Musicians and Entertainers Take the Stage on the South Fork
With the official start date of summer just around the bend on June 21st, the early weeks of the month are the perfect time to settle into making the most of the season in The Hamptons. From the stunning beaches and ocean vistas to the height of world-class dining and shopping experiences, the string of villages that make up The Hamptons offer no shortage in ways to pass the time. Similarly, there are countless opportunities to catch thrilling nightlife acts and live performances throughout the season. Here, we highlight some of the most exciting offerings from dance and electronica to Broadway-caliber theater.
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
Following a smash hit North American tour, singer-songwriter and Hamptons native Jeff LeBlanc returns home in an exclusive one- night-only concert event at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. The soulful singer is one of the hottest acts in indie-folk music today and has drawn comparisons to John Mayer, Howie Day, and Matt Nathanson.
With his warm, smooth voice and virtuosic guitar skills, LeBlanc has risen from humble beginnings as a street busker in Westhampton to a career as a successful indie artist with three albums making the Top 20 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart. His music has been featured in lm and television including I Am Cait, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and The Real World. He has also toured with some of the biggest names in music including Gavin DeGraw, Tori Kelly, and Chris Isaak, among many others.
(Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton)
SATURDAY, JUNE 10On Saturday, June 10th, The Surf Lodge in Montauk welcomes the Cape Town electronica and dance duo GoldFish to their summer concert series. The group is comprised of Dominic Peters and David Poole and has gone from being one of the best kept secrets on the dance scene to a headlining act on the Live Electronic Music circuit. Drawing from their jazz pedigrees, Peters and Poole infuse electronic production with elements of jazz and trip-hop.
The South African team is also influenced by elements of African music and uses saxophone, flute, keyboards, double bass, and thumping house beats to create a truly unique sound. Rising on the scene starting in 2006, the group has toured extensively, opening for acts like Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx and also playing gigs at SXSW and Glastonbury. In communion with their devoted fan base and paired with the stunning views at The Surf Lodge, a night with GoldFish is sure to be something truly special.
(The Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk)
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
One of the most charismatic performers in live entertainment today, mentalist Oz Pearlman brings his dazzling show Don’t Blink to the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, June 17th. In the summer of 2015, Pearlman shot to stardom as a fan favorite and Top 3 finalist on the hit NBC competition show America’s Got Talent. Don’t Blink highlights his skill at slight-of- hand and showcases his unbelievable mind reading capabilities.
Oz Pearlman is leading the way in redefining the very nature of what a magic show can be. His mind- blowing talents have been featured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The TODAY Show, and ABC World News. Pearlman has also been pro led in Forbes and The New York Times. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a world-class entertainer in his element in a magical night of fun that needs to be seen in order to be believed! (Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main Street, Westhampton
VARIOUS DATES THROUGH JUNE 25
Inspired by the beloved children’s book of the same name, the new musical The Man in the Ceiling opens the summer season at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater with performances from May 30th to June 25th. Directed by Jeffrey Seller, the producer of Hamilton, The Man in the Ceiling is the story of young Jimmy Jibbett, whose passion for drawing cartoons isn’t supported by his practical father, who would rather he play sports like other boys. Meanwhile, his mother is preoccupied with her busy life and her brother Lester, a failed musical theater composer who’s never been able to write a love song.
Jimmy finds support in his very own comic book creations until one day an unexpected encounter opens a new world for him and helps him see his struggles in a new light. The whimsical musical features a score by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and is written by Jules Feiffer based on his novel. The Man in the Ceiling is a perfect treat for theater a cionados who nd themselves in the Hamptons in the month of June.
(Bay Street Theater, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor)