Life on Long Island
Models and music make ‘Waves’ in Montauk
With the appearance of a respected musical luminary working as a DJ while surrounded by beautiful people and under a blazing sun, the “Sound Waves” party series officially began its run on Saturday at the Montauk Beach House (55 South Elmwood Ave, Montauk, 631-668-2112).
Scheduled to take place weekly on Saturdays until Aug. 31, it’s a seven-hour fete (noon-7 p.m.), and will feature live performances and DJs -- some of whom are considered heroes of the classic alternative music scene.
The July 20 affair delivered on that front, with the day’s highlight an appearance from Vince Clarke, who as a member of such influential and beloved bands as Depeche Mode, Erasure and Yaz has a long resume of involvement with songs that were both club and radio hits (such as “Just Can’t Get Enough” [Depeche Mode], “Situation” [Yaz] and “Chains of Love” [Erasure]). He ascended to the Sound Waves DJ booth (which at this soiree was an elevated platform placed under a sun-blocking umbrella) at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and once working he received loud cheers and the occasional yell of devotion (one man’s scream of “We love you, Mr. Clarke!” got a round of hoots and applause of its own).
Clarke was preceded by a simple, mic-and-track performance from UK-based singer Natalia Kills, which followed a long mix set from Hesta Prynn – a NYC-based DJ who is originally from the Dix Hills area (and is better known locally by her birth name Julie Potash). The feel of the event was generally one of relaxation, with the overall music a tranquil blend of pop, hip-hop, R&B, old school, funk and house – although Clarke’s set began with a harder, more electronic energy.
The crowd took advantage of both the day’s 90-plus temperatures and the Montauk Beach House’s two pools, with virtually all in attendance dressing in either bikinis or skimpy, summer shorts and shirts. Food was also a major part of the ‘Waves gathering, with a manned grill serving skewers, scallops, burgers, sandwiches and hot dogs while the coffee shop turned out brewed beverages and muffins. Furthermore, as one might expect, the bar was constantly swarmed by the many guests seeking beer and cocktails, although bottle service was available for those who stayed at their daybeds and cabanas located around the pools and on the property’s grassy yard.
As previously mentioned, bikinis were the main style of the affair, but the Milly apparel company also made a fashion splash with a mid-party program of summer garb and swimwear. Delivered via a demonstration that involved models standing motionless on small blocks directly between the two pools, all present had the option to take long looks at the Milly outfit showing . . . and the slinky women who showed the pieces.
The next Sound Waves gathering is set for July 27, and it looks to build on last week’s celebrity itinerary by scheduling band Dirty Vegas ("Days Go By") to perform and having Roger Taylor of Duran Duran ("Rio," "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Girls On Film," "Union of the Snake") as the star DJ (along with a repeat performance from Hesta Prynn).
Admission is free but only guests that RSVP will be admitted; to do so or find more information check online at 727.mbhsoundwaves.com. To reserve a private daybed, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-668-2112. To follow socially, visit facebook.com/MBHSummerMusicSeries.