Island musicians play for Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark

DCLA performed at Flatbread during last year's Skatepark Benefit. See them this time around at The Lampost. — File Photo by David Welch

A group of prominent Island musicians will come together at The Lampost this Friday, June 13, in support of the Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark. The M.V. Skatepark Association will host the show in hopes of raising money to upgrade the park from plywood to cement.

The show will cater to listeners of varying genres, featuring appearances by Dukes County Love Affair (DCLA), Island Thunder, and The Hammerheads.

DCLA is the Island’s premier youth rock band with, as band members Adam Lipsky, John Stanwood, Jamie Green, Mike Parker, and Phil DaRosa call it, a “Gypsy Rock-hop” sound. Their repertoire includes both songs that have become Island nightlife anthems since the band formed in 2010 and those from their latest EP, High Sky.

Island Thunder will shift the tempo with classic and contemporary reggae. Their Vineyard following will likely appreciate the growth in their music; DJs Carter Hakala and Spencer Binney and the six-person band’s bases have spread from the Island to California and Jamaica, according to their website.

The Hammerheads will channel the 60s by bringing surf music with a contemporary edge to the stage. The group is made up of members from past Island staples The Kahoots and Master Exploder.

Thirteen years have passed since the skatepark, a nonprofit 501(c)3, was formed through a community effort by Island workers and volunteers. Since 2003, the association has aimed to improve its ramps, which sit on land donated by the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and comprise an Oak Bluffs town park.

The show is 21+ and admission is $10.