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Minnesingers Take to the Stage

Long before Glee there were The Minnesingers.

This year the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School singing troupe is turning 45-years-old. To celebrate, as part of their spring performance this weekend, they are taking a tour down memory lane. One of the numbers will be a medley of songs performed over the past near half-century. The group will also perform the Seven Deadly Sins through song and dance.

CPR Ensemble Stills Beating Hearts

On Sunday, May 13, beginning at 4 p.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center is hosting the Composer-Performer-Repertory Ensemble, also known as CPR. It’s an unwieldy name, but the acronym, suggesting a life-saving antidote, is apt. This group can play.

The ensemble is comprised of Matthew Woodard on violin and viola, Nicholas Davies on clarinet, Lev Mamuya on cello, Christopher Staknys on piano and was recently founded by its director, Howard Frazin, at the New England Conservatory.

Daytrippers Concert

Beatles Play Vineyard

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the Beatles are playing the Vineyard. Look closely and the Fab Four may resemble some local favorite musicians playing under the auspices of the Daytrippers, but close your eyes and be transported.

The concert takes place at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the regional high school and is, in fact, a benefit concert for the PAC. The funds will be used to maintain and upgrade existing sound equipment and musical instruments in need of repair.

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco guitar master Alberto de Almar performs at the Chilmark Free Public Library on Wednesday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. In addition to playing Mr. de Almar will talk about the history of the flamenco style and demonstrate the techniques.

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.

Fiery Flamenco Fuels Music Renaissance

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.

Vineyard Singer Captures America’s Hearts

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.

Pit Stop Starts New Tradition

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.

Carly Simon in Tune with Connectivity

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.

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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