Bicoastal Musical Sounds Come Together at the Pit Stop

Longtime friends Kenny Lockwood, Paul Thurlow and Nancy Jephcote joined with Washington state-based Daniel Macke on Friday at the Pit Stop to play a medley of their original compositions for a large and appreciative audience. Nancy and Paul met Daniel in Port Townsend last year on a trip to the west coast, played music with him and invited him to the Island.

“This is the first time I’ve been on the Vineyard,” Mr. Macke said. “It’s beautiful and it’s full of talented people, a lot like Port Townsend where I live.”

Good Hook

King Cake and the Baby

Hooked Restaurant, located on the site of the beloved Lola’s, 15 Island Inn Road in Oak Bluffs, is having its grand opening tonight, May 25. To celebrate they are going creole with a New Orleans-inspired music scene.

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

This weekend the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society (MVCMS) begins its 2012 season by hosting a concert on Saturday, May 26, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

The concert features Sharan Leventhal on violin, Lila Brown on viola, Jonathan Miller on cello and Delores Stevens on piano. The pieces will include work by Mozart, Joaquín Turina and Richard Strauss

Glee-ful

Minnesingers Take to the Stage

Long before Glee there were The Minnesingers.

This year the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School singing troupe is turning 45-years-old. To celebrate, as part of their spring performance this weekend, they are taking a tour down memory lane. One of the numbers will be a medley of songs performed over the past near half-century. The group will also perform the Seven Deadly Sins through song and dance.

CPR Ensemble Stills Beating Hearts

On Sunday, May 13, beginning at 4 p.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is hosting the Composer-Performer-Repertory Ensemble, also known as CPR. It’s an unwieldy name, but the acronym, suggesting a life-saving antidote, is apt. This group can play.

The ensemble is comprised of Matthew Woodard on violin and viola, Nicholas Davies on clarinet, Lev Mamuya on cello, Christopher Staknys on piano and was recently founded by its director, Howard Frazin, at the New England Conservatory.

Daytrippers Concert

Beatles Play Vineyard

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the Beatles are playing the Vineyard. Look closely and the Fab Four may resemble some local favorite musicians playing under the auspices of the Daytrippers, but close your eyes and be transported.

The concert takes place at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the regional high school and is, in fact, a benefit concert for the PAC. The funds will be used to maintain and upgrade existing sound equipment and musical instruments in need of repair.

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco guitar master Alberto de Almar performs at the Chilmark Free Public Library on Wednesday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. In addition to playing Mr. de Almar will talk about the history of the flamenco style and demonstrate the techniques.

Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Tonight, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. KCT Concerts opens its 2012 season at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. There really is no need to say any more as all of KCT’s performers are tops in their field, often leaning to the Irish or traditional music. Fiddle players as top billers, finally.

But go on we shall, out of sheer pleasure.

Fiery Flamenco Fuels Music Renaissance

Alberto de Almar, Friday night at the Pitstop in Oak Bluffs. The notes came off his guitar in a flurry, his hands a blur — Flamenco — throbbing, twanging, pinging off the walls, carrying a message of joy and sorrow, and just plain good fun.

Vineyard Singer Captures America’s Hearts

For current American Idol contestant Erika Van Pelt, last week moving into the top twelve, handling the pressure of performing in front of an audience of millions should be a walk in the park.

After all, her very first gig with the Sultans of Swing, the Martha’s Vineyard based event band most commonly seen at weddings and summer events, was a Nantucket wedding in which she sang two hours of overtime as a storm rolled in over the horizon.

Talk about a high-pressure situation.

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