Recent Stories: Music & Nightlife

Christine Sampson
April 21, 2015
Stony Brook University will honor Billy Joel with an honorary doctor of music degree at the commencement ceremony in May.

Billy Joel’s long list of accolades includes six Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May, he’ll add one more: Stony Brook University will present him with an honorary doctor of music degree at this year’s commencement ceremony.

Christopher Walsh
December 17, 2014

Lou Reed, the influential musician who died last year in Springs, is among the next inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The guitarist, singer, and songwriter, known for his work in the 1960s with the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist, will be inducted in an April 18 ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame issued the announcement on Tuesday.

Lucia Akard
June 27, 2014

Maxfield Panish, an East Hampton local who attends the Manhattan School of Music, is hoping to raise money to buy a professional level Sverdlik violin. Mr. Panish has been playing the violin since he was five years old and now, at the age of twenty, he is preparing for a professional career in music. 

Taylor K. Vecsey
April 11, 2014

On Saturday evening, alumni of the Pianofest music program will gather at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in East Hampton for a free concert in memory of the late Rev. James B. Jeffrey.

"Most of the musicians have in some way, shape or form been touched by Jim," St. Luke's current rector, the Rev. Denis C. Brunelle said.

Joanne Pilgrim
April 7, 2014

     A dynamic trio of East End songstresses, Nancy Atlas, Caroline Doctorow, and Inda Eaton, rocked a sold-out Bay Street Theatre on Saturday night for "Way Out East," the East Coast precursor to an upcoming mini-tour out west.

David E. Rattray
August 29, 2013
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Patti Smith, the legendary New York singer, songwriter, and poet, will perform Saturday at the Surf Lodge in Montauk in a concert announced at the last minute. The $40-per-person ticket cost will be donated to the Montauk Playhouse Foundation, according to the Surf Lodge Web site. Advance purchases of up to four tickets per transaction can be made online at

August 16, 2013
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Sir Paul McCartney was all smiles as he greeted the crowd at Stephen Talkhouse on Aug. 15. The musician attended Jimmy Buffett's not-so-secret performance, the latter appearing to support Tom Curren, the evening's featured artist.

Outside after the show, Paul spoke with a number of well-wishers including Anjelica Huston.

Carrie Ann Salvi
August 2, 2013
<p>Internationally-known D.J.&#39;s are spinning each Saturday at the Montauk Beach House.</p>

Sound Waves at the Montauk Beach House is kicking from noon to 7 p.m. every Saturday through August, with a different internationally reknowned D.J.s spinning each week.

Tomorrow it's  jet-setting British producer and re-mixer Zen Freeman, and D.J. Vikas, who played for President Barack Obama's during the Democratic National Convention.

Last week Roger Taylor from Duran Duran spun some sets, and Vince Clarke from Depeche Mode, Yaz, and  Erasure played there on July 20.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 23, 2013
<p>The Wailers will perform two of Bob Marley&#39;s best albums tonight at Stephen Talkhouse.</p>

The Wailers will carry on the reggae messages from two entire renowned Bob Marley albums, "Survival" and "Exodus"  tonight at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. The show will be broadcast live on  Sirius XM radio, according to Nick Kraus, the bar's music-booking manager.

The public can witness it and add their applause with a $50 ticket  to the 8 p.m. show. 

Christopher Walsh
July 23, 2013
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What a weekend for live music! Friday night saw Leon Russell, the ultimate rock 'n' roll sideman, up close and personal as he fronted his band before a packed Stephen Talkhouse.

Christopher Walsh
July 18, 2013
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The English Beat will headline Rock the Farm, a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, happening on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. at Ocean View Farm in Amagansett. The following evening, the English Beat will perform at the Stephen Talkhouse, also in Amagansett, at 8 p.m.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 15, 2013
<p>Drummers can be heard at Sagg Main Beach tonight and every weather-permitting Monday of summer.</p>

Despite an obvious and large gap that used to be a 12-foot dune separating the Atlantic Ocean from Sagg Pond in Sagaponack, Hurricane Sandy did not destroy the ritual of Monday night drumming at Sagg Main Beach.

Those with Southampton Town beach passes or a good imagination can hear it on most Monday evenings. 

