With August skies and salt spray on ocean breezes as its backdrop, Nantucket Music Festival launches its debut this summer on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3, with a lineup of both legendary and leading new bands and musicians.

Giants among early U.S. folk-rock bands and singer-songwriters headline daytime concerts. Organizers have scheduled two separate nighttime events for sponsors under a tent with a limited number of seats for a sit-down dinner on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Net proceeds from the festival and nighttime events benefit Celebrate Music Foundation, Inc., founded to support musical performance and education initiatives.

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“Too many years have passed since fans of rock music, blues and folk could enjoy open-air concerts on Nantucket,” said festival co-founder Cynthia Dareshori, a longtime seasonal resident of the island. Dareshori and festival co-founder Cheryl Emery, a year-round Nantucket resident and business owner, were inspired to start the festival after visiting the New Orleans Jazz Festival and other festivals. “Cheryl and I saw so many people happy at those festivals; we knew in our hearts the time was right to bring that to music lovers on the island.”

Tickets for this year’s inaugural festival go one sale Friday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. online at NantucketMusicFestival.com and through Ticketfly.com. Visit the festival website for information on patron passes and sponsorship opportunities.

The festival location is set for Tom Nevers Field. Rolling, grassy fields abut the ocean there, with plenty of space to accommodate the maximum audience of nearly 3,900 ticketholders. Daytime open-air concerts, to be held rain or shine, are scheduled from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Separate nighttime dinner concerts are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be held under a tent, with proceeds to benefit the Celebrate Music Foundation, Inc.

The festival will include artists and artisan booths as well as food and beverage vendors. Gates open at 10 a.m. both days.

Patrons are allowed to bring weather-related clothing, beach chairs, hand-held cameras and towels or blankets. Alcohol is prohibited at both daytime concerts. So too are fireworks, pets, umbrellas, and audio and visual recording devices. With limited parking facilities at Tom Nevers Field, transportation services from downtown Nantucket will be available for purchase at the same time of ticket purchase or patrons may arrive by bike (five miles from downtown). Those with disabilities will be accommodated to get to viewing areas and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.

For more details on ticketing and festival operations, vaisit the festival website. For information on travel to and from Nantucket, accommodations and restaurants on the island, see the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce website at NantucketChamber.org, or Nantucket Visitor’s Services.

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