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Celebrate Italy’s influence on America at one of the largest outdoor festivals in Long Island when Hofstra University hosts its 22st annual “Italian Experience” on Sunday, September 14 from 11 am to 5 pm. The festival will take place outdoors, rain or shine, on the South Campus. Headliners are singers Christopher Macchio and Simona De Rosa. Admission is $6; $5 for senior citizens; children under 12 are admitted free. Hofstra students, faculty, and staff are admitted free upon presentation of a current Hofstra Card. For more information about the Festival, call (516) 463-6504, or visit hofstra.edu/festivals.
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Fast becoming a tradition at The Paramount, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing Presents: Rockin' Fights 15 is Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale; visit starboxing.com or ticketmaster.com, call charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000, or visit The Paramount box office. This recently booked card will feature Long Island's “Hebrew Hammer” Cletus Seldin, a welterweight who at the age of 27 is fast becoming a major name by compiling a perfect 13-0 record. He'll take on the game Ramesis Gil of the Dominican Republic. This will mark Seldin's 10th appearance at The Paramount.
One of the most unique (and enjoyable) local businesses around is Sammi Hoop, a Long Beach-based hula-hoop themed venture offered by the talented woman of the same name. Hoop offers “lovingly handcrafted hula hoops, hoop instruction. and hoop parties … My motto is 'hoops, joy, love,” said Hoop. You can find her each Saturday at Arts In The Plaza, located at Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach, a market of art and crafts featuring live music and a free kids art station; every Thursday at the open mic hosted by Benoir and Sammi Hoop at The Hub Billiards Club, Island Park; and her hoops classes on the beach every Monday at 7 pm and Wednesday at 6:30 pm on the beach at Illinois Ave in Long Beach. Learn much more about Sammi and her activities at sammihoop.com.
Magic Wands: Psychic Event In Farmingdale
“An Evening with Psychic Medium Jeffrey Wands,” presented by The League For Animal Protection Of Huntington, is Friday, September 19 at 7:30 pm at VFW Post 516, located at 635 Main Street in Farmingdale. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at laphuntington.org. For more information, write to email@example.com, or call (631) 757-4517. Wands is famed for his Sunday radio program, “Psychic Sundays.”
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The fourth annual Rockaway Bike Parade takes place Saturday, September 13 from 11am to 1 pm at 5803 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in Rockaway. More information: (718) 327-5919, or log on to rwalliance.org. Bike your way along the Rockaway boardwalk; this year's theme is “West Indian Carnival.” Those taking part are invited to bring flamboyant, colorful costumes and steelpan. There is no cost to take part in this event, but advance registration is required. Depart from Firehouse 59 to Beach 17th, and compete for prizes in a “best of show”"competition.
It’s Still Not Too Late: More Spectacular Fireworks At Citi Field
If you somehow managed to miss the summer fireworks shows throughout the area this year, don’t fret: The New York Mets will host a spectacular fireworks display at Citi Field in Flushing on September 13 following the team’s Major League Baseball game versus the Washington Nationals beginning at 7:10 pm. Fireworks will be launched from Citi Field’s roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360-degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark. Fireworks Night will be presented by Duane Reade. Tickets for this special event and all upcoming Mets games are on sale at Mets.com and (718) 507-TIXX.
Batter Up, Needles Down: Stitch ‘N Pitch In Flushing
The New York Mets and Metropolitan Hospitality will host the eighth Annual Stitch N’ Pitch event during the Mets versus Washington Nationals game on Sunday, September 14 at 1:10 pm. Attendees will enjoy discounted seats in the Left Field Landing and an opportunity to stitch 7x9 inch squares to benefit Warm Up America!, a non-profit organization that collects and distributes hand-knit afghans, caps and other items to a variety of social service agencies nationwide. A complimentary limited edition “Mrs. Met” plush doll will be included in the price of admission for the first 1,000 fans purchasing tickets through this advanced offer (mets.com/stitchnpitch). Tickets for Stitch N’ Pitch are $30 and can be purchased exclusively online at mets.com/stitchnpitch. For more information, please contact Carla SanchezArmora at (718) 559-3196. For additional info: metropolitanhospitality.com.
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The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
September 20 at 7 pm • (631) 288-1500 • whbpac.org
There's no question that the personable McCain has become a huge Long Island favorite following past performances in the area. 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 shockingly authentic, 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.
sylum Theatre brings the famed drama, Doubt, to Staller Center's intimate black box Theatre 2 in September to start the Staller Center 2014-2105 season. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by John Patrick Shanley is scheduled for eight performances, September 18 through 21 and 25 through 28, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets to the play are $30 at stallercenter.com, or by calling (631) 632-ARTS . The cast of Doubt includes Steven LantzGefroh as Father Brendan Flynn; Valeri LantzGefroh as Sister Aloysius Beauvier; Nancee Moes as Sister James, and Oya Bangura as Mrs. Muller. Deborah Mayo and Laura Ross-White are codirectors for the production. The play is set in 1964, with Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, taking matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Brendan
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Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. The audience is left to decide what may or may not be true. In his notes in the script, Shanley writes, "Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite – it is a passionate exercise." Asylum Theatre and Staller Center co-produced plays that began the Staller Center season in past years: Kimberly Akimbo by David Lindsay-Abaire in 2013 and The Clean House by
Libana World Music Ensemble Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Westerman Stage, Garden City September 13 at 8 PM • adelphi.edu • (516) 877-4927 From ancient traditions to contemporary creations, from the spiritual to the political, Libana’s global repertoire covers a vast musical spectrum. Making their Adelphi University premiere, Libana will present a fluid repertoire of world music and dance. Smokey Joe's Cafe Featuring The Coasters Tilles Center, Greenvale October 5 at 7 PM • tillescenter.org • (516) 299-2752 The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history features sizzling choreography set to the music by the legendary Leiber and Stoller. Bop along to such hits as “Yakety Yak,” “Poison Ivy,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Stand By Me.” The show also gives area fans The Coasters a chance to hear The Coasters, one of the most legendary vocal groups of our time, who began the act in the 1950s and have never stopped since.
Natalie Merchant Sarah Ruhl in 2012. The Asylum Theatre Company, a group of professional actors, has staged a range of productions over the past decade including The Tempest, which was honored with inclusion into the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Festival. Staller Center brings a colorful mix of artists following the production of Doubt, from the cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer, Wednesday, October 1 in the Recital Hall playing Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Debussy and Adès to acrobats on Main Stage: Cirque Peking – The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, award winning circus performers on Saturday, October 18. The world-renowned Emerson String Quartet performs on Friday, October 24 with Bach and Beethoven on the program. Salsa and Latin Jazz fans can look forward to the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, directed by
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Live & Let Die:A Symphonic Tribute To The Music of Paul McCartney & The Beatles
Madison Theatre, Molloy College, Rockville Centre Edwin McCain September 11 and 12 at 8 PM • madisontheatreny.org Westhampton(516) Beach Performing Arts 678-5000 Center Two nights of the biggest hits in pop history: Beatlemania, Led by a veteran September 20ofatthe 7 Broadway pm • (631)hit288-1500 • Tony Kishman (formerly of Wishbone Ash), Live & whbpac.org Let Die features a four-piece band and a full There's not question that the personable symphony orchestra led by orchestrator and McCain has become a huge Long Island conductor Martin Herman. Featured will be favorite following past performances hit songs from the Beatles catalog, as wellinasthe Paul area. Over two decades, has morphed McCartney’s solo works andMcCain Wings classics. Oscar Hernandez, coming to Staller Center on Saturday, October 25, bringing their New York style to Main Stage. Also upcoming: Momix – Alchemia brings the work of beautiful dancer illusionists to Main Stage, inspired by the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water, on Saturday, November 1. Mike Super – Magic and Illusion brings the celebrity magician to Staller Center on Sunday afternoon, November 9 in a show perfect for all ages. Jazz star, Japanese composer and piano great Hiromi, performs on Saturday, November 15. A concert of chamber music on Wednesday, November 19 known as Starry Nights has become a Staller Center tradition, with artists in residence performing. The November Starry Nights program features the Brahms Quintet for clarinet and strings with Hagai Shaham, violin and Alan Kay, clarinet among the musicians. Classic Broadway songs are on the program with Brian Stokes Mitchell – Simply Broadway on Saturday, November 22. The Broadway star is Mike known for his roles in Super Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate and Ragtime, among others and has dazzled audiences before when he headlined the 2013 Staller Center Gala. On Saturday, December 13, the recording artist and singer Natalie Merchant will perform at Staller Center for the first time. Known for her vocals with the rock band 10,000 Maniacs, Merchant will bring new songs and classics. For more information and tickets, visit stallercenter.com, or call the Staller Center box office at (631) 632-ARTS .
The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters
YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore September 14 at 7 PM • boultoncenter.org (631) 969-1101
This award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger has become a Long Island favorite, blending smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, which is the final component in making her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music. This native of Belgrade (formerly Yugoslavia) is considered by some critics to be one of the finest blues/rock guitarists.
Suffolk Theater, Riverhead September 19 at 8 pm suffolktheater.com (631) 727-4343
Punk, folk, poetry, grit – everything from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to Johnny Rotten can be heard blended in the music of singer/songwriter Billy Bragg. Whether the melodies are songs of protest, political, or romantic, they are full of brutal honesty, which has made Bragg a leading voice in in many genres. If you’re not familiar: In the past, Bragg worked with the punk rock band Riff Raff, and later became an influential solo artist, writing songs of both romantic and political bent that somehow reveal his vast sense of humanity.
Just Booked: Looking Ahead On The Concert Slate
The autumn concert schedule is really heating up; at press time, here were new bookings from all over the area: The area debut of Blood Sweat & Tears featuring their new lead singer, Bo Bice (October 11, Patchogue Theater) … Libana World Music Earthy rocker Willie Ensemble Nile returns to the Adelphi University YMCA Boulton Center Performing27;Arts on September a pair Westerman Rusty ofCenter, rock legends perform Young Stage, at Garden City acoustic the same September 13 at 8 PM • adelphi.edu• (516) venue on September 26, as Rusty Young (Poco) 877-4927 and Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League, Little From traditions Feat) ancient step out on theirto contemporary creations, own … Beautiful from the spiritual to fast the Martina McBride, political, Libana’s global on her way to becoming repertoire covers a vast a legend of country musical spectrum. music, headlines NYCB Interweaving music, dance Theatre Westbury and storyAt from divergent Bo once again on October cultures, Libana’s artistry 9 Bice after wowing a sold-out inspires audiences with house there longbreadth ago… The Space atof our wonder at thenot beauty, and wisdom planet’s diverse yet common humanity. Making Westbury just added former Foreigner lead their Adelphi University singer Lou Gramm on preMartina McBride miere, Libana present November 7 will ... The Darka fluid repertoire of world Star Orchestra returns for music and dance.at The holiday shows Paramount on December 30, and a special New Edwin McCain Year's Eve show on Westhampton Beach December 31.
