be tough to find and many of us can hardly believe our good luck at having the chance to see them right here in our midst. Tickets:

Speeding from the sublime to the ridiculous, we have Bang Camaro tomorrow night. According to MTV News, “Kiss may have had their army, but Bang Camaro is the Army.” Boston's Bang Camaro is a five-piece band with twenty lead singers, described by The Boston Phoenix as “Headbanger's Ball meets Polyphonic Spree,” and named them the Best Live Act at the Best Music Poll Awards. Their song “Push Push (Lady Lightning)” is on Guitar Hero II and “Night Lies” will be in Rock Band II. If it's rock you're after, they won't let you down. Click here to buy tickets:

And then on Saturday we have a night with the legendary Neighborhoods! A punk-fueled garage-rock sound with big hooks, melodies, and snarling six-strings, the Neighborhoods are pretty much where it all starts in Boston Rock. A series of excellent albums, including 1987's Reptile Men (Emergo) and their 1991 major-label swan song, The Neighborhoods (Third Stone), plus their non-stop touring made them the snotty favored sons of the Northeast and dark horses in much of the rest of the country. They called it quits for a spell, but they're back and are very much the real thing. Get yer tickets now:

It looks like we'll be seeing a lot of each other over the next few days. It's okay, we've stocked the fridge.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Film Crew at the Comber

We thought we should give you a little warning, so you can start deciding what to wear. On Saturday night, a film crew will be coming to show the world how incredibly sexy the Beachcomber is. We're not making this up. It's for a Travel Channel program about the 21 Sexiest Bars (in America? the known world? we're not sure). They're coming for the John Brown's Body show, because what's sexier than reggae?

We have two nights of John Brown's Body, tonight and tomorrow, followed by Incredible Casuals and Spookie Daly Pride on Sunday and then Morgan Heritage for the rescheduled show on Monday. Bud E Green's in the house on Tuesday and on Wednesday we're having a record release party for Apse, a Cape Cod band who's gone all international on us.

And then the week just keeps going with more great nights of music: Squirrel Nut Zippers (Wednesday), Bang Camaro (Thurs) and The Neighborhoods (Friday). Check the calender for more updates and additions:

See you at the Comber!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Morgan Heritage rescheduled to 7/14

OH FOR HEAVEN'S SAKES. Morgan Heritage couldn't make it to the Cape today and let us know, um, while we were setting up for them.

So we tried to get the word out, which involved listening to a ringing phone for hours and hours on the request line of radio stations because hey guess what? Radio station people who answer the office line? They go home at 5. So we sent them emails that said things like "hey, can you play that song where the band doesn't show up and the club has to reschedule and/or refund tickets?"

Morgan Heritage is quite sure they can be here by Monday, so we've rescheduled for then. Obviously, the tickets you bought are just fine and dandy on Monday. If you can't make it Monday, give us a shout and we'll refund your $.

Monday, July 7, 2008

reggae in the Banner

"Put a change of clothes in the car, you may not want to go home," says the Banner. They covered our all-star line-up of reggae here:

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Reggae Week starts Tuesday!

We have a huge, as in ridiculously huge, week of reggae just around the corner!

Tuesday brings Morgan Heritage for their first time at the Comber. Wikipedia describes them as "a reggae band formed by five children of famed reggae-artist Denroy Morgan. Despite their relative youth, they have been referred to as 'reggae royalty.' Having grown up in their father's music studio in the U.S. the group, then consisting of eight of the children, made their first appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. They were subsequently signed by MCA and released their debut album Miracles in 1994." It also says they're touring with bands like Steel Pulse and Eek-a-Mouse, which brings us to...

Wednesday: Eek-a-Mouse. Love the Mouse! Everywhere you read about him, people refer to his unique sing-song style of skatting. He is fun to listen to and fun to watch - with a stage presence few can equal. No, we take that back. No one can equal da Mouse.

