Where to Listen to Live Music This July

This month’s music picks feature rockabilly, Americana, jazz and New Orleans funk music!

1st–The Lords of 52nd Street
The Space at Westbury

Everything old is new again. This band, which is comprised of the same players who were Billy Joel’s touring and recording band during the 70’s and 80’s, has returned to prominence on the Long Island music scene. If you’re a fan of the music from such albums as The Stranger, Turnstiles, 52nd Street and Songs in the Attic, don’t miss this one.

6th–Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
Coopers Beach, Southampton

Concerts in the Park Summer Series

You can keep the 4th of July holiday vibe going by catching this legendary rockabilly outfit’s annual appearance at this idyllic beach venue. I was at last year’s show and it was a real hoot with the whole crowd dancing barefoot in the sand and swinging the good thing all night long.

14th-17th–Great South Bay Music Festival
Shorefront Park, Patchogue

Long Island’s premier music festival is always an exciting showcase for some of Long Island’s best local talent; this year’s lineup includes Miles to Dayton, Kerry Kearney, Quarter Horse, Toby Walker and Cassandra House. Also appearing will be a diverse selection of national acts such as NRBQ, Blues Traveler, Railroad Earth, Umphrey’s McGee, Graham Nash and John Sebastian.

17th–Interplay Jazz Orchestra
Treme, Islip

This seventeen-piece ensemble of veteran players has the distinction of being the only active big band on Long Island that performs original music. Their shows always feature an energetic approach to jazz while still maintaining the traditions of that musical genre.

31st–The Hoodoo Loungers
Gosman’s, Montauk

You can always count on this combo to deliver a taste of traditional New Orleans Brass Band, classic R&B and funk music as they conjure up the spirit of Mardi Gras during each performance.

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 johnnypierre.com to check out his music.