The Montauk, N.Y., hotspot The Surf Lodge has won a permit by the New York state liquor authority to have live bands perform on their outdoor deck before 8 p.m. as part of their summer concert series after an East Hampton court dismissed a noise complaint against the restaurant.
St. Lucia, a band that traditionally played on the Fourth of July weekend, was not able to play this past weekend, but their married members Patty and Jean-Phillip were seen enjoying the sunset while kissing to their own songs from a playlist they put together. Milky Chance was scheduled to play on Friday, July 1, but since the Surf Lodge had to wait for their permit, the concert was moved to Swallow Restaurant’s terrace.
The Surf Lodge’s owner, Jayma Cardoso, told Billboard in an exclusive statement: “We are happy to bring live music back to our community. Live music is the DNA of our brand. Starting Wednesday our concert series will resume with local favorite Nancy Atlas, followed by this weekend Sunflower Bean and 9 year veteran G. Love.”
The concert summer series will also feature Gary Clark Jr. and Courtney Love, who spent the Fourth of July weekend with her boyfriend, film director Nicholas Jarecki, at the hotel.
Montauk has been an inspiration for musicians such as the The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger wrote the song “Memory Motel” for their 1976 album Black and Blue after a one-night stand at the seaside resort town’s Memory Motel.
C3, who has been organizing the concert series for a year, told Billboard, “We, along with our team at the Surf Lodge, are very thankful to have resolution on this issue, and are looking forward to getting so many more great bands out to Montauk this summer!”