The Sag Harbor American Music Festival (SHAMF) returns this weekend, with musicians performing throughout the village from Thursday, September 28, through Sunday, October 1. In addition to its lineup of completely free outdoor concerts, SHAMF will also add a “restaurant night” on Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sen, K Pasa, Sag Pizza, El Taco Bar and Kidd Squid. The festival is also bringing back the Alley Stage by The American Hotel while continuing to provide eclectic, joyful musical experiences for all.
An opening night concert on Friday at the First Presbyterian (Old Whalers’) Church will feature Grammy-nominated nominated blues/roots artists Amythyst Kiah at 8 p.m. (tickets $40). On Saturday at 8 p.m. Sag Harbor native Sara Hartman performs at Bay Street Theater along with Joe Delia & Friends (tickets $30 in advance, $40 at the door). The rest of the weekend will feature free live music at village stages (Steinbeck Park, Marine Park and Alley Stage) on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Get ready to celebrate the diversity of American music and explore how the blending of musical cultures created gospel, blues, jazz, folk, Americana and continues to evolve in popular music today. All these genres and more will be presented live over the course of the weekend featuring artists that span the globe and the regional community.
From the giant sailcloth tent at Marine Park to the all-weather stage at Steinbeck Park and the fan favorite Alley Stage next to The American Hotel, dozens of acts will be featured. Additional venues include the Civil War Monument at Main and Madison, shopfronts and restaurants. These performances are free and open to the public, with costs covered by sponsorships and donations. Purchase tickets and browse the latest music updates at sagharbormusic.org or pick up the festival guide around the village. SHAMF is rain or shine.
One fine body…