If Nashville is Music City then this week Patchogue will become Music Village as the Great South Bay Music Festival comes to Shorefront Park for its ninth year. The event, which has expanded to four days and will showcase 65 artists, starts Thursday, July 16, and runs through Sunday, July 19. Close to 20,000 or more are expected, which would be an increase over last year's draw of 15,000.
"Woodstock, New Orleans or Central Park on a Sunday is the vibe we are going for," says Jim Faith, event creator, producer and co-owner. "We want to create an environment where people can be exposed to new music as well as hearing some classic icons."
Here are four acts hitting the main stage over four days.
THURSDAY, JULY 16
Perri turned some heads with her debut album "lovestrong" in 2011 featuring the smash single "Jar of Hearts." On her sophomore effort, "head or heart," she opens up even more.
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"I write these songs to mend my little heart," says Perri, who hails from Philadelphia. "But the second I'm on stage the songs are no longer mine, which is the magical part."
Perri will also share the bill Thursday with Colbie Caillat as part of their The Girls Night Out, Boys Can Come Too Tour.
"We look and sound different, but we have so much in common," Perri says. "Our interests and foundation are the same."
ALSO ON THURSDAY:
Blue Point Brews Stage (main stage) - Rachel Platten at 6:30 p.m., Colbie Caillat at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, JULY 17
Defining the musical style of 311 is almost impossible. Growing up on a steady diet of Bad Brains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Fishbone and The Clash, the band is a sonic salad of hip-hop, reggae, rock, alternative, jazz, Latin and electronic music.
"We've always had an 'anything goes' attitude with our music," says singer-guitarist Nick Hexum. "There was no radio format that we fit into but we just stuck to our guns until the culture came around to us."
When it comes to fans, 311 has some of the most dedicated in the music industry.
"The shows are unique and special because of the collaborative energy coming back from the crowd," says Hexum. "We try and make it a good roller coaster ride with peaks and valleys -- high energy songs peppered with some chill songs. It's a transcendent experience."
ALSO ON FRIDAY:
Blue Point Brews Stage - Funkt Up at 5 p.m., Oogee Wawa at 5:50 p.m., The Green at 6:50 p.m., The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at 8 p.m.
Jambalaya Stage - DJ Neil Wrangler with the LI Boot Kickers at 5 p.m. (continuing throughout the evening), Unwined at 5:30 p.m., Yankee Rebel at 7 p.m., Six Gun at 8:30 p.m., The Joe Bayer Band at 10 p.m.
Clamshell Bandshell - Little Red Men at 5:30 p.m., Maui Waui at 6:30 p.m., Heavy Duty Super Egg at 7:30 p.m., Ancient Tongue at 9 p.m.
SATURDAY, JULY 18
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD
Now that the Black Crowes have officially broken up, lead singer Chris Robinson has formed his own band, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. However, the flavor is a bit different.
"This band's energy is projected to the vocals, melody and harmonics," says Robinson. "The plan all along is to see where the vibes take us. I want to play music with a lot of poetry and room for improvisation."
The shows are filled with trippy jams that allow Robinson's vocals to shine.
"We are not into a big show-biz presentation. It's more nuance," he says. "You can dance, sing along and just be a blissful entity on the planet. Ultimately, we just want to be in a good head space."
ALSO ON SATURDAY:
Blue Point Brews Stage - Butchers Blind at 2 p.m., Frog Café at 2:55 p.m., Soundswell at 3:50 p.m., Twiddle at 5 p.m., Sister Sparrow at 6:30 p.m., Lotus at 9:30 p.m.
Jambalaya Stage - Mayve at 1:30 p.m., Bohemians at 2:20 p.m., Sir Cadian Rhythm at 3:30 p.m., Jess Ingui at 4:30 p.m., Jack's Waterfall at 5:30 p.m., Reckoning at 6:30 p.m., Ladies Drink Free at 8 p.m., Miles to Dayton at 9:30 p.m.
