Long Island's Live Music has headed to the great outdoors of festival season! Communities have enjoyed the comradery live music creates.
The Montauk Music Festival
The Montauk Music Festival is a labor of love by volunteers. Produced by the Montauk Sun, created to support musicians while stimulating business in Montauk. Sponsor supported by countless businesses and individuals the efforts have seen increasing success since 2009.
Produced by the Montauk Sun, over 100 bands and singer songwriters drove the one lane into this town to participate in more than 300 shows. 30 restaurants and venues opened their businesses specific for the festival. The Gazebo on the Green offered a gorgeous space for all to meet for outdoor celebration of its’ town and its relationship to music. Highlighting two of my favorite bands below:
Attending as photographer for Non Stop To Cairo, a Baldwin based band creating a New York ska, funk and hip hop sound that just released their first full length CD entitled, "Dabble Heavy" with Blokhead Studios. Their energy fused sound is contagious! Frontman, August Harris in sync with co-vocalist, Nick Diamond (guitar) seems to create the frenzy that catapultes bass player, Matt Enzo right off the stage! loaded with horns, keyboard, flute collectively by Andrew Joseph, Moe Tompkins and Kevin Itwaru with always a surprise intense drum solos by Alex Turner! Currently, Non Stop To Cairo is playing the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California but you can catch them at The Great South Bay Music Festival on the Jambalaya Stage Friday, July 14th at 9:30pm.
Bunktown Falls have been up-n-coming till their cardboard sign, "help us buy girls drinks" propped up in an open guitar case made the 'going viral' hitlist! Now they are dropping their first full length CD entitled, you guessed it, "Help Us Buy Girls Drinks" with Breezy from Revolution. Known for their funky ska reggae sound the trio that is Bunktown Falls have been increasing in popularity. Alex Mundo, vocalist and guitarist claims that Montauk Music Festival has been the cataylst for getting the Bunktown Falls name out these last two summers. James Siepka, bass and Santo Puleo, drums agree that they owe a debt of gratitude for the love Montauk has shown them. Montauk loves them with bookings all summer long at The Sloppy Tuna's Sunday Funday every weekend 3-7pm. You can also check them, out along with Non Stop To Cairo, at Rick Eberle's Concert Series at The Jones Beach Bandshell on July 16.
Above photo is taken Saturday, May 20th at the Main Stage at Montauk Music Festival
Photographer: Lori Bockelken
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Festivals presented by Rich Rivkin
When flowers are in bloom and the aromas of Summer fill the air, there is an annual tradition that Long Islanders can count on. Since 2001 this is the time of year when Rich Rivkin's music festivals are in full swing.
Each event showcases high energy live music, eye popping art exhibits and live painting by dozens of regional artists, plus vending and family-friendly activities, situated at scenic parks throughout Nassau and Suffolk.
Spring Fest at Northport Harbor kicked off Rich's 2017 festival season on May 21st, with a smokin' drum circle facilitated by John Ward, followed by a stellar performance by Dave Diamond Band, and a three-hour SuperJam that rocked the Gazebo Stage.
On June 11th Woodstock Revival, now in its fifth year, was hosted at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, featuring Wonderous Stories, Half Step, Milagro, Four Way Street, and Jellyband, who gloriously recreated the music of Woodstock as the tie-dye clad audience danced in unison among the warm breezes.
Up next is Long Island Sound & Art Festival at Northport Harbor, featuring a drum circle facilitated by Richie Guerrero, and live music by Glass Bottom Soul, Ying Yang, and Ken Talve Trio. This free event takes place at Northport Village Park on August 20th from Noon until 6:30pm. Bring a chair and your dancin' feet!
Grateful Fest closes out the 2017 season at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton; a day of art and live Grateful Dead music by Half Step, Dead On Live, Reckoning, The Electrix, and Unbroken Chain, on September 17th from Noon until 8pm. Don't forget your tie-dye!
After forty-one festivals, one thing is for sure; Rich Rivkin knows how to throw a party!
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Rich Rivkin Festival
Photographer: Artie Raslich
Photographer: Joel Werner