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Cirque du Soleil Presents Amaluma At Citi Field
Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluma is the current non-sports attraction at Citi Field in Flushing, with live performances scheduled through May 18. Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec-based company recognized for high-quality, artistic entertainment specializing in movement and lavish spectacle. Amaluna, a new, original production, invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Tickets: cirquedusoleil.com.
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Tolentine Flea Markets Return
It’s such a huge event it actually draws fans from Long Island and Brooklyn: Each Saturday, a huge flea market takes place at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, technically listed at 150-75 Goethals Avenue in Jamaica – though most regulars will tell you it’s on Union Turnpike in Flushing, which is the other corner of the huge weekly event. This expansive flea market offers virtually everything you can think of – used electronics, new and vintage clothing, jewelry and crafts, records and DVDs, car accessories, tools, and a lot more stuff both new and used. The markets run from 9 am through the afternoon on Saturdays.
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Long Island-based comedian Chris Roach’s new short film, Umbrellas Kill, makes its world premiere on April 24 at 8 pm at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson “We are very excited to be a part of Chris’ first film project,” said comedian Paul Anthony of Long Island Comedy, who is coproducing the movie premiere event with Theatre Three. “Chris is a Long Island comic that now performs across the country as a headliner. His new film Umbrellas Kill is a hilarious short that was shot both in New York City and right here on Long Island. The film also features several of Chris’ comic friends and is absolutely hilarious. The premiere event is going to be a lot of fun and a great time for everyone. We are proud of all of Chris’ success and appreciate all his hard work to make the film a reality.” For tickets and information: theatrethree.com or licomedy.com.
Cinematic Smarts: Film Workshop
Former ICM agent and filmmaker Jim Jermanok will be the focal point of a “Creative Business Workshop” on April 26 at 10 am at LIU Post in Brookville. Tickets: successfulfilm. eventbrite.com. The workshop, “Make Your Film Happen: Successful Film Producing and Financing,” is intended to introduce working and successful creative professionals to the concepts, skills, and strategy necessary to achieve a successful creative livelihood – and how to launch a successful feature film, TV show, TV reality show or play. Jermanok has made five features, including Em, Passionada, and Agganis.He started his career as an ICM (International Creative Management) agent, where
he helped to represent Alan Arkin, Helen Hayes, Arthur Miller, Shirley MacLaine, Dudley Moore, Henry Winkler and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others. “I enjoy empowering the most talented people, not necessarily the most wealthy or most connected,” said Jermanok. “These workshops are geared to aspiring, working, and successful creative professionals. My workshops distill 30 years of entertainment industry experience into four hours and focus on how to be proactive instead of solely relying on agents, managers and other gatekeepers. I present these all over the world, and I’m delighted to be doing them in Long Island.”
Dutch Treat: Annual Hofstra Festival
Hofstra University’s annual Dutch Festival returns for the 31st year on Sunday, May 4 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Hempstead campus. Attractions include Cipriano Nursery’s annual plant sale, tulips in bloom (weather permitting), craft vendors, children’s activities, and authentic Dutch food and beverages. Live performances include The Hofstra String Quartet; Hofstra student talent from the University’s Chamber Choir, Vocal Jazz Quartet; and Jazz Ensemble; The NassauSuffolk High School Jazz Ensemble; Dutch-born singer Frans Bloem; and area groups The East End Trio and New York’s Most Dangerous Big Band. More info: Hofstra’s Festival Hotline at (516) 463-6582 or hofstra.edu/Festivals.
Ducks Quack Anew, Team With Long Island Cares
The Long Island Ducks baseball team is about to begin its 2014 season, and for this year the popular Atlantic League independent team will team with Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bankfor a series of food drives at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. The Ducks encourage all fans attending Sunday baseball contests to bring donations of nonperishable food to each game. This season, Sundays add up to a total of 10 food drives during the 2014 Atlantic League baseball season. The first three food drive dates will be May 18, June 1, and June 22. Learn more via liducks.com.
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Sbarro: A Superior Slice As Tasty As It Is Quick
We were as shocked at this bit of news as any restaurant info we've received recently: In early March, headlines were abuzz that Melville's Sbarro pizza restaurant chain was planning on filing for bankruptcy – for the second time in recent years – and that news came about a month after the chain had announced it was going to close 155 of its 400 locations. The news about failing chain
restaurants shouldn't come as much of a surprise. As we've detailed in the last few issues, companies such as Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill are proving that fast food doesn't have to be horrible slop served by uncaring minimum-wage
drones; a quickie lunch doesn't need to be bad food. What's confusing about Sbarro's recent news is that as far as pizza goes, it pulverizes Pizza Hut, punches out Papa John's, and utterly destroys Domino's – it's always been a quality slice. What is hurting Sbarro is apparently what's troubling the New York Mets' relief pitchers: Location, location, location. It seems that in this hurried-up world, the traditional shopping mall is no longer a “hip” (or in many cases, all that affordable) place to shop (the outstanding Huffington Post
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business section noted this in a recent report of Sbarro's financial troubles). However, malls are exactly where many Sbarro outlets have been strategically placed; they can also be found at New York Thruway rest stops and such, as well as some stand-alone outlets. Frankly, we're saddened that Sbarro is having such difficulty, because we can report this without question: It ain't the food that's the problem. We've always considered Sbarro an oasis in malls and even on the streets of Manhattan; rather than
A slice at Sbarro actually tastes like pizza, and that’s not something that can be said about Pizza Hut and its lame ilk.
gulp down some Asian fare, overpriced burgers, or the suddenly common “99-cent slice” that’s usually lame, a regular or “stuffed slice” at Sbarro actually tastes like real New York pizza, and that's something that could never be said of Pizza Hut and its many lame imitators. Salads at Sbarro are usually fresh; service is usually quick; prices are moderate. Perhaps it is, indeed, the mall that's the problem, because Sbarro seems to be getting stained with the label of “fast food chain,” but it's always been about five steps above McDonald's and its ilk in terms of quality. Perhaps things are about to change for this area favorite; according to reports, it's going to get a new name (Sbarro Brooklyn Fresh), and probably a new coat of paint and new menu options as well. But Sbarro is clearly not alone; at the time we are writing this column, it was announced that Quiznos, the longtime purveyor of lousy submarine sandwiches (the come-on was that the bread was toasted), was filing for bankruptcy as well. Let's face it: Americans are tired of crappy fast food at any price. We're stunned anyone put Sbarro in that category.
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The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters This stacked concert event features a huge lineup of freestyle, hip hop, soul, and R&B legends as well as up-and-comers. Headliners include Stevie B, The Cover Girls (“Show Me,” “We Can’t Go Wrong”), Rob Base, Soave, and Scarlett Santana; also performing will be DJ Impact.
refurbished gem of a theater. After 20 years in the music biz, the self-described “Little Folksinger” is still technically little, although her influence on fellow musicians, activists, and indie-minded people the world over has been huge. She still proudly identifies as a folksinger, too, but her understanding of that term has always been far more
expansive than a bin at the record store or a category on iTunes, with ample room for soul, funk, jazz, electronic music, spoken word, and a marching band or two. Over the course of more than 20 albums, this is an insdescribable artist that has never stopped evolving, experimenting, and testing the limits of what can be said and sung.
Ani DiFranco Suffolk Theater, Riverhead May 4 7:30 pm Suffolktheater.com (631) 727-4343
Spring Freestyle Bash Mulcahy’s Pub & Music Hall, Wantagh April 26 at 8 PM muls.com (516) 783-7500
Quite possibly the most lauded “DIY” recording artist ever as well as the founder of the greatest start-up independent record label of all time, Righteous Babe, DiFranco brings her unique musical perspective to this lauded,
The Legend Returns To NYCB Theatre
ive Nation will present Melissa Etheridge at The NYCB Theatre at Westbury as part of her “This Is Me” solo tour on April 27 at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now; log on to ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit the Westbury box office. For more information, visit the official website thetheatreatwestbury.com. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Etheridge is known for her signature raspy, smoky vocal sound, confessional lyrics, and pop-based folk rock. Etheridge’s hits include “I’m The Only One” and “Come To My Window” – from her breakthrough recording, Yes I Am, which spent 138 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts and went on to sell more than six million copies in the U.S. – and “If I Wanted To,” and “Your Little Secret.” Among Etheridge’s numerous honors are two Grammy Awards (for “Come To My Window” in 1995 and “Ain’t It Heavy” in 1993) and an additional 13 Grammy Award nominations, in addition to an Academy Award win in 2007 for Best Original Song (“I Need To Wake Up”) from the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Etheridge also won International Entertainer of the Year at the 20th Annual Juno Awards in 1990, was awarded ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year Award in 1996 and in 2001, she won the Gibson Guitar
Award for Best Rock Guitarist: Female. She received the honor of having her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. “The Walk of Fame, the Women’s Museum, the milestones, they made me go, ‘I did it!’” said Etheridge. “And I’m still doing it. I feel I’m at the peak of it. It’s all I know how to do, so I’m glad I get to keep doing it!” Etheridge’s 2011 album, 4th Street Feeling, has been receiving rave reviews. What’s the “4th Street Feeling”?
“4th Street is in Leavenworth,” said Etheridge. That’s her hometown in Kansas, population 25,000, known mostly for its prison and Army base. And it’s the place evoked in the title, and title song, of 4th Street Feeling, the 12th studio
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album of her 25-year recording career. “It’s kind of the main drag, starting in the old downtown,” she said of her old stomping grounds. “I remember the first McDonald’s in town there. The town’s pretty small. That’s where we would hang out, the Burger King parking lot, the football games. Everything was on Fourth Street. That’s where we would cruise. And then it turns into Highway 7 that goes out of town to Kansas City.” That’s exactly where the album opens, with the bluesy, harmonica-spiced “Kansas City.” The scene is set with Etheridge driving in “my old man’s Delta 88,” reliving road-trips fueled on “Lucky Charms, Tic Tacs and Mom’s amphetamines.” Only this time, the woman who left Leavenworth for Hollywood years ago is taking herself home. It’s a trip to where she’s from, but also a trip to where she’s headed. There are “all the untold lies of my misspent youth,” as she sings in the funky coming-of-age tale “The Shadow Of The Black Crow,” a song in the storytelling tradition of such artists as The Eagles and Bob Seger. There is the demand to “Be Real” (“You can’t manufacture me, because I like it naturally”), a song in which she says she nods lovingly to the sultry, sexy soul of Rufus with Chaka Khan and Sly & The Family Stone. And she voyages into new territories of folky rock with the first single, “Falling Up,” a joyful, upbeat track featuring her spirited recording debut on the banjitar, a hybrid banjo-guitar. The fuel for this trek is her inner strength and confidence. In part it comes from recognition — 2012 has seen her awarded with a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame, and tapped to be honored by the National Women’s Museum of Art in Washington, DC in the fall. But more so, if it comes from within.