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By Lloyd Carroll
The World Cup of Maria aria Sharapova used the U.S. Basketball gets a Sharapova Open as an opportunity to fraction of the promote her fledgling confection attention that its company, Sugarpova, to the media. I older soccer cousin asked her if she was planning on gets, but it is making any sugar-free candies for those building momenwho either may be diabetic or merely tum. Joint Chiefs of trying to avoid possible dental Staff General Martin problems. “With a name like Dempsey, whose Sugarpova, I think you have your time has answer,” she replied icily, but seemed understandably to like my question about whether the been monopolized big boys in the candy industry, Mars, planning military Nestle, and Hershey, had approached attacks against ISIS her about acquiring Sugarpova: “I’ve forces in Syria and gotten offers, but this is my baby and Iraq, took a break to I’m not ready to sell.” come to Madison Two fairly new tennis players got Square Garden last publicity boosts in unexpected ways. month before Team Montreal native Eugenie Bouchard was USA played the on the cover of the Sunday New York Dominican Times Magazine the day before the Republic. He Open, while Miami’s Monica Puig was thanked the players chosen by American Express to be part for practicing at of its latest tennis campaign; her West Point and likeness was on the boardwalk that bolstering the connects the 7 Train Station at Willets morale of the Point to Flushing Meadow Park. cadets, and American Express, Asics, Time compared the NBA Warner Cable, and Ralph Lauren were stars to Bob Hope, who brought joy to millions among the many corporations who saw the U.S. of soldiers with his USO-sponsored shows on Open as an excellent way to market themselves to military bases. upscale patrons. The tennis media’s favorite Former St. John’s Red Storm forward Orlando companies, however, were Grey Goose and Sanchez was a part of the Dominican Republic Heineken, since they sponsored the nightly basketball team that played Team USA. To happy hour.
ohn’s A Champion: Elizabeth John of Astoria, captured her first LIGBT championship on August 24 at AMF Garden City Lanes as she rolled a four-bagger to defeat Ken Simpson of Shirley in the championship match, 254243. The talented young right-hander won $1,000 for her victory; Simpson earned $500 for second place, while Scott Kampf ($300) of Levittown finished in third place ... Joe Hatchett won the last summer major and $3,000 at AMF Babylon on August 31. Learn more: ligbtour.com. Unsung Heroes: As we enter the new season of league bowling – and, like every year, await the beginning of the PBA season and collegiate matches – let's take a look at 10 individuals who are helping to advance the sport in various ways. You might not know all of the people on this list, but if you're a serious bowler, you probably should. Chris Schlemmer: Ubiquitous on PBA telecasts, Schlemmer these days is the marketing manager for Roto Grip; in the past, he's served as a pro tour consultant for sister company Storm as well. He's helped numerous pros make proper bowling ball sections during important matches, but anyone who's talk to “Schlem” knows he's serious about every facet of the sport: “Helping bowlers of all skill levels is what I do,” is his published motto. He walks it like he talks it; Schlemmer is a notable presence at ball expos and clinics across the country. He's also becoming quite astute at the microphone; catch his videos for Roto Grip on YouTube.
nobody’s surprise, the Americans won by 43 points. Sanchez more or less admitted that he and his teammates knew that they had no shot playing against a team of NBA all-stars. “I received my degree in sports management and I would like to become a player agent, “ Sanchez added. Former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya was one of the many baseball luminaries at the premiere of the animated film Henry & Me at The Ziegfeld Theater two weeks ago. Minaya is now the senior vice president of the San Diego Padres, and understandably enjoys life in that wonderful Southern California city. Henry & Me is about a boy, Jack, who is fighting pediatric cancer. His spirits are low until he has a dream while under anesthesia that he is meeting a number of past and current prominent New York Yankees players, who inspire him to battle his illness. The “Henry” here is Henry Louis Gehrig (voiced by Richard Gere, who seems to be doing a Kevin Costner impression), who serves as Jack’s guide through Yankees history. The film runs approximately an hour, and it’s based on a children’s book written by Yankees special advisor
Henry & Me By Bob Smith
Photos: Irwin Bergman by Bob Smith; Johnny Petraglia courtesy PBA, LLC; Elizabeth John courtesy LIGBT
John LaSpina: The owner of the Maple Family Centers (these days comprised of Rockville Centre Lanes, Countryside Lanes in Florida, Coram Country Lanes in Coram, Farmingdale Lanes, Maple Lanes in Brooklyn, and JIB Lanes in Flushing), LaSpina and his son, Joe, are masters at taking moribund centers and making them community centers that even non-bowlers enjoy. Of particular note is the amazing change at JIB Lanes, which used to be dank, almost-fogotten bowling alley. Today, it's a clean, modern center; when people return there after not seeing if for years, they marvel at the difference. The LaSpinas not only care about their business, but about the overall health of the sport as well. Irwin Bergman: The former LIUSBC president not only served that position well for years, but acts as league secretary for some of the largest leagues at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park. Here's wishing this classy gentleman all the best after some recent health difficulties. Anthony Martinez: The president of the LIUSBC for the 2014/2015 season, he'll oversee the activities of all sanctioned leagues in this region. Johnny Petraglia: Everyone knows the popular lefty as a PBA Hall of Famer – but in recent years, his new scoring system for the game could serve as a model for proposed changes in the way bowling records are
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tabulated. Used at top women's tournaments a few year back, the Petraglia System doesn’t count total pinfall, but instead counts the number of balls thrown to clear the deck every frame. A strike equals a “1”; most spares would end up with a “2”; splits could leave a “3” or higher. Under this system, the lowest score wins – same game, totally different scoring system. (Do we believe that bowling needs an “easier to understand” scoring system? No – but if the game's leaders ever make a change, this is the type of innovative yet easy-tounderstand system we'd go with.) Vito Genova: His LIYBT tournaments are helping to make serious bowlers out of young Long Island athletes, which is exactly what the sport needs these days. Steve Sanders & Bob Olsen: Their well-organized Long Island Generations Bowling Tournaments (LIGBT) are outstanding events for amateurs, who roll on prostyle patterns and usually have a great time meeting the challenge. Philip Chance: In a sport that typically is being described by some as “fading,” Chance's brainchild, The Underground Bowling Association, mixes some great bowling with an urban, almost pro wrestling-like sensibility. The result? Full houses and loads of fun at their tournaments. Frank Wilkinson: Many area bowlers know him from Rab's Country Lanes in Staten Island – but these days, he's also the national USBC's vice president as well.
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and a longtime confidante of the late George Steinbrenner, Ray Negron. The story is inspirational, and you don’t have to be a Yankees fan to enjoy this film (although it does help). The movie will be released on DVD on September 30. There were many delays in the production of the film – one was caused by Major League Baseball, which reportedly insisted that the filmmakers remove Alex Rodriguez, who voiced himself. Sports is as much a part of the entertainment industry as movies, theater, and the music biz. In
the last few weeks, The Hollywood Reporter featured Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III on its cover, while TV Guide used NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. CBS Sports engineer Ken Aagard, broadcasting network executives David Hill and Steve Bornstein, and the late ABC sportscaster Chris Schenkel will be among the inductees at the 2014 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Awards ceremonies in mid-December in New York City. For years, it seemed almost impossible not to come across Pat O’Brien on television. He was in many ways as ubiquitous as Ryan Seacrest is today. O’Brien hosted countless national pre-game shows for nearly all of the major sports on almost every network. He also hosted the evening syndicated shows “Entertainment Tonight,” “Access Hollywood,” and “The Insider.” Like Seacrest, O’Brien came across as bland, and never met a celebrity that he didn’t fawn over. His cool, debonair on-screen image masked the fact that he was reportedly both an alcoholic and philanderer. Eventually, life in the Los Angeles fast lane eventually cost him his television career, and nearly his life as well. O’Brien has just published his autobiography, I’ll Be Right Back After This: My Memoir (St. Martin’s Press), and he holds nothing back; in it, he lashes out at the vanity and vapidity of many of his female co-hosts, such as Giselle Fernandez, Nancy O’Dell, Shaun Robinson, and Mary Hart. His story truly is a cautionary tale. One of the fun aspects of attending PGA Tour events such as the recently concluded Barclays is being able to pick up tips on improving your game. A company called Pill Golf displayed a modified golf ball that has its right and left edges of the
circumference shaved off so that it looks like a tire. By practicing putting and chipping with it, you can analyze quickly why your ball is breaking right or left. For more information, log onto thepillgolf.com; check out the free tutorial videos, where you can obtain some valuable advice.
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Art Bare Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Cutchogue Through October 20; (631) 734- 8545; AlexFerrone.com An exhibition highlighting evocative images by Michael Edelson and Ann Brandeis. A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to The Retreat Domestic Violence Services, whose mission is to provide safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse, and to break the cycle of family violence.
Photo: B.B. King by Helena Smith
(516) 889-2184; libanjosociety.org All banjo players – beginners, advanced, and professional – are invited to play along at these rehearsals. Music fans are welcome to come and listen; refreshments are available.
Film Screenwriter Disccussion 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. Rock Film Series: Legends Of American Music Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor
Foster Hirsch and a book signing with Victoria Wilson, author of the new biography of star Barbara Stanwyck.
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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.
The Addams Family
Still Life: 1970s Photorealism Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor Through November 9; (516) 484-9337; nassaumuseum.org Works from The Yale University Art Gallery include those by Chuck Close, Audrey Flack, Ralph Goings, Duane Hanson, Malcolm Morley, Ben Schonzeit, Idelle Weber, and more. Children Cinderella BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont September 27 through October 18; (631) 581-2700; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theater Company: The beloved fairy tale returns, portrayed in the just-like-Broadway manner we've grown to expect from the BroadHollow Children's Theatre.
September 19 at 8 pm; (631) 725-9500; baystreet.org Rare film clips featuring Sam Cooke, Staple Singers, Beach Boys, Etta
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;
James, B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Ben Goodman, Billie Holiday, Jerry Garcia, Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, and more, presented by filmmaker Joe Lauro. Double Indemity: 70th Anniversary Celebration Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington September 10 at 7:30 pm; (631) 423-FILM; cinemaartscentre.org CAC celebrates the 70th anniversary of this film classic with guest host
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Call for more information.
Theater I'll Be Back Before Midnight BayWay Arts Center, East Islip September 13 through 28; (631) 581-2700; broadhollow.org. BroadHollow Theatre Company: The award-winning thriller by Peter Colley.
