Get your tickets now because they’re expected to sell out quickly.
It’s the first-ever Islip Music Festival and it’s Sunday, Aug. 26, in the big parking lot behind the new Mary Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant at 528 Main Street.
The headliner will be the rock band Zebra.
“Which, anyone over 35 is going to know who Zebra is,” said Richard “Kippy” Kuplen, who purchased the old Lily Flanagan’s with his brother-in-law, Joseph Frizalone, about a year ago and changed the name.
Joining vocalist and guitarist Randy Jackson and the rest of Zebra will be the Van Halen tribute band Unchained, as well as Blue Ruin with Mark Fowler of the Stanton Anderson Band.
Kuplen and Frizalone, along mainstay bartender Edward “Lanny” Skehan of East Islip, were in the back parking lot about six months ago wondering what to do with all that space on a Sunday when the neighboring Chase bank is closed, Kuplen recalled.
Holding a music fest came to mind. Now, and after much work, their town permits and other approvals are in place to do just that.
“The town clerk and [Supervisor] Angie Carpenter have each been a huge help,” Kuplen said.
The party runs from noon to 6:30 p.m. and you can click here for tickets or purchase them at the bar with cash, credit or debit for $37. Tickets at the gate, if available, will be $45.
But, the organizers are expected the 3,000 tickets to sell out sometime in July.
WBAB will be on site with their legendary jock, Fingers. There will be food, prizes, specials, giveaways and beer offerings from Great South Bay Brewery and Clare Rose.
Part of the proceeds with go to the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.
“We think it will be a successful event with a few thousand people and hopefully we’ll be raising a lot of money for the Islip Breast Care Coalition that day,” said Kuplen.
The hope is two host two festivals bi-annually starting in 2019 in May and September.
Photo: Richard “Kippy” Kuplen and his daughter, Grace, 13, with the Islip Music Festival promotional sign at Mary Dowling’s in Islip on Wednesday. (Credit: Michael White)