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St. Paddy’s Day: Fun Throughout LI

Here's upcoming St. Patrick's Day fun on and around the big day of March 17, so don your finest green garb (note: not all of these events take place on St. Patrick's Day itself, so be sure to check the actual dates before heading out) … Hofstra University’s 16th annual Irish Festival is March 16, featuring Tommy Mulvihill, Irish dancers and more; log on to ... K.J. Farrell's in Bellmore is a party virtually anytime – and this year, the St. Paddy's day holiday falls on the night of the multi-talented Kenny Forgione of Wonderous Stories' weekly jam. Expect great music and Farrell's always great buffet … The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will feature a special St. Patrick's Day event on March 15, featuring Irish rock from The Raging Hornpipes, Irish step dancers, and the best of Long Ireland Beer Company. Learn more and grab tickets via … The heralded Celtic Tenors headline The Paramount in Huntington on March 16; tickets are at … Parades: The annual BayportBlue Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on March 16 beginning at 11 am; the route is Snedecor Avenue to Blue Point Avenue along Montauk Highway in an annual event that in the past has drawn more than 25,000 onlookers Nihilistics … The Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade, starting at Route 25A and Harrison Avenue in Miller Place, starts at 1 pm on March 16 … Montauk's annual parade – this year marks the 52nd in its history – is March 23 beginning at 11:30 am, starting at Edgemere Road … March 22 brings the Rockville Centre St. Patrick's parade, beginning at noon. Grand Marshall for 2014 is lifelong RVC resident Sean O'Rourke of Coast-

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Zumba For Pets In Huntington

The League for Animal Protection of Huntington’s “Zumbathon” fundraiser is Friday, March 21 beginning at 6:30 pm at Christ Lutheran Church in Northport. This event features Latin sounds, a cardio workout of dance aerobics led by certified instructors, raffles, giveaways, and more. All proceeds from this event will benefit The League for Animal Protection, dedicated to the rescue, care, and rehabilitation of stray, abandoned and abused animals in Huntington Township since 1973. To sign up:, or stop by the Grateful Paw Cat Shelter, located at 104 Deposit Road in East Northport.

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Manor Museum in Jamaica. Information is at (718) 206-0545 and King Manor Museum has partnered with Five Boroughs Music Festival to present Les Délices, a Cleveland-based ensemble performing French Baroque music on period instruments. The program features works from the French Rococo period by composers Philidor, Guillemain, Leclair, and Rameau. Wine and light refreshments will be served at 6 pm, followed by the concert at 6:30 pm.

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Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra. A musician, singer, and actor, Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. In this fullstage presentation, he’ll joined by an orchestra and family members to sing his hits (including “My Melody Of Love,” “Roses Are Red,” and other favorites. Much more than just “Melody” (everyone’s grandmother’s favorite), Vinton ranks among the top selling male solo artists in pop history. Here’s a revealing stat: From 1962 through 1972, Vinton had more Billboard #1 hits than any other male vocalist, including Elvis Presley.

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The Good Times Guide

By Joe Lopergalo

LI’s Craft Breweries: Incredible Beers For All n the vast and expansive world of brewing beer, craft is king these days. There may be no place in the country where that is more evident than Long Island, where beer enthusiasts can support more than 20 local breweries (and counting). Some of the biggest names in Long Island craft brewing – Blue Point Brewing Company; Great South Bay Brewery – are finding their way into national distribution, while others remain local L.I. stalwarts. As any craft drinker should know by now, the annual Spring Craft Beer Festival is making its return to Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, March 22 for its eighth consecutive year. This spring festival will again host more than 50 breweries serving more than 100 beers. As always, visitors can expect a wide array of giveaways and merchandise. New this year: Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine will sponsor a Silent Disco, a surreal party experience where the music is pumped through distributed wireless headphones. See more at details at, or call (631) 940-7290. For this first edition of our Guide to Long Island Breweries, Good Times caught up with the

owners and brewmasters of some of the Island’s largest and most popular beer makers. Christian Ryan, Head Brewer of Blue Point Brewing Company, shared exciting news regarding Blue Point’s 2012 small-batch brew, Entitlement Porter. This American porter, which was brewed as a satirical salute to the nation’s political process during the 2012 election season, will make its return to the tasting room early this year, along with “a couple of new small batches.” When asked about plans for St. Patrick’s Day, Ryan boldly stated, “Pretty much every holiday is a cause to celebrate here.” Expect to see Blue Point Brewing Company at this year’s Spring Craft Beer Festival, where you can taste their flagship Toasted Lager as well as Ryan’s personal favorite, Rastafar Rye. For more information, visit, or call (631) 475-6944. Greg Maisch, Great South Bay Brewery’s head brewer, excitedly told us of some of their forthcoming plans. In addition to participating in the Spring Craft Beer Festival, the GSB Brewery will once again host its very own festival, known as Bay Fest. “It's a beer fest that takes place at our brewery during Long Island Craft Beer Week, and we host around 50 breweries and have about 1,500 people,” said Maisch. For St. Patrick’s Day this year, GSB will make its fourth sequential appearance in the annual Bay Shore parade, once again employing local band Tradewinds to perform on the float. “This year the float will be bigger, and the band is going to be huge, tons of horns, two or three saxes, a drum kit, and more,” said Maisch. When

asked about his own beer preferences, Maisch said, “My favorite bounces around because we are doing a ton of one-off brews lately, but now it's got to be our spring seasonal 'Hopsy Daisy' Session IPA.” For more information, visit, or call (631) 392-8472. Long Ireland Brewing Co. has made huge waves in the local beer scene in recent years, expanding both their selection and their reach.

This year, Long Ireland’s flagship Celtic Ale and other batches can be tasted at the Spring Craft Beer Festival. Brewery president Greg Martin continues to retain a noble mindset when it comes to events at his brewery, however. “We really don’t do anything special at the brewery [for St. Patrick’s Day] because we don’t like to take away from the bars and restaurants that serve our beer,” he said. Non-holidays, on the other hand, seem to be fair game for brewery events: “We [just held] a Whiskey Weekend on February 21 and 22. We had been aging some of these beers for up to a year in whiskey barrels. We’ve had six beers aging over the last year. Some are really strong on the whiskey taste, and some are more subtle.” When asked about his personal favorite of Long Ireland’s beers, Martin found it difficult to choose. “It’s kind of like kids – depends what day of the week it is and who’s pissing me off. I’m a mood drinker; I change with the seasons.” He latered noted : “If I had to give the old desert island analogy, I’d have to say our Extra Special Bitter.” For more information, visit or call (631) 403-4303. Spider Bite Brewing Company is a smaller Long Island brewery, but is not one which should be underestimated. Conceived in 2008, Spider Bite’s unique beers – including the crisp

LLa arrrryy flagship First Bite G G ollddsstteeiinn o Pale Ale – can already be found both in bottle and on tap across Long Island and in New York City. If the suds of this Holbrook brewery are still yet to be tasted, you will be able to do so at Nassau Coliseum later this month. Larry Goldstein – owner, brewmaster and co-founder of Spider Bite – was enthusiastic to report the near-completion of Spider Bite’s tasting room: “Probably in three months or so, when it’s completed, we will be having live music and hosting brewery crawls and things like that.” Make sure to try Goldstein’s personal favorite, Boris the Spider (Russian Imperial Stout) during any visit. For more information, visit or call (631) 942-3255. With the multitude of craft breweries popping up all over Long Island, one may wonder if there is any room for more. Lauri and Matt Spitz, the husband-and-wife co-owners of Moustache Brewing Company, are aiming to pave their way into the crowded craft beer market. Moustache does not yet have an open tasting room and will not be participating in this year’s Spring Craft Beer Festival. However, Lauri and her mustachioed husband have made their Everyman's Porter and One Drop Pale Ale, among other batches, surprisingly accessible by selling growlers every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Riverhead Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market. As a longtime brewer and beer enthusiast, Lauri Spitz had a tough time choosing a favorite. “That's such a hard question; it’s like asking which kid is your favorite. I'm really into old ales right now, and anything barrel-aged. Matt is a big hop head and loves a good IPA, too.” Not to let the season slip away from them, Lauri added, “We're working on a Dry Irish Stout for [St. Patrick’s Day].” For more information, visit or call (631) 591-3250.

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BEER & SPIRITS Blue Point Goes National: Some are calling it the end of an era; others can’t hold their applause. Earlier this month, Long Island’s beloved Blue Point Brewery announced its purchase by beer giant AnheuserBusch InBev after being independently operated for more than 15 years. The local craft beer planted its seeds in Patchogue in 1998, and despite the transfer of ownership, is slated to stay there. Blue Point founders Mark Burford and Peter Cotter are expected to close the deal within the first quarter of 2014. In a statement, Luiz Edmond – chief executive of the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev – said, “As we welcome Blue Point into the AnheuserBusch family of brands, we look forward to working with Mark and Peter to accelerate the growth of the Blue Point portfolio and expand to new markets, while preserving the heritage and innovation of the brands.” So, why the cries of treachery from one side and the outpouring of congratulations from the other? As of now, the founders of the brewery will be staying on board to oversee production and will still have a huge hand in what goes on at the home base. Unfortunately, the reality is that we as consumers don’t know for sure what this means for Long Island’s oldest brewery – and for ourselves. The most positive aspect could be: More Blue Point at lower prices. It is no secret that Anheuser-Busch is the largest beer mogul in the country and one of the biggest on the planet. That means big money that can be used to upgrade the brewery and support nationwide distribution, leaving more time and income to conceive and finance new brews. Of course, Blue Point has been tied in with Anheuser-Busch via Clare Rose for years as far as east coast distribution is concerned, and much of the beer you drink has actually been brewed in upstate Saratoga Springs for some time now. This transaction, however, yields a further reach. Corporate distribution brings with it the ability to drink favorites like Toasted Lager, Hoptical Illusion, or Rastafar-Rye while you’re visiting your relatives

