Sunday, July 3, 2022

A perfect storm of sight and sound

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It’s arguable that not a single member of the sizable audience this past Monday night at the Performing Arts Center watched the show without a perpetually open jaw. A jaw that needed to be...

Island guitarist takes the world by storm

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After performing for 1,500 hysterical fans in Zhuhai, China, Mike Kerr rushed offstage with his bandmates. FirstBourne, the Boston-based power metal group, was on an international tour in support of their 2016 debut album,...

Scottish Society Singers bring the Highlands to the Island

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Scot or not, an upcoming program at the Edgartown library should appeal to anyone with a passion for traditional folk music or an interest in Scottish culture. On Saturday, March 11, the Scottish Society...

Library ‘De-Composition’ series lends ears to alternative musicians

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While Martha’s Vineyard has plenty of opportunities for bar bands and wedding singers to perform, there are not always venues for less pop-minded musicians to share their work. Nathan Luce, program director at the...

Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish tear up the dancefloor in Chilmark

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The Chilmark Community Center was alight on Friday night when Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish took to the stage for a performance organized by the Yard. The show, subtitled “Public Dancing Allowed!!!”, drew a...

Year in Review: Music

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Though Vineyard events are more prominent in the summer, 2016 proved that the music scene on Martha’s Vineyard is strong and agile enough to support the wealth of talented musicians and performers who call...

David Stanwood’s ‘magic gloves’

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When David Stanwood was just 19 years old, on a cold, wet day on New York City’s 58th Street, he wandered into a piano showroom and sat down at a shiny, black Bösendorfer. “I...

Playhouse presents ‘Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony’

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You know the songs — from “Jingle Bells” to “Nutcracker” to “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” — but you've never heard them quite the way the group Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony will...

Martha’s Vineyard native performs at Boston’s Jordan Hall

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If you’re heading to Boston this weekend, take note: Martha’s Vineyard native Jonas Budris will perform as a tenor vocalist in the Handel and Haydn Society’s Bach Christmas performance at New England Conservatory’s Jordan...

Photos: Pathways grand opening

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Pathways held their grand opening party on Friday, Dec. 2 at their art-friendly space in the Chilmark Tavern. The party was a multi arts evening of music, poetry, spoken work, digital, and visual arts. Writers...

Jemima James merges old and new with double-album release

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On Nov. 18, Jemima James celebrated the release of her most recent musical effort at Pathway Arts at the Chilmark Tavern, with special guests and longtime collaborators. Ms. James’s musical career has defied convention...

Monday Night Movies, and more, return to the Vineyard Playhouse

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There's a lot going on at the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse these days. While the summer season of theater ended on Oct. 8, the playhouse is once again keeping its doors open all winter with...

Singer-songwriter Elizabeth Straton returns to Martha’s Vineyard for one night only

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It's been eight years since singer-songwriter Elizabeth Straton performed on Martha's Vineyard, the Island she called home for almost a decade. This weekend she's returning to her her favorite Island venue, the Katharine Cornell...

International talent finds foothold on Martha’s Vineyard

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Fifteen years ago, Mike Kerr moved to Martha’s Vineyard with a vision so singular and earnest that it’s a wonder his life rights haven’t yet been optioned for a feature-length film. Born in Mantenópolis,...

Comedian Charlie Nadler drops second album live from Alex’s Place

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The Vineyard is well known for fostering artists, writers, musicians, and other creative types, but not so much comedians. Local Charlie Nadler is doing his part to change that. Mr. Nadler, who grew up...

Neil Howl debuts new album, ‘Run Run’

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Rootsy, folky, and groovy tunes carry listeners through Neil Howl’s debut album “Run Run,” released in August. The singer-songwriter has been at it for most of his life, but 2016 marked his professional turning...

Mojo Nectar, a rising reggae album

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Wanna get your dance party groove going? A good place to start is with “Mojo Nectar,” a new reggae-heavy CD by the band of the same name. Vineyard builder and woodworker Stephen Hart, previously...

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,...