The 6th annual Naukabout Festival on Cape Cod is SATURDAY and the lineup is fantastic! This year there’s a big focus on up and coming local acts – from the Cape and also out of the Boston area. Throw in a FUN headlining band from NYC and a rising act out of Philly and you have a day filled with some seriously solid music!
Here’s a taste of just some of the artists performing on Saturday at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds (North Falmouth):
Jukebox the Ghost – “Somebody”
David Wax Museum – “Harder Before it Gets Easier”
Toy Soldiers – “Throw Me Down”
Tall Heights – “I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know”
THE 6th ANNUAL NAUKABOUT FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 3rd
@ the Barnstable County Fairgrounds
Noon until 10PM
“Harder Before it Gets Easier”
The David Wax Museum hits the stage tonight at Flatbread Company – by the Martha’s Vineyard airport. This Mexo-Americana band has a truly unique sound that will get you moving! The night will begin with an “In the Round” featuring some incredible local singer/songwriters – Alex Karalekas, Jason Nichols, Alysse Fischer and Lydia Fischer.
A wonderful night of music to kick off the holiday weekend, and just $18 at the door!
@ Flatbread Company
Doors at 8PM
17 Airport Road
TONIGHT at Flatbread by the MV airport…this Providence based band will take the stage, with local support from Dukes County Love Affair. Doors open at 9PM, music starts at 10PM. Tickets are $18 at the door. Deer Tick’s sound will please many music fans…for those who like folk, alt-country, punk, or rock. They really have a little bit of everything, and above all, an energetic live show.
MV Times article
Vineyard Gazette interview
Cape Cod Times article
Martha’s Vineyard Skatepark Benefit
TONIGHT, Saturday June 1st, Flatbread on Martha’s Vineyard kicks off it’s season of live music with a benefit for the MV Skatepark. Ben Taylor headlines this evening of music, with appearances from island bands DCLA and 2nd Power and plenty of great jams before, after and in between from DJ Ricky Prime!
Flatbread MV | 17 Airport Rd, Edgartown
21+, Doors at 7PM. $30 for general admission, $75 to be a VIP
*cash or check only at the door
MV Times article
Vineyard Gazette article
“You Never Need Nobody”
We recently started playing this song on mvyradio and it immediately caught my ear. The Lone Bellow is a trio based in Brooklyn who harmonize beautifully. Zach Williams is the primary songwriter, and it’s clear he connects passionately with the words he has written. After listening to this group perform live, I’m not surprised they were one of the first artists announced for the upcoming Newport Folk Festival.
The Lone Bellow
I had the duty of watching the Grammys last night and providing some commentary on mvyradio’s Facebook and twitter pages. I’m extremely lucky to be working for an independent radio station where I choose and truly love the music we play — and that was very obvious to me last night. I posted and commented on all the “mvy” artists…which were really all the artists that I was interested in seeing…and left everything else out. The Black Keys doing “Lonely Boy” with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Dr. John blew me away. Jack White ROCKED – he surprised and impressed me. I thoroughly enjoyed Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and FUN…
and what I was most excited about (and what didn’t disappoint), was this tribute to Levon Helm done by Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), Mumford & Sons, Elton John, Mavis Staples, Zac Brown, and T-Bone Burnett:
The 2013 GRAMMY AWARDS
Born And Raised
I hope you had happy holidays! I’ve been thinking about all the music that came out over the course of the year. Due to a few factors, I definitely didn’t have my normal musical appetite in 2012, so my list will be short…but I still really enjoy choosing my favorites!
This first album is probably the one that surprised me the most. I wouldn’t call myself a huge John Mayer fan, and the first single from this album (“Shadow Days”) really didn’t do anything for me. But, when I heard the other singles, I was pulled right in.
From start to finish, the album is beautifully produced (Don Was is co-producer with Mayer). The guitar work is sensational and John Mayer’s voice and presence has a certain warm and relaxed vibe to it. The album was completed and released after Mayer had surgery and a long rest last year to repair granuloma in his throat. Unfortunately the condition returned this year and more tour dates were canceled. I can imagine Mayer is facing some seriously dark times with all of this as an artist unable to perform. He wrote, “the only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it’s a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances”.
“Something Like Olivia” [LIVE]
“Queen Of California”
“The Age Of Worry”
“Speak For Me” [LIVE]
Thursday night Songwriter’s Series at The Pit Stop
Since the Spring, I’ve worked with more than 20 artists to coordinate just about 10 shows at The Pit Stop. Last Thursday, 10 people stopped by to see a seasoned local and his Boston-based friend who made the trek to open the show. Three Thursdays ago, there were maybe 15 in attendance. Last night, 35 folks came out to support the two island artists who performed.
I can dutifully keep a record of the shows and tally the number of people who come through the door each night, but what isn’t easily measured is the amount of experience I’ve gained. Not to mention the seemingly limitless creative energy and raw talent that I’ve witnessed every week. I’m very thankful to be a part of the small team that keeps The Pit Stop in existence. And so happy to have facilitated the transfer of music from artist to audience.
To start us off last night, Lydia Fischer took the mic and expressed emotions that we’ve all felt in ways that most of us just don’t know how to express. Lydia’s one-of-a-kind voice, charming stage presence, and percussive guitar-playing are so engaging, but what makes Lydia really superb is her songwriting.
Erich Luening followed suit with beautifully written words about life and hope and family. While some of the audience filtered out, some folks were just arriving during the 10 minute break before Erich began his set. His sister Sabrina joined him for several tunes (both old and brand new), and the late night crowd was treated to two of the most soulful and real voices on the island.
One of my favorite moments of the night was Lydia’s rendition of a song she wrote with her friend Julie Perry, who was in the audience. It was an engaging, catchy, immaculately-written tune about lovers parting ways. After the frenzy of applause that followed, Lydia laughed as she said to Julie – “Did we even know what we were talking about? We were in high school!”
This year, Lydia graduated from Berklee School Of Music in Boston. I cannot wait to hear more.
The Pit Stop
Last night, Ben Howard and his band totally killed it on Jimmy Kimmel. This guy has such a unique voice and it really shines during this performance. The tune shows nice range too, starting and ending slowly and softly, but also getting a bit rockin’ towards the end.
The Running Of the Bulls [EP]
Tim Harrington and Paul Wright are Boston’s Tall Heights. The two have a connection musically that can’t often be found and that connection is evident within the first few minutes of witnessing their live performance. The 4 tracks on their new EP (out today!) certainly display their talent and unique sound. These songs are available exclusively through Bandcamp – www.tallheights.bandcamp.com
My favorite track by far is “I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know” – which really shows the dynamics this duo creates with just a cello, guitar and two beautifully harmonized voices. If you’re impressed in the slightest by these tracks, I urge you to seek out a live performance. Keep Tall Heights on your radar and catch a show when they come your way – you’ll leave with a new favorite up and coming act.
Tall Heights – I Don’t Know, I Don’t Know from Tall Heights on Vimeo.