Using the ease of the WordPress app, I’ve decided to make this site a lot more than just a music blog… from now on, will be a place for me to post all things that get me excited, including the projects I’m working on. You can expect art, film, graphic design, events, Martha’s Vineyard happenings, and of course music music music!


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Henna at MV Tattoo

Bridgette Bartlett just moved to Edgartown for the summer, and she’s offering her incredible, all natural Henna all over the island. Catch her today at Citrine (VH), and this weekend at LuLuLemon (EDG). 

To really get a feel for the level of talent Bridgette is offering, check her out on Facebook or Instagram, under the name Maple Mehndi. 

Aside from popping up at local shops, fairs and festivals, we’re so excited that Bridgette will also offer Henna by appointment at MV Tattoo on Wednesday afternoons! Come by the shop at the Edgartown Triangle to make an appointment!

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Martha’s Vineyard Sound Festival

*background photo by Shannon Rynd-Ray

Late last week I put together this artist poster for the 2nd annual MV Sound Festival…fitting together the artist names was a crazy fun puzzle that hurt my eyes after several hours in Photoshop!

This fest is right across from the beach at Waban Park in Oak Bluffs. Music, food, beer and local vendors…in other words, a whole lotta fun!

Early bird tickets are on sale NOW…don’t miss out on these prices – $20/day or $35 for both days. Looking at how the lineup is shaping up, that’s a steal!

Visit for more info and to get tickets!

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MV Tattoo on Instagram

During most afternoon hours, I can be found at Martha’s Vineyard Tattoo in Edgartown, where I work part-time. Mark Kito Fuentes is the artist and owner, and I help him do anything and everything – from answering the phone to graphic design to organizing events at the shop.

Mark has a personal Instagram account, but today I started an account for the store —

Follow us: @marthasvineyardtattoo

…and check out the MV Tattoo Facebook page for much more.

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SONG: Dawes

“Things Happen”

The new Dawes album comes out in June and this is the lead single. I have to say, I haven’t been struck by a song this way in a very long time. Every word, every note just seems so perfect to me. I think the band has broken out of their mold a bit here and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album…


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NEW: Bhi Bhiman

“Moving to Brussels”

Bhi Bhiman comes out with a new album in May…and this single sounds great! He’s touring now with Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and you can catch them live in Boston on June 12th at Cafe 939.

Bhi Bhiman

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LIVE: Ryan Montbleau Band


photo by Rich Gastwirt ((

Friday night at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, Ryan Montbleau got his band back together for an incredibly memorable night of music. Montbleau was joined by the group’s original core members (James & Jason Cohen, Laurence Scudder and Matt Giannaros) as well as Lyle Brewer on guitar and Yahuba on percussion. 

These 7 guys spent countless hours together over the years…touring the country in a Sprinter van and recording Montbleau’s songs while an ever-growing fan base followed their every move. It was clear that a flood of memories were hitting Montbleau up on that stage, but he decided to skip the story telling and let the music speak for itself. 

For one nearly 3-hour long set, RMB favorites came one after another, much to the sold out crowd’s delight. Stand out moments included “Stretch”, “Draw the Line”, “Honeymoon Eyes”, “Grain Of Sand”, “You Crazy You” > “I Can’t Wait” and an epic “Here Et. All” encore. Songs from the new album Growing Light were sprinkled in along with a few covers…the Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody” was clearly a crowd favorite. 

The room was filled with a palpable energy as fans danced alongside many familiar faces, celebrating this tight unit of a band. As the crowd roared and the guys got together for one final bow, it sank in that this is truly the closing of a chapter in Montbleau’s career…and for the RMB family too.

It was a bittersweet evening, and a fitting farewell for a great group of musicians and fans.

Ryan Montbleau Band


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