Sag Fest Brings Music Back to the Streets and the Harbor

Kicking off with two special concerts
Dan Tyminski, a country and bluegrass artist, will give a concert tomorrow evening at the Old Whalers Church in Sag Harbor.

The four-day Sag Harbor American Music Festival will kick off with two special concerts, one a celebration of Sly and the Family Stone Thursday at 8 at Bay Street Theater and another by the 14-time Grammy winner Dan Tyminski Friday, same time, at the Old Whalers Church.

The festival will shift into high gear on Saturday and Sunday with more than 30 free performances at locations throughout Sag Harbor, among them Windmill Beach, the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, the John Jermain Memorial Library, Harbor Books, GeekHampton, the American Hotel, and the Jackson Dodds & Co. stage in the alley next to the hotel.

Dan Koontz, a Sag Harbor composer, musician, and longtime fan of Sly and the Family Stone, will direct tonight’s concert at Bay Street. “They showed again that music doesn’t have to be ‘serious’ in order to be profound,” he said of the influential San Francisco band, whose biggest hits included “Dance to the Music,” “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” “Everyday People,” and “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”

Mr. Koontz will base the concert on how the band sounded live. He will be joined onstage by Marvin Joshua, Mama Lee Lawler, Joe Lauro, Michael Schiano, Dave Giacone, Eric Kay, and Christian Crawford. Tickets are $30.

Mr. Tyminski, a country and bluegrass artist, has been a member of Alison Krauss’s band Union Station for 25 years and has contributed guitar and/or harmony to projects by Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Leann Rimes, Aaron Lewis, and Rob Thomas, to name a few. Tickets are $30.

Saturday’s free concerts will start at 10 a.m. at Windmill Beach with a performance by Escola de Samba Boom, a 30-piece percussion ensemble. The Nancy Atlas Project will wrap up the weekend on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Sag Harbor Express Stage under the tent at Dodds & Eder Home. 

Other performers will include the Jake Lear Trio, Lynn Blue, Caroline Doctorow, Joe Delia and Thieves, the Richie Siegler Trio, the HooDoo Loungers, and Inda Eaton. Details, including the complete schedule, can be found at