Island-grown music: a family affair
When Jemima James hosts her second annual Variety Show at Featherstone Center for the Arts’ Musical Monday this Monday, July 5, she’ll be transforming a long family tradition into an event for the entire community.
“The variety show grew from my living room, where my sons brought their talented friends to play music,” says Ms. James. Her sons are now grown and gone from the living room. One of them, Willy Mason, is pursuing a successful musical career that currently has him touring Europe with Norah Jones.
But that younger generation of Island-based singer/songwriters, along with some more established ones, is still around and singing up a storm. Sharing the stage with Ms. James will be a roster of local talent including Nina Violet and Marciana Jones; Lexie Roth; Lilah Larson and Sons of an Illustrious Father; Tauras Biskus and members of Ballywho; and West Tisbury poet/singer Dan Waters.
The show will be held outdoors under the trees. Audience members are invited to bring chairs, blankets, and a picnic.
Musical Monday: The Jemima James Variety Show, Monday, July 5, 6:30 to 8 pm, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Oak Bluffs. $7. 508-693-1850; featherstonearts.org.
Paddy Keenan in concert
Third generation uilleann piper Paddy Keenan performs at the Katharine Cornell Theatre this Saturday evening, hosted by KCT Concerts. A founding member of the Bothy Band, Mr. Keenan has had a profound influence on Irish music. He took up the pipes at age 10, playing his first major concert at the Gaiety Theater in Dublin when he was 14.
In 2002, Mr. Keenan received the TG4 Traditional Irish Musician of the Year Award, the most prestigious musical award in Ireland.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Aboveground Records, Island Entertainment, Alley’s, Scottish Bakehouse, and the O.B. General Store; $20 at the door; free for children. The show starts at 8 pm. For more information, call 508-693-6996 or 693-6237.
Sheila Allen Styles, an accessory boutique in Edgartown, is looking for “everyday” girls and women from 10 to 65 to be in a fashion show on August 21. Auditions are this Saturday, July 3 and July 31 from 4 to 6 pm at the Old Whaling Church. For more information, visit thesasorganization.com or the store, located on Lower Main Street in Edgartown.
All-star gala at The Yard
See Amy Brenneman, The Martha’s Graham Dance Company, Battleworks, opera, and more this Friday night at the YardArts! Festival fifth anniversary gala. The evening’s performance, a sampler of The Yard’s finest in honor of Claudia Miller, also includes dinner and a champagne celebration. The show starts at 6 pm. General admission is $75; premium seating is $150. For more information, call 508-645-9662 or visit dancetheyard.org.