In its eighth year running, the annual Two Bridges Music Festival is back, and the event’s organizers are beyond stoked that they are going to be rocking in the heart of Rockaway Beach on Saturday, July 6 at La Barracuda. This year’s lineup will feature a whopping mash-up of 10 bands playing everything rock—from classic, acoustic, surf, indie and more.
Broad Channel brothers, Mason and Frank Porretto, owners of Broad Channel-based building and home contractor company, Two Bridges Home Improvement, founded their company’s namesake music festival in 2011, purely for the love of music and community. “My brother and I love not just playing music, but offering other bands a shot to play for the local community. We’ve done it in Broad Channel for years at venues like the Broad Channel Athletic Club and Grassy Point Bar and Grill, and last year we finally got to cross the bridge and make our first debut in Rockaway at A/B Studios. Now for 2019, we are beyond excited to host the festival right in the heart of Rockaway Beach at La Barracuda, an awesome outdoor space that offers great food and true Rockaway vibe,” Mason Porretto said.
The Porrettos, who drummed up the idea for the Two Bridges Music Festival one year before Sandy, have played in many local bands including Sixth Borough, The Poor House and currently rock with Phil and The Family Band.
For Porretto, the icing on the cake for this year’s festival was the opportunity to again team up with Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company’s (RBBC) music gurus, Bryan Doremus and Frisco Granda.
“This is the second year we get to organize the festival with Bryan and Frisco. They are a huge help because they are in tune with the pulse of the local music scene, and they went above and beyond to book some truly awesome bands,” Poretto said.
The bands on this year’s lineup is pure swag, featuring Nonstop To Cairo, The Lo-Fi’s, Patsy, These People, Phil and The Family Band, Mixed Bag, The Upstart Crows, The Breakaways and The Rock-A-Wades.
Doremus, Granda and the team at RBBC, including Matt Preis, Eileen Marie Steakin, Alex Shenitsky, and Finbar Devine, are known for bringing local underground music to the airwaves in Rockaway. So, for Doremus, working on the music festival with his partner, Granda, was a no-brainer.
“Frisco and I were beyond excited to again work on the festival with the Porrettos. “Helping make Two Bridges happen in Rockaway at A/B Studios last year was amazing, and we were more than happy to team up again for 2019. Now hosting it at La Barracuda, surrounded by hot spots like Whit’s End and other popular venues, is epic. Awesome food, awesome music right in the heart of Rockaway Beach—what more can you ask for?” Doremus said.
When asked what he feels sets Two Bridges Music Festival apart from other music festivals, Poretto said, “Besides a fantastic lineup of bands, we always offer attendees the highest quality in sound and production. For us, it’s a must. My brother, Frank, and I were sound technicians for the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s music studio, which we built. We are known for giving the best in music and sound.”