8 Must-See Local Bands at Great South Bay Music Festival

It’s festival season and one of Long Island’s biggest and baddest is back for its 10th year: The Great South Bay Music Festival. The gathering of musical festivities pays homage to national and local bands, bringing the best of the best to one outdoor venue for music lovers to enjoy all weekend long.

With approximately 60 performers and 4 stages, you can’t possibly see them all (all the power to you if you can). Here are the eight must-see Long Island-based bands that will be rocking the fields of Shorefront Park from July 14–17.

“Lyrics of self-awareness, discovery and rebirth” accompany dark pop, guitar riffs, and with the addition of two band members, a new, unique sound. This five-member band released their EP “Animal” earlier this year, and will be performing on July 14 on the Clamshell Bandshell.

Funkin’ A

If you like the Funk genre, check out this local band on the Jambalaya Stage on July 16. The band jams with strong vocals and a heavy horn sound, creating groovy tunes to inspire dancing and fun vibes.

Ladies Drink Free
Performing all across the east coast, Ladies Drink Free will be playing on July 16 on the Jambalaya Stage. The band just released their debut self-titled album, fusing modern pop, funk, rock, world rhythms and R&B.

Hopefully Forgiven
Hopefully Forgiven delivers an Americana sound with rich harmonies and bring in fans of all ages to their stage. Voted the ‘Best Band in the Hamptons’ by Dan’s Papers two years in a row, they’ll be performing July 16 on the Jambalaya Stage.

The Joni Project
On July 16 on the Jambalaya Stage, this jazz and jam band brings songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Katie Pearlman to light, along with Alan Lerner on drums, Dave Berg on guitar, Dan Ehrlich on bass and Mark Mancini on keys.


Long Island breeds funk-rock bands like no tomorrow, and this one’s playing July 17 on the Jambalaya Stage. Featuring bongos, percussion, vocals, bass, guitar, flute, saxophone, bells and whistles—you won’t want to miss these nine-band members jam out.

Sir Cadian Rhythm
From the Paramount to the GSB, Sir Cadian Rhythm will rock out on the Jambalaya Stage on July 17. Listen to the rock-fusion band play songs from their latest EP, Identity Crisis and more.

The Montauk Project

East Enders Jasper Conroy and Mark Schiavoni take the stage as The Montauk Project on July 17 on the Jambalaya Stage. With a new release in the forefront, be sure to find a spot to listen to this hard-rock band with a psychedelic twist.

The Great South Bay Music Festival will be held at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, July 14–17.