What are you doing this summery July weekend? If you are not planning to head to Patchogue to catch the annual South Great Bay Music Festival, you are going to miss out on one awesome event. The festival, which kicked off on Thursday night with Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri, is chock-full of big name headliners and local musicians. With live performances spanning four days on four stages, including a Kidzone, there is literally something for every Long Islander — pint-sized to gray-haired rockers. Some of the musical highlights include: the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and 311 tonight; Sister Sparrow, Reckoning, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Miles to Dayton and Lotus on Saturday; Kerry Kearney Band, Zen Tricksters, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Jefferson Starship, Lou Gramm and Hot Tuna Electric to close out the festival on Sunday.
Since man, woman and child cannot live by Hot Tuna alone (although we have tried), the folks at Mom’s Concessionaires have lined up a multitude of vendors serving up some tasty grub and grog. No need to pack up a cooler (they are not allowed, anyway) — the food offerings are as diverse as the music: Italian sausage, London broil sliced steak sandwiches, custom grilled cheese, gyros, chicken pitas, giant turkey legs, barbecue, Jamaican and Asian eats, veggie wraps, fresh squeezed lemonade, smoothies, ice cream and the list goes on and on. Our friends at Blue Point Brewing Company are an official sponsor of the festival. Head over to the Brews Tent to quench your thirst with some of their icy cold suds. Wine drinkers, stop by the Grape Jam Tent for some local wines.
Bring your hunger and your thirst, along with your sunscreen, lawn chair and dancing feet. See you there!