Five essential melodic sets not to miss on the East End this week.
1. Vineyard Hideaways Something about sprawling out on the lawn of Wölffer Estate Vineyard with rock music, chilled white wine, and charcuterie suggests this is a necessary way to kick off Fourth of July festivities. Plus, there’s the new Summer in a Bottle white to sample. With Inda Eaton performing country rock on July 3, and Clinton Curtis and his band rocking out with a mix of guitar, bass, drums, saxophone, and vocals on July 4, get ready to roll. Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, 5 pm, 3312 Montauk Hwy., 537-5106
2. (Sun)set the Stage “Playing live music is slightly dreamy on warm summer nights,” says Nancy Atlas of The Nancy Atlas Project, whose live performance will ignite a different kind of fireworks at Navy Beach. From the moment she bought her first guitar in London, Atlas, with her raw voice and energetic live performances, has garnered a cult following on the East End and beyond. She will be playing with her band of boys while the crowd sips refreshing cocktails and enjoys a sunset view. Saturday, July 4, 5 pm, 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 668-6868
3. Festivities of the Fourth “A band’s energy is infectious, but it has to be authentic,” says Ray Ramos, one lead vocalist of Hello Brooklyn. The five-piece pop-rock and hip-hop band is eager to play at the Stephen Talkhouse again, because as Ramos says, there’s a special, intimate vibe there, and the crowd is always ready to have a good time. “The Talkhouse was the first and only top venue to give us a shot when our band started back in 2011,” he says. “They believed in us, gave us constructive criticism, and offered us ways to grow.” Saturday, July 4, 10:30 pm, 161 Main St., Amagansett, 267-3117
4. Broadway in the Hamptons For more than half a century, lyrical genius Stephen Sondheim has been delighting the world with his words and melodies. This time around, Ted Sperling, one of Broadway’s hottest music directors, will join Broadway singers Tiffany Haas and Clarke Thorell for “A Sondheim Evening” at Guild Hall. Sunday, July 5, 8 pm, 158 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0806
5. A Fusion of Folk Folk songs and dance mesh with international ethnicities in a world of improvisation in DanzaNova, which takes center stage at the Southampton Cultural Center. Created by Ronn Yedidia, a composer, pianist, and accordionist, this musical fusion of violin, guitar, bass, percussion, and accordion features original compositions fueled by modern classicism and world and folk music. Wednesday, July 8, 6:30 pm, Southampton Cultural Center (Agawam Park), 23 Main St., Southampton, 283-0247