6 Shows You Need to Go to This July

From an annual festival to blues and jazz, July is loaded with great acts. Long Island singer/songwriter Johnny Pierre gives us his monthly music scoop.

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7th—The Other Shoe
The Beer Garden, Freeport

The newest club on Freeport’s Nautical Mile is this comfortable outdoor venue that offers up a wide selection of quality craft beer, inventive cocktails and elevated street food. Along with the libations and eats, kick back while soaking up the sounds of The Other Shoe, an eclectic caravan of musical gypsies that play a heady blend of Deadhead grooves, Americana music and genuine reggae tunes. You can expect an evening of dancing and good vibes.

8th—Toby Walker
Long Island Museum, Stony Brook

Here’s a chance for you to catch a Long Island musical legend. Toby Walker is a fingerstyle guitar virtuoso who has plied his trade for several decades across the US and in Europe. Walker, whose repertoire features a blend of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass and old-time jazz, always delivers a genuine performance that resonates with the history of American music.

12th–15th—Great South Bay Music Festival
Shorefront Park, Patchogue

You can experience one of the best live outdoor concert experiences at this annual festival held in the spacious Shorefront Park. On hand will be national acts, such as Electric Hot Tuna, Little Feat, the Dickey Betts Band, Less Than Jake, The Front Bottoms and Umphrey’s McGee. Besides digging the national acts, make a point of checking out some of the popular local players that include Kerry Kearney, Miles To Dayton, Soundswell, Cassandra House, Danny Kean and The Joni Project. 

Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport

Be sure to catch this newly formed band as it brings an eclectic mix of new age soul/funk to one of LI’s most lively venues. The band, which features the seasoned playing of Josh Smith, Kyle Sweitzer and Nicholas Garbarini, is enhanced by the lead vocal work of Cassandra House, one of LI’s most popular female vocalists. 

20th—Wes Houston Trio
Metropolitan Bistro, Sea Cliff

Head on over to this casual eatery that features tasty items like pulled pork sliders and cauliflower mac & cheese and spend a delightful evening enjoying the Wes Houston Trio’s warm mix of American blues, country, folk, bluegrass and swinging jazz.

27th—NRBQ / Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
My Father’s Place, Roslyn

NRBQ is a legendary roadhouse combo, which is led by wacky keyboardist Terry Adams. Make a point of catching this spontaneous mix of rock, pop, jazz and earthy blues at this returning venue in Roslyn. Opening the show is LI’s most genuine rockabilly outfit, Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks. I’m pretty sure that Gene and the Lone Sharks will give NRBQ a run for their money so don’t miss this one!

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.