Where to Listen to Live Music This July

Get into the summertime groove with this month’s local live music picks. That includes the annual three-day Great South Bay Music Festival bringing thousands of music lovers to Suffolk County. These wild sounds of Americana, jam bands, blues, classic and alternative rock will have you bopping your head throughout the month.

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13th to 16th–Great South Bay Music Festival
Shorefront Park, Patchogue

It’s that time of the year when the Island’s music lovers head over to Shorefront Park. It’s three days of live performances featuring national acts, such as Gov’t Mule, Zen Tricksters, Rusted Root, The Zombies, Poco, The Wailers and Eddie Money. Beside digging the name acts, be sure to check out some of the stellar local acts that include Kerry Kearney, Cassandra House, Pete Mancini, Quarter Horse, Carrie & The Cats and The Offshore Regulars.

15th–Johnny Mac Band
The Brush Barn, Smithtown

With a little help from the rustic environs of a historic Long Island landmark, this top-notch blues outfit throws a genuine roadhouse style party in celebration of its latest album release, Ace. Along with the live music, ticket holders will also receive a copy of the band’s new cd and some downhome barbecue eats.

Mr. Beery’s, Bethpage

Make a point of catching this up-and-coming alternative rock outfit at this legendary watering hole that has been a mainstay on the Long Island rock scene for the past 24 years. Bearchild is fronted by the eloquent singer-songwriter Justin Williams who has logged time with such alt-combos as Lux Courageous and Gracer.

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.