Country With Bite, Deer Tick Vibe Infects
Nick Moorhead

By NICK MOORHEAD

Deer Tick is not just a really nasty strain of insect you could find attached to your leg after too much time spent at South Beach. It is also the name of John McCauley’s folk/punk/blues band playing at Nectar’s this Saturday night.

Mr. McCauley has carved out a reputation for his band within the crowded genre of indie rock bands with the prefix Deer (see: Deerhunter, Deerhoof) through raucous live shows.

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Harmonic Convergence at Ballfield
Nina Tarnawsky

You never know when that tap on your shoulder is going to come. We’ve been watching you for a while, they say, as you look around bewildered. No, this isn’t a Skull and Bones initiation. It’s a cappella.

The Vineyard Sound have been delighting Island ears since 1992. From June to August they can be found wearing their trademark look of shorts, oxford shirts, ties, and sandals or boat shoes at various churches and private events around the Vineyard.

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Baroque Is Back in Chamber Music Season Opener

The Chamber Music Society of Martha’s Vineyard is beginning their summer festival with concerts on Monday, July 11 at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and Tuesday, July 12 at the Chilmark Community Center. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m.

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No Money Down, Free Fest Jam Nourishes Spirit of Community
Jonah Lipsky

Waban Park last Saturday was reminiscent of days when folk music swept the nation and outdoor concerts became legendary events representing a social movement of peace, love and community.

People lay in the grass, kids ran around and blew bubbles, and many local bands played short sets, including Willy Mason, Nina Violet, and the duo Jemima James and Dan Waters.

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Local Boys Give Back to Hospice
Jonah Lipsky

Two years ago Mike Parker walked into the trailer office of Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard with $2,000 and a wide grin on his face. The previous weekend he had organized a benefit concert for Hospice. The money was his gift to the organization that had supported his family when his father was dying of liver cancer while Mr. Parker was still in high school.

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Bang Up Party at Nectar’s for YMCA Benefit
Nick Moorhead

Chiddy Bang, the rap duo currently in possession of a Guinness Book World Record for the longest freestyle rap coming in at nine hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds, played, alas, a somewhat shorter set at the Stars and Stripes festival held at Nectar’s on Saturday night.

The event was a benefit for the YMCA and produced by Neon Gold Records, a record company run by Chilmark summer residents Derek Davies and Lizzy Plapinger. The evening also featured The Knocks, French Horn Rebellion and Savoir Adore.

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Not Fade Away: Old School Island Band Back Together

Fifty years ago they rocked. Today they, well, you judge whether they still got the beat.

The Bodes are reuniting and playing the Edgartown Lighthouse from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6.

And who are the Bodes, you ask? Four Island men who during their high school days back in the 1960’s formed a band. They are Rick Convery on drums and vocals, Charlie Leighton on bass and vocals, Jack Mayhew on guitar, and Peter Valenti on guitar and vocals.

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Island Community Chorus

Island Community Chorus

After a day at sea, or at least on the beach, what better way to ring in the Fourth on the Vineyard than a rousing session of sea chanties? On July 3 starting at 8 p.m. the Island Community Chorus will begin their summer concert with a round of chanties guaranteed to take you to the high seas of enjoyment. The program takes place at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

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Ugandan Children’s Choir to Wrap Tour With Singing, Dancing Concert of Hope
Tatiana Schlossberg

Drumbeats will echo out across the Camp Ground in Oak Bluffs on Saturday evening, and anyone drawn by them towards the open-air Tabernacle will see flashes of color in constant motion and hear the voices of the Watoto Children’s Choir, a singing group from Uganda.

Uganda is currently home to more than a million orphans who have lost their parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. About 20 of them will be performing on the Vineyard at the end of the choir’s six-month tour of the United States.

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Music Policy Snags on Sand Bar, Oak Bluffs Harbor Unplugged
Peter Brannen

It’s been an on-again, off-again summer for amplified music on the Oak Bluffs harbor and this weekend the bars on the water will go quiet after selectmen voted to reverse their music policy on Tuesday. Again.

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