Rock! Away! This Weekend


Get ready to Rock! Away! The Rock! Away! Music Festival is officially here, sending you on a musical scavenger hunt across the peninsula, with your prize being sweet and salty tunes fit for any musical taste, from July 12-14.

Max Power is back and at it again with an even bigger and better Rock! Away! Music Festival. Starting Friday, July 12 and all through the weekend, you’ll find live music in the lineup from Riis Park Beach Bazaar to Rockaway Brewing Company on Beach 72nd Street.

According to the creator, Matt Preis of Max Power Productions, “Rock! Away! is all about Rockaway and designed to get you to spend a day like a local; Creating your own path or going with the wind—bouncing from venue to venue, enjoying music, art, good times, and meeting old friends and new along the way. Rockaway is full of talented musicians and the creatives that live here, visit here and get inspired here. Rockaway is a community, treat it with love,” and that is exactly what Preis aims to do with the gift of Rock! Away!

Throughout the weekend, more than 80 solo musicians, bands and DJs will take the stage across more than 10 venues, filling Rockaway with tunes fit for all ears as part of this third annual festival. Head to Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Rogers, AB Studios, the boardwalk concessions at Beach 86th, 97th and 106th, RBQ, La Barracuda, Bungalow Bar, Healy’s, Rockaway Brewing Company, and even Zingara Vintage, Mara’s Ice Cream Parlor, Rockaway Beach Bakery, Happy Jack’s, Connolly’s and Bernadette’s this weekend, and you’ll likely find live music.

If you’re overwhelmed, don’t fret. There will be an information kiosk for the event at AB Studios on Beach 112th and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. There, you can grab info on bands, venues and schedules, while also sticking around for some grub from Beach Bum Barbecue or Te Quiero. Plus AB Studios will be hosting an all-day lineup of hardcore, punk and metal bands from noon until 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar will serve as a big venue for the festival with music starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, and from noon until dark on both Saturday and Sunday. The concessions are rocking all summer, but this weekend, there will be music every night. At Low Tide, you can catch some tunes by new musicians every hour starting at 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday. At Caracas, there will be DJ sets starting at 5 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and on Saturday, Big Squid takes the stage from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Rippers will have live music starting at  6 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, plus DJs on Sunday.

Rogers, Healy’s, RBQ, La Barracuda and Bungalow will be showing local love. Blac Rabbit is playing at RBQ on Friday night starting at 9 p.m. The Graytrippers take the stage at La Barracuda on Sunday starting at 4 p.m. At Bungalow Bar, Bobby Butler plays Thursday night, the Knobs play Friday night and the Grasslighters entertain on Sunday afternoon. At Healy’s, Brianne Rogers performs on Friday night and Walter Ensor plays Saturday night. Rogers features the Grayriders on Friday night and Walter Ensor on Sunday night, with the Brooklyn Bards coming through on Saturday.

Rockaway Brewing Company on Beach 72nd is another big venue this weekend, with local and visiting bands starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re looking for more laid back, acoustic tunes, Zingara Vintage, Mara’s, Rockaway Beach Bakery, Happy Jacks, Connolly’s and Bernadette’s are your spots this weekend.

For a full schedule and more information, check out or follow social media pages, or @rockawaymusicfest and @maxpowerpresents  on Instagram for updates and info on secret shows. Be sure to check regularly, as lineups can change.

While Preis is the main man behind the music, the Rock! Away! Music Festival is a group effort. Preis gives thanks to his parents and little brother, Mikey, Erin Flynn, Masato Okano, Will of Earth Enterprise Printing, Walker and the Brotherhood of the Grape, Brian of R.A.T.S., Kelly of Noiselove, Patsy of Bad Roll Radio, Greg Hanson of King Pizza, Gerard and the Dolly Trolly Crew, the Rockaway Beach Broadcasting Company Crew including Bryan, Frisco and Cait, the Rock Box Crew including Eileen, Mel and Finbar, Katherin Rizzo and Friends of Firefighters, Dan and Gigi, Nick Mastros of AB Studios, Cody Hell and the Basement Dwellers, Dargis McArthur, Red Lucy, Cosmo and The Rockaway Times crew.