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This July, Friday nights will be rocking at one of the most intimate and interesting venues in all of Brooklyn.

The Sunset Music Series will kick off its 11th season on July 7 at the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge in Red Hook. The festival features blues, swing, rock, jazz and country music.

George Tocci, Cobble Hill resident and creator of the festival, said the Sunset Music series is an opportunity to provide a venue for musicians who write and perform their own work.

This year’s lineup will feature Grammy nominee Sleepy LaBeef as well as Tocci’s own band, Ellsworth and Hicks, playing blues and folk on July 7. Jeremy Lyons and the Deltabilly Boys, a New Orleans-based band, will reunite and play in Brooklyn on July 14 after being scattered after Hurricane Katrina. They will be joined that night by Andrew T. Hunt & The Tears, a bluegrass band fresh from recording their highly touted second CD titled "Broken Wheel," Tocci said.

Folk musicians Tom Bianchi and Danielle Miraglia will be joined by the jug band Life in a Blender on July 21, and rounding out the series on July 28 will be The Amazing Incredibles, performing an acoustic set, coupled with Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams (pictured), with their distinct blend of folk, rock and pop.

"This is going to be a great show at a really unique venue," Tocci said. "It’s right on the water and has a fantastic view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. Only 100 people fit inside the barge, but on the pier, you can hear everything and hundreds more come and enjoy the music. It’s a great time for everyone; it’s secluded from most of the city."

Need more incentive? Tocci says, "There’s plenty of parking."

"The Sunset Music Series 2006" will take place at the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge at the foot of Conover Street in Red Hook, on Fridays in July, from 8 to 11 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids, ages 12 and younger in advance; and $15 for adults and $8 for kids at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 238-5596.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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