Over 200 come to park for free concert

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On Thursday, July 21, The Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association hosted the second of its summer series of concerts at Memorial Park in Bayport.

With no available spots for parking in the immediate and surrounding streets and a full lawn, the event was well attended by both locals and those looking for a beautiful summer night out with live music.

Albums We Love played classics that many grooved to in lawn chairs or standing, as the favorite tunes emanated from the gazebo.

Albums We Love is a fine fixture of the vibrant Long Island music scene, often featuring guest appearances from members of other local bands.

Despite an unplanned hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, the band was able to present its 2022 selection: “Déjà Vu” by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.

Aside from the Bayport concert, the band has also played their set at Oakdale Yacht Club and will be playing at JT’s Farmhouse on July 31 and at Bradstock on Sept. 3.

Albums We Love was formed in 2013 as an offshoot of the Dowling College World Music Ensemble.

It began as a suggestion among members of that group to “deviate from its ordinary selection of traditional and contemporary global folk music and to experiment with something more accessible and grounded in their varied individual musical tastes,” according to the band’s website.

The plan was to collaborate with members of other local bands for a one-off performance of Peter Gabriel’s “So” album. With the performance incredibly well received and after several encore performances, the group became official.

“The formula was simple, yet elusive: Pick a different classic album each year and re-create it as authentically as possible. Every year, traditionally in November, the band gets together to decide,” said the band.

The name Albums We Love reflects the notion that each member needs to be emotionally invested in an album for the group to select a project.

The Bayport-Blue Point Heritage Association sponsors two free concerts every summer to “…give back to the community for supporting us in our fundraising efforts throughout the year,” said Mary Bailey, president of the association, adding, “The events feature local bands, and everyone comes from Bayport and Blue Point and beyond to support us and them. It’s a great night for everyone.”

Earlier this summer, in June, the BBP Heritage Association had Soundswell, with over 200 people in attendance.

“We’re very lucky to have these bands and the Bayport Memorial Park to share a summer evening with our community,” said Bailey.

In addition to the concert, the BBP Heritage Association has other events this summer, including its historic boat cruise on Aug. 10, a local history bike tour Sept 17, and Christmas at Meadow Croft on Dec. 3-4.

The BBP Heritage Association is also working with local Bayport-Blue Point families to put together the autumn house tour on Oct. 23.

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