The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters Oltre Oceano Festival USA Madison Theatre, Molloy College, Rockville Centre April 26 • 7 PM madisontheatreny.org (516) 299-2752
This singing competition and live performance by The Grey’s Competition features Chris Macchio, Mario D’Amico, Gabriella Mannino, and Italy’s Camille Cabaltera and Ylena Valente. Also on the bill:
Igudesman & Joo: A Little Nightmare Music
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Classical music and zany comedy converge as this crazed duo brings its blend of wacky antics and brilliant music to Tilles Center’s famous Broad Stage. Violinist Aleksy Igudesman and pianist Hyung-ki Joo are both serious musicians, but together, they’ve cracked up Europe’s most esteemed concert halls with their show, and their YouTube videos have received more than 23 million views. They’re almost like a cross between The Three Stooges and Tchaikovsky.
A performance by La Prima Dance Academy. Emcee is Joe Nastasi.
Trio Solisti Adelphi University PAC, Westerman Stage, Garden City April 26 at 8 PM adelphi.edu • (516) 877-4927
The exciting trio of Maria Bachmann (violin), Alexis Pia Gerlach (cello), and Adam Neiman (piano) returns to the AUPAC as an ensemble in residence. Trio Solisti’s soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. Even if you’re not into classical music, you’ll find something to like with this triumvirate of top musicians.
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By Lloyd Carroll
olin Jost, who has succeeded Daniel Seth Meyers at the “Saturday Murphy Night Live" mock news desk, quipped: “Monday was opening day for baseball, and a reopening of old wounds for Mets fans.” As angry as New York Mets fans might have been watching their heroes fail to hold a one-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning, their spirits had to have been darkended even more the next day when Bobby Parnell was placed on the disabled list with a ligament tear in his pitching elbow. By the time the first homestand finished, it was announced that Parnell would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the 2014 season. The loss of Parnell makes the Mets' failure to re-sign LaTroy Hawkins, who steadied the bullpen in Parnell’s absence last year and was a rare leader in the clubhouse, all that more egregious. Hawkins signed a $2.5 million contract with the Colorado Rockies as a free agent during the off-season, chump change in terms of payroll for major league teams. Every Mets player I have spoken with has told me that Hawkins is missed. They also agreed that it reflects the penny-wise, pound-foolish philosophy that has become synonymous with the Mets corporate culture in recent years.
New York Post columnist Ken Davidoff wrote an insightful article two weeks ago about how the cost of going to a Mets game – factoring in average ticket prices, parking fees, and concessions – is in the highest third of major league teams, yet the team's payroll is in the lowest third. Unless a team is defying the odds and winning, it all adds up as a certain recipe for poor attendance. Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy made national news when he missed the first two games of the season to be with his wife when his son, Noah, was born. Paternity leave is part of the collective bargaining agreement between Major League Baseball and its players association, and other big leaguers have utilized the provision. The only reason Murphy’s absence raised eyebrows was because WFAN radio personalities Craig Carton, Boomer Esiason, and Mike Francesa criticized Murphy for taking time off. Esiason took it one step further by saying on the air that Murphy’s wife should have had a Caesarian so that their son would have been born before opening day. It's easy to wonder if any of the FAN talkies really believed what they said, or if they were playing shock jock
Herrill High Scores: Recent high sanctioned league scores from Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park: Chatterbox: Jen Madden 204; Lorraine Donovan 204; Elaine Davidow 245 (108 pins over her 137 average); Jen Madden 211. Wednesday Early Mixed: Bobby Calca 703 series; JoAnne Perry 619 and 634 series; Bonnie Gortler 215 and 663 series; Boy Wagan 279; Jeanine Musacchio 666 series; Sylvia Abanes 237; Kathy Chernow 213. Thursday Early Mixed: Jerry Dimitriou 276; Nancy Honey 246; Roger Corcella 288. Sportsman: Alex Cavagnaro 791 series; Rob Exner 279; Donna Doyle 253; Mike Vietri 277; Ron Jesberger 289; Peter Rodriguez 781 series; Doug Liquori 287. Friday Mixed: Kathrine Schoenwandt 212. LIGBT Times: Daniel Goldberg of
villains to create listener and media buzz. Esiason is a bright man, and I think that he was just trying to say something outrageous for on-air comedic value without thinking of
the consequences – much the same way Don Imus did seven years earlier on the same radio station when he wanted to have some fun with the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. To his credit, Boomer called Murphy to apologize, and also did so on the air. It will be hard to recognize the St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team without a scorecard next season as center Chris Obekpa announced his plans to transfer from the school. St. John’s was the only number
Photos: LIGBT winners courtesy LIBGT; Thomas Larsen courtesy IBMA
Douglaston doubled of 178-148. Barrett downed Williams in in the 10th frame to the semifinal, 243-202, setting up the final win the $1,000 top match. Tournament rules stated the topprize at the seeded Larsen had to be defeated twice tournament on March for Barrett claim the title. 30 at Herrill Lanes in Others obtaining votes for the Bowler New Hyde Park. of the Month award were Marshall Kent, Goldberg defeated winner, WBT/EBT 11th Brunswick Euro second place finisher Challenge; Shannon O'Keefe, winner, William Tsantillas of women's stepladder final, 11th Kuwait East Norwich, 256International Open; and Mai Ginge Jensen 252, to secure his and Pasi Uotila, winners of women's and second LIGBT title. men's divisions of the seventh European Tsantillas earned $500 Bowling Tour Masters. for second place while youth bowler Kristina Genova of Elmont earned a $300 scholarship for finishing third Thomas with a 238. Larsen Learn about upcoming (and past) LIGBT tournament events by logging on to ligbtour.com. Larsen Looms Large: Thomas Larsen of Denmark was chosen as the March 2014 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the International Bowling Media Association. Larsen defeated Dom Barrett of England, 208-205, to win the World Bowling Tour 11th Kuwait International Open. This marks Larsen's second WBT/PBA title. The stepladder finals began with Stuart Williams of England defeating two of the PBA's biggest stars. Sean Rash was the first to be dispatched, 256-200. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, fell in the quarterfinal by the eye-popping score
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By Lloyd Carroll Photos: Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell by Bob Smith
one-seeded team that did not make it to the National Invitational Tournament Final Four that was held earlier this month at Madison Square Garden. The Johnnies were clobbered by Robert Morris in the opening game of the NIT, and it was clear that the players wished that they were elsewhere. NCAA officials who overlook the NIT admitted that they were livid at St. John’s performance, and even used the derogatory term “tanked” to describe their putrid play.
The Wood Memorial is the first major stakes race of the New York State horse racing season, and for years it was considered a preview of the Kentucky Derby. It has been a long time since a Wood Memorial winner had a major presence at the Derby, and this year will probably be no different after a 9-1 longshot, Wicked Strong, easily beat the highly regarded favorite, Social Inclusion. Cable television’s Animal Planet announced a new fall show, “The Yao Ming Project,” at its recent upfront. The former Houston Rockets center is an animal rights activist, and is starring in a program that aims to prevent the slaughter of rhinos and elephants for their tusks. Called Out But Safe: A Baseball Umpire's Journey (University of Nebraska Press) is the autobiography of one of the most colorful umpires in baseball history, Al Clark. With the help of co-author Dan Schlossberg, Clark gives a noholds-barred look at what it’s like to be an on-field arbiter. Clark also writes candidly about how he got fired for cashing in on unused work-related airline tickets, and how he spent time in prison for taking part in memorabilia fraud. Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan has
been so successful in television since his retirement that it’s easy to forget that he is an NFL Hall of Famer. He is an integral part of Fox’s Sunday NFL pre-game and halftime shows, and he has more than ably replaced Regis Philbin on the most-watched daytime morning talk show, "Live With Kelly & Michael." Strahan now will also be contributing to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which has undergone personnel changes with the departures of Sam Champion and Josh Elliott. They're both everywhere, but even Ryan Seacrest seems a slacker compared to Strahan.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo Walt Disney Pictures
Captain America (Evans) looks pretty buff considering he’s recently had a 70-year stint encased in ice – but wouldn’t you be want a second chance if you could be paired with the beauteous Black Widow (Johansson, reprising her role from Marvel’s The Avengers)? Cap is back, and this sequel to the first Captain America film once again features a whole mess of comic book-style dialogue, thrilling action sequences, and scintillating chemistry between the leads. We’ll state it again: The best films being churned out by Hollywood these days are either animated movies or popcorn flicks based on comic book superheroes. Yes, in trying times, pure escapism is the order of the day. It’s probably the same reason The Three Stooges became stars by lampooning Adolf Hitler in several of their classic shorts. Your story, such as it is: Cap, Steve Rogers, has just returned to Washington D.C. following his latest battles with his new teammates, The Avengers (the Marvel films have such airtight continuity that the WWE desperately need to hire their writers), and he’s struggling to adjust to a world that’s only seven decades removed from
what he knows. Soon, after a SHIELD member is the victim of a brutal attack, he’s paired with Natasha Romanoff, better known as The Black Widow, and together the duo fights to save the world from the predators who are dying to silence what he knows about anti-U.S. enemies. Soon, another Marvel character, The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) joins the fray; Jackson returns as the shockingly not-blustery Nick Fury (one of the few
The Dolls’ Spring Fling With Daughtry
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Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry Goo Goo will hit the road in June for an Dolls extensive summer amphitheater and arena tour. Also on the bill, performing an acoustic set, are Plain White T’s, one of the hotter new bands at the moment. The pacakge tour stops at Nikon at Jones Beach on June 14. “We are excited to finally be teaming up with Daughtry,” said longtime Goo Goos vocalist Rzeznik. Not only are we big fans of Chris, but we think this is going to be a huge party for the fans of both our bands.” “We are huge fans of The Goo Goo Dolls and have wanted to tour with them for a long time now,” said Chris Daughtry. “Everyone will see more than two great bands on stage. They’re going to get an incredible show every night and have a summer to remember.”
