|Gifted vocalist Marc Martel will bring the music of legendary rock band Queen to Nantucket this summer as he joins the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra as the special musical guest for the 24th annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert to benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Tickets are on sale now and available at NantucketHospital.org/Pops|
Martel’s incredible talents were showcased in the Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody” as he was chosen to be one of the voices of Freddie Mercury for the Queen biopic. Martel was previously tapped by original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor to front their official tribute, The Queen Extravaganza, before setting out on his own in 2017 with The Ultimate Queen Celebration. His viral YouTube videos have generated millions of views, and Martel has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” singing the Queen classic “Somebody to Love.”
After 23 memorable years, the annual Boston Pops on Nantucket concert continues to be the largest and most popular summer event on the island, attracting thousands of island residents and visitors to Jetties Beach for a night of unparalleled entertainment to support the general operations of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. This year’s event is set for Saturday, August 8, with gates opening at 4:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show.
Joined by Marc Martel, conductor Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will once again turn Jetties Beach into a world-class concert venue. This year’s event chairs are Michelle and Bob Atchinson, summer residents of Nantucket and generous supporters of the hospital.
The annual concert is the largest single fundraiser for Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and all the net proceeds generated during the event stay on Nantucket to sustain the hospital’s year-round commitment to the health and wellbeing of the island community.
Martel follows previous special musical guests for the Boston Pops on Nantucket concert including last year’s act, The Spinners, as well as former special guests that include The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Matthew Morrison, Michael Cavanaugh, Carly Simon, Linda Eder, Joel Grey, and the late Natalie Cole.
Martel previously performed with The Boston Pops at their summer home Tanglewood in the Berkshires in June 2019. Each Christmas, Martel releases EP’s of traditional holiday songs recorded with a fresh perspective and sound. The last four radio singles off these albums have garnered him Top 10 chart positioning on Billboard’s Christian AC chart. In 2018, Martel released his newest CD, “Thunderbolt & Lightning,” an 8-song record in which he re-created some of the biggest Queen songs in their vast catalogue of music. Tickets are on sale now!