Music

Lucy Vincent
The Lucy Vincent band (from left) Matt Rosenthal, Kelly Ravin, and Jordan Lee Berger.

Local favorites hit the right note

By Julian Wise - June 22, 2006

Lucy Vincent evokes visual images of sunlit stretches of pristine shoreline. Her stylings are now linked aurally to tight, powerful roots/rock music from a trio of young musicians. Guitarist/bassist combo Jordan Lee Berger and Kelly Raven, backed up by the pulsing beats of drummer Matt Rosenthal, manage to crank out a large sound from a small number of performers. The band formed on Martha's Vineyard last summer when Mr. Rosenthal and Mr. Berger were working at the former Hot Tin Roof nightclub and joined forces with Mr. Raven. After cutting their teeth with a two-month residency at Nectar's Bar in Burlington, Vt., and recording a debut album, the outfit has racked up more than 100 live performances in their first year, traveling from Boston to Vieques, Puerto Rico. In addition to opening slots at Outerland for Entrain (June 23), Grace Potter (Aug. 7) and Blues Traveler (Aug. 9), the band will headline their own show at Outerland on July 24 and perform Tuesday nights throughout the summer at the new Little Pete's Seafood Grill on Kennebec Avenue in Oak Bluffs.

While the band's music strikes a chord with the college crowd, its articulate and catchy songwriting, combined with its combustible rhythms and melodies, opens its appeals to audiences of all ages. Casey Rea of 7 Days Newspaper writes of Lucy Vincent, "Their seasoned musicianship gives their material a potency lacking in most feel-good rock," and David Portnoy of Barstool Magazine raves, "I haven't been this impressed with an unknown band since I discovered and broke Rusted Root back in college."

Philip DaRosa
Philip DaRosa, out of the bathtub.

Local favorite Philly D is back

Philip DaRosa (aka Philly D among friends) returns to the Island for a series of live performances in June. For the past few years Mr. DaRosa has performed in the outfit Bathtub Mary. Now that the band is on a touring hiatus, Mr. DaRosa is launching a solo career and writing and recording material for a winter 2007 record release. His sound has been described as "Folk-Hop," blending acoustic and electric guitars to create a heady brew of soul, roots, and acoustic funk. In a CDBaby.com review, the web site opined of his previous band, "very talented musicians...Wish I could see these guys every week. They are inspirational."

Mr. DaRosa's Island performances will include his Bathtub Mary partner Jeremy Milligan on acoustic guitar, returning to the acoustic sound the band began with when they practiced between classes on their college campus. Mr. DaRosa has taken over the Tight Records label the band formed several years ago and is helping record other bands in the recording studio he has built in his Western Massachusetts residence. He will continue to release his original music on the label, as well as promoting the work of up-and-coming artists like the award-winning African singer/songwriter Shu, hailed by England's Echo magazine as one of the strongest male artists of 2006. Shu will open for Mr. DaRosa with a full band performance at the June 24 show at Outerland. Visit www.tightrecords.com for more information on Mr. DaRosa's ongoing artistic developments.

Phil DaRosa appears June 23, Nancy's Restaurant, Oak Bluffs, and June 27 at Outerland, Airport Road, Edgartown. Shu performs June 24 for 18 years and older at Outerland. Lucy Vincent performs June 23 with Entrain at Outerland.

Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.