The Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark is celebrating the end of summer/back to school countdown with two big events this weekend. Nectar’s will host a benefit concert for the skatepark on Saturday featuring a number of local bands with youth appeal, and on Sunday the skatepark will be the scene for the Shred the Rock event, which will combine skating, music, food, and more.
The End of Summer RAGER at Nectar’s will be presented by the Vineyard Music-Scene (VMS) as a showcase for some of the bands that the music collaborative has been helping to promote since its inception in January. The lineup will feature DCLA, Ol’ Tucker and the Blind Willies, Electric Highway Experience, Goodnight Louise, and Alex Karalekas. Deejays Island Thunder, DJ AP, and DJ Euphony will be spinning tunes.
VMS, which is essentially an online bulletin board for community members to publicize their music-related events and news, currently has almost 4,000 friends for its Facebook page. This will be the second music showcase for the Vineyard-Music Scene. A first took place this past spring at the Oyster Bar Grill.
The Sunday event is a co-production of the VMS and the M.V. Skatepark Association and is sponsored by: RAW, Quicksilver, Neff, Hopps, Sector9, Adidas, Aboveground Records, and the Green Room. The sponsors will be offering goods for sale and food from Chanda Decker and the Scottish Bakehouse will be available. The musical lineup will include Kahoots, Electric Highway Experience, Ol’ Tucker and the Blind Willies, Sabrina and Groover, along with deejays Mark Meezy and DJ Euphony.
VMS co-founder Steve Correll notes that he and the other founder, Chris Hayes, have been skateboarding since they were kids. He says, “I figured I’d use the tools and resources that I had to try to raise some money for the park. We really want to shed some positive light on the park. Its been a great resource for local kids and visitors. We want to make sure we keep it safe and up to date, and that takes a lot of maintenance.”
VMS Showcase – End of Summer RAGER, before 10 pm, Saturday, Aug. 27, Nectar’s, airport. $5 before 10 pm; $10 after. 18+.
Shred the Rock Benefit, 3–8 pm, Sunday, Aug. 28, M.V. Skate Park, Oak Bluffs. Food, live music, skateboarding, raffles, prizes.