Vineyard Happenings August!

The Weekly What’s Happening in Martha Vineyard August 2019

1) The Week of: August 4-August 10, 2019
Monday-Friday 7:30 am – Polar Bears- The Inkwell
Wednesday-Friday, August 1-3, Martha’s Comedy Festival
Monday, 5-9, 2019 MV Documentary Week,

Monday, August 5-10, 2019, The 17th AnTheal Run and Shoot Filmworks African American Film
August 6-September 1 2019t– Martha’s Vineyard Museum-Vineyard Haven
Exhibit:  “Soul Cup: From James Naismith to the Inkwell”The Soul Cup: From James Naismith to the Inkwell will focus on this history using the annual Soul Cup basketball game played during the Labor Day weekend for nearly twenty years as the focal point of this exhibit. Using artifacts, photographs, film footage, articles, oral history interviews, this exhibit explores the communities and camaraderie created around the game, and its legacy today.

Tuesday, August 7, 2019 Summer Ole Skool Dance Café, PA Club 137 Vineyard Avenue, OB

Wednesday, August 7- 10, 2019 Neosoul on the Vineyard–  137 Vineyard Avenue, $40-69, Sponsored by NuSoul Marketing Group, LLC 404-217-2103

Friday, August 8, 2019 8:00 pm, Built on Stilts, Union Chapel, Esther’s MV Dancing Polar Bears

Saturday, August 10, 2019 Soul of Sonoma on the Vineyard– LA Vie En Rose, 3pm-7pm- Live Concert & Dance Party (Eventbrite)

Monday-Thursday, August 5-8th, 2019 Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Festival-, Strand Theatre, Oak Bluffs

Saturday, August 10, 2019 4 pm-8pm  Jazz on the Vineyard (JOTV) 9– “An Evening with Lalah Hathaway, Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (The Tabernacle), 80 Trinity Park sponsored by JATV- Jazz on the Vineyard-Eventbrite.

Saturday- August 10-14, 2019-Art on the Vineyard by The Agora Culture.-A premier art exhibit and educational panel a broad selection of works from contemporary artists of color MV- Edgartown

Saturday, August 10, 2019- Concert Vineyard Haven Town Band, 8pm, Ocean Park
Saturday, August 10, 2019 (thru 8/30)Art Show-Rhonda Kristen Brown-Knowhere Gallery, Arts District . Reception- August 11- 7-9 pm.  

2) The Week of August 11-August 17, 2019

Monday- Friday 7:30 am- Polar Bears, The Inkwell
Sunday, 8/11, 2019 10 am-Union Chapel, Speaker- Rev. Otis Moss, III
Sunday, August 11, 2019- 10 am-Speaker- Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock. Sr. Pastor-Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta Georgia, First Congregational Church of West Tisbury
Art Show-Rhonda Kristen Brown-Knowhere Gallery, Arts District . Thru 8/30
Monday, August 12, 2019 World of Money-“Martha’s Vineyard Youth Business Pitch Prize:$2,000 to kick-start their own business. Networking Forum:12:30 pm- 2 pm
Youth Business Pitch Competition: 3:00pm-5pm
Union Chapel, 55 Naragansett Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02539
Monday, August 12,- Thursday 16, 2019 Martha’s Vineyard Comedy

Tuesday, August 13, 2019   9:00 pm Summer Ole Skool Dance Café  Portuguese American Club, 137 Vineyard Ave. Oak Bluffs, MA

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 2-5 pm O.B. Boogie, 6th Annual Family Day Party , Nomans (formerly Lolas) and The Island Inn, 15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs, MA $20

Tuesday, August 13, 2019- 8pm-11pm- 6th Annual Martha’s Vineyard Teen All White Party on the Bluff Nomans (formerly Lola’s) 15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, $60.00 EventBrite

Wednesday, August 14th– 11 :00 AM – Meet Congressional Candidate Nyanza Moore. She is running for Congress in the 22 District in Texas. The Cottagers, Incorporated 57 Pequot Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, MVFF, BEDLAM,Psychiatrist, author, and filmmaker Kenneth Rosenberg explores a major social crisis of our time—the lack of adequate care for the mentally ill. 8:00 PM Chilmark Community Center ($20.00). Dinner at 6:30 pm (22.00) Discussion to follow with film subject and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, producer Peter Miller, and director Kenneth Rosenberg

