Reggae is synonymous with outdoor summer fun. The sounds of the island give off feel-good vibes. Let the Rasta beats be the soundtrack of the season by throwing one of these reggae-themed parties:
Step aboard this party boat and you’ll find a hot Caribbean buffet on the lower deck and a live reggae band performing next to a bar on the upper deck. Beer, wine, and soda are included in your ticket while mixed drinks are $8.
The Soul Junkies perform “roots rock reggae with a bluesy twist” on June 12, while the Next Level Band performs dancehall reggae on July 10.
“Reggae always has a positive vibe,” says Soul Junkies lead singer-guitarist Michael Martin. “The beat is so danceable, anyone can move to it.”
WHEN | OR 8:30 p.m. June 12 and 8:30 p.m. July 10 from Captree State Park, 3500 Ocean Pkwy., Babylon. 21 and over
NEWS 631-265-1848, themoonchaser.com
OFF KEY TIKKI
“Sunset Sundays” is all about hanging out on the sand overlooking the Patchogue River while reggae and tropical rock bands play. Watch a monstrous 4-foot burger cook over an open fire pit, then toast the sunset from an Adirondack chair with an icy drink in hand.
“People have a resort mentality when they’re here,” says owner Michael Bruemmer. “It’s very laid back and friendly.”
WHEN | OR 1-9 p.m., Sunday, 31 Baker Pl., Patchogue. 21 and over
NEWS 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com
Known primarily for blues and jazz, this modern New Orleans-style venue offers indoor reggae nights on Fridays in the summer.
“We wanted to do something different and fun. There’s a big appetite for reggae on Long Island,” said co-owner Eric Bruno. “Reggae naturally fits what we do. It’s just that the blues has slowed down a bit.”
Every week a different band – there’s Project Vibe on June 12, Baked Potatoes on June 19, and King Jango on August 28. Jamaican treats like jerk chicken are on the menu along with a range of craft beers.
WHEN | OR 9 p.m., Fridays, 553 Main Street, Islip. 21 and over
NEWS 631-277-2008, www.tremeislip.com
For the past 25 years, “Sunday Funday” has been a tradition on Fire Island, a day of celebration before the masses head home on the ferry. King Wellington mixes covers and originals on Flynn’s Outer Deck overlooking Great South Bay. Sip a Rocket Fuel ($15)—a pina colada topped with amaretto and rum—seated among live palms by the tiki bar.
“Sunday Funday is getting more popular every year,” says co-owner Tim Flynn. “It started off as a beautiful Sunday afternoon and now it’s a big party.”
WHEN | OR 1 p.m. Sunday, 1 Cayuga St. at Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island. 21 and over.
NEWS 631-583-5000, flynnsfireislandny.com
THE STEPHEN CHAMBER OF SPEECH
Reggae takes center stage on Sunday nights in Amagansett – that’s when bands like New Kingston (June 28) and Inner Roots (July 5) fill that indoor dance floor. Presidente and Red Stripe beers and shots are $5.
“We’ve had just about everyone come through the doors over the years, from Jimmy Cliff to Burning Spear to Black Uhuru,” said bookings manager and promoter Nick Kraus. “We’re where people go to end the weekend with reggae.”
WHEN | OR 10 p.m. Sunday, 161 Main Street, Amagansett. 21 and over
NEWS 631-267-3117, stephentalkhouse.com
THE MULCAHY PUB
The outdoor deck has recently been transformed into the South Shore Surf Club, offering live reggae on Friday nights. Jahstix sings and plays guitar using a loop pedal, making themselves sound like a full band.
“I want the crowd to feel like they’re on vacation somewhere away from the craziness of the city,” says Jahstix. “Some people vibrate while dancing while others relax in a corner.”
On the menu: coconut shrimp ($10.95); Le Mexicain, an avocado/salsa burger ($9.95); hawg wings (pork roasted on the bone in bourbon barbecue sauce) ($10.95); frozen drinks ($5) and Coronita beer buckets ($6).
WHEN | OR 6 p.m. Fridays, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 21 and over
NEWS 516-783-7500, muls.com