Clamshell Bandshell - Zofolk at 1:30 p.m., John Putnam & Used Blues at 2:20 p.m., John Sparling at 3:30 p.m., Robert Bruey at 4:30 p.m., Cassandra House at 6 p.m., Memphis Crawl at 7:30 p.m., Shecky and the Twangtones at 9 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 19
Foreigner is touring this summer but without its original lead singer, who will take the stage at Great South Bay. Lou Gramm is flying solo these days, but he looks back at his years with the band fondly.
"We never followed any fads; it was about making music till the end of time," says Gramm. "I was responsible for singing with feeling and emotion."
Gramm formed a strong connection with his fans through anthemic ballads like "I Want to Know What Love Is," which he'll perform on Sunday.
"Many people tell me it was their wedding song," says Gramm. "I'm honored, and it bonds them to you forever."
ALSO ON SUNDAY:
Blue Point Brews Stage - Laurie Berkner at noon (separate ticket: $33 advance, $39 day of), Kerry Kearney at 2 p.m., Zen Tricksters at 3 p.m., New Riders of the Purple Sage at 4:20 p.m., Jefferson Starship at 5:50 p.m., Hot Tuna at 8:50 p.m.
Jambalaya Stage - The Lawn Boys at 2 p.m., A Band Called Sam at 3 p.m., Ionia at 4 p.m., Montauk Project at 5 p.m., Funknasty at 6 p.m., Noah's Arc at 7:10 p.m., J. Randy at 8:20 p.m., Funkin' A at 9:15 p.m.
Clamshell Bandshell - Inside Song at 1:15 p.m., Count to Ten at 2:40 p.m., Two Cent Sam at 3:50 p.m., Dub Steady at 5:20 p.m., Quarter Horse at 6:50 p.m., Katie Pearlman at 8:20 p.m.
WHEN | WHERE 6-10 p.m. Thursday, July 16; 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 17; 1-11 p.m. Saturday, July 18; and noon-10 p.m. Sunday, July 19, Shorefront Park, Smith Street in Patchogue
INFO 631-331-0808, greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com
ADMISSION $32.50-$65 advance, $39-$70 day of, $96.50-$178.50 Friday-Sunday pass (advance only)
PARKING Cars are $6 in a paid lot, located one half block from the entrance of the festival (take South Ocean Avenue, make a left on Leo Street to Rider Avenue). There are a limited amount of spots therefore it's important to get there early. Handicapped parking is located across from the festival entrance on Smith Street. For VIP parking, enter the paid parking lot on Rider Avenue and Smith Street. All other parking is on the street - be prepared to walk. For all updates on parking status and for everything on the Great South Bay Music Festival, download the free app on iTunes.
FOOD Outside food and beverages are not permitted, festival fare will be for sale (seafood on the half shell, lobster rolls, crepes, Thai barbecue, homemade fudge, vintage ice cream), for those 21 or older there will be a Blue Point beer brews tent offering more than 12 craft beers
Saturday -- Pirate Show at 1:45 p.m., Darlene Graham at 2:35 p.m., Cheryl One Woman Walk Around Circus 3-5 p.m., Play Your Part at 3:20 p.m., Pirate Treasure Hunt at 4:10 p.m., Lena & the Happy Clam Band at 5:05 p.m., Glenn Manion - the Squeaky Clean Cowboy at 5:55 p.m.
Sunday -- Pirate Show at 1:30 p.m., Patricia Shih at 2:20 p.m., Cheryl One Woman Walk Around Circus 3-5 p.m., Play Your Part at 3:20 p.m., Pirate Treasure Hunt at 4:05 p.m., Hoopsie Daisies at 5:10 p.m., I Love Reading & Magic at 6 p.m.
VENDORS -- Sixty vendors with be spread throughout the festival grounds selling a variety of products from jewelry to tie-dye clothing to incense and oils.
GOOD TO KNOW Dress comfortably, wear sunblock and bring a lawn chair or a blanket.