Evita John W. Engeman Theatre at Northport September 18 through November 2; (631) 261-2900; engemantheatre.com Engeman Theatre: The legendary musical based on the life of Eva Person, featuring the standards “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale September 12 through 28; (631) 581-2700;
cmpac.com CM Performing Arts: The wacky comedy smash comes to Long Island.
Play It Again, Sam BroadHollow Theatre, Elmont Through September 14; (631) 581-2700; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theater Company: This revival of the famed Woody Allen comedy moves to BroadHollow Theatre. Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst September 13 through October 18; (516) 775-4420; broadhollow.org BroadHollow Theatre Company: Yet another wild and unpredictable comedy by the prolific Norm Foster.
The Addams Family Gateway Playhouse Through September 13; (631) 286-1133; gatewayplayhouse.org Gateway Playhouse: They're creepy and they're kooky ... and they've invaded Bellport. This nationally touring production has drawn raves at every local stop.
Menopause: The Musical Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts September 20 & 21; (631) 207-1313; patchoguetheatre.com The comedy that millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for more than 10 years.
The Boy From Oz Theatre Three, Port Jefferson September 20 through November 1; (631) 928-9100; theatrethree.com Theatre Three: The Long Island premiere of the story of Australian entertainer Peter Allen, from humble beginnings through his meteoric rise to international fame and celebrity.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
looks blend together seamlessly, and on it goes. Amazingly, despite the glossy-yet-dour comic book feel, this film ranks as one of the most violent movies any mallplex dweller is likely to see – but then again, what's Robert Rodriguez (who directed with Frank Miller, the originator of the graphic novel series) gonna do, focus on trite necessities such as plot and character development? Rodriguez is from the Andy Sidaris school of directing – bullets, bombs, and babes, indeed – and to him, the closer any of his works come to a gruesome EC horror ones from the 1950s, the better. However, not all comics books are good; this film is what Metal Men was to X Men. The message of both Sin City films belies the hopelessness and degradation of the comics series, where the overall theme is to take whatever you can from life before some SOB ribs your heart out with a boat hook. Seems right; in an era where black death metal fans celebrate things like bloody miscarriages in their halfassed tunes, anything goes; anything is game to be laughed at by some. But after an 90 minutes of stylized brutality, the only thing we can ascertain is that Sin City is inhabited by utter losers – and anyone who'd enjoy this can probably be described that way as well. – Cody Bell
Starring Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Jamie Chung, Powers Boothe, Ray Liotta Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films
We will admit it without fear of being labeled sexist, but from her recent interviews, we don't think she'll mind, not even a little: After seeing Jessica Alba in everything from bikinis to far less on the covers of seemingly everything from Entertainment Weekly to Aluminum Siding Monthly, yeah – we were excited to see this second installment of the Sin City series, again based on the graphic novels of the same name. Alba has never looked hotter or more buff, and if she was in an actioner that made her the focal point? Sure; she can't act her way out of a convenience store line, but we'll be darned if we didn't want to see what all the hype was about – even while fully knowing that the first Sin City film wasn't all that much to write home about in the first place. Unfortunately, no letter to dear ol' mom after seeing this one, either. Sin City: A Dame To Kill For follows the same formula as the initial 2005 movie, complete with clichéd dialouge, colors on blackand-white backgrounds, animations where the line between CGI and Mickey Rourke's naturally odd
Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan Directed by Brett Ratner Paramount
Frankly, we still think the greatest Hercules in film history was featured at the dinner table in Eddie Murphy's The Nutty Professor (“My little Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!”). But then again, we had never acquired a taste for this wheezing, barrell-chested, chestnut of a character – actually the subject of a “major motion picture” for the second time during 2014 (the first was the amazing January stink bomb The Legend Of Hercules, a Lionsgate film that received a near-record three percent “fresh” at Rotten Tomaotes while garnering less than $20 million at the domestic box office). This time out, there's a bigger budget, far better actors, and an actual reason to exist: This version of Hercules is actually based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore, which is more logical source material in that the published comic was a bona fide hit. And wonder of wonders: This isn't all BANG! BOOM! POW! as the always welcome former WWE wrestler Johnson makes for the firstever amiable, actually funny-at-times Hercules. Shoot ... now we're getting visions of The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, Columbia's 1962 attempt to merge two hot acts at the time – Hercules in theaters, the Stooges on syndicated TV – into a film that could be a hit at the box office. Unfortunately,
the film suffered from the sprocket-clogging presence of “Curly” Joe DeRita, the weakest “third Stooge” of all time – yet, this underwhelming effort was the comedy trio's most financially rewarding box office film of all time. Even with a lame DeRita and a wooden Hercules in Samson Burke, audiences couldn't stay away.
With the erstwhile “Rock” in the lead role, this can be said for this new version, which landed at number two in its opening weekend, losing out only to the ScarJo sci-fi meller, Lucy: While hack action director Brett Ratner guides this film along with his usual hammy fist, Johnson saves the day while somehow managing to be his usual charming self despite the garish fright wig and various body armors and animal heads he's forced to sport. Another treat is watching Ian McShane (HBO's “Deadwood”) chew up the scenery as the seer Amphiaraus, who also gets off some killer lines. Thank screen writers Ryan Condal and Evan Spiliotopoulos for giving his film the same light touch that Moore always used to. Yes, it's the cast that saves this one, as a horde of heroes comes to the aid of The King of Thrace (Hurt), and let the whacked-out action and quips begin. It's all safe harmless fun – but if you really want some Greek heroism, stop by Greek Family Kitchen in Hollis Hills before or after you see this; get some tzatziki to go with your sword and sorcery. And whatever you do, don't miss barely clad supermodel Irina Shayk's big screen debut. She can't act her way out of a paper bag ... but who's asking her to? – Cody Bell
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Jazz & Blues Johnson’s New Wax: Provogue Records and rock/jazz guitarist Eric Johnson recently released Europe Live, his new in-performance album. Guitar Player Magazine cited Johnson as “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet,” and the reasons why are many. Such primary ones as the lyrical beauty of his playing and compositions, his broad palette of tones, his instrumental agility, breadth and command, and the mesmerizing spell he summons up in concert. The in-concert collection’s 14 tracks draw from throughout Johnson’s career and include two new compositions: The mesmeric “Intro” that opens the set, and the rocker “Evinrude Fever” (that alludes to his love for water skiing and boating). His Grammy-winning instrumental “Cliffs Of Dover” and Grammy-nominated “Zap” are performed as well; other highlights include his soaring, blues-tinged salute to his hometown, “Austin,” and the airy and glistening “40 Mile Town.” Johnson’s lifelong love of jazz and more recent forays into playing it emerges on his nine-and-a-half minute interpretation of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.,” on which bassist Chris Maresh and drummer Wayne Salzmann also step out with power. The song selection ranges from an acoustic guitar rendition of “A Song For Life” which he initially cut on his debut studio album to the ferociously funky “Fatdaddy” from his most recent release, Up Close. Johnson celebrates his side-project Alien Love Child with the harddriving rock workout “Zenland,” and the 11-and-a-half minute multimodal suite “Last House On The Block.” Originally released in 1996, the fan favorite “Manhattan” shines, while a gloriously cinematic rearrangement of “When the Sun Meets the Sky,” titled “Sun Reprise” closes the set. Europe Live was recorded in venues across Johnson’s tour of the continent, with the majority of the
COMEDY album capturing his appearance at Amsterdam’s Melkweg along with selections from two dates in Germany at Die Kantine in Köln and Bochum Zeche and the Paris show at New Morning. Each appearance featured a unique set list, offering Johnson the opportunity to cull this track listing from a wealth of repertoire captured. Although he may be best known as the masterful studio craftsman behind his acclaimed million-plus selling breakout 1990 album Ah Via Musicom and its Top 10 hit “Cliffs Of Dover,” Johnson first made his musical bones and sparked a potent buzz in live performance from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s long before he ever issued an album and was heard on radio. As guitar legend Johnny Winter recalls of seeing Johnson perform back then, “When I first heard Eric, he was only 16, and I remember wishing
By Bob Smith, Who Is Sick Of The Howdy Doody References, Grandpa.
Friday Night Face Off
End-Of-Week Wackos: The popular “Friday Night Face Off” comedy improv series rolls on at Theatre Three in Port Washington; the series resumes on Friday, September 12 at 10:30 pm. Tickets and information: theatrethree.com. “Friday Night Face Off” now ranks as Long Island's longest running improv comedy show. Using audience suggestions, “FNFO” pits two teams of improvisers against each other, in an all-out comedy championship. As Theatre Three describes it:
that I could have played like that at that age.” Over his seven studio albums, Johnson has delivered three Top 10 hits (“Cliffs Of Dover,” “Trademark” and “Righteous”) and two Top 40 singles (“Pavilion” and “High Landrons”). N.A.R.A.S. has celebrated his career with six Grammy nominations. He continues to refine and expand his musical brilliance in his own electric and acoustic tours (playing both guitar and piano), and his recent live collaborations with Mike Stern and slide master Sonny Landreth.
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“Think 'Whose Line Is It Anyway?' on about a dozen Redbulls and completely uncensored. 'FNFO' performs most Friday nights at 10:30 pm downstairs at Theatre Three; tickets are $15 (cash only) at the door, with no advance reservations required. Log on for more information. Stevie Wonder: There are dozens of Long Island-based standup comedy performers, but no one seems to be busier than Stevie G.B., who has had more bookings of late than anyone we can think of; he was at his best during his performace at the Long Island Comedy Festival finale at Theater Three on September 23. Upcoming for the “comedy accountant,” Groucho Marx tribute peformer, and all-around mirthmaker: Performances on September 19 and October 16 at The Patchogue Theater; September 27 at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead; October 19 as one of the “Clean Comedy All-Stars” at The First Presbyterian Church Coffee Café (say that five times fast) in Babylon; November 1 at the Yaphank Firehouse; and those shows are just the tip of the iceberg. Catch up with Stevie G.B. At steviegb.com. Jerry's Back: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has again booked Jerry Seinfeld, who will continue his series through 2016, with tickets now on sale; his first
show is scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend – Saturday, November 29. "I've been coming to Borgata for four years now, and it has become one of my favorites," said Seinfeld, adding, “I'm happy to come back as often as they will have me." Quickie Review – Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: In a nutshell: Show great, everything else ain’t, as Funny Or Die’s recent comedy tour was both a boom and a bust at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on August 22. Certainly, it was a dream lineup of standups on the main stage in Louis C.K., Chris Hardwick, Sarah Silverman, Hannibal Burress, Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Jeffrey Ross, and newcomer Jermaine Fowler, but the mess before the main show started was inexcusable. Those purchasing tickets in advance believed the show began at 5 pm – that’s what was told to them in an email and online weeks earlier – so thousands of fans showed up as early as 3:30 pm. However, only the front part of the amphitheater opened, causing seemingly mile-long lines for entrance, and literally thousands of people packing the beer garden and concession areas for an hour and a half. Why? For some unfathomable reason, admittance to the actual seating area for the main show wasn’t allowed until 6:30 pm, forcing patrons to eat, drink, and listen to the non-stop overamplified meanderings of the astoundingly unfunny Brody Stevens and a handful of other comics nobody paid to see. All of the stars on the main stage when the show actually began at 7 pm were outstanding, but there were so many frazzled patrons by the time the lights went up, we’re suprised we even heard a chuckle. We’re also surprised that Elsie The Cow wasn’t also on the bill, since the audience was certainly treated like cattle.
