Willy Mason. Photo by Ralph Stewart
Willy Mason's songs range from the edgy to the soulful. Photo by Ralph Stewart

All music, all day

Posted August 3, 2006

Last fall, music aficionados Chris Liberato and Stacie Slotnick were bemoaning the lack of summer indie music events in New England. Fortunately, both are music producers who are in a position to do something about it. Mr. Liberato, manager of Aboveground Records in Edgartown, runs A Whale of a Production. Ms. Slotnick, head of Cambridge's The Critique of Pure Reason production firm, won the Boston Phoenix poll for "Best DIY Promoter" in 2005 and 2006. Their first collaboration, the plain-titled "A Big Concert," this Saturday, August 5, at the Katharine Cornell Theater, is an all-day affair split into two halves. Tickets are a modest $12 per show or $20 for the entire day. The bill will include Kahoots, Willy Mason, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Neptune, Chris Brokaw, Empty House Cooperative, Milo Jones, Low Fine, and New Radiant Storm King.

The two promoters pieced the diverse lineup together by drawing on their connections in the independent music scene.

"We wanted to showcase some great local performers and thought a relaxed, fun day on the Vineyard would be a great way to do so," Ms. Slotnick says.

Mr. Liberato adds, "We both really enjoyed working together on this show, brainstorming and watching the day take shape into a great bill of different kinds of music."

"A Big Concert," Saturday, August 5, 3 pm to 11 pm, Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring St., Vineyard Haven. Tickets $12 per show, or $20 for the day.