EntrainJul 28, 2012 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha's Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since it's inception.
What better way to see a concert than sitting at the edge of the sand, with the ocean as a back-drop. Hear great regional and national musicians as they fill the salt air with the sounds of summer. Then, enjoy a dazzling fireworks display over the ocean. A great family night out. Bring a beach chair and experience what summer should be all about – fun, beach pizza, ice cream cones and more!
WHERE: On the Beachfront Stage at the top of Broadway
WHEN: Saturday night, June 30th – September 1st
TIME: Concert: 7:30pm – 10:00pm Fireworks: 10:15pm
ENTRAIN: Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain is also conga/djembe/trombonist Sam Holmstock, and Lead Singer/guitarist wiz Brian Alex. Joining them is bassist M'Talewa,
saxophonist/percussionist Phillip Young and keyboardist Tony Falcetti. Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse players as Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, James Mongomery, Flor De Cana, and Blood Sweet and Tears.
Entrain has recorded seven albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song."The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. As Sam Holmstock says, "The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!" Entrain's last record "Entrain 7-Just a Matter of Time!" has enjoyed heavy rotation in such trendsetter markets as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, among others and climbing important industry trade charts like those in CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report.
Entrain is currently working their 8th release titled "Reason To Feel Good", and is due out in February 2012. Their 1st pre-release single, having only been given to a few station late in November 2011, was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011. Combining top notch musicians with great songs infused with some passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is sure to be the best work from production the team of Major/Alex.
Entrain's visibility had increased a few years ago, as their song "Dancin' in The Light" had been featured in a national TV and radio commercial for The Sylvania Light Company. Also several tracks from their fourth CD "All One" are featured in the Artisan film"Cutaway", an action-thriller starring Stephen Baldwin, Tom Berrenger and Dennis Rodman. "Cutaway" premiered in May 2001 to strong reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. Producer Richard Glasser personally chose to feature "All One's" Shimmering title track prominently in the film. In addition the anthemic "Arm Yourself" and the ska tinged "Jolly Green Giant" (also taken from "All One") are included in the film.
Since it's inception, Entrain has jammed with the likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead Alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley, Not to mention amateur saxophonist and professional leader of the Free World Bill Clinton. Entrain continues to perform as a hugely popular live act throughout the North East and Mid-Atlantic, and in 1995 the band garnered a Boston Music Award for Best Live Show. Before their appearance on the "Cutaway" soundtrack Entrain's music was used as the theme song for MTV's Real World Hawaii, While their t-shirts, bumper stickers and posters have been featured on the popular WB series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer." Entrain has also starred in and performed a memorable TV commercial for one of the nations leading furniture retailers, which aired during the 1999 Super Bowl.
But Entrain's goal is not just to be the biggest and the best, says Major, "We wanna create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling. At the same time if we can help to make peace and love cool again... great! There's enough negativity in the world, let's spread a little joy around and whatch how infectious it can be."
With that in mind, Entrain had been working on a multi-media show called "Entrain's Drums For Peace", using projected video images behind the band to help emphasize the band's message of Peace, Love, Unity and a Greener Earth.