The inaugural Nantucket Music Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, featuring a still evolving lineup of legendary bands and leading, new artists.
Boston bred, four-piece rock band Guster and singer/keyboardist Bruce Hornsby highlight the weekend slate along with Steel Pulse, Donavon Frankenreiter, Chadwick Stokes, Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R., Ben Taylor, Freddy Clarke, Entrain and Ayla Brown.
Bruce Hornsby will perform a special dinner show for VIP guest in one of the nighttime dinner shows from 6 to 9 pm. For more information on this, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional bands and performers are expected to join the lineup in the coming weeks.
“Too many years have passed since fans of rock music, blues and folk could enjoy an open air concert on Nantucket,” said NMF co-executive director Cynthia Dareshori, a longtime seasonal resident of the island who founded the event with Cheryl Emery, owner of the Nantucket Sewing and Design. Dareshori and Emery were inspired to start the NMF after attending several other similar events, including the world famous New Orleans Jazz Festival.
“Cheryl and I saw so many happy people at those festivals,” said Dareshori. “We knew in our hearts that the time was right to bring that kind of happiness to music lovers on our island.”
Daytime, open-air performances will take place both days from 10:00am to 4:00pm. In the evenings, sponsor dinners will take place under a tent with separate tickets and net proceeds to benefit the Celebrate Music Foundation to support local musical performance and education initiatives. Further information regarding sponsor dinner performances will be announced soon.
The festival will take place at Tom Nevers Field, with space to accommodate up to 3,900 ticket holders.
Due to limited space, parking will be determined at the time of ticket purchase. Off-site parking lots will be assigned and a parking pass will be provided to place on your dashboard. Continuously moving shuttles to the festival site will be provided. There will not be parking available at Tom Nevers Field without an advance purchase of VIP level tickets.
Tickets for the inaugural festival are on sale now at NantucketMusicFestival.com and via Ticketfly.com. Two day festival passes are now available at a special price of $280 for General Admission and $960 for VIP, which includes entrance to the VIP Pavilion with catering, refreshments, VIP restrooms, VIP gate entry, and special VIP viewing area.
The festival website has additional information on patron passes, VIP packages, sponsorship opportunities, parking and shuttle bus service and the festival artist lineup.
Founding board members of the Nantucket Music Festival include Senator Bill Frist, M.D.; Dr. Bob Arnot; Adam Dread, Esq.; Gene Mahon, Barbara Elder and Tom Dickson.