Local Live Music

Montauk is beloved for its live music offerings, especially in summer. Here are some of our favorite venues.

Concerts on the Green – The Montauk Chamber of Commerce hosts free concerts each Monday night in the summer on the Montauk Green (located in the center of town). 742 Montauk Highway; montaukchamber.com 

Surf Lodge – Montauk’s most popular live music venue, Surf Lodge hosts live music multiple nights each week. Musicians slated to perform this summer range from international headliners like Lukas Nelson to Lovelytheband to Montauk local Nancy Atlas, who takes the stage each Wednesday night with her band. 183 Edgemere Street; 631-483-5037; thesurflodge.com 

Stephen Talkhouse – Though Talkhouse is located in Amagansett, it is worth the 20-minute (or so) drive for its excellent music offerings. Named for a member of the Montaukett Native American tribe who lived in the mid-1800s, Talkhouse is beloved for the incredible acts it attracts and the pivotal role the venue has played in Rock history—greats like Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel have graced its stage. 

Westlake Fish House – The family-friendly dockside Westlake Fish House hosts dining and live music by bands like 3Bs and Montauk Lifeguards. 352 Westlake Drive; 631-668-3474; westlakefishhouse.com

Montauk Beach House – For those who prefer DJ sets, the MBH (located a few blocks away from Marram) features a great lineup throughout the summer. 55 S Elmwood Avenue; 631-668-2112; thembh.com

Swallow East – A great restaurant for lunch and dinner, Swallow East hosts live music performances on summer weekends. 475 West Lake Drive; 631-668-8344; swalloweastrestaurant.com

Gosman’s Deck – Gosman’s puts on free concerts on Sundays in July and August.  Montauk local Nancy Atlas is a regular performer. (Guests are asked to bring their own seating.) 500 W Lake Drive; 631-668-5330; gosmans.com

Tauk at Trails End – All-day eatery near the town center, Tauk at Trail’s End serves casual fair, cocktails and live music. 63 S Euclid Avenue; 631-238-5527; taukattrailsend.com

Lynn’s Hula Hut – Attracting creatives of all kinds, Lynn’s Hula Hut invites musicians to play each afternoon and evening on their breezy deck. 426 West Lake Drive; lynnshulahut.net

Montauket – The casual Montauket bar is perfectly situated to catch gorgeous sunset views and hear great music. 88 Firestone Road; 631-668-5992

Montauk Library – Montauk’s local library hosts Wednesday night concerts featuring such acts as singer/songwriter Sheri Miller, classical guitarist Francisco Roldan, and jazz pianist Bill O’Connell. 871 Montauk Highway; 631-668-3377; montauklibrary.org

Montauk Film (& TV)
Favorites

There’s something about the windswept beaches, gray shingled houses and the characters of past and present that make Montauk a thrilling setting for films and TV shows. This list provides stories, documentaries & sagas that capture the character of Montauk.

Cocaine Cowboys, Ulli Lommel, 1979

Deathtrap, Sidney Lumet, 1982

Masquerade, Bob Swaim, 1988

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Michel Gondry, 2004

Paper Man, Kieran Mulroney & Michele Mulroney, 2009

Montauk Rocks, Richard Siberry, 2012

The Affair, Hagai Levi, 2014-

That Summer, Göran Olsson, 2017

Return to Montauk, Volker Schlöndorff, 2017

Endless Summer, Bruce Brown, 1966

Summer Reading List

From Andy Warhol to James Patterson, Montauk takes center-stage in a number of excellent reads, all of which are available to Marram guests.

The Collected Plays of Edward Albee, Edward Albee, 1958-65

Montauk, Max Frisch, 1975

The Andy Warhol Diaries, Pat Hackett (editor), 1989

Beach Road, James Patterson, 2007

The Divorce Party, Laura Dave, 2008

Leisurama Now: The Beach House for Everyone, Paul Sahre, 2008

Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon, 2013

A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue, Anthony Sosinski & John Aldridge, 2017

Montauk 11954, Carissa Pelleteri, 2018

Montauk, Nicola Harrison, 2019

Out East, John Glynn, 2019

Interview with
Brian Bielmann

Iconic surf photographer Brian Bielmann is known for his can’t-believe-your-eyes shots of surfers braving some of the world’s biggest waves. Now in his fifth decade of photography, he is excited to be partnering with Marram to showcase his famed shots as well as some lesser-seen underwater photography (his works hang in all guest rooms). Brian almost can’t believe his good fortune—he gets to travel the world and capture stunning experiences both on and off the water. He says, “because surfing is more of lifestyle than a sport, I get to be around nature and beauty.” Here, Brian talks to us about his work and travel. 

Marram: When did you take up photography? Were you drawn to photography or surfing first? 