characterizations of the classic Marvel heroes that has little resemblance to the original); and the do-gooders are soon faced with the evil of The Winter Soldier (Sabastian Stan) – who in reality is Rogers’ former teenaged partner, Bucky Barnes, now brainwashed into becoming a vicious, murdering anti-Avenger working for an evil organization that’s as mysterious as it is deadly. Have you sent Becky to the lobby for the popcorn yet? We tried to write the above descriptor and tried desperately not to make it sound like it was written by the Karo Syrup company, but then we figured, “heck, who cares?” We once noted that the first Thor film was the best Marvel film to date, but the first Captain America film topped it; then, the initial Avengers offering was even better than that. Guess what? Captain America: The Winter Soldier manages to be action packed, lighthearted, and gripping all at the same time, and might just be the best Marvel adventure yet. It seems slightly overlong at two hours and 16 minutes, but you’ll leave the theater thorougly entertained – but expect to ask little Becky “what happened to our garbage can lids?” as the offspring soon start using them as faux Captain America shields. Watch those picture windows, Long Island. – Cody Bell
Missing Persons: Found
One of the biggest groups of the 1980s was Missing Persons, fronted by the glamorous model and singer Dale Bozzio – the wife of former Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio. The band of top-flight musicians and its sexy frontwoman scored such massive “skinny tie” hits as “Walking in LA,” “Destination Unknown,” and “Mental Hopscotch.” Now the group is back – Dale Bozzio looks as if she hasn’t aged a day – and will be teaming with fellow veteran 80s acts Bow Wow Wow (“I Want Candy”) and Gene Loves Jezebel for a national tour. At press time, the trio of acts was booked for May 17 at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey.
Christine Is Back: Big Mac Again
For the first time in almost a decade, Christine McVie has returned to Fleetwod Mac, making the lineup that most classic rock fans remember – Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham – intact once again. The reunited band will tour for much of this year, and a new album is in the works as well. The upcoming area date for the legendary rock band will be October 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Make plans quickly; the announcement that Christine McVie had returned has made it a hot ticket.
Starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Nate Parker, Michelle Dockery, Anson Mount, Scott McNairy, Corey Stoll Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra Universal
While it kind of bothers us that an all-world actor, Liam Neeson, is now pretty much resigned to life as an “action star” (the man should star in serious films, given his rich talent), at least he chooses his action films wisely. For an all-thrills, no-brainer evening at the mallplex, one could do a lot worse than Non-Stop, a surprisingly grippingyet-goofy meller that’s much more original than most action films are required to be. It’s not great art, but it isn’t bad entertainment. Federal air marshal William Marks (Neeson) is getting text messages during a, yes, non-stop flight; someone is claiming that passengers on the flight will be killed every 20 minutes unless a whopping $150 million is wired into an electronic bank account. Sure enough, people start getting offed really fast, and it all leads to the big question in a a high-flying game of Clue, and the characters are every bit as clichéd: Who is behind all this? Is it the pilot of the troubled airplane (Jason Butler Harner)? The jittery MILF passenger (Moore)? The wonderful stewardess (Dockery)? The businessman (McNairy)? Aspirin? Sucrets? Good heavens – everyone on board seems to be a suspect! Sure, this is silly stuff – there’s a body in a restroom that nobody seems to notice for hours, when
every flight we’ve ever been on features kids and seniors standing in a desperate pee line for most of the time the flight is in the air – but Neeson is reunited here with director Collet-Serra, who he worked with previously on another hit, Unknown. There’s a clever twist in the plot here that we won’t detail, but it’s that very surprise that makes the movie’s pace seem breathtaking even as the action film corn stalks bloom. A nice idea here is how the text messages that keep being sent to the air marshall appear on screen as he gets them; the tension builds as the messages keep appearing one-by-one.
Great art? Not on your life. But the saving grace of Non-Stop is the juicy plot twist, combined with a cast (Neeson and Moore in particular) who work hard in trying to make a film that’s only slightly more serious than Snakes On A Plane seem worthy. They succeeded; Non-Stop is miles better than the other February film dumps (3 Days To Kill, The Monuments Men) that were released with twice the fanfare but aren’t even half as good. Sure, this isn’t Oscar bait, but it’s fun to bat yourself on the left side of the head and ask “whodunit?” every now and again. – Cody Bell
Chris, however, is too ingrained in his old ways; pushing a broom will never do. He reunites with some old, sleazy compadres, and Chris and Frank have the sort of final breakup that changes lives forever – and leads to some nasty goings-on that, as they say, just can’t end well. The big reason to see Blood Ties is the riveting Owen; he’s all menace under his seething, bitter skin, and from the onset it becomes apparent that he’s a time bomb waiting to go off. It’s one of the
great performances of this year, but because of this film’s age and it’s lack of wide distribution, it’s likely that this is a great film and performance that may go under-publicized. But don’t let the lack of TV ads and hype dissuade you: Blood Ties is a showcase for Owen and likely to wind up on many Top 10 lists come December. (Note: At press time, Blood Ties was being offered on-demand on many area cable systems at the same time is it running in theaters.) – Cody Bell
Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Mathias Schoenaerts, James Caan Directed and written by Guillaume Canet Roadside Attractions This picture, floating around since last year when it was somewhat of a surprise hit at Cannes, finally is on screens at about the time you read this – and it’s about time. Clive Owen is swiftly becoming one of our best actors, and his performance here is a tour de force. One of the most enjoyable things about this Scorsese-like crime drama (director and writer Canet has learned his lessons well) is that it is set in the 1970s, and the job done here making things look as if they were from more than 40 years ago is first-rate and authentic. To be blunt, Blood Ties depicts New York City at its grungy worst/best during the era when peep shows and hustlers roamed 42nd Street and crime always seemed to be at an all-time high. It’s a remarkable job of time travel, but it’s just the cherry on a wondrously realistic and taut period piece. In 1974, an aging thug named Chris (Owen) has been released from prison after serving time for a gang-style hit. He reunites with his younger brothers, Frank (Crudup), now is a police officer with a promising career. Frank does his best to acclimate Chris back into society by opening his home to Chris and helping him find a job, but it’s a low-rent one as a janitor at an auto dealership.
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CLASSIC ROCK Creedence Clearwater Revisited:
Legends At NYCB Theatre At Westbury
When was the last time you attended a concert in which you knew every song and spent about 90 percent of the performance on
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generational family friendly audiences are treated to this night after night around the country and now the world. The band’s appeal has spread internationally as they have performed for thousands of fans in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Europe and Asia. Since the group’s inception in the mid-90s, the reaction to Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s
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your feet dancing and grinning? concerts has been remarkable, Is such a thing even possible in driven in part by a generation of today’s day and age of disposable kids who, as Cosmo says, pop songs? Legendary artists tour “Weren’t even born when the sporadically, and that iconic music came out.” Likewise, the group continues to get smaller. release of a double-live CD on Live music fans deserve the Universal’s Hip-O Records label, opportunity to see a non-stop feel which features passionate, authorgood show that is fun for itative versions of 22 classic hits, multi-generations – and they find was the result of public demand. this with Creedence Clearwater “It was generated by requests of Revisited. the people who came to the The backbone of the group is shows,” said Cook. “Over and Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” over they would ask, ‘do you Clifford, who are the Rock and guys have a CD?’” Creedence Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section Clearwater Revisited’s (bass and drums respectively) Recollection has proven so from the legendary group popular that in 2008 it was Creedence Clearwater Revival certified platinum by the RIAA. (CCR). Cook and Clifford started The band’s 2014 lineup the Revisited project in 1995 when includes lead guitarist Kurt a friend wanted to promote a few Griffey, who has recorded and concerts. They didn’t realize at toured with members of The the time what a gap their perEagles, Foreigner, The Moody formances would fill in the live Blues, Wings, Lynyrd Skynryd, music circuit and that they would Santana, and Journey; lead singer wind up playing close to 100 and guitar player John Tristao shows a year in the United States, (who rose to prominence as lead Canada and abroad. singer for the band People when “We never really had any intentheir hit “I Love You” bulleted tion of playing for the public,” into the Top 10); and versatile said Cook. “We got talked into it, Steve Gunner, who plays but didn’t know how it would go keyboards, acoustic guitar, over ... In the beginning Cosmo percussion, and harmonica. and I decided that if we could Creedence Clearwater Revisited: find the musicians that could capFriday, May 2 at The NYCB Theatre at ture the sound and recreate what Westbury. Tickets: ticketmaster.com; the music was about, we’d do it.” charge by phone at (800) 745-3000; or Every ssong performed is a call NYCB Theater at (516) 334-0800. Creedence classic, and the multi12 • Good Times Magazine - April 22 - May 6, 2014
today. This tour follows McCarthy’s “Dirty Sexy Funny” special on the EPIX network, lauded by critics as one of the funniest comedy specials of 2014 thus far. And what a lineup: Long Island native Koplitz is already a longtime area favorite who has appeared on scores of Comedy Central specials, been a regular on the TV series “Z Rock” and “Life & Style,” and has appeared in virtually every top comedy club in the United States. The no-holdsbarred Bel has been featured on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and in HBO’s Las Vegas Comedy Fesatival. Haddish has
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Jenny’s Sexy Comedy Jam: Jenny McCarthy will host a unique night of standup comedy of her own creation – the “Dirty, Sexy, Funny” series – on Saturday, May 3 at 8 pm at The Paramount in Huntington. The lineup of famous female comedy stars includes Paula Bel, Tiffany Haddish, Lynne Koplitz, Justine Marino, and Tammy Pescatelli. Tickets are now on sale via theparamountny.com and ticketmaster.com. It’s been quite a career for the still-young, still vibrant, and still sexy McCarthy: The Chicago beauty started as a Playboy Playmate turned Playmate of the Year, turned MTV game show co-host, turned sitcom actress, turned film star, turned best-selling author and children’s health advocate, turned co-host of “The View,” ABC’s long-running talk show. McCarthy’s honesty, humility, and humor have enabled her to transcend the boundaries of her roles as comedian, actress, host, best-selling author and influential activist in the world of healing and preventing autism. When she first made her own experience with her Justine Marino
performed for troops on the USO Tour, and has made many TV comedy appearances. Justine “The Machine” Marino has done time in both improv and sketch comedy with The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade, and has toured the U.S. Pescatelli won the 2010 Comedy Central “Standup Showdown,” and has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and a slew of CC specials and shows. Tammy Haddish
son Evan’s diagnosis and subsequent recovery from autism, her unique ability to articulate the unspoken words of thousands of mothers and fathers across the world was recognized immediately. However, McCarthy’s unique sense of humor has been a constant through all of her career phases, and its that witty spark that will lead this lineup of five of the top female comedians working
BEER & SPIRITS Last month, we brought you a look at some of the biggest names in craft beer: Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, and many other local breweries that are producing some of the finest beer available today. As recent pro-brewery legislation up in Albany proves, we are truly in the middle of a craft beer Renaissance – especially here on Long Island. This brewpub guide will shed some light on where readers can sample both local and nationally distributed craft beers.
