OUT FOR A SPIN

Written By: Jenn Morson

A prelude to the Boston Pops on Nantucket this August featuring The Spinners.

When it comes to iconic music venues, New York has Carnegie Hall, Boston has the Hatch Shell, Nashville has the Grand Ole Opry and Nantucket has Jetties Beach. For more than twenty years, the Boston Pops on Nantucket concert has continued to crank up the production value, up the talent and sell out every seat on the beach. This year’s concert set for August 10th will be no exception with Keith Lockhart and his symphony orchestra being joined by the six-time Grammy nominated R&B legends, The Spinners.

The musical event of the year will kick off with singing sensation Brynn Cartelli performing the national anthem. Before becoming the youngest person to win NBC’s The Voice and touring alongside headliners like Kelly Clarkson, Cartelli could most often be found strumming her guitar outside The Juice Bar. Appropriately enough, it was an impromptu performance on Jetties Beach four years ago where Cartelli was discovered. Her performance of the national anthem will be a special homecoming for this local-turned-global talent.

Since its inception in 1997, the Boston Pops on Nantucket concert has served as the largest fundraiser for the Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Though the money raised by the event goes strictly toward supporting the hospital’s annual operating costs, this year celebrates the successful opening of the new facility, which came by way of a herculean $120 million capital campaign. Arguably the most sophisticated community hospital of its kind in the country, the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital boasts nearly double the square footage of its predecessor and is equipped with much of the same cutting-edge medical technology found at Massachusetts General Hospital. These successes will be highlighted throughout the evening with video presentations that will run over the sprawling jumbotrons.

“The hospital is the first new medical facility on Nantucket in more than sixty years,” says Laura Reynolds, who is serving as this year’s event co-chair alongside her husband Bob, “so it’s a chance to celebrate this historic project that so many people who will be in attendance have contributed toward.”

Once again, the night will be emceed by CNN commentator and longtime Nantucket summer resident David Gregory. “To me the Pops on Nantucket is the high point of the summer,” Gregory said. “It’s a great party, but it’s also a chance to feel connected to what binds the island together in all seasons—a community of caregivers looking out for all of us. I’m always happy to be part of it.”

The evening’s festivities will crescendo when The Spinners strut onto the stage. With a career spanning, or shall we say spinning, six decades and six Grammy nominations, this legendary R&B group will serenade the crowd with such timeless hits as “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love?” and “Rubberband Man.” As past concertgoers can attest, Keith Lockhart and his symphony orchestra have an uncanny ability to fall perfectly in step with whomever they’re accompanying, whether that be Carly Simon, Kenny Loggins or last year’s musical guests, The Beach Boys. This year’s collaboration will be sure to get the beach dancing, singing and spinning.

Reserved seating for this year’s concert starts at $700, while general admission tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children (children under five are free). For general admission patrons, seats are first come, first served, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for this year’s Boston Pops on Nantucket concert are available on the Nantucket Cottage Hospital website here.

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