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7:30 pm, Grand IlluminationMV Camp Meeting Association, Trinity Park

Thursday, August 15, 5:00 pm- Hutchins Forum, Edgartown Whaling Church Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

With panelists Charles Blow, The New York Times; Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia Law, UCLA Law; Liz Matory, Conservative Advocate; Leah Wright Rigueur, Harvard University; Shermichael Singleton, Political Analyst. With respondent Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University.

Thursday, August 15  8pm-1am- Uptown After Dark 2019 sponsored by Uptown Magazine- PA Club- 137 Vineyard Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 $100.00 (EventBrite),

Thursday, August 15-18, 2019, 10:00 am- 158th Annual MV Agricultural Fair, W. Tisbury, MA
Friday, August 16, 2019 1-3pm  Book Talk: Discussion on “Becoming” & Gayle Kings “Note to Self”- Oak Bluffs Library
Friday, August 16, 2019 Fireworks at Ocean Park by the Sea
Friday, August 16, 2019- Bison on the Vineyard-
Howard University School of  Business Reception- 5-7 pm Farm Neck Gold Club, 1 Farm Neck Way, $100.00

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019-7pm- Artist and Authot Ekua Holmes Flowers,  Cousen Rose Gallery
Saturday, August 17, 9pm-1am Cottagers Bling $25/$35 door PA Club Come dance the night away in support of Island charities.  Live DJ and light refreshments served. On MV, tickets are available at C’est La Vie on Circuit Ave.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 1-3 pm -Author Talk- Journeys of Race, Color and Culture: From Racial Inequality to Equity and Inclusion-by author Rick Huntley. Oak Bluffs Library

Saturday, August 17, 2019, Bison on the Vineyard– Health Hacks to Improve Your Life -with Dr. Eve. Trinity Church Sanctuary, 40 Trinity Park, 10-11:30 am

Saturday, August 17, 2019 Gearing up for 2020 Voter Protection, Seminar and Town Hall, Trinity Church Sanctuary, 40 Trinity Park, 12-3 pm.  Panelists- Danielle Holley Walker- Dean, Howard Law School, Congressman Gregory Meeks, Leticia James- Attorney General, New York State. Attorney Juan R. Thomas, Moderator: Attorney- Kevin Judd,( For other Bison On the Vineyard events visit:

3) The Week of: August 18-August 24, 2019
Monday- Friday 7:30 am- Polar Bears, The Inkwell
Saturday, August 17, 2019 includes Esther’s MV Dancing Polar Bears,
Sunday, August 18, 2019 10 am-Union Chapel, Speaker- Rev. Dr. Thomas Long
Sunday, August 18, 2019  3-5 pm – Skip Finley, Inkwell Talks- The Narragansett House, 46 Narragansett Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Tuesday, August, 20, 2019.  9:00 pm Summer Ole Skool Dance Café PA Club

Monday- Wednesday, August 20-23, 2019 -Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Festival- Tickets still available

Bison on the Vineyard, Wednesday, August 21st, 3rd Annual Bid Whist Tournament, Portuguese American Club, 137 Vineyard Ave, 6-8:30 pm, $20.00

Thursday, August 22nd,4pm-Union Chapel  Forum: Voter Suppression: The Greatest Threat to American Democracy,  Panelists include Mayor Andrew Gillum, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Professor Christina Greer, Professor Saida Grundy, Herve Gouraige, Esq. and Pratt Wiley, Esq. Moderated by Karen Holmes Ward

Thursday, August 22, 7PM-Sunday August 25, 2019-“Steppin on Martha’s Vineyard” It’s Chicago Style-Steppin and Line Dancing on the Island for a weekend.
Holy Ghost Society (Portuguese American Club) 137 Vineyard Ave., Oak Bluffs, MA  Tickets-$50-$75

