Saturday, September 16, 2017 will mark the first Great Eastern Music Festival, presented by The Montauk Historical Society at The Montauk Lighthouse, located at the easternmost tip of Long Island. The Americana, roots, and bluegrass festival will be headlined by GRAMMY Award winning singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz “best live band in Los Angeles” (LA Weekly) The Dustbowl Revival, “rising country star” (Rolling Stone) Sam Outlaw; and “timeless” (CMT) 45-year veterans and Smithsonian Folkways artists Seldom Scene.
The idyllic setting provides 360 degree views of Block Island, the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. Proceeds from the event will fund ongoing maintenance of the Lighthouse and the maintenance of the retaining wall on the ocean side.
Also featured will be “banjo wiz” (Brooklyn Vegan) Tall Tall Trees Miles to Dayton, and Long Island bluegrass favorites, Eastbound Freight, and Buddy Merriam & Back Roads. The Save the Oceans Stage will feature performances by Gravity Jazz Quartet, Gene Casey, M2D Trio, Pluck & Rail, Bill Scorzari, He-Bird, She-Bird, Kirsten Maxwell, and Hank Stone as well as an ocean water quality display and lectures from the Montauk Oceans Institute.
“It’s been a long time dream of board member, Greg Donohue and The Montauk Historical Society to present a concert on the Lighthouse grounds,” said event manager and spokesperson, Bill Ayasse. “The natural amphitheater on its North side make it a perfect location. They would like to make it an annual event.”
Tickets are $65 for general admission, $25 for children ages 6 – 12, and free for kids ages 0 – 5. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.
For on-site sponsorship opportunities, please call John Brisotti, 516-527-6849.
The Montauk Lighthouse was built from 1792-1796 and commissioned by George Washington in 1797. The Lighthouse Committee of the Montauk Historical Society is dedicated to the protection, preservation, and educational development of this national historic site. Through programs, exhibits, publications, and special events, the story of this site will be conveyed to the public.