Music Festival Packs Sag Harbor with Dancing in the Streets

Dawnette Darden of the HooDoo Loungers gets the crowd going Saturday night under the tent. Michael Heller photos

With perfect weather conditions setting the stage for the eighth annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival, event organizers said it was the most successful festival to date with likely record attendance over the weekend. Following a pair of concerts at the Bay Street Theater and Old Whalers’ Church on Thursday and Friday, dozens of bands performed before lively crowds on two stages, one sponsored by Jackson Dodds and Co. in Carruthers Alley next to The American Hotel, and another in a tent next to Dodds & Eder, which was sponsored by The Sag Harbor Express. In addition, local businesses opened their doors to original, live music, all for no charge to those in attendance. Some performances took place on sidewalks, others in parking lots. Photographer Michael Heller made the rounds.

14-time Grammy-winning recording artist Dan Tyminski performed at the Old Whalers’ Church as the headline act of the 8th Annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival on Friday.
Dancers get into it during “A Celebration of Sly and the Family Stone” at the Bay Street Theater, as the opening performance of the 2018 Sag Harbor American Music Festival on Thursday.
Nancy Atlas closed out the weekend with a set with the Nancy Atlas Project on The Sag Harbor Express stage on Sunday afternoon.
Nancy Atlas shouts out to a capacity crowd in the tent sponsored by The Sag Harbor Express.
Dawnette Darden gets the crowd moving as the HooDoo Loungers closed out the evening on Saturday.
Hopefully Forgiven played to a packed house on Saturday.
The Ritchie Siegler Trio performs at Wolffer Kitchen.
The Montauk Project performs on the Jackson Dodds Main Stage.
The Bodega Tall Boys perform at Provisions.
Guitarist Klyph Black and Joe Delia jam as Joe Delia and Thieves perform at the Sag Harbor Express stage.
The Buzzards perform at LT Burger.
Points East performs at the Gingerbread House offices of Brown Harris Stevens.
Bosco Michne and his band the Unsung Heroes perform at Sag Pizza.
Lynn Blue and her band performs on the patio of the Peoples United Bank.
The band Black and Blue performs in front of Geekhampton.
Jake Lear performs on the Jackson Dodds & Company stage.