9th Annual Long Island WINTERFEST – Live on the Vine

Friday, February 19 at the Suffolk Theater, Riverhead, NY
(RIVERHEAD, NY, February 8, 2016) – The award-winning Long Island Winterfest – Live on the Vine music festival returns for its ninth and most eclectic year ever. The music festival will open with its annual Winterfest Kickoff Party concert which will be held Friday, February 19 at the historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, NY. Doors will open at 6:30 PM. Long Island rock favorites Miles To Dayton, and internationally acclaimed roots-music guitar wizard Toby Walker will headline this evening of world-class Americana music, with special guest singer-songwriter Andrew Fortier opening the night. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are limited and are now available online at or by calling the Box Office at 631-727-4343. The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 E Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901. Ticket links and more information can be found at

Miles To Dayton
Having built a large grass roots following of fans young and old, Miles to Dayton (M2D) has headlined performances at the Patchogue Theater and sold out the Boulton Center, with notable gigs at the Paramount Theatre, Great South Bay Music Festival and the North Fork Rock and Folk Festival. Miles to Dayton’s music happens at a personal level, blending elements of folk, rock, classical, and funk into an irresistible invitation. The M2D recipe is simple: four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section that stirs up the creative stew. M2D has shared the stage with the likes of The Subdudes, Leslie West, Jorma Kaukonen, Tom Paxton, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and Richie Havens, to name a few.

Toby Walker
“A real killer with fantastic technique. He just knocks me out.” – John Hammond
Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard who has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Walker has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award, Solo division, given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN. Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says “Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away” and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for six years. In 2010 Walker won the New York Music Award for Best Instrumental CD, sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Andrew Fortier
Archivist, storyteller, most importantly husband and dad: Andrew Fortier’s music and words are reflections of life in progress. Major recording contracts came and went for Andrew, people say they can’t believe he’s “not all over the radio” or say “you’re gonna make it”; his reply time after time is, I’ve already made it as far as my life has been, and the rest is just icing. The Upsidedown Sky is Andrews latest album he dedicates to all the life guards and guardian angels in his life. His glass is at least half full and every day a blank canvas awaits.

More information about the 2016 Winterfest Live on the Vine music festival
The 9th Annual Winterfest Live on the Vine is an award-winning festival is a five-week, mid-winter music and wine festival, running each weekend from February 19 through March 20, 2016. Winterfest is a project of East End Arts in partnership with the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Long Island Wine Council, and presenting sponsor, Suffolk County National Bank.

Winterfest Live on the Vine will feature more than 70 concerts and wine events in over 40 unique venues throughout Long Island’s scenic East End. Vineyard tasting rooms, boutique hotels, and historic theaters provide the stages for more than 30 emerging artists and legendary Grammy-winning headliners in a diverse menu of musical styles: jazz, rock, country, world, singer-songwriter and more, amidst the backdrop of one of the most charming regions in New York.

The Winterfest Kickoff Party on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Suffolk Theater will feature Long Island favorites: Toby Walker and Miles to Dayton. Tickets are available at Music for every taste and in every genre includes New Orleans favorites The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Grammy award-winning folk icon Judy Collins, Grammy award-winning jazz trumpet legend Randy Brecker quartet featuring Ada Rovatti, and back for a second sold-out year is Americana-sweetheart Amy Helm. Jazz drummer Bryan Carter & his Trio, Downbeat Magazine award-winner Ray Anderson with Steve Salerno, Paul Simon bassist Bakithi Kumalo & Friends, and the Late Night Gospel Choir performing a “raise the roof” Gospel Brunch, are just some of the artists appearing this year, with many more being added. The Closing Party and grand finale concert will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Suffolk Theater and will feature classic rockers Jefferson Starship, presented by Suffolk County National Bank and Certilman Balin Attorneys.

Winterfest is also very excited to announce the addition of the Long Island Wine Council’s “Art of Wine” events. This exciting and hands-on series of over 23 wine-focused events gives visitors exclusive access to rare wines, Long Island’s incredible winemakers and progressive winemaking techniques. Guests can spend a day or a weekend at Winterfest; special all-inclusive weekend or one day packages are available.

For all show schedules, ticketing, artist information, packages and special offer information, please visit or call J Faith Presents at 631-331-0808.

