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Fill your summer evenings with rock, country, jazz, classical, and gospel music, dance performances, cover band greats, and theatrical productions, all at the 59th annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington. 

Opening on June 21, the 10-week festival runs through August 24. With well over 40 FREE, live performances, some never before seen on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, there is something for the whole family with Broadway stars, national and local talent, inspiring young performers and more.

Produced by the Town of Huntington, and presented by Huntington Arts Council, the events are held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and  Sundays at 7 p.m. Grab your chair and head down for an unrivaled good time with friends and family!


June 21:  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s A Grand Night For Singing by Plaza Theatrical Productions

June 22: Lez Zeppelin

June 23: Vance Gilbert

June 27: Huntington Men’s Chorus

June 28: The Oyster Bay Music Festival When Nature Calls” OBMF has Got2Go! 

June 29: The Bob Band

June 30: The Spirit of Huntington Art Center’s ArtABILITY Tour 24’


July 3: The Huntington Community Band presents Spirit of America 

July 5: An Evening with Brooke Moriber featuring Lauren Davidson

July 6: EastLine Theater presents Hamlet 

July 7:  Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra

July 10: The Huntington Community

Band  presents Music of Stage and Screen

July 11: The Swing Sessions presented by

Dudley Music, Part 1

July 12: That 70’s band, Harold Melvin’s

Blue Notes, The Trammps present 70’s in

the Park

July 13: Little Wilson Band

July 14: Tovah Feldshuh in Aging is 

Optional (‘Cause G-d I Hope It Is!)

July 17: The Huntington Community Band 

July 18: Albums We Love performing

Born in the USA (40th Anniversary)

July 19: Sol y Sombra presents El Ritmo

July 20: Dan + Claudia Zanes with 

Tyree Austin

July 21: Just Wild About Harry tribute concert

July 24: The Huntington Community

Band  presents A Musicians Inspiration

with a pre-Concert performance by the

HCB Brass Ensemble at 7 p.m.

July 25: The Swing Sessions presented by 

Dudley Music, Part 2

July 26: Ally Venable 

July 27: The Clusters

July 28: Damien Sneed

July 31: The Huntington Community Band 


August 1:  FUMOS

August 2: Dominic Carbone “The New

Blue Eyes” Sinatra in the Park

August 3: The Men of Soul (FKA The 

Gentlemen of Soul)

August 4: Long Island Dance Consortium

August 7:  Sarah Gross and The Belle

 Curves featuring Allie Sandt

August 8: The Swing Sessions presented 

by Dudley Music, Part 3

August 9: School of Rock

August 10: Tito Rodriguez Jr. Orchestra

August 11: Joe D’Urso/Stone Caravan 

with special Guest Adam Ezra Group

August 14: NYC Ska Orchestra

August 15: D’Addario 

August 16: Horns at Heckscher presents

Make Me Smile, A tribute to Chicago

August 17: Eglevsky Ballet

August 18: School of Rock

August 21: Hillary Gardner & Lonesome

Pines featuring The Northfolk Band

August 22: Mahanaim School of Music

August 23: Rob Eberle & Iridesense 

August 24: Face To Face

Heckscher Park is located at 2 Prime Ave.,  Huntington. For more information, call 631-271-8423 or visit www.huntingtonarts.org.

And there’s even more!

In conjuction with the Huntington Summer Arts Festival, the Northport Community Band will present free concerts at the Robert W. Krueger Bandshell at Northport Village Park on select Thursdays this summer starting at 8:30 p.m. In the case of rain, the concert will be held at  Northport High School.

July 4: Families and Flags on the Fourth!

July 11: Comedy Tonight

July 18: Long Ago and Far Away

July 25: Blues in the Night

August 1: Cannons and Kids


Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Co. head to the Chapin Rainbow Stage on July 13. Photo by Darin Reed

Summer is finally here and that means the return of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park, 2 Prime Ave., in Huntington. Now in its 58th year, the festival will offer four weeks of free, live performances Wednesdays to Sundays from July 1 to 30. Sunday performances start at 7 p.m., all others performances start at 8 p.m. unless noted. 

