Chamber Music for the Masses

If you need an extra incentive to attend the Chamber Music Society’s first concert of the summer this week, here’s one: It’s free. The tickets have all been pre-paid by Sam Feldman, whose late wife Gretchen was an avid supporter of chamber music.

“I’m trying to help her legacy in continuing the [Chamber Music Society] and making it healthy and strong,” Mr. Feldman said. “We are both very involved in our community and love to give back to this wonderful place.”

On-Island With Ryan Montbleau

Offstage, while having dinner at Smoke ‘n Bones in Oak Bluffs, singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau is quiet and unassuming, just another approachable friendly guy eating ribs.

But onstage at the Pit Stop, later that same evening, Mr. Montbleau transforms into something much larger, captivating the audience with his spirited singing and playing.

Hooked on a Feelin’

Hooked on a Feelin’

E pluribus unum. From many musical sensations comes one Super Group to perform at Hooked seafood restaurant in Oak Bluffs on July 28 at 9 p.m. The musicians are Rick Marotta, drummer for Steely Dan and Paul Simon; Joe Caro, guitarist for Carly Simon and Lenny Kravitz; Neil Stubenhaus, bass guitarist for Sting and Barbra Streisand, and Jon Gilutin, keyboard for James Taylor and Diana Ross.

Tickets are $15 and available only at Hooked.

John Cruz

John Cruz

Grammy winner singer-songwriter John Cruz has returned to the Vineyard to open his East Coast tour with three evening performances aboard the Black Dog’s Tall Ship Alabama. The first performance took place last night, July 19. He also plays tonight and tomorrow night. The concerts begin at 5 p.m. and cruise the Vineyard Sound for several hours, returning at 8 p.m.

YMCA Teen Center

Whether you’ve just always wanted to hear your own singing voice played back to you, or are planning on becoming the next breakout musician, there’s a place on the Vineyard for musicians to record their art. Studio 57 at the Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center at the YMCA is a state-of-the-art recording facility with professional engineers, and they are waiting for you.

Studio time is free for teens ages 13 through 18, and available for rental by the entire community.

Piano Man Plays in the Key of Charity

The benefit concert at the Tabernacle on Tuesday will be quite the sight to see. More importantly, it will be the one to hear.

David Crohan, celebrated pianist and former owner of David’s Island House in Oak Bluffs, is performing with several other musicians to benefit Freedom Guide Dogs breeding and training facility in New York and the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group.

Holly Near

Holly Near

Singer, songwriter and activist Holly Near performs with pianist John Buccino and guitarist Coleen Kittau at The Old Whaling Church on Sunday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m.

Ms. Near has a long history of using music for social activism. She was a 2005 nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize as one of the 1000 Women for Peace. She has performed on Broadway in the show Hair and in film and on television.

For more information, visit hollynear.com.

A Musical Farewell

A Musical Farewell

It’s goodbye, but just for now.

Before departing for college, regional high school graduate Noah Stuber delivers a final summer concert on Saturday, July 21 in The Base at the Alexandra Gagnon Teen Center at the YMCA. Noah performs original music and lyrics and captivates audiences with his smooth vocals and effortless guitar playing.

Music Makers Band Together for Library

Music Makers Band Together for Library

The Flying Elbows string band featuring Jemima James, Dan Waters and Al Schackman performs tonight, July 24, at the Grange Hall as part of the Tuesdays at Twilight concert series to benefit the West Tisbury Library.

Slave Songs

Slave Songs

Almost 150 years after the emancipation of slaves in this country, slave songs still bring alive the pain of a past reality and the longing for a better future.

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