Your guide to the GSB Music Fest
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Your guide to the GSB Music Fest

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
7/11/2019


With over 50 artists booked for the festival at Shorefront Park, this guide will help you see the ones you really want

 

BY GLENN ROHRBACKER

 

IF YOU WANT TO ROCK

Taking Back Sunday

This band has been a staple in punk rock for over 20 years. Although the Long Island-based group has had a handful of member changes over the years, the current lineup – vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, drummer Mark O’Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper – have all been there since the beginning.

Time: Thursday, 8:45-9:55 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Joplin’s Pearl

Amber Ferrari dedicates her artistic gift to tributes of three of the greatest female artists of all time: Madonna, Pat Benatar and, currently, Janis Joplin. Ferrari’s stellar vocal range and nonstop rock attitude makes her a perfect fit for Joplin. Playing such distinctive venues as Theatre Three, the Patchogue Theater, and Suffolk Theater, and with authentic attire and a nine-piece band, this tribute will bring you back to the Summer of Love.

Time: Saturday, 7-7:50 p.m.

Place: Jambalaya Stage

 

IF YOU WANT THE CLASSICS

America

“A Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Sister Golden Hair.” These are just some of the hits that America has released since they formed in the early ‘70s. The folk-rock duo is celebrating 49 years since Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell became high school friends in the ‘60s. This performance will be a chance to relive their music, and even pass it down to the younger audience.

Time: Sunday, 9-10:10 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

War

If you remember being woken up to the theme of the George Lopez show at 2 a.m., you know War. Besides that hit “Low Rider” and the timeless classic “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” the band has continued to perform and share their message of peace. 

Time: Sunday, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Blue Coupe

Have you ever had to decide between going to a Blue Oyster Cult and an Alice Cooper concert? Well, now you don’t have to. Blue Coupe combines forces of the two legendary groups for an all-new experience. This dates back to the ‘70s, when both groups often played together, and they continue to rock stages across the globe, currently working on their third album.

Time: Sunday, 3:10-4 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Edgar Winter

Name doesn’t sound familiar? “Come on, and take a free ride…” How about now? Winter is behind the classic hit “Free Ride” and the hit “Frankenstein.” His performances continue to evolve and bring in more of his musical and literary skills.

Time: Sunday, 6-7 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

IF YOU WANT TO CHILL

Kate Usher & the Sturdy Souls 

This Montauk-based group brings in a soulful sound with laid-back beats, perfect for swaying and listening closely. Kate’s soulful voice is backed by several talented instrumentalists that give a different dimension to the music.

Time: Friday, 5-5:30 p.m.

Place: Clamshell Bandshell

 

Common Kings

All the way from Southern California, Common Kings brings together a wide array of influences for a pop/rock-infused reggae set. They’ve performed on tour with Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor, and their most popular song, “Wade in the Water,” has reached over 22 million plays on Spotify.

Time: Friday, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

IF YOU WANT SOMETHING NEW

Oogee Wawa

Oogee Wawa is an Alternative Reggae Hip-Hop fusion band from Long Island. The artist says: take Gym Class Heroes, Sublime, a bottle of rum; mix them in a blender and you’ll have a taste of what is Oogee Wawa.

Time: Friday, 4:20-5 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Ourselves + Others

This pop/rock band out of Houston formed in 2018 and has been developing a sound reminiscent of Walk the Moon, twenty-one pilots, and the 1975. 

Time: Thursday, 4:30- 5 p.m.

Place: Clamshell Bandshell

 

IF YOU LOVE
THE GUITAR

Kiss the Sky

By day, he’s Jimy Bleu, but once the lights go up, he’s Jimi Hendrix (the longest-running Hendrix cover artist). The band has played with and been praised by Hendrix’s own former band mates and has captivated audiences around the world.

Time: Saturday, 10:10-11 p.m.

Place: Jambalaya Stage

 

TAZ

Brandon Niederauer, nicknamed “Taz” for his ferocious guitar playing, got his start just like any other 10-year-old kid — on the “Ellen” Show. Now 15, Taz has played with music legends like the Allman Brothers, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Buddy Guy, and more. He was also the star of the Broadway show “School of Rock,” where he played Zach Mooneyham. 

Time: Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Kerry Kearney

He’s considered the slide-guitar master. Kearney was voted Best Guitarist of 1999 by the LI Voice and Bluesman of the Year 2004 by the LI Blues Society. He is also the recipient of the Long Island Sound Award from the LI Music Hall of Fame. In 2013, he and his band mates were each inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Time: Sunday, 2-2:40 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

IF YOU WANT
SOMEONE LOCAL

Fern Dells

Long Island musicians Joseph Rom (drums), Michael Perlmutter (bass), Eugene Iovine (keys), Frank Iovine (synth/sax) and Salvatore Santiago (vocals/guitar/synth) formed in 2018 to create a new musical blend to share with people. They take inspiration from acts like Bon Iver and Ben Howard, and their style isn’t easily described. Just go listen for yourself.

Time: Thursday, 3:15-4 p.m.

Place: Clamshell Bandshell

 

Local Motion 

Local Motion is from Westhampton Beach and is comprised of Luke Nilsson (vocals/guitar), Luke Jurow (guitar), Aiden Kravitz (bass) and Aidan Marsicovetere (drums/vocals). Luke, Luke, Aiden and Aiden have been making music together for over 10 years, starting with high school band and choir, now plugging in to play rock, funk and the blues.

Time: Saturday, 3-3:30 p.m.

Place: Clamshell Bandshell

 

IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

Sublime with Rome

The reggae-rock sound of Sublime was irresistible in the ‘90s and early 2000s, and not much has changed. Original band member Eric Wilson heads up Sublime with Rome, giving some new twists and modern flare to the classic style you know. You don’t need to know the words to enjoy this performance.

Time: Friday, 8:15 to 9:15 p.m.

Place: Main Stage

 

Baked Shrimp

The Long Island jam band has broken into the jam scene since forming in 2017, with an eclectic choice of material. On any given night, the pace can change from a pop tune to a heavy rock song to a classical selection, which weaves in and out of keys and time signatures. The band thrives off each other’s energy, making every night a new experience.

Time: Saturday, 1:30 - 2 p.m.

Place: Clamshell Bandshell

 

 

The Festival:

Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21

4 stages and over 50 acts

Tickets: greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com

*Schedule is subject to change*