Saturday at Beach Road Weekend

Day two of the Island music festival rocks and rolls.


At 12 pm sharp a small crowd of festival goers made their way into Beach Road Weekend for day two.

Saturday’s musical acts opened with a set from West Tisbury vocalist Siren Mayhew, accompanied by Sean and Griffin McMahon, on the MV Stage. Mayhew told the audience this was the first festival she’d ever played at.

There was a slight wind that insisted on knocking over the festival’s blue lawn chairs set up in front of the main stage, but otherwise Saturday’s weather was pitch perfect. 

The general admission area filled up with blankets, chairs, adults, and children. Vineyard favorites like Rose Guerin, the Dock Dance Band, and Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish rocked the MV Stage in between sets on the main stage. 

Over on the main stage, Island favorite Chadwick Stokes and his band Dispatch rocked out to “Flying Horses,” a song Stokes wrote about the famous Oak Bluffs carousel. The band also played a cover of “Uncle John’s Band” by the Grateful Dead.

The largest crowd of the night showed up for rock and roll legend John Fogerty, frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty played the greatest hits from the band’s discography including “Susie Q,” “Born on the Bayou,” and “Fortunate Son.”

Fogerty’s guitar of choice was the very same Rickenbacker he played at Woodstock in 1969, 50 years ago this summer. Fogerty also shared his story about following the Grateful Dead at Woodstock. 

Beach Road Weekend heads into its third and final day Sunday with the full momentum of Fogerty behind it.


  1. Been two nights now, here is my critique. Excellent on all logistics, management, sound, food, traffic, etc. My only complaint is the 3 tier seating. The VIP section completely took up the entire front section in front of the stage, forcing the general public back 200 feet or more. This was way to large a VIP section, which was not nearly filled. It also created a tier feeling, that bigger money buys access. I understand the need for some VIP, but blocking the general public to this extent was unfriendly. Also, I think everyone should have been metal detected. I was not scanned at all. Everything else was just wonderful.

  2. from what i’ve read, it sounds like a success! good job, adam epstein. i might just start saving up for next year.

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