Big Names and Diverse Performances Rock The Hamptons
In addition to the high-end restaurants, bars, designer boutiques, and of course the beach and all that comes with it, the hamlets and villages that make up the Hamptons are home to world class live entertainment. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting offerings taking place on Eastern Long Island’s South Fork in the coming weeks.
Each season, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center hosts a variety of top tier entertainers in its main stage space. This summer, among the many acts, the performing arts center welcomes comedian Jim Norton’s Mouthful of Shame Tour in an exclusive one-night only engagement on Saturday June 11. A co-host of the popular Opie & Jim Norton Show on Sirius XM and guest star on Louie and Inside Amy Schumer, Norton is known for his brutally honest, sometimes uncouth, but always sidesplittingly hilarious views on everything from politics to his personal life. Jim Norton is also the bestselling author of Happy Endings and I Hate Your Guts. One of the top touring and busiest comedians on the circuit, Jim Norton’s Mouthful of Shame Tour is not to be missed! For mature audiences only.
In addition to today’s hottest comedy acts, the WHBPAC also hosts world class musical talents and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes are no exception. Known for their hit songs “We’re Having a Party” and “I Don’t Want to Go Home,” Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes are one of the musical groups credited with defining the feel good sound of the Jersey Shore. With horn-driven tunes, and roots in jazz, blues, R&B, and soul, their music provides a rocking soundtrack for what is sure to be a good time. The rock legends take the main stage at WHBPAC on Friday June 17 for an exclusive engagement. There’s no better way to celebrate summer than singing along and jamming out with the “Godfather of the New Jersey Sound.” (76 Main St., Westhampton Beach)
The Guild Hall arts center in East Hampton has a long tradition of engaging its community in the arts, entertainment, and education. This June the center hosts a production of The Underpants by celebrated comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, a recent Tony Award nominee for his work on the new musical Bright Star. The Underpants is a laugh-out- loud comedy filled to the brim with quick wit and sexual innuendo as it skewers the ridiculousness of celebrity culture and overnight fame. Inspired by the German play of the same name by Carl Sternheim, the show follows the misadventures of one couple whose lives are turned upside down by an unfortunate and hilarious public wardrobe malfunction. Theo and Louise haven’t the slightest clue as to what’s in store after Louise’s unmentionables inadvertently take center stage during a parade for the king. Mixing low brow with hit wit, Martin weaves together a show that examines the nature domesticity, battle of the sexes, and stardom. Directed by Bill Fennelly, The Underpants runs June 9-26 and is a safe bet for anyone looking for a laugh this summer. (158 Main St., East Hampton)
In a summer line-up filled with musical talent, the Louisiana zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco (also known as Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural) is a true standout on The Stephen Talkhouse schedule, performing June 17. An institution in the rich Creole cultural heritage for over thirty years, Buckwheat Zydeco and his band have come to exemplify the authentic Cajun sound of zydeco which includes iconic accordion work, propulsive rhythms and beats, and a true spirit of joyous celebration. The Grammy nominated artist has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and toured extensively playing famous venues worldwide and countless jazz and music festivals. Their feel good and electric sound is the perfect soundtrack to a memorable summer night.
Another standout on The Stephen Talkhouse schedule this summer is the New York City bred music duo The Knocks, who bring their distinctive and stylish sound to the legendary live music venue on June 19. The NYC DJing duo made up of Ben Ruttner “B-Roc” and James Patterson “JPatt” met while students at The New School and have been making music fused with hip-hop, soul, house, disco, and pop ever since. They burst onto the scene after remixing all of Jay-Z’s American Gangster album and have produced tracks for Icona Pop, Carly Rae Jepsen, and opened for Ellie Goulding’s rst US tour in 2011. Since then they’ve become one of music’s most sought after teams, whose celebratory and sun-drenched sounds are the perfect complement to a fun summer night in the Hamptons. (161 Main St., Amagansett)