Chilmark Concert

Chilmark Concert

Don’t miss the last summer concert and community hymn sing: join Lia Kahler, some of her students and fellow Methodist musicians on tonight, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Chilmark Community Church.

The concert and sing will be followed by refreshments in the community room. Proceeds from the freewill offering will be used to help replace the music and instruments destroyed in Hurricane Katrina and to help replenish the Island Food Pantry for next winter. For details, call 508-645-3325.

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Phil DaRosa Celebrates Better Days at Outerland

Celebrate the release of the Phil daRosa Band’s debut album Better Days with an all-ages party tonight, Friday, Sept. 7, at Outerland at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Tickets are $10; doors open at 9 p.m.

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Where Next for Live Music on Island?
Sam Bungey

Outerland, the Island’s only nightclub, is up for sale. Aboveground Records and Offshore Ale have cut back on their performances. The Oyster Bar’s entertainment license was revoked this summer. The Wintertide is gone. The old Atlantic Connection is now an amusement arcade.

Is it that hard to put on a little music?

Well, clearly Vineyard music promotion is a tough racket, but the pervading sentiment of those working in music on the Island is that it can be done.

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Singing Sensation Inspires Sensational Show
Holly Nadler

A couple of years before Tiny Tim tiptoed through the tulips of America’s oddball garden of novelty singers, Mrs. Elva Miller (1907–1997) of southern California sharpened our appetite for the camp pleasure of the over-warbled, excruciating and off-pitch note. Now in the world-premiere of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing at the Vineyard Playhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway director and writer James Lapine brings us the story of the rise and fall of this songstress and, well, the truth must be told: laughingstock.

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Christmas Jingles Fill Playhouse Airwaves
Lauren Martin

Behind time and without a budget, Rob Meyers, the Island vocalist best known for his indie-pop band Kahoots, was working up his first radio jingle for Cronig’s. He had nailed the jazzy barbershop harmony, wrapped up the doo-wap top-off. All he needed was the catchy hook. Then, deadline looming, he hit it: (sing along now) “Everybody digs Cronig’s ...”

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Island Musicians Invited To Play Mainland Festivals

Three Falmouth Academy students from Martha’s Vineyard have earned places in competitive, high school music festivals — the Senior Southeast District Music Festival, which will be January 9-10 at Brockton High School, and the Cape and Islands Music Festival to be held February at Barnstable High School.

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Island Students Selected For Elite Music Festivals

Several high school musicians auditioned for two off-Island festivals recently. All were selected for the All Cape and Islands Festival: chorus members Zach Rabin, Rosie Bick, Hannah Marlin, Emma Frizzell and Sidra Dumont, and string players Shaelah Huntington, Bethany Pennington, Anna Yukevich and Willoughby Smith.

Sidra Dumont and Bethany Pennington also were chosen for the Southeast Festival.

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Music and Poetry

Music and Poetry

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Winter Band Concert

Winter Band Concert

More than 150 Vineyard musicians, all of them students in the Martha’s Vineyard All Island Band Program, will play in the annual winter concert this Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the regional high school’s Performing Arts Center.

The winter band concert features the fifth and sixth grade band, the seventh and eighth grade concert band and the seventh and eighth grade jazz band.

The show is free and all are welcome.

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Peace, Hope and Light on a Dark Night

The words come out syncopated, layered, alto over soprano over bass over tenor and all rolling, rolling over you in an overlapping, ethereal echo: “We are the ones, we are the ones, we’ve been waiting for ...”

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