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barrel-aged Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Dogfish Head’s Aprihop and Still Water’s Why Can’t I Be You. Their house beer, the Croxley Blonde, is brewed in house and is one of their most popular choices. In addition to their impressive beer list, Croxley’s offers some of the best bar food around. Their famous wing night specials are a personal favorite - ask for the secret honey-hot flavor. For more information, call 718-387-4290 or visit croxley.com.
Established in 2011, The Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola is quickly becoming a destination spot for craft beer enthusiasts. 25 taps, 75+ different bottles and one monthly cask selection focus on local and nationally distributed craft beers, as well as hardto-find limited runs. New York breweries such as Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Blue Point and Great South Bay are all represented, with new beers being added to the lineup frequently. Free hot dogs keep thirsty patrons quaffing their favorite craft brews late into the night. To learn more, call 516-307-1280 or visit blacksheepalehouse.com.
One of the most unique brewpubs on Long Island is Hoptron Brewtique in Patchogue. Hoptron mixes a coffee-house atmosphere with a brewery feel – and the emphasis is on local craft beer. Hoptron offers craft enthusiasts a wide tap selection that changes very often Brickhouse Brewery & Restaurant monthly tap takeovers from brewin Patchogue is one of the area’s long eries like Dogfish Head, Adirondack and Greenpoint Brewing Co. keep the beer menu fresh and interesting. Flights, growlers-to-go and mixed 6pack specials help indecisive beer drinkers (like yours truly) navigate the wide selection of taps and bottles. The menu offers light snacks that standing brewpubs that boasts the pair well with beers: warm pretzels, ability to brew their own craft beers. cheese plates and sandwiches. To The eclectic taste of brewmaster Paul learn more, call 631-438-0296 or visit Komsic is evident in hoptronbrewBrickhouse Brewery is BHB’s expansive beer tique.com. a recent collaborathe best way to taste list; tion with the Long Croxley’s Ale Belgian brews without Island chapter of Girls House is one of Pint Out has produced Long Island’s most the airfare. Hi-Ho: a pale ale celebrated brewbrewed with hibiscus and local pub institutions. With several locahoney. With two new beers on tap at tions in Franklin Square, Smithtown, any given time, BHB has been brewFarmingdale, Rockville Centre, and ing up some Belgian style ales for most recently NYC and Brooklyn, spring in addition to their standard Croxley’s are pioneers of the multifavorites such as the unfiltered tap ale English IPA Beowulf. For more inforhouse mation, call 631-447-2337 or visit format brickhousebrewery.com. and have Long Island is home to some of the been a best brewpubs and breweries around. driving There is no shortage of options when force in it comes down to enjoying a cold the New one, so grab your growler, find a desYork ignated driver, and make your way craft beer over to these fine establishments. moveDo you brew your own beer? Own ment for a brewpub or brewery? Let us know over 20 what you’ve been working on at years. Their expansive tap system email@example.com. includes new additions such as Founders Brewing Co.’s Bourbon – Peter Mancini
ith warmer weather finally here, many Long Islanders find themselves pining for a memorable weekend getaway. Luckily, there are several casino resorts close to home that offer a variety of entertainment options and a chance to win big. These events are good ones to consider while planning your casino trip. Mohegan Sun in Connecticut is a well-established tour spot for many of the biggest artists working today. May 3 sees Hunter Hayes on the Arena stage and Cold War Kids playing a free show in the Wolf Den, with Buckcherry and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 playing separate stages on May 9. Art-pop pioneer Lady Gaga brings her eclectic style to the stage on May 10, and Eddie Money plays May 16. The Killers showcase their Springsteen-influenced sound on May 14, then The Boss himself – Bruce
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Springsteen – plays two back-to-back shows on May 17 and 18. For more information, visit mohegansun.com, or call (888) 226-7711. Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City
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Romina have reunited for one last tour, and will play Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City on April 26 and 27. Tracy Morgan brings his Turn It Funny tour to the stage on May 1, while 90’s alt-rockers Staind perform on May 10. Lou Neglia presents Ring of Combat 48, a mixed martial arts tournament, on May 16. May 11-17 is Glamour Week on the casino floor, featuring shopping, special Bill Maher at Foxwoods
cocktails and other beauty events. For more information, visit tropicana.net, or call (609) 340-4000. Foxwood’s Resort Casino in Connecticut is one of the area’s premier venues for comedy and music. Italian guitar virtuoso Zucchero plays the Fox Theater on April 27, while Latin singer Julio Iglesias brings his signature sound to the stage on May 2. Comic Burt Kreischer plays 3 shows from May 1-3, and political talk show host Bill Maher performs a stand up routine on May 4. For more information, visit foxwoods.com, or call (860) 312-3000. Kathleen Madigan brings her special, Madigan Again, to Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on April 26. Oh What A Night of Doo-Wop and Rock & Roll graces the Xanadu Theater on May 3, while Late Night staple Craig Ferguson brings his witty comedy to the stage on May 10. MMA fans will enjoy the famed Asylum Fight League on May 17. For more information, visit trumptaj.com, or call (609) 449-1000. For something a bit closer to home, Queens’ Resorts World Casino offers a wide variety of music and comedy shows. Beat It: A Tribute to Michael
Bruce Springsteen at Mohegan Sun will host comedy duo Nick DiPaolo and Robert Kelly on May 1 as part of the month-long Mondo Chuckles May series. Other series performers include Mario Joyner on May 8, Tom Papa on May 15, and Paul Reiser on May 22. In addition, Penn and Teller bring their unique brand of magic and comedy to the stage on May 17. Country music legend Merle Haggard rambles through on May 3, while the King of Motown Smokey Robinson plays May 24. For more information, visit harrahsresort.com, or call (609) 441-5000. Beloved Italian singers Al Bano and
Jackson is featured on April 30, and the Legends of Ol’ Skool Concert goes down May 17. The show features live performances by Orange “Juice” Jones, James “D Train’ Williams, Jeff Redd, Fonda Rae, Alicia Meyers, Aly Us, Keith Thompson, and Colonel Abrams. For more information, visit rwnewyork.com, or call (718) 215-2828.
