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George Gritzbach in Falmouth – VIDEO

FALMOUTH – “They’re the real deal,” said Roger Day, the organizer of the Falmouth Arts Alive Festival, about the George Gritzbach Band, which played at Friday’s Town Dance.

Oh yes, the George Gritzbach Band certainly are the real deal. Wow.

We wish we knew the right adjectives, but words won’t do justice to what you are about to see and hear.

A long time ago, long before Cape Cod Wave was even a gleam in our eyes, the George Gritzbach Band was known to us in vague passing terms as having a great reputation. From our memory, it is unclear how we knew it. It just sort of seemed to float out there as a Cape Cod fact that we definitely knew, but had never personally verified.

We have now verified this long-held rumor in our head… the George Gritzbach Band plays great rocking blues.

Cape Cod Wave has recorded more than 80 videos of mostly local bands playing mostly original music. Finally on Friday night at the Town Dance for the Falmouth Arts Alive Festival, we caught up with the George Gritzbach Band. We are sorry we waited so long, but this is so good it almost seems worth the wait.

George Gritzbach, of Falmouth, sure made Falmouth’s arts scene come alive for one night.

We had recorded this at the beginning of the show, then headed back to begin putting our story together. But we needed more information from the band, so we returned near the end of the show, long after sunset, to hear a large crowd of middle-aged folks chanting “One more song,” over and over before Gritzbach launched into a final smoking original song that sent the full dance floor into one more set of aerobics to the blues.

This version of Gritzbach’s band includes his regular drummer, Richard Buck, as well as a sit-in bass player, Rich Hill, and John Menesez on keyboard. The regular band has only three members: Gritzbach, Buck and regular bass player, Scott Lariviere.

Anyway, early in the show, when the sun was still up, Gritzbach and his band played this song, “The Chase.”

Enjoy. We sure did.

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– If you like Cape Cod music, here is a story that Cape Cod Wave did on the Cape Cod original music scene. We interviewed 20 musicians, four club owners, and two radio deejays – Cape Cod Music And The Joy Of Being Originally Alive

And here is a link to our growing collection of local music stories and videos –  MUSIC



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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