FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT
BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM, GREAT RIVER

Presented at the Carriage House, Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Sundays at 2 PM, by the Islip Arts Council with support from the Natural Heritage Trust, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Astoria Bank. $8.00 New York State Parking Fee. Program is subject to change. For more information, call (631) 224-5420. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2018 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE.




7/22 – Buddy Merriam
Buddy Merriam formed Buddy Merriam and Back Roads in 1980. He became close friends with the Father of Bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, and got to learn and eventually perform with him. Buddy brought Back Roads down to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to perform a few times. They also performed at the Grand Opening of the BLUEGRASS MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME and Country Music's Fan Fair in Nashville, TN. The group has played at most of the Northeast Bluegrass Festivals.
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7/29 – Mary Lamont Band
Called the “Queen of Long Island Country” by Newsday and the Christian Science Monitor, MARY LAMONT was three times voted Band of the Year by the New York Metro Country Music Association, and twice voted Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year by the New Jersey Country Music Association. Mary is also honored as an ASCAP Audio Portrait on ASCAP.COM. She has appeared several times in ASCAP’s prestigious Playback Magazine. Mary and her band completed a groundbreaking tour of Mainland China as the first American country band to tour there. Mary will perform contemporary and traditional country selections as well as upbeat original songs from her two CDs, composed by Mary and her husband Jim Marchese.
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8/5 – Ahmad Ali
Raised in a diverse community on Long Island, Ahmad was exposed to a wide variety of Soul and Jazz at home. The desire to play an instrument started young: he would put rubber bands on shoe boxes to make music In conjunction with a team, he started producing all kinds of entertainment events. Their rhythm section backed up artists doing all styles of music from classic oldies, to club music, to Caribbean and more. Ahmad expanded his support role to becoming stage manager for Protocol at the Paramount Theatre. Ahmad is heavily involved in the community, and he is active in several groups whose goals are social justice and equality. His combined love for radio and community activism comes to fruition in his work at WBAI 99.5 FM in NY and streaming at WBAI.org. He co-hosts the show “In The Moment” Friday mornings 3:30 -6:00 AM when you can hear an eclectic mix of music and talk.
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8/12 – Janine DiNatale
Performing professionally since age 16, Janine DiNatale’s multi-faceted talent has led her to various venues including solo concerts and studio recording dates. Janine has performed as the featured vocalist for the Atlantic Wind Symphony, during their summer series including a performance at the Brookhaven Amphitheater. She can also be heard on Dennis Edward’s (of The Temptations) internationally released compilation CD Dennis Edwards as lead and background vocalist.
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8/19 – Nina Et Cetera
Nina began studying guitar and singing at the age of 7 with her current bass player Tim. That was, 22 years ago. Since then Nina has studied at Berklee College of Music and has played in numerous bands. Although Tim is primarily an autodidact he did study North Indian vocal music for a number of years in New Delhi and managed a few semesters of music theory at Long Island University. In addition to performing Nina and Tim also teach privately. When they are not on the road they are writing and recording in a manner that combines the best of old and new technologies. Nina Et cetera performed professionally for the past 10 years in just about every imaginable venue across the Tri-State area; bars, restaurants, libraries, street fairs, assisted livings, bandshells, busking, vineyards, etc.
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8/26 – Homegrown String Band
The Homegrown String Band is a twenty-first century incarnation of the traditional family band and proudly carries on the tradition of families making a joyful sound and sharing it. Continuing a great American musical tradition of marrying continuity with innovation, the band’s unique sound is rooted in the rural string and jug bands sounds recorded during the 1920s and ‘30s, but is also very much influenced by the blues, bluegrass, jazz, and rock ’n roll. The band’s program of acoustic music includes unique interpretations of traditional material, as well as the original music they have created themselves in an effort to keep this great tradition alive. Sit back (or get up and dance) and enjoy a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music as The Homegrown String Band improvises and interacts like only a family can.
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FREE BROWN BAG LUNCH CONCERT SERIES IN BAY SHORE

Presented at the Bay Shore Band Shell in Dr. King Park on Tuesdays at 12:30pm. Bring your lunch and a chair. This program is presented by the Islip Arts Council with support from the Bay Shore Chamber of Commerce & BID. Program is subject to change. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2018 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE.




7/10 – Jack's Waterfall

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7/17 – Stephen Salerno
A classic Jazz Vocalist and Pianist, Stephen blends his style of performing traditional and romantic standards with the style of his two idols: Tony Bennett and Oscar Peterson.
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7/24 – Lone Sharks
The Lone Sharks are obsessed with exploring the points where jazz and swing meet rhythm and blues, and meets up with country music, and turns into rock & roll.
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7/31 – Linda Ipanema
Linda Ipanema, also known as the "Queen of Dixieland," is considered one of the foremost singers of Dixieland jazz.
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8/7 – Mind Open

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8/14 – Karpenteers

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8/21 – Two of Us

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8/28 – Ahmad Ali and Friends

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