For 25 years now, blues lovers know that when the summer ends, there will be one last blast of blues and roots to carry them through the coming wintry blasts and blizzards. That is the Cedar Beach Music and Arts Festival. Relocated to the spacious grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum, we move into the next quarter century as Long Island’s largest and oldest blues festival. It is the gathering of the faithful and a tribal pow-wow for the blues and roots community providing a tribute to the power of music to delight, uplift and entertain. We gather to honor American music in all its various forms and celebrate with over 100 of Long Island’s finest musicians and also forge a new relationship with a cultural organization that has music in its soul.
Perched on a scenic grassy meadow on the Great South Bay, our 2 stages will provide different environments, our bands will generate different sounds and our audiences will enjoy in different ways but one thing is constant, we are here to share a common experience and open ourselves to a weekend of joy, exploration and recreation via the power of music played by real people and generating the kind of give and take that can ONLY happen when people come together with the blues! Acoustic or electric, urban or Country, Chicago or Delta, the groove is what you crave and your appetite will be quenched, we guarantee. Adding liberal helpings of funk, soul, jam, folk roots and Grateful Dead, you will be filled with downright and way good! Add to that unique crafts creations, business displays, opportunities to meet your favorite non-commercial DJs and more, the weekend is filled with fun.
Co-sponsored by the Long Island Maritime Musuem and Dr. Blues, this festival has evolved even as its focus has remained singularly one. The early years featured a few acoustic acts on a decrepit hay cart, rowboat races, tug of wars and other simple events but things got larger as our vision grew. By the mid-90’s, the fest was held bi-annually and we raised funds to renovate a beach playground. The charitable aspects of the fest have also stayed with us as proceeds go to support the activities of the museum. Over the past 2 decades, we have survived rain, wind, hurricanes and rain. Oh yeah, it rained some too! We have held the fest at the birthplace on Cedar Beach, the Peach farm, Bald Hill, Heritage Park and Rocky Point elementary School. In our hearts, we are always at a Cedar Beach and it has moved to West Sayville.
Our 25th year features 2 stages and 28 acts, a beer tent, displays and a unique location. Climatic concerns aside, browse and eat, listen and dance and most importantly, enjoy yourselves. We take pride in welcoming you, bluesfans, neighbors, friends and residents to our bit of heaven here at the Cedar Beach Blues Festival at the Long Island Maritime Museum. We hope you try both stages, get a beer, buy a unique trinket, talk with your friends, wander the grounds and, most importantly, have a blast. Thanks for coming.
This year’s website was again set up Doc Blues and The Ol’ Hippie who requests that we party hardy.