omedian Lewis Black – easily one of the world’s most popular standups thanks to his hit cable specials and “Back In Black” segments on Comedy Central's “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” – will return to The NYCB Theater in Westbury for not one but two evenings on September 26 and 27. Tickets are now on sale, but you had best make plans early; they're available online at ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at (800)745-3000, or at the Westbury box office located on Brush Hollow Road in Westbury. Black's star has been on the ascent for more than a decade; his super-charged way of venting his righteous indignation about everything from politics to the sheer stupidity of many aspects of modern life has endeared him to millions. Black actually began as a playwright; after trying standup (he was no stranger to his region, preforming at venues such as Jimmy's Comedy Alley in Queens), things started firing on all cylinders following his
The Good Times Interview:
Black Is Back In Westbury 1998 “Comedy Central Presents” appearance; by 2003, his HBO special “Black On Broadway” cemented him as one of the great performers of the modern era. Yet, if you ask Black about it, you can almost hear the shrug. “If you had come up to me at Jimmy's Comedy Alley back then and said this is what my future was going to be like, I would have thought you were insane,” said Black. “I am still stunned by the good fortune that my career has bestowed on me. I have come way further than I ever imagined possible. I have been very lucky.” Luck might have something to do with it, but a lot of hard touring might have more than a little influence on his good fortunes as well. He's been somewhat of a regular at NYCB Theatre at Westbury over the past several years, and he counts the famed theater in the round as one of his favorite places to perform. “I am not blowing smoke, but both John Bowman, my opener and I, love that venue,” said Black. “I love the intimacy of the space. It may have a circular stage but it helps create a space in which there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. Everyone can actually see the expressions on our faces and the acoustics are terrific. And by having to adjust the performance to a circle rather a proscenium, it takes me out of our comfort zone and helps us in creating new and different wrinkles in my act. The audiences there are also incredible. They are as receptive and fun loving and as bitter as anywhere I go in the country. I love performing for them. I am thrilled I get to perform two nights there each year.” Black's comedy special, “Old Yeller,” was first broacast as a pay-per-view special instead of on pay or free cable. Others such as Andrew “Dice” Clay had used such a means in the past; Black noted that it all was for a specific reason. “We couldn't get a deal put together quickly enough with HBO or Comedy Central,” Black explained. “I was hoping the PPV route could get my special seen as quickly as possible. Whenever you shoot a special for HBO or Comedy Central or Showtime, the editing time and the process means the special comes on the air about seven or eight months later, and in my case some of my material loses its immediacy and might seem dated. We didn't reach as many folks as I had hoped. And I'll be looking at other ways to get my shows seen when I think they should be seen, immediately without having to wait.” New or taped, Black's specials are now indelible
to fight to keep us in a time period, almost the 1950s, that has long since passed. The natural changes that have occured over my lifetime has freaked them out. They talk about freedom, but it scares them to death to see it in action. They hold back our intelligence in so many ways. Their fear of science is staggering. But like the dinosaurs that they seem to be like, they will pass from the earth. And we shall move on. And we will be better for it. We won't end up eating dog food, but you may have to fight to eat something other than vegetables.” Black, like virtually all comedy fans, is still dealing with the shock of losing Robin Williams, a contemporary that he was involved with professionally in the past. “I knew Robin,” said Black. “We weren't close, but he meant the world to me. Working and spending time with him was as joyous as it was inspirational. His confidence in my humor made me more confident in my work. His invitation to join him on two USO Christmas Tours was life changing. I was a huge fan of his, as a comic, as an actor and as a person. His generosity was astonishing. I will miss him terribly.”
Interview by Bob Smith; photos (cover and article) by Clay McBride
in the minds of comedy fans across the nation – particuarly “Black On Broadway,” the 2003 HBO special that now is a comedy landmark. “It was incredibly special to me, because I had felt that as far as my specials went I had entered the big leagues,” said Black. “It was a dream to play Broadway and to have my parents out there. I had been a playwright for a long time and was hoping I would have a play go up there. So it meant a lot to me. It's a show I am very proud of.” Of course, Black's rants on the polticially charged “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” are can't miss TV for comedy fans. Yet, the more Black raves about politics in his act, the worse things seem to get in Washington. Can anything be done before we're all eating dog food in our seventies? “I believe we are better than our leadership has been for quite some time,” said Black. “I think our better nature will prevail. I think we live in a time period in which a group of idiots are trying
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Tuesday, September 9
Open Mic hosted by Mike Dorio Jack Halyards American Bar & Grill (Oyster Bay) Tribal Hoop Jam & Drum Circle hosted by Sammi Hoop Lafayette Boulevard (Long Beach) Acoustic/Electric Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors Connolly Station (Malverne) JDL Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Jazz Jam Session Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) Long Island Rock Unplugged K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) The Grand Central/DJ Cowboy Ben-E The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Suffolk
Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by David Jon Paisley 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Acoustic Open Mic One Main (Babylon) John Edward The Paramount (Huntington) Tuesday Night Live: George Cintron & Bobby Rondinelli Katie's of Smithtown The Cogs Singles Open Jam Gator Blue (East Islip) Jimi Hendrix: Rock Legends Live Film Series Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington) The People's Open Mic Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Open Mic with Dan Acosta & DJ HarryOke The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook)
Your Guide To Local Events Open Mic with Shaun Lally Flanagan's Pub (Ronkonkoma) Open Mic Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Paul Mahos Dockers Waterside (East Quogue) Industry Night Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Ward Cloughen Shandon Court (East Islip) NYC/Queens
(Bellmore) Fred The Human iPod The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Jerry Costanzo And His Trio Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic w/"Big Daddy" John Struck:The Homestead (Oyster Bay) Open Mic w/The Night Owls Band Phat Daddy's (Oceanside) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam w/Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo The Breakers Blues To Blackstreet - September 12 (Bayville)
Beyond The Wall (Pink Floyd Tribute) B.B. King's (NYC) Justin Townes Earle Stage 48 (NYC) Rachel Lynne Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) Treme (Islip) Banks Rough Trade NYC Suffolk Karen O McKittrick Hotel (NYC) Caleb Hawley Mercury Lounge (NYC) Cassandra House Bobbique (Patchogue) Amy Grant City Winery (NYC) The Cogs Singles Open Jam The
Wednesday, September 10 Nassau
Blues Jam w/Joe Vicino Band Sunset Grill (Seaford) Wonderous Stories K.J. Farrell's
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Stadium (Bohemia) Garet Newman's Jazz Jam East End Republican Club (Sayville) Open Blues/Jazz Jam Park Avenue Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Open Jam w/Ed The Hat & Friends The Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. Quogue East Pub (East Quogue)
Open Mic hosted by Kyle Fitzpatrick BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Game Night Katie's of Smithtown Acoustic Artist Tom Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) Rattlesnake Dawn The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Sarah Conway & The Playful Souls/Swift Technique Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) NYC/Queens
The Spirit Animal Mercury Lounge (NYC) Reza Khan Zinc Bar (NYC) Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Steve Winwood Madison Square Garden (NYC) Metalfier/Avatar/Beyond Visable Webster Hall (NYC) Karen O McKittrick Hotel (NYC) Nick Waterhouse Rough Trade NYC The Red Hot Chili Pipers B.B. King's (NYC)
Thursday, September 11
Classic Rock & Blues Jam w/Curt Arnel & Friends: Callahan's (East Meadow) Jazz Jam Wickers Club (Hicksville) Open Mic Night Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Jazz Night: Marty Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith Viana Hotel & Spa (Westbury) Jazz & Sushi Night Allegria Hotel (Long Beach)
Calendar Live Band Karaoke/F.M. (Steely Dan Tribute) K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Open Mic Night Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin) Open Mic Night Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Acoustic Open Mic with Frank Walker Sunset Grill (Seaford) Woody Mack R.S. Jones (Merrick) Open Mic Night Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Salsa Night Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Karaoke with DJ Joey Mongoose Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa) Suffolk
Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian Lefty's (Lindenhurst) The Scofflaws Declan Quinn’s (Bay Shore) Karaoke The Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Hawthorne Heights Revolution (Amityville) Mobb Deep Emporium (Patchogue) Gerry Finlay Shandon Court (East Islip) Latinology Treme (Islip) Syncrosanct Bobbique (Patchogue) NYC/Queens
Sylvian Esso Rough Trade NYC Man Or Astro-Man? Mercury Lounge (NYC) Katchafire B.B. King's (NYC) Beginning Of Fortune Blackthorn 51 (Elmhurst) Charlotte OC Slipper Room (NYC) Analytical Symmetry Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) Nik Turner's Hawkwind Webster Hall
Your Guide To Local Events (NYC) The Parlor Mob Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Cassadee Pope Irving Plaza (NYC) Bell X1 City Winery (NYC)
Tom Rush/Vance Gilbert Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Mumbo Jumbo/Johnny Irish Declan Friday, September 12 Quinn’s (Bay Shore) Body & Soul/ Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) Something (Acoustic Beatles Tribute) Nassau Shandon Sinbad NYCB Court (East Theatre at Islip) Westbury Undercover Billboard Live Farrell's Of /Rolling Brooklyn Stoned K.J. (West Islip) Farrell's Tommy Duck (Bellmore) Swept Away Kamellot/ (Bay Shore) Young Rebel Jellyband Goombas Grey Horse Hudsons On Tavern Big Shot - September 13 The Mile (Bayport) (Freeport) Mulcahys Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Big Shot Down & Dirty (Billy Joel Band Caracara Mexican Grill Tribute) Emporium (Patchogue) (Farmingdale) Los Dos FatFish (Bay Shore) The Wild Ones/Touch The Nutty Blues To Black Street Treme (Islip) Irishman (Farmingdale) DJ Sparky/Uppercut The Nutty Peat Moss & The Fertilizers Mulcahys Irishman (Bay Shore) Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Lisa Polizzi Band Bobbique (Patchogue) Carrie McQuade R.S. Jones (Merrick) The Alternative/Mind Riot/Unglued 89 Nevada Rose Vibe Lounge (Rockville North Music Venue (Patchogue) Centre) Abbafab Suffolk Theater (Riverhead) It Dies Today Revolution (Amityville) Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Fivestone Memories (Williston Park) NYC/Queens Generations/Barry Waller Reel (East
Heathen McKittrick Hotel (NYC) Goodnight, Texas Mercury Lounge (NYC) Dog Fashion Disco Webster Hall (NYC) Jerome Sabbagh Quartet Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) Leslie West/Utopia Featuring Jillionaire B.B. King's (NYC) Trampled By Turtles Terminal 5 (NYC) Christopher Cross City Winery (NYC) Parachute Irving Plaza (NYC) Mike Stud Best Buy Theater (NYC) Luke Bryan Madison Square Garden (NYC)
Saturday, September 13 Nassau
