Minnesingers’ Auction

Minnesingers’ Auction

Tomorrow is the Minnesingers’ Annual Auction and Mini-Concert. The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School’s select vocal group will perform, plus there will be food, an array of items in a silent auction and a live auction with Trip Barnes at the microphone.

Help support the Minnesingers as they pursue community and cultural outreach through music. Doors open at 5 p.m., live auction begins at 7 p.m. It’s all at the Portuguese American Club on Vineyard avenue in Oak Bluffs.

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Peter Boak Organ Recital For Church Steeple Fund

Peter R. Boak will present an organ recital at the Federated Church Meetinghouse, on the corner of South Summer street and Davis Lane in Edgartown on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. Mr. Boak will be performing on the church’s beloved 1895 Hook and Hastings organ.

Following the recital, there will be a wine and cheese reception in the parish house.

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Katama Trio Performs

Katama Trio Performs

The Katama Trio, a Vineyard-based, semi-professional chamber ensemble, will perform selections from the baroque and early classical periods at the Vineyard Haven Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The event is a part of the library’s Tuesday Evening Lecture Series. Formed in 2005, the Katama Trio includes cellist Jan Hyer, recorder player Matt Pelikan and pianist Joan Solomon. They will perform sonatas by Georg Phillipp Telemann, John Ernst Galliard, and Francesco Mancini. A reception will follow the performance.

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Jim Kweskin, Geoff Muldaur Play Unplugged from Jugs

Not since the Sixties have Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur made music together on the Vineyard — but they will be back on Saturday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

Patrons of the old Mooncusser Coffee House in Oak Bluffs may recall the pair jamming as part of the Kweskin Jug Band there on several occasions. Carly and Lucy Simon opened for them there.

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Flying Elbows Harmonize to Help Island Food Pantry

The Flying Elbows, the Island’s own old-time string band, will crank out another night of zany songs and high- energy fiddle tunes next Friday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Currently a foursome, this band has been through many incarnations over the years. Original member Bob Hammond is back with the band, adding not only a twin fiddle but also some really rootsy clawhammer banjo.

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Film Focuses on Aquinnah Luthier

Talking Guitars, an intimate portrait on film of master guitar craftsman and now Island resident Flip Scipio, will screen tonight, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre.

This behind-the-scenes music documentary illustrates the fascinating juxtaposition of the quiet artist and the world of musicians who seek his expertise. His clients include Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Ben Taylor, Paul Simon, David Tronzo, Leni Stern and Carly Simon. For himself music is like Esperanto, a universal language.

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Americana Extravaganza: Roots Band to Perform

Playing Americana and country roots music, the Shannon Whitworth Band comes to the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. The band features original song-writing, banjo, pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin, all forming a creative foundation for sweet, sultry female vocals.

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Celtic Concert Celebrates Fall: Harpist Aine Minogue

Irish harpist and singer Aine Minogue (pronounced Anya) — famous for her celebrations of Celtic culture and sacred seasons, including the transition from summer to fall — will perform a Harvest Eve concert at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 12.

She will focus on that time between the veils, as the seasons change, exploring the Celtic roots of Halloween as it is derived from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain.

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Bang the Drums Peacefully At Outerland With Entrain

Entrain’s Drums For Peace, a concert focusing on the theme of peace, love and unity, will be presented twice on Friday, Oct.3: first, an alcohol-free, all-ages show at 7 p.m., then an over-21 show at 10 p.m. Both shows are at Outerland at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

Entrain’s energetic percussion-driven sound will offer the audience an explosive two hours of drum ensemble pieces and rhythms from all over the world. The full band will also be playing tunes from their seven compact discs that contain this positive message.

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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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