Get ready, get set for the Great South Bay Music Fest
The Great South Bay Music Festival comes to Shore Front Park for the 11th year in July.

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Get ready, get set for the Great South Bay Music Fest

Story By: NICOLE ALLEGREZZA
6/15/2017


This year will mark the 11th annual Great South Bay Music Festival. The festival is scheduled for four days, July 13-16, packed with over 50 performers on three stages, plus 10 educational performers at the KidZone tent.

The festival, at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, has been termed the largest “American-themed music and arts festival” on Long Island, with performers in classic and contemporary rock, pop, jam band, folk, jazz, blues, country and funk genres.

Festival promoter Jim Faith said the 2017 lineup is as diverse as ever, with bands including: 311, Taking Back Sunday, Gov’t Mule, The Zombies and New Found Glory.

“Locally, there are a number of bands including Sir Cadian Rhythm, Ladies Drink Free, Quarter Horse, and the very local band Soundswell is always a party,” he added.

Each night will feature a very different musical direction, said Faith.

Thursday will headline Long Island hometown boys Taking Back Sunday. “They played two years ago and tore it up,” he said. “It was a great night, something very special about artists coming home to perform.”

New Found Glory and Saves the Day will also appear on Thursday with approximately six other artists on the Bandshell stage. Friday is a rock, reggae, indie kind of vibe with 311, The Wailers and 13 additional bands.

Saturday is more of a roots-rock-jam-band day, headlining is Gov't Mule, plus G. Love & Special Sauce in his only NE "full band" show, Rusted Root, Spafford, who has been playing for Phish at their after-parties, and 14 additional bands on three stages.

Also on Saturday, Wonderous Stories will play the iconic 1967 Sgt. Pepper album in its entirety in honor of the 50th anniversary, as well as a few bonus tributes to the Summer of Love.

Then, Sunday, as always, is classic legends day with Dave Mason, Poco, The Zombies, Eddie Money, Jesse Colin Young, Aztec Two Step, and over 12 additional artists. The KidZone tent will feature a special Sunday morning concert with Disney’s “Imagination Movers.” 

The show will open on Thursday at 5 p.m. with the Bohemians followed by six performers at two stages before the headliner Taking Back Sunday takes the main stage at 9 p.m.

What is new this year?

“Philanthropy and music is where we are at,” said Faith. “As a family of native Long Islanders, running a roots community festival, we experience not only the amazing gifts and life that this island can bring us, but also the struggles and concerns that we are all faced with in our community.”

So, they have decided to take Great South Bay Music Fest in a more philanthropic direction. In the past 10 years, their Sunday Sticky Finger Run has raised more than $190,000 for breast cancer research. And starting this year, they are donating $1 from every ticket to the newly created GSB-Music, Stony Brook Cancer Hospital Fund. 

And as always, there will be no less than six not-for-profit organizations set up at the fest to raise funds and spread the word about their cause.

Times:

Thursday, July 13: Doors open at 4 to 10 p.m.

Friday, July 14: Doors open at 4 to 11 p.m. 

Saturday, July 15: Doors open at noon to 11 p.m.

Sunday, July 16: Doors open at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets prices vary but general admission starts at $35 and up. They can be purchased at http://www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.comor at the door. Some VIP tickets will also be available but usually sell out within a few days. Last year about 18,000 attended the four-day festival and this year about 20,000 fest-goers are anticipated.