Thursday we're keeping it up with DJ Bud E. Green, and then Friday and Saturday we have back-to-back shows with John Brown's Body. John Brown's Body is one of those bands that commands lines out the door and down the dunes. Tickets for all shows are on sale now. Remember, we're a small club so don't mess around. Click the links below and get your tickets right now, or you'll be stuck hearing about what you missed all summer.

vital info, links and assorted whatnot:

Tuesday, July 8, 10pm $20
Morgan Heritage "Mission in Progress World Tour"
It's the sound of Jamaican dancehall systems and New York hip-hop boom
boxes, of New England pop radio and California punk rock mosh pits,
all fused into a harmonious whole.
tickets on sale now:

Wednesday, July 9, 10pm $20
"As I continue to present this original music to the fans, and the world, I will
remember and respect those that have made reggae music what it has
become. Music from the downtrodden underprivileged people of Jamaica,
a little island in the sun of the West Indies, to an international
music of the world. I love reggae, because reggae is me the "EEK".
tickets on sale now:

Thursday, July 10, 10pm $5 (or free with pass)
Reggae Night with DJ Bud E. Green

Friday, July 11, 10pm $20
Saturday, July 12, 10pm $20
John Brown's Body
"Of all the stateside roots-rock reggae at it's best, this NY State-based outfit beams that mystic vibe best." - The Village Voice"They are one of the best bands I have heard in a long time because they play authentic, soulful roots-reggae that has an addictive rhythm and fabulous musicianship." - Relix
"America has produced some fine home-grown reggae bands and John Brown's Body is one of the best." - The Beat
tickets on sale now:

See you there!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Garage Band Weekend Starts Friday

It's Garage Band Weekend!

We have our very own music festival this Friday and Saturday, with a huge line-up of some of our favorite garage bands. Both nights start at 9pm, with five bands playing each night (keep reading for the schedule). It's $10 a night and tickets are on sale now - check out the calender for details:

What's a garage band? Wild & wooly, raw, obscure, trashy, lo-fi, roots-based forms, such as '60s (and '60s-influenced) garage rock, surf/instrumental rock'n'roll, hot rod, frat rock, rockabilly, lounge/exotica, broken blues, greasy soul, R&B, funk, mod, freakbeat, psychedelic rock, '70s proto punk/rock'n'roll, powerpop, punk rock, hard-edged new wave, art-damaged noise rock, '80s garage/surf revival, swamp rock, psychobilly, modern garage punk and noisy, primitive rock'n'roll.

See for yourself:

Friday June 27, 2008

The Swinedells
High energy, jumpin, R&B infused rock n roll

Muck and the Mires
Garage, Rock, Pop Punk
web site:

Andrea Gillis
Old-style mix of R&B, Soul, and Garage Rock

Triple Thick
Rock, Garage

Prime Movers
Rock, Garage, Psychedelic

Saturday June 28, 2008

Garage, Rock, Punk

The Tampoffs
Sounds Like balls.
web site:

The Coffin Lids
Garage, Punk, Rock
web site

Jay Allen & the Archcriminals
Pop Punk

Garage, Rock, Powerpop from Sweden

See you tomorrow night!


Monday, June 16, 2008

more reasons to hit the beach

Hey, we're open seven days a week now, for lunch and dinner! And of course late night snacks and LIVE MUSIC.

This weekend starts off with Bonerama (6/20, $10) - a blast of New Orleans horns that lets it rip on vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation. Did we mention there's something like four trombones up there? Rolling Stone called them "the ultimate in brass balls" (2005) and praised their "…crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls" (2007). And what other brass band could snag an honor for "Best Rock Band" (Big Easy Awards 2007)?

The buzz on Bonerama has grown with hometown acclaim, lots of roadwork and a pair of live albums. The Boston Herald called them a "bonehead's dream"; the Vail (CO) Daily noted that "the sound is fat and wet; sometimes downright lusty." Offbeat put it, "That nerdy kid in the band room with the trombone just might have the last laugh after all."

Still not convinced? Here's Bonerama playing on Letterman with OK Go's Damian Kulash:
And here's their website (we dig the NOLA Jazz & Heritage Festival slide show on the home page):

On Saturday we have DJ Oli Scragga Dread: "Reggae Past, Present, and Future." It's $5 unless you have a pass, in which case it's free free free.

