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Music Festival Ready to Rock Montauk

Opening night on Thursday at Gurney's kicks off four-days of music east of Napeague.

More than 100 artists will perform this weekend during the third annual .

Independent musicians will play alternative rock, folk, pop, Americana and reggae to blues, jazz and bluegrass, over four days and 180 performances. It is all organized by Ken Giustino, publisher of The Montauk Sun.

A complete schedule can be found at on the Montauk Music Festival website.

There will also be a two-day showcase on a stage on the Montauk Green during the weekend. Food and beverages will be available, as well, on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. T-Shirts and CDs of the musicians who are performing will be for sale. Most of the proceeds goes to the the Montauk fireworks show for the Fourth of July.

An opening-night party will be held on Thursday at , where guests can meet some of the musicians, starting at 8 p.m. A $35 donation includes a three-hour open bar and hors d'oeuvres, along with seven performances.

Many local bands and artists are performing, including Alfredo Merat, Joe Delia & Thieves and the Montauk Project. On the festival website, you can search by band or venue.

In addition, one of the bands, O'hAnleigh will give a free introduction to folk music workshop for elementary school children at the . The band will show off some folk instruments, like banjos, bouzouki, mandolin, autoharp, bowed psaltry, and music will be made. It will take place from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Register your child in advance by calling the Playhouse Foundation.

Paul Monte May 18, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Great turnout for the opening night party last night! They showcased some terrific talent. It's going to be a beautiful weekend filled with"the sounds of music" throughout Montauk. Put on your dancing shoes and try to catch as many performances as you can. A big thank you to Ken and Sue Giustino, Larry Cooley and Jolie for all their hard work putting this great event together.
PJ Delia May 19, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Very nice kickoff last night. and I am in Montauk watching people walk from venue to venue to hear different bands. Very nice to see!

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