Arts Foundation Enhances Pops by the Sea Experience 

VIP Table Service, Josh Cellars tasting room, and Funktapuss add to concert atmosphere

July 25, 2019 (Hyannis, MA) – Every year, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod (AFCC)looks for ways it can improve its Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea to ensure the event is an enjoyable experience for all who attend. 

This August will be no different as the AFCC pulls out all the stops for the summer concert. “We want this to be a memorable event, so we’re always trying to grow and expand it,” said AFCC Executive Director Julie Wake. “We’re bringing in a wine sponsor and new vendors, and we’re excited to have one of the region’s hottest bands, Funktapuss, provide the pre-show entertainment. It’s really going to be a fun-filled day that ends with a world-class orchestra led by a world-class conductor with a performer who is all over Broadway and television right now.” 

Taking place on Sunday, August 11th, on the Hyannis Village Green, the gates open at 1:00 pm with the festivities kicking off an hour later. Master of Ceremonies DJ Ian Lee will join Funktapuss on the side stage as part of the pre-show, 2:00-4:00 pm.  

Due to changes in Barnstable town policy, ticket holders are no longer allowed to bring outside alcohol to the event. Anyone who attempts to bring alcohol through the gate may either bring it back to their vehicle and rejoin the line or surrender it to security by immediately pouring it into a trash container. 

Outside food will be allowed in, but coolers and other items entering concert grounds will be subject to search. 

Alcohol will be available for purchase for those 21 and older. This year’s beverage sponsors include Hog Island Beer and Nauti Hard Seltzer. This year’s wine sponsor, Josh Cellars, will have a tasting room that is a replica of founder Joseph Carr’s father’s garage. Carr named his wine as a tribute to his father, whose nickname was Josh.

The popular Chatham-based eatery Mom & Pops Burgers will have a food truck on-site. 

Tim Convery, owner of Tim-Scapes in Provincetown, was tapped by the AFCC to design its commemorative Citizens Bank Pops by the Sea T-shirts. “I was thrilled when they asked me to do it,” said Convery. “I love that I can make a difference with organizations like the Arts Foundation and give them these great graphics.” 

The theme for this year’s Pops, Summer of ’69, will evoke nostalgia among attendees with music from the Beatles’ last album, “Abbey Road,” and The Who’s double album “Tommy,” as well as from several films that were released that year including “Hello, Dolly!” and “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.” 

“We’re looking back on the year 1969, which was a huge watershed for all sorts of things politically, socially, and musically,” Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart said. “Woodstock, that little festival, happened 50 years ago, and then there was the breakup of the Beatles.” 

Lockhart also highlighted this year’s guest conductor, TV actor and Broadway star Erich Bergen, who will pull off a first for the Pops by also serving as the guest performer. 

“It’s always great to be down there on the Hyannis Village Green,” Lockhart said. “In a way, it’s one of the most traditional settings for the summer with thousands of people in the audience. It’s really a great community atmosphere.” 

Tickets for this year’s Pops by the Sea can be purchased on the AFCC’s website,

Those interested in securing a VIP table or sponsoring the event should contact Director of Development Amy Tuttle at 508-362-0066, ext. 112 or

Proceeds from the Pops support the AFCC’s work throughout the year, including its grants, fellowships, scholarships, advocacy, and AFCC Access program which connects disadvantaged children to artistic opportunities in the region. 

About the AFCC

The AFCC’s mission is to support, promote, and celebrate the arts and culture of Cape Cod. It fulfills its mission by funding grants, fellowships, and scholarships; by advocating for more awareness on the impact the Cape’s creative economy has on our region and beyond; and by building a strong arts community network through membership. Visit to learn about the AFCC’s history, events, and programs.