Arts Alive GroovaLottos

The GroovaLottos, featuring Chuck V (left), The ZYG 808 and Mwalim, will be among the performers at Arts Alive in Falmouth

Arts Alive, the usual harbinger of the summer outdoor entertainment season, is welcoming fall to Falmouth this year with an exuberance of music and art. The three-day festival takes place from Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, on the Falmouth Library lawn, 300 Main Street. All events are free. The event is sponsored by ArtsFalmouth.

This year, the multi-Grammy-nominated GroovaLottos open the festival with the Falmouth Town Dance, from 7 to 9 PM in the Performance Tent. The public is welcome to dance inside and outside the tent.

An alternative soul-funk ensemble, The GroovaLottos play a mix of funky soul classics and catchy originals. Members are veteran touring and studio session players and singers led by Mwalim, a keyboardist/vocalist/producer and solo jazz recording artist. The current lineup consists of core members Mwalim on keyboards, percussion and vocals; Chuck V. on bass, guitar and vocals; and The ZYG 808 on drums and vocals.

Artists and crafters will show and sell their works from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday along Shore Street, Extended. Food will be available from vendors and from shops and restaurants along Main Street.

Artists from the Falmouth Art Center will be painting on the library lawn from 10 AM to noon. All are invited to watch or join in.

For children there will be the Storywalk featuring the book, “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynolds. Artist Tom Cook will offer an art class for children based on the book at 1 PM in the Music Tent, and the library’s Book Bike will be on hand throughout the day. All are welcome to sign up for a library card and pick up a free book or DVD.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be 30 performers offering an array of music, dance and dramatic entertainment under two tents on the library lawn. Performers include regulars like the Smooch Paywell Blues Band, singer/songwriter Dawna Hammers, the big rock band Puffy Elvis, 12-Step Boogie, The Paradise Rock Band, the Sonnay Fiddlers, the Falmouth Fiddlers and the Familiars. There are two a cappella groups: Tradewinds and Centertonix, from Cotuit Center for the Arts. There will be storytelling for children with children’s librarian Laura Ford.

The Turning Pointe Dance Studio will be back, along with Egyptian dance by Khadija and Troupe Mirage.

There will be several newcomers as well, including Ganivelle, who offers lively French dance music; Grasshopper Green, which plays catchy pop music; and singer/songwriter Katherine Healy. Morgaihne Huntress will present Allsorts, a theatrical journey through overcoming adversity. Some regulars are returning with new names and compositions for this event, including The Blue Lotus Band, featuring Steve Gregory, Chris Harris, Shawn Malcomson, Neil Ganju and Scott Damron.

Visit ArtsFalmouth.org for a complete schedule.

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