Sunday is obviously the Incredible Casuals at 4pm for $10. You knew that.

This Tuesday and every Tuesday all summer long is Reggae Night with DJ Bud E. Green. It's five bucks or free with that pass.

Don't have a pass? You can pick one up at the club or swing by the Comber store on Route 6 in Wellfleet. They're $25 and are perfect for every astrological sign.

And finally, we're linking ink! We're posting links to reviews and what-not on our blog: If you see something and we've missed it, please let us know! Here are a couple sweet quotes we've come across lately:

"Outdoor concerts are popping up left and right, but few shows can lay claim to partying right on the beach like the Wellfleet Beachcomber." -Boston Herald 5/08

"Literally in the sand, perched above Cahoon Hollow Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore, (the Beachcomber) showcases Boston's best original rock bands (as well as occasional national headliners like Dick Dale or Cracker) beneath the fishnet-hung beams. The 365-capacity room includes access to an outdoor deck with a raw bar and a view of the Atlantic." -Improper Bostonian 6/08

It's true, it's true, it's all true. See you 'round the raw bar!


"Beachcomber has Sizzling Summer Line-up"

Melora North wrote a season overview of Comber shows in the Provincetown Banner and the Cape Codder.

Thanks, Melora - see you on the dance floor!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day!

This afternoon we closed the outdoor deck for a spell since it was freaking freezing out there and not so many people wanted to eat lunch huddled under the awning. That made for a happy crowd inside. There were lots of kids, and lots of staff families celebrating Father's Day in the place we love most. Even in the rain.

Today wasn't such a bad one, rain wise. Sometimes it gets a little nutty. After all, we're something like 30 miles or so out in the Atlantic. On some nights it's like being an extra in a Gilligan's Island episode. They probably had a raw bar, too, and they always seemed to have fancy tropical bevs handy-by.

But they didn't have Squirrel Nut Zippers! We do. They're playing their first ever Cape Cod show right here on July 17. Tix on sale now.

Friday, June 6, 2008


As most of you know, Ween has played several nights at the Comber. All hail Ween.

What you may not have known is they posted their 2001 live Beachcomber show on WeenRadio here. Click on the link and you can listen to the show (or download it). How do we love them? Let me count the ways.

The White Prince

I was just searching for Beachcomber mentions online and found this. How did I miss it before?

"Happy birthday to Chris Blood, aka the White Prince, who just hit 50. The maestro of the Wellfleet Beachcomber soundboard is known for his guest vocals with the Incredible Casuals. Chris is a great guy and a beloved figure on the local music scene, but his singing can make you long for the screeching of an angry cat. A bootleg CD of his Beachcomber bits circulated at his birthday party last weekend and is sure to become a collector's item." Bill O'Neill, Cape Cod Times

Best Bars in America - Esquire

"We were lost on Route 6, and a lady told us to go back, take a left, and follow the road to the water. This was out toward the tip of Cape Cod, Atlantic side. At the end of the road, we found a clapboard barn sitting halfway down a sand dune. No, a sand mountain. So much sand above and below us it didn’t even feel like America."

That's the beginning of Ryan D'Agostino's review in Esquire's Best Bars in America article. The rest is here (at the bottom of the page).

The "clapboard barn" is actually an old Lifesaving Station. And for the record, I'm having a mudslide.

Photo by Herbert W. Gleason 1903

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Improper Bostonian

Have you picked up the May 28 - June 10 issue of the Improper Bostonian? It's the one with the very pink, very John Waters bestrewn, cover. There's a piece by Paul Robicheau in it, called Sound Waves, about venues and festivals "a seashell's throw from the ocean." He wrote a nice description of the Comber and included some highlights of this summer's shows. I for one love reading the Improper and am pleased as can be to find the Comber in such fine pages.

Thanks, Paul!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

more summer news


We have some more news that we thought was worth relaying to you:

The "live" beach cam is up and running for the summer, with
a great live shot of Cahoon Hollow Beach and the Atlantic. It runs 5am-8pm Monday - Saturday, and 5am-4pm on Sunday. Oh yeah, we talked to Henry yesterday and he is going to try and get the live stage cam up for the weekend. We got an e-mail from a Casuals fan in Japan who was very disappointed that it wasn't operational last weekend. (He must have been up
at 4 or 5am to check it out!)