Produced by the Town of Huntington and presented by the Huntington Arts Council (HAC), the festival clearly has something for everyone whether it be music, dance or theater. This year features festival mainstays such as the Huntington Community Band and The Huntington’s Men’s Chorus while highlighting new acts such as Tito Rodriguez Jr./Huntington Latin Night, Dr. K’s Motown Revue and Swing Sessions with Dudley Music and Guests.

Opening weekend sets the stage for this breakthrough season featuring Brooklyn based Sunny Jain’s Red Baraat on July 1 and the popular Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra on July 2. The Festival will go dark on Mondays and Tuesdays but ramp up again with the Huntington Community Band each Wednesday for the duration of the month.

The Englishtown Project is an exciting addition this year on July 7th. Followed by six-time Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, classic Motown sounds with Dr. K’s Motown Revue, The Hot Sardines’ take on classic jazz tunes, and the return of Huntington-born Chieli Minucci & Special EFX All Stars rounding out the weekend.

The 17th Huntington Folk Festival, a collaborative effort of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and HAC, returns on July 22. The open mic session at 12:30 p.m. will be followed by L.I. based singer/songwriters swapping songs on the hill from 1:30 to 3:45 p.m., and on-stage from 4 to 6 p.m. The day culminates with co-headliners Lucy Kaplansky and Cliff Eberhardt, pre-concert at 8 p.m.

Additional regulars include the North Shore Pops Concert Band, and Plaza Theatrical Productions with a presentation of the Broadway Rock Musical RENT. Fabulous dance performances are highlighted once again by Sol Y Sombra Spanish Dance Company, and the L.I. Dance Consortium.

Closing out the Festival will be The Jazz Loft Big Band and Tom Manuel with Grammy nominated guest vocalist Nicole Zuraitis on July 29 and Orchestra L.I., conducted by Musical Director David Stewart Wiley, serves up a delightful “In Concert With Nature” with works by Handel (Water Music), George Walker, the Mendelsohnn siblings Fanny & Felix, and for this year’s Festival Finale, Pastorale—Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Opus 68 on July 30.

“Huntington Arts Council takes pride in being able to present an exciting, free summer series of live performances. This year in particular, I am happy that our selection of acts is more representative of the diversity in our community. Our goal is to make the festival relevant, entertaining and accessible to everyone. All are welcome to attend!” said Kieran Johnson, Executive Director, Huntington Arts Council.

Below is the complete schedule for the season.

For a copy of the printed calendar click this link.

Saturday, July 1 – Sunny Jain’s Red Baraat

Sunday, July 2 – Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra, 7:00PM start time

Wednesday, July 5 – Huntington Community Band, “All Around The World”

Thursday, July 6 – Huntington Men’s Chorus, “Seriously Sinatra”

–      Northport Community Band 8:30PM, start time NPT Park

Friday, July 7 – The Englishtown Project

Saturday, July 8 – Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Sunday, July 9 – RENT Jonathan Larson’s Broadway Rock Musical by Plaza Theatrical Productions, 7:00PM start time

Wednesday, July 12 – Huntington Community Band, “Viva Long Island”

Thursday, July 13 – Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Co.

–      Northport Community Band 8:30PM, start time NPT Park

Friday, July 14 – Dr. K’s Motown Revue

Saturday, July 15 – The Hot Sardines

Sunday, July 16 – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX All-Stars, 7:00PM start time

Wednesday, July 19 – Huntington Community Band, “Una Celebracion de la Musica Latina”, 7:00PM Jazz Band start time; 8:00 PM Concert Band start time

Thursday, July 20 – North Shore Pops Concert Band

–      Northport Community Band 8:30PM, start time NPT Park

Friday, July 21 – Huntington Latin Night: Tito Rodriguez Jr. Orchestra; Opening Act – ZapOte Band; DJ Acito; Salsa Demo – Star Ballroom Dance Studiio 7:00 PM start time.

