The Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees (Suffolk AME) will host its Mayday Music Festival with headliners Blues Traveler and The Wallflowers on May 13.
Other notable acts playing the main stage will be John Hampson, of the band Nine Days and known for the hit song “Absolutely (Story of a Girl),” and Wheatus. The festival aims to celebrate members of the workforce and raise awareness for the growing labor movement.
“The true spirit of the Mayday Music Festival is rooted in building a deeper appreciation for the contributions of working men and women through music,” said Suffolk AME President Daniel C. Levler. “As the labor movement continues to evolve and unite working men and women across many different industries, AME is proud to showcase the accomplishments of our collective movement.”
Now in its third year, the event will take place at a new location: the Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville. There will not only be live music but also craft vendors, kid-friendly activities such as face painting, and food and drink concessions.
Opening the main stage will be Pete Mancini & the Hillside Airmen. In addition to the main stage, Mayday Music Festival will feature local and up-and-coming artists on the regional stage, including Dirty Vice Band, MJT, The Belle Curves, and Quarter Horse. The Port Jefferson School of Rock will perform as well. The Bowery Presents partnered with Suffolk AME to book the festival.
Proceeds from Mayday Music Festival will benefit various charities, including Long Island Cares: The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Suffolk AME will also partner with the Long Island Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) to offer scholarships to union members and their families. Suffolk AME represents more than 8,000 active and retired members.
Tickets for Mayday Music Festival go on sale Feb. 2. Union member discounts will be available. For more information and to buy tickets, visit maydaymusicfestival.com.