An article about Nectar’s, a cool Vineyard venue…
Fresh Music Served Daily
Nectar’s Celebrates End of Second Vineyard Summer
By Kristen Domonell
Labor Day weekend marks the end of the vacation season here on Martha’s Vineyard. Nectar’s MV, the island’s largest live music venue, is going out with a bang.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, September 3 with Ben Taylor and special guests, including John Forte of the Fugees. Saturday and Sunday Royal Family Records and Nectar’s MV present the Beach Bowl with Soulive, The Shady Horns and Nigel Hall. Soulive, a funk and jazz trio from New York City, will be performing separate nights of Beatles Rubber Soulive and James Brown themed sets.
“Some people might not know who Soulive is, but everyone knows who the Beatles are and who James Brown is,” said Aaron Busick, general manager and talent buyer for Nectar’s MV.
This is the second year Nectar’s has been serving fresh music daily on the Vineyard, but it got its start in Burlington, V.T. in 1975 as a restaurant owned by a man named Nector Rorris, selling typical American comfort foods.
“[Rorris] put together a little rinkydink stage inside the club,” Busick said. It wasn’t long before the stage expanded.
“In the mid- to late-80s this red-haired, lanky, awkward dude came in and started playing music,” Busick said.
It turns out that dude was Trey Anastasio of what was soon to be Phish, the rock band that developed in Burlington in the late 1980s and has a prophetic following to this day. Busick said the band continued to play at Nectar’s multiple times a week for years.
“Phish in many ways put Nectar’s on the map and Nectar’s in many ways put Phish on the map,” Busick said.
In 2003 Christopher Walsh purchased Nectar’s from Rorris, and he opened the Vineyard location in 2009.
“[Walsh] is a big believer in supporting the local music scene and giving young and budding artists a safe haven to grow,” Busick said.
Nectar’s new location is on Airport Road in Edgartown and was formerly Carly Simon‘s Hot Tin Roof. Today, the building is shared between Nectar’s and Flatbread Company, forging a unique pizza and music bond and a laid back setting. Busick said patrons can expect “a good vibe, real quality musicians in whatever genre they may be, an atmosphere in which they can enjoy themselves and music that strikes home.”
This summer, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Citizen Cope, Badfish, and Barrington Levy all had sold out performances. On Tuesdays the Grateful Dread was a fan favorite. The group is a Grateful Dead tribute band with a reggae twist featuring local artist Mike Benjamin. On locals night every Thursday, Vineyard artists were given the chance to perform on a large stage, because who knows, there just may be another Phish out there swimming around the island.