The Charlie Daniels Band/New Riders Of The Purple Sage/Molly Hatchet NYCB Theatre at Westbury 100 Proof Band Reel (East Rockaway) Man Down/Fullhouse The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Russ Seeger & Friends R.S. Jones (Merrick) Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Kerry Kearney Band/Butchers Blind The Hub (Island Park) The Retros Mulcahys Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Rockin 45s Memories (Williston Park) The Dollyrots Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre) Westbury Street Fair Post Avenue (Westbury) Farmingdale Music Festival Caracara
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Calendar Mexican Grill (Farmingdale) Somerton Suitcase Pajama Party Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Liverpool Shuffle (Beatles Tribute)/Desert Highway (Eagles Tribute) K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Something Fresh/Therapy Hudsons On The Mile (Freeport) Jerry DeMeo Jack Halyards (Oyster Bay) Deja Blue Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa) Suffolk
Steely Dan The Paramount (Huntington) The Savoy Swing Band St. Sylvester’s Center (Medford) Loudon Wainwright III Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Joseph & Friends Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Acoustic Dave Swept Away (Bay Shore) Rock The House Farrell's Of Brooklyn (West Islip) Mickey B's Oldies Fall Spectacular Patchogue Theatre The Cara Band Shandon Court (East Islip) Cousin Fungus /Jellyband /Woodfish 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Lil Cliff & The Cliffhangers FatFish (Bay Shore) Blue Roots Band Treme (Islip) Grown The Empire Revolution (Amityville) Bandrew All-Stars Declan Quinn’s (Bay Shore) The Hip Swayers Unitarian Society (Bay
Your Guide To Local Events Shore) Harborfest All-Star Comedy: Marina Franklin/Akaash Singh/Nicky K/Giulio Gallarotti/Joseph Vecsey Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor) Mick Hargreaves & The King Guys Bobbique (Patchogue) The Drifters Suffolk Theater (Riverhead) Boy Meets World Revolution (Amityville) Green Machine/45 RPM The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Liz Queler & Seth Fowler/Rubix Cube Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) NYC/Queens
The Blackfires Mercury Lounge (NYC) Spirit & Harmony Festival: Roy Ayers/Freddie McGreggor/Wummi/Chino Roy Wilkins Park (Queens) Ritz Reunion: Bill Popp & The Tapes/Coby Koehl/Stafe/Sic F*ucks R Bar (NYC) Pinback/Tera Melos Irving Plaza (NYC) Gemma Ray Rough Trade NYC Savoy Terminal 5 (NYC) Natalie Merchant Beacon Theatre (NYC) Natalie Cressman Drom (NYC) Spherea Blackthorn 51 (Elmhurst) Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban New Quintet Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) The Members Webster Hall (NYC) Roger Cline & The Peacemakers B.B. King's (NYC) The Eagles Madison Square Garden (NYC) Greensky Bluegrass Gramercy Theatre (NYC)
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Sunday, September 14 Nassau
Laia Kay Band/CL Quartet/Ship Of Fools Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Challenger Baseball Autism Benefit Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Pitbull/Enrique Iglesias Nassau Coliseium (Uniondale) Merrick Fall Festival Weekend R.S. Jones (Merrick) Gerry & The Pacemakers /Chad & Jeremy/Billy J. Kramer /Mike Pender's Searchers/ Denny Laine NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Traditional Irish Music Shandon Court (East Islip) NYC/Queens
Songs Of Love & Revolution: Bettye Lavette/Dana Fuchs/Lucy Kaplansky/Tom Chapin/Garland Jeffreys/Guy Davis City Winery (NYC) A Decade Of Soul (Lucille's) B.B. Kings's (NYC) Open Mic with Anthony Gibney Diving Bell (Sunnyside) Jane Ira Bloom Cornelia Street Cafe Suffolk (NYC) Liverpool Shuffle - September 13 Crowbar K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) The Bob Gramercy Lepley Bebop Theatre Band Treme (Islip) (NYC) Open Mic Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Judy Charmichael The American Hotel Monday, September 15 (Sag Harbor) Long Island Battle Of The Bands Revolution (Amityville) Nassau Steely Dan The Paramount (Huntington) Industry Night Allegria Hotel Ana Popovic Boulton Center (Bay Shore) (Long Beach) Peter Mayer, Scott Kirby, & Brendan Open Mic & Jam Hosted by Kenny Mayer Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Forgione & Friends Iain Matthews/Butchers Blind K.J. Farrell's University Cafe (Stony Brook University)
Your Guide To Local Events
NYC/Queens Open Mic Comedy Show Fin's Pub Marco Benevento Mercury Lounge (Oakdale) (NYC) Musicians Night Hosted by Gil McLean Clean Bandit Shandon Court (East Islip) /Movits! Open Mic with Dave Drew The Bartini /M.A.K.U. Soundsystem Bar (Babylon) Webster Hall (NYC) Open Mic Night w/Kenn Village John Mayall City Winery (NYC) Lanterne Dita Von Teese (LindenGramercy hurst) Theatre (NYC) Comedy Little Daylight Hosted by Rough Trade Adam D. NYC Parsons Philip Phillips Revolution Best Buy (Amityville) Theater (NYC) Open Mic Maria Night w/The Manousaki House Quartet Wreckers Cornelia Street Savoy - September 13 /Jeff Leblanc Cafe (NYC) Terminal 5 (NYC) Stephen B.B. King Talkhouse Blues Club All-Stars (Lucille's) B.B. (Amagansett) King's (NYC) NYC/Queens
Nick Grinder Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) Jam with Richie Cannata The Bitter End (NYC) Jim Caruso's Cast Party Birdland (NYC) Sucre/The Honey Trees Webster Hall (NYC) August Alsina Irving Plaza (NYC) Open Jazz Jam Session Kitano New York Hotel (NYC) Stand Of Oaks Rough Trade NYC Accept Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Ocean Carolina Mercury Lounge (NYC) Puya B.B. King's (NYC) John Mayall City Winery (NYC)
Tuesday, September 16 Nassau
Open Mic hosted by Mike Dorio Jack Halyards American Bar & Grill (Oyster Bay) Acoustic/Electric Open Mic hosted by The Reflectors Connolly Station (Malverne) Songwriters Roundtable hosted by 42 nd & Nelson K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Rattlesnake Dawn/DJ Cowboy Ben-E The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Jazz Jam Session Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park) JDL Paddy's Loft (Massapequa) Suffolk
Paul Mahos Dockers Waterside (East Quogue) Ward Cloughen Shandon Court (East Islip) Acoustic Open Mic Nite hosted by David Jon Paisley 50 Yard Line (West Babylon) Tuesday Night Live: George Cintron & Bobby Rondinelli Katie's of Smithtown Open Mic with Shaun Lally Flanagan's Pub (Ronkonkoma) The Cogs Singles Open Jam Gator Blue (East Islip) Open Mic with Dan Acosta & DJ Harry Oke The Thirsty Scholar (Holbrook) Open Mic Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James)
Wednesday, September 17 Nassau
Fred The Human iPod The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Blues Jam with The Joe Vicino Band Sunset Grill (Seaford) Donny Celenza & Nina Gordon Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Jerry Costanzo And His Trio Don Lorenzo's Restaurant and Lounge (Glen Cove) Open Mic w/The Night Owls Band Phat Daddy's (Oceanside) Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park) Open Mic with "Big Daddy" John Struck The Homestead (Oyster Bay) Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Jam with Mike Nugent and Ian Petillo The Breakers (Bayville) 45 RPM K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk
The Cogs Singles Open Jam The Stadium (Bohemia) Acoustic Artist Tom Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) Garet Newman's Jazz Jam East End Republican Club (Sayville) Dijon/2/3 Goat/Spinn/PGP Revolution (Amityville) Suzanne Vega Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Whiskey Road The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Vintage Val & Paul Gilmore Bobbique (Patchogue) Open Blues/Jazz Jam Park Avenue Studios/Briggs Music (Huntington) Welcome Home/Bienvenido a Casa Patchogue Theatre Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. Quogue East Pub (East Quogue) Open Mic hosted by Kyle Fitzpatrick BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Linda Sabosto Bistro 72 at Hotel Indigo (Riverhead) Open Jam w/Ed The Hat & Friends The Diamond Club (Ronkonkoma) NYC/Queens
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BEER & SPIRITS Tickets are on sale for the seventh International Great Beer Expo at Belmont Racetrack in Elmont on November 8. The Expo is quickly becoming known as a hot ticket for beer lovers in Long Island. More than 50 breweries from around the world showcase more than 100 of their latest craft brews in two sessions. America’s best breweries, including local Long Island favorites such as Blue Point and Great South Bay, will be showcased along with breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and more. The pay-one-price admission includes a five-ounce souvenir tasting glass and the opportunity to try samples from around the world. There is water and food available to stay well-nourished and hydrated, as well as special demonstrations that are sure to please beer drinkers who want to learn more about the art of brewing. The beer seminars are always informative and entertaining segments, and the timed releases give guests the chance to sample exclusive beers brewed just for the Expo. Portions of ticket sales benefit The Beer For Brains Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization that raises awareness about brain cancer and funds research for a cure. Designated drivers are eligible for reduced admission ticket; event volunteers on Friday earn free admission on Saturday. For more information, visit greatbeerexpo.com, or call (631) 9407290. Long Ireland Brewing Company is becoming one of the most prominent breweries in this region . The company was founded by beer lovers Greg Martin and Dan Burke, who decided to try home
By Peter Mancini brewing on a whim. Their famous handcrafted Celtic Ale put the company on the craft beer map in 2009, and they have been expanding their reach ever since. They plan to celebrate the perennial beer holiday, St. Patrick's Day, with a “Halfway To St. Patty's Day” celebration at their tasting room in International Riverhead on Great Beer Expo September 20. From 1 to 6pm, beer lovers will be treated to the latest creations from Long Ireland, which has recently expanded its lineup to include seasonal ales. Free admission, food, and live music make this
Calendar Billy Bragg City Winery (NYC) Avant B.B. King's (NYC) Dita Von Teese Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Billy Joel Madison Square Garden (NYC) Marco Benevento Rough Trade NYC Senses Fail Webster Hall (NYC) Jean Rohe Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) How To Dress Well Irving Plaza (NYC) Lia Ices Mercury Lounge (NYC) Thursday, September 18 Nassau
Classic Rock & Blues Jam with Curt Arnel & Friends Callahan's (East Meadow) Jazz Jam Wickers Club (Hicksville) Fabtalbo R.S. Jones (Merrick) Bubbles & Oysters: VIP Lounge Event NYCB Theatre at Westbury Brian McGeough Grillfire (Merrick) Jazz Night: Marty Phillips/Daryl Pooser/Bill Smith Viana Hotel + Spa (Westbury) Jazz & Sushi Night Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Chris D'Elia The Space at Westbury Live Band Karaoke/Tuesday Afternoon (Moody Blues Tribute) K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Karaoke The Blue Parrott (Massapequa) Open Mic Night Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin) Open Mic Night w/Mike Longo Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Acoustic Open Mic with Frank Walker Sunset Grill (Seaford) Salsa Night Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Open Mic Night Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Karaoke with DJ Joey Mongoose Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa) Suffolk
event a choice outing for those looking to sample fine craft beer from a fine brewery. For more information, visit longirelandbeer.com, or call (631) 403-4303. Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine brings its awardwinning craft beer to one of Long Island's finest brew pubs with a tap takeover at K.J. Farrell's in Bellmore on September 21. Featured brews include Monkey Fist IPA, Pumpkinhead Ale, Export Ale, and Sea Dog Blueberry on draft. Shipyard tap takeovers are always memorable; their Sunday football-themed parties include a photo booth, free samples, and the opportunity to score free merchandise. As per usual at K.J. Farrell's, expect fine live music to provide a soundtrack for what is sure to be an exceptional afternoon. For more information, visit kjfarrells.com, or call (516) 804-9925. Brewer-friendly legislation has made New York State a haven for craft beer – and Long Island is clearly its epicenter.
