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The Rip-It-Ups Close Day 1 of the Wellfleet Oyster Festival – VIDEO

WELLFLEET – Turn your volume up. The Rip-It-Ups are Cape Cod Wave’s favorite band. Here is why.

This is actually how Saturday, day 1 of the Wellfleet Oyster Festival ended: one song, 12 epic minutes of music.

It was all led by Jodi Birchall, a performer unlike any we have ever seen. We could watch and listen to this extraordinary performer all day. The fact that she is the lead singer of this powerful supremely talented band makes it even better. She plays also kazoo, cowbell, and a great trombone, and has a wild, fun onstage personality.

And her voice. Oh my. Yes, she can rock.

Tad Price on guitar and Jodi Birchall, lead singer of the Rip-It-Ups

Tad Price on guitar and Jodi Birchall, lead singer of the Rip-It-Ups

As best as we can figure, the lineup of the Rip-It-Ups is somewhat fluid, but Birchall is the face of it all. The band plays at the Oyster Festival every year.

This is actually our longest video we have posted on Cape Cod Wave. Yes, the Oyster Festival is that cool. It’s an oyster festival, for gosh sake! Wellfleet oysters at that.

So enjoy the crowd shots, the dancers, even the guy who falls briefly from a hay bale and pops up smiling. Enjoy the music, the solos, the showmanship Cape Cod style.

This band, the Rip-It-Ups, and this signature Cape Cod event, the Wellfleet Oyster Festival, are in perfect synchronicity. The only thing we’ve ever seen like it was when the Incredible Casuals used to play the Beachcomber.

The Rip-It-Ups at the Oyster Festival is like that scene on steroids. Or rather, on oysters.

See also – Steve Shook with the Rip-It-Ups – VIDEO

It was such a beautiful day, see also Wellfleet Glows – slide show


– If you like Cape Cod music, here is a 6,000-word 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


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— Brian Tarcy



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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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