Vineyard Singer Captures America’s Hearts
Ivy Ashe

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.

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St Patrick’s Parade

St. Patrick’s Parade

Forget about Boston and its river of green, Edgartown is the place to be for St. Patrick’s day.

The first ever St. Patrick’s parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The route is from Dock street to the Kelley House.

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Fiery Flamenco Fuels Music Renaissance
Sam Low

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.

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Bringing Her Songs Home

Her soulful voice has taken her around the world; this Saturday, March 3 it’s taking her back home.

Vineyard native and singer-song writer Jill Zadeh has performed back-up vocals for the likes of Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5, Diana Ross, Patty LaBelle and Joss Stone. This Saturday, March 3 she will take the stage at the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown for her first Island performance of jazz standards and original songs.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for the 8:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

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Pit Stop Starts New Tradition
Remy Tumin

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.

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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.

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Carly Simon in Tune with Connectivity
Mark Alan Lovewell

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, vineyardmusicall.com, as a way to help local musicians connect to each other.

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Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Dynamic Duo of Fiddling

Tonight, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. KCT Concerts opens its 2012 season at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. There really is no need to say any more as all of KCT’s performers are tops in their field, often leaning to the Irish or traditional music. Fiddle players as top billers, finally.

But go on we shall, out of sheer pleasure.

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Poets on Television

Poets on Television

On Valentine’s Day why settle for just one suitor when you can fall in love with a host of Island poets, without ever leaving your home, no less?

On Feb. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. MVTV will host a live reading hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Poetry Society. Tune into channel 13 to catch the scene or to get close-up and personal with your favorite poets, some of whom will be singing their odes, contact williamwaterway@aol.com to be part of the studio audience.

For more information, call 508-627-4929.

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Winter Strings Concert Features Vineyard Youth

Time to rosin up those bows as the elementary strings program gets ready to take the stage at the Winter Strings Concert this coming Thursday, Jan. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program takes place at the Performing Arts Center at the regional high school.

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