The 12th annual Great South Bay festival is set to celebrate with a bang! From July 12 to 15, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, New York, will bustle and boogie with the music, art, food and goods.
It will feature acts including The Dickey Betts Band, Umphrey’s McGee, Sublime with Rome, Pidgions Playing Ping Pong, Papadosio, Little Feat, Electric Hot Tuna, The Devon Allman Project Feat. Duane Betts, Dirty Heads, Less than Jake, The Front Bottoms, Thrice and a boat load of exceptional support in the Bay.
Festival founder Jim Faith had a moment to spread some insight on why GSB is the summer festival for you:
Celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, Great South Bay has enjoyed a successful run in the middle of the “festival boom,” why do you think that is?
I believe that we tap into another group that is not well-represented. The “family”! I grew up in Brooklyn, and spent a lot of time at the Central and Prospect Park band-shell concerts, and the audiences at these free shows were families. Families on blankets, all ages, watching the major headliners of the day. I always wanted to re-create that vibe, and Long Island being a bedroom community, is the perfect place to present that type of festival. Though we are a serious music fest, for serious music lovers, it’s a family music festival. We are not a fest coming to a community, we are our community! We host about seven needy charities, as well we donate $1 from every ticket to children’s cancer research. We’ve raised over a quarter of a million dollars to-date.
As a non-camping festival, what do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of that?
Disadvantages are there are many music lovers, especially my Saturday jam-band crowd, that love to camp, hang for the weekend, especially at a scenic location like Shorefront Park, which is right on the Great South Bay. But the fest has a lot of residents living nearby, and it wouldn’t be fair to them. As it is, the residents are more than gracious considering that we do upset their lives a bit.
Advantages? We don’t have to curate 24 hours of events and music, and it’s a bit less costly. But I’m a jam-band guy. I’d still prefer camping!
What distinguishes this year’s event from years prior?
I am pleased to say that the fest has grown in leaps and bounds. That fact alone translates to a better all-around experience for the attendees. Plus the headliners have gotten much bigger, and each day is musically much more diverse than in past years.
What acts are you looking forward to the most this year?
I am excited to hear Allman Brothers co-founder and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Dickey Betts and his nand. Sunday has a historic lineup, with remaining Allman Brother Dickey, plus Gregg Allman’s son’s band the Devon Allman Project, featuring Dickey’s son Duane Betts. Supporting are the legendary Little Feat and Electric Hot Tuna. Should be a blast! Also excited about Umphrey’s McGee, one of the finest jammers touring today. Saturday is typically my favorite day. Great music, cool crowd, all of it!
What else can people look forward to besides the music at GSB?
More than 50 artisans and craftspeople, some really cool foodie trucks serving funky as well as healthy choices. Four stages, and more than 65 performers from headliners to emerging artists. And all on the magnificent Great South Bay of Long Island.
What is the future for GSB?
More growth re: experiences and presenting important artists.
I would love to be able to just lay great music on everyone! Not just artists they know and love, but artists that they should know, and would love. And not worry if we will sell enough tickets to survive.
I can dream!
Daily Schedule can be found here: http://www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com/schedule/
Tickets are available here: http://www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com/tickets/