Livingston Taylor concerts are many things, all of them wonderful, but most they are events that break down the barriers between performer and listener. As he said in a past interview with the Gazette, the audience is the boss.

“You need them, they don’t need you,” he admitted, giving some insight into both his humility on stage and his appreciation. He says a show should feel more like a conversation with the audience.

On Thursday, August 22, be part of the musical conversation as Mr. Taylor performs at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with opening act Jessica Ashley, a young singer from New York city.

Be prepared for some surprise guests, too. Mr. Taylor has a lot of very talented friends, and relatives, on the Island.

For tickets and more information, call 508-627-0020.