Music : Dance to electro pop at the Harbor View on Martha's Vineyard
Photo by Ken Wentworth
Following up on the success of their nightclub style comedy evenings, the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown is hosting a sunset concert this weekend.
Previous musical events – two nights in March with singer Jill Zadeh – proved very successful. This Friday, May 11, the electronic trio Kodacrome will perform their unique brand of hypnotic, danceable pop from 7 to 10 at the hotel's Water Street restaurant.
The concert is aligned with the Edgartown Pink and Green weekend, though not an Edgartown Board of Trade event. Guests are invited to dress up (pink and green optional) and enjoy preconcert dancing, live music, and cocktails while taking in the restaurant's spectacular water view. Singer and keyboardist Elissa Pociask, who also deejays under the name Topsytail, will be spinning indie electronic dance tunes before the concert and at an after party at The Wharf.
Kodacrome's lineup includes frontwoman Ms. Pociask; Ryan Casey on drums, synthesizer and other electronics; and Phil DaRosa on electric guitar. Ms. Pociask's melodious voice and range, combined with the rock licks of Mr. DaRosa on guitar, keep the sound from becoming the overly processed, beat driven synthetic sound that defines much of electronic music. The end result is energetic pop with an edge. The enigmatic lyrics are delivered expertly by Ms. Pociask, who originally studied classical piano before forging a career in indie pop in San Francisco.
She met Mr. Casey when the two were featured performers at a club in Brooklyn, where Mr. Casey was living at the time. They discovered a shared interest in electronic music and decided to pool their talents to create an synth pop duo. As Kodacrome they started a joint writing venture long distance before moving to the Vineyard in fall 2010. Mr. Casey had been recruited by Martha's Vineyard Regional High School classmate Phil DaRosa to help with the latter's recent project – the Print Shop Studio in Oak Bluffs. Mr. Casey, an accomplished technology mastermind, helped design and equip the studio and serves as sound engineer.
Mr. DaRosa was added to the Kodacrome lineup after their first few gigs here to "add another dimension to the sound," according to Mr. Casey. The versatile guitarist also performs as a solo act and with popular hip hop crossover band, Dukes County Love Affair.
Kodacrome has played at venues around the Island and at shows in Chicago, San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Boston, and in Europe. They recently released their first recording, a six song EP titled Perla, available digitally or on vinyl. The trio hosted a record release party at the Lampost last month. This weekend's show will give them another opportunity to showcase their new songs and reach out to a broader audience.
Says the Harbor View's director of marketing and events, Elizabeth Rothwell, "I think that Kodacrome will bring new energy and potentially attract a different audience from our comedy events." She notes that she was very impressed with band when she saw them perform at a party on the Seastreak ferry last summer. Ms. Rothwell hopes to continue featuring entertainment at the Harbor View in season, even though the restaurant, which opens on Memorial Day weekend, will not be available as a venue.
This weekend's show will be the last event at Water Street restaurant for the season, but the series will recommence in the fall. Ms. Rothwell says that the hotel may start offering acoustic music on their large water-facing deck within the next few months.
Sunset cocktail party and concert, Friday, May 11, 7–10 pm, Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown. Tickets available at Alley's General Store, The Green Room, and Aboveground Records (cash only). $20; $15 in advance. 21+.