By DOTTIE PARIS
PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – The Great South Bay Music Festival returns to Shorefront Park in Patchogue Village July 18-21 to celebrate its 13th Anniversary. Headliners include Taking Back Sunday, Slightly Stupid, War and America.
The four-day fest presented By King O’Rourke features more than 75 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indie, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres.
The Great South Bay Music Festival lineup includes iconic post-hardcore bands, and hometown favorites, Glassjaw, plus Scranton, Penn. rockers The Menzingers, and ex My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero and the Future Violents supporting. Ten artists will perform on two stages.
Friday, July 19 brings a genre busting rock-reggae party to the south shore with over 20 performers on four stages. Headlining the Main Stage is Slightly Stoopid, described as: “A Spiritual bath of positive party energy. reggae rock favorites Sublime w Rome returns, with SOJA, and Common Kings supporting.
Saturday at Great South Bay is always “Jam-Day”, and this year GSB brings it’s most eclectic and diverse lineup to date. Fest favorites Lotus headlines the Main stage, with Dweezil Zappa supporting and carrying the eclectic Frank Zappa torch. Also appearing on the Main Stage are Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish, and the Englishtown Project.
On the “Jambalaya Stage” Great South Bay will present a 50th anniversary Tribute to the ’69 Woodstock Festival. Headlining will be Kiss The Sky, featuring Juma Sultan, Hendrix percussionist at the original Woodstock Festival. Also appearing is Who’s Next, considered the premier Who tribute, Joplins Pearl, The Band Band, and Halfstep, playing the music of the Grateful Dead.
Sunday is traditionally Classic Rock day, and this year it’s all about “Legends, and Future Legends.” Grammy winners and perennial rock favorites America are celebrating their 49th anniversary. Original founding members: Gerry Beckley, and Dewey Bunnell met in high school, and 40 plus years later are still making music together, and touring the world.
Supporting America is the Multi-platinum-selling WAR. Main Stage support also includes The Edgar Winter Band and Blue Coupe, a fusion of Blue Oyser Cult founders Joe and Albert Bouchard, and Dennis Dunnaway of Alice Cooper’s Band. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, the phenom guitarist who, at just 15 years old, has shared the stage with Gregg Allman, Gary Clark Jr., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Warren Haynes, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Dweezil Zappa and so many more, is no doubt on the road to being a “Future Legend”.
Some new artists set to perform are Fern Dells, Walk-A-Bout, Andre Fortier and Tricycle and Jake Incao, and The End of America.
New at Great South Bay: In an effort to support and nurture original singer–songwriter and emerging artists, Great South Bay has added the “Busker Stage” to showcase some of these artists music. It is an addition of 15 artists, and the fest will now present over 75 performers, (66 are all original), on four stages.
Great South Bay Music Fest is committed to doing all it can to support our less fortunate. The group organizes the Great South Bay and WBAB will, for its 13th year, present the Sticky Finger Motorcycle Run, a bike run to support the Stony Brook Children’s Cancer Center.
Great South Bay will donate $1 from every ticket sold to the GSB-Stony Brook Cancer Center Fund. To date, the fest has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the cancer center. Since 2017, GSB has installed the “Storyville Tent”, where up to six Long Island-based organizations can set up a booth, and spread the word about their cause, and raise funds.
Ticket price includes all concerts and entertainment. Food and beverages not included.
Children 10 and under are free, except for the Sunday children’s concert.
Thursday, July 18: Doors are at 3 pm, till 10 pm.
Friday, July 19th: Doors are at 3 PM, till 11 pm,
Saturday the 20th .: Doors are at 1:00pm, till 11 PM,
Sunday the 21st: 11 am doors for Great South Bay’s annual Kids Concert
Sunday Regular Fest Ticket holders: 1:30 Doors, till 10 pm.
Shorefront Park is located just a few miles south of LIE, exit 63S.