The Listening Bar July and August 2014

It’s music fest season! Get your lawn chairs, pack the coolers and kids, but leave the dogs at home. The time is now to enjoy great local and national acts in the comfort of our favorite outdoor venues.

July 2 – Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
Coopers Beach, Southampton
Southampton’s summer concert series kicks off with this popular local rockabilly combo. The concerts, which take place every Wednesday, alternate between Coopers Beach and Agawam Park. This season’s featured acts include Hambone Thyme, the indie mash-up group New Life Crisis and Project Vibe playing a tribute to Vivian Walsh.

July 10 – Stanton Anderson Band
Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson
The legendary Long Island rock combo opens the annual Summer Harborside Concert Series that takes place on Thursday nights (the name says it all). The lineup will include an appearance by Pure Prairie League.

July 18, 19, 20 – Great South Bay Music Festival
Shorefront Park, Patchogue
One of the highlights of the Island’s summer concert season is the annual Great South Bay Music Festival, now in its eighth year. In addition to local talent like The Last Hombres, Kerry Kearney Band, Miles To Dayton and Butchers Blind, be sure to catch some of the national acts that will be performing: BB King, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Bruey, Commander Cody and Anders Osborne. For more from the GSB festival see page 87.

August 16 – Long Island Bluegrass Festival
Tanner Park, Copiague
Now in its 12th year, this popular festival celebrates traditional Americana bluegrass. This year’s slate includes Tony Trischka & Territory, the Claire Lynch Band, Chris Maloy & Friends, Eastbound Freight, Meadowgrass and Fodderwing. In addition to the music, food, crafts and music workshops are on offer all day.

Aug 24 – Danny Kean
Carmody’s Restaurant & Public House, Rocky Point
If you’re looking for a unique musical vibe, make a point of catching an evening of blue-eyed soul with one of Long Island’s hidden musical treasures, Danny Kean. Kean, who won the famous Amateur Night at the Apollo three nights in a row, always delivers the goods!

Liner Notes with Chris James of The Last Hombres
Long Island Pulse: Now that The Last Hombres’ new release, Odd Fellows Rest, is getting some great reviews, what’s next for the band?
Chris James: After the Great South Bay fest, we’re planning on doing a series of shows in different parts of the country over the later part of this year and into 2015. We will also be starting sessions for a new album. I much prefer this type of work to regular work! Pulse interviewed the Hombres in our June issue.

Johnny Pierre

Local legend Johnny Pierre is a singer/songwriter from Lindenhurst. He performs around Long island with the Americana Blues band the Biscuit Kings. Visit to check out his music.