THE GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES Phil Lesh, Gov't Mule, Hot Tuna, Dave Mason, and many more!

Article Contributed by Great South Ba… | Published on Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Great South Bay Music Festival presented by Island Federal Bank, is excited to announce that they are back for their 15th. Anniversary. The four-day music and arts festival will return to the newly revamped and picturesque waterfront at Shorefront Park in Patchogue Village, from Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23, 2023. Tickets are available to purchase now at

The festival will feature over 60 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, jam, blues, jazz, Americana, ska, reggae, alternative and funk genres. The fest is sponsored by Voodoo Ranger and boasts multiple craft beer, wine and adult beverage tents, an artisan and craft market and a food court offering a diverse gourmet menu of funky and healthy fare.

The fest is well known for presenting four, very different days of music, with an eclectic lineup of headline artists performing alongside cutting-edge rising stars. Well, we’ve heard our fest fans who have been asking for more classic rock, and GSB 2023 will go back to presenting a bit more “roots and classic-rock” than in recent past.

Kicking off the festival Thursday, July 20, the legendary Electric Hot Tuna returns for their fourth visit to Headline the Main Stage. Classic rock icon Dave Mason immediately supports and Barnburners The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson round out the lineup.  Local guitar wizard Kerry Kearney and the Kings of the Psychedelta will start the ball rolling.  (10 performers on two stages).

Friday’s annual rock-reggae-ska party continues with returning Huntington Beach California rock-reggae veterans Dirty Heads, with support from LA ska-punk band Goldfinger, plus Sublime Tribute: Badfish, Maryland rockers Ballyhoo and emerging LI hometown reggae-rockers: Oogee Wawa (15 performers on 3 stages).

ROCK ROYALTY will take the Main Stage on Jam-Saturday. Great South Bay is excited to host legendary bassist and original Founding Member of the Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh & Friends. Supporting will include jazz-funksters The Eric Krasno Trio, Neighbor and local singer-songwriter-musician Cassandra House. (18 performers on 4 stages).

Great South Bay will close out Sunday with ex-Allman Brothers guitar legend, Warren Haynes & Govt. Mule, performing “Dark Side of the Mule”, a tribute to the 50th. Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s classic album The Dark Side of The Moon, complete with full “over-the-top” effects and laser light show.  

Immediately supporting is Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, plus Duane Betts and Palmetto Motel.  And returning to our main stage is Long Island born and bred phenom guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer who performed at Great South Bay on the “emerging artist stage” when he was just 12 years old, and has since shared the stage with Gregg Allman, Gary Clarke Jr., Warren Haynes, Lady Gaga, and so many more.

(19 performers on 4 stages).

For the kids, and just as much for the adults!

Great South Bay will again present a full schedule of fun educational performers, all day Saturday & Sunday.

Emerging Local Artists:

Supporting and presenting original emerging artists has always been part of our mission at  GSB. For 2023 the festival is pleased to present over 30 talented original artists that we are excited to give stage time and lay on our music loving attendees. Some new talented original artists to keep on your radar this year include: Cassandra House (performing on our Main Stage and opening for Phil Lesh), Jules, Jack & Friends, Dudley Music, Robinson Treacher, MJT, Circus Mind, Miles to Dayton, Foster Europe Band, Baked Shrimp, and more.


Great South Bay is a proud part of our LI Community and is committed to doing all we can to support our less fortunate Long Island brothers and sisters.

Great South Bay will continue to donate $1 from every ticket sold, to the GSB-Stony Brook Cancer Center Fund. To date, the fest has raised well over a quarter of a million dollars for the cancer center.

We are pleased to announce that our Presenting Sponsor Island Federal Bank will also give $1- $2 worth of food donations for every ticket that’s sold to LI Cares, the Harry Chapin Food bank.

We will again donate booth spaces in our “Storyville Tent” to local organizations looking to raise awareness and funds for their cause.


Festival Times:

Thursday, July 20: Doors are at 3:00 pm, fest goes till 10pm.

Friday, July 21: Doors are at 3:00PM, music till 11pm,

Saturday July 22.: Doors are at 1:00pm, music till 11pm,

Sunday July 23: Doors are at 2:00pm with performances till 10pm.

Ticket price includes all concerts and entertainment. Food & beverages not included.

Children under 10 are free.

Shorefront Park is located just a few miles south of LIE, exit 63S, …straight to the magnificent Great South Bay