Mocha Mott's Perks Up Winter with Musical Blend

On Friday night Mocha Mott's in Vineyard Haven began hosting what is to be an ongoing series of musical coffeehouse events. “Long live Mocha Mott’s music!” Adam Lipsky said after playing his first set of jazz. “I hope this continues for years.”

Shadow Puppets and Music Deck the Halls of the Capawock

It was mid-fall and local musician Adam Lipsky was feeling kind of blue. He looked around the Island and thought the possible venues for playing and listening to music felt static.

Country Music Festival Comes Calling

The Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Festival touches down on the Island this September for the third year. Previously promoted and hosted by BMI, this year the country music festival has been organized by New England to Nashville (NETN), a group founded in 2012 by Matt Casey. The event includes a songwriting workshop on Sept. 14 and 15 and a concert at Flatbread on Sept. 14.

Songwriters Festival

The Nashville sound will be heard on the Vineyard as the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Songwriters Festival takes place from Sept. 13 to 15. Artists and songwriters from the Music City will offer a workshop for aspiring songwriters with instruction by Steve Seskin and Steve Bloch. Workshop attendees are also invited to a casual barbecue/guitar event on Friday night, Sept. 13.

Pies and Vibes, Flatbread Music Is Fine-Tuned Extra Topping

Six years ago when Flatbread Company founder Jay Gould called Tina Miller to ask if he should open a restaurant at the former home of The Hot Tin Roof, she advised him against it. She didn’t think there was enough of a market for casual family dining at the airport location.

Cooking Up a Hawaiian Sound With Dash of Vineyard Groove

For the past five summers John Cruz has been coming to the Vineyard to sing on the schooner Alabama for three nights in August. The day after one of the cruises this year, John talked about his work, his music, his life and deep connections to the Vineyard. “The two things I love most to do are making music and cooking,” he said while preparing a lunch of striped bass for friends in the ramshackle red farmhouse across from Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury.

Motown Legend Smokey Robinson Delights Tabernacle Crowd

He has sung Tears of a Clown, Tracks of My Tears, Cruisin’ and his other hits thousands and thousands of times — as he did once again Thursday night in Oak Bluffs — but Smokey Robinson insists they’re as new and fresh to him as ever.

Upcoming Concerts

This Sunday, August 25, Robby Krieger, formerly the guitar player for the Doors, performs at Dreamland in Oak Bluffs. The show begins at 9 p.m. Donavon Frankenreiter plays tonight, August 23, at 8 p.m.

The Felice Brothers — yes, there are brothers in the band — hit Flatbread on Saturday, August 24, at 9 p.m. and G Love (remember the Special Sauce?) plays on Sept. 6.

Tuesdays at Twilight

Tuesdays at Twilight winds down with a concert featuring Sally and Ben Taylor and friends at the Grange Hall on State Road in West Tisbury on Tuesday, August 27. The concert marks the end of the series, which benefits the West Tisbury Library Foundation. The foundation is raising funds for the capital campaign for the West Tisbury Library.

Personal Connections Attract Performers to On the Vine Kidney Disease Benefit

Forty years ago Dr. Karl Skoreki trained in nephrology in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. During his time there, he noticed that many members of the same family were contracting kidney disease, a condition that was poorly understood at the time. During his career Dr. Skorecki continued to study genetic predisposition to the disease. He and other researchers have since determined that the illness, which can devolve into kidney failure, disproportionately affects African Americans, who are four to five times more likely to contract the disease and to die from its effects.

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