The Center is host to as many concerts each year as the campus’ schedule allows.  Local, regional and international artists perform on the Center’s main stage, art gallery and art studio.  In addition to single event concerts, regular series such as the Trespass Music Mondays Series, 3rd Fret Coffeehouse Concerts and  the Kami Lyle Sit-A-While are ongoing throughout the year.  The Center is also a proud host to the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Provincetown Jazz Festival.


The Kami Lyle Sit-A-While featuring Grayson Hugh with Polly Messer & Jon Pousette-Dart

October 28

Cape Cod's own Sit-A-While with Kami Lyle as host where National Artists meet Local Talent!

What is a Sit-A-While? A Sit-A-While is an evening of great music and a gathering of friends set in a variety of cozy, Oceanside settings across Cape Cod. Each Sit-A-While showcases Cape Cod's beautiful venues as we move around to different towns. Our guests will perform their favorite songs in a round with custom musical jingles for our sponsors interspersed with stories, skits performed by the Cape’s prominent business owners, and more great music!  We have teamed up with international radio station WMVY to broadcast the shows on their website and with Live From Center Stage to videotape and broadcast locally. 

October 28, the Sit-A-While features Blue Eyed Soul Pianist Grayson Hugh with Polly Messer & Folk Icon Jon Pousette-Dart.

Session Americana

November 5

Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".

Lori McKenna in Concert

November 19

Cape Air and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod present Grammy Award-Winning Singer Songwriter Lori McKenna in a Concert to Benefit Cape Abilities!

Please join Cape Air, The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, and Cape Abilities in welcoming Lori McKenna to Cape Cod for an exclusive, live solo performance at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, Saturday, November 19th 2016.  Lori will be fresh off her latest tour promoting her new album The Bird and The Rifle, and has offered to play one night only before an intimate audience.

Darlene Love: Love for the Holidays

Saturday, November 26 7:00PM
at Barnstable Performing Arts Center

“One of the greatest singers of all time” -Rolling Stone
“Darlene Love's thunderbolt voice is as embedded in the history of rock and roll as Eric Clapton’s guitar or Bob Dylan’s lyrics.”- The New York Times
Fabulous, fashion-plated, effervescent, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and "Twenty Feet From Stardom" star, Darlene Love, will rock the Cape and bring it to its to its feet Thanksgiving weekend when Payomet Performing Arts Center in association with Cotuit Center for the Arts presents "Love for the Holidays" at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center Saturday, November 26. 

The Rip-It-Ups

December 30

The Rip-It-Ups have been wowing our "Entertainment Tonight!" audiences for years. We will have ample room for dancing and hope you'll join us for our last big party of the year. The Rip-It-Ups are probably best described as a Traditional Rock & Roll Band – with lots of Blues – Rockabilly – Country Jazz & Soul.