Festival Recap: Beach Road Weekend on Martha’s Vineyard

Innaugural Year for Beach Road Festival

The very first Beach Road Weekend music festival kicked off on Friday at the Tisbury Veteran’s Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven, MA. The inaugural three day event consisted of a fantastic billing headlined by John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), and Grace Potter.

The festival was the brainchild of organizer Adam Epstein, and was meticulously put together to accommodate the tight quarters and access provided by the quaint island haven. Extra ferrys were scheduled to serve the anticipated additional traffic.

Friday events included a screening of the 1975 blockbuster film “Jaws,” which was filmed on location in Marta’s Vineyard. The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra provided a live accompanying musical soundtrack.

What’s Up Rhode Island was there to cover Day 2 of this special event. The weather was beautiful, and the trip there was easier than expected with an hour long ferry ride out of New Bedford into Vineyard Haven. A five minute walk ensued to the park, which was laid out perfectly. There were plenty of food, beer and wine, and artisan tents located throughout the venue. The two stages were set up perfectly to accommodate local acts on the smaller MV Stage, and the main acts on the larger Beach Road Stage.

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There was a VIP section which consisted of organized seating, and a spacious general admission area for lawn chair viewing. There was also plenty of room for dancing, which was constantly being taken full advantage of by the enthused crowd of upwards of 4,000 attendees.

Saturday’s lineup included Super Diamond, and excellent Neil Diamond cover band, Mason Jennings, North Mississippi Allstars, Alejandro Escovedo, Dispatch, and capped off with John Fogerty. Local favorites included Siren Mayhew, Rose Guerin, the Dock Dance Band, and Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish.

With Woodstock’s 50th anniversary near, Fogerty reminisced about his time performing there, and joked about what it was like to have to follow the Grateful Dead’s set. He then rocked the crowd with an energized set playing the same Rickenbacker he played at Woodstock.

An even larger crowd is expected today, with a spectacular lineup including Phil Lesh, Grace Potter, Galactic, Matisyahu, Karl Denson, and The Original Wailers.

If What’s Up Rhode Island’s time at the event on Saturday is any indication, this festival definitely has the wherewithal for future success. See the slideshow below for photos.