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.'”
The Great South Bay Music Festival will run from July 16-19 at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, featuring over 65 musical acts on four different stages.
Must See Performances:
Kick-off the festival with two time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. Selling more than six million albums worldwide, Caillat has quickly become an internet sensation. Her music video “Try,” a plea to women to accept and love who they are, has already driven attracted more than 40 million views on YouTube. Catch Caillat as she gets ready to perform on the Blue Point Brews Stage this Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m.
Considered to be one of the most influential and entertaining bands in the country, 311 will “come original” with a mix of reggae, rock, hip-hop and funk to cap-off the second night of the Great South Bay Music Festival. With over 9 million albums sold worldwide, 311 have developed a massive grassroots following. Be sure to catch 311 as they rock the Blue Point Brews Stage on Friday, July 17 at 9:30 p.m.
Mashing elements of progressive rock and electronic music together, Lotus is a multi-genre jam band that is guaranteed to have patrons on their feet with their uniquely upbeat sound. “Spirtualize” with Lotus as they rock the Blue Point Brews Stage on Saturday, July 18 at 9:30 p.m.
Electric Hot Tuna
Since their days performing with Jefferson Airplane, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady—the core members of Hot Tuna—have continued to perform their style of American blues music for people all across the nation. To conclude this year’s festivities, Hot Tuna will return to the Great South Bay Music Festival on Sunday, July 19 at 9:30 p.m., with an electric set that is guaranteed to have everyone leaving with their ears ringing and a smile on their face.
Try Not To Miss These Acts:
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Whether it’s the horns or just the “impression that I get,” nine-member ska punk band, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, can always put on show. You can catch the Boston, Mass. natives as they perform on the Blue Point Brews Stage on Friday, July 17, at 8 p.m.
They may not be your father’s idea of a “jam band,” but Twiddle has been taking improvisational music to the next level. Exploring musical genres with thought-provoking lyrics, the Vermont-based foursome produce an all-around “feel good” sound that everybody can vibe to. Catch Twiddle on the Blue Point Brews Stage on Saturday, July 18, at 5 p.m.
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
With a truly vibrant stage presence, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds are not afraid to get down and funky. Check them out as they perform the Blue Point Brews Stage on Saturday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood
Black Crowes-frontman Chris Robinson and his blues-rock Brotherhood, featuring members of the Crowes and Ryan Adams’ backup group the Cardinals, are ready to shred at this year’s Great South Bay Music Festival. Check them out when they hit the Blue Point Brews Stage on Saturday, July 18, at 8 p.m.
The Zen Tricksters
In celebration of 50 years of the Grateful Dead’s music, Long Island’s preeminent Dead cover band, will reunite for one-time only with Dark Star Orchestra-frontman Jeff Matson. Deadheads, be sure not to miss the Zen Tricksters as they rock the Blue Point Brews Stage on Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m.
The Lawn Boys
Perhaps, the Grateful Dead are too “before your time?” Well, for all you Phish phans out there, you’re in luck. Come “Split Open and Melt” with the Lawn Boys at the Jambalaya Stage on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m.
Local Artist Spotlight:
What happens when you take the rhythmic style of Sublime, the hip-hop flow of Cypress Hill and the punk-rock attitude of Blink-182? Well, I bet it would sound something like Oogee Wawa—a group of Long Island natives who love to party and rock the crowd. Check them at the Blue Point Brews Stage on Friday, July 17 at 5:50 p.m.
A nine-member jam collective from Patchogue, Soundswell is comprised of surfers, teachers, artists, poets and free-thinkers, all exploring the spirit of live improvisational music with each member adding their own unique sound. Drawing from a vast array of influences, the band’s collective goal is to create joyful, meaningful music by fusing rock, funk, jazz and blues with heavy rhythmic currents and a pulsating beat. Soundswell plays with a fluidity of sound from a willingness to embrace each moment, to ride each wave. So grab your board, dive on in and experience the swell when they perform the Blue Point Brews Stage on Saturday, July 18 at 3:50 p.m.
For a complete schedule of performances, visit greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com.