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Acoustic Open Mic with Dave Christian Lefty's (Lindenhurst) Gerry Finlay Shandon Court (East Islip) Elton In The Lobby: Live In The Lobby Fundraiser Patchogue Theatre Bottoms Up Emporium (Patchogue) Open Mic Zebra Club (Copiague) Slaid Cleaves Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Syncrosanct Bobbiquie (Bay Shore) Miles To Dayton/Anna Dagmar Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington) Con The Villain Revolution (Amityville) Sly Geralds Trio Treme (Islip) NYC/Queens
Dita Von Teese Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Gil Parris B.B. King's (NYC) Alfio Cutting Room (NYC) Vinnie Sperrazza Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) The Eagles Madison Square Garden (NYC) Jarflower/Dishwalla Blackthorn 51 (Elmhurst) Pink Martini Beacon Theatre (NYC) Justina Valentine Webster Hall (NYC) King Crimson Best Buy Theater (NYC) Hiss Golden Messenger Rough Trade NYC Bronco Mercury Lounge (NYC) Billy Bragg City Winery (NYC)
Friday, September 19
Luca Brazi/Blue Tattoo Mr. Beery's
Your Guide To Local Events (Bethpage) Satisfaction: A Tribute To The Rolling Stones Mulcahys Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Bridges & Powerlines Vibe Lounge (Rockville Centre) Jan Slow R.S. Jones (Merrick) Tony K & Boardwalk Memories (Williston Park) Harpeth Rising Our Times Coffee House at Ethical Humanist Society (Garden City) Joy Behar NYCB Theatre at Westbury Brian McGeough Jack Halyards (Oyster Bay) Ninedeeznite/45 RPM The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Riptide Blues Bandn Swiss Tavern (Lynbrook) Disco 54 Band The Patio (Freeport) Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Wonderous Stories/Soul Cages (Police Tribute) K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Suffolk
Star Boxing The Paramount (Huntington) Stiffler's Mom/Somethin' Fresh Emporium (Patchogue) The Hackensack Men & The Trenton Horns/Charity Benefit Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Robert Randolph/Tonic/Toby Lightman /Paul McDonald Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Rattlesnake Dawn Farrell's of Brooklyn (West Islip) Down & Dirty Band Black & Blue (Huntington) Star Trouper Zebra Club (Copiague) Rock & Roll University Band Showcase Bobbique (Patchogue) Frank & Eric Swept Away (Bay Shore) Howie Seal & The Neighborhood Shandon Court (East Islip) Rob Balone FatFish (Bay Shore) Blindside Tackle Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) DJ Sparky/Tradewinds The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) I Ignite Even Flow (Bay Shore) Chris Antonik Band Treme (Islip) O El Amor/Captain Jack 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Billy Bragg Suffolk Theater (Riverhead) John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Comedy Night Patchogue Theatre Turnover Amityville Music Hall Vetstock: All-Day Music Benefit For War Veterans Declan Quinn’s (Bay Shore) The Long Island Banjo Society VFW Hall (Copiague) NYC/Queens
Stromae Terminal 5 (NYC) The Cave Singers Mercury Lounge (NYC) Rusted Root B.B. King’s (NYC) King Crimson Best Buy Theater (NYC) Tedeschi Trucks Band Beacon Theatre (NYC) Bane Webster Hall (NYC) The Replacements Forest Hills Stadium (Queens) Cher/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Madison Square Garden (NYC) Dita Von Teese Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Robin Verheyen NY Quartet Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC) Metronomy/Dawn Golden Irving Plaza (NYC) Wesley Stace's Cabinet Of Wonders City Winery (NYC)
Your Guide To Local Events
Saturday, September 20 Nassau Halfstep (Grateful Dead)/45 RPM K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Joe Sanders Birthday Party Show: Joyce Nancy/Joe Sanders & The Reeves Avenue Revue/Sick Sticks/Rice Cultivation Society Mr. Beery's (Bethpage)
Stromae Terminal 5 (NYC) Leprous Webster Hall (NYC) Cher/Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Madison Square Garden (NYC) Charles Aznavour The Theater at Madison Square Garden (NYC) Stiff Little Fingers Irving Plaza (NYC)
Sunday, September 21
42nd & Nelson R.S. Jones (Merrick) Dick Fox's Doo Wop Extravaganza: Jay Siegel & The Tokens/The Tymes/The
Justina Valentine - September 18 Webster Hall (NYC) Harptones/Little Peggy March/The Eternals NYCB Theater at Westbury New York State Of Mind Caracara Mexican Grill (Farmingdale) Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Randy Jackson Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa) Push/The Stanton Anderson Band The Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Chosen Few Memories (Williston Park) Plunge Mulcahys Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh)
Suffolk Nine Days/ Dishwalla/ Stroke 9 The Paramount (Huntington) CD Release Party Zebra Club (Copiague) Man Day Pennysaver Amphitheatre (Farmingville) Johnny A Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Out Of The Blue Swept Away (Bay Shore) The Cara Band Shandon Court (East Islip) Lisa Polizzi Band Lily Flanagan’s (Islip) Us & Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute) Revolution (Amityville) Classic Rewind Bobbique (Patchogue) Over 40 Contemporary Dance Clarion Hotel (Ronkonkoma) Chris & Eddie Duo FatFish (Bay Shore) Todd Wolfe Band Treme (Islip) Easy Chief Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Down & Dirty Band Farrell's Of Brooklyn (West Islip) 12X/Rockin' 45s The Nutty Irishman (Bay Shore) Edwin McCain Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Freebird/Seven Turns 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Open Mic hosted by Foreverman & Joe Brown Mug's Pub (Smithtown) Black & Sparrow/Rubix Cube Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) NYC/Queens
Yacht Mercury Lounge (NYC) Asia B.B. King's (NYC) Everyone Orchestra Cutting Room (NYC) Rhett Miller City Winery (NYC) Dita Von Teese Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Avi Buffalo/Justin Currie/The Cave Singers Rough Trade NYC King Crimson Best Buy Theater (NYC) Tedeschi Trucks Band Beacon Theatre (NYC)
Carolyn Harding Trio: Jazz Brunch Diletto's Restaurant (Westbury) Creme de la Femme Vibe Lounge (Rockville
Centre) Skeedle Bros. 3.0 K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore) Tree House Studios Open Mic Ziggy's Corner (Massapequa) Suffolk Traditional Irish Music Shandon Court (East Islip) Fortunate Youth Revoluton (Amityville) Brian Gallo Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Stitches Amityville Music Hall Slang Treme (Islip) Open Mic Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) NYC/Queens
King Crimson Best Buy Theater (NYC) 2014 Underground Music Awards B.B. King's (NYC) Bunbury Beacon Theatre (NYC) Phil Lesh & Friends Forest Hills Stadium (Queens) Megaton De Polito Vega Madison Square Garden (NYC) The Everymen/Everest Cale Mercury Lounge (NYC) KIT Webster Hall (NYC)
Monday, September 22
Open Mic & Jam hosted by Kenny Forgione K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Industry Night Allegra Hotel (Long Beach) Out Of The Weeds Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh)
Open Mic Comedy Show Fin's Pub (Oakdale) Open Mic with Dave Drew The Bartini Bar (Babylon) Open Mic Night w/Kenn Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst) Musicians Night Hosted by Gil McLean Shandon Court (East Islip) Open Mic Night w/The House Wreckers/Donovan Frankenreiter Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett)
CASINOS & RESORTS
By Peter Mancini
Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City welQueens' Resorts World Casino offers comes pop legends Jay & The Americans top-notch entertainment and gaming that’s close to home. The venue’s lineup on September 11. Led Zeppelin tribute this month doesn’t disappoint, as there’s act Get The Led Out performs September something for everyone: The casino’s 13. The Platters bring their legendary longstanding “Tribute Night R&B and soul sounds to the stage on Wednesdays” features some of the hottest cover acts in the area, with U2 Nation headlining on September 10, and The B Street Band performs classic Bruce Springsteen hits on September 17. Those who think they can dance can attend “An Evening of Ballroom Dancing” on September 12, while laugh-a-holics can attend a comedy show and fundraising drive on The Fabulous Thunderbirds At Mohegan Sun September 13 featuring A.G. White, Marshall Brandon, Kenny September 18; country music legend Williams, Stephanie McCrae, and other Willie Nelson plays September 19 in supurban standups. New Legends Boxing port of two records and a new book entipresents “International Fight Night” on tled Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I September 20. A live deejay spins every Die. For more information, visit harrahSaturday, and there are different local sresort.com, or call (609) 441-5000. and national bands playing every night Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City is of the week. For more information, visit well known for its eclectic choices in rwnewyork.com or call (718) 215-2828. entertainment. Country music star Travis Tritt plays September 13 in support of his Foxwoods Resort Casino in new album, The Calm After. September Connecticut boasts a lineup sure to 20 sees Asylum Fight League return to please fans of standup comedy. Julian the Xanadu Lounge, with multi-platinum McCullough plays a string of three Philippine singer The B Street Gary V in the main Band theatre. For more At Resorts World information, visit Casino trumptaj.com, or call (609) 449-1000. Rising folk-rock group The Lone Bellow plays Mohegan Sun in Connecticut on September 12, while comedian Kevin James brings his show to the arena stage the next day. New York Yankees outfielder turned jazz guitarist Bernie shows from September 11 through 13, Williams plays The Wolf Den at while “Everyone Loves Raymond” star Mohegan Sun on September 20, and The Brad Garrett brings his act to the stage Fabulous Thunderbirds play September on September 12. Russian comedian 21. “Restaurant Week” hits Mohegan Sun Yakov Smirnoff makes a rare stateside from September 14 to 19. For more appearance on September 17, while Pete information, visit mohegansun.com, Correale is booked for three shows from or call (888) 226-7711. September 18 through 20. NBC Fight Night presents Thabiso "The Rock" DJ Juicy M Mchunu in a 10-round battle against At Foxwoods Garrett "The Ultimate Warrior" Wilson on September 20. Psychic medium Matt Frasier plies his trade on September 21. Up-and-coming female star DJ Juicy M plays an EDM set on September 23. For more information, visit foxwoods.com, or call (860) 312-3000. Steely Dan makes a rare Atlantic City concert appearance at Caesars on September 12. After the band stopped touring in 1974, they surprised the music world and delighted their fans by returning to the stage in the 1990s, and have been touring ever since. Their mix of R&B and jazz-influenced grooves with esoteric songwriting has made them a cult favorite worldwide. For more information, visit caesarsac.com, or call (609) 348-4411.