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across the nation. Of course, there are pitfalls with any “sellout” story. Mass production sometimes makes for less attention being paid to quality. Blue Point sold more than 60,000 barrels last year, and that number will undoubtedly skyrocket once the beer is in the hands of the giant. It would be naive to assume that quality will not be affected, even if it’s only slightly. We wouldn’t worry about a Bud Light Blueberry or a Budweiser Double White just yet (though by all means, hope against it). Some fans seem to believe that Long Island has somehow lost its hometown hero. The situation is akin to watching your favorite local band get picked up by Warner or Sony; you support the band and you want to see them do “make it,” but at the same time you can’t help but argue that they were better when they were playing bars and basements. That is conceivably the reason much of the Island is up in arms. It has always been with unrelenting pride that a Long Island craft beer drinker would travel out of state to try new brews, only to tell anyone who’d listen how they simply must taste Blue Point. I’ve done it; you’ve done it; we’ve all done it. Somehow, the magic of that sentiment is lost now. However, one can always brag about how it all started here; how there was a time when the only place you could taste a Sour Cherry Imperial Stout was right here in our own backyard. There are many other breweries that remain (for now) exclusively local. Don’t pass up a chance to try Greenport Harbor Brewing, Spider Bite Beer Co., Long Ireland Beer Company, Port Jeff Brewing Company or the soon-to-be established Mustache Brewing Co. Blue Point was and is the oldest and most successful brewery in the region, but it is also not the only option. So when you travel now, you can brag about how you helped drink Blue Point into the big leagues – and how you still have so many delicious hometown heroes. – Joe Lopergalo

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Rorie Kelly

Long Island’s Singer/Songwriter

Who: Rorie Kelly is a young veteran singer/songwriter who has performed at virtually every top venue in Long Island for the past several years. An honest and emotive stylist, Kelly most recently released a live disc, Sincerely Live; she’ll perform on March 20 at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington in a Hard Luck Café concert. The Artists & Her Sound: From Kelly’s official bio: “Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. Firsttime listeners often comment, ‘I can't

believe that voice came out of that body.’ “Rorie has been making music since her teenage years and was strongly influenced by the tell-all, stream-of-consciousness songwriting style of the 90s. ‘Growing up, I was listening to Liz Phair, Alanis Morisette, and Ben Folds Five alongside Joni Mitchell and The Beatles,’ she says. ‘That's where my foundation comes from as a musician.’ “Rorie's debut album, Wish Upon A Bottlecap, was released in late 2010 ... Her songwriting caught the ear of radio host Garrison Leykham (who commissioned her to write the theme song for his documentary Comic on a Half Shell), and the Solarfest Songwriting Competition, where she placed in the Top 10 in 2013. Later that year, Rorie released a performance album titled Sincerely Live, featuring knockout performances of fan favorites as well as some of the new tunes that had accumulated since the release of Wish Upon A Bottlecap. “Rorie is currently performing frequently in the northeast, writing constantly, and getting very little sleep indeed. Next up? ‘Crazy amounts of shows and a second studio album,” says the singer/songwriter.” To Learn More About The Artist: Log on to


The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters Syracuse. This production marks only the third time in the Festival’s history that the farces has been performed on the Hofstra stage. This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

Dance Theatre Of Harlem Staller Center Stony Brook University March 22 at 8 PM (631) 632-ARTS [2787]

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international sensation – consists of 18 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic and demanding repertoire at the highest level of their craft. On the program is “New Bach” (an homage to George Balanchine), “When Love,” “Dancing On The Horizon,” and the rousing “Return,” choreographed for 12 dancers featuring the music of of R&B and soul music legends Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

An Evening With The Stars Of Doo-Wop & Rock & Roll Tilles Center for the Performing Arts LIU Post, Brookville March 15 at 7 PM (516) 299- 3100 A huge lineup of rock & roll legends takes stage as famed emcee Don K. Reed introduces such influential and eternal artists as Herb Reed's Platters (“Smoke Gets

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In Your Eyes,” “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” “I’m Sorry,” “Twilight Time,” “You’ve Got The Magic Touch”), The Four Aces (“Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”), Emil Stucchio & The Classics (“Till Then,”), longtime area favorite Gary U.S. Bonds (“Quarter To Three” and a pair of Bruce Springsteenproduced hit albums in the 1980s), Johnny Tillotson (“Poetry In Motion”), La La Brooks, the original lead singer of The Crystals (“Da Doo Ron Ron”), and Marty “G” & The “G” Men.

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he Sochi Winter Olympics turned John out to be a nightmare for local Tavares hockey fans. The worst news: New York Islanders center John Tavares, the team’s franchise player, broke his leg playing for Team Canada in its game against Latvia. He will be gone for the rest of the season, and who knows if he’ll be the dominant player that he was prior to to the injury when he returns. Islanders general manager Garth Snow was so ticked off that he stated that Olympics officials should compensate Islanders ticket holders for what now appears to be a doomed season. Of course, Snow would have had higher moral ground had he not whined in late January about the decision of Team USA to bypass Kyle Okposo. The USA men’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals to Canada 1-0; the USA team then phoned it in for the next day’s bronze medal consolation game as they were destroyed by Finland, 5-0. My guess is that the Americans would have forfeited that game if they could have. The worst moment for the US in Sochi came when the American women’s hockey team lost to Canada in the gold medal game once again. This time, the US blew a 2-0 lead with four minutes left in the game, though they were victimized by bad officiating down the stretch. Nonetheless, champions find ways to persevere, and the U.S. clearly wasn’t up to the challenge. The most disgraceful aspect once the smoke cleared was the amount of pathetic patronizing on the part of both

By Lloyd Carroll social media and the mainstream press, who raved about what a great game it was. They tried every which way to avoid saying that Hillary Knight and company choked, and lambasted anyone who had the temerity to express that opinion. If women’s sports is going to be taken seriously, then the players can’t be treated like five yearolds playing T-ball. The media has to be willing to level the same criticisms at female athletes as they routinely do to their male counterparts. After seeing what happened to Plaxico Burress a few years ago – and Ray Rice just the week before – how stupid could NewYork Knicks guard Raymond Felton be to allegedly possess an unlicensed gun in New York City? This isn’t Los Angeles, where a perp walk is considered serious punishment for a celebrity who breaks the law. Felton will have to be David Copperfield or a modern Houdini to avoid a prison sentence. The calendar had not even turned to March when the New York Mets faced their first serious injury of the 2014 season: Pitcher Jon Niese was rushed back to New York City after complaining

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elmonte’s Biggest Moment: It was the type of performance that will be talked about for years, as the Australian two-handed sensation Jason Belmonte, the sport’s biggest star, somehow, some way became an even bigger sensation by winning the USBC Masters at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey on February 23. If for some reason you didn’t see the finals on ESPN, subscribe to Xtra Frame and take a look at the video there – it’s one of the most incredible tournament finals you’ll ever see. The hard facts and figures don’t even tell the entire story. Sure, Belmonte became the first bowler in almost 50 years to successfully defend a USBC Masters title; he won $50,000 for his efforts; he had to run the entire stepladder finals to win. All headlines in their own right – but those accomplishments were actually dwarfed by the drama of the afternoon, as Belmonte was both brilliant and, to be blunt, awful all at the same time. “This tournament is so difficult to win,” Belmonte told and the assembled media. “I always have high expectations for myself, but to go down in history as the third one and first in 50

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about a dead throwing arm. This sounds eerily similar to Johan Santana after his no-hitter in June 2012. Normally, players who had bad years sheepishly admit in spring training that they had

an injury that kept them from performing their best, and it is the sportswriters who react with skepticism at what appears to be a lame excuse. There was a role reversal in Port St. Lucie when the Mets opened camp, as first baseman Ike Davis was livid that New York Post beat writer Mike Puma By Bob Smith Photos: Jason Belmonte courtesy PBA, LLC; LIGBT winner courtesy LIGBT

years to win back-to-back is a huge honor.” In the first game of the stepladder, Belmonte needed to convert two nearly impossible splits back-to-back to defeat the game lefty Ryan Ciminelli – who converted his own tough split just moments after Belmonte’s double dip. The second match saw gritty Tom Smallwood uncharacteristically miss three spares in route to his loss, even at a time when Bemonte started to experience serious trouble finding the pocket. The semi-final saw Belmonte eke out a victory over the resurgent Michael Haugen Jr., 235-234, by rolling a spare and the exact nine count he needed in his last shot. For the final match against Rookie of the Year E.J. Tackett, Belmonte made a ball change to the versatile Storm UpRoar, and that seemed to be the difference maker as the strikes came back while Tackett had trouble carrying. It all led to a 221-177 win for Belmonte in a grueling, teeth-gnashing fashion. Again: If you didn’t see this one, make sure that you do, as a more exciting event has never been rolled. And while Belmonte has already cemented his status as an innovator and crossover sports superstar, this type of performance will only add to his already incredible legacy – it’s got to be seen to be believed. LIBGT Winners: Brad Morris of Bayside – one of many current bowlers who roll thumbless – emerged as the winner of the LIGBT tournament at South Levittown Lanes on February 16, earning one of the current tour’s top payoffs with $1,500.

Others finishing on the Top 10 include Daniel Goldberg of Douglaston; Ricky Sun of Jackson Heights; Rich Perrotti of Levittown; Bobby Wunsch of East Meadow; Rob Foerster of East Meadow; George Williams of Jamaica; Ed Passaro of Hicksville; Gary Paulsen of Massapequa; and Jason Nicholas of Wantagh. To become a LIBGT member or participate in upcoming tournaments, log on to Herrill Highs: Here are some recent USBC-sanctioned high league scores from Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park: Larry Dimitriou 710 series; Jeanine Musacchio 224 and 686 series; Frank Sequino 278; Kathy Chernow 660 series; Tommy

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reported that he did not disclose a back injury to management last year. “The truth is that I just sucked last year and I won’t make excuses,” responded Davis. The media reacted like a bunch of eight yearolds at the news that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter would be calling it a career after 2014. There was a ton of idiotic columns written about whether he is the second greatest Yankee of all-time or the fifth or the eighth or whatever – but little was written about what Jeter would like to do in his post-baseball life. He surprised many by saying that he has always had an interest in publishing, and will have his own imprint at Simon & Schuster. It would be nice if Jeter could revive the publication of sports titles, because the major publishers have greatly reduced the number of sports books during the last decade. More publishing: A book worth reading is Leigh





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July. Zing Toys was ahead of The Hunger Games when it came to archery, as it has long been a manufacturer of kid-safe bow and arrow target practice products; its latest is the Zing Zano Bow. World Wrestling Entertainment made an impact at Toy Fair, as Wicked Cool Toys and Mattel had line s of WWE action figures and related products, while USAopoly is launching a Monopoly-style game with WWE wrestlers. Spalding has created a wastepaper basketball made out of a basketball hoop and netting. It’s “the official receptacle” of the WPBA: Waste Paper Basketball Association!

