Encore! Music on the Bay is back

Catching the beat: Anthony & Carol Scimeca enjoy some free tunes at the public concert.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A once-defunct Sheepshead Bay concert series has started its reunion tour.

Music on the Bay returned to Emmons Avenue on July 13 after an eight-year hiatus when rock trio Five Myles Utopia took the stage to play three sets of free music from 3 pm to 6 pm in Tucker Plaza — a pocket park on the bay near E. 27th Street. Locals lauded the concerts’ return and said they were glad they could take a stroll to listen to free tunes.

“It was really, really good because usually we go to Bay Ridge or Marine Park, but this was great because we just walked over to it,” said Carol Scimeca, who lives near Tucker Park.

“We just took a walk down Emmons Avenue,” said her husband, Anthony.

The Bay Improvement Group, which also organizes the neighborhood’s annual Bay Fest street festival, sponsored the event along with Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D–Sheepshead Bay).

The group put the concerts on for more than a decade between 1992 and 2005, but the series went silent when they lost sponsorship, said Bay Improvement Group director Laura McKenna.

There are two more shows scheduled — Long Island progressive pickers Inner Situation will bring their jazz-infused jams to the bay in August, and Brooklyn-based jump-jive-and-boogy-ing roots rockers Giant Flying Turtles will wow crowds in September.

Seating in the park is limited, and McKenna suggests bringing a chair or blanket.

“Bay Improvement Group Music on the Bay” at Tucker Plaza (south of Emmons Avenue at E. 27th Street in Sheepshead Bay) Aug. 10 and Sept. 7 at 3 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Blasting the Bay: Rock trio Five Myles Utopia brought the grooves to Music on the Bay.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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