Fame! Music! Boats! The Port Jefferson American Music Festival

Port Jefferson is already known as being an arty community full of music. Now that the Long Island Music Hall of Fame is moving there (you didn’t know? Now you do), it is about to up the ante on that reputation even further. As a means of celebrating music, and possibly also showing Patchogue that there is more than one P-town that supports the arts on this island, the town has scheduled a huge music festival for this coming weekend. The proceeds will be benefitting the LI Music Hall of Fame’s new museum.

This festival boasts three days of music, music, music, from acts large and small. What they have in common is that they’re local. And that’s awesome.

A recurring thing for me in my “other” life (i.e., the small part of it that is not centered around music), is that I’ll talk about local music and be met with both enthusiasm and confusion. “I love going to see live music!” the person will say. “I wish there was anything like that around here!” At this point, depending on my mood, I’ll either say, “But there is!” and tell them about an upcoming show, or they’ll get a lengthy lecture about how corporate culture is killing real community and this is why nobody knows about live music on their own block. (My apologies to those of you who have received this lecture.)

Anyway, this festival proves once and for all that Long Island’s music scene is huge, diverse, and exciting, because they have crammed three whole days full of Long Island music (and honestly, it’s just the tip of the iceberg). There are 25 acts on 5 different stage, and I’m not going to list them for you (they have already been listed on The Port Jeff Music Festival website) but here are a few of my favorites: Rough Folk, Deborah Lombardi, and Sunrise Skyline. Oh, and Kerry Kearny is commandeering an entire boat (yes, really) on Saturday night for a “Blues and Brews” cruise—more information about that on his website.

All told, if you set foot in Port Jefferson at any time this weekend you are guaranteed a good time.

rorie kelly

Rorie Kelly is a singer/songwriter from various parts of Long Island. She recently released her debut CD called "Wish Upon a Bottlecap." Rorie and her band play regularly in NYC and on the island. Please visit roriekelly.com for more information and pretty songs.