Saturday, July 22 – 16th Huntington Folk Festival, Cliff Eberhardt & Lucy Kaplansky, pre-concert interview at 7:15, concert at 8:00PM. Daytime open mic session hosted by Toby Tobias at 12:30, is followed by L.I. based singer/songwriters swapping songs on the hill from 1:30 to 3:45 PM, and on-stage from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.

Sunday, July 23 – L.I. Dance Consortium, “Long Island Dances!, 7:00PM start time

Wednesday, July 26 – Huntington Community Band,”…and Home Again!”

Thursday, July 27 – Swing Sessions with Dudley Music & Guests, local emerging Artists. Performers include Gabi Rose; saxophonist/vocalist, alt-rock trio MJT; and bassist Andraleia, leader of Empathology. 7:30PM start time.

–      Northport Community Band 8:30PM, start time NPT Park

Saturday, July 29 – Jazz Loft Big Band, Tom Manuel Conductor, Nicole Zuraitis, Guest Vocalist

Sunday, July 30 – Orchestra L.I., David Stewart Wiley, Conductor “In Concert With Nature”, 7:00PM start time, 6:15 PM pre-concert talk by Maestro David Stewart Wiley.

For more information, visit www.huntingtonarts.org.

The Huntington Arts Council has announced the return of the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park, 2 Prime Ave., Huntington from June 24 to Aug. 7. Now in its 57th year, the Festival will once again feature an abundance of exceptional music, dance and theatre performed by regional artists as well as those from around the U.S. and the world.

“The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is a cultural mainstay of Long Island and reflects our strong sense of community as we come together to celebrate the arts in an inclusive, family friendly environment. The Huntington Arts Council is proud to be the steward, in partnership with the Town of Huntington, of this FREE summer series,” said Kieran Johnson, Executive Director of the Huntington Arts Council.

“Our lineup is composed of a wide variety of artistic genres featuring something for everyone. Whether it be Women in Jazz week, Plaza Theatricals’ presentation of “Tick, Tick … Boom!,” or “How I Became a Pirate” for family night, Huntington Community Band, or Orchestra L.I. with David Stewart Wiley, I encourage everyone to come to a show; you won’t be disappointed. I hope to see you there!” he added.

Most performances start at 8 p.m. with family shows starting at 7 p.m. Shows are rain or shine unless weather is severe. 

Opening weekend features the truly innovative and incandescent Cyrille Aimee on June 24; followed by Plaza Theatrical’s production of the iconic Lerner & Loewe musical Camelot on June 25; and wrapping up the weekend on June 26 will be the Symphonic Pops of L.I. with conductor Stephen Michael Smith.

The season continues with:

June 28 Sonia De Los Santos

June 29 Huntington Community Band.

June 30 Huntington Men’s Chorus

July 1 L.I. Dance Consortium “A Celebration of Dance I”

July 2 Anthony Nunziata

July 6 Huntington Community Band

July 7 Alsarah & The Nubatones

July 8 Sol y Sombra

July 9 Dizzy Gillespie’s Afro-Latin Experience

July 10 Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra

July 12 Darlene Graham & The Shades of Green Band

July 13 Huntington Community Band

July 14 Oran Etkin Open Arms Project

July 15 The High Kings

July 16 Huntington Folk Festival, co-presented by Folk Music Society of Huntington: Paula Cole and Sophie B. Hawkins; (1:00 – 5:00 PM: Acoustic Music Scene Artist Showcases, Song Swaps)

July 17 Eastline Theatre Co. Shakespeare’s “Two Gentlemen Of Verona”

July 19-24 Women In Jazz Week: July 19 Lucy Kalantari & The Jazz Cats July 20 Huntington Community Band. July 21 Lakecia Benjamin – Pursuance July 22 Bria Skonberg. July 23 Kandace Springs July 24 DIVA Five Play

July 26 Plaza Theatrical “How I Became A Pirate”

July 27 Huntington Community Band

July 28 Miko Marks & The Abrams

July 29 Oyster Bay Music Fest. Rieko Tsuchida & Maximilian Morel

July 30 Plaza Theatrical “Tick, Tick…Boom!”

