Chad Smith and Joe Delia Join Nancy Atlas at The Surf Lodge in Montauk

Chad Smith with the Nancy Atlas Project at Surf Lodge
Chad Smith with the Nancy Atlas Project at Surf Lodge. Photo credit: Ellen Dioguardi

You never know who will show up in Montauk…

This seems to be even more true at The Surf Lodge, which has seen a few superstars play surprise songs or sets onstage this summer.

On Wednesday night, June 31, longtime Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and famed composer Joe Delia joined Nancy Atlas and guitarist Johnny Blood onstage during their weekly gig. With Smith on drums and Delia on keyboard, the group jammed together, playing an extended version of “Oye Como Va” as the sun set over Fort Pond.

Smith became drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988 and remains a key member of the band. Delia is best known for his television and film scores, including for numerous films by bad boy director Abel Ferrara, such as King of New York and Bad Lieutenant. But they’re not the only big time musicians who appeared at The Surf Lodge this summer.

In June, country music legend Willie Nelson played The Surf Lodge and—as if his presence wasn’t amazing enough at the tiny venue—Montauk local Jimmy Buffet made a surprise appearance, joining him onstage.

Perhaps even crazier and more unexpected than that, rocker Courtney Love showed up the day before and played a surprise acoustic set on the deck, covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” and Big Star’s “Thirteen,” along with playing some of her own tunes, including “Miss World.” Check out the video below to see her playing “Thirteen.”

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