Hamptons Best Live Music
Live music in the Hamptons is one of summer’s sweet pleasures. It’s music with a view as these live performances are in some of the Hamptons most picturesque settings be it a beach, vineyard, lawn, or café. Here are some HipHamptons favorites.
Surf Lodge – Montauk
Known as the hipster hot spot the Surf Lodge is still a favorite with its outdoor sunset spectacular setting on Fort Pond. Week nights are perfect for those who aren’t into the crowds and offer a diverse musical line up.
Nancy Atlas – The rock and roll goddess and her band have a loyal following and amazing guest artists. It’s an all ages affair. Wednesdays from 6pm to sunset and look out for drink specials.
Illegal Music Series – The Illegal Music Series which has roots in NYC, LA and Guatamala is partnering with the Surf Lodge to show off the skills of some of their favorite artists and up-and-coming talent. Thursday nights.
Navy Beach – Montauk
Sand in your toes, sunset Instagram contests and fresh seafood draw in the crowds at this beach front setting on Fort Pond. Reggae Sunset Sets on Sundays at 5pm are the perfect chill pill. Check the website to confirm dates.
Sole East – Montauk
The back patio and pool area of hotel Sole East hosts a summer line up ranging from Reggae to DJ’s to Sunday Bossa Nova Brunch.
Stephen Talkhouse – Amagansett
This live music venue hosts up and comers and big name acts of all genres. Think a musical pu pu platter. For devotees who want to avoid the lines – buy a season pass.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard – Sagaponack
One of the prettiest vineyards on Long Island, Wolffer hosts Twilight Thursdays – live music enjoyed with Wolffer wines in the main tasting room and stone porch. At the Farm Stand on the Montauk Highway with blankets on the grass is Sunset Fridays and Saturdays where the whole family is welcome. Music is 6pm to sunset.
Parrish Art Museum – Water Mill
Along with their permanent collection and special exhibits, the Parrish Art Museum also hosts The Sounds of Summer and Jazz En Plein Air on Fridays at 6pm. It’s the perfect place to adjust your attitude on the Friday night summer commute.
Pierre’s – Bridgehampton
Along with being open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner Pierre’s restaurant also has a revolving art show, and next door gourmet take out. On Tuesdays and Sunday nights you can enjoy live music like jazz, bossa nova and seductive crooning from Vanessa Trouble. Come early to get a seat at the bar.
Perlman Music Program – Shelter Island
The virtuoso Itzhak Perlman established this summer school in Shelter Island to nurture some of the best classical students in the country. The campus opens its doors to the public for special alumni recitals and works in progress.
Ram’s Head Inn – Shelter Island
Hidden away, this charming inn and restaurant hosts Summer Sunday Jazz Series from 6 – 9:30pm. To be super cool arrive by boat.
Harlow East – Back Bar – Sag Harbor
Located on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor which is home to mega yachts, Harlow East transforms its back deck to a musical hot spot with top DJ’s like DJ Twilo, Karin Ward who spins for a hip tea dance, and live bands and reggae.
75 Main – Southampton
The happening bar and restaurant turns into a musical mecca at night on weekends with live music, world class DJ’s and a get down dance floor.
For the best local live music with open mic nights and invitational jams, check out HamptonJams.com. You’ll find them at Fresh, MJ Dowling, Doppio, Mercado, East By Northest, Gig Shack, and Sag Town Coffee.