July 31 Swingtime Big Band

Aug. 2 Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could

Aug. 3 Twin Shores Chorus/ Island Hills Chorus

Aug. 4 L.I. Dance Consortium “A Celebration of Dance II”

Aug. 5 American Patchwork Quartet

Aug. 6 Orchestra L.I., David Stewart Wiley

Aug. 7 Bumper Jacksons

Since 1959, The Northport Community Band has been delighting Northport residents and music lovers from all over Long Island. Thursdays from June 30 – July 28, the band performs at the Robert W. Krueger Bandstand in Northport Village Park. This year’s theme “Outdoor Overtures” will feature a blend of marches, overtures, classics and popular favorites. Concerts begin at 8:30 PM

All Huntington Summer Arts Festival Information and program updates can be found at www.huntingtonarts.org. The Chapin Rainbow Stage is in Heckscher Park, Huntington, NY 11743 at Prime Avenue/Route 25A. Performances start at 8:00 PM, Tuesday Family Shows at 7:00 PM. Shows are rain or shine unless weather is severe. Cancellations will be posted to HAC’s facebook page www.facebook.com/HuntingtonArts, or call TOH Public Safety (631)  351-3234.


Quarter Horse will headline the 15th annual Huntington Folk Festival.

Long Island-based Americana band Quarter Horse headlines the 15th annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 17, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington. Opening for the group on the park’s Chapin Rainbow Stage at 8 p.m. that evening will be The Honey Dewdrops, an Appalachian-inspired, now Baltimore-based husband-and-wife Americana duo.  

Extending from 1 to 10 p.m., the free event is co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council as part of the 56th annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

Quarter Horse is a six-member ensemble that was voted the Most Wanted to Return Emerging Artists at the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Elements of folk, rock, alternative, country, blues, and jazz are all part of its Americana sound.

Prior to the evening concert, Michael Kornfeld, president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington and editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com, will conduct an on-stage conversational interview with the evening’s featured & opening artists at 7:30 p.m. 

Kornfeld will also host a series of amplified showcases and a harmony workshop (presented by The Honey Dewdrops) from 1 to 6 p.m. These will take place near a canopy tent on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature artists from throughout Long Island and the New York metropolitan area.

Artists slated to showcase their talents during the afternoon include Josie Bello, Roger Street Friedman, Loretta Hagen, Ray Lambiase, The Levins, Catherine Miles & Jay Mafale, Kate Mills, Dave Murphy, Open Book, Nico Padden, Queler/Farber Family Band, The Royal Yard, Rachael Sage, South Country String Band, Christine Sweeney, and Toby Tobias.

Festival Schedule

1 p.m. —  Ray Lambiase

1:15 p.m. — Song Swap: Rorie Kelly, Nico Padden & Christine Sweeney

2 p.m. — South Country String Band

2:15 p.m. — Josie Bello

2:30 p.m. — Roger Street Friedman

2:45 p.m. — The Royal Yard

3 p.m. — Dave Murphy

3:15 p.m. —  Loretta Hagen

3:30 p.m. — Kate Mills

3:45 p.m. — Open Book

4 p.m. — Harmony Workshop with The Honey Dewdrops

4:45 p.m. — Catherine Miles & Jay Mafale

5 p.m. — The Levins

5:15 p.m. — Queler/Farber Family Band

5:30 p.m. — Toby Tobias

5:45  p.m. —  Rachael Sage

6 p.m. — Dinner Break

7:30 p.m. — On-Stage Conversation with Quarter Horse and The Honey Dewdrops

8 p.m. — Evening Concert on the Chapin Rainbow Stage

Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or they can walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants). The festival’s evening concert will also be livestreamed via the Huntington Arts Council’s Facebook page.

