David Crohan and friends play for good causes on Martha’s Vineyard


This Tuesday, July 24, David Crohan & Friends will present a concert of varied musical styles at 8 pm in the Tabernacle at the Campground in Oak Bluffs.

The concert will benefit the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group and Freedom Guide Dogs, from which Mr. Crohan’s standard poodle graduated.

Mr. Crohan is a classical and jazz pianist who has performed for President and Ms. Clinton, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, and Walter Cronkite, among others. He began seasonally visiting Martha’s Vineyard to make music in 1964. In 1978 he opened David’s Island House on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs and provided summer entertainment there for 20 years. He now makes his home and his music in Palm Beach, Florida.

2012 marks the 50th year that Mr. Crohan has been coming to entertain on and enjoy the Island. He said, “Coming here is one of the high points of any year in my life. I have so many old and new friends here; the Vineyard is every bit as much my home as any other place I’ve lived, in Florida or anywhere.”

Mr. Crohan will be joined at the Tabernacle by singer/songwriter/musician Dana Williams who attended the Tisbury School, among others with Island connections. Ms. Williams is the daughter of the late guitarist and Vineyard resident David Williams, who collaborated with Michael Jackson. Ms. Williams recently completed a tour with Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl,” where she was the opening act. For more information about her music, visit danawilliamsofficial.com.

Said Mr. Crohan of his expectations for the show, “There’s gonna be a lot of people, a lot of fun, and a lot of love.”

Admission to the concert is $20. For more information, call 508-693-1897 or email Barbara Bennett at Bbenn1967@aol.com.