This summer will bring three unique opportunities for Long Island Cares to turn music into meals by our participation in two music festivals, and working with local musicians and performers. As an organization that was founded by a popular Long Island musician, Harry Chapin, Long Island Cares continues to benefit from the generosity and involvement of the music industry towards our work. These events also provide an opportunity for our staff, volunteers and donors to spend time under the stars with critically acclaimed artists coming together to support our efforts to solve food insecurity in a region where 272,000 of our neighbors including, 77,000 children often struggle to put healthy meals on their tables.
The fun will begin on Saturday, May 11 at Southaven Park in Brookhaven when the Suffolk Association of Municipal Employees hosts its “May Day Music Festival,” featuring performances by Steve Earle, Gin Blossoms, The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon, singer-songwriter Jesse Malin and Long Island’s own Miles to Dayton, Cassandra House and more. A portion of the proceeds from this music festival will benefit the work of the Suffolk AME, offer low ticket prices to allow children under 12 to attend for free, and support Long Island Cares-The Harry Chapin Regional Food Bank. Tickets for the “May Day Music Festival” are $35.00, and can be purchased online at www.maydaymusicfestival.com.
On Saturday, June 8 from 6:00-9:00 PM, a group of nearly two-dozen Long Island musicians and performers known as, “Will Sing for Food” will fill the summer night air with an eclectic blend of songs at Clovis Point Vineyards and Winery in Jamesport for their “Vineyard Jam.” This concert will benefit Long Island Cares with 100% of the proceeds from suggested donations. Each year, the members of “Will Sing for Food” perform a winter concert at the Garden City Community Church, as well as, the summer concert at Clovis Point. In the past seven years, these concerts have raised more than $100,000 to support the regional food bank. During each song, members of the audience stroll and dance down the aisle to place money in an empty guitar case that, by the end of the evening is filled with thousands in donations. Reservations for Will Sing for Food’s “Vineyard Jam” can be made online at www.willsingforfood.org or at www.clovispointwines.com
Once again, Long Island Cares will be involved in the Great South Bay Music Festival at Shorefront Park in Patchogue from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. This premier summer music festival attracts more than 20,000 people over the course of four nights, and this year’s lineup is very exciting blending Rock, New Wave, Folk, Reggae and more. Among the artists already announced to appear are: Long Island’s own Taking Back Sunday (July 18); Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, Common Kings, and SOJA (July 19) with many more to be announced. For the past few years, producer Jim Faith who is also a member of the Long Island Cares’ Music Industry Council has turned over the operation of one of the festival’s beer tents to Long Island Cares’ staff and volunteers where 100% of all tips collected are donated to our organization. As soon as we announce our participation in the Great South Bay Music Festival, we fill all of the volunteer slots. This year, Long Island Cares is also the sole sponsor of the festival’s backstage Artists Hospitality Tent where we’ll have the opportunity to promote our “Music2Meals” initiative while mingling with the artists, managers and agents throughout the four-day festival. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online at: www.greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com
March 28, 2019