The YMCA is harkening back to some distinct Island musical roots by opening the Wintertide Collective, a black box-styled performance and dance space. The name Wintertide is a name many Islanders remember fondly. The Wintertide Coffeehouse was a mainstray of the Vineyard music scene for many years. The YMCA’s teen program director, Tony Lombardi managed the Wintertide Coffeehouse and now he has resurrected the name for the YMCA as he continues to help teenagers find constructive outlets.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, one of the legends of the coffeehouse returns to help celebrate. Folksinger Ellis Paul headlines a concert which benefits the Entrepreneurship Project. Part of the mission of the Wintertide Collective is to help kids learn how to run an actual business by running this club, from managing the venue to booking and promoting acts.
Ellis Paul began his career as a student at Boston College. He has released 17 albums, won 14 Boston Music Awards and even sung at Fenway Park.
Tickets are available in advance at ticketsmv.com or on the day of the show. General admission tickets are $20 advance and $25 day of show. There will also be a special meet and greet before the concert that includes refreshments, a chance to meet Ellis and a limited edition signed CD for all who attend at this level.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. with the meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, call 508-696-7171, extension 128.