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by Richard Joseph Branciforte
Well, needless to say, this weekend was one hell of a weekend. After 3 days of classes, I went back home for my yearly attendance at the Electric Zoo festival; one that I am all too familiar with. Having gone the last 2 years, it is interesting to see how the festival changes each year. I’d have to say, I think overall the festival definitely has seen its high point this year. I’m not saying it’s going to go down, but if they can keep the quality of the festival the same as this year (or even make it better), the other festivals will have some serious competition. I just want to get this out of the way for people who are wondering or are being critical of the festival: safety and security was the best I’ve seen it. EZoo added “Zookeepers”, which are people walking around to help you out with anything you need. Free water was plenty and camelbaks were eventually allowed in. Unfortunately, the third day of EZoo was cancelled mid-day due to severe thunderstorms (trust me, it was like a monsoon). It was out of the hands of EZoo as a national weather flood warning was issued for the area and NYPD got involved and had the whole place evacuated. It sucks because EZoo really reacted to what happened last year and stepped up their safety game tremendously, but had some bad luck with the weather. With that out of the way, it’s time to get into the meat and bones of the festival. Stage design and lighting were off the charts. Great job. I commend anyone involved in the design, lighting, or visual crews and these were some of the best have seen yet. I am also referring more heavily to the main stage. The setup made it look like the NYC skyline behind the DJ. And went the sun went down, everything got crazy; from the intense visuals, the cloud-like lasers, and the abundance of very fast moving, very colorful assortment of lights on the stage. They was such a vast variety of lights that it was able to coincide with whatever feeling the music was evoking. Truly, well done. In terms of the actual lineup, Electric Zoo killed it. For a festival that is only 6 years old, EZoo is bringing in such a large quantity of top name artists that it is incredible. I, myself, am not a “main stage artist” fanatic and tend to spend my time in the smaller stages amongst the trap and dubstep DJs. With that
Photos courtesy of Electric Zoo
being said, I did make my way around to the main stages and even to the allvinyl stage throughout the weekend
to pick a few acts that I really liked, I would definitely put MAKJ, A Trak, Zomboy, Keys N Krates, Pegboard
keys N krates
Makj and was thoroughly impressed. As a DJ myself, I always notice the quality of the mixing of the artist and that was on point for sure. The mixing of all the songs was impressive. If I had
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Nerds, Zedd, and Milo and Otis. The reason I picked these was because of their song choice and ability to keep the crowd in a high-energy state the whole performance. A Trak, having
won the DMC World Championships at age 15, is an incredible vinyl DJ and knows how to scratch like a master, working that into his set and getting the crowd going. I was especially drawn to Keys N Krates due to the fact that they play hese trap and hip-hop songs live and mash them up on the spot. With a drummer, a keyboard player, and a vinyl DJ, Keys N Krates are able to really give the crowd a one of a kind performance. Which leads me to my interview with them… These guys are easily one of my favorite, if not my favorite, interview to date. They are all just so laid back and down to earth guys that I had a great time speaking with them. They started out just jamming with regular drums, keyboard, and a DJ and then it just progressed from there, adding more keyboards, more hardware and eventually evolved to form Keys N Krates. With the release of their new EP and the single off of it, “Are We Faded”, they are definitely stepping up to the plate and trying to make themselves known to the EDM world. “We try and treat it like it’s a concert and like we’re a band…. We try to have a different feel to it, make it more musical, have more vibey parts and some stuff you wouldn’t expect, like broken up tempos and stuff.” It’s always cool to see an act to take their musical background and combine it into their performances and you can clearly see the positive effects of doing that when watching the group live. To get to that level, however, they spend a lot of time looking for samples that are the perfect match for the feel they are trying to achieve. “There’s some shit that I hear that we worked out and I just can’t believe what it used to be like… We take stuff and pitch it up so it sounds like a girl’s voice but it came from the roughest, soulful male’s voice in the original sample.” It’s things like that, which separate the good from the great in my opinion. For their upcoming EP they went for a feel in which “you don’t have to be at a rave to listen to the songs. You can listen to them at home.” They’re the type of act I would go and see again and again. With that being said, I had an amazing time and can’t wait for next year. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions, comments, or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep raging, my friends!
WHEELS & DEALS
Hot Artists & Events Rocking The Area Scene
Photo: Jesse Kinch courtesy ABC
Matthews & Blind: Big Evening In Stony Brook
Iain Matthews, a founding member of Fairport Convention, plays The University Café on Sunday, September 14 at 7 pm, with fastrising area group Butchers Blind opening the concert with an acoustic set. Matthews, a founding member (with Richard Thompson, Sandy Denny, and others) of the influential folk/rock band Fairport Convention, will be accompanied by guitarist Jim Fogarty for this performance. Long Island’s Butchers Blind appear in support of their latest album. Iain Matthews rose to prominence as a vocalist for Fairport Convention in 1969. In 1971, he hit #23 on the Billboard charts and #1 in the UK with his band Matthews Southern Comfort and their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” He returned to the U.S. charts in 1978 with a #13 single, “Shake It,” from his ninth solo album, Stealin’ Home, which has just been re-issued. Advance tickets at $22 are available at universitycafe.org through Thursday, September 11; remaining tickets at the door are $27. The University Café is a not-for-profit organization. Iain Matthews
Seaford’s Jessie Kinch Wins ABC’s ‘Rising Star’
Seaford native and long-brewing local talent Jesse Kinch won the popular television singing competition “Rising Star.” Kinch, 20, was the winner announced during August on the ABC hit summer show. Week after week, the Nassau County singer beat out other talents from around the country. Kinch, who we first covered as a guitarist years back but now is proving himself to be a gifted vocalist, won a major recording contract for his efforts. Kinch has worked in the past with top audio pro Fred Guarino of Tiki Recording Studios, who raved about the young star in a recent “Studio News.” “I have been working with Jesse Kinch since he was 13, and with his parents for over 30 years,” reported Guarino. “He is a really good kid; I am so proud of him. There is no BS with Jesse, it's all true – and he is not afraid to be himself and do what he believes in ... He loves old format rock & roll.”
Discover The Space & More: Annual Westbury Street Fair
Westbury’s annual autumn Street Fair takes place Saturday, September 13 from 10 am to 5 pm on Post Avenue (rain date is Sunday, September 14). Visitors to this quaint local street will have the opportunity to shop at vendors and the merchants of Post Avenue while
The Space At Westbury
enjoying live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, The Long Island Aquarium, Last Hope Animal Rescue, an inflatable kiddie carnival, and other attractions. Added this year is a street fair food court, as well as a balloon bust raffle where every baloon is a winner; prizes include tickets to shows and concerts, gift certificates to local stores and restaurants, and cash. A “pop-up” art gallery will be on site on Post Avenue, sponsored by The Westbury BID and The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts. Music fans, take note: Fans can visit The Space at Westbury for a scheduled tour of the theater. For more information: WestburyBID.org; for vendor information, call Craft-A-Fair at (718) 456-8822.y
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LONG ISLAND SOUNDS Large & In Charge Weekends seem to be "legends nights" at this famous theater in the round, as late summer brought a round of weekly classic/post-classic radio staples in rapid succession. On this particular Sunday night, the always quirky, ever-heartfelt Lyle Lovett brought his impressive 14piece orchestra back to NYCB for a concert that enthralled the nearly full house. Lovett's band is worth the price of admission all by itself. It’s a group that performs Texas swing and slow ballads with equal aplomb, and is a unit that's as tight and tasty as any on the road today. Particularly notable are its veterans; drummer Russ Kunkel toured for years with James Taylor and recorded with virtually every famous rocker on the Warner Brothers label during the 1970s and 1980s; and backup (and, on two occassions, lead) vocalist Francine Reed – she of the infamous Anvil Mortgage infomercial from years back – remains her soulful, charismatic self at the age of 67. However, Lovett, the leader of this
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band NYCB Theatre At Westbury
extraordinary band, is always its focal point, and he remains one of pop music's most acquired tastes. His pleasing onstage demanor is ever humorous and gentlemanly, and his warm voice, on point here, hasn't changed much during the past three decades. He left his fans happy by performing most of his best-known tunes (“If I Had A Pony,” “That's Right (You're Not From Texas),” “Cowboy Man") in compact arrangements that didn't vary too much from the original recordings. Lovett's main flaw remains his songwriting, which somtimes can be ever-so-precious (particulary "She's No Lady" and the infuriatingly selfindulgent faux blues "Here I Am"); those who actually believe a lightweight like Lovett could ever be a representative of the "Texas sound" probably believe Woody Allen is the epitome of New York City masculinity. Despite the occasional cloying song, Lovett and his Large Band still deliver one heck of a concert – even if on occassion one of his tunes requires intellectual hip waders to plod through. – Bob Smith
Photos: Rod Stewart by Wayne Herrschaft, headlampdigital.com; Lyle Lovett by Forest Smith III
Entertainment Reviews From on & Around LI
Vereda Tropical & Vegas
Santana/Rod Stewart Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
show was breathtaking – incredible lighting and effects, a half-female band all sporting mini-dresses, choreographed dance moves from everyone involved – but after about two songs it started to resemble an oily Las Vegas casino tribute band. Stewart actually left the stage on four occasions for spiffy outfit changes, such a rock & roll thing to do. Yes, all the hits were played, but his canon only reveals how long ago Stewart decided to sell out his rock cred to be just another pop star; his forays into "The Great American Songbook" only cemented his rep for pure schmaltz. His appearance here was utterly homogenized and totally walked through, yet the hits-happy, graying baby boomer crowd barked like trained seals every time they recognized a song. Of course, the teeming throng of old ladies that comprised much of the crowd thought Stewart was still cute – which apparently is all that really matters for someone who once was an actual rock artist but now ranks as a withering self-parody alongside such blatant sell-outs as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and Kiss. – Bob Smith
This is certainly the era of the double concert bill; in recent years, we've seen such reasonable and/or odd pairings on local stages such as James Taylor/Carole King; Burton Cummings/Don McClean, and this summer, Chicago/REO Speedwagon and Motley Crue/Alice Cooper. At one point during this disparate, long, expensive-as-hell show, the innovative, multi-genre guitarist Carlos Santana joked about what he and pop/rocker could possibly have in common: "I like Etta James; he likes Etta James. I like Sam Cooke; he likes Sam Cooke ... we both play black music for white people." Well, sort of. Opening the set was Santana and his usual huge band, but it took at least four songs for the massive outfit to jell (we suspected a long night when they couldn't even lock in during the easy-to-play chestnut "Tequila"). Yet, things finally fell together nicely as the band launched into its canon of hits ("Evil Ways," set closer "Smooth"), and Santana, despite his 67 years, still is a fiery and passionate fretslinger, playing with as much soul and groove as ever. However, as slick and soulless as a floor wax commercial was Stewart. To be fair, the staging for this sequence of the
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A Crowe Flies Solo
Rich Robinson is a founding member of the classic rock revivalist group The Black Crowes; he recently released his third solo album, The Ceaseless Light. On August 17, Robinson and his excellent road-tested band stopped at this popular venue to showcase the influential guitar style that was such an integral part of his former band. The show opened with the New York City-based roots rockers Hollis Brown, who have been creating quite a buzz on the national circuit; tours with The Zombies and REM-spinoff The Baseball Project are two of their recent road accomplishments. The band was in fine form as it played new material mixed in with songs from their first record, Ride On The Train. Their sound is reminiscent of the heartland rock of Tom Petty, but mixed with a dose of blue-eyed soul and a smattering of great guitar work to boot. Prophet Omega followed things up with an eclectic set that was heavy on R&B drum samples, which were bolstered by Hammond B3 organ and lilting pedal steel
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The soulful groove laid down by Robinson’s band filled the room with an expansive sound that was truly impressive.
