No ticket, no problem. Free outdoor concerts are an essential part of a Long Island summer. Catch headliners you’d pay to see in the fall, winter and spring. Here are some dates to save:
DOWNTOWN SOUNDS, GLEN COVE
JULY 8 The Sidemen featuring the Uptown Horns
Glen Cove has a tradition of showcasing bands during the summer at its Downtown Sounds series in the village square at School and Glen Streets. This year, backing members of the Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts & Great Southern, the Rolling Stones, the Johnny Winter Band and Lenny Kravitz’s band join forces in The Sidemen featuring the legendary Uptown Horns. This 11-man band is like an all-star team of supporting musicians.
“There’s no spotlight on one guy,” says guitarist-vocalist Andy Aledort, 60, of Sea Cliff, who plays with Dickey Betts & Great Southern and the Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tour. “They just want to strengthen the show and the other musicians that they play with.”
The set will consist of cover songs like “Hideaway” (Johnny Winter), “Whipping Post” (Allman Brothers) and “Brown Sugar” (Rolling Stones).
“Musically, we pull from everybody’s background,” says Aledort, who owns Forest Books in nearby Locust Valley with his wife, Tracey. “We make reference to the linage of each guy and try to put a show together of music that people know and love.”
JULY 22 Witness a piece of Long Island rock history when the Stanton Anderson Band reunites onstage, reviving that early-’70s magic.
AUG. 12 Saxophonist Richie Cannata brings the Lords of 52nd Street to his hometown as these former members of the Billy Joel Band play their old catalog.
INFO 516-759-6970, glencovedowntown.org; shows start at 7:30 p.m.
JOHN J. BURNS PARK, MASSAPEQUA
The Town of Oyster Bay rolls out another roster of its popular “Music Under the Stars” program. These are some shows not to be missed:
JULY 6 Straight from Billy Joel’s current touring band, Michael DelGuidice and Big Shot cover the Piano Man.
JULY 9 Vertical Horizon brings back the late ’90s with hits “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)” and “Everything You Want.”
JULY 23 LI’s own Vanilla Fudge makes their return on the “Spirit of ’67” tour.
JULY 30 Tommy James and the Shondells let loose with “Hanky Panky” and “Crimson & Clover.”
AUG. 6 Ambrosia cranks up the yacht rock with “How Much I Feel” and “Biggest Part of Me.”
INFO 516-797-7900, oysterbaytown.com; shows start at 8 p.m.
EISENHOWER PARK, EAST MEADOW
No summer is complete without seeing a concert on the lawn of the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. Mark these on your calendar:
JULY 16 Actor/singer Robert Davi, who grew up in Dix Hills, returns home to sing the songs of Frank Sinatra.
AUG. 6 Tony Orlando brings his “yellow ribbons” to the salute to veterans. Special time: 6:45 p.m.
AUG. 13 LI natives Taylor Dayne (Baldwin) and Eddie Money (Plainedge) join forces for a homecoming concert. Special time: 7:45 p.m.
INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks; shows start at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
TANNER PARK, COPIAGUE
The South Shore comes to life at the Town of Babylon’s Summer Concert Series, featuring Southern rock to swing.
JULY 6 Marshall Tucker Band brings its signature Southern rock to Long Island.
JULY 29 Be jammin’, mon, with reggae master Junior Marvin and the Wailers.
AUG. 3 Swing dance the night away with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Don’t forget your zoot suit!
INFO 631-893-2100, townofbabylon.com; shows start at 7:30 p.m.