Photos: Ben Taylor & friends charity show at Nectar’s

Ben Taylor, at Nectar's, on August 26.
Photo by Susan Safford

Ben Taylor, at Nectar's, on August 26.

Ben Taylor and John Forte, with Carly Simon and friends, performed a benefit concert for the Rockhouse Foundation and the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard Friday evening, Aug. 26, at Nectar’s, a reprise of a similar show they put on in May.

The Rockhouse Foundation is based in Negril, Jamaica. The nonprofit works to renovate run-down but still operating schools in Jamaica. Visit for more information.

Ken Goldberg was the auctioneer for a live auction preceding the concert, and there was also a silent auction. Phil DaRosa opened the show with his well tuned signature brand of folk-rock. He then introduced and provided guitar backup for Holly Martin, a London-based singer with a wonderful, wide-ranging voice, who also provided back-up vocals for the acts that followed. Ben Taylor opened his set with a moving song about boyfriends. His mellifluous voice and steady guitar work were the tools of the consummate musician he is. He played a short solo set of folk-rock-hip-hop songs before introducing his good friend John Forte of The Fugees who with a powerful, resonate voice sang a few highly message-charged songs reminiscent of the late poet-musician Gil Scott-Heron.

Ben Taylor’s mother, Carly Simon, closed the show beginning with the Neil Young song “Ohio” and sang a couple of her well-known songs, getting the crowd involved in “You’re So Vain.”