When Jim Faith launched the Great South Bay Music Festival 10 years ago, he wanted to bring the vibe of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival to Patchogue.

“That was the vision I had,” says Faith, who will celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary with a four-day lineup in Shorefront Park from July 14 to 17, with two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash headlining the final night. “I knew I had something, and I knew I could make it work.”

Faith’s vision put the Great South Bay Music Festival at the forefront of a resurgence of local music festivals and its growth comes in what industry experts say is the fastest-growing segment of the concert business. And this summer will provide plenty of examples, as festivals of all stripes are springing up or expanding across the area. Read More

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