Music, theater, wine festivals for Vineyard, Cape Cod, Provincetown

Adam Epstein is expanding the island reach of his company Innovation Arts and Entertainment (IAE) by taking over the Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival and expanding the lineup of the Martha’s Vineyard Summer Concert Series.

Epstein, chairman and chief executive of the company behind the three-day Beach Road Weekend music festival in late August, announced that he had reached a tentative agreement with the Edgartown Chamber of Commerce to acquire the food and wine festival that ran for 13 years. The plan is to move the four-day festival from fall to spring, so it will return in May 2023.

The Edgartown-based event typically involves local culinary talent and opportunities for attendees to get to know the island farmers, fishermen, oyster growers and artisans they work with, as well as guest chefs and winemakers of the whole world.

In a written statement, Julia Tarka, a member of the Edgartown Chamber of Commerce, called the partnership with IAE “transformative for the festival” and a way to “expand the reach of the festival”.

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For its musical plans, IAE also announced the lineup for its Martha’s Vineyard concert series based in Oak Bluffs and the performance order for Beach Road Weekend in Vineyard Haven.

More than 20 concerts are scheduled for the concert series, which includes several venues, including the renovated Loft in Oak Bluffs.

Comedian Paula Poundstone will perform in July as part of the Martha's Vineyard Concert Series.

Concerts will include (at the Loft, unless otherwise noted): July 3, Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center in Oak Bluffs, and Neighbor at the Loft; July 6 (and July 12 and 19, and August 9 and 15), Dalton and the sheriffs; July 7, Crooked Coast; July 16, comedian Paula Poundstone at PAC; July 20, deer tick; July 21, Brett Dennen; July 26, Sierra Hull/Della Mae; and July 27, Graham Nash at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown.

In August, August 1, David Bromberg; August 2, Ruston Kelly; August 10, Tom Rush; August 11, Livingston Taylor at Whaling Church; August 14, Andy Frasco and the UN; August 16, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, at PAC; Aug. 21, Bumpin’ Uglies; August 23, Indigo Girls, at PAC; and August 24, Low Cut Connie.

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Beach Road Week After-Parties at the Loft will include RIPE on August 26, Sammy Rae & the Friends/Neighbor on August 27; and Guster on August 28.

Information and membership: MVConcertSeries.com.

Epstein’s company also announced the headlining schedule for dozens of musical acts at Beach Road Weekend. On August 26, the Avett Brothers, featuring Khruangbin, Lord Huron, Mt. Joy and more; August 27, Beck with Billy Strings, Guster, Dawes and a full day of bands performing on two stages; August 28, Wilco with Jason Isbell and Unit 400, Caamp, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and more. Full lineups and other information are listed on BeachRoadWeekend.com.

In August, Ariel Quartet will make their debut with the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

Chamber music festival: 9 shows in 18 days, 5 cities

The Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival returns to the Outer Cape for its 43rd season, with an expanded concert schedule from August 2-19. Artistic directors Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu have programmed a nine-show lineup in five cities with four string quartets and five world-class pianists showcasing music that spans four centuries.

The season includes the debuts of the Ariel and Verona quartets, with the return of the Ying and Borromeo string quartets. The festival finale will be a “Piano Extravaganza”. The concerts will last 60 to 80 minutes without intermission, all beginning at 5 p.m., except for the free public concert at 7 p.m. on August 16 at the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Tickets: $40 or $55, depending on the concert; $15 for college students; free for 18 and under and for the August 16 concert. Reservations and program information: 508-247-9400 and capecodchambermusic.org.

The eGALitarian Brass ensemble will perform a free concert on August 16 at the Cape Cod National Seashore Visitor Center at Salt Pond in Eastham as part of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

On view: August 2, the Ariel Quartet at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road; August 3, the Verona Quartet at the First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main St.; “Miraculous Masterpieces” with the Ariel and Verona Quartets, Aug. 5, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, 200 Main St.; “Concerto Gala”, August 8, with Manasse on clarinet, Nakamatsu on piano and the Ying Quartet, First Congregational Church of Chatham; and “An Evening with the Yings” on August 9 at the Cotuit Centre.

Other performances are August 12, the Ying Quartet and pianist Brian Zeger, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet; “An Evening with eGALitarian Brass,” Aug. 16, Salt Pond Visitor Center, Cape Cod National Seashore, 50 Nauset Road, Eastham; “Borromeo Returns”, with Borromeo String Quartet, August 17, Dennis Union Church; “Piano Extravaganza”, August 19, First Congregational Church of Wellfleet.

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The festival focuses on Williams and only Williams

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival is gearing up for the fall with the announcement of the lineup for its 17th annual event, scheduled for September 22-25.

Themed “Tutti Frutti Tennessee Williams” because the six shows chosen were written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright between the 1930s and 1980s – the first time this has happened since the founding year 2006 – the festival will featuring artists from South Africa, New Orleans, London, New York and more.

In addition to live performances, the festival will include educational programming and parties.

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South African productions Abrahamse and Meyer will bring what is described as “a radical, revisionist take on” the 1940s classic “A Streetcar Named Desire” and produce a two-actor stage version of Williams’ 1942 short story “One Arm “, about an aspiring boxer who loses his arm in a car accident and turns to prostitution for a living.

A New Orleans-based ensemble led by Dennis Monn will perform “Vieux Carré,” a 1977 play based on Williams’ memories of the city, with this production set in a ’70s nightclub.

Other planned shows include “The Magic Tower,” a 1930s dream of a happy marriage; 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner “Cat on a Burning Roof” and “This Is the Kingdom of Peace” or “Good Luck to God”, a 1981 enlightenment cartoon that involves children caring for their aging parents . The specific companies involved in these productions will be announced later.

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Additional shows (dubbed “lagniappe” for the term for a New Orleans tradition of hospitality) will be “Amy Jo Jackson’s Brass Menagerie,” a campy collection of Broadway hits as if sung by the heroines of the pieces by Williams and “Nightingale,” a series of improvisations played on the piano by Vinsantos DeFonte, a cult figure and “macabre artist” from New Orleans, to accompany his own “twisted tales” about a character from the “Vieux Carré”.

Passes and information: twptown.org and 866-789-8366. Tickets for individual shows will be available this spring.

Contact Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll at kdriscoll@capecodonline.com. Follow on Twitter: @KathiSDCCT.

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