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Chandler Travis’ Christmas Cavalcade & Present to Cape Cod; A Jolly Humbug Christmas – Slideshow

Written by Brian Tarcy

ORLEANS – A gift, right now. The most interesting word of all at this time of year is “present.”

Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis’ ability to capture both meanings of the word in such a visceral, musical way, at the 11th annual Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless, touched lives in ways he probably can not imagine.

With more than 20 acts at the Cavalcade ready to alter the mood every two songs at most, it was a jolly humbug Christmas on December 14 at the Jailhouse Tavern, where more than $10,000 was raised for the NOAH Shelter for the Homeless. Please donate to the NOAH Shelter here.

The Cavalcade is as much of a musicians’ company Christmas party as it is a concert for the audience. The highlight was a musical theatrical performance by The Ticks. This year, they performed “A Christmas Carol,” featuring Chandler Travis as Scrooge.

In Travis’ world, Bah Humbug is part of a Christmas song and part of what makes him, and his holiday cause of raising money for the homeless, so loveable. It hurts a lot to say that Christmas can hurt so bad, so Travis makes it laughable. It is easy to succumb to the past at this time of year, and this this event is truly a present in every sense of the word.

The musicians raised a lot of money for the homeless. But more importantly, perhaps, spirits were raised at the exact time of year when it is needed most. From Cape Cod Wave to Chandler Travis & friends – thank you! You do more good than you will ever know.


VIDEOS from this year’s Cavalcade

Steve Shook sings the second best Christmas song ever

Fred Boak sings “Toyland”

Sarah Swain Twinkles at the Cavalcade

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – “Yes, Yes, Mais Oui Noelle”



“A Christmas Cavalcade of Musical Goodwill” with a  slideshow.

Also, videos:

Rikki Bates sings “Blue Christmas”

The Rip-It-Ups perform, “Walking In A Winter Wonderland”

Zoe Lewis sings, “Peking Duck For Christmas”

Playwright Gip Hoppe’s humorous version of The Christmas Story, much of which takes place at a Wal-Mart.


If you liked all of that, you really are interested in the Cape Cod music scene.

So check Cape Cod Music And The Joy Of Being Originally Alive, a Cape Cod Wave long-form story.


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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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