Friday, August 12, 2022

Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival hosts Nashville’s finest

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The Island played host to some of Nashville’s finest singers and songwriters last weekend for the sixth annual Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival. The three-day event kicked off Friday night with an introductory Q and...

A Q and A with Duckie Simpson of Black Uhuru

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Award winning reggae group Black Uhuru will perform live at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs on Thursday, Sept. 22. The band, named after the Swahili word for freedom, was formed in Jamaica in 1972....

Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival brings a little Nashville to the Vineyard

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When Matt Casey set out to produce the first Martha’s Vineyard Songwriting Festival (MVSF), he never imagined that it would rise to the level of success it has achieved. Now in its sixth year,...

Talib Kweli’s Lampost appearance was hasty, but red-hot

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Tickets to the Lampost sold out on Monday night, so it was obvious there were hip-hop lovers in the audience. But headliner Talib Kweli wanted to qualify. “I’m talking about unconditional love,” Kweli said. “True...

Legendary lyricist Talib Kweli to perform at the Lampost

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On Monday, August 22, hip hop artist Talib Kweli will headline a concert at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs. He will be joined by The Perceptionists, G-Free, Mr. Burns, and K’Valentine. Kweli came out of...

Martha’s Vineyard musicians recapture the magic

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When word got around a year or so back that Will Luckey of West Tisbury and Tim Goodman of Vineyard Haven were collaborating on an album, those who first heard the singer/guitar pickers play...

Broadway series continues with Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald

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Along with the grand finale excitement of August, a new series of events is adding some bang and a burst of color to the Island's climactic summer month. Two of Broadway's biggest stars will...

Arlo Guthrie performs solo at the Tabernacle

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When your dad is Woody Guthrie, folk hero composer of “This Land Is Your Land” and your living room is filled every night with such stellar singer songwriters as Pete Seeger and Leadbelly, then...

‘We Minstrels 3’ concert explores the multiverse of music

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Musical ensembles come about a little bit the way love affairs arise: equal sprinkles of happenstance, desire, and a match created by inexplicable magic, however fleeting. Flautist Ed Merck of Lambert’s Cove has long...

Vivian Male returns for fifth annual performance

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Vivian Male defies classification. A trustee emerita at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, former special assistant to U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke, and featured vocalist for the New England Emmy Awards, Ms. Male forges...

Talkin’ blues (and other world music) with Taj Mahal

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Taj Mahal has been all around this world. And while he is best known as an accomplished blues musician, he has proved himself a connoisseur of world music, incorporating sounds from the Caribbean, Africa,...

Thirty years later: Looking back on the Vineyard Peace Concert ’86

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Thirty years ago this week, on a hot and sunny summer day at the MVRHS football field, 3,500 concertgoers came to celebrate peace and enjoy live music, food, and crafts at the Vineyard Peace...

Martha’s Vineyard gets stoked for Chadwick Stokes

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The Island hits all notes of nostalgia for singer-songwriter Chadwick Stokes, the man behind the sounds of Dispatch and State Radio. On Saturday, July 30, alongside his brother Willy and friend J.R., Mr. Stokes...

Amy Helm takes center stage

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After a lifetime of playing in bands, Amy Helm has taken on the role of frontwoman. While life in the spotlight was unfamiliar at first, Helm hit her stride with a 2015 debut album,...

David Crohan’s piano magic, yesterday and today

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David Crohan is an Island legend. The widely-known piano man has brought his music to the Island since the early ’60s, and has never stopped inspiring and entertaining audiences. His first days were spent...

Stars and Stripes festival signals Flatbread’s swan song

The Flatbread Co. in Edgartown hosted its final concert on Saturday night with a lineup of local, national, and international acts for the annual Stars and Stripes festival, a rock- and pop-packed fundraiser for...

Grammy winner Joseph FireCrow performs in Aquinnah

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As is the case with any musician, true talent lies in the ability of the performer to connect with his instrument, making it the voice through which he communicates. Cheyenne flutist Joseph FireCrow is...

Dana Williams returns to the Island for an intimate performance

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Singer Dana Williams, best known for her 2014 Apple Christmas commercial and her popular YouTube channel, will take the stage Friday, July 8, at the Base in Alex's Place at the YMCA of Martha's...

Fifty years after, The Ogres to rock the Lampost

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Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. But sometimes it’s better. On Saturday, July 9, at the Lampost in Oak Bluffs, Sixties teen rock band the Ogres will reunite on the Vineyard, where they...

Sing a sappy song with Alan Cumming

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It wouldn’t surprise me if the last thing you watched on TV had Alan Cumming’s name listed somewhere in the credits. Known for his standout performances in television, film, and theater, as well as...