Long Island’s long-running Great South Bay Music Festival hit Shorefront Park in Patchogue, New York, over the weekend, bringing together one of the more diverse and intriguing lineups of the season.
As with previous year’s lineups, the artists were loosely dispersed by genre throughout the four days of the event. Thursday’s lineup featured post-hardcore acts like The Front Bottoms, Thrice, The Get Up Kids, and Envy on the Coast. Friday’s vibe shifted toward reggae-centered acts, with headlining sets from Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, and 90’s ska-punk favorites Less Than Jake.
Great South Bay’s Saturday and Sunday lineups appealed most to jam fans. Umphrey’s McGee headlined Saturday evening’s bill along with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, JGB featuring Melvin Seals, and Andy Falco & Friends. Finally, on Sunday, the festival closed with help from American rock-and-roll and bluegrass favorites, including sets by Electric Hot Tuna, Little Feat, the Devon Allman Project featuring Duane Betts, and more.
Great South Bay is the biggest and longest-tenured four-day “American Themed” music, art, and cultural event on Long Island. Situated on the magnificent Great South Bay, the event featured approximately 60 performers on four stages, including music legends, contemporary favorites, and local emerging rock, jazz, country, folk, funk, zydeco, and jam bands, representing a large array of different American musical styles.