Surfing came first. I started surfing when I was a kid in Virginia and North Carolina’s Outer Banks. I moved to Hawaii when I was 17 because I was a surfer and it was a no brainer. I didn’t think twice. When I graduated high school I drove cross-country with $200 and made my way to Hawaii. I started doing any kind of odd jobs I could to keep surfing. In 1978, I was 21 and I went through a period for about a month wondering “what am I going to do with my life?” I realized that if I became a surf photographer, I could keep surfing. It was as simple as that. It was all I cared about.

I still surf, but I find myself surfing a lot less because I’m always shooting when the waves are good. In the beginning, the hardest part was deciding whether to take out my surfboard or my camera. I would tell myself that I’d surf for the first hour in the morning “until the light gets good.” But then the waves would be great and there was no way I could stop surfing. Months would go by and I’d have shot nothing. But one day I had a really bad wipe out and was thrown head-first onto the reef, and it put a big hole in my head—literally. It got infected and I almost died and had to stay out the water for a month. During that month I started learning how to use all my camera equipment and how to be a surf photographer. The accident was the only reason I prioritized photography over surfing.

Surfing is absolutely an addiction, and surfers are adrenaline junkies. If I wasn’t surfing I wanted to be out on the water shooting, just to still be part of the action. There’s no greater feeling in the world than getting a beautiful barrel, being inside of the wave and coming out—it changes your whole outlook. But I tell ya, these days I prefer the feeling of being on the water and getting an incredible photograph.

Marram: How has surf photography changed in the four decades that you’ve been doing it?

The biggest change was moving from film to digital. When the first digital cameras came out, I talked it over with my art director and decided to try one out. It turns out, I was the first surf photographer to shoot on digital. I went on a trip with a tiny hard drive and two memory cards in my pocket—which of course is ridiculous. These days you want to have at three different forms of backup. It’s kind of a miracle that everything came out. Some of the photos that I took on that trip are the best I’ve ever taken. One of the photos I took was of Andy Irons, and it was used all over the place including on a huge billboard… I kid you not, when those photographs came out, everything changed overnight. My magazine, Transworld, went out and bought digital cameras for all of its photographers and everyone in the industry started switching to digital. That was the beginning of the end for film and photo labs. I’m not saying I changed the industry, I was just the first one to do it. 

Marram: You have traveled and continue to travel around the world. What destinations do you love most? 

For sure, my favorite spot is Tahiti. We were one of the first to start shooting Teahupo’o, which is now a super famous destination. The water is beautiful and clear and the barrels are incredible. I was just there about three weeks ago and I still think it’s my favorite place. I also absolutely love Indonesia, especially the Mentawai islands in the west, off the coast of Sumatra. I love being in remote places where you feel like you’re living in a different time.

Marram: How has your photography style changed over the years? What has remained the same?

When I first started, there were probably 200 other photographers and for the most part, they were either land photographers or water photographers. I had to do things outside the box to get noticed, so I started taking different kinds of photos, like from underwater and of empty waves. That helped me get in the door to a lot of places. As time went on, I started shooting bigger and bigger waves and we using jet-skis and boats to get closer to the waves. I figured out how to get myself to the top breaks with the top surfers, but when more photographers started heading to the big-name spots in Tahiti, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia, I started to sneak away to places that weren’t as well covered, like Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico and places in Europe. 

Marram: What do you shoot with these days?

The standard lenses used to be 600 or 800mm for most surf photographers, but the trend has swayed towards more pulled-back images with more foreground, and photographers are using 70 or 200mm lenses. I still love the tele-photo look so use a 600mm lens to shoot from the beach. When I’m underwater I use a 16-35mm lens and when I’m on the water I use a 7-200 or 24-105mm. I’ve only ever used Canon equipment, and I have these state-of-the-art carbon fiber water housings from CMT.

Marram: What was your experience like working with Marram? What are you excited about with the property?

Surfers have been some of the first people to so many incredible places, so it doesn’t surprise me that Montauk is the amazing destination that it is. I’m really stoked that a lot of my work hanging in Marram are underwater shots that I love and aren’t as well-known as my typical surf photography. I think of them as both soothing and at the same time, very energetic.


Photo Gallery

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Martin Pittaluga & Fernando Trocca

Chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martín Pittaluga have worked together for more than two decades, launching and running restaurants in Buenos Aires, José Ignacio, Uruguay and Miami.

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Interview with
Martín Pittaluga & Fernando Trocca

Chef Fernando Trocca and restaurateur Martín Pittaluga have worked together for more than two decades, launching and running restaurants in Buenos Aires, José Ignacio, Uruguay and Miami. Their first East Coast venture will be beachside at Marram and offer an opportunity for the duo to showcase local Montauk and Long Island produce with their signature South American flair. Here, the chefs share some of what they’re most looking forward to at Marram. Learn more about the Mostrador here.

Marram: When did your interest in cooking and fine dining begin? 