There are many options to consider while planning your casino getaway. Throw in the added possibility of hitting that big jackpot and you have plenty of reasons to let it ride this spring. – Peter Mancini
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Tuesday, April 22
Nassau Jazz Jam Session – Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Rickey Roche – Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Whiskey Road – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Pete Kanelous/Kris Rice & Co./Tiberius – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)
Suffolk Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katie's of Smithtown Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Acoustic Open Mic hosted By David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic with Dan Acosta & DJ Harry-Oke The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) InterROBang Productions Presents Open Mic Night – Amityville Music Hall (Amityville) Open Mic Night – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore)
NYC/Queens James Carter Organ Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) Solo Piano - Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) The Orb – Highline Ballroom (NYC)
Wednesday, April 23
Nassau Wonderous Stories – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Box of Parades – Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Open Mic w/The Night Owls Band – Phat Daddy's Pub (Oceanside) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo & His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville) Donny Celenza and Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Uncle Floyd – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Suffolk Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Open Jam w/Ed The Hat & Friends – The Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) Annie Morgan – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – The Stadium (Bohemia) Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. – Quogue East Pub (East Quogue) Rattlesnake Dawn – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Brian McGeough – Post Office Café (Babylon)
NYC/Queens James Carter Organ Trio/David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) Open Mic with Lesly Bernard and The Tony Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) Paula Atherton & Interplay – Battery Gardens (NYC) Zucchero /Chris Botti/Elisa/Jovanotti – Theater at Madison Square Garden (NYC) Ken Vandermark/Devin Hoff & others – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Carrie Manolakos – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Cheers Club/S.B.O.E./Dave East/Weekend Money – S.O.B.'s (NYC)
Thursday, April 24
Nassau Songs In The Attic (Billy Joel Tribute)/Live Band Karaoke – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Frank Walker Open Mic – Mugsy Magee's (Massapequa) Hambones – Still Partners (Sea Cliff) Salsa Night – Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Jazz Jam – Wickers Club (Hicksville) Open Mic Night – Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin) Classic Rock & Blues Jam w/Curt Arnel & Friends – Callahan's (East Meadow) Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Longo – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Jazz Night: Marty Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith – Viana Hotel & Spa (Westbury) Jazz and Sushi Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Miley Cyrus – Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale) Pep & The Soul Explosion Band - River House Grill (Freeport) Brian McGeough – Hudson's Mill (Massapequa)
Your Guide To Local Events Suffolk Project Vibe – Publick House (Southampton) Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian – Lefty's (Lindenhurst) Live Jazz with Anthony Raffa – Cirella's (Melville) Live Pro Boxing – The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic – Zebra Club (Copiague) Open Mic – Village Idiot (Patchogue) Leah Laurenti – That Meetball Place (Patchogue)
NYC/Queens James Carter Organ Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) Alter Bridge/Monster Truck – Best Buy Theater (NYC) Comedy & Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Sean Price – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Frankie Ballard – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Toadies/Supersuckers/Battle Me – Irving Plaza (NYC) Carla Bruni – The Town Hall (NYC) The Dragonflies – Ella Lounge (NYC) Sean Price/Respect Tha God,/I Am Many/Jise HD – S.O.B.'s (NYC) D'Addario Performance Series: Aniello Desiderio/Emanuele Buono – Carnegie Hall (NYC) Anastasia Markov – Bowery Electric (NYC)
Friday, April 25
Nassau Blindside Tackle/The Mystic – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Blue Eyed Soul – Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Carrie McQuade – Big Daddy's (Massapequa) The Rockinghams – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Wonderous Stories – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Hat Trick/Big Shot Band – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) The Acchords – City Café (Garden City) The Zoo/45 RPM – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Off The Record – River House Grill (Freeport) My Summer – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) My Summer /The Phantom & The Fox/The Tin Can Collective/Rice Cultivation Society – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Borgo Pass/Killcode/Brand Of Julez/Electric Horse – The Hub (Island Park)
Suffolk MSRP – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville) The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) Down And Dirty – Rudis (Patchogue) Happy Hour w/Marc Philip – Village Idiot (Patchogue) Edwin McCain Trio – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Rich Mohogany/DJ Sparky – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) The Alley Gators – Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue) Sly Geralds – That Meetball Place (Patchogue)
NYC/Queens James Carter Organ Trio/The Birdland Big Band – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) DJ Souljah & DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) BlessTheFall/Silverstein/The Amity Affliction/Secrets/Heartist – Irving Plaza (NYC) Townes Van Zandt Tribute – Beast Of Bourbon (Brooklyn) Tipica 73/Harmonik – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Burlap To Cashmere /Jen Chapin – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Maria Puga Lareo & Bob Telson – Caffe Vivaldi (NYC)
Saturday, April 26
Nassau The Generators – Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) The Dexter Haven Trio – Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Sons Of Sanford – CJ's (Franklin Square) Stevie B./Cover Girls/Rob Base/Soave/Scarlet Santana – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) Uppercut – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Andy Aledort & The Groove Kings – Still Partners (Sea Cliff) Freestyle – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) Stanton Anderson/Peat Moss – Nutty Irishman
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(Farmingdale) Copy Cat – River House Grill (Freeport) Jones Crusher Show – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) White Goblin/The Lynch Pigs/Jones Crusher/Deathproof – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Macca Nation (Paul McCartney & Wings Tribute)/The LP's – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Better Than Ezra /Jon McLaughlin – The Space (Westbury) Tako Khan/Third Fault/The One Night Band – The Hub (Island Park)
Suffolk Rhythm Kings – That Meetball Place (Patchogue) The Jellyband – Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue) From Another Mother – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville) Mark Phillips – Napper Tandy's (Northport) Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Brown – Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Live Wire/Live After Death – 89 North (Patchogue) Whoopi Goldberg – The Paramount (Huntington) King Wellington/Green Machine – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) The Mango Brothers – Village Idiot (Patchogue) The Haus Of Mimosa – CM Performing Arts Center (Oakdale) Kyngs/Rage – Zebra Club (Copiague) From Another Mother – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville)
NYC/Queens James Carter Organ Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) Slaughterhouse – Best Buy Theater (NYC) The Night Owls Band – The Luna Restaurant (Manhattan) New York Funk Exchange – Lucille's Grill at B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC) Butchers Blind/Robbie Fulks – Mercury Lounge (NYC) The Last Waltz Live – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Dog Society/The Fearless – The Cutting Room (NYC) Nation Beat/Caribbean Fever – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Roby Lakatos Ensemble – Le Poisson Rouge
(NYC) Mercury Landing/Ukulelien – Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue)
Sunday, April 27
Nassau Santo & Billy – Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) For The Kill/Pump (Aerosmith Tribute)/No Reign/3 – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Adelphi Chorus – Adelphi University (Garden City) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) Suffolk Mark Phillips – Napper Tandy's Pub (Northport) Jazz Jam w/Melody Rose – Declan Quinn's (Bay Shore) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo (Huntington) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue)
NYC/Queens Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Birdland (NYC) The Bad Plus – Jazz Standard (NYC) Comedy with Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Ziggy Marley/Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – The Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Jillian Michael/Maximize Your Life – Beacon Theatre (NYC) Euphoria – Drom (NYC) Metropolis Ensemble: Double Helix – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Osmond Brothers – Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center (Bayside)
Calendar Monday, April 28
Nassau Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors – Connolly Station (Malverne) Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)
Suffolk Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Open Mic Night w/Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) BYOB – Village Idiot (Patchogue) NYC/Queens Celebrating Tenth Season of Broadway Artists Alliance – Birdland (NYC) The Mingus Orchestra – Jazz Standard (NYC) Jam with Richie Cannata – The Bitter End (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC)
Tuesday, April 29
Nassau Jazz Jam Session – Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Rickey Roche – Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Acoustic Open Mic hosted by Frank Walker – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Dakota Rose/DJ Ben E – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale)
Suffolk Open Jam w/George Cintron & Rob DeMartino – Katies of Smithtown Open Mic Night w/Mike "The Godfather" Clemente – O'Reilly's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Acoustic Open Mic hosted by David Jon Paisley – 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Open Mic with Dan Acosta & DJ Harry-Oke The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – Gator Blue (East Islip) Open Mic Night – Amityville Music Hall
Your Guide To Local Events (Amityville) 21 Pilots/Hunter Hunted /Nonono – The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic Night – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore)
NYC/Queens Steve Kuhn Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) Priscilla Ahn – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Faces In The Crowd Showcase – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Pedro Giraudo's Expansions Big Band - Jazz Standard (NYC) Solo Piano – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC)
Wednesday, April 30
Nassau Open Mic w/The Night Owls Band – Phat Daddy's Pub (Oceanside) Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Jerry Costanzo & His Trio – Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo – The Breakers Bar (Bayville) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon – Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan – Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Super Duper Alice Cooper (Feature Film) – Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas Wonderous Stories – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk Open Blues/Jazz Jam – Park Avenue Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Open Jam w/Ed The Hat & Friends – The Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) Annie Morgan – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) The Cogs Singles Open Jam – The Stadium (Bohemia) Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. – Quogue East Pub (East Quogue) Southbound – Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Super Duper Alice Cooper (Feature Film) – Island 16 Cinema De Lux (Holtsville)
NYC/Queens Steve Kuhn Trio/David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC)
George Colligan Trio featuring Linda Oh & Jack Dejohnette – Jazz Standard (NYC) Open Mic with Lesly Bernard & The Tony Stevenson Band – Tillman's (NYC) Paula Atherton & Interplay – Battery Gardens (NYC) Tesseract/Intronaut/Cloudkicker – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Rale Mimic & Dave Stryker – Why Not Jazz Room (NYC) Saliva – Santo's Party House (NYC) Super Duper Alice Cooper (Feature Film) – Village East (NYC) Craig Leon /ACME,/Bill Kouligas – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Noa (Achinoam Nini) – Highline Ballroom (NYC)
Thursday, May 1
Nassau Frank Walker Open Mic – Mugsy Magee's (Massapequa) Salsa Night – Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Jazz Jam – Wickers Club (Hicksville) Open Mic Night – Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin) Classic Rock & Blues Jam w/Curt Arnel & Friends – Callahan's (East Meadow) Open Mic Night hosted by Mike Longo – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Jazz Night: Marty Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith – Viana Hotel + Spa (Westbury) Jazz & Sushi Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Pep & The Soul Explosion Band - River House Grill (Freeport) Brian McGeough – Savoy Tavern (Merrick) Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder Tribute)/Live Band Karaoke – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)
Suffolk Nomadic State/Christine Sweeney & The Dirty Stayouts /Chris Connolly – Patchogue Theater (Patchogue) Killswitch Engage/Into Another/Battlecross/My Ticket Home – The Paramount (Huntington) Project Vibe – Southampton Publick House Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian – Lefty's (Lindenhurst) Live Jazz with Anthony Raffa – Cirella's
(Melville) Open Mic – Zebra Club (Copiague) Steinbeck Festival – Bay Street Harbor (Sag Harbor) Junior Brown – Boulton Center (Bay Shore)
