Long Island Festivals For the Win! Pirate Edition

Part of what makes Long Island special and unique is that it can’t resist a summer celebration, no matter how seemingly arbitrary the reason. Most people are aware of the special summer events that go on in their village, because it interferes with driving. But are you missing the fun of interfering with some other town’s driving situation on their festival day? You probably are, and I’m here to help you correct this glaring issue.

For the rest of the summer I will be blogging about little and big festivals on Long Island that you won’t want to miss. This is a music blog, and I will be focusing on festivals that support local music and local artists. By no means do I hope to get every one covered (if you know of one you’d like me to blog about, email me!)

Here is one to get you started: Sayville’s Pirate Festival. Yes, it’s a festival about pirates. Yes, that is the coolest thing that has ever happened on Long Island. So go. It’s this weekend (June 16-17) at the Long Island Maritime Museum. You get to dress up like a pirate (in fact, you get some kind of a gift if you come in costume) and go to a “Thieves Market” (I confess I’m not even wholly sure what that is, but it sounds awesome) and hear live pirate music.

“Pirate Music” comes in the form of sea chanties, nautical tunes, and “stolen oldies” from the likes of The Brigands, John Corr, the Bawdy Buccaneers, and Strike the Bell. Guys, I have checked these artists out and I am joyfully geeking out over each of them. Now that I have learned that there is an active pirate music scene (!!!) on Long Island I am a little ashamed and sad that I am not a part of it. Yet.

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.