Happenings at The Pit Stop, Martha’s Vineyard

— Photo by James Evans

The Pit Stop, the local music venue that took root this winter on Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs, will celebrate the coming of spring by presenting singer-songwriter Jemima James and her long-time musical friends and partners.

With her warm, truth-telling voice and her 60s-era Gibson Hummingbird guitar, Ms. James is a cornerstone of the Vineyard folk music scene. Before moving to Martha’s Vineyard to raise her family, she played in clubs in Greenwich Village, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where she appeared at The Troubadour and weekly at The Hollywood Canteen. Over the decades she has collaborated with generations of renowned musicians and has made numerous recordings.

Sharing the stage at The Pit Stop with Ms. James will be West Tisbury poet/songwriter Dan Waters, violist/singer/composer Nina Violet, bassist Tauras Biskis, and some surprise guests. It will be an evening of mostly acoustic, mostly original Americana-type songs.

In addition to concerts every Friday and Saturday, The Pit Stop hosts an Open Mic on Mondays, and FleaPit Film Night on Wednesdays at 7. For more information regarding memberships, volunteer opportunities, and events, visit the Pit Stop’s Facebook page, email thepitstopworkshop@gmail.com, or call 508-693-4219.

Jemima James and Friends at the Pit Stop, Saturday, March 24, 8 pm, 114 Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs. $10; $5 for members.

Daniel Macke and friends

A Rainshadow Records recording artist from Washington state, Daniel Macke will perform a concert on Friday, April 6, with Kenny Lockwood, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow, also at The Pit Stop.

“Daniel Macke is the Leo Kottke of the Port Townsend boatyard,” said Dave Sheehan, a recording label director, in a press release.

“Nancy and Paul Thurlow originally met and jammed with Daniel Macke in Port Townsend on a trip west a little over a year ago and are dedicated to sharing a similar listening experience with local music lovers,” according to the press release.

Kenny Lockwood is back on the Vineyard part time after leaving to work as an acupuncturist.

Daniel Macke with Kenny Lockwood, Nancy Jephcote, and Paul Thurlow, Friday, April 6, 7 pm, The Pit Stop, Oak Bluffs. $12; free for children under 10. For more information, email njephcote@gmail.com.