Looking for a bargain? Our Rt. 6 store is up and running and has a clearance rack with some of your favorite Beachcomber beachwear at 40-60% off! They will be open Fri., Sat., and Sun. from 11AM - 5PM. If you can remember (before driving by the store), they always have some stuff on sale there - it's definitely worth checking out!

Don't forget to make good use of that season pass you picked up last weekend (or this Friday night - last chance...don't miss out). With your pass admission will be free on Saturday night for Bud E Green, Reggae DJ extraordinaire, and 5 bucks off for the Casuals on Sunday. That 10 bucks you save could buy you one of the yummy offerings off our menu.

Speaking of the menu, we will be serving our full menu (plus lots of specials) on Saturday from 11:30am - 8pm, and from 12 noon - 7:30pm on Sunday.

Here's to a long hot summer filled with frozen drinks and big waves.


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Greenheads this weekend!

The Greenheads rocked SO HARD on opening night, we asked if they'd come back this Friday. East Coast Tremors will be opening - recently described as "if Dick Dale and the Cramps had a love child." The consensus is they are not hard to look at, either.

Back to the Greenheads - did you see their new bass player on Thursday night? Sarah Swain (Spike Emerson Society, Professor Gascan, the Sallies, Vein), who's been a special guest for the last who-knows-how-long has moved across the stage to play bass and holy smokes did she kick it. They've worked up some fresh material to go with their new spring look and let's just say our dance floor is not going to know what hit it.

On Saturday we get a night with DJ Bud E. Green, so if you're part of the Not on a School Night crowd and can't come on Tuesdays, here's your chance. And of course there's the Casuals on Sunday afternoon (4ish). Face it, you'll be lost and confused all week if you don't spend some quality Sunday time with the Casuals.

Also, if you missed last weekend, you have another shot at a season pass - free with your paid admission on Friday.

And check out our new blog! Throw us a comment and let us know we're not alone out there in the internets. We've just posted a few pictures and will be adding more as the summer zips along.

See you there!

Cracker 5/25

So on Sunday I went to the Cracker show and planned on being all Adult-like and hanging out back by the bar. After all, I'm not really in that "flirt with the band" place in my life and I'm not so much into crowds. And then I thought, well, I should go up front for a couple pictures - in case we start that blog we've been thinking about. So I scooched and squeaked my way through a mass of humanity (hi again, nice people who let me by!) until there I was, in front of the stage just as David Lowery was belting out Euro-Trash Girl - and I swear he was singing it just to me (while very coyly avoiding eye contact).

Here are the fruits of my total groupiness:

There's that ludicrously dreamy Johnny Hickman on the left. Dan, can we get his solo project here PLEASE?

And this is David singing to me.

Was it worth it letting me up front? Maybe not. But still, thanks.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Greenheads 5/22



The Greenheads

and then photographer had to flee, to avoid mass of dancing people.

Earth Junior 5/22




and special guest, Randy

Monday, May 26, 2008

Opening Weekend

Oh opening weekend, what would we do without you?

First off, opening night is like the first day of summer camp. Everyone is there and if you weren't there I am sorry - everyone else was there. It's always so good to see old friends and lo and behold there's a whole bunch of new people who turn twenty-one every year. They're there, too (they've been waiting so patiently).

Earth Junior (Thurs) invited very special guest Randy McDonald up to sing with them. We're pretty sure Randy is channeling Johnny Cash because that Cash voice just comes out of nowhere. And then on Saturday Barrence Whitfield had an uninvited guest up on the stage - who knows what he was channeling. Barrence REMOVED the guest from the stage, so we gave him a staff t-shirt for doing such a great job. We love Barrence more and more every time he plays.

