Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Martha's Vineyard Festival expands in second year

By Dan Ruby

Continuing its busy summer of producing new, expanded and reprogrammed festivals, Festival Network announced plans for a more ambitious but still single-day Martha's Vineyard Festival on August 10.

Unlike last year when the program was a Boston Pops concert with special guests, this year supplements a Pops program featuring Gladys Knight with individual performances by The Neville Brothers, Steel Pulse, piano sensation Minami Morita, and three Vineyard-based performers, Willy Mason, Kate Taylor, and Entrain with Phil DaRosa.

Besides more music, the festival introduces an arts component with an exhibit of "Tribal Art on the Vineyard," showing August 2-3 at the Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. The festival is also featuring a new film, Zeb - Schooner Life, which will screen all summer at several island locations.

The festival is in Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs MA. Gates open at 1:30 and the music program begins at 3 pm. General admission is $75. A portion of the fee goes to benefit local community organizations. For ticket information and details, visit the festival website.

Festival Network is smart to be growing this festival year over year, integrating it with local activities and choosing an eclectic musical format ranging from classical to folk to R&B. In future years, this could be a full-blown multiday event that would be embraced by the island's year-round and summer residents as a homegrown cultural institution.

By contrast, Festival Network jumped right into two-day festivals with its two new festivals in Jackson Hole WY (August 16-17) and Whistler BC (July 19-20). All three events share a common theme in their siting in resort destinations and eclectic musical lineups.


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