NYC/Queens Steve Kuhn Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) Comedy & Trivia Show – LIC Bar (Long Island City) Henning Stumm/Eliana Marcia/Banda Azul – Giovanna's Restaurant (NYC) Tiny Bubbles Burlesque – Bubble Lounge (NYC) Nels Cline Singers /Mary Halvorson – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Clayton Brothers Quintet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Bhangra In The City – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Blackfield – Best Buy Theater (NYC)
Friday, May 2
Nassau Tuesday Afternoon – Sunset Grill (Seaford) Brian McGeough – Grillfire (Merrick) Jukebox Explosion – Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Bret Michaels – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) Drive (The Cars Tribute)/Breakdown (Tom Petty Tribute) – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Decadia – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Reckoning/The Matt & Amy Band – The Hub (Island Park)
Suffolk Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – The Paramount (Huntington) The Melody Rose Quartet – The Elks Club (Huntington) The Long Island Banjo Society – VFW Hall (Copiague) Steinbeck Festival – Bay Street Harbor (Sag Harbor) Strunz & Farah – Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Smoking Gun – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville) Caution/Ed Travers – Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue) Think Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute)/Snakes & Arrows (Rush Tribute) – Zebra Club (Copiague)
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Calendar NYC/Queens Steve Kuhn Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) DJ Souljah & DJ Marcus – Tillman's (NYC) Russell Howard – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Denny Zeitlin – Kitano (NYC) Federico Aubele – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Clayton Brothers Quintet – Jazz Standard (NYC) La Mecanica, Popular/Psychedelic Salsa/The Return Of Nu-Look – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Russell Howard – Highline Ballroom (NYC) Rodrigo y Gabriela/Zach Heckendorf – Terminal 5 (NYC) Bucky Pizzarelli/Frank Vignola/VinnyRaniolo/Ed Laub – Cutting Room (NYC) LiLi Roquelin –Bitter End (NYCº
Saturday, May 3
Nassau Generations – Sunset Grill (Seaford) ABBA: The Concert – NYCB Theatre at Westbury Thunder Road (Bruce Springsteen Tribute) – Memories Restaurant (Williston Park) North Shore Symphony Orchestra – Plainview/Bethpage JFK High School (Plainview) Autism Benefit Concert: Liverpool Shuffle/Captain Jack/Beginnings – Brookside School (North Merrick) Transfusion – Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Kentucky Derby Party – Mulcahy's Pub (Wantagh) Rock Against Dystrophy LI 2014 : For The Kill/Verde/Skepsis/Plague Of Humanity – Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Dog House Blues/Pamela Betti – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Mean Machine – Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale)
Suffolk The Suburban Brothers Band – Seatuck EcoCarnival at The Scully Mansion & Preserve (Islip) Jenny McCarthy's Dirty, Sexy, Funny – The Paramount (Huntington) The Electrix/New Riders of The Purple Sage – 89 North (Patchogue) Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Brown
Your Guide To Local Events – Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Remedy – Legacy Bar and Grill (Coram) Joseph & Friends – Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Dr. K's Motown Revue – Patchogue Theatre Steinbeck Festival – Bay Street Harbor (Sag Harbor) Trilogy – Zebra Club (Copiague) That 70s Band/Peat Moss – The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Butchers Blind/Bryan Gallo – Brickhouse Brewery (Patchogue) Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys – Giacomo Jack's (Amityville) Beaucoup Blue – Congregatinal Church Of Huntington (Centerport)
NYC/Queens Steve Kuhn Trio – Birdland Jazz Club (NYC) The Night Owls Band – The Luna Restaurant (Manhattan) Berlin/The Cringe – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Deerhoof /Tomaga, Awkwafina/Constantine Maroulis – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Miss May I – The Studio at Webster Hall (NYC) Denny Zeitlin – Kitano (NYC) Eddie Allen & Push – Jazz Vespers (Saint Albans) Clayton Brothers Quintet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Caribbean Fever – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Greg Raposo/I Am Fighting/Pastele/Lovelectric/ Trish Torrales – Connolly's Klub 45 (NYC) Mario Cantone – Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center (Bayside)
Sunday, May 4
Nassau Carolyn Harding Trio Jazz Brunch – Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Tree House Studios Open Mic – Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Rich Walker – The Brokerage (Bellmore) Tuff Nails Animal Rescue Benefit – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)
Suffolk Jazz Jam w/Melody Rose – Declan Quinn's (Bay Shore) Open Mic – Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Bobby Sexton/Don Sands R&B Jam – Picollo
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(Huntington) Paul Mahas – Dockers Waterside (Quogue) The Casey Neill Trio/Butchers Blind – The University Café (Stony Brook University) Pete Seeger Tribute Concert: Buddy Merriam and Back Roads/Gathering Time/Patricia Shih/Maria Fairchild/Eric Eaton/Martin Stone – Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington) Steinbeck Festival – Bay Street Harbor (Sag Harbor) The Electrix/The New Riders of The Purple Sage – 89 North (Patchogue) Brenda Lee – Patchogue Theater
NYC/Queens Comedy with Hannibal Buress – Knitting Factory (Brooklyn) Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney – Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Bossa Nova Brunch – S.O.B.'s (NYC) Tony Middleton Trio Jazz Brunch – The Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Clayton Brothers Quintet – Jazz Standard (NYC) Sevendust – Highline Ballroom (NYC)
Monday, May 5
Nassau Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors – Connolly Station (Malverne) Industry Night – Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Open Mic & Jam – K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore)
Suffolk Rob Thomas – The Paramount (Huntington) Open Mic Night w/Kenn – Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Open Mic Night w/Dave Drew – The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Comedy Show – Fin's Pub (Oakdale) NYC/Queens Stu Larsen – Gramercy Theatre (NYC) New York Songwriters Circle/Jam with Richie Cannata – Bitter End (NYC) Mingus Big Band – Jazz Standard (NYC) Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, conductor – Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session – Kitano New York Hotel (NYC)
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They set the standard for all pop vocal groups to follow; been honored by the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys; and have been enshrined in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Now, they have earned their three headlining nights at Long Island’s famed theater in the round – so make ticket plans quickly to see this legendary vocal group, still at the height of its powers. And yes – at 79, Valli can still hit the heights.
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There’s no question that the personable McCain has become a huge Boulton favorite following past shows at the famed venue. Over two decades, McCain has morphed into a road warrior, gigging throughout North America most of each year. He’s best known for his hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More,” but McCain’s canon of songs reveal him to be a master of everthing from Americana to rock to stinging blues. He’s easily one of the most underrated stars of the modern era; see him before too many of your neighbors catch on to that little nugget of truth. LONG ISLAND’S
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Jazz & Blues Walter Trout: A Noble Fight
During 2013, famed blues guitarist Walter Trout was struck with a life-threatening liver disease, and as a result lost 100 pounds. It’s a unique tale that continues to go on at press time, as Trout is the subject of a new album, biography, and documentary of his life. “For five years, Walter, Provogue Records, and I have worked towards making Walter’s 25th year as a solo artist a special celebratory event,” said Marie Trout, Walter’s wife. “But the festivities will have to wait. Walter is urgently in need of a liver transplant. It has been heartbreaking for me to watch Walter struggle through these past many months, as we tried various treatment options provided by Walter’s doctors and liver specialists. One by one, the treatments failed. Yet through it all, Walter’s courage and determination continually amazed me ... Even as he has become a shadow of his former self, after losing 100 pounds and much of his strength, he continued touring, writing, playing, singing, and recording.” A new Trout album, The Blues Came Callin’, is schedule for release on June 10 as Trout looks back at an almost 50-year commitment to playing and singing the blues. The album was recorded throughout 2013; the songs reflect Walter’s thoughts about mortality and his renewed appreciation for being alive. As he became physically weaker, he fought to continue touring, and found that playing for people was powerful medicine. Trout is currently awaiting a liver transplant at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. A fund-raising initiative has been started to support Trout and his family, which can be viewed at youcaring.com. “To play my music for people has become even more important to me,” said Trout. “When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and my music is my lifeline. These days, it means more to me than ever
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before.” The Blues Came Callin’ features 12 new songs, 10 of which are originals; one was written by John Mayall for the occasion, while the other is a J.B. Lenoir cover. An upcoming official biography of Trout is co-written with British music journalist Henry Yates. The manuscript will be released simultaneously with the new album. The book, Rescued From Reality: The Life And Times Of
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For more than 25 years, Claire film fans have heard the Sinclair voice of Russ Leatherman greet them by bellowing “Hello, and welcome to Moviefone!” as they called to learn movie show times, but now it’s the end of an era: AOL announced it was shutting down the famous 777-FILM number for good and the end of March and instead will concentrate on mobile app services to provide movie show times. Which begs the question: Is there anything that AOL has improved over the past decade – instant messaging, Moviefone, its own website – that has actually improved? …. In the most painful, inept, and unprofessional moment in sports broadcasting since … well, John Sterling’s last game, someone at the New York Mets
Walter Trout, features previously untold stories and is packed with rare photographs from the musician’s personal archive. The book documents an initially blissful childhood, shattered by divorce, abuse, and violence. As the story unfolds, it leads readers through Trout’s life of heartache, poverty, living on the street, and being “the only white guy” struggling in famous blues bands in Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Trout reflects on his time in the 1980s when seemingly nobody seemed to want to hear the blues, through being “discovered” and having long-time gigs as a hardplaying and hard-drinking and drugging globetrotting sideman with Canned Heat and John Mayall. The book chronicles how Trout eventually became drug free, broke out on his own, and embarked on a solo career in 1989. Currently in production and scheduled to be shown this summer, a documentary features Trout talking in depth about his life and music. Also to be featured are many of the people who influenced Trout personally and professionally. Learn more at waltertrout.com.
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actually allowed former relief pitcher John Franco to do color commentary on the March 16 spring training game on WOR 710 AM – and worse yet, someone gave the Brooklyn native free reign to call the action for a halfinning. Endless “You know what I’m talkin’ about?” “Ya know?” “Uhhhh” and a monotone drone that probably sent cars careening onto embankments throughout the metropolitan area. Haven’t Mets fans suffered enough simply by being Mets fans? … One of the biggest hits on Comedy Central is “Key & Peele,” a show that started with almost no fanfare but now ranks alongside “Reno 911” and “South Park” as one of the network’s biggest hits. Now, seasons one and two of the series are available on DVD and Blu-ray … Now that’ we’ve mentioned “Reno 911”: The long-lamented comedy series’ former star, Thomas Lennon (Lt. Dangle), has signed on to play Felix Unger in Matthew Perry’s upcoming TV
recreation of “The Odd Couple.” Brilliant casting … Former Playboy Playmate of the Year Claire Sinclair is everywhere – first, her own comic book; now, she’s starring in Pinup: Glamour With A Swingin’ Beat at the ultra-hip Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. The show has been running for more than a year, an unprecedented achievement; it’s further proof that burlesque-style entertainment has never been hotter. The show features not only beauties in lavish, pin-up style fashions, but music, dance, and illusions as well … Former “Home Improvement” star and “Family Feud” host Richard Karn drew critical raves for his work in a revival of Neil Simon’s I Ought To Be In Pictures, a revival that ran for several weeks in Jacksonville, Florida … Book beat: Recently released in paperback is The Life And Times Of Richard Musto (Roll Your Own Press), by Joe Lamport and Michel Delos, a fascinating character study of a 90-year-old homeless man
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and his story of living in the streets of New York City. Rife with unforgettable photos, the book is both heartbreaking and life-affirming. The book is available via gumroad.com; learn more at lifeofmusto.com ... Some stock buyers bailed on WWE when initial WWE Network puchases reportedly tallied less than 700,000, but we’d wager that figure will continue to rise.
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Hot Artists & Events Rocking The Area Scene Photo: Casey Neill by David Belisle; Robben Ford by George Wells
Hammer Of The Gods In Smithtown Famed area Led Zeppelin tribute band Hammer Of The Gods returns to the area on May 24 with a headline appearance at The Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets, $40, are now available via ovationtix.com. Hammer Of The Gods is the region’s longest-lasting and mega-popular Zep tribute, filling most of the top venues in the area for more than a decade with its spot-on delivery of classics such as “Houses Of The Holy” and “Stairway To Heaven.”