Additional Information
Conceived in 2006 by East End Arts, the Long Island Wine Council and the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (LICVB), Winterfest Live on the Vine was created to encourage employment to musicians, and to bring tourists to the region during slower, winter months. In 2012, the festival was awarded the “National Destination Marketing Award” by Americans for The Arts and Destination Marketing International.
Winterfest Live on the Vine would not be possible without Presenting Sponsor, Suffolk County National Bank. The festival is a project of East End Arts, with support from the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Long Island Wine Council, with additional support from NYSCA, Suffolk County, AARP, Certilman Balin Attorneys, Hamptons Art Hub, Hotel Indigo, and produced by veteran festival promoter J Faith Presents (Great South Bay Music Festival).
For 2016, Winterfest has again added headliners to the schedule, and widened the scope and theme of the festival. With the addition of the “Art of Wine” series, and non-musical events to the schedule, all are ingredients that Faith believes will help enhance the Winterfest Live on the Vine experience; the experience of this Winterfest is like no other. The combination of world-class music, in an architecturally stunning environment, amid the backdrop of the magnificent East End of Long Island, is what makes this festival the unique experience that it is!

Featured Artist & Venue Information
The historic Suffolk Theater will host the festival Kickoff Concert and Party on Friday, February 19, featuring Toby Walker and Miles to Dayton; Grammy award-winning folk icon Judy Collins will perform on March 17; and the legendary Jefferson Starship will close the festival with a party on March 19.
Performing on February 20 at Hotel Indigo East End, one of Long Island’s newest boutique hotels, is Paul Simon Bassist Bakithi Kumalo with an all-star band. Stay overnight and wake up to the award-winning Late Night Gospel Choir for a raucous Gospel Sunday Brunch on February 21.
Direct from New Orleans, Martha Clara Vineyards will present The Dirty Dozen Brass Band on March 5.
Hotel Indigo East End will present Americana favorite Amy Helm – back for her second sold-out year – on March 12.
Macari Vineyards will host the Grammy award-winning legend Randy Brecker quartet featuring Ada Rovatti on March 13.
Bedell Cellars will present, direct from Lincoln Center, jazz giant Bryan Carter on March 20.
Rocker Randy Jackson of Zebra will perform at Coffee Pot Cellars on March 20.
Emerging artists include original rockers Miles to Dayton, Kerry Kearney Blues Band, Mundo Clave, HooDoo Loungers, Black & Sparrow, country rockers Joe Bayer Band and Six Gun, Billy Joel Tributes: Songs in the Attic and Cold Spring Harbor, Irish rockers Bangers & Mash, Bobby Sexton Jazz Trio, Danny Keane and Friends, and many more.

For more information about Winterfest Live on the Vine, please visit:



Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist Nile Rodgers will produce, perform, and host the FreakOut! Festival®, an all-star concert to be presented at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, Long Island on August 4 and August 5, 2015. Co-produced by music industry veteran Michael Ostin and Peter Herman of Nile Rodgers Productions, the FreakOut! Festival® is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime event that will feature Rodgers and his multi-platinum band CHIC sharing the stage with music legends and contemporary trailblazers like Beck, Duran Duran, Paloma Faith, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Chaka Khan, Janelle Monàe, Q-Tip, Keith Urban, and Pharrell Williams, among other artists. In both scope and size, it’s the first music festival of its kind on Long Island. It will be the ONLY time you will see the two most recent Grammy® “Album Of The Year” winners (Nile Rodgers/Pharrell, 2014 and Beck, 2015) perform together on the same stage and for some artists, the first time you will be able to see them perform live in 2015.FOLD-16x9_v2_1920x1080
This might just be the premier music event of summer 2015, the FreakOut! Festival® will bring the live music experience to a whole new level of spontaneity and excitement.
FOLD Festival – 2 Day Pass 1 day pass $137…..2 day pass $242

Riverhead is known for its commitment to cultural events, as well as being
a warm, friendly, and welcoming township distinguished by its vineyards, good wine, good food, and
good people with an appreciation for the arts. The Suffolk Theater in downtown Riverhead will also be hosting The Official FreakOut! Festival® After Party from 11pm to 4am. Hotels and the Riverhead business community as well as The East End Arts are involved in the festivities. There is easy downtown access for ticket holders to Martha Clara Vineyard via Festival Bus Shuttles — Shuttles will pickup and return to the Riverhead Train Station and The Suffolk Theater hourly from 3pm to 12 am. (Free Parking can be found downtown and at the Train Station.)

