Every summer needs a soundtrack. Outdoor evening concerts by nationally touring acts can be found in local Long Island parks at no cost. Here are seven such shows in seven music genres you can see for free.
Junior Marvin & the Wailers
Bob Marley and the Wailers were known as the consummate reggae band and Marvin was part of that unit from 1977 to 1981. After Marley died in 1981, Marvin and the Wailers kept the flame alive, performing crowd favorites like “Could You Be Loved,” “Get Up, Stand Up” and “I Shot the Sheriff.” WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. July 7 at Tanner Park, Copiague. INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com.
Turn back the clock to 1961 when this fivesome doo-wop group from Queens made their mark with a song called “There’s a Moon Out Tonight.” If that doesn’t turn heads, the sweet harmonies of “Morse Code of Love” will be sure to impress. WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. July 19, Oceanside Park, 3800 Mahlon Brower Dr., Oceanside. INFO 516-292-9000, ext. 7382, toh.li.
A staple of the dance floor, Gaynor will forever be known in music history for her female anthem “I Will Survive,” a disco song that hit the top of the charts in 1979. See her belt out other disco tracks like “Never Can Say Goodbye,” “Let Me Know (I Have a Right)” and “I Am What I Am,” which are sure to make the crowd move. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. July 21, Tanner Park, Copiague. INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com.
Since the ’60s, Noone has been a legendary British pop recording artist with his band Herman’s Hermits, which sold millions of records. Songs like “I’m Into Something Good,” “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry the Eighth I Am” put them in competition with The Beatles. Today, Noone is on the road solo and can be heard as a satellite radio host on SiriusXM’s ’60s on 6 station. WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Tanner Park, Copiague. INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com.
Blue Öyster Cult
The Long Island boys return for a show of classic rock on home turf. For many years, they sold out Nassau Coliseum, and today partners vocalist-guitarist Eric Bloom and guitarist-vocalist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser are still going strong.
“We’ve been doing this together since 1969,” Bloom told said year. “There’s no magical formula. We each deal with each other’s strengths. Things gel in a good way.” Don’t miss the opportunity to catch these rock legends deliver FM classics “Burnin’ for You,” “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” in concert. Don’t forget to call out for “more cowbell!” WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Tanner Park, Copiague. INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com.
From his TV career to the concert stage, Orlando has been a familiar face from the ’70s. He began his career as a teenager in the doo-wop group The Five Gents and rose to great success with the trio Tony Orlando and Dawn, which spawned hits “Candida,” “Knock Three Times” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.” Since then, he has performed solo all over the world. WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Aug. 5, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks.
Melissa Errico with Richard Troxell
See Tony-nominated Errico join forces with Metropolitan Opera tenor Troxell as they bring Broadway pizazz to Sag Harbor. The duo is to perform a concert version of “Kiss Me, Kate” as part of Bay Street Theater’s Under the Stars series. With the music by Cole Porter and book by Samuel and Bella Spewack, this story focuses on two actors battling it out in life and love during a production of “The Taming of the Shrew.” WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at Mashashimuet Park, 395 Main St., Sag Harbor. INFO 631-725-0818, baystreet.org.