Suffolk County’s largest outdoor concert venue is ready to put a show back on for Long Islanders.
“It’s important to get everybody working, back into going out and going to concerts again,” said John Caracciolo, president of Long Island Events and JVC Broadcasting. His company manages and operates Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill.
The amphitheater in Farmingville will be kicking off the summer with a new concert series.
The series, which will run every weekend in June, is featuring different local bands. Scroll down for the acts.
Tickets only cost $10 each show.
It’s the first live show at Bald Hill in over a year since the COVID-19 shutdown.
“It’s more than just the bands,” said Caracciolo. “There’s the sound crew, there’s the load in and out crew, there’s our concessionaire, our ticket takers, our cleanup guys, so I wanted to get everybody back to work — we’re not gonna get rich off it, but we’re going to pay everybody and everyone is going to have a nice night out.”
With approximately 7,000 capacity — there are 2,800 seats with room for 4,000 more on its lawn — concert-goers can spread out, he added.
Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo increased the capacity to 33 percent for outdoor venues, so next week 2,600 people will be allowed to enter each performance.
“Every seat offers a great view, the sound system is of national act level, there will be plenty of food trucks around the perimeters of the venue, there will be some craft beer service there,” said Caracciolo. “It will be a really great atmosphere, we’re trying to keep everything low cost, and not be too expensive for a whole family if they want to come out.”
As the occupancy changes with the COVID-19 compliance, the venue will be able to feature national level acts.
Caracciolo said they’ve already booked a few of these bigger bands for August, in hopes they will get to 100 percent capacity by that time.
Below is the flyer with the setlist information for the June concert series.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the shows start at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit The Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill’s website.
“It’s the venue, it’s the venue staff, it’s the consumer, it’s the bands, we’re all putting our toe in the water,” Caracciolo said. “We’re just getting it a little wet, and if it works, we’re going to dive in.”
Top: A 2019 concert at the Bald Hill amphitheater, courtesy of their Facebook page.