Steinberg’s memoir, The Agent: My 40-Year Career Making Deals And Changing The Game (St. Martin’s Press). Steinberg, the inspiration for the 1996 Tom Cruise film Jerry Maguire, delivers a behind-the-scenes tour of the world of athlete representation as he provides lots of anecdotal stories about Steve Young, Troy Aikman, and Warren Moon. The big disappointment is that Steinberg doesn’t give a lot of detail about what fueled the alcoholism that destroyed both his business and personal life. Steinberg is trying to revive his career as an agent, and was visible at the Super Bowl media headquarters. CBS surprised the football world by shaking up its pregame show, “The NFL Today.” Gone are veterans Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe; taking their place will be recently retired tight end and future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzales and former Jets linebacker Bart Scott. CBS was happy with Scott’s work for the CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show.” Ironically, a lot of Jets beat writers found Scott surly when he played because he did not like answering clichéd questions. I found him to be quite refreshing when I asked him about his appearance in the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary, ”Broke,” in which he detailed why athletes often squander their lucrative salaries. The annual New York International Toy Fair took place at the Javits Center two weeks ago. Franklin Sports displayed its new plastic ball apparatus, MLB Superstar Batter 2 in 1, that allows players to hit off a tee or to hit a moving ball fungostyle by stepping on a petal. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker introduced his Maverix skateboard to the American market after successfully launching it in his native France last







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On The Run:

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Emily Kinney:

From Zombies To New Folk

“The Walking Dead’s” Emily Kinney is touring in support of her newest EP, Expired Love, that was released late last year. When she isn’t fending off zombies in her role as Beth Greene on the hit AMC show, the 28-year old Nebraska native is crafting her own original folk sound. Kinney recently drew raves for her performance at her debut appearance at The Mint in Los Angeles on February 28. A Nebraska native, Kinney studied theater at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in New York City to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theater off-Broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening. In 2011, she released her debut EP, Blue Toothbrush, and started working on “The Walking Dead.” Learn more at

Greyhounds have confirmed their Ardent Music debut with their new album, Accumulator, out April 8. It's an 11song collection of rich, rootsy soul by the Austin, Texas-based duo. The self-produced album features Anthony Farrell on keys and Andrew Trube on guitar as they trade off vocals from Farrell's husky funk to Trube's eerie twang. Greyhounds will kick off a national tour at SXSW, and play Joe's Pub in New York City on April 18. Tour dates and more: Farrell and Trube met when the former answered a classified ad in LA Weekly for a keyboardist. They subsequently relocated to Trube's native Texas, playing residencies at Austin's Continental Club and recording and touring as members of JJ Grey's band, Mofro. Last fall, Greyhounds signed with Ardent Music in Memphis, the label that launched Big Star and is home to the legendary Ardent Studios, where everyone from Leon Russell and ZZ Top to The White Stripes and R.E.M. have recorded.

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Country music legend Suzy Bogguss didn't set out to craft a Merle

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Haggard tribute record. Some might call that serendipity; she just calls it "Lucky." "He really is the poet of the common man," said Bogguss of her new album, Lucky; she kicked off her career with 1989's Somewhere Between, her debut album named after one of Haggard's early songs. "Not every artist has music that is as universal as Merle's. It's pretty heavyduty stuff, and I think that's why to so many of us who sing and write songs, he's such a king among us." Bogguss dove deep into Haggard's catalog, taking care to hold on to that original vision of finding songs that resonated with her, not just pulling out and recycling the hits. The result is an acoustic record with vibe, featuring the classics "Silver Wings," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "If We Make It Through December," and "I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink," and many more. Lucky is now available wherever music is sold. Bogguss is expected to perform live shows in support of the new effort.

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song to me," said Roberts. "It's to confront those issues in three or four minutes, to get to a place where the music itself helps bring you towards some enlightenment, or at least some resolution to those big questions."

Ready To Roll Anew

The Old 97’s

The Old 97's – heralded as “the next big thing” two decades back in a prediction that didn’t quite live up to the band’s initial hype – have confirmed the April 29 release of their new album and ATO debut, Most Messed Up, a revealing 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Greyhounds Nourallah, Most Messed Up also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N' Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap steel. Songs such as "Wasted," "Intervention," "Wheels Off," "Let's Get Drunk & Get It On," and "Most Messed Up" hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit: men who possess an Sam Roberts Band: appetite for indulgence and won't let Canadians To Tour U.S. a few bad decisions get in the way of On February 15, The Sam Roberts a good story ("There's a lot of Band – one of Canada's most popular darkness hidden in this record," rock acts for more than a decade, yet Miller explained). pretty much unknown in the “lower The Old 97's emerged from Dallas 48” – made their American morning 20 years ago at the forefront of a television debut on “CBS This musical movement blending rootsy, Morning.” Finally, things seem to be country-influenced songwriting with breaking right for the charismatic punk rock energy. They’re considered Roberts and crew in America; they among the godfathers of today’s sold out their current tour opening on return to rootsy sounds. February 11 at Mercury Lounge, and They'll perform on June 3 at they recently released an acoustic Webster Hall in New York City. version of their new single, "We're All In This The Old Together," from their 97’s album Lo-Fantasy, as part of Paper Bag Records Sessions video series. Throughout it all, Roberts' lyrics on LoFantasy grapple with greater questions of identity and self-discovery in the modern age. "That's the test of a rock & roll song or a pop


Tuesday, March 11

Nassau Jazz Jam Session – Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Rickey Roche – Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Demi Lovato – Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale) Body & Soul – City Café (Garden City) Breakaway/42nd & Nelson/Mark Newman – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katies of Smithtown Acoustic Open Mic Nite hosted by David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Open Mic with Dan Acosta & DJ Harry-Oke – The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) InterRObang Productions present Open Mic Night – Amityville Music Hall (Amityville) Dropkick Murphys – The Paramount (Huntington) Tantric/Life After Death/Born Of Scars – Revolution (Amityville) NYC/Queens Solo Piano – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Lorde – Roseland Ballroom (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) Emin – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Noah Preminger Quartet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Anita Rachvelishvili – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Wednesday, March 12

Nassau Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam with Mike Nugent & Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar

Your Guide To Local Events (Bayville) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Blues Jam with The Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo &d His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Wonderous Stories – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Wanting – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Rufus Reid: The Elizabeth Catlett Project – Jazz Standard (NYC) Richard Vetere & Eamon Loingsigh – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Thursday, March 13

Nassau Frank Walker Open Mic – Mugsy Magee's (Massapequa) Salsa Night – Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Jazz Jam – Wickers Club (Hicksville) Suffolk Open Mic Night – Spice's Restaurant Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue (Baldwin) Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Classic Rock & Blues Jam w/Curt Arnel & Open Jam w/Ed The Hat & Friends – The Friends – Callahan's (East Meadow) Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) Open Mic Night The Cogs hosted by Mike Singles Open Longo – Mr. Jam – The Beery's Stadium (Bethpage) (Bohemia) Jazz Night: Annie Morgan Marty – Dockers Phillips/Daryl Waterside Pooser/Bill (Quogue) Smith – Viana Open Mic hostHotel & Spa ed by Johnny B. (Westbury) – Quogue East Tacos & Tunes Pub (East Open Mic hostQuogue) ed by The Kyle Liverpool Shuffle - March 14 Benoir Trio – Fitzpatrick's Long Beach K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore) Open Mic – Hotel (Long Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue) Beach) Jazz & Sushi Night – Allegria Hotel (Long NYC/Queens Beach) Paula Atherton & Interplay – Battery Gardens Pep & The Soul Explosion Band – River (NYC) House Grill (Freeport) Open Jam hosted by Night Owl Band – Neir's Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Tavern (Woodhaven, Queens) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) Open Mic with Lesly Bernard & The Tony F.M. (Steely Dan Tribute)/Live Band Karaoke Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Lorde – Roseland Ballroom (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre Suffolk (NYC)


Project Vibe – Southampton Publick House (Southampton) Live Jazz with Anthony Raffa – Cirella's (Melville) Fusion Collective – Hennessy's (Huntington) Open Mic – Zebra Club (Copiague) Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian – Lefty's (Lindenhurst) Mr. Amagansett – Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett)

NYC/Queens Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Comedy & Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) Angela Hewitt/Julian Barnes – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Ambrose Akinmusire Project – Jazz Standard (NYC)

Friday, March 14

Nassau Randy Jackson – The Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Kerry Kearney Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) The Mystic – City Café (Garden City) Acoustic Blue – TR's (Williston Park) Mike Barry & Friends – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) 45 RPM/Liverpool Shuffle – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Trisha Yearwood – NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Suffolk The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) The Security Project (Peter Gabriel tribute)/John Ford of The Strawbs – The Paramount (Huntington) Rock Nation – Napper Tandy's Pub (Miller

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Fitness guru, model, and TV star Jillian Michaels is almost as hot as “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo when it comes to live appearances. Michaels has already packed NYCB Theatre in Westbury with a motivational live appearance; next, she'll capture hearts and mind son April 27 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. Tickets:

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30 Years Of Def Jam

Universal Music Group is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Def Jam, the label credited with spreading rap from an underground phenomenon to a worldwide movement, along with its founders, Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons. Hip-hop has been a tireless engine of change in American and global culture. For 30 years, many of the greatest names in rap and its many forms – LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys, Rihanna, Kanye West, Public Enemy, Jay-Z Rick Ross, Jeezy, Ludacris, The Roots, Nas, and dozens more – have recorded for Def Jam. Today's roster includes Frank Ocean, Jhene Aiko, and 2 Chainz. "It's hard to believe it was 30 years ago when we first put the Def Jam logo on a hip-hop recording at an NYU dormitory,” wrote Rubin and Simmons. “Since that time we have seen this homegrown American music grow from a local underground scene to a worldwide phenomenon.”

