Bay Shore Harborfest (was 9/6…raindate will be used 9/7)

They are using the raindate, Sunday. Please check their web-site to keep up with changes:

The Islip Arts Council in conjunction with the Bay Shore Tricentennial Steering Committee

proudly present

Mama Funk & the Mudcats

The Jug Addicts

Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers

Cathy Kreger

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn

Strike The Bell

In concert at the

Bay Shore Tricentennial Harbor Festival and Parade of Boats

Saturday September 6, 2008

*** Using the Rain Date: SUNDAY September 7, 2008

11am – 5pm

(Because high winds are expected to continue throughout the early part of Sunday the Parade of Boats portion of our festival is canceled.)

This year, the Islip Arts Council celebrates its milestone 32nd season of presenting fine music. On September 6th, 2008 beginning at 11:00AM, some of Long Island’s finest musicians will be performing at the water’s edge of the beautiful Great South Bay at the Bay Shore Marina, which is at the end of S. Clinton Avenue in Bay Shore .  Admission is free.

For information about free off site parking and shuttle bus service, entertainment line-up or to register for the Tricentennial Parade of Boats, visit

The historic south shore community of Bay Shore invites Long Island to a waterfront birthday bash. The event will feature live musical entertainment, street performers, a Kid Zone with rock wall, old-fashioned games, moon walk, terrific food, fly-over by vintage biplanes from Bayport Aerodrome, and a flotilla of boats from up and down the south shore.

The featured performers on the stage are blues favorites MamaFunk & the Mudcats, jump-blues-swing band Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers, the delightful Jug Addicts, the exciting Blue Vipers of Brooklyn and guitar and vocal powerhouse Cathy Kreger. Strike The Bell will be roving and regaling the crowd with sea chanteys. Roaming bands of pirates will be provided by Ye Pyrate Brotherhood.

Band bios:

2006 International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are a four piece, blues harmonica-driven wrecking crew. After winning the regional 2006 IBC competition, hosted locally by the Downstate Blues Society of Long Island, these four professionals then took their special brand of original jump blues down to Memphis , Tennessee to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. And wouldn’t you know it, out of literally hundreds of blues artists from all over the world the boys placed in the final top ten!

Lil’ Cliff, harmonica and vocals; Rick Street, vocals and stand-up bass; drums Frank Patterson, drums and Dennis Phelps lead guitar and vocals.

Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts

Born in the late 20’s on the streets of Memphis , Jug Band music is a uniquely American form that blends jazz, blues and popular music into an upbeat and infectious style. Familiar instruments meet novelty as guitar, fiddle and mandolin line up alongside washboard, kazoo and harmonica. Twice the size of a traditional jug band group, Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts deliver a mix of early jazz standards, country and blues alongside Memphis Jug Band classics. The band performed recently on NBC’s Today show. The music delivers power and drive that can only be created when ten or more musicians dig in, play hard, and have fun. Even the jaded are apt to succumb to the enthusiasm and passion of the joyful noise created by the Jug Addicts.

Bill Carney, washboard; Brian Mulroney, washboard; Sean Condron, guitar, banjo; Steve Listengart, guitar; Ken Byrne, harmonica; Karl Meyer, fiddle; Anna Goodman, fiddle; Steve Cooney, slide guitar, mandolin; Ian McLaughlin, upright bass and Gil Shuster, washtub bass.

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn

The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn are an early jazz, swing, and blues band, composed of acoustic guitar/vocals, upright bass, homemade washboard percussion, trumpet and saxophone. Their repertoire of witty songs from 1920’s and 30’s is augmented by original tunes with moving yet often bawdy lyrics and catchy 4 part vocal harmony.

Billy Nemec – Lead vocals/guitar; Chris Pistorino – upright bass; Sam Hoyt – Trumpet and Thom Abbott – Saxophone, Clarinet

Cathy Kreger

With her superb voice and powerful acoustic guitar work, Cathy Kreger is a solid and accomplished performer in a delightful mixture of funk, blues, jazz and new folk. Cathy presents infectious and upbeat renditions of favorites from the modern American songbook, as well as stunning originals.

Strike the Bell

Strike The Bell held the prestigious position of artist-in-residence at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville . Stuart Markus and Judith Zweiman bring the Age of Sail alive through their costumes, abundant knowledge of chanteys, and stories of the sea. They are favorites of maritime historians, and are often found performing at festivals and museums in the tri-state area.

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