Where to Listen to Live Music This August

Our music picks for this month include Latin jazz, down home blues, psychedelic bluegrass, gospel funk and Indie rock.

9th–Mambo Loco
Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst

Don’t miss the chance to spend an evening digging the sounds of this tasty Afro-Cuban combo as they perform a lively show of “Old School” Latin jazz under the stars.

13th & 14th–WUSB Benefest
Katie’s of Smithtown

This two-day fundraiser for WUSB, Long Island’s most eclectic college radio station, features many of the best musicians from the Long Island music scene. This year’s lineup of performers includes The Welldiggers, Johnny Mac Blues Band, Frune, Blue Roots with Chrissie O’Dell, Christine Sweeney & The Dirty StayOuts, 42nd & Nelson and the Mark Newman Band.

16th–Free Grass Union
The Beach Hut at Meshutt Beach, Hampton Bays

Free Grass Union is a unique roots trio which has become a popular act on the Northeastern festival circuit. Their sound is a combination of traditional bluegrass music and quirky jams that are filled with touches of 60s psychedelia.

18th–Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
The Boulton Center, Bay Shore

This Brooklyn-based outfit sports a tightly woven style of music that combines gospel funk and Memphis soul sounds. You can always expect a raucous high energy performance from this down home backwoods collective.

26th–Shoeffel
Marco’s Waterfront Grill, Port Washington

This indie jam band is beginning to acquire a solid reputation as a band to watch. Now’s the time to catch them while they’re still working the small venues.

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.