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.

Pit Stop Starts New Tradition

By the end of the grand opening night last Friday, it was standing room only at the Pit Stop.

The newest Oak Bluffs music venue that’s housed in a converted Dukes County avenue garage echoed with jazz, folk and rock and roll as Vineyard musicians took the stage to celebrate the first official concert. The past mingled with the present — old concert posters lined the walls from the garage’s previous incarnations — but the pulse was new.

Carly Simon in Tune with Connectivity

Carly Simon, the celebrated pop songwriter and musical pioneer who began her musical career as a young singer on the Vineyard and lives here year-round, has taken a big step to give Vineyard musicians a way to stay connected with each other in the digital age. This week she launched a Web site,, as a way to help local musicians connect to each other.

Pit Stop Music Club Opens Doors in Oak Bluffs

The Pit Stop, a sort of underground music scene in Oak Bluffs, is going legit. Recently, its business and entertainment license was approved. Get ready to party.

On Friday night there will be free live music by Willy Mason, Nina Violet, Marciana Jones and Adam Lipsky. On Saturday there will be a CD release party for Master Exploder. Doors open at 7 p.m. on both nights and music starts at 8 p.m.

DCLA Debuts New CD in Boston and the Vineyard

Next Friday, April 6, you are going to Boston or be prepared to hear the stories of how you missed the night everyone had their mind blown by being the first to experience a live show of DCLA’s new CD at the Hard Rock Cafe.

There will be no excuses, no whining, no saying it’s a drag to travel off-Island if you don’t have a car.

The boys in the band have arranged for a bus to take Islanders to the show and return them the next day, more or less in one piece.

Violin Recital

Violin Recital

This Sunday, April 1, at 4 p.m. the students of Rebecca Barca-Tinus’ violin classes will perform in the 21st annual spring concert at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The students range in age from three to sixty. Think bow puppies to Bach.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 508-696-1920.

Big Guitar Rocks Pit Stop

Big Guitar Rocks Pit Stop

The Pit Stop continues to be the go-to place for music each weekend in Oak Bluffs. On Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., Daniel Macke takes the stage along with Kenny Lockwood, Nancy Jephcote and Paul Thurlow.

Mr. Macke hails from Port Townsend, Wash. and likes to play a big guitar. “I love the jumbo bodied guitars and the full, rich sound that comes with looking like a dwarf when you play one,” he said.

Island Community Chorus

Island Community Chorus

This weekend, the Island Community Chorus, under the direction of Peter Boak, will present two performances of its spring 2012 concert program, Beethoven and Friends, at the Performing Arts Center of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The chorus is made up of one hundred singers who have been rehearsing weekly since Jan. 9.

The concerts are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1.

Jemima James and Friends

Jemima James and Friends

On Saturday, March 24, beginning at 8 p.m., the Pit Stop is hosting an evening with Jemima James and friends. For those still out of tune, the Pit Stop is a new music venue that took root this winter on Dukes County avenue in Oak Bluffs. The space is not a bar, but rather a gathering place and as such all ages are welcome to enjoy the show.

Performing with Ms. James will be Dan Waters, Nina Violet, Tauras Biskis, and an untold number of surprise guests.