The first day of summer is almost here and the Island is coming to life with the sounds of live music. Of course this includes the concert series at Jones Beach and Montauk’s The Surf Lodge. But if you’re opting for a more laid-back kind of night, Long Island has you covered. This month’s music picks kick off the season with a taste of blues, rock & roll, jazz and Americana music!
Ultimate Guide to 2017 New York Summer Concerts
11th–Woodstock Revival Concert
Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage
If you’re a fan of the original Woodstock Festival, you will most certainly enjoy this recreation. The event takes place in a historical landmark setting that provides a glimpse of Long Island life during the 19th century. On hand to provide a musical backdrop to your tie-dyed memories from 12-8pm are some notable tribute bands: Wonderous Stories, Half Step, Jellyband, Milagro and 4 Way Street. Along with the music, there will also be live painting and exhibits adding some more fun into the mix.
17th–Ralph Lalama Quartet
Ralph Lalama, a three-time Grammy winner saxophonist, has performed alongside such notable jazz greats as Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and the Mel Lewis Orchestra. Long Islanders will get to see him in action when he brings the energetic sounds of his Bop Juice trio to this comfortable haven for jazz and blues aficionados.
27th–The Mike Barry Band
KJ Farrells, Bellmore
KJ Farrells is one of the few clubs on Long Island that features bands who perform their own music. As part of this month’s Original Music night, be sure to catch Mike Barry’s lively Americana roots rock combo. The group will conjure a heady mix of sounds that reveal such influences as NRBQ, Rockpile and The Lovin’ Spoonful.