Martha’s Vineyard is truly a music lover’s paradise. Our small Island is home to countless musicians, music venues and music-centric events that regularly showcase local and off-Island talent. Any night of the week in the summer season you’ll find live music to dance, sing, and sway along to, usually free of charge. Want to really experience those Island vibes? Check out some of these local go-tos for the ultimate song and dance on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Beat Goes On in OB
The Ritz MV, Oak Bluffs: The Island’s most iconic dive bar offers nightly live music and some of the best local talent around. This historic rock club has been entertaining bar-goers since 1944 and no visit to Martha’s Vineyard is complete without a stop in. You’ll find trivia and karaoke every Tuesday and some of the biggest Island names every other night of the week. There’s often an earlier show in the evening and a 10pm set too, all with no cover charge. And come hungry, there is nothing dive-y about their impressive and creative menu.
Nomans, Oak Bluffs: The latest addition to the Island music scene, Nomans just opened in June 2019 and has been entertaining visitors daily ever since. The family-friendly restaurant, which took over the former Lola’s space on Beach Road, offers live music throughout the day. You’ll find a casual and lively indoor/outdoor space with the expansive lawn as the star of the show. Grab a drink, grab a table, sit back and relax while you enjoy hours of free live music. It’s family- and dog-friendly and offers a full bar, counter service, a grab and go menu, and lawn games. Bring the family and spend the day!
Sand Bar & Grille, Oak Bluffs: Steps from the Oak Bluffs harbor, and conveniently located close Hyline, Island Queen and Steamship Authority docks in Oak Bluffs, this lively beach bar keeps the live tunes cranking on the weekends. Enjoy a delicious meal or relaxing cocktail with your toes in the sand, while the sun sets and the Vineyard nightlife ensues.
Park Corner Bistro, Oak Bluffs: This gastropub-style restaurant has only forty seats in the house and a farm-to-table approach to the menu. Visitors and locals alike flock to the bar for their craft cocktails and you’ll often find live music and DJs on weekends.
Portuguese-American Club, Oak Bluffs: Founded in 1930 as the Holy Ghost Association, this club, bar, and fundraising organization hosts social and community events, as well as live music concerts throughout the year.
The Cardboard Box, Oak Bluffs: The Cardboard Box is a restaurant built with “heart and soul” and diners are encouraged to eat, drink and revel. The revelry means diners can move and groove to local DJs most nights in this dimly lit, intimate and eccentric space.
Gettin’ Down in Edgartown
The Port Hunter, Edgartown: One of the most popular hot spots in Edgartown, this bar, restaurant and live music destination is always a fun time. You’ll want to get there early to try to score a seat at the bar. Enjoy something from the raw bar or from their main menu - the Buffalo Brussels are world famous. As the evening progresses, The Port Hunter turns into a music venue with regular shows starting at 10pm through October.
Seafood Shanty, Edgartown: This is the place to be when it comes to outdoor dining on Martha’s Vineyard, with DJs heating up the scene throughout the week. Overlooking Edgartown harbor the fish-focused restaurant boasts a casual dining room, an expansive deck, and a lot of dancing once the DJs arrive.
The Wharf, Edgartown: Located in downtown Edgartown, the family-friendly dining room features local seafood and classic pub favorites. Once night falls the lively back bar hosts regular events and live music.
Town Bar & Grill, Edgartown: This newly opened bar and restaurant boasts an expansive menu, weekend brunch, an impressive outdoor patio and regular live entertainment, including karaoke, acoustic sets, DJs and more.
Bad Martha’s, Edgartown: This Farmer’s Brewery and Tasting Room sits on the grounds of Donaroma’s Nursery and offers good brews, lawn games, and live jams. Check out their calendar on Facebook.
More Places to Boogie
In addition to live music venues on Martha’s Vineyard there are also several weekly musical events that happen throughout the summer. Don’t miss these free, family-friendly events!
Tuesdays: Unplugged Porch Concerts series hosted by mvyradio at the Harbor View Hotel; Sounds like Summer series on the Edgartown Library lawn sponsored by the Friends of Edgartown Public Library.
Thursdays: Music in the Square outside of the Eisenhauer Gallery in Edgartown.
Fridays: Sunset Concert Series in the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (home of the iconic gingerbread cottages) on the Tabernacle lawn.
Sundays: The Vineyard Haven Band performs every Sunday at 8pm, location alternates between the bandshell in Owen Park, Vineyard Haven and the Ocean Park gazebo in Oak Bluffs.
For a complete list of daily and weekly events on Martha’s Vineyard this summer click here.
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