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Chandler Travis Philharmonic at Spiritus — Ptown Film Festival 2016 VIDEO

PROVINCETOWN – Everyone knows Spiritus becomes the unofficial center of Ptown after dark and into the early hours of the morning, as they continue to serve their steaming pizza pies.

That made it the perfect spot for the Closing Night Party at the 18th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival last weekend.

And who better to rock the night at the Cape’s tip than the Chandler Travis Philharmonic—one of the Outer Cape’s zaniest groups.

In this short video, the last two minutes of “Softly in the Night” by the Cookies, the Philharmonic gives you a taste of how fun, talented and all around awesome this group is.

As great as the pajamas, bunny ears, fez, helmet, mask and other props were, it’s the quality of the music  and the full on joy of performing that really makes this band stand out.

Such a treat to see Chandler Travis with this 8-piece band including his horn section–which he calls, “the June Trailer Dancers”– in this version with Julian Bessler on trumpet, Quinn Carson on trombone and led by Berke McKelvey “on everything else.” There’s also Jerome Dupree on drums, John Clark on bass, Dinty Child on mandocello and accordion, among other instruments, and, of course, the valet, Fred Boak, as a back-up singer.

As the Philharmonic performed, a continuous wave of people went in and out of the restaurant in search of sustenance. What they got was an extra topping of rocking out. Some showed their pleasure by breaking into a dance move or simply flashing a wide grin of pleasure. It was Provincetown in June under a full moon and all was right with the world.

About the author

Laura M. Reckford

Laura M. Reckford is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. She has been a reporter and editor on Cape Cod for more than 20 years in magazines, newspapers and radio. She has also authored numerous Frommer's Travel Guide editions on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

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