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25 Photos: Pine Barrens Jam at Blue Point Brewery

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A day of music, artistry and artisans livened Blue Point Brewery Saturday as hundreds attended the second annual Pine Barrens Jam.

The music and arts festival saw a lineup comprised entirely of emerging local musicians perform for nine hours. A series of bands rocked the upstairs brewpub’s main stage while singer-songwriters performed outside on the beer garden stage.

The Chris Ruben Band headlined the festival with a dance-inducing 75-minute powerhouse of a set on the main stage. Other acts to blast through the brewpub included Arahmus Brown, Dysfunktone and the Logan Whaley Band, the later of which featured festival director Nick Balzano on the drums.

Last year, Balzano forged a group of volunteers to jumpstart an outdoor music festival. Like his band at the time, A Band In Ship, he knew several local acts needed a place to perform since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered indoor music venues.

“I go to a lot of festivals, I’m into jam bands… I kind of wanted to bring that big festival feel into the local scene,” Balzano said. “Obviously we have [the] Great South Bay [Festival], Bradstock, with mostly cover bands or bigger bands from beyond Long Island.

“We wanted to create a space for local original music that mimics the bigger festivals, so they realize local original music can give them the amazing emotion feeling and great day that big name acts do,” he added.

Balzano said he also wanted the festival to appeal to people of all ages. Outside, families and friends enjoyed poetry, live painting and crafts vendors as children gathered for singalongs and arts and crafts.

GreaterPatchogue joined the crowd at this year’s Pine Barrens Jam. Please scroll down and click the numbered boxes below to view all our pics from the event.

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