Elbows Flying, Voice Soaring: Nancy Jephcote Show

With a voice frequently compared to Joni Mitchell’s, Nancy Jephcote is gearing up for the release of a solo album this fall — but you can hear the Vineyard singer, songwriter and award-winning fiddler at a concert at 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, August 15, at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Well known for her work with the Flying Elbows fiddle band, songwriting has long been another side of this versatile performer’s offerings. Paul Thurlow and Brian Weiland will add instrumentals and vocal harmonies.

New Orleans to Tabernacle: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a steward of the city’s vibrant cultural and musical heritage, has been touring regularly since 1963, bringing New Orleans music to the world. Tonight at 8 p.m. they will play at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs.

Indian Classical Flute is Featured at Che’s Lounge

Steve Gorn’s Luminous Ragas, a concert of Indian classical music on the bansuri bamboo flute, will take place on Thursday, August 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Che’s Lounge on Main street in Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $15.

Mr. Gorn will guide the audience through the beauty and intricacies of this music with words.

Reggae’s Wailers Will Play for Food

The Wailers, the most popular reggae group of all time, will be playing a special concert at Outerland Monday, August 11, with all proceeds directly benefiting Friends of the World Food Program and help fund the life-saving food assistance programs of the United Nations World Food Program.

The program is the largest humanitarian organization in the world, reaching an average of 88 million people in 80 of the world’s poorest countries each year.

Evening at The Yard Will Feature Award-Winning Choreography

As part of a new series of Choreographic Guided Tours, designed to be of interest to both the most sophisticated dance lovers and complete newcomers to the form, The Yard is honored to present an evening curated and hosted by legendary dance educator Martha Myers.

Stravinski Classic Leads Chamber Music Program

The Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society concludes its 38th summer season this Monday and Tuesday with an ambitious finale that includes a world premiere and the first-ever performance of a classic Stravinsky piece on the Island.

On August 11 at the Old Whaling Church and August 12 at the Chilmark Community Center, the trio of violinist Nancy Wu, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Delores Stevens will perform the premiere of Then and Now and Forever, a piece commissioned by the chamber music society and written by the noted composer Morton Subotnik.

Sexton Brings Soul

Sexton Brings Soul

American soul man Martin Sexton got his start playing on the streets and subways of Boston in the 1990s; Friday night he is playing at Outerland.

He released his seventh album, Seeds, last April on his label Kitchen Table Records. “I believe songs are seeds,” Mr. Sexton says about the collection, “once planted they can grow and nourish and inspire and with that, change the world.”

Singer Bella Opens Suitcase of Bossa Nova to Che’s

Singer-songwriter Bella will be performing a bossa nova show at Che’s Lounge every Tuesday through August at 7 p.m.

Called Bossa on the Moon, the show includes original songs and classics of samba, jazz and blues that Bella swings on her guitar and her cavaquinho, a soprano Brazilian guitar.

On the set list there will be sweet summer treats like Samba Chocolate and Samba Noir by Bella, and standards such as The Little Boat and Fly Me to the Moon with a bossa arrangement.

John Brown’s Body Will Play Show at Outerland

John Brown’s Body, the eight-piece band which hails from Boston and upstate New York, releases their sixth studio album this September, but you can sample the tunes early on Thursday, August 7, at Outerland at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport.

Chappy Series to Finish on High Note

The Chappaquiddick Summer Music Festival concludes its 2008 season on Thursday, August 7 at 8 p.m. with a performance by violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. The program includes sonatas by Mozart, Brahms and Bartok.

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