Because/Elektra artist Charlotte Gainsbourg joins the list of prestigious names who have interpreted the Jimi Hendrix classic, “Hey Joe.” Her version will appear on the soundtrack of Lars Von Triers’ anticipated new feature film, Nymphomaniac. Veteran rock/progressive artist Beck, who has collaborated with Gainsbourg in the past – namely for her albums IRM and Stage Whisper – produced this new version of the rock chestnut. Nymphomaniac marks the third time von Triers has worked with Gainsbourg. After Antichrist (2009) and Melancholia (2011), Gainsbourg now returns as the leading role “Joe” in his latest movie, which will be released as two feature-length films; release dates were TBA at press time.

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Calendar Saturn, The Matt Sharps, Soul to Squeeze – Revolution (Amityville) Freebird/Seven Turns – 89 North (Patchogue) Jellyband – Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Joe Delia & The Thieves/Decadia – Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Big Laughs in Bay Shore – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Alchemy Intl Presents We Stand Tall – Zebra Club (Copiague)

NYC/Queens PJ Rasmussen New CD "Adventures in Flight" – Shapeshifter Lab (Brooklyn) Sweet Licks with DJ Souljah & DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) HIM 2014 U.S. Tour – Irving Plaza (NYC) Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular – The Wellmont Theater (NYC) An Evening with The Yacht Rock Revue Gramercy Theatre (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) Excision/Dirtyphonics,/ill./Gates – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Dana Fuchs – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Ambrose Akinmusire Project – Jazz Standard (NYC) Yum's The Word w/host Robin Gelfeinbien – The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Saved By The 90s/The Bayside Tigers – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Saturday, March 15

Nassau Three – Toro Pazzo (Wantagh) 4 Bands – Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Generations – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Wayne Sabella Trio w/Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) The Bogs – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Desert Highway (Eagles Tribute)/The LP's – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Flashback – Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola)

Your Guide To Local Events Suffolk More Than Enough w/Elite Camp DJs – The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Three – Huntington Library (Huntington) Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Carnage (5 pm) - Pacha U18 (NYC) Brown – Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Carnage (8 pm) – Terminal 5 (NYC) Rob Schneider – The Paramount (Huntington) Carnage (11 pm) – Marquee (NYC) Fallen Angel /Bottoms Up – Napper Tandy's Back to the 80s Show w/Jessie's Girl – Le Pub (Miller Place) Poisson Rouge (NYC) Double Play/DJ Anthony – Napper Tandy's Pub (Northport) Sunday, March 16 St. Patrick's Boogie Bash – Revolution Nassau (Amityville) Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's The Queens of Pure Country starring Josie Restaurant (Westbury) Waverly – Patchogue Theatre Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Voodoo Child (Tribute to Jimi Hendrix)/Moss Corner (Massapequa) – Crooked Rail (East Northport) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Port City/Green or Blue/Approaching Jean Brophy – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Troy,/Velvet Runaways/The Natives/The Nihilistics – Suffolk Revolution Sunday Jazz (Amityville) Jam feat. Dead On Melody Rose – Live/Sound Declan Quinn's Swell/Grateful (Bay Shore) Girls – 89 North Bobby (Patchogue) Sexton/Don Phil Gardner & Sands R&B Friends – Grey Jam – Picollo Horse Tavern (Huntington) (Bayport) Open Mic – Harpers Ferry – Comiskey Park Bulldog Bar (Saint John Ford Of The Strawbs March 14 (Amityville) James) The Paramount (Huntington) Second Shift – Paul Mahas – Stephen Dockers Waterside (Quogue) Talkhouse (Amagansett) The Celtic Tenors – The Paramount Dan Bern/Grant Lee Phillips – Boulton Center (Huntington) (Bay Shore) A Taste Of Ireland – CM Performing Arts NYC/Queens The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) The Fab Faux – The Wellmont Theater (NYC) Excision//Dirtyphonics/ill./Gates – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Ambrose Akinmusire Project – Jazz Standard (NYC)

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Center (Oakdale) Ed Deacy – Napper Tandy's Pub (Northport) Lecture: How I Got Left At The Opera – Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington) The Slackers/Noahs Arc/The Warden + Fame – 89 North (Patchogue) Noahs Arc – Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Sharon Corr – Boulton Center (Bay Shore)

NYC/Queens Michael Smith – City Winery (NYC) Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Comedy with Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) HIM 2014 U.S. Tour – Irving Plaza (NYC) Hawkwind/Familiar Looking Strangers – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Enjambre – The Highline Ballroom (NYC) Ambrose Akinmusire Project – Jazz Standard (NYC) Funkbox w/resident DJ Tony Touch – The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Baby Loves Disco – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Monday, March 17

Nassau Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Brian McGeough – Leo's (Garden City) Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors – Connolly Station (Malverne) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Open Mic w/Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Ed Deacy – Napper Tandy's Pub (Northport) Acoustic Jam – Crooked Rail (East Northport)

NYC/Queens Jam with Richie Cannata – The Bitter End (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz for musicians and singers w/The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle

Calendar Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz for musicians and singers w/The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle (NYC) Mingus Big Band – Jazz Standard (NYC)

Tuesday, March 18

Nassau Jazz Jam Session – Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Rickey Roche – Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Body & Soul – City Café (Garden City) Songwriters Roundtable hosted by 42nd & Nelson – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katies of Smithtown Acoustic Open Mic Nite hosted by David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Open Mic with Dan Acosta + DJ Harry-Oke – The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) InterRObang Productions present Open Mic Night – Amityville Music Hall (Amityville) Suburban Legends, Eli Whitney & The Sound Machine – Revolution (Amityville)

NYC/Queens Solo Piano – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) All I Wanna Do Tour starring T. Mills/Your Boy For Life/Mod Sun – Gramercy Theater (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) David Garrett & Martynas – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Circesque – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Michael Blake's World Time Zone – Jazz

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Wednesday, March 19

Nassau Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo And His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Brian McGeough – R.S. Jones (Merrick) Wonderous Stories – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

(NYC) Open Jam hosted by Night Owl Band – Neir's Tavern (Woodhaven, Queens) Open Mic with Lesly Bernard and The Tony Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) David Garrett & Martynas – Best Buy Theater (NYC) The Grouch & Eligh – Highline Ballroom (NYC) SF Jazz Collective: 10th Anniversary Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Kate Casanova – The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Rale Mimic & Paul Bollenback – Why Not Jazz Room (NYC)

Suffolk Thursday, March 20 Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue Nassau Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Frank Walker Open Jam Open Mic – w/Ed The Hat Mugsy Magee's & Friends w/Ed (Massapequa) D'Alessio – The Salsa Night – Diamond Club Holiday Inn (Ronkonkoma) (Carle Place) The Cogs Jazz Jam – Singles Open Wickers Club Jam – The (Hicksville) Stadium Open Mic Night (Bohemia) – Spice's Annie Morgan Restaurant – Dockers (Baldwin) Waterside Classic Rock & (Quogue) Paul McKenna Band - March 23 Blues Jam Open Mic hostw/Curt Arnel & University Café (Stony Brook University) ed by Johnny Friends – B. – Quogue East Pub (East Quogue) Callahan's (East Meadow) ABBA MANIA – The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Longo – Mr. Kyle Fitzpatrick's Open Mic – Brickhouse Beery's (Bethpage) Brewery (Patchogue) Jazz Night: Marty Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith – Viana Hotel + Spa (Westbury) NYC/Queens Tacos & Tunes Open Mic hosted by The Paula Atherton & Interplay – Battery Gardens Benoir Trio – The Long Beach Hotel (Long

Beach) Jazz and Sushi Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Songs In The Attic (Billy Joel Tribute)/Live Band Karaoke – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Anthony Jeselnik – The Space (Westbury)

Suffolk Project Vibe – Publick House (Southampton) Live Jazz with Anthony Raffa – Cirella's (Melville) Fusion Collective – Hennessy's (Huntington) Kung Fu/Funkin A – 89 North (Patchogue) Royal Southern Brotherhood – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Tom Griffith & Martha Trachtenberg/Rorie Kelly – Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington) Open Mic – Zebra Club (Copiague) Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian – Lefty's (Lindenhurst)

NYC/Queens Keren Ann – City Winery (NYC) Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Comedy + Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) Sabina – Highline Ballroom (NYC) SF Jazz Collective: 10th Anniversary Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) Australian Chamber Orchestra – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Elle Testone – Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) Drive-By-Truckers – Terminal 5 (NYC)

Friday, March 21

Nassau Pep & The Soul Explosion Band – Antonette's (Bellmore) Incognito – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Risky Business – City Café (Garden City) Brian McGeough – Jack Halyard's (Oyster

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Calendar Bay) Nina etc. – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Off The Record/Electrix (Grateful Dead Tribute) – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with The London Souls – The Space (Westbury)

Suffolk The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) The Marshall Tucker Band – The Paramount (Huntington) Jon Pousette-Dart – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Micro Cave – Crooked Rail (E. Northport) The Nancy Atlas Project/Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys – Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Jonathan Edwards – Boulton Center (Bay Shore)

Your Guide To Local Events Sailor – Best Buy Theater (NYC) SF Jazz Collective: 10th Anniversary Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC) I Love Vinyl w/DJ Scribe, Jon Oliver, OP!, Amir, Ge-ology & Shawn Dub – The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Ninet Tayeb/How To Dress Well/Forest Swords w/Jefre Cantu-Ledesma/Back to the 80s Show w/Jessie's Girl – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Gary Numan – Webster Hall (NYC)

Sunday, March 23

Nassau Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) Prunebelly Syndrome Fundraiser – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

NYC/Queens Paula Poundstone – City Winery (NYC) Sweet Licks with DJ Souljah + DJ Suffolk Marcus – Tillman's Sunday Jazz Jam (NYC) feat. Melody Rose – Breathe Declan Quinn's (Bay Carolina/Jonny Shore) Craig/Ghost Bobby Sexton/Don Town/Divided By Sands R&B Jam – Friday – Gramercy Picollo (Huntington) Theatre (NYC) Open Mic – The Allman Comiskey Park Bar Brothers Band – (Saint James) Tricia Yearwood March 14 Beacon Theatre Paul Mahas – NYCB Theatre at Westbury (NYC) Dockers Waterside Asking Alexandria w/August Burns Red, (Quogue) We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, The Paul McKenna Band – University Café Born of Osiris – Best Buy Theater (NYC) (Stony Brook University) Dublin City Ramblers – Thai Rock Blameshift – Amityville Music Hall Restaurant (NYC) Mark Phillips – Napper Tandy's Pub Lydia – Highline Ballroom (NYC) (Northport) SF Jazz Collective: 10th Anniversary Tour Tribal Seeds, New Langston, Inna Vision – Jazz Standard (NYC) - Revolution (Amityville) Ward 6 w/DJs Father, Jeff, Jose & Wren – The Mantras/Fikus/Tauk – 89 North The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) (Patchogue) Lady Rizo's 4th Annual Nina Simone Naomi Shelton + Gospel Queens – Grey Tribute/Saved by the 90s w/The Bayside Horse Tavern (Bayport) Tigers – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Saturday, March 22