4) The Week of : August 25-August 31, 2019

Monday- Friday 7:30 am- Polar Bears, The Inkwell
Sunday, August 25, 2019 10 am-Union Chapel, Speaker- Rev. Dr. Thomas Long
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 9:00 pm, Summer Ole Skool Dance Café -PA Club



CMJ Music and Film – October 22-October 25

On Friday, October 21st,  I sat on a panel at The CMJ Music and Film Festival called “ Music Career Mapping 2011 and 2012 “ with Reverend Moose of The Syndicate, Wheeler Newman of Full Sail, Trudy Lartz, of Neilsen Soundscan and __________ of Good Cop PR. We discussed   the ways students, recent grads and career changers, can build and maintain a career into the music industry.  We offered tips on email etiquette, writing cover letters, interviewing, and the various ways you can enter into the industry via unpaid internships, job placement opportunities and or starting your own business.  The panel was very interesting because we (the panelists) all came into the industry in a variety of different ways therefore the listeners got a chance to hear real life stories of behind the scenes current industry professionals.

And finally my only CMJ event as an attendee was on Thursday evening , October 20, 2011 when I attended the screening of  Beats Rhymes and Life The Travels of Tribe Called Quest with an after movie discussion with Michael Rapaport the Director. Being an avid fan of their music it was exciting to see, how the group was formed, their musical influences, their association with Native Tongues, their record label Jive and the CEO at that time Barry Weiss and the myriad of group issues that arise and oftentimes lead to the fall, then rise, then fall of a such a talented group of performers. Upon viewing the film you definitely see how the group synched artistically and creatively. Each one added their own uniqueness to the group. Phife’s flow and high pitched voice, Q-tips musical genius when it came  incorporating music from the different genres especially jazz, _________adding the beats and his skills on the turntables and the fourth member who left early in the group but remained you might say the Spiritual supportive member of the group __________.  But for a number of reasons, the group pretty much disbanded after their 3rd commercial album.  Something that is not exclusive to the Hip-Hop, Rap genre.

New Day, New Beginning

GroupWSBest1Hi Everyone,

Today, I officially begin my vacation. I just finished two of the best weeks of the summer spending time with some incredible young 16-17 year old kids from my What Makes A Star? Program at NYU. The program is for students who have expressed an interest in being in the music business in the future. I can say, without a doubt, the future of the music business is looking real bright.

I decided that I wanted to get back into writing in my blog. Haven’t done so in awhile but its something that I want to do for myself. Its therapeutic and I come upon such interesting things and people. The one person I would share all of these things with was my mom. No matter what she would listen and we would just laugh about things on a daily basis. I miss that more than anything. She really was my best friend and confidante.

Back to more happy things! The last two weeks were so incredibly busy. Went to Apollo Amateur Night, did a backstage tour of the Barclays Center and went to the Harry Fox Agency two times each. Went to dinner with the kids and both groups completed incredible projects for the following artist’s- Kori Kay- , Andrew Smith- http://www..Andrew and Fancy Reagan,


Tori Kay

Tori Kay

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Fancy Reagan

Fancy Reagan

Met and hung out with some incredible people as well including JoJo Brim, Sr. VP of A&R at Epic Records, Joey Fleming, a former student of mine and two students presently in the program who are either mentoring and/or  managing the above name artist’s- Julia Pernicore and Erin Dougherty.  Keep up the good work !!

CeeLo- Bright Lights Bigger City

I love this video by CeeLo.  Perhaps because it captures the essence of the big city and a night out on the the town. The uptempo bright melody, highlighted with the the refreshing sounds of the strings and buried underneath the pounding bass makes you want to head out for a night on the town. Get your party dress on, jump into the limousine with your best buddies or your honey, have appetizers then dinner  at the Red Rooster in Harlem, jump back into the limousine, have more champagne, go to the newest hot club in the Meat Packing District, dance dance dance until the wee hours of the morning,  cruise down Broadway  ending up at a 24 hour diner for breakfast .

As you drop off  each of your BFF’s,  and you and your honey head home to crash you say  “Oh, What a night”.