Year in Review: Music

Alex Winston performs at the annual Stars and Stripes fundraising concert held at Flatbread. — Photo by Michael Cummo

The music scene on the Island has changed a lot over the past year or so. Nectar’s Presents shows at Flatbread were sorely missed this summer. Dreamland’s addition of the Loft meant less music there, too. But there’s no suppressing the creative talent that comes here. The Martha’s Vineyard Sound Music Festival enjoyed huge success in its second year. The YMCA’s Stars and Stripes Festival and the Nashville Hitmakers series are drawing bigger stars each year. Jazz Fest returned with a bang this fall.

Then again, some things never change. The Ritz, the Wharf, and the Port Hunter are always safe bets to catch local acts. Old friends like Willy Mason continue to grace us with their presence, although there are likely better gigs elsewhere. Carly Simon played at the opening of the Capawock, with the help of her children Ben and Sally Taylor.

And in spite of dwindling music venues, big-name acts like Art Garfunkel, and Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, entertained us at the PAC.

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