Nassau Doo Wop Extravaganza – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Midnight Sun – Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Uppercut – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Wayne Sabella Trio w/Eddie Sessa – City Café (Garden City) Off The Record/Us And Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute) – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Brown – Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Randy Jackson & Snakes & Arrows – Napper Tandy's Pub (Miller Place) Patchogue Folk Festival: Suzanne Vega/others – Patchogue Theatre Toxic Shock/Klank/Plague Nation – Even Flow (Bay Shore) Curb Side & Friends – Napper Tandy's Pub (Northport) One Hot Night (Neil Diamond Tribute) – CM Performing Arts Center (Oakdale) O El Amore/The Ronald Reagans – 89 North (Patchogue) The Growlers – Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Rattlesnake Dawn – Bulldog (Amityville) Celtic Cross/LHT – Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Bettye LaVette – Boulton Center (Bay Shore)

NYC/Queens The Allman Brothers Band – Beacon Theatre (NYC) Mayday – Madison Square Garden (NYC) The Sound of Animals Fighting w/Unwed

NYC/Queens Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Comedy with Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) SF Jazz Collective: 10th Anniversary Tour – Jazz Standard (NYC)

Monday, March 24

Nassau Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors – Connolly Station (Malverne) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)

Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Open Mic w/Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Acoustic Jam – Crooked Rail (East Northport)

NYC/Queens Jam with Richie Cannata – The Bitter End (NYC) Kneebody – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Open Mic Jazz w/The Jon Weiss Trio – Cleopatra's Needle (NYC) Mingus Big Band – Jazz Standard (NYC)

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Ty D olla $ig n: Ric h As I n Sup er Bus y Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign recently issued his major label debut, Beach House EP, now available everywhere. The EP includes the hit single “Paranoid (feat. B.o.B),” which currently is broiling hot on the iTunes charts, as well as the Billboard scans and any other way hit sounds are tabulated. Born Tyrone Griffin, Ty Dolla $ign has been an in-demand writer, producer, and featured artist since helming YG’s 2010 smash, “Toot It and Boot It (feat. Ty Dolla $ign),” and went on to work with such other genre superstars as Trey Songz ("Fumble"), B.o.B ("HeadBand feat. 2Chainz"), and the superstar duo of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg ("Young, Wild & Free featuring Bruno Mars"). The latter went on to be nominated for "Best Rap Song" at the 55th Grammy Awards.

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We know what you're thinking: “Motley Crue didn't break up years ago?” Regardless, the graying hair rockers are going all-in for their “Final Tour,” which will touch down at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 29 ( “When it comes to putting together a new show, we always push the envelope, and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” said Nikki Sixx. “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.” We'll let one cat out of the bag: Alice Cooper will open.

Not Y our Avera ge Pop Singer

Los Angeles-based songstress pennybirdrabbit released her new EP, For Love, via Big Beat on February 14. Having gained critical and popular notoriety for her featured vocals on EDM star Skrillex's "All I Ask Of You," Penny (for short; we don’t know how else to describe her in a single column width) is now striking out on her own. The vocalist showcases her singular style with a collection of five vocal melodies, produced by Young & Sick. The new effort is available via iTunes, Amazon, and wherever music is sold.


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By George: The Boy Is Back In Town

Former Culture Club singer and LGBT icon Boy George will embark upon an eight-date North American tour in April in support of his new album, This Is What I Do (local date: April 22 at Irving Plaza in New York City). The new album features collaborations with producer Youth (Siouxsie & The Banshees, Primal Scream, The Orb, U2, Depeche Mode), as well as a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham (Kitty Daisy & Lewis), Ally McErlaine (Texas/Red Sky July), MC Spee (Dreadzone), and Nizar Al Issa.

Billy Joel: Playing The Garden ... Forever?

At press time, Madison Square Garden Entertainment announced that Billy Joel added an incredible 12th show to his “residency” at MSG on December 18. Joel kicked off his franchise run at MSG on January 27, and will perform a show a month for as long as there is demand; tickets are at, but act quickly; All previously announced shows sold out in a flash. In 2006, Joel set a Madison Square Garden record by becoming the first solo artist to sell out 12 consecutive shows on a single tour, a feat memorialized by the first-time raising of a banner dedicated to a musical performer. MSG now offers a visual history of Joel and his many Garden performances through a scrollable timeline featuring archival images, video insights from the aritst, sharable images and lyrics, plus direct links for ticketing. Visit for more information. Join the conversation at #BillyJoelMSG.


The rock world has always been seeking its next Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton – yet, more than a few amazing players haven't gotten their due even as fret-happy fans still look for the next big thing. Pandora these five: Domenic Troiano: The Canadian star, who died in 2005, had the impossible task of replacing Joe Walsh in The James Gang and (eventually) Randy Bachman in The Guess Who, but he was a master of jazz, R&B, blues, and even hard rock like few guitarists ever. Seek out: “War Zone” (solo), “Had Enough” (The James Gang), “Long Gone” (The Guess Who). Bill Nelson: The problem with Nelson's career is that his best-known band, Be Bop Deluxe, never seemed to know what it wanted to be – yet, Nelson was as deft and polished as any guitarists of the 1980s: Seek out: The concert disc Live In The Air Age. Tommy Bolin: Another guitarist bestowed the impossible task of replacing Walsh in The James Gang (and later Richie Blackmore in Deep Purple), Bolin was a rocker at heart but could play in any style with flash yet with taste. He died of a reported drug overdose in 1976. Seek out: “Do It” (The James Gang), Deep Purple's album Come Taste The Band. Son Seals: This Arkansas native began as a drummer, but became one of the hottest blues guitarists of the 70s and 80s; his style was like a brawnier Albert King. He died in 2004. Phish performs one of his classic songs,, “Funky Bitch.” Seek out: His entire Alligator Records catalog. Keith Strickland: Recently retired from touring, his amazing rhythm guitar work on such B-52s dance classics as “Love Shack” and “Good Stuff” puts him in the ranks of the great R&B players of all time. Amazingly, Strickland also is a converted drummer.


Their ‘Cult’ Keeps Growing

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ith the momentum of a major pre-release now behind it, area favorite turned national supergroup Bayside has unleashed its powerful sixth album, Cult, via Hopeless Records. Following a massive prerelease listening party via Pandora and a rapidly growing batch of positive early press, Cult, at press time, was enjoying a worldwide launch (Singapore, for example, posted that the album ranked at #5 on iTunes Alt Chart Singapore and #44 overall on iTunes Singapore). Fans can now purchase the album from iTunes and all music stores. Without missing a single beat and continuing to grow bigger with each successive record, Bayside hasn't let up from their Queen-based bombastic alt-rock that has been their signature sound since their humble beginnings 14 years ago. Their previous five

studio albums (2004's Sirens and Condolences, 2005's Bayside, 2007's The Walking Wounded, 2008's Shudder, and 2011's Killing Time) have set the stage for Cult, which can seen as unadulterated and pure Bayside. Capitalizing on the searing guitars of Jack O'Shea, the meaty basslines of Nick Ghanbarian, the muscular drumming of Chris Guglielmo, and Anthony Raneri's distinct and unique vocal stylings, Bayside has always tapped into an audience that spans decades and

scenes. Returning to the winning production team of Shep Goodman (who had worked with the band previously on their signature albums, Bayside and Walking Wounded), and Aaron Accetta (Four Year Strong, He Is We), Cult embraces their past just

Piano Man At Area Cinemas

A new film, Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano, will be screened nationally at more than 700 movie theaters for a two-night event on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 26 at 7 pm – including selected venues in Long Island. Captured live from John’s residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, the concert experience features most of John’s classic hits including “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” and more than we can list here, as well behind-the-scenes footage and biographical highlights from the course of John’s lengthy career. Area theaters taking part in this nationwide music event include Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas; College Point Multiplex in Flushing; Hampton Bays 5; Island 16 Cinema De Lux in Holtsville; and Westbury Stadium 12.

as strongly as their future, creating an album that at once feels straight-up Bayside while also bringing a whole new invigorating freshness and energy. From the anthemic opening track "Big Cheese" to the seething first released track "Pigsty" to the introspective "Something’s Wrong," Cult shows the band at its ultimate best. Already, critical praise is coming in from all quarters, and we must agree: Bayside is hitting its stride, showcasing newfound maturity to forge a more complete and rounded sound than ever before. The “Pigsty” release may turn out to be the biggest song of the band’s career; it’s a rocker in the classic sense while sounding like nothing that’s ever come before it. Bayside remains Anthony Raneri (guitars and vocals), Jack O'Shea (guitar), Christopher J. Guglielmo (drums) and Nick Ghanbarian (bass). The band returns to the area on April 4 with a homecoming show at Best Buy Theater in New York City (tickets via

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It Might Be Fast, But We’re Not Sure It’s Food