The 7th Annual Live on the Vine Winterfest 2014 presented by Suffolk County National Bank will host its kickoff along with co-host, Edible East End, at the enchanting Suffolk Theater on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 6 PM to 9:30 PM.1488024_589814264432895_313456124_n

Celebrate Long Island’s great musical talent, wine, food and friends in high style! You’ll be transported back in time to an age of splendor and glory the moment you step foot in the completely restored 1933 art deco theater. Join them for some light fare, Long Island wines and hear some of the best music east of NYC! Or if you prefer, go all the way and make a reservation for dinner!


  • Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks
  • Bakithi Kumalo
  • Mambo Loco

Ticket price: $20 in advance / $25 at the door.

Tickets are limited: Get your tickets online now at: or call the Box Office at 631-727-4343.

The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901.6-week-music-festival

Live on the Vine is a 6 week mid-winter music festival that take place in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels and other venues on the East End. It has been recognized for its cultural tourism impact during an off season and has greatly stimulated the business economy during the cold winter months. Conceived in 2006, this event is well on its way to becoming a regional and even national attraction with great growth potential. In 2012 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine was awarded the National Destination Marketing Award by Americans for the Arts and Destination Marketing International, a prestigious award validating our work and our vision which includes expanding our overall musical selection to encompass talented performers in jazz, blues, soul and country (hence the name modification, “Live” on the Vine.)

20130313-170014.jpgBlack Tie and Boots Gala 2013…This event is the largest fundraiser Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch hosts in Long Island! This event draws a crowd from the tri-state area and beyond.

Date: Friday, April 12th 2013
451 East Main Street, Riverhead
Time: 7pm-11pm

Business of the Year: Neefus Stype Agency, Inc., New York
Ambassador of the Year: Beth Hanlon, New York
Volunteer of the Year: Ray Myers, Oklahoma

Silent Auction, Live Auction
Boots Suggested, Black Tie Optional


To purchase tickets or for more information, visit and go to events or call 631-369-1234 ext. 230



IMG_0163Gorgeous Hamptons Sunset*Live Music*Exquisite Wine…..Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers…This summer is going to be very exciting and in keeping with my theme of bringing you information that you may not know…last week I visited Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Bridgehampton for Twilight Thursday a Hamptons tradition at the Winery on Sagg Road every Thursday from 5-8pm. Wolffer is so breath-taking and the perfect place to be on a Thursday night from 5-8pm relaxing with friends and listening to some real talented musicians while enjoying a glass of wine or you can purchase a bottle. I had a wonderful time seeing some friends I have not seen in awhile while sipping on one of my favorites at Wolffer their Rose. I went there specifically to see Alex…a new singer that is equally as beautiful as she is talented. Alex is the daughter of Lori Stokes co-anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News  and Brian Thompson, New Jersey Bureau Reporter for WNBC.

I am told Alex is going to be back at Wolffer performing this summer, she has a flair about her that is warm and embracing. As I sat listening to her sing I thought it would be great if she sang Valerie by Amy Winehouse because I thought her voice was jazzy and she would sound amazing and she sang just that song. Were you in my head Alex? She did not disappoint she was great and everyone loved her.

What’s next for Wolffer..well this Thursday 6/21/12
Iris Ornig, bassist and composer – eclectic jazz, inventive, unique style, iris+ornig
Sunset Friday’s…enjoy a beautiful sunset, live music and of course a glass of wine.

haitian+indieThis Friday 6/22/12 Haitian Indie soul artist Obed Jean Louis is a guitarist and composer who has performed in the Hamptons and New York with his unique style.

6/23/12 Celebrate the Group for the East End’s 40th Anniversary with a benefit and auction June 23rd from 6-11PM on the grounds of Wölffer Estate Vineyard!, Saturday June 23, 2012
For more information on events at Wolffer check out their website.
bedellIf you are on the NorthFork visit Bedell Cellars...I love this Vineyard and it is equally as beautiful as Wolffer…I had the pleasure of visiting that vineyard during Memorial Day weekend when I visited with friends. We had a fantastic time and I recommend as one of my favorite places to visit. For all of you Hamptons locals and visitors, you can take the Shelter Island Ferry or you can take that long drive through Riverhead….Make sure you go with friends and select someone to be the designated driver…Don’t drink and Drive…Your life and others around you are important. For more information for Bedell Cellars visit their website
Well that’s it Hamptons MouthPiece Readers...I can’t wait for Alex to come back out to the Hamptons to perform…Looking forward to hearing Iris Ornig this week. I love Jazz….
Come back this summer to cheek out what’s really happening in the Hamptons…things others are not highlighting.