Editor’s Picks: Sag Harbor American Music Festival

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6th Annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival

September 29 – October 2

Frank Sinatra is one of many legends featured in Joe Lauro's film, "Legends of American Music."

Frank Sinatra is one of many legends featured in Joe Lauro’s film, “Legends of American Music.”

 Screening of “Legends of American Music” by Joe Lauro

Thursday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

The festival kicks off with an opening night at Bay Street Theater and a screening of Joe Lauro’s “Legends of American Music” (tickets $15 in advance), followed by a free performance by the Jazz Jam band in the Bay Street lobby with a cash bar at 8:30 p.m. The film is pays homage to some of America’s greatest musicians, including rare clips of legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Howling Wolf, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley and more. As a special treat, there will also be a “world premier” of a recently discovered performance of Janis Joplin singing “Me and Bobby McGee” to her friend, Jerry Garcia, in 1970.

 

Mama Lee Rose & Friends. Michael Heller photo

Mama Lee Rose & Friends. Michael Heller photo

 Free Music All Day

Saturday, October 1

The signature day of the festival is Saturday, October 1 with free music across Sag Harbor. Locations include Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor Inn, Harbor Books, Grindstone Coffee & Donuts, Suffolk County National Bank, La Superica, to jut name a few. Confirmed times as of printing included The Buzzards at 4 p.m. at LT Burger and Porch Groove at 7 p.m. at Back Page.

Mama Lee Rose & Friends will play the Marine Park Stage on Saturday, as will Inda Eaton and In Circles.

Michael Heller photo

Jake Lear at last year’s music festival. Michael Heller photo

Jake Lear on the Off-Main Stage

Saturday, October 1 Time TBD

Jake Lear grew up in East Hampton and was raised on the music of John Lee Hooker, Jimi Hendrix and Howlin Wolf. Lear spent years in Memphis, Tennessee and it goes without saying that he is dedicated to the blues. Lear recently moved back to the East End, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.

“The fundamentals of blues are pretty simple, after that it’s feel,” Lear told The Sag Harbor Express in an interview in 2014, soon after he returned home. “In Memphis I learned a lot of different styles…”

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks at last year's music festival. Michael Heller photo

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks at last year’s music festival. Michael Heller photo

Dance Party w/ Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks (Do we have photo of Gene Casey?)

Saturday, October 1, 9p.m.

New this year to the festival is a dance party under a “Big Tent” at Dodds & Eder, which is located behind Main Street in Sag Harbor. Gene Casey formed the Lone Sharks in 1988 and the band has been a mainstay on the East End ever since. The band’s 2012 CD, “Untrained,” celebrates the roots of contemporary Americana with 12 original songs that evoke the sweep of 60s pop, classic country and western and early rock and roll. The dance party includes a $25 minimum donation.

 

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