The brilliant standup comic and social satirist Janeane Garofalo is certainly no elitist; she once stated that she is “just a little jealous” of people who don't care what goes into “their eye hole, ear hole, mouth hole.” Darn tootin'. We wish we could be that way, too, joyously leaping into our bucket of bolts to try out every new fatty snack trumpeted by profits-over-nutrition fast food joints. We're sure they're all just wonderful – but then again, we don't have a Morgan Smith Goodwin in our lives; she's the cute redhead all over Wendy's advertising who coos “Now, that's better!” every time someone chows down on some newfangled burger or chicken sandwich ... but real life ain't that way. Every woman in our lives points at our robust midsections and makes some sort of snarky comment about, well, the mounds of pure crap we eat. But the TV box told us to! In all seriousness, what we can't fathom is who actually prefers a Subway sandwich to a deli-made actual sub; a Big Mac to a good diner or restaurant hamburger; or Pizza Hut to, well, virtually every

hurries and need to eat quickly, and Flatizza that's why most of us grab fast food. At Subway There are times when you just have to eat, and you have to eat … something. Which brings us to February 17 – President's Day, as your humble Bountiful Gourmet decided to take a ride down Old Country Road, believing two hours past noon was a good time to grab a fast bite. Bad move. Our first warning, which we've noted before: The Burger King at 409 Old County Road in Westbury is like visiting The Land That Time Forgot – you'll try to remember what year it is before you get to the front of the line to “enjoy” this particular location's sloppy, cold food, usually thrown at you like the morning paper. Avoid independent pizzeria on the place like herpes; the planet, even in Pago we left the store as Pago. The “special, Keep your mouth about 32 people stood limited time” offerings in line staring the dreamed up by most fast away from any BK's rotating food food chains aren't worth Flatizza; it has the signs, and we almost a whole lot, either consistency of a wet got napalmed on the nutritionally or way out by – you taste-wise. However, paperback book. guessed it – a we can be as rational frustrated, cursing about it all we want senior citizen who and it doesn't mean a couldn't figure out thing – people get into

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how to get ice out of the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. It was like a personal injury accident at a zoom flume. So we jumped back in the car and trudged to the Subway at 890 Old Country Road in Westbury; by that time, about a half-hour had gone by and time was a-wastin', so we walked in, pointed at a sign we saw and croaked “gimme that.” That was something called a Flatizza, and oh, boy, was it was every bit as good as it sounds. Flatzizza hype at Subway's own website: “Keep your taste buds fresh with our new Pepperoni Flatizza™! You’ll love the super crispy flatbread, marinara sauce, melty mozzarella cheese and tasty pepperoni from the first bite to the last!” Plus, it was only $5, and we were in a rush. Our review: “Keep your mouth at least four feet away from any flavor Subway Flatizza! You'll wonder how a flatbread from a toaster comes out soggier than a bowl of week-old Weetabix, with the consistency of a wet paperback book. You'll marvel how much the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni taste like the pre-fab stuff you scarfed down in your grammar school cafeteria!”


Hot Shows & Sounds All Around The Region TTrombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/London Souls The Space at Westbury • March 21 • 8 PM (800) 745-3000 • • Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews might be the hottest trumpet and trombone player since the glory days of his beloved New Orleans – but don't think this will be an “oldtimey” concertd experience. This heralded musician performs a newage gumbo of jazz, funk, R&B, rap, and more fun to make a new sound that's hard to describe but impossible to resist. Think of it: A host trombonist in 2014. Find out why in Shorty's area debut.

Spank! Harder: The Sequel NYCB Theatre at Westbury March 23 at 7 PM This night of ribald fun picks up where Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody left off. Mature audiences, naturally.

Suzanne Vega Patchogue Theatre • March 22 8 PM (631) 207-1313 • Vega headlines this year's Patchogue Folk Festival, which also will feature Amy Helm and Caroline Doctorow; a free 2 pm“Live In The Lobby” event kicks off things, featuring a stacked lineup including Cathy Kreger, Jesse Pagano, Colleen Kattau & Some Guys, Robert Bruey, Luis Moreno, The Toby Tobias Ensemble, Johnny Zarrow, Laura Meade, and The Jay Scott Trio.

Rob Schneider The Paramount, Huntington March 15 at 9 PM Following on the heels of fellow “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jim Breuer comes Schneider to The Paramount; he’s gone on to major film stardom with headlining roles in the comedy hits Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, and The Animal. Our favorite was Richard Laymer ( “makin’ copies!”) during his “SNL” stint, an indelible a character as any on the show’s long history.

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Gear Heads

Gizmos, Gadgets, & The Hottest Musical Equipment

HD Radio: The ‘Other’ Format Springs To Life

Biquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio Technology for AM and FM audio and data broadcasting, recently announced significant growth in audience, receiver sales and digital broadcast services. Some radio fans seem oblivious to the format – but HD Radio now seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. With an annual growth rate of more than 150 percent in 2013, listening to stations broadcasting with HD Radio technology in cars has exceeded three billion hours. This is a

result of the explosive growth of the installed base of HD Radio receivers in cars, both factory installed and aftermarket. With 15 million of the almost 17.5 million digital radios installed in cars and trucks already on the road, and an estimated additional 7.5 million receivers to be added in 2014, the number of HD Radio receivers on America's highways is expected to exceed 22 million by the end of the year. Currently, 2,200 stations offer digital broadcast services to their local audience. These stations collectively account for 78 percent of all radio listening in the USA. As the installed base of HD Radio receivers rapidly increases, so is listening to HD2/HD3 programming. According to the latest Spring 2013 Nielsen Audio Nationwide audience estimates, more than four million people listen to an HD2/HD3 channel in an average week. This represents a 238 percent increase in “Average Quarter Hour” audience from the Fall 2011 survey. During the same period, Cume audience (the number of unique listeners) grew at more than 200 percent. Currently, there are 1,475

HD2/HD3 programs offered by digital broadcasters. These are new unique programs made possible through the use of HD Radio broadcast technology. An example of this new digital programming is the new Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's Nickelodeon channel, called Nick

Radio, which can be heard on digital HD2/HD3 stations like New York's WHTZ-HD2. HD Radio receiver sales growth has also accelerated, with a new radio sold every six seconds. Almost 17.5 million HD Radio receivers have been sold, with over 15 million factoryinstalled in new cars or auto aftermarket units. This rapidly expanding installed base is helping broadcast radio retain its dominance in the new digital dashboards. More than 200 vehicle brands will include HD Radio Technology in 2014, half

will be sold as standard equipment; more than 5.5 million HD Radio receivers were sold in 2013. This past year also saw the largest SKU count increase in aftermarket HD Radio auto products ever – nearly double that of 2012. CE unit shipments through 2013, now total over 2.3 million. Additionally, 2013 saw a significant expansion of the traditional AV market as both Marantz and Yamaha introduced several new preamp/tuner products incorporating digital technology. Broadcasters and receiver manufacturers are taking full advantage of digital services enabled through HD Radio technology. A prime example of that is the rollout of Artist Experience, a service that enables stations to provide synchronized images such as album cover art with their audio programming. Currently, more than 500 stations are now supporting Artist Experience on more than 900 digital broadcasts nationwide. Artist Experience is now widely available in new HD Radio car receivers as well as consumer electronics products.











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notes detail the origins of each original song, which is a real plus and brings the listener closer to the artist. If instrumentals of varying moods and styles strike your fancy, this unique album should find a home in your audio system. Our favorite here is “Late Night Food Groove,” which clearly seems destined to wind up on a film or TV soundtrack. The Songs: “Ode To Al & Chuck,” “Saturday October Skies,” “Candy Carousel,” “Latin Music Baby,” “Dance With My Love,” “Hey, Mike,” “September 11th...,” “Melody America,” “Vermont Snow,” “Late Night Food Groove,” “It's Over,” “Livin' One Day At A Time.” To Learn More About The Artist: Log on to To purchase this album, log on to

James Talia Stories To Be Told Independent Who: James Talia is a Sayville-based composer, songwriter, and pianist. The artist composed, arranged, and played (or programmed) all of the parts on this new album except guitar, saxophone, and trumpets. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Tiki Recording Studios in Glen Cove; it was produced by Talia and Tiki's Fred Guarino, which accounts of the major league sonic quality here, which is absolutely superb. The Artist & His Sound: This is a well-performed, thoughtful disc with heart; a highlight is that the liner

Ray Lambiase Time Leaves Things Behind Raytone Records Who: Ray Lambiase's newest album consists of 11 original contemporary folk and country music songs. He's a veteran musician who has appeared in concert with Dave Van Ronk, Chris Hillman, Suzanne Vega, Roger McGuinn, and other artists. Featured on the album are such notable musicians as Kenny Kosek, Jim Uhl, John Widgren, Mark Newman, Cliff Hackford, Kate Corrigan, Jack Gabis, and others. This album was also recorded, mixed, and mastered at Tiki Recording Studios; the disc was produced and written by Lambiase. The Artist & His Sound: Thoughtful and wistful

country can be found here on yet another aurally superior recording from Tiki Studios. Lambiase is the opposite of bombastic; his gentle, soulful vocals belie the meanings of every song he sings. Rank this one as an out-of-the-blue roots music treat. The Songs: “All I Got Is You,” “I Don't Need A

Wall,” “Paper In My Wallet,” “Only Blue,” “Cedar Hill,” “I'm In Love (With Zooey Deschannel),” “The Ghost I Can't Give Up,” “Waiting For The Rain,” “No One Should Be Lonely,” “I'd Be Happy If I Was Blue,” “Time Leaves Things Behind.” To Learn More About The Artist: Log on to This album can be purchased via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and CDBaby.

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Blameshift: New Members


Veteran Long Island-basedmetal band Toxic Shock perform its first show in more than two decades on March 22 at Even Flow in Bay Shore. Klank will co-headline, with Plague Nation and Stainless Leather serving as support. Toxic Shock was started in the late-1980s and had begun to find success in the early 90s when guitarist Mark Dagostino took his life, leaving his bandmates heartbroken and confused. The decision to reform the act was spurred by the idea of a reunion show commemorating a local venue. Toxic Shock now features Ray Bell (vocals), Bruce Ryder (guitar), Pat Servedio (guitar), Bill Kelly (guitar), James Maloney (bass), and Wayne Rosario (drums). The resurgent band has recently recorded new music at Sabella Studios in Roslyn Heights. “We are anxious to play for everyone in 2014,” said Bell. “This show is going to be typical of a Toxic Shock show 20 years ago, with energy that is just as high as it ever was. We are as tight as ever, both personally and musically.” Find the band at and

Long Island-based, mega-popular road warriors Blameshift recently welcomed two new members to the lineup: Dan Scofield on drums and Mike Sarkissian on bass. “Dan is from Chicago, Illinois, 5’10”, beautiful long brown hair and enjoys speaking Swedish in the morning,” the band announced in a press release. “Mike is from Ramsey, New Jersey, also 5’10”, likes riding motorcycles as well as cleaning the house.” The hard rocking act, which recently released new music, will perform at Amityville Music Hall on March 23. Scofield and Sarkissian join founding Blameshift members Jenny Mann and Tim Barbour on the road and in the studio.