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Alt-rock band The Amatory Murder recently released its newest record, Exploiting Our Dreams, digitally on the group’s Band Camp page. Says frontman and producer Christian “Xian Amatory” Peppas about the EP:“Nightmares are a recurring theme behind ‘Exploiting Our Dreams.’ I didn’t want us to make another album that was introverted and came across as self-involved. While lyrically this record is personal for me, I feel that each track is accessible to a larger audience. We all have fears, panic, worries...they’re universal emotions everyone can relate to. And majority of our fans are young kids. I wanted to let them know that they’re not alone.” Get the new music via theamatorymurder.bandcamp.com.
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Casey Neill returns to The University Cafe at Stony Brook University on Sunday, May 4, with members of his band, The Norway Rats, in a trio setting. Fast-rising area Americana/roots act Butchers Blind will serve as the opener. Advance sale tickets are at universitycafe.org through Friday, May 2, for $15, with tickets at the door $20 (cash only). Admission is restricted to 21 and over. The University Cafe is located in the Stony Brook Union building at Stony Brook University.
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Licitra, Kearney At Boulton Jack Licitra – now performing as a solo aritst under his own name – and Kerry Kearney share the bill as they co-headline this night of blues and roots sounds on May 8 at The Boulton Center in Bay Shore. Licitra is touring in support of his pending CD release under his own name; he’s perhaps best known for his work with Jack’s Waterfall, which has recorded the albums The River, Express, Everybody’s Music, and other best-sellers. Kearney is a non-stop working performer who is considered by his legion of fans to be a master of electric blues guitar. Tickets: boultoncenter.org.
D’Addario’s Hot New Strings Bring Big Music Event
D’Addario, the Long Island-based, iconic Vernon family-owned and operated company that has Reid been making guitar strings for 300 years, will launch its next generation of electric guitar strings, NYXL, on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 pm at Guitar Center in Carle Place. To celebrate the unveiling of these revolutionary strings, the event will feature a concert with performances by legendary guitarists in Vernon Reid, Robben Ford, Oz Noy, Earl Slick, Alex Skolnick, and Guthrie Trapp. Attendees will have the chance to meet the artists, hear from industry icon Jim D’Addario, win prizes, re-string their guitars, and more attractions and events. Fifty years ago, the most important innovation in electric strings was introduced to the world. Now, D’Addario is doing it again. NYXL electric guitar strings deliver a whole new level of freedom, confidence, and power, allowing guitarists to play Robben fearlessly. While the D’Addario Ford family has been making strings for hundreds of years, the company considers it their responsibility to continue to pioneer and innovate. “The name of these strings, NYXL, is an important distinction for us; our family and company have a rich history in New York,” said D’Addario & Company’s CEO Jim D’Addario. “Our new steel wire has been formulated, created, crafted, and perfected here in the Empire State. We are proud of our New York legacy, and even prouder that all of our strings originate at our Long Island home.” Uncover the full NYXL story at nyxlstory.com. For more information about D’Addario products, visit
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We don't want to sound like an old record … wait, actually, we do. Neil Young realizes that many people still care about good sound, so he's launched PonoMusic, a new portable highfidelity music player that's about
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to take the world by storm. While we wait for Neil's baby to walk, here the latest news from nearby music professionals who feel the same way Young does: The song is always the thing, but the way it's recorded, mixed, and mastered can be the difference between an unheard demo and a bonafide hit record. Long Island-based singer Ann-dee's new album, The Fabrique, was mastered at the renowned Tiki Recording Studios
in Glen Cove; the fast-rising singer worked with Fred Guarino, one of the area's top music professionals. Learn more about Tiki's reccording facilities and services as tikirecording.com. Trysail is among the latest cutting-edge artists to record at the time-honored Sabella Studios in Roslyn Heights. Jim Sabella and his crew welcomed the group, featuring its amazing lead singer, Malin Bray; other band members include James Monsees on guitars, keybords, and vocals, “Sir” Robert Patton on drums, and Michael Lattera on bass. Trysail features members of the cover band Green Machine, but features its own original music. Learn more about this hot band by finding them at Facebook. Another feature of Sabella Studios is its own in-house signature brand of guitar amplifiers, quickly becoming a favorite with top area players. Learn more at sabellastudios.com. Tom Stiegler and his crew at Blokhed Studios are among the area's favorite recording, mixing, and mastering facilities – and you can see it all for yourself with the
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CD/DVD replication, and much more. Pop's Music Room in Port Jefferson is a 24-hour access, fully equipped rehearsal area will new gear, a lounge with a flat screen TV and refreshments, and much more. Learn all about it at (631) 388-2603, or log on to popsmusicroom.com. Nationally renowned rock guitarist Tommy Hellbent (SPV/Steamhammer recording artist) is currently accepting new guitar students of any age, from beginners to advanced. Learn much more at Facebook.com/
tommyhellbent, or Vocal call him at Recording (516) 607-6618. At Savage Another Sounds relatively new facility you should be aware of is the unique Music Box LI, where monthly rehearsal rooms are available with 24hour access – it's features tour bus-accessible like practicing in your own place. This exciting new studio is located loading, top professional backline, Line Array sound, truss/lighting, in the central South Shore, and a spacious 30' stage and convenient to all of Long Island; lounge. If you're serious about learn more by calling your music, you owe it to yourself (516) 643-5179, or write to to check out Evolution. Contacts: email@example.com. (516) 794-7699 or evolutionsoundFive Towns College in Dix Hills is a great place to begin a pro stage.com. The hot pop star Jenna Rose recently worked here. audio career. To learn more, call the staff at Mystina (631) 656-2100. Evolution Soundstage is a top facility that must be experienced by serious area musicians wishing to record video demos – or anything else. Call them at (516) 794ROXX. This facility is perfect for imporant video shoots and showcases,
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After being out of the public eye for some time, a host of entertainers are making comebacks this year: Comedian Dave Chappelle – long missed since mysteriously pulling out of his mega-hit Comedy Central show several years Da ve ago – is on the Chappelle road doing standup once again. The no-holdsbarred comic (“I’m Rick James, bitch!”) will headline Radio City Music Hall on June 19 (ticketmaster.com). Jill Sobule (“I Kissed A Girl”) released her first album in five years on April 19, as Dottie’s Charms hit record stores. The 11-song set marks her first concept album, and features lyrical contributions from many celebrated authors including David Hajdu (Positively 4th Street), Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude), Sam Lipsyte (Home Land), James Marcus (Amazonia), Sara Marcus (Girls To The Front), Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), Mary Jo Salter (A Kiss In Space), Luc Sante (Low Life), Vendela Vida (The Lovers), and Jill more. Sobule A “Pop Legends” cruise this September will feature the return of Gary DeCarlo, lead singer of Steam (“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”), as well as Jay & The Americans, The Archies’ Ron Dante, and 1910 Fruitgum Company. Log on to excellenceintravel.com to learn more.
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Anti-Autism Concert In North Merrick
he Long Island-based tribute bands The Liverpool Shuffle, Captain Jack, and Beginnings will perform the hits of The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Chicago respectively at The Mosaic Foundation for Autism’s “Superstar Tribute Band Concert for Autism” on Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 pm at Brookside School, located at 1260 Meadowbrook Road in North Merrick. “It is so uplifting to see these three popular tribute bands known for celebrating our musical greats performing together to lend support for our mission in raising autism awareness,” said Lauretta Murdock, a mother of two sons with autism who is the founder of both The Mosaic Foundation for Autism and The Mosaic School for Autism, both based in Wantagh. “It is our hope that people will attend this ‘Superstar Tribute Band Concert’ where they will not only have the opportunity to enjoy a fun night of music, but also extend some love and support for children with autism.” “Captain Jack is excited to participate in this charitable event to help support The Mosaic Foundation for Autism mission in promoting more awareness about autism and raising
funds to support the futures of individuals with autism,” said Captain Jack band leader and drummer Sal DiMarco. “We’re delighted to use the popularity of Billy Joel’s music as a means of generating more autism awareness and support for today’s autism community.”
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BITS & PIECES “How To Land A Rich Man teaches you the art of finding and, more importantly keeping, your own financially secure sugar daddy, wealthy husband, or just a man that buys you things,” said Love. “By following my steps and understanding exactly what these wealthy bachelors are looking for, it won’t be long before you land your very own rich man.” Not to leave guys out, Love’s other book might help them: “How To Catch A Kitten teaches you how to truly find the girl of your dreams or just a girl for one night. This book teaches you how women think and how to get inside their heads. If you want a woman, then you need to take your advice from a woman. I know how women think ,and I know the things that you can do to make them crazy for you.” Learn more about all three books at Love’s website, moneylovesuccess.com.
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Adult Star’s Best-Selling Books
Former adult film star turned author Shy Love has penned three new books – How To Catch A Kitten, How To Land A Rich Man, and How To Make Money In Adult Entertainment. The first two titles, at press time, were on the Amazon.com best-seller lists. The relationship and business books provide educational, legal, technical, online, and performance training for readers who desire to learn more about these specific techniques, as offered by one of the adult industry’s iconic figures.
ship with Bob Johnston, Dylan’s producer at the time, I was blessed to be a guitar player in the studio band on that album and the next two, Self Portrait and New Morning, an experience that did a lot for my confidence, my career and legitimizing me as a serious musician.”
