Sag Harbor American Music Festival Returns for 10th Year

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The R&B, soul and pop fusion collective Michelle performs Thursday, September 23, in Marine Park. Courtesy Sag Harbor American Music Festival.

The 10th annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival (SHAMF) is coming to town from September 23-26. After a year off due to COVID-19, the festival is back with a lineup of completely free outdoor concerts to commemorate its 10th year.

Celebrate the diversity of American music and the blending of musical cultures like bluegrass, gospel, old time music, Appalachian folk, blues, Cajun and Native American which have served as the basis for jazz, rock ‘n roll, and other types of popular music today. All these genres and more will be presented live and free to the public featuring artists that span the globe and the regional community.

From a giant sailcloth tent at Marine Park on Bay Street to the new all-weather stage at Steinbeck Park, dozens of acts will be featured. Additional outdoor venues include cultural district locations such as the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, the Customs House, John Jermain Memorial Library, the Sag Harbor Historical Society’s Annie Cooper Boyd House and several pop-up locations to be announced.

R&B/Soul/Pop fusion collective Michelle with special guest Audawind

Thursday, September 23

7 p.m. Marine Park

Fresh from kicking off a 40-city tour with Arlo Parks, Michelle opens SHAMF with their R&B inspired harmonies and soulful, spirited melodies. Be ready to move and groove.

With a unique sound that combines country, rock, and pop elements, Audawind’s music is something that fans of all genres can enjoy. Overall winners of SHAMF’s Young Musicians Initiative, this band of teen siblings from the North Fork starts the evening with their inspiring original music.

Brecker Plays Rovatti

Friday, September 24

7 p.m. Marine Park

Jazz fusion pioneer and Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and flugelhornist Randy Brecker teams up with saxophonist, arranger, composer, producer Ada Rovatti and their quintet to perform from their latest album, “Sacred Bond.” This concert is presented with special support from the inaugural Hamptons Jazz Fest.

Saturday, September 25

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sag Harbor Village

Music all day outside local landmarks and businesses including stages at Marine Park and Steinbeck Park. Featured artists: Escola de Samba Boom, Soul Inscribed, HooDoo Loungers, Heaven Sent, HipLaJaz, Gene Casey & the Lonesharks, The Sheriff of Good Times, Greg Bucking Band, Dan Bailey and others.

Sunday, September 26

Noon to 7 p.m.

Sag Harbor Village

Music outside at main stages at Marine Park and Steinbeck Park. Featured artists: The Resilient, Nancy Atlas Project, Thunder Bird Sisters, Inda Eaton with Mama Lee and Rose Lawler, Damn Tall Buildings, Jake Lear and Underground Horns and others.

COVID-19 precautions: All festival goers are required to follow the most up-to-date CDC guidelines. This includes wearing masks for the unvaccinated and/or those who cannot keep socially distanced.

Schedules are subject to change.

For the latest line-up and festival information go to sagharbormusic.org. SHAMF is rain or shine.

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