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Arts Announcements

Fridays at 8 pm; (516) 889-2184; All banjo players – beginners, advanced, and professional – are invited to play along at these rehearsals. Music fans are welcome to come and listen; refreshments are available.

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Art David Jacobs: Sight & Sound Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead Through April 27; (516) 463-5672; The prominent Long Island artist is the subject of this exhibition.

Shock-U-Mentaries Brookwood Hall, East Islip Through March 30; (631) 224-5402 A selection of site-specific installations and works created for the Islip Art Museum. Exhibiting artists include Lorrie Fredette, Tony Ingrisano, Tobi Kahn, Heather Layton, and Jeffery Allen Price; curated by Beth Giacummo. Karolak & Lefebvre Maurice N. Flecker Gallery, Suffolk County Community College, Selden Through April 3; (631) 451-4093; Contemporary New York artists – Jason Karolak, a painter, and Antoine Lefebvre, a new media artist and sculptor – are brought together for this exhibition.

Free Winter Concert Series Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River Sundays at 2 pm; The Islip Arts Council's annual series welcomes Bradley Burgess (March 16); Cross Island (March 23), and Serenade Duo (March 30).

Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm; (516) 884-2270; (631) 946-6335 The L.I.A.R.S. monthly meetings are open to anyone with an interest in building scale models of automobiles. Call for more information. Theater Victoria Woodhull: The Rise And Fall Of America’s First Feminist The Playhouse at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Northport March 14 through 22; (516) 404-2960; Claude Solnik's play, starring Vivian Wyrick, details the story of the fiercely independent Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President. The Music Man John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport March 27 through May 18; (631) 261-2900; Engeman Theatre: A lavish new production of the legendary Broadway classic.

Children/Family Masked Marvels & Wondertales Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood March 15 at 3 pm; (631) 851-6589; Storyteller, mask maker, and theater artist Michael Cooper transforms himself into a giant, a baby, a giant sneezing nose, a bubble-blowing fish, a galloping horse, and more with the aid of his expressive handcrafted theatrical masks.

Concerts Good Old Dance Band St. Sylvester's Parish Center, Medford Check website for show dates; (631) 730-3333; The regular monthly show of Mike Virostko and his 17-piece swing band. Dancing, raffles, and more. Log on for the next show dates. Long Island Banjo Society VFW Hall, Copiague

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Mending Fences Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through March 15; (631) 581-2700; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theater Company: The famed comic drama comes to Long Island.

Fiddler On The Roof CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale Through March 16; (631) 581-2700;

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till glowing, she's still crowing, she's still going strong as the show moves to Elmont. Cliffhanger Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst March 22 through April 19; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theatre Company: An old-fashioned thriller that mixes in laughs along with the chills.

Vivian Wyrick CM Performing Arts: The classic show with perhaps the greatest score in pop music history returns to get the lavish CM PAC treatment. Quartet BayWay Arts Center, East Islip March 15 through 30; (631) 581-2700; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The classic comedy by Ronald Harwood centers on four aging opera singers and their attempts at a “comeback.”

Hello, Dolly BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont Through March 23; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theatre Company: She's

Crossing Delancy Theater Three, Port Jefferson Through March 29; (631) 928-9100; Susan Sandler's romantic comedy.

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Film Reviews

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Starring the voices of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Mann, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter, Patrick Warburton Directed by Rob Minkoff 20th Century Fox

Please, Hollywood: Don't worry about tie-ins, box office numbers, “star power,” “hipness.” All we ask for is to be entertained, to laugh, to forget our cares, and enjoy a day at the movies. It's a simple plea, but someone at Dreamworks obviously feels the same way we do. We are utterly amazed that a contemporary, cutting-edge animation studio such as Dreamworks would choose Mr. Peabody & Sherman as source material in 2014. The original, hilarious-yet-warm cartoons were actually offered as a sidelight when they were new – the cartoons were used as filler on various Rocky, Dudley Do-Right, or Bullwinkle TV shows produced by Jay Ward in the 1950s and 1960s. Obviously, very few children today have any idea who this young boy and the genius dog who “adopted him” are – and many accounts of the original cartoons cite Peabody & Sherman as the “educational” part of Bullwinkle shows (!) as the duo flew back in time using their “WABACK machine” to meet key figures from world history. The original cartoons were delightful; each one contained uproarious voice work (particularly by


Jukebox Hits After Midnight Brooks Atkinson Theatre Beautiful – The Carole King Musical Sondheim Theatre

Often maligned, the jukebox musical has spawned crowd-pleasing hits in Mamma, Mia!, Jersey Boys, and Motown as well as duds like Ring Of Fire, Good Vibrations, and Baby It’s You. More than the songbook itself, what counts is the verve, style, and imagination with which the songs are integrated, and three new jukebox musicals are in the winners’ camp: After Midnight, an explosion of singing and dancing talent that sets your spirits soaring and your feet tapping; Beautiful, a bio musical that celebrates the life and songs of Carole King; and the recently closed (but sure to reappear) What’s It All About, a marvelously inventive deconstruction of the Burt Bacharach songbook. In the tradition of the great black musical revues of the 1970s and 80s, After Midnight harnesses extraordinary talent to celebrate the black songwriters and performers and Harlem nightlife of the 1920s and 30s at The Cotton Club and other swanky jazz joints (Encores! presented the show at the City Center in 2011 and 2012 as The Cotton Club Parade). Jack Vietel, the artistic director of the Encores! series, conceived the exhilarating show; utilizing the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Jimmy McHugh and other masters of the American Songbook, Wynton Marsalis handpicked a crackjack 16-piece orchestra called The Jazz St Lincoln Center

Bill Scott as the prim and proper Mr. Peabody, along with the beloved talents of veteran cartoon voicers Paul Frees, June Foray, and others of their time), sloppy but colorful animation, and more “ouch” puns than you can stuff into four minutes than any other cartoons of their time.

By Jane Klain

All-Stars to perform onstage, and they are indeed all stars. Headlining the gifted company of 25 is a lineup of rotating guest stars – Fantasia Barrino opened the show, followed by K.D. Lang with Toni Braxton and Vanessa Williams upcoming — who sing such classics as “Stormy Weather,“ “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and a scatting “Zaz Zuh Zaz.” “Psych” star Dule Hill is the amiable host. The tarttongued Adriane Lennox stops the show with her

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

knowing, saucy “Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night” and “Women Be Wise.” The stylish singing is matched by the virtuoso dancing of Alvin Ailey stars Karine Plantadit, Desmond Richardson, Julius ”iGlide” Chislom, and Virgil Gadsen, as well as my favorite, tap virtuoso Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards – all choreographed and directed with verve and great style by Warren Carlyle. After Midnight delivers – it is sheer entertainment from start to rousing finish. The familiar songs that make up the soundtrack to boomers’ lives may be the spine of the new

Dated stuff? You bet. We were thinking Dreamworks was going to change things beyond recognition – change the tone, the warmth, the wit, the sound, and the look of the lead characters. Guess what? Mr. Peabody & Sherman rocks – it's as if the original cartoons picked up where they left off. Director Rob Minkoff has the dog and his boy take off in the WABACK and meet such historic figures as Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein (voiced by Mel Brooks!), Robespierre, and others. Despite some modern day time/space conundrums, it’s the same whimsical tone as the original cartoons – and miracle of miracles, the lush, modern Dreamworks animations work just fine. The voice talent here – particularly Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, and Stephen Colbert, among all the rest – is perfect. The jokes are funny; both children and adults were laughing their butts off at the screening we attended. Mr. Peabody & Sherman is yet another example of why current animated films are superior to most movies made in Hollywood these days, because studios like Dreamworks get it. In short: We were entertained; we laughed, we forgot our cares; we enjoyed a day at the movies. You should, too: Mr. Peabody & Sherman is the best wide-released film of 2014 thus far. Good heavens, did that dog and his boy make us feel young again. The timeless pair even made the $7.50 popcorn taste a whole lot better. – Cody Bell

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jukebox musical Beautiful, but it is Jessie Mueller’s performance as singer/songwriter Carole King that’s the show’s living, breathing heart. Mueller not only sings King’s signature songs with honesty, but the rising Broadway star (“On a Clear Day,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”), invests her performance with sweetness, intelligence, and immense likability. It is hard not to root for the frumpily dressed King as Doug McGrath’s book follows her transformation from Brooklyn-raised Carol Klein, a bright, spunky, self-depreciating 16year-old college student who wants to write pop songs; to the girl who gets (and becomes pregnant and married to) the handsome, smart and progressively unhinged hunk Gerry Goffin (well played by Jake Epstein); to the teenage mother turning out pop hit after hit with her lyricist-husband; and finally, the divorced singer/songwriter, brokenhearted by Goffin’s infidelities and paranoia, performing her own songs at the historic 1972 Carnegie Hall concert that bookends the show. Under Marc Bruni’s skillful direction, Beautiful captures the energy and excitement of 1650 Broadway, where music publisher and producer Don Kirshner (Jeb Brown) pits teams of songwriting kids to write hits. Not only does Beautiful burst with the King-Goffin songbook, but also those of their friends and friendly rivals Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (Jarrod Spector and the terrific wise-cracking, stylish Anika Larsen) sung by recreations of The Drifters, The Shirelles, Little Eva, and The Righteous Brothers. Rarely does a jukebox musical make you so invested in the characters and the story, but then rarely does a jukebox musical feature a talent such as Mueller. – Jane Klain

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MEDIA PBS – An Oasis For Music Fans: During March, PBS viewers will be treated to the world television premiere of a never-before-seen historic concert featuring Sam Moore and some of the biggest names in blues, soul, and rock history performing their greatest hits. Recorded during a live Presidential Inaugural Concert Event in 1989 for President George H.W. Bush, the video and audiotapes of this concert were presumed lost for nearly 20 years after the untimely death of Lee Atwater, the concert organizer and host. The show, now titled “A Celebration Of Blues & Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert” is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning this month. “A Celebration Of Blues & Soul” features the Sam & Dave star Moore’s performance of “Soul Man,” Dr. John's performance of “Right Place, Wrong Time,” Bo Diddley’s performance of “Hey! Bo Diddley” with Ron Wood from The Rolling Stones, “Hoochie Coochie Man,” performed by Willie Dixon with Albert Collins, fellow Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Louis Walker ,and Delbert McClinton – as well as McClinton’s own performance of “Just A Little Bit,” with Albert Collins, and a duet by “Fifth Beatle” Billy Preston and Carla Thomas, who perform the Sam & Dave classic "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby." “PBS viewers are in for a once-ina-lifetime musical treat,” said Joyce Moore, one of the principal producers of the 1989 concert. “This broadcast of the concert originally called ‘A Celebration for Young Americans’ is especially significant because it contains truly magnificent performances from brilliant American icons we have since lost — Billy Preston, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, Duck Dunn, Lafayette Leake, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. It was an honor and the thrill of a lifetime to have been part of and associated with this inaugural event when it occurred in 1989.” In addition, the special features

