What’s up MV: Maestro guitarists, dock dances, and cover bands

What’s up MV: Maestro guitarists, dock dances, and cover bands

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The Zoo plays Friday night at The Lampost.

Friday Night Broadband concert

Imagine a world-wide concert that requires no concert hall, just a laptop and legions of computer-savvy fans. That is what will take place tonight.

From a porch at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown, world-renowned guitarist Pete Huttlinger of Nashville, Tennessee and special guest Sean Della Croce will perform for a broadband audience.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm. The performance will be broadcast live online at stageit.com. The music he pulls from his unaffected acoustic guitar has astounded audiences from Los Angeles to Milan, according to a press release.

Mr. Huttlinger, his wife and two children are visiting the Island for two weeks. They share a family home in Vineyard Haven.

The Zoo plays tonight at The Lampost on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. The Zoo is a corporate sponsored cover band (Coors), that tours the east coast. They beat out thousands of other groups and placed as finalists in “MTV’s Best Cover Band In The Country” competition. Always high in demand, The Zoo is a pretty high profile band to find in a relatively small Island venue. They play tonight before travelling on.

The Dune Billy All-Stars rock downstairs at The Dive Bar tonight on Circuit Avenue, in Oak Bluffs. A popular Cape Cod band, they are known for creating a reggae rockin’ funky dance party whenever they play.

Saturday and Sunday

Turn left or right and you will find a deejay playing up or down Circuit Ave in Oak Bluffs or Main Street in Edgartown.

One of the few bands at work Saturday night is Johnny Hoy and The Bluefish. The popular Island group plays at The Ritz Cafe on Circuit Ave, Saturday night. This is hoedown music at its finest.

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish bring a gritty talent to their entire repertoire of Rock & Roll. They have been regulars on the Ag Fair, pot luck, benefit, wedding and event Island circuit for more than 20 years.

Dance Tuesdays

A regular weekly event begins Tuesday in Edgartown: Dock Dances at Memorial Wharf in Edgartown with Biggie Shorty.

The Memorial Wharf, located right next to the Chappy Ferry, will become a full-fledged dance floor from 7pm to 10pm. “It’s a band for dancing and we’re trying to make people move,” said Adam Lipsky, who handles the keys and the vocals.

The dock is a unique stage. Edgartown Harbor provides the backdrop and there is ample space to enjoy a picnic dinner, watch the sunset and listen to some professional funk and blues.

The Sapphire Vagabonds, which included three of the members of Biggie Shorty, had rousing success when they played there a few years back. Biggie Shorty promises to bring back all of that enthusiasm with these weekly gigs. The dance is open to all ages and free.