Entrain: Photo courtesy of Entrain
Entrain will perform Friday, March 24, at 7 pm at the Island Theater in Oak Bluffs. Photo courtesy of Entrain

Entrain plays for all ages

By Julian Wise - March 23, 2006

Entrain, the landmark musical act that's been a fixture on the local scene since its founding in 1993, will perform at the Island Theater on Circuit Ave. in Oak Bluffs this Friday night. The all-ages show will be a family-friendly affair that will transform the vintage theater into a full-tilt concert hall for the band's lively, rhythmic musical offerings.

Entrain made its debut in January, 1993 at the former Atlantic Connection. Original members Tom Major, Sam Holmstock, Rick Bausman, Judd Fuller, Johnny Cruz, and Rob Loyot developed a following with their blend of world rhythm and rock and roll. Mr. Major and Mr. Holmstock are the only original members of the current lineup, with vocalist/guitarist/keyboard player Alex Howland, bassist Lenny Bradford, and sax player Dann Levine rounding out the band. The group has released five CDs and is preparing a live disc and DVD by year's end. Original percussionist Rick Bausman will join the group for the Island Theater performance.

Mr. Major contacted Brian Hall, owner of the Island Theater, with the goal of offering a community-based, all-ages show.

"We both have kids the same age and we'd love to expose them to more live music," Mr. Majors says. "We live in a very artistic and supportive community and it seems there is a real lack of available venues for live music other than nightclubs. Nightclubs have their place, but we love playing more family-oriented shows as well."

The band has had success playing all-ages shows off- Island at locations like the Natick Center for the Arts. They've also developed an "edutainment" program at high schools and middle schools around New England where they discuss the various global musical influences that make up their distinctive sound (African, Brazilian, Caribbean, Cajun).

These informational workshops are often paired with an all-ages concert for the community that evening to create family-friendly entertainment.

The Island Theater performance is an opportunity for the band to share its music with audiences who wouldn't normally make the trek to a nightclub venue.

"I think there are a lot of people, young and old, that would come out to hear good live music in concert setting in the early evening," says Mr. Major.

Entrain, Friday, March 24, 7 pm at Island Theater, Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Tickets are $10 per person, children under 5 free