Nantucket Music Festival is a two day celebration of music. It includes many genres of music, representing world renowned and local artists. The Nantucket Music Festival takes place in beautiful Tom Nevers Field overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Nantucket Music Festival includes a variety of artisans with their crafts along with a sumptuous selection of food and drink.

Founder and Team

Cynthia LinkedIn2929 Cynthia Dareshori — Cynthia has volunteered her time planning events and raising funds for many organizations in Boston and surrounding communities since 1991. Some highlights include chairing events for the Boston Pops, serving as an Overseer at the Gardner Museum, serving on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, where she currently serves as an Honorary Director. Cynthia was a Director of the Wellesley Community Children’s Center. She has chaired, co-chaired and served on committees for numerous fundraising events for the MSPCC, as well as for the Boston Public Library, Literary Lights, United Way of Mass Bay (former Alexis De Tocqueville Society Member), Berkshire Hills Music Academy, Tenacre Country Day School, Dana Hall School, Boston Lyric Opera, Wellesley Free Library, Tenacity, National Charity League and The Laurel Ball.  An avid sailor, she serves on the Board of the America’s Classic 12 Metre Sailing Foundation.


  • Margaretta Andrews, Community Foundation of Nantucket
  • Callie Barber – Local Band Coordinator
  • Lisa Bell – PR/Marketing Account Manager, Regan Communications
  • Josh Bhatti – Talent Curator, The Bowery Presents
  • Shantaw Bloise – Program Book Manager,
  • Sarah Cowherd – Director of Events
  • Geoffrey Chalmers – Esq. – Legal Services
  • Emma Graham – Administration
  • Kristen Kellog – Social Media Director
  • Lulu Harrington – Crew and Volunteer Dining
  • Graham Masawii – Sponsor Services
  • Holly Finigan – Nantucket BlACKbook, Social Media Booth
  • Jessica Boenning – Box Office Manager, Bowery Presents
  • Travis Boyle – Office Manager,
  • Mark Kingsley Brown – Graphic and Logo Designer
  • Zack Dareshori, Co-Director of Operations, Trustee, Celebrate Music Foundation
  • Jamie Sapera, Program Book
  • Brian Doherty – Hospitality Director for Talent
  • Vanessa Emery – Administration, Volunteer and Trustee, Celebrate Music Foundation
  • Allison Finney – Box Office Support, The Bowery Presents
  • Jeremy Gottlieb – Writer and Press, Regan Communications
  • Julie Kahn – PR and Communications, Regan Communications
  • Holly Finnigan – Social Media Booth
  • Arielle Gelb – 2014 Intern
  • Bill Kenney, Bill Kenney Productions – Production Director
  • Bobby Lamb – Site Director
  • Lee Lassow – Parking and Shuttle Manager
  • Elizabeth Raflowitz – Graphic and Ad Designer, Social Media, Regan Communications
  • Sam Rizvi – Webmaster
  • Ivy Scricco – Volunteer Director,
  • Linda Williams – Special Needs Coordinator
  • Jake Young – Technology Director,



Headshot of Bill FristSenator Bill Frist, M.D. — William H. Frist, M.D., is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Executive Council of Cressey and Company. Senator Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he served on both the Health and Finance committees. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate having served fewer total years in Congress than anyone in history. His leadership was instrumental to the passage of the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act and PEPFAR, the unprecedented national commitment to fight HIV/AIDS globally. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University and Clinical Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College. He is also Co-Chair of the Health Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. His board service includes the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Senator Frist is one of only two individuals to rank in the top ten of each of the five inaugural Modern Healthcare Magazine annual surveys of the most powerful people in healthcare in the United States.

Bob Arnot HeadshotDr. Bob Arnot Award-winning journalist — Dr. Bob Arnot is host of the Dr Danger reality TV series, best-selling author of fourteen books on nutrition and health topics and previously medical and foreign correspondent for NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and The Today Show. His humanitarian work has earned him the nickname “Dr. Danger”. He is the founder of Lifeline Iraq. Boards of Directors (past and present):
– Save the Children
– UN High Commission for Refugees (USA)
– Artists for Peace and Justice
– Board of Advisors, US Committee for Refugees
– Board of Directors, Save the Children
– Board of Directors, Lindberg Foundation

Adam Dread, Esq. – Adam Dread was a city council member-at-large for the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County until September 2007. He currently works as an attorney serving the people of Nashville, TN. Adam is running for the office of General Sessions Judge In Nashville. He is the author of the much-beloved trilogy of books: You’ve Obviously Spent Time on Nantucket if…

Headshot Gene MahonGene Mahon — Gene Mahon is a Nantucket icon. Over his forty-four years on Nantucket, Mahon has owned and operated multiple businesses. Past ventures include The Camera Shop, Pocomo Productions to book and produce music, Pocomo Publishing (prints, restaurant guide and calendars), Nantucket Television, Quintessence Photography Gallery, and the legendary Roadhouse nightclub. Gene is now the publisher of Mahon About Town, and e-newsletter celebrating the best of Nantucket.

Barbara Elder —Barbara Elder is the VP of the Board of Trustees of the Nantucket Community Music Center.  She served as a music teacher and Music Dept. Chair of the Nantucket Public Schools for 25 years.  She is an active musician on the island as a conductor, pianist and composer.

Tom Dickson — Tom Dickson has owned and managed several businesses on Nantucket including a video shop, a museum shop, and a camera shop. His community service work has included the Beach Management Advisory Committee and the Nantucket Ice Board. He was instrumental in starting the Chanticleer Summer Jazz series.

Headshot Mark FamiglioMark Peter Famiglio — Mark P. Famiglio is a native of Philadelphia who first visited Nantucket in the 1970s. Since that time, his great fondness for the island has grown and he spends a significant amount of time at his home here on island.  He has built, owns and manages several million cubic feet of commercial buildings along the West Coast of Florida. He has made significant contributions towards the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands and has been instrumental in saving numerous historically significant properties. Mark is the co-founder and managing member of CopyTalk, a company that provides voice-to-text message delivery through proprietary technology of which he is credited as being co-inventor. Formerly, he was CEO/Principal of Boston Information Technologies. Currently, Mark is the CEO and founder of Cambryn Biologics, a biotherapeutics company. He serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet and United Cerebral Palsy, of which he was the President. He has been the Chair of the Van Wezel Foundation (the regional performing arts center) and the current President and Co-Founding Producer of the Sarasota Film Festival. He serves on the Executive Board of the Nantucket Film Festival and as well as The Screenwriters Colony (Nantucket). Mark believes the island of Nantucket is particularly well-suited for presentation of a world-class music festival and is committed to supporting local arts and human services organizations on Nantucket.

Our Patrons

Eric and Wendy Schmidt

Dorothy Cate Frist Foundation

Debbie Bryan and Norman Silberdick

Ted Giletti

John and Susan Johnson

Ben Shein

Michael Saylor

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Mahon About Town
Comm. Foundation for Nantucket

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