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Be sure to swing by the Rockaway Rugby Club in Riis Park, following the 41st annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this Saturday, for a performance by the “thirstiest” Irish band in the Tri-State area—Shilelagh Law. For nearly 17 years, these five lads have continued to perform to crowds which predominantly celebrate and embrace Irish- American music and culture.
For the ninth edition of the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, promoters with J. Faith Presents decided to go all out – expanding the yearly music festival to a four-day family-friendly affair in the heart of Patchogue.
Since its inception back in 2007, festival producer James Faith has watched the popularity of the festival grow leaps and bounds, quickly becoming the largest celebration of music and arts on Long Island.
“I believe that this fest resonates with true music lovers,” Faith said in a statement. “Music lovers that can really appreciate all styles of music and are open to new sounds and musical experiences. I’ve gotten the best feedback from people who say: ‘I loved Carolina Chocolate Drops or Umphreys McGee or Martin Sexton. Thanks for turning me on to them.'”
Beginning next week, the fifth annual Queens World Film Festival will showcase 117 short and feature films – 19 made here in Queens – with daily screenings at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria, the Secret Theatre in Long Island City and PS 69 in Jackson Heights.
Kicking off the week-long film competition, the museum will feature a special opening night tribute on March 17, to Leon Ichaso, a Los Angeles-based director of such groundbreaking films as “El Super,” “Crossover Dreams” and “Paraiso.” He will be presented with the “Spirit of Queens” award from Cynthia Lopez, commissioner with the Mayor’s office for media and entertainment. Ichaso will also be at the museum on March 18 to present his latest film, “Bitter Sugar,” which chronicles the political disillusionment of a Cuban revolutionary.
This story originally appeared in the March 12, 2015 edition of the Queens Tribune.
Festival producer James Faith said that when he first started the Great South Bay Music Festival eight years ago, in 2007, he started small, booking legendary folk musician Richie Havens as the headliner, growing little-by-little each year. Now, eight years later, headliners include such big name musicians as the legendary B.B. King, moe., Taking Back Sunday, Anders Osborne, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds to name a few.
The Great South Bay Music Festival 2014 @ Shorefront Park Runs July 18-20 and features over 50+ bands
Must See Performances
Taking Back Sunday
To kick off the eighth installment of the Great South Bay music festival, who better than Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday? The five-member post-punk outfit led by guitarist Eddie Reyes and frontman Adam Lazzara will close off the first night of the festival, performing hits like “MakeDamnSure” and “Liar (It Takes One to Know One)”.While the band won’t actually perform on Sunday, this will be their only New York performance, making Taking Back Sunday a must-see for any festival-goers.
With the recent release of No Guts, No Glory, moe. has been busy with their international tour. Following its performance at the Great South Bay Festival, the band will be headed for Japan and then Germany for three performances before returning stateside for Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn. less than a week later.
Musical icon Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner King is a blues legend who needs no introduction. On Sunday, B.B. King and his lovely Gibson guitar Lucille, will be performing at the Blue Point Brews stage to close off the final night of the festival with a performance guaranteed to rock the house down.