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nearly 20 minutes of neverbefore-seen, historic Stevie Ray Vaughan performances, including “Superstition,” “Love Struck Baby” (with guest artist and brother Jimmie Vaughan), and “Frosty,” with guest artist Jimmie Vaughan, Blues Hall of Fame legend Albert Collins, and Rolling Stone Ron Wood. Finally, “A Celebration Of Blues & Soul” has the element of being a tribute to the legendary artists who recorded for Memphis’ Stax Records, including Eddie Floyd’s performance of “Knock On Wood,” Moore's "Soul Man," and a stirring Carla Thomas and Billy Preston rendition of “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby.” These performances also include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Steve Jimmie Cropper Vaughan and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn from the Stax Records legendary group Booker T & The MGs, who played on the original studio recordings for these songs, and fellow Stax guitarist Michael Toles of The Bar-Kays. The companion pledge drive DVD also features Stax label mate William Bell performing an Albert King classic in the Booker T-penned "Born Under A Bad Sign." The original video for this upcoming PBS special was professionally recorded with seven cameras, along with a separate 24-track audio recording. When these original recordings were relocated six years ago, the original video was restored, remastered, color-corrected, and converted to HD; the audio was remixed to a six-channel, 5.1 format by the legendary audio engineer Ed Greene, who has won more than 20 Emmy® Awards for sound mixing and engineering for programs such as “American Idol,” as well as numerous productions of the Grammy Awards and the Academy Awards. Consult your local listings for upcoming air times, possibly on WNET (Channel 13) and 21.

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COMEDY Get Nicked, Byrned, & Sidesplit Niicckk DiPPaaoolloo

DiPaolo To Skewer Suffolk: Comedian Nick DiPaolo - known for his honest and often biting humor – will perform on March 14 at 8 pm at the historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Tickets are $35; doors, restaurant, and bar open at 6:30 pm; an a la carte menu is available throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling (631) 727-4343. DiPaolo is considered a “comedian's comedian” with a raw voice that has made him a favorite on shows including Comedy Central's long string of roasts, “The Howard Stern Show,” “The Opie And Anthony Show,” and his own “The Nick and Artie Show,” which he cohosted with comedian Artie Lange from 2011 through 2012. Known as one of Comedy Central's most brutal roasters, he has helped to skewer celebrities including Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Leary, and Larry The Cable Guy. He has also won an Emmy for his Anthony Jeselnik

writing on The Chris Rock Show. A favorite at the CC roasts, DiPaolo’s cutting wit could be heard taking on some of the nation’s most fearless comedians and performers including Lisa Lampanelli, Jeff Ross, Jeff Foxworthy, and Dennis Leary. When Lampanelli once remarked that DiPaolo was being upstaged by some of the other comedians at one roast, DiPaolo didn’t shy away: “Lisa Lampanelli – she’s been compared to the greats like Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce, Buddy Hackett – and I have to

agree. There’s definitely a resemblance.” DiPaolo was also a regular on the short-lived but much-loved “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” and his other credits include spots on the “The Sopranos, “Louie,” and Artie Lange's Beer League, as well as writing credits on the 77th Academy Awards and The MTV Video Music Awards. He has had further success with his Showtime TV special, “Raw Nerve.” Area Comedy Highlights: Coming up: The Space in Westbury will feature another acerbic Comedy Central superstar in Anthony Jeselnik on March 22 ( … The NYCB Theatre at Westbury will present former “Saturday Night

Richie Byrne

Live” and “According To Jim” star Jim Belushi and his Chicago Board Of Improv featuring up-and-coming Robert Belushi, Megan Grano, Jon Barinholtz, and Brad Morris on March 28, as well as Wayne Brady on April 4 ( Up the road at NYCB are the rescheduled pair of dates for John Pinette (now June 6 and 7) and Wanda Skyes (June 14) in shows that you need to make plans for as soon as possible. On the club scene, Long Island

A Hot Night Of Laughs Is Coming To Riverhead Fire Department. Seriously. Comedy brings Maria Walsh, Richie Byrne, and others to Riverhead Fire Department on April 5 for a hot night of laughs (sorry, couldn't help ourselves) … Reese Waters headlines Governor's in Levittown on March 22; McGuire's in Bohemia welcomes Kevin Downey Jr. on March 14 and 15; The Brokerage in Bellmore brings red-hot Jessica Kirson on March 15; for tickets for this trio of clubs, log on to

Jazz & Blues


2014 Jazz Festivals: Your Guide To Grooves

s the weather heats up, so is news about jazz festivals both near and far: The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival will light up several venues throughout New York City from May 4 through 10 at a host of venues, including the famed Apollo Theater. Highlights include a late night jam with Antonio Art on May 5 at Minton's; Nathan Lucas on May 6 at Shoman's Jazz Club; Christian Sands Trio on May 6 at Christian Ginny's Supper aTunde Adjuah Club at Red Rooster Harlem; Harlem Stage presents Christian aTunde Adjuah Double Quartet's "Stretch Music" in tribute to Clark Monroe's Uptown House at Harlem Stage Gatehouse on May 8; and much more. Learn more via Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a wine and jazz festival set in scenic California Wine Country featuring a varied menu of stars from all entertainment genres, including Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour and Earl Klugh with special guest Eric Marienthal, The Ohio Players, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Brian Culbertson & Friends, Morris Day & The Time, Average White Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Eric Benét, Mavis Staples, and many more; log on to Upstate Saratoga has been the site of The Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival for years; the 2014 event takes place on June 28 and 29 at the beautiful Saratoga Performing Arts Center (think Jones Beach, but surrounded by woods). Earth Wind & Fire

This year's headliners include Earth, Wind & Fire, Trombone Shorty, Terence Blanchard, Dave Holland Prism, Patti Austin, Jon Batiste & Stay Human, The Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra, Quinn Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and others; log on to New York City's 92nd Street Y has become quite the haven for jazz in recent years, and The 92Y Jazz In July Festival will take over for a whopping 10 days on July 21 through 31. This year's array of legends includes Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dick Hyman, Jeremy Pelt, Ralph Moore, Christian Sands,

Photo: Christian aTunde Adjuah by Delphine Diallo

Dick Hyman


W Lewis Nash, Sachal Vasandani, Renee Rosnes, George Mraz, Jessie Davis, Steve Wilson, Ken Peplowski, Brian Lynch, and more; log on to Closer to home, The Long Island Winterfest's especially popular Live On The Vine series keeps rolling on strong on the East End in pairing hot jazz and R&B music and

Jeff LeBlanc

fine wine, with several shows scheduled for this time period. Highlights from the remaining concerts include such stars Jeff LeBlanc, The Second Hands, Manhattan Circle, Tommy Keys, The Earthtones, Points East, Dinny Danny Kean Keg, Mambo Loco, Danny Kean, and much more, including shows that have been rescheduled because of inclement weather. Get schedules and venue information via

hat A Night: The BET Awards were handed out in an entertaining and inspiring presentation covering the pop culture decades. Hip-hop was recognized when Ice Cube was saluted, as his hardcore days with N.W.A. evolved into pop star status as a solo artist. His real evolution came with Boyz In The Hood and a series of films that established him as box office royalty, up to and including his current hit, Ride Along, which has already earned more than $100 million at the box office. Long before Jay Z’s rise, Ice Cube set the stage for hip-hop businessmen stepping into their own. Also at BET: The Queen Of Soul ... it says it all. There were fears that “Lady Soul” was going to die in the past year or two, her weight loss a grim visual of what was forecast – but there she was, accepting her honor, performing, leading a tribute to Nelson Mandela, doing it up, doing it all. What a stellar attraction she has always been. Her child and grandchild performed; Jennifer Hudson delivered a stunning set of Aretha classics, and the Queen sat up front for the entire program, cheering on all the honorees. She’s far from over: Aretha Franklin! In the past decade, I’ve banged the drum for the legacy of Berry Gordy and Motown Records, and suddenly I’m not alone. The creation and national success of Motown: The Musical on Broadway and now touring nationally changed everything. Gordy’s creation of the Tamla and Motown Records labels made black artists and music mainstream and acceptable to white record buyers during the “civil rights” 1960s. Motown made its way over to England, influencing The Beatles, The Stones, all of them. Some of the biggest stars in American pop culture sprang from the brow of Gordy: Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Jackson 5 (and a solo Michael Jackson), Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Lionel Richie, Rick James, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, The Marvelettes.

By Jimi LaLumia

Where would we be without Berry Gordy? Motown star Smokey Robinson delivered what was probably the most amazing performance of the night, well deserved and incredible. Frozen Solid: The hot news on the Billboard Top 200 album chart is the non-stop #1 position belonging to the Disney soundtrack to the animated film Frozen. It has sustained the most weeks at #1 for a soundtrack since Titanic, which was back before iTunes when people bought CDs by the truckload and Celine Dion ruled at Top 40 radio. This serves as an example that people will still buy a product that excites them, and also proves that a conventional mainstream audience is out there, happy to support this type of release – family listening for those with kids or grandchildren, the shared musical experience that usually only happens around the holiday season. Very groovy ... now go to Amazon and buy the CBGB CD! It’s Divine: Now at the art houses

and about to be released on DVD is the new documentary, I Am Divine! It studies the career of the late Glenn Milstead, aka Divine, who I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing several times before his death (from an enlarged heart) many years ago. The films that John Waters made starring Divine are still breathtaking more than 40 years later – but did you know that Divine was also a recording artist? Hits were the dance club classics “Native Love” and, in the UK, the Top 20 pop hit “You Think You’re A Man.” April is the month when I Am Divine! becomes available on DVD – it’s a must!

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