Posted by John Cooke in Cape May, Songwriter, Tourism on March 27, 2018
Cape May Singer Songwriter Tourism Niche
The 11th annual Cape May Singer Songwriter weekend is in the books. Creating a Cape May singer songwriter tourism niche in its wake. Nearly every performer I follow on social media is bragging what a great time they had in Cape May and at the festival.
Carl Behrens, didn’t realize, he practically gave me the lede for this blog. “Singer songwriter weekend is like bird-watching,” Carl said. “Sometimes you go traipsing through the woods looking for birds and find good ones, other times you stake out a spot and wait for the birds to come to you.”
What Carl was referring to is the 1st world struggle of trying to hear as much good music as possible. Myself and a few faithful attendees, are guilty of both practices. Both nights I hit three venues. When I sat still the longest, I heard some really great performers.
Following Brianna, was a duo called Almond and Olive. This pair travelled from Chicago to New York, then to Cape May to perform at the festival. Musical style similar to local favorites the Bastard Sons of Captain Mey. Banjo, guitar, harmonica and base drum made for soothing and sometimes energetic music.
Saturday night I traipsed through Cape May. Listening to only one performer in each place. Cabanas hosted Danielle and Jennifer, sisters and singer songwriters. At Delaney’s I heard Devix and at Fins Bar and Grille I caught the Originaires.
Nearly every venue hosting the 150 artists had engaged listeners. Especially significant since some stages were competing with NCAA Basketball. That can be stiff competition.
Cape May’s Home Base Listening Room
Sunday night, though not officially connected to the Singer Songwriter Festival calendar, brings the weekend to a climactic conclusion. Hosted by M.Q. Murphy, the Mad Batter becomes Cape May’s premier listening room. A Sunday night destination in the Cape May singer songwriter tourism niche, the Mad Batter is the place to be.
Dave Bern one of the keynoters of the singer songwriter weekend wrote in a blog post that he played open mic nights seven nights a week in his early years.
There is always an engaged and supportive audience in the Mad Batter. Whether a performer is making his debut or returning for an annual visit, the place provides a welcome reception.
Cape May has an emerging tourism market in booze. Wineries, distilleries and breweries are attracting people in droves. The Singer Songwriter Festival run by John Harris is making a bold mark in Cape May.