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!