Good vibes are heading to the East End when the annual Montauk Music Festival swings back around for the eighth time. Organized with the help of volunteers, the four-day festival (May 18-21) will feature more than 100 up-and-coming artists performing at several locations around scenic Montauk. Musicians are coming from all over the country, but pay special attention to several local bands proving Long Island isn’t short on talent.
Sir Cadian Rhythm
Five diverse musicians came together in 2015 to form this Long Island rock band. Lead vocalist Jack Weppler and the rest of the group—Alex Laudani (Guitar), Matt Carlin (Piano/Vocals/Horn), Micah Cowher (Drums) and Richie Cluxton (Bass)—released a self titled EP a year later. Sir Cadian Rhythm is slowly making a name outside the New York scene with more than 7,000 likes on Facebook and several shows lined up, including one in Pittsburgh in June.
Carrie and The Cats
Blues and funk aficionados, Carrie and The Cats (formed in 2015) is an act to make sure to catch at this year’s festival. Carrie Lynn Wicks leads the band with her powerful, soulful vocals (just listen to the song above!) while the rest of the cats bring their own flair with help from the guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet and drums.
These Long Island rockers don’t like to be restricted by a genre, but they’ve been likened to famous groups like Sublime and Mumford & Sons. Since forming in 2014, Gnarly Karma released a debut album, Classic Breeze, with a second on the way and even earned a mention in The New York Times. There’s several opportunities to catch these guys as they’re scheduled to play three days of the festival.
Ladies Drink Free
Since 2011, these childhood friends from Huntington Station have been providing fans with smooth sounds of funk, R&B, soul and jazz while playing all over New York and in other states. Between 10 group members and upbeat tempo songs like “Block Party” and “Barclays,” Ladies Drink Free is sure to get the party started in Montauk.
Like Minded Criminals
Like Minded Criminals, which describes itself as “window breaking rock & roll from Long Island,” is for music lovers looking to jam out. The group is comprised of self-taught musicians, Kevin Preller, Eric Ponto and Anthony Quartararo, whose high energy notes are known to quickly capture a first listener’s attention.
She may only be 21, but Paris Ray has already written dozens of songs. The singer/songwriter from St. James started playing guitar at 13 and has been singing for longer than that. Ray already graced the stage at the Montauk Music Festival last year, but she’s coming back to grace the stage again.
The Offshore Regulars
Looking for a rock party mixed with some reggae? Then these five longtime buddies that make up The Offshore Regulars are the act to check out. Since forming in 2009, the West Islip band has released a full-length album and two EPs while also having performed at various venues across New York, including The Paramount.