Ken Giustino is the Producer of the Montauk Music Festival: Ken has been a member of the Montauk community for over 15 years, and a visitor for many years prior to making Montauk his home. In 2000 he started the Montauk Sun Newspaper and has been an active community member ever since; he is a familiar friendly face around town.
Here is the background on the festival. Ken is such a humble man that Good News never got to interview him, as he wanted us to interview the participants first. I must add, it was also an honor for me, Reverend Paul Sladkus to officiate his wedding some years ago, what a great couple.
Seven years ago Ken brought to life a vision he had thought about for a while; a music festival to showcase some of the east ends amazingly talented musicians along with talent from all over the country. Thus making Montauk even more of a music destination than it has historically been, and at the same time providing a way to extend Montauk’s tourist season to include a traditionally slow pre-season weekend. As a result of the past four extraordinary festival weekends there are more venues offering our musicians an opportunity to perform throughout the season and beyond.
As producer, Ken utilizes his organizational and communication skills to produce an exciting, complex event showcasing original music performed by talented musicians. This includes soliciting sponsors and motel room donations [to be supplied to each of the groups], as well as securing venues and performance times to develop a schedule for the over 200 shows for the Festival weekend.
Now after six successful years; along with his wife Sue, and the support of friends and family, Ken’s looking forward to this year’s festival complete with even more shows and musicians than last year. Ken would like to thank all of the talented musicians, Montauk motels, and Hosting Restaurants for supporting and helping make the Montauk Music Festival a success.
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