Editor’s Picks: Sag Harbor American Music Festival

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Jane Monheit

An Evening with Jane Monheit

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival celebrates its ninth season with three main stage acts including an evening with Jane Monheit on Friday, September 27, at the Old Whalers’ Church on Union Street. An acclaimed vocalist, Monheit has earned two Grammy® nominations in her 20-year career in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Known for her sincere and romantic interpretations of song, the Long Island native has established herself as one of the most important vocalists in her genres.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $35 and available at the door. Reserved seating is available for members of the Sag Harbor American Music Festival.

Cassandra House will perform at Matriark on Main Street in Sag Harbor.

Cassandra House at Matriark

It is fitting that Cassandra House, the Long-Island based singer songwriter who has performed with Amy Helm and the Handsome Strangers, Shannon McNally and Lucy Kaplansky — and has been compared to female vocalists Neko Case and Patty Griffin — will be performing at a boutique called Matriark on Main Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday, September 28, at 11:30 a.m.

A folk artist, Case’s band has performed at The Great South Bay  Music Festival for the last six years, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Bradstock, The American Music Festival and Brooklyn Bowl, but this fall she will branch out to Sag Harbor as  one of the musical acts providing free performances for festival goers on Main Street.

Soul Inscribed

Soul Inscribed

Hip hop and spoken word collective, Soul Inscribed, will bring its eclectic vision of jazz, dub and Afrobeat to the JDC Stage in Carruthurs Alley, located between The American Hotel and the Romany Kramoris Gallery off Main Street, on Saturday, September 28, at 4:30 p.m. Led by Baba Israel with Grace Galu and Duv  on vocals, Sean Nowell on saxophone, flue and FX, Doron Lev on drums and Yako 440 on instrumentation/production, the New York-based band flows musically between crafted songs, improvisation and human beatboxing.

Jake Lear performs during the 2018 Sag Harbor American Music Festival. Michael Heller photo

Blues with Jake Lear in Carruthurs Alley

Guitar troubadour Jack Lear will bring the sound of Memphis blues to the JDC Stage in Carruthurs Alley, located between The American Hotel and the Romany Kramoris Gallery off Main Street on Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m.

A Vermont native, raised on the music of Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf, Lear has dedicated his musical life to the blues, living and performing for several years in Memphis, Tennessee, before moving to the East End.

Lear’s concert, as with all the live music offered during the Festival on Saturday and Sunday, is free and open to the public.

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