Indy Scene: A soundtrack for the Hamptons

‘Get This Party Started’




Larry Scott and John Legend. Independent/Mark Sagliocco for Getty Images

We are at the middle of August and at the height of the events season before Labor Day puts the break on our partying. Music not only underpins the vibe of many of these events, but musicians have been front and center in some of the best and still-to-come events in the season, all brought to you by the party master Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events. Open your ears . . .

The Party-Master In Action

Larry Scott. Independent/Sean Zanni/PMC

Larry Scott established Lawrence Scott Events and instantly gained a reputation for his exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations. “From the ridiculous to the sublime,” a Larry party brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. This summer continues to feature some of the biggest musical talents as an essential ingredient in a Larry party. www.lawrencescottevents.com.

This summer, Lawrence Scott Events produced with Hamptons Magazine John Legend’s launch for his new wine venture under the brand LVE (Legend Vineyard Exclusive). www.lvewines.com.

Last month, Usher headlined the celebrations at the 14th annual Feinstein Institute Summer Concert with a performance. Larry Scott has produced the event for over 14 years and since the event was founded, more than $25 million has been raised to helped accelerate cures, $3.4 million at this year’s event. www.support.northwell.edu.

Larry Scott recently produced and provided the ambiance and gourmet offerings for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s 61st Annual Summer Party, adorning the event with glamorous floral décor.

Still To Come — The S.H.E. Event

Vicky Moran-Furman. Independent/Ellen Wolff
Rosanna Scotto. Independent/Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

This inaugural event will see Alexa Ray Joel as the special performer at the first annual Summer Hamptons Evening event on Saturday, August 17, presented by Victoria Moran-Furman, Iris & Saul Katz, and Lawrence Scott Events to benefit the Katz Institute for Women’s Health. www.give.northwell.edu/events.

Master of Ceremonies at the event will be Rosanna Scotto, co-host of “Good Day New York,” on Fox 5 NY WNYW. Scotto is also part owner of the family’s New York City restaurant, Fresco by Scotto. www.fox5ny.com.

Presenter Vicky Moran-Furman is a philanthropist and supporter of NYU and New York Weill Cornell Hospital, where she sits on the Dean’s Council and has opened her Water Mill home on numerous occasions for charitable endeavors. Presenters Iris and Saul Katz have spent decades supporting the development of better health care across Long Island.

What Makes The Perfect (Larry) Party?

Do not forget it is a party. “The trend is for charitable events to move away from auctions mid-event to conducting all fundraising beforehand and then make the night a celebration to remember.”

The Spectacle. “Think big! Do not just arrange platters of food, make them visually appealing; place individual dishes in domed glass jars, add art. A display makes any buffet instantly appealing.”

The Surprise. “Everyone puts a lot of effort into trying to create the right event, but fatigue with planning can result in a great but unmemorable event. Start by planning something to surprise guests, such as a procession of models in unusual outfits. Something that will change the energy or clearly define the next phase of the celebration.”

Quality of Drinks. “Cocktails come first. The trending drinks this summer include rosé wine and rosé Champagne, vodka, tequila, and Japanese whisky.”

The people. “Last, but not least, your guests. As author Lewis Carroll said, ‘That which causes the failure of party is not meat, nor drink, but conversation.”

Our Hamptons Playlist: Song Lyrics

All these tunes have lyrics which reference our favorite place, the Hamptons. Note: some listener discretion is advised.

Billy Joel, “Downeaster Alexa”

Brooklyn Funk Essentials, “I Got Cash”

Fabolous, “From Nothin’ to Somethin’”

Kanye West, “New Slaves”

Rufus Wainwright, “Montauk”

Social House feat. Lil Yachty, “Magic in the Hamptons”

The Rolling Stones, “Memory Motel”

Transviolet, “The Hamptons”

Village People, “Fire Island”