Their New Era
The current edition of the veteran British progressive rock band Asia – John Wetton, Carl Palmer, Geoff Downes, and guitarist Sam Coulson – released a new album, Gravitas, on March 25. At press time, the new CD/DVD version was ranked at #35 on Billboard’s albums chart. The band seems buoyed by the addition of its new guitarist, Coulson, who was recommended to the members of Asia by Mr. Big’s Paul Gilbert. “This time, the dragon has awakened with a fresh direction and purpose,” said Wetton. Added Downes: “There is a renewed energy
Honoring Dylan His Own Way
Charlie Daniels, best known for his #1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” released a new album, Off The Grid – Doin’ It Dylan on April 1. Now a healthy 77, Daniels gives his take on 10 of Bob Dylan’s songs on the new album, including such classics as “Tangled Up In Blue,” “The Times They Are a-Changin,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Just Like A Woman,” “I Shall Be Released,” “Country Pie,” and more. “In the early days, Dylan sang his songs accompanied by himself on guitar and harmonica, and in the late sixties when he decided to add some other instruments to his records and concerts, the purists, who had declared him poet laureate, prophet, and spokesman for his generation, came apart at the seams, castigating him for defiling the purity of his genius with other musical influences,” says Daniels. “When Dylan came to town to record Nashville Skyline, due to my friend-
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when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”
From Britain With Talent
British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin is on her way to cementing her status as one of the breakout artists of 2014 following the massive success of her single “The Power of Love,” which launched at #1 on the U.K. and Australia iTunes Chart, achieving certified gold status in both countries. Now, Aplin is gearing up to take the U.S. by storm with the release of a six-song EP, English Rain, on May 6, followed by a seven-city U.S. Tour – including a stop at New York City’s Studio at Webster Hall on May 6. The EP features five tracks from her celebrated gold-selling debut album English Rain, which peaked at #2 in the U.K. during a chart-run that lasted almost five months, but has not
been released in the U.S. In addition to “The Power of Love,” which was featured in promos for ABC’s series “Resurrection,” the EP also features an exclusive new track, a new rendition of “A Case Of You” by legendary singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.
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Ace In The Deck:
One of this year’s most heralded Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Ace Frehley, will release Space Invader – his first new solo album in five years – via Entertainment One Music (a division of Long Island’s eOne Music) on June 24. The album will include at least nine new original songs, as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s classic “The Joker.” This album markss the first release under Frehley’s new universal deal on eOne Music. “Life on earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time,” said Frehley. “Today I see no obstacles before me, and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!” Frehley will participate in the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods show by presenting The Dimebag Darrell “Best Guitarist” Award alongside labelmate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23 at The Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
RHYTHM TRACKING Top 40 RIP? Or, perhaps this column could be entitled “Why Radio Charts And All That Goes With Them Mean Nothing Anymore.” The music industry is trying to keep a lid on all the internal drama caused by streaming, but the new numbers are in, and they aren’t good. Sales are down – not just sales of CDs, but sales of download singles and albums have also dropped like a ton of
bricks, while Spotify and Pandora, to name only two online streaming music services, continue to grow. The recent debut of iTunes Radio pretty much flopped, and things in general are not pretty in the money-making part of the puzzle. Does this mean that people aren’t listening to music? Quite the contrary; they’re listening more than ever; they’re just not buying anything as music becomes a casual part of their media diet, not the passionate experience that it once was for decades of music fans. Music is now, for all intents and purposes, wallpaper, no longer the main event. Make no mistake, radio is doing its best to convince us otherwise, but it is not what it once was, and probably will never be again. As a pointed sign of the times, the one retail music icon left in New York City, J&R Music World, has announced its farewell, causing longtime music fans on the east coast to mourn in unison. I have touched on this subject in this column of mine here in Good Times for years, and the birds have come home to roost. MTV was helpful in the early 80s, but then became very unhelpful in maintaining the music biz as by
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the 90s it glammed up “reality” over music and helped kids find out how to steal music via the original Napster and other such services. Karaoke also opened the downfall door as everyone got on stage and became a “star” until “star” came to mean nothing. Television shows such as “American Idol” helped speed up that part of the cycle as well. Then there’s radio: Huge companies control stations throughout America, and they all play the same songs so that Miami sounds like Manhattan which sounds like Omaha which sounds like Seattle. There are no more local area hits, “regional hits” as they were called; they claim they’re based on sales at iTunes and YouTube views. You can believe that if you like. No left field, different, off the wall-type things get a chance to break through. Everything sounds the same and becomes a big pot of mush … and there are not too many people out there that want to buy mush. Album sales have been replaced by single download tracks, and without an entire album by one artist to hook you in, no one becomes a fan the way that they once did in the old days. Sorry if this all sounds bleak, but it is what it is; it’s the new world,
Ann-dee ‘The Fabrique’ Of Success
Who: Long Island native and singer/artist Ann-dee recently released a new album, “The Fabrique,” a combination of electronica, alternative rock, and pop music. Ann-dee first received national notice for her role in the video “It’s Only Halloween,” which was posted on YouTube and released on home video in 2011; the clip and song featured the star of “The Munsters,” Butch Patrick, who appeared as Eddie on the classic sitcom. The Artist & Her Sound: From Ann-dee’s bio: “‘The songs ‘Miss Me,’ ‘Haunted,’ and the title song, ‘The Fabrique,’ are more in the vein of electronica/dance,’ said An-dee, “whereas ‘I Found My Planet’ has an electronic movie theme vibe, and ‘Dance For The Good Times’ as well as ‘Pussywillow’ are pop in spirit.’” Ann-dee’s music on this album has been influenced by many artists both new and classic, particularly punk rocker Deborah Harry of Blondie fame, alternative rock group The Soup Dragons, legendary artist and performer Yoko Ono, and Daft
electronic and experimental or avantgarde, in a sense – I see my voice as an equal part with the instruments that contribute to the musical composition in its entirety. I like music as a feeling and this is
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Punk. “I like experimenting with sound, and I enjoy what I consider a ‘driving’ sound,” said Ann-dee. “This music is
and we can enjoy it such as it is, or not. It’s all a bare shadow of the glory days. So, for now, enjoy the warm weather, and bring your portable radio.
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definitely fun music I hope listeners enjoy. “I’m having a great year, musically speaking already. ‘Big Car Dreams,’ a song I’ve written recently, is being produced on the Park Lane Drive Records label as a follow-up to my Beware My Heart, single on that same label. And there’s also more to come in electronic music.” Ann-dee seems serious about her music, as she chose Fred Guarino of Tiki Recording Studios in Glen Cove to master the recordings on this new album. The songs are now available via iTunes, Amazon.com, and Rhapsody. To Learn More About The Artist: Get to know Ann-dee via Twitter.com/picassolady1and Facebook.com/Anndee217.
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Art David Jacobs: Sight & Sound Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead Through April 27; (516) 463-5672; hofstra.edu/museum The prominent Long Island artist is the subject of this exhibition.
Auditions For: Scenes From The Zone Minstrel Players of Northport April 28 at 7:30 pm; minstrelplayers.org; (631) 732-2926 Auditions are for roles in The Minstrel Players’ Scenes From the Zone (Third Annual Scene Festival). The company seeks women aged 20 through 50 and men from their 20s through 70. British accent required for some parts. Performances will be on Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm and Sunday, July 27 at 3 pm, at Houghton Hall Theatre at Trinity Episcopal Church in Northport Village. Bring a resume and a headshot. For more information, use the contact information above.
Children/Family Disney’s 101 Dalmatians BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through May 3; (631) 581-2700; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theater Company Children’s Theater: All those puppies – they’re more than a match for Cruella DeVille. A live recreation of the classic Disney film.
Concerts Good Old Dance Band St. Sylvester’s Parish Center, Medford Check website for show dates; (631) 730-3333; goodolddanceband.com 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 Fridays at 8 pm; (516) 889-2184; libanjosociety.org All banjo players – beginners, advanced, and professional – are
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invited to play along at these rehearsals. Music fans are welcome to come and listen; refreshments are available for those in attendance.
Film Screenwriter Discussion Group Sky Room, Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington Every other Monday at 7:30 pm; (631) 423-FILM; cinemaartscentre.org This free series offers networking, information, feedback, and readings by area screenwriters. Log on for schedules and information.
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Theater The Music Man John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport Through May 18; (631) 261-2900; engemantheatre.com Engeman Theatre: A lavish new production of the legendary Broadway classic.
Guys & Dolls CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale May 2 through May 18;
(516) 775-4420; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theatre Company: Seymour and his murderous plant return in this legendary comedy horror rock musical.
Bingo! The Winning Musical Theater Three, Port Jefferson Through May 24; (631) 928-9100; theatrethree.com Theater Three: The wacky musical about every grandmother’s favorite pastime. Wonder Of The World Trinity Episcopal Church,
Health Community Yoga Wang Center, Stony Brook University Each Tuesday at 6 pm; stonybrook.edu/sb/wang/ events.shtml Multi-level yoga classes (appropriate for beginners and more advanced students) designed to stretch and
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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. Singles Singles Association Of Long Island Various event locations; meetup.com/singles-association-of-
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The Drowsy Chaperone BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through May 4; (631) 581-2700; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theatre Company: The classic “musical within a comedy”; this production moves to BroadHollow Theatre in Elmont from May 10 through 25. Little Shop Of Horrors Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst April 26 through May 24;
Northport Village Through May 4; (631) 732-2926; minstrelplayers.org Minstrel Players of Northport: David Lindsay-Abaire’s lauded drama-tinged comedy of a marriage gone awry; intended for mature audiences. Hooked Bare Bones Theater, Northport April 24 through May 11; (800) 838-3006; barebonestheater.com; brownpapertickets.com Bare Bones Theater: The world premiere of a new play by Long Island playwright Danielle Burby, directed by Jeff Bennett.
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It was 1983, the darkest of times for vinyl collectors. Disco and new wave dance had replaced progressive rock and album oriented radio stations. Record collectors were hunted down like animals; those caught were deported to dark and dank discos in Bay Ridge, where they were forced to work at no pay until 3 or 4 am, rethreading cassettes, a new craze. Cassettes took off with the emergence of the Sony Walkman in 1979, and they were quickly replacing LPs, which couldn't be played in cars or at the beach. At the head of the Vinyl forces was a slight man, known simply throughout the music world as "The Scrooge." Scrooge had record stores in Little Neck, Flushing and Hempstead. He was part of the cult of the Titus, who had enlightened thousands at his warehouse in Brooklyn. Scrooge was depressed…not only was disco taking over music but sales of his beloved records were down, and thieves from his own store had undermined his collection. Scrooge crossed the street, heading for a quick fix at the McDonalds, his mind filled with Japanese green vinyl pressings, a collection of mint punk vinyl he had just purchased, and the impending visit of "Fred The Boot." He never saw the Mack truck that hurtled towards him, only a few feet away. Scrooge was about to meet the Master Presser in the sky… TO BE CONTINUED
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