For more information, call 631-271-8423 or visit www.fmsh.org.

Photo courtesy of HAC The festival will showcase L.I. Dance Consortium’s Kaleidoscope of Dance 2 on Aug. 9. Photo courtesy of HAC

By Kevin Redding

For 52 continuous summers, Huntington has been a gathering place for lovers of live music, theater and dance, all on full display for multiple weeks during the town’s jam-packed and family-friendly performing arts extravaganza, the Huntington Summer Festival. This year the series of free concerts is bigger and better than ever, bringing touring and local artists of every variety to the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park six nights a week now through Aug. 13.

As the festival has grown since the Huntington Arts Council first started it in 1965, so has its roster of performers, which changes from year to year in order to bring new experiences to returning concertgoers.

New acts include the Adam Ezra Group, an up-and-coming, Boston-based folk band; New York Voices, an internationally renowned vocal ensemble; Miles to Dayton, an Americana-and-folk group from Port Jefferson; and Jay Armstrong Johnson, a Broadway and television performer, to name just a few. Local performing groups like the Huntington Community Band, the Huntington Men’s Chorus and the Long Island Dance Consortium will also have their chance to shine on stage. Plaza Theatrical Productions, a Lynbrook-based company, will put on several musicals throughout the summer including “My Fair Lady.”

The Huntington Community Band will present concerts on July 12, 19 and 26. Image from HAC

One of many brand new programs this year will be the Huntington Jazz Week, beginning July 18, which will feature big band jazz ensemble concerts put on by internationally recognized musicians, including harpist Brandee Younger and saxophonist Richie Cannata, of Billy Joel’s band, and nights dedicated to the music of composer George Gershwin and jazz legend John Coltrane.

The following weekend, on which the 12th Huntington Folk Festival takes place, will feature unplugged showcases with more than 40 different folk artists — everyone from Sarah Lee Guthrie, granddaughter of Woody and daughter of Arlo, to the Sweet Remains.

Every Tuesday evening is “family night” which offers kids music and live theater such as “Cinderella” on July 25 with fun-filled craft projects before the shows.

“It’s such a positive thing for the residents of the town as well as Long Island as a whole,” said Huntington Arts Council Performing Arts Director John Chicherio, who has served his position for eight summers and has been organizing concerts since the 1970s.

“Roughly 40 to 45 percent of the performances are really quality local group [and] roughly 55 percent of the program is made up of touring artists from all over the world and United States. These are all artists performing their own work and they’re new to Long Island in most cases. And the merchants enjoy it because we’re bringing people into the town and they go have dinner before or after the concerts. [The festival’s] just grown that way”.

He continued, “When the first Huntington [Summer Festival] was put together [in 1965], it didn’t have this many concerts, [but] because more groups wanted to perform over time, it grew and we’ve been building it into what it is today.”

Chicherio, who spearheaded the festival’s new, jazz-oriented week, said he’s excited for what’s in store for those who attend this summer. “It’s a very eclectic variety of performances in both the types of music and performing arts genres,” he said. “Plus, we’re doing workshops and master classes with a couple of groups. The whole week of jazz, one of the important things I’ve been trying to do, is [going to be] a very special week,” highlighting the Coltrane day, July 22, especially. “That evening I’ve got a terrific lineup with some very special guests, [like] the Kenny Garrett Quintet.”

According to Chicherio, the shows will go on rain or shine, unless “there’s lightning and thunder that can endanger the audience,” and attendees should feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets, which they can place on the hill overlooking the stage for a great view.

Concession stands and vendors selling refreshments, such as ice cream and soda, will be set up inside the concert area and any outside food is welcomed. All shows begin at 8:30 p.m. with the exception of the children’s shows on Tuesdays, which begin at 7:30 p.m.

To see the full schedule of events, visit www.HuntingtonArts.org.