The Incredible Casuals kicked off their 28th season on Sunday afternoon. According to Chandler (lifted from the Sonic Trout site):
EVERY SUNDAY AT TWILIGHT, MEMORIAL DAY (MAY 25th) through LABOR DAY (AUG. 31st)!!! -THE INCREDIBLE CASUALS AT THE WELLFLEET BEACHCOMBER, (Cahoon Hollow Beach, Wellfleet, MA., 508 349 6055), 5 to 8 -purposefully ripping off your head since 1980 or so. AND FURTHERMORE: For those poor souls who can't make it to the Beachcomber in person every Sunday for The Weekly Ordeal, now you can experience at least a sliver of it through the Beachcomber's stage cam!! (There's also a beach cam, for simultaneous ocean viewing -it's the next best thing to being there, all courtesy of our good pal, Henry Marcucella, who's obviously a genius...)

We got some ink on the Cracker show (Sunday night) - Ken Capobianco wrote an article in the Cape Cod Times and Ann Wood did a story in Provincetown Magazine. You can pick up Provincetown Magazine for free all over P-town (the current issue is not online). And there are pictures from the show coming soon. Soon because unlike Henry Marcucella I am NOT a genius and am having technical difficulties uploading pictures. Blogger says its publishing to our ftp server, but it's lying.

And just because.... This is what they had for the Beachcomber description on the Cracker website (now archived):
Bartholomew Gosnold gave cape cod it's name. but what kind of name is Gosnold? are there any Gosnolds in your phone book? i'm looking at the local phone book and there are no Gosnolds in the phone book. The vikings may have named this area the "Promontory of Vinland" of course this may have also been talking about a part of nova scotia or newfoundland. we will never really know. but one thing is for certain the vikings had much better names than Gosnold. "Erik the Red" for example. even "Lief" is much better. testing testing one two three is this thing on..
Pretty much sums it up.

Monday, May 19, 2008

opening weekend starts this Thursday!

This is it! Opening weekend is just days away! And believe you us, you will forget there was ever such a thing as winter once you walk through that door. And if you walk through the door on Thursday or Friday, you'll get a free Summer Pass with each paid admission. Your pass scores you discounts on selected shows (some are free with the pass, some not so free), and free parking. Free parking! Besides, they look awesome and you want one.

And we don't mean to ruin the surprise but when you open the June issue of Esquire magazine you'll see that they are calling us one of the Best Bars in America. But you knew that already. So now you can point to the magazine and say "see, I told you" to anyone who may not have understood that Best was not just a figure of speech when you were raving about the Comah last summer. You were right all along.

Assuming our math skills are correct and the "est 1978" printed on our t-shirts is not a typo, this is our 30th year! Just think, in 1978 Saturday Night Fever was Album of the Year and we were opening our doors. Crazy, that. Won't you please come wish us a happy birthday?

If you can't wait until Thursday to see the Beachcomber, then glue yourself right now to your television and wait for the new Sam Adams commercial that has clips of the Comah. We've spotted them during Red Sox games because that's when we're most glued. It's sure nice to see those friendly faces and that raw bar. They're nicer in person, but it's a quick fix for the home stretch.

Here's the skinny on opening weekend (read the whole thing or you might miss CRACKER ON SUNDAY):

Thurs. May 22, 9pm $10
The Greenheads, Earth Junior and The Ticks
Get a free summer pass with each paid admission

Friday, May 23, 9pm $10
The Brew and Squidda
Get a free summer pass with each paid admission

Saturday, May 24, 9pm $10
Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
tickets on sale now:

Sunday, May 25, 4pm $10
Incredible Casuals

Sunday, May 25, 10pm $15
tickets on sale now:

Monday, May 26, 10pm $12
Roomful of Blues
tickets on sale now:

Hungry? Our full menu is served Saturday, Sunday and Monday, with a bar menu on Thursday and Friday nights. After the big weekend we'll be open for lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays only until June 13, at which point we'll be open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and late night snacks. Confused? You can always check our calender to be sure:

And if you're hoping to spend a little EXTRA time here this summer, we're still hiring! Positions are open and you can apply on the website:

Easy breezy.

Don't forget: Summer begins and ends here. And it begins this Thursday!

See you then.