Buckwheat Zydeco will show off the sound of New Orleans and Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels will take concertgoers to Detroit Rock City at the Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival this weekend.
The heart of the free, two-day festival that runs along Main Street in Farmingdale, though, remains the eclectic mix of Long Island musicians, ranging from the pop of the Como Brothers to the blues of Kerry Kearney to a string of children's acts on the Kidzstage.
"It's a little bit of everything," said Jim Faith, the event's producer. "There's something for everybody."
The music will essentially run nonstop on three stages from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
For Matt Como, who leads Mount Sinai's Como Brothers with his brother Andrew, the festival is a chance to play for some new fans in a new place, as they continue to promote their recent EP "Imagination."
"Those songs are genuinely us," said Como, who will leave on an East Coast tour following the festival. "They are coming from a genuine place. The overall theme about chasing your dreams and working hard is very real to us."
Como said the festival will be the band's first show in Farmingdale, once the heart of the Long Island music scene with now-closed clubs The Downtown and The Crazy Donkey. "I eat at that Vietnamese place [Rolling Spring Roll] all the time, so it will be great to play near there," Como said. "We look at our shows as winning over one fan at a time, so this should be a great opportunity."
Faith said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand approached him about developing a festival for the village. "They wanted to bring some entertainment back to Farmingdale," he said. "I was interested in creating something new for them."
The mix of entertainment struck a chord when it debuted last year, drawing more than 12,000 over the weekend. "It got a little too crowded last year," Faith said. "This year, we added another complete block to help deal with that. It's a good problem to have."