Thousands of music lovers will gather in Patchogue this week when the Great South Bay Music Festival heads back around for the eleventh year. The four day festival (July 13-16) features dozens of performers across four stages. Some are longtime rockers from across the globe, while others are newer acts slowly building a following. Of course Long Island artists are part of the extravaganza. Head over to Shorefront Park to catch eight local groups loaded with talent.
Taking Back Sunday
Formed in 1999, Taking Back Sunday is one of the most famous bands to come out of the island. An album (Louder Now, 2006) peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is enough to prove it. The group, which released its seventh studio album Tidal Wave in September, hits the Main Coors Light Stage on Thursday at 9pm. Guitarist John Nolan recently told Pulse the group will perform material from every album and possibly some covers.
He may have been born in Brooklyn, but Eddie Money lived on Long Island when he was a teen. The multiplatinum artist, who rose to fame in the late 70s with hits “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets to Paradise,” will perform on the Main Coors Light Stage on Sunday at 7:30pm.
For a guaranteed feel good time, Oogee Wawa is a group not to miss. In fact, the band’s goal is “promoting positive vibes to the world.” The music is a mix of alternative, reggae and hip hop appealing to a wide range of ages. Catch the group Friday at the Clamshell Bandshell stage at 7:30pm.
Made up of siblings and longtime friends, this six-member Americana band from Stony Brook was formed in 2013. The group, which released a self-titled debut album last December, will perform on Saturday on the Clamshell Bandshell stage at 7:30pm.
Rock ‘n roll lovers who get a rush from the sound of an electric guitar need some Craving Strange in their lives. The unsigned group from Amityville came together in 2008 and has been touring ever since. Jam with them on the Jambalya Stage at 10:30pm on Friday.
Being a Patchogue native, it’s only right Cassandra House appears at the Great South Bay Music Festival. Influenced by legends like Queen’s Freddie Mercury and Aretha Franklin, her unique sound captures acoustic folk, alt-country and blues. House will perform at the Jambalaya Stage at 3:15pm Saturday.
Get lost in the beats when this Patchogue group takes over the Main Coors Light Stage on Saturday at 2:15pm. Comprised of eight musicians, Soundswell blends rock, funk, jazz and blues together and is known for its live improvisational music.
Nonstop To Cairo
Get a dose of some ska hip hop when Nonstop To Cairo jams on the Jambalya Stage Friday night starting at 9:35pm. Hailing from Baldwin, the five-member group is gaining recognition for an original sound that’s influenced by Sublime, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Notorious B.I.G.