Soothing the soul: Sag Harbor Music Festival brings positive energy to the East End

The day kicked off at 10 a.m. and bands jammed throughout the day. The festival features all types of music from ska to Americana power pop.

Ashley Mastronardi

Sep 30, 2023, 9:45 PM

Updated 194 days ago

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It may have poured this morning, but the Sag Harbor Music Festival was hardly a wash.
The day kicked off at 10 a.m. and bands jammed throughout the day. The festival features all types of music from ska to Americana power pop.
Music lover and performer, Henry Young, says live music is a salve for the soul.
“Underneath these tents, you get an opportunity to listen to these musicians, listen to the storytellers, the lyrics that they create, and it just has an opportunity to let your problems go for a moment,” Young told News 12 Long Island.
Event organizer, Kelly Dodds, agrees.
“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,” Dodds said.
Shelter Island native, Juliet Garrett, thinks it’s especially important for live music to grace the east end.
“I think that Sag Harbor and the East End in general has historically been such a vibrant community for the arts...but it hasn’t always been a hub for music,” Garrett told News 12 Long Island. “I love that the Sag Harbor American Music Festival exists and that it brings in all kinds of people and brings that kind of energy and attention as well.”
If you haven’t yet, you can still catch some live music. The festival wraps up Sunday night.


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