Nantucket is an iconic New England destination that beckons visitors year round to get their fill of sun, sea, and small town charm. But they also come to this diminutive island for the vibrant music scene, punctuated by acclaimed outdoor concerts and festivals against a stunning ocean backdrop. Read on for an overview of three of the biggest musical events hitting the stage this summer and early fall, and click over to the most recent blog post from our sister Lark on Nantucket, 21 Broad, for a list of top spots for catching live music around town. Want to be in the center of the action? Book your room at 76 Main today!
Nantucket Music Festival, August 1-2
Nantucket Music Festival is a two day musical blow out featuring local, national, and international artists spanning many genres of music. Last year’s highlights include Guster, Bruce Hornsby, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Held on scenic Tom Nevers Field overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, gates open at 10:00am on both days, and the festival is held come rain or shine. In between acts or just for a change of pace, concert goers can browse wares from local artisans and grab a bite from a variety of food and beverage vendors.
Boston Pops, August 8
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops continue their tradition of bringing Boston’s best classical music to the island to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Staged at Jetties Beach, gates open at 4:30pm at the corner of Hulbert Avenue and Bathing Beach Road. Because this is such a popular event, guests are encouraged to walk, ride their bikes, or get dropped off at the venue. The performance begins promptly at 7:00pm, and a spectacular fireworks display caps off this special evening at 9:05pm.
Nantucket Blues BBQ, September 26
In its second year, this is where blues fans and barbecue aficionados come together for one major outdoor celebration. Building on last year’s success, the organizers have promised that the 2015 festival will have more artists, longer sets, and even more BBQ to delight your ears and taste buds. A new addition to the line-up? A competition for BBQ supremacy between the on-site vendors. The Nantucket VFW on New South Road plays host to this (occasionally) rowdy affair.