Mike Benjamin Band

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Mike Benjamin Band will kick off Tuesdays at Twilight musical series

On Tuesday, July 25, the Mike Benjamin Band will open the Tuesdays at Twilight series at the West Tisbury Grange with a dance for all ages. The event is sponsored by the West Tisbury Library Foundation, with proceeds going toward the library’s programming and landscaping.

A year-round Vineyard resident and the father of two, Mike Benjamin has played with performers such as Susan Tedeschi, James Taylor, the David Letterman Band, and the Blues Brothers. He was the lead guitarist and singer for the Boston Music Award winning band Entrain, and he plays with the Grateful Dread. In the studio, he has worked with Mark Cohn, Delbert McClinton, Patti LaBelle, and Carly Simon.

The Mike Benjamin Band has provided live music for weddings and other major private events on the Island, Cape Cod, and all over the United States. They have performed at private events for President Clinton, Seth Meyers, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, and many other luminaries. The band’s focus is always multi-generational and family-friendly.

Doors open at 7 pm and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the West Tisbury Library. Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under. The Art Cliff Diner food truck will serve dinner from 6 to 8 pm on the Grange grounds.

Music Street Presents: The Colorful Influence of Spanish Roots

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On Sunday,  March 26th there was a special concert with Music Street musicians sharing their love of the sensual music of Turina, DeFalla, Piazzolla, Ponce, Ginastera and Casado. This concert was performed by pianist Diane Katzenberg Braun, violinist Daniel Koo and cellist Jonathan Butler. Refreshments were served. This event was free and open to the public.
Diane Katzenberg Braun is the founder of Music Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to being a pianist, Diane is a member of the Alumni Council of New England Conservatory and a board member of the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. Daniel Koo is a chamber musician, soloist and concertmaster around the world. He is pursuing his Masters degree at the New England Conservatory. Jonathan Butler is a cellist who has been recognized by the Boston Globe for his commitment to music. He is a doctoral student at the New England Conservator.

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Thank you Peter Kramer

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Peter Kramer

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Thank you Peter Kramer and Sherm and Susie Goldstein for a delightful and informative Speakeasy.

The WTLF began this season’s Speakeasy Series last night at the lovely home of Susie and Sherm Goldstein.  Thirty five guests listened to Dr Peter Kramer discussing his latest book, “Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants“.  It was an evening of intelligent discourse and delicious food, prepared by Kate Suval and the Goldsteins.

Peter D. Kramer is the author of seven books, including “Against Depression, Should You Leave?”, the novel “Spectacular Happiness”, and the international and New York Times bestseller “Listening to Prozac”. He has appeared on news and talk shows, including Today, Good Morning America, Oprah, Charlie Rose, and Fresh Air. His essays, op-eds, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Slate, Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Dr. Kramer lives and practices psychiatry in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is a professor at Brown University. Peter has been associated with the Vineyard since the 1970’s, when he had medical school placements with Russ Hoxsie and Milton Mazer. His novel “Spectacular Happiness” was a nominee for One Book, One Island.

 

 

Spotlight on Youth

Last Tuesdays @ Twilight of the 2016 Season

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The West Tisbury Library Foundation presents Spotlight on Youth, a concert showcasing the Vineyard’s best young musical talent. It’s a Tuesdays@Twilight concert and it will be held at 7:30 pm on August 2 at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. This concert is becoming a summer tradition and it’s a wonderful, entertaining evening the whole family can enjoy. In a word, these kids are amazing! Adults $15, children under 12, $7. Tickets available at the West Tisbury Free Library. And Smoak will serve dinner from 6 to 8 pm.

Garden Party

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A Garden Dedication Party, presented by the West Tisbury Library and the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Sunday, July 24 from 3 to 5 pm. This should be wonderful afternoon to get together with friends and neighbors and celebrate the beautiful new gardens at the Library. There will be live music and dance performances from Pathways. It’s open to the public and it’s free!

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Amy Helm

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The West Tisbury Library Foundation and 88.7 FM WMVY present Amy Helm in concert on Sunday, July 24 at the Union Chapel, in Oak Bluffs. The performance begins at 7:30. Tickets are $45 and are available at ticketsmv.com, the West Tisbury library and at the door. Net proceeds benefit the West Tisbury Library Foundation and Friends of mvyradio. Amy Helm is the daughter of Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus  and her debut solo album, “Didn’t It Rain,” was voted #8 Best Album of 2015 on WMVY. This will be one of the best concerts of the summer!

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May Day Gourmet Gift Basket

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Flatbread Fundraiser

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 On Tuesday, September 15th, Flatbread will hold a benefit night for the West Tisbury Library Foundation.

The West Tisbury Library will receive $3.50 for every large pizza, and $1.75 for each small pizza sold.

Takeout starts at 2 p.m. – the dining room opens at 4.

Silent Auction! 

4-8:00 p.m.

Photo shoot Randi Baird… exquisite hand-made quilt… Cape Air tickets… signed Beetlebung Farm cookbook from Chris Fischer… children’s items from Rainy Day… 1/2 day Lebanese food cooking class with Claire Chalfoui… and much more, including a raffle and 50/50 cash drawing!

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Berlin-Johnson Duo and Friends

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The final Tuesdays at Twilight concert at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury was held on August 18. The Berlin/Johnson Jazz Duo and Friends played a marvelous medley of jazz originals, standards and interpretations

The evening opened with an original composition by Eric Johnson on guitar and Jeremy Berlin on keyboards which set a harmonious aura for the evening. They were joined by Joshua Levine on acoustic bass, he underscored and enriched each piece. The final member of the group, drummer Taurus Biskis entered the stage with a blistering display which polished the evening. The group as a whole played with great balance, a great evening for jazz appreciation.

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2015 Good Night Louise and Friends

The West Tisbury Library Foundation thanks Jemima James, The Riveters and Good Night Louise for a great concert! The audience appreciated the catchy beats, the lyrics and the sound of music that was not over amplified (a refreshing change). It was a night of perfectly sung and perfectly played music.