Hamptons Memorial Day Weekend Primer: 5 Can’t Miss Music Events

Nancy Atlas and Johnny Blood of the Nancy Atlas Project at The Stephen Talkhouse
The Nancy Atlas Project at The Stephen Talkhouse, Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

Music fans of all genres will find no shortage of good shows over Memorial Day weekend on the East End. Great acts play in large venues, local bars, restaurants and even a Sagaponack vineyard! Schedule properly and an intrepid fan can have a weekend jam-packed with musical variety. Check out the acts below, or visit our Events Calendar and find many more options to set your own path.

1. The Nancy Atlas Project and Luka Bloom at the Stephen Talkhouse – Come watch local faves The Nancy Atlas Project perform at 10 p.m. on Friday following Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter Luka Bloom and opener Alfredo Meret get their groove on at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Prices range from $25-$40, ages 21+. Friday, May 23 at The Stephen Talkhouse (161 Main Street) in Amagansett. Call 631-267-3117 or visit stephentalkhouse.com.

2. Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at Wolffer Estate Vineyard – Back for another season starting Friday, May 23, Wolffer’s sunset events feature great live music at The Wine Stand from 5 p.m. till sunset every Friday and Saturday. No cover charge. Wines by the glass, and cheese/charcuterie plates for purchase in an epic local setting. The first Sunset Friday (May 23) features rock, blues and roots music by Clinton Curtis, while the season’s inaugural Sunset Saturday (May 23) brings R&B and soul by Mamalee Rose & Friends! At Wolffer Estate Vineyard (139 Sagg Road) in Sagaponack. Call 631-537-5106 or visit wolffer.com.

3. The Clash & Green Day: Punk Tribute at Suffolk Theater – Check out “The Concert That Never Was” as two great tribute bands recreate a concert that never happened. Imagine this, punk legends The Clash and millenium-era punks Green Day meet for one concert in… Riverhead? Tribute bands Straight to Hell and Basket Case make it happen, representing The Clash and Green Day respectively and going head to head at the Suffolk Theater (118 East Main Street) in Riverhead. Tickets $20, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 24. Call 631-727-4343 or visit suffolktheater.com.

4. Rickie Lee Jones at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center – Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones burst onto the scene in 1979 with her platinum selling self-titled album and top-10 smash-hit “Chuck E’s in Love.” Come to WHBPAC (76 Main Street) in Westhampton Beach at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 24. Tickets $50-75, ages 6+. Call 631-288-1500 or visit whbpac.org.

5. Taj Mahal at The Stephen Talkhouse – See blues soloist and legend Taj Mahal perform in at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m., prices range from $150-165, ages 21+. Saturday, May 24 at The Stephen Talkhouse (161 Main Street) in Amagansett. Call 631-267-3117 or visit stephentalkhouse.com.

Also check out 1970s and ’80s disco and pop cover band Booga Sugar and Southside Johnny & the Poor Rascals at the Stephen Talkhouse on Sunday, May 25. 1970s and ’80s disco and pop cover band Booga Sugar will bring those stellar musical decades to life at 10 p.m. (tickets $30), while red-blooded American folk rockers Southside Johnny & the Poor Fools kick things off at 8 p.m. (tickets $75-90), ages 21+.

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