Bella's musical puppet show
All summer families have gathered under the Linden Tree in Vineyard Haven on Saturday evenings to enjoy a musical puppet show by Bella, a Brazilian-born performer who now lives on the Island.
There will be one last free performance this Saturday, Sept. 3, starting at 6 pm. Bella presents five five-minute "musical collages" featuring her inventive puppets and live music. She entertains audiences with both original songs in English and Portuguese and love songs from classic American movies.
"Love is happiness," said Bella in an email. "Whatever it is, without humor there is no fun." The Linden Tree is next to the Capawock Theatre on Main Street, Vineyard Haven. The show is appropriate for all ages.
Last call for "I Am Hamlet"
A frenzied one-man production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" has been rocking audiences at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury all summer. The innovative musical adaptation of the Bard's classic drama will be wrapping up its season with its last four performances this weekend and next.
Actor/singer Brian Morey brings to the stage the one man tour de force "I Am Hamlet," written and directed by Joe Siracusa tonight, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 4, and next Thursday and Friday, Sept. 8 and 9. Shakespeare's text is unaltered but the drama is punctuated by song, video, sound effects, puppets, and lightning fast costume changes. The family friendly shows at the Grange start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15, available at the door or on ticketsmv.com.
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish are one of the most popular and enduring bands on the Vineyard. For 20 years the band has been performing its blend of blues and roadhouse rock for audiences from venues as diverse as local dives and barn raisings to high end weddings and parties for presidents.
On Saturday, Sept. 3, the much-in-demand band will play a free sunset concert on Memorial Wharf in Edgartown. The Bluefish have been offering these open air shows a couple of times each summer for the past two years but this summer, scheduling difficulties have limited the band to this one appearance at the wharf.
Bass player Jeremy Berlin calls it a family-oriented event and says that people can bring pizzas or picnics, including wine and beer (alcohol is allowed).
He says, "It's a way for us to play for people who don't ordinarily get a chance to hear us — people who don't go to bars or clubs. Playing next to the water with the boats coming by, it's a really special feel of the water and the music coming together. There are no boundaries, it's for all ages and types. It's just kind of a good feeling from us to the people, and from the people to us."
Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish free outdoor concert Saturday, Sept. 3 from 7–10 pm, Memorial Wharf next to the Chappy ferry landing, Edgartown.