Escola de Samba Boom, a Samba-style band led by Richard Siegler, who is also a jazz drummer and instructor, will "hit it" around 6 p.m. They play on the beach until sunset, while fans of all ages dance, enjoy a picnic, or hula hoop.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 13, 2013
<p>A taste of wine and a breath of fresh air was offered at Wolffer Vineyard&#39;s wine stand on Friday night. Tonight, it&#39;s the Morris Golberg Trio</p>

Wolffer Estate Vineyard's wine stand in Sagaponack brought the Dan Bailey Tribe to the spacious, outdoor, and picturesque venue on Friday night. The band performed original African-inspired and classic reggae music surrounded by grape-filled vines, wide-open spaces for blankets, and two chair-and-table filled patios with all ages and types. Mr. Bailey sang lead vocals, played guitar and a conch shell during the show.

David E. Rattray
July 12, 2013
<p>Blonde Redhead on Saturday and Small Black on Sunday on the banks of Fort Pond.</p>

Blonde Redhead will bring its no-nonsense alt/art-rock to the Surf Lodge in Montauk for an early evening performance Saturday. Doors open at around 5, after an invite-only party for Beach Magazine's July issue runs out of steam. The New York-based trio play dense, dreamlike songs, with Kazu Makino's vocals floating above the guitars and drums. The Surf Lodge is on Edgemere Street near the Montauk train station. No cover.

On Sunday, Small Black, a synth-pop group out of Brooklyn, plays an evening show.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 9, 2013
<p>Shark Attack outdoor electronic music concert goes on . . . and off by 11 p.m.</p>

No blood was shed at the July 5 Shark Attack outdoor music "rave" with only a serious shortage of ice and an increase in traffic in Montauk,  an issue prevalent all weekend anyway.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 8, 2013
<p>Jim Turner will bring his four-piece band to play a live sunset show tonight on the deck of East Hampton Point, which overlooks Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton.</p>

Jim Turner will bring his four-piece band to play a live sunset show tonight on the deck of East Hampton Point, which overlooks Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the music will go until 9:30 p.m.

The singer, songwriter, guitar and harmonica player, and teacher is stoked to play at the "incredible location" he said this morning.  He used to play at the restaurant, hotel, and a marina often decades ago, he said, and appreciated the intimate, community feel there.

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 4, 2013
<p>A quick look at what&#39;s going on starting right now!</p>

Ruschmeyer's in Montauk has already started to get patriotic with Phantogram, an American indie pop duo, playing from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight. Afterwards, at 10 p.m., music will be performed by Charlie Klarsfeld, from the band The Americans.

On Friday, it's D.J. Jonny Famous at 10 p.m.

A "Kick the Hangover"party will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a People's Boot Camp fitness session and D.J. Stretch Armstrong. 

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 3, 2013

Last year, Roger Waters showed up at Amagansett's Stephen Talkhouse when G.E. Smith was playing, Nick Kraus, a manager there, said. He missed it, unfortunately, he said, "Pink Floyd was there and I was nearby and had no idea." Anyway, he is surprised that tonight's 8 p.m. show, which will include Taylor Barton, has not yet sold out.

Mr. Kraus also couldn't believe there were still tickets for Xavier Rudd's show on Thursday night, a popular performer he called an "Australian Jack Johnson."

Carrie Ann Salvi
July 2, 2013
<p>Winston Irie will bring peace, love, and music to three venues over the Fourth of July weekend.</p>

Winston Irie will bring peace, love, and music to Solé East on Second House Road in Montauk after the fireworks on Thursday.

Jah lovers will have another opportunity to hear the local reggae master at his ongoing, outdoor summer gig at the Memory Motel in Montauk this and every Saturday from 2 to 5  p.m.

David E. Rattray
June 28, 2013
<p>Rock the Farm, an annual summertime benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, has announced that the English Beat will headline its July 20 concert.</p>

Rock the Farm, an annual summertime benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project, has announced that the English Beat will headline its July 20 concert and barbecue in Amagansett. Tickets are available at and are $130. Additional acts are to be announced.

The English Beat were darlings of the 1980s pop scene with a ska-based sound. Dave Wakeling, a member of the original group, fronts the current lineup.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine.

David E. Rattray
June 28, 2013
<p>An East Hampton Town permit for Ben Watts&rsquo;s Shark Attack Sounds party, slated this year for Friday, July 5, at the Montauk Yacht Club, was approved in a split 3-to-2 vote at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday.</p>

An East Hampton Town permit for Ben Watts’s Shark Attack Sounds party, slated this year for Friday, July 5, at the Montauk Yacht Club, was approved in a split 3-to-2 vote at an East Hampton Town Board meeting last Thursday.