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Here comes the Rockaway Groan, (succinctly coined by Rockaway Times Publisher, Kevin Boyle)! With an eclectic lineup of live music, theater, arts — all against a backdrop of our beautiful boardwalk, ocean and bay front, why leave Rockaway in the summertime! This is the place to be!

 

LIVE MUSIC:

Thursday, July 26

6 p.m. to 9 p.m

Get ready to be on your toes at local outdoor dive, La Barracuda, as high energy acoustic 4-piece band SquidRow has you swinging under the stars to their high tempo jazz, funk and NOLA.

Beach 97th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Thursday, July 26

7:30 p.m.

Bungalow Bar heats up with its summertime series, Thursdays with Bobby Butler and Friends. Tonight, Butler joins forces with Breezy Grass’ Matty Lyons, Charlie Wolfe, Rjae Izm, Tommy Whiff and Mr. Charles Troupe. This will be a sizzling jam session you won’t want to miss!

377 Beach 92nd Street

 

Friday, July 27

5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Jumpstart your weekend, rockin’ on the bay with The Knobs at The Wharf. Heineken will also be running a promo, so get ready for samples and swag.

416 Beach 116th Street

 

Friday, July 27

6 p.m.

The Wades are back at Bungalow Bar! Start fine-tuning your vocal cords because you’ll be singing your heart out all night long to their infectious lineup of 50s, 60s and 70s rock n’ roll hits!

377 Beach 92nd Street

 

Friday, July 27

8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Uma’s serves up a jazzy feast with Tim Otto & the Free Ride Trio. With Otto on tenor sax, Simon Chardiet on bass and John Bollinger on drums — their soulful melodies will have you grooving in a state of pure, aural bliss.

92-07 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, July 28

1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The Two Bridges Music Festival is back, and with a rockin’ lineup of local favorites, plus food, drinks and a vendor fair, make a beeline to A/B Studios for a jam-filled day of fun! Entertainment lineup: The BEasy Band, Patsy, Dave Kellan Band, Ecstatic Madmen, Phil and the Family Band, Revels Engine, The Skates, Arson Welles, Blame Mercury, The Skells, Rattrap Bumpkin. $10 cover.

111-22 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, July 28

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Get SALSAFIED! at La Barracuda as NYC Latin mega band, Julian Vasquez “El Diamante de Salsa” y Orquesta, serves up the ultimate tropical dance party!

97th Street & Rockaway Beach Blvd.

 

Saturday, July 28

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Rippers goes punk as Brooklyn natives, the Giggly Boys, takes over with their old school punk-inspired sound, delivering hard-hitting drums, reverb and decibel-smashing vocals.

Rippers, Beach 86th Concession

 

Saturday, July 28

9 p.m.

Tonight, four-piece acoustic traditional Irish music band, The Brooklyn Bards, transports you to the Emerald Isle with their folk songs dating back hundreds of years ago to the present. If classic and contemporary Irish war marches, slides, rebel and love songs endear your heart, leanúint do chroí and toast, sláinte at Rogers!

203 Beach 116th Street

 

Sunday, July 29

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This afternoon, Keegan & Soogs fires up the bay with their sizzling live acoustic classic 80s, new wave and modern rock at Bungalow Bar. Come see for yourself why these rock men are ballyhooed as one of locals’ favorites.

377 Beach 92nd Street

 

Sunday, July 29

5 p.m.

It’s a special night at Rogers as singer-songwriter Rockaway native, Gerald Bair, takes you on a spellbinding journey with his powerful voice and storytelling. With his repertoire of massively popular original songs under his belt like “Driving Down From Rockaway” and beautiful covers ranging from Buddy Holly to Springsteen to U2 to R.E.M. — by the end of the night, you’ll be cheering for an encore!

203 Beach 116th Street

 

Sunday, July 29

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It’s the Rock Out For Autism Awareness summer concert at Caracas. Join Rockaway Beach Autism Families and Jammin’ Jon for an eclectic evening of music featuring Malagasy band, NY VALIHA, Kyle Wade, Jammin' Jon, RCK97 with Ras Atiba, The Danny Berke Trio — all in the spirit of turning the tide for autism awareness in the Rock!

Caracas, Beach 106th Concession

 

Sunday, July 29

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Johnny Cash fans — Low Tide is the place to be as Johnny Kinnaird tantalizes with his bluesy, old country style taking you back in time with Cash’s legendary rockabilly-style blended with country music, rock, blues and gospel. Definitely a treat not to be missed!

Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Street Concession

 

Tuesdays

8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Looking for an eclectic open mike night in The Rock? Well, Connolly’s is one of locals’ favorite and with Professa Squid as host, grab the chance to jam out with Rockaway’s best!

155 Beach 95th Street

 

Saturdays

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring in de ole’ time days back a yard with live sweet reggae music right on de beach. Come share the vibes every Saturday for sweet summer reggae nights.

DredSurfer Grill, Beach 17th Street & Boardwalk

 

SPECIAL MENTION — THE ROCKAWAY BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 28

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

It’s The Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival and what better place to hear some of NYC’s best jazz maestros than on the boardwalk at Low Tide! This year’s lineup laces in a diverse ensemble of jazz and contemporary music.

6 p.m. - Famed local jazz musicians, Paul Nowinski on bass and Roman Ivanof on piano, will have you be bobbing your head and tapping your feet to their ‘jazzy-licious' beat.

7:30 p.m. – Jazz gets avant-garde with the Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio. With Lamy (also member of Grammy award-winning Joe Lovano’s Classic Quartet) on drums, JD Allen on tenor sax and Neal Caine on bass — get ready for an ingeniously offbeat treat!

9 p.m. – Brooklyn-based International Orange takes you on a global voyage from Africa to India and Brazil as they cross traditional jazz sounds with world flavors. With David Phelps on guitar, Todd Isler on drums, Adam Morrison, keys, and Leo Traversa, bass — this inventive quartet delivers guitar-driven sunshine dancing to a global beat!

Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Street Concession

 

OTHER ART NEWS

Theater in Rockaway (Yes, Rockaway has its own theater company!)

Tickets for Rockaway Theatre Company’s grand production of the iconic, 9 to 5 The Musical are on sale. Show dates are July 27, 28, 29, and August 3, 4, 5. Visit: www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

 

Got info on live music and art exhibitions coming up in Rockaway and Broad Channel? Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: “Rockaway Good Times.”

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