By Ellie Schoeffel
Update: The Patchogue Folk Festival has been cancelled.
Featuring folk legend John Sebastian, Long Island natives Claudia Jacobs and Cassandra House, and many more, the 8th Annual Patchogue Folk Fest once again unleashes an extraordinary ensemble of soulful, inspiring folk music upon all those in attendance.
John Sebastian’s group Lovin Spoonful spearheaded the ’60s rock revolution with hits including “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” in the midst of Beatlemania. After leaving the group, he continued to gain fame with performances at Woodstock, an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the acclaimed releases of solo singles including “Welcome Back.”
Joining him is Long Island’s favorite soul singer Claudia Jacobs, known for her no-holds barred gutsy hope-inspired music, ranging from Blues, Country, Jazz, R&B, and Rock styles. Jacobs is scheduled to release another album in 2017 which addresses hope and cultural struggle.
LI singer/songwriter Cassandra House rounds out the all-star lineup with her soulful raw renditions of original songs. Her newest hits include “Little Flower” and “Giving Up the Gun.”
The Patchogue Theatre has also stated that “in keeping with festival tradition there will be a free live lobby show,” demonstrating the sense of continuity and vibrancy the festival continues to maintain. Lobby performers will include Don Bracken, The Como Brothers, Inda Eaton, Mick Hargreaves, Deanna Kinkead and many more.
The 8th Patchogue Folk Fest will be happening at Patchogue Theatre for Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street in Patchogue. For more information, visit patchoguetheatre.org. Ticket prices range from $40-$55. Performances start at 8 p.m. March 25.