Sag Harbor American Music Festival is back for its 12th season

The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is back for its 12th season, and organizer Kelly Dodds says it’s taking over the village.

Ashley Mastronardi

Sep 29, 2023, 5:20 PM

Updated 233 days ago

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The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is back for its 12th season, and organizer Kelly Dodds says it’s taking over the village.
“Sag Harbor is a special place, and we’re not only showcasing music, but the village itself,” Dodd told News 12 Long Island.  “We fit into Sag Harbor, I like to say we’re Sag Harbor-sized."
She’s not kidding. Performers will be strumming their guitars on three main stages, restaurants, coffee shops and even in an alley.
That’s where Sag Harbor native, R.O. Shapiro, will be performing. “It’s Sag Harbor, so the alleys are still pretty nice,” Shapiro joked.
He says each unique venue will determine the vibe of the performance.
“I’m telling stories and being personally vulnerable, it means a lot for it to be a space that is intimate,” he said.  “But a space can be intimate even if it’s large, I saw Stevie Nicks play at a stadium in Austin and it felt like a living room show because of the energy she brought to it.”
Dodds says despite the diverse venues, the overall mission of the festival is to entertain and engage.
“The live music experience...it’s so important to us as humans, making that connection, and feeling how as an audience member, you’re not just watching the music, you’re interacting and part of the performance,” she said.
The festival kicked off Thursday, but mostly free music will be available all weekend until Sunday night.


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