Fernando: At age eight, my interest was born from watching my grandma cooking. From there it was a passion I could not drop, and it brought me to my professional beginnings. As with many grandmothers of Italian origins who are dedicated to their cooking, preparing meals for her family was my grandmother’s main priority. I practically lived with her when I was in primary school, and this was a fundamental pillar for my future professional development

Martín: After I moved to Paris when I was young, I began washing dishes, worked in the kitchens and waited tables in several trendy restaurants in Les Halles. I opened my first restaurant in Uruguay 1983.

Marram: The two of you have worked together for decades now. What do you enjoy or appreciate most about your partnership?

Fernando: More than a partnership, I would describe this as a friendship. Martín and I have been growing personally and professionally during the last 20 years.

Martín: Fernando and I are like brothers. Each of know what the other is thinking. We have fun together.

Marram: What do you cook and eat at home? What are meals like with your family and close friends?

Fernando: Simple food with great products. Ingredients are very important.

Martín: I cook fish as often as I can. I also love to just mix things together in a pot… It’s the best!

Marram: What makes Montauk special, both from a culinary perspective and generally? How long have you been familiar with the area?

Fernando: We consider Montauk to be the American José Ignacio. They have the same atmosphere, same weather and even a similar crowd, but the two places have the exact opposite seasons. They’re also both fishing villages with picturesque lighthouses.

Martín: We have a lot of friends and clients who split their time between Jose Ignacio and Montauk. They are both very special places.

Marram: What can we expect from the food and beverage offerings at Marram? What dishes do you expect to be crowd-favorites?

Fernando: We will offer a similar menu as that at Santa Teresita in José Ignacio. We have been working with local purveyors to find the right quality products.

Martín: I will leave the specifics to Trocca, but I’m sure that the rice dishes will stand out. We are very excited and happy to be able to work in Montauk. We really like the place. Marram by the seashore is a project that we will work on very carefully.

Marram: Montauk is famous for its seafood and Long Island for its produce. What ingredients are you most excited about featuring and experimenting with?

Fernando: You’re right, because the seafood offer in the area is so important, we will work with it for the protein component on the menu. But no less important will be the local products and seasonal ingredients.


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Brian Bielmann

Iconic surf photographer Brian Bielmann is known for his can’t-believe-your-eyes shots of surfers braving some of the world’s biggest waves.

Read the full story

Montauk is beloved for its live music offerings, especially in summer. Here are some of our favorite venues.

Concerts on the Green – The Montauk Chamber of Commerce hosts free concerts each Monday night in the summer on the Montauk Green (located in the center of town). 742 Montauk Highway; montaukchamber.com 

Surf Lodge – Montauk’s most popular live music venue, Surf Lodge hosts live music multiple nights each week. Musicians slated to perform this summer range from international headliners like Lukas Nelson to Lovelytheband to Montauk local Nancy Atlas, who takes the stage each Wednesday night with her band. 183 Edgemere Street; 631-483-5037; thesurflodge.com 

Stephen Talkhouse – Though Talkhouse is located in Amagansett, it is worth the 20-minute (or so) drive for its excellent music offerings. Named for a member of the Montaukett Native American tribe who lived in the mid-1800s, Talkhouse is beloved for the incredible acts it attracts and the pivotal role the venue has played in Rock history—greats like Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Joel have graced its stage. 

Westlake Fish House – The family-friendly dockside Westlake Fish House hosts dining and live music by bands like 3Bs and Montauk Lifeguards. 352 Westlake Drive; 631-668-3474; westlakefishhouse.com

Montauk Beach House – For those who prefer DJ sets, the MBH (located a few blocks away from Marram) features a great lineup throughout the summer. 55 S Elmwood Avenue; 631-668-2112; thembh.com

Swallow East – A great restaurant for lunch and dinner, Swallow East hosts live music performances on summer weekends. 475 West Lake Drive; 631-668-8344; swalloweastrestaurant.com

Gosman’s Deck – Gosman’s puts on free concerts on Sundays in July and August.  Montauk local Nancy Atlas is a regular performer. (Guests are asked to bring their own seating.) 500 W Lake Drive; 631-668-5330; gosmans.com

Tauk at Trails End – All-day eatery near the town center, Tauk at Trail’s End serves casual fair, cocktails and live music. 63 S Euclid Avenue; 631-238-5527; taukattrailsend.com

Lynn’s Hula Hut – Attracting creatives of all kinds, Lynn’s Hula Hut invites musicians to play each afternoon and evening on their breezy deck. 426 West Lake Drive; lynnshulahut.net

Montauket – The casual Montauket bar is perfectly situated to catch gorgeous sunset views and hear great music. 88 Firestone Road; 631-668-5992

Montauk Library – Montauk’s local library hosts Wednesday night concerts featuring such acts as singer/songwriter Sheri Miller, classical guitarist Francisco Roldan, and jazz pianist Bill O’Connell. 871 Montauk Highway; 631-668-3377; montauklibrary.org