licks. Prophet Omega is fronted by Joe Magistro, who is the drummer in Robinson's band. Their sound is a unique blend of influences that set the tone for Robinson and his group
to take the stage. Robinson came charging straight out of the gate with “I Know You,” a song that showcased his signature guitar sound reminiscent of the
alternate tunings utilized by Keith Richards. The six-piece band was in fine form throughout the set, which cherry-picked the best material from Robinson's three solo albums. Toward the end of the set, Robinson donned a Fender Stratocaster and led the band through some improvisational numbers that saw the band stretch out quite a bit. Robinson's vocals are reminiscent of Lowell George of Little Feat, and his strong original songs kept the crowd’s attention up until the last note. The soulful groove laid down by Robinson's band filled the room with an expansive sound that was truly impressive, a testament to the years of touring the band has under its belt. 89 North Music Venue has proven itself as one of the best spots to see live music in Long Island; those who made it out to see Rich Robinson, Prophet Omega, and Hollis Brown can attest to the validity of that statement. Turn off the television and go see and hear some live music – you'll be glad you did. – Peter Mancini
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Who: Gothic Knights is an area power metal band that has performed at most of the top venues in the region during their longtime musical tenure, particularly during the past three years. The Artists & Their Sound: From the band's bio: “Hailing from NYC, Gothic Knights was formed in 1990 by guitarist John Tzantis with a vision of crafting a unique brand of epic power metal. After gaining label interest from its 1994 demo To Hell and Back, the band released its 1996 self-titled debut and 1999 Kingdom Of The Knights albums on Sentinel Steel Records. In 2003, the band released its third CD, Up From The Ashes, on Limb Music, further establishing the band as a force and enduring presence in the world’s heavy metal scene. Over the years, the band has played countless shows, opening for national acts and participating in several U.S. festivals. The band released their latest CD, Reflections From The Other Side, worldwide in the summer of 2012, which garnered excellent reviews from the metal press. The band is now booking shows and performing live in support of their new CD, and is already working on new music for their follow-up release.” A recent update: “Gothic Knights are a melodic power metal band that started in the mid-90s, where they got their start in local venues such as the legendary Lamours [Brooklyn], Club Raw, and The Voodoo Lounge [in Queens]. From then on, the band started to perform shows all over the tri-state
area, including Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, Toad's Place in Connecticut, and shows here on Long Lsland at the now-defunct Downtown in Farmingdale [supporting Helloween on their 2004 North American tour]. Since, the band has relocated to Levittown, and over this past year the band has recruited Ronkonkoma native Nick Parisi as frontman and lead vocalist. They have shared the stage with Queensryche, Saxon, Primal Fear, Grim Reaper, Michael Schenker, UFO, and other national artists. During the past six months, the band has performed at such famous venues as B.B. King's Blues Club, The Bergen Peforming Arts Center, The Emporum, Revolution, Stage 48, Club St. Vitus, Mulcahy's, and many others. The band has upcoming shows in October as they return to B.B. King's as well as Stage 48, with shows in October and November slated for Long Island.” To Learn More About The Artists: Log on to gothicknights.com, or find the band at Facebook, Ustream, ReverbNation, and MySpace. All Gothic Knights music is available at iTunes.
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CBS: The “Tiffany Network” has had the most viewers during the last decade, but it has taken shots from hipster critics for appealing to an older audience. That’s not a problem, but the lack of risk taking might be. CBS CEO Les Moonves loves his “CSI” and “NCIS” franchises, and is launching a new one from each this fall. “CSI Cyber” stars Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek as FBI agents who specialize in high tech crime. Scott Bakula has long played gruff characters; he’s back as another on “NCIS: New Orleans ” ... Johnny Lee Miller’s success as Sherlock Holmes on “Elementary” has created an employment opportunity for fellow British actor Iaon Gruffudd, who stars as a New York City medical examiner in “Forever.” The twist is that Gruffudd’s character is immortal ... It’s not a new TV season unless Dylan McDermott is starring in yet another show. This time, it’s “Stalker,” where he plays a former NYC detective who relocates to the LAPD to track down ... guess what ... A more intriguing cop show is “Battle Creek,” by Vince Gilligan of “Breaking Bad,” which stars Josh Duhamel and Dean Winters ... A mid-season addition will see Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple” get a reboot; Thomas Lennon (Felix) and Matthew Perry (Oscar) star. NBC: “Allegiance” The stars Scott Cohen as the Odd patriarch of what Couple seems to be a normal American family but are actually Russian spies. Apparently no one told NBC that cable’s FX has a similar show called “The Americans.” “State Of Affairs” stars Katherine Heigl as a CIA attache. My prediction for these is that the dice will come snake eyes, just as they did for NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt’s other recent projects: “Smash” and “The Michael J. Fox Show” ... “Aquarius,” set in the late 1960s, stars David Duchovny as an LA detective who will eventually cross paths with Charles Manson. “The Mysteries Of Laura” has Debra Messing, playing a tough-as-nails single mom NYPD detective ... On the comedy front, Kate Walsh stars as a wacky guardian of the law in “Bad Judge.” The fact that the television version of “Bad Teacher” flopped on CBS last spring apparently did not deter Greenblatt. The alwayswelcome Craig Robinson stars as a junior high music teacher in “Mr. Robinson.” ABC: These have not been the best of times for ABC, which has finished fourth in the ratings the last two years. But now
it seems as if the network is trying to bring diversity to prime time: Comedian Anthony Anderson, who has never starred in a hit show in spite of numerous chances, gets a chance to fail yet again in the questionably titled “Black-ish,” in which he stars as the head of an upscale African-American family. Newcomer Cristela Alonzo stars in “Cristela”; she portrays a law school grad who finds that the only employment open to her is an unpaid internship at a law firm ... Baseballs star Nick Swisher’s wife, JoAnna Garcia, stars in “The Astronauts Wives Club” set in the 1960s, while “Manhattan Love Story” is yet another “Friends”-inspired show about twentysomethings in the big city. Fox: Rainn Wilson portrays a brilliant yet humorously crude Portland detective in the hour-long dramedy, “Backstrom” ... Terence Howard stars as the head of a hip hop music label on “Empire.” Taraji P. Henson, last seen on CBS’s top-notch drama, “Person Of Interest,” co-stars ... Fox executives are hoping that “The Red Band Society,” about chronically ill teens in a hospital, will be their next “Glee” ... On the comedy front, “Seinfeld” fans should check out “Mulaney” starring former “SNL” writer John Mulaney, who
portrays a slightly fictionalized version of himself; the supporing cast includes Martin Short, “SNL’s” Nesim Pedrad, and Elliot Gould. Another former “Saturday Night Live” player, Will Forte, stars in “Last Man On Earth.” CW: Last year, this flailing network finally had a minor hit with a DC Comics hero, “The Arrow.” This year, the CW is doubling down on DC Comics superheros with “The Flash.” The CW has had a touch of success with vampire-themed shows, so now it will expand into the world of the undead with “iZombie,” featuring Rose McIver portraying a medical student who works in a coroner’s office so that she can maintain her zombie lifestyle undercover. – Lloyd Carroll
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Steely Dan The Paramount, Huntington September 13 & 14 at 8 PM paramountny.com (631) 673-7300
Dude, if you were able to score tickets for what probably is the highest-profile Long Island club show of 2014, consider yourself lucky. Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, and their usual cast of characters are back, and for some reason, they've eschewed a shed (where they're playing on most dates of this tour) in favor of the intimate environs of the spiffy Paramount. This tour – dubbed “Jamalot Ever After” – will highlight songs from throughout the band's tenure … but expect some lilting new arrangements on some. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Chris D'Elia The Space At Westbury September 18 at 8 PM thespaceatwestbury.com (800) 745-3000
Can you say “hot”? D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after young comedians and actors in the entertainment world. Recently named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” D’Elia can next be seen starring as Danny on NBC’s comedy “Undateable”; he previously starred opposite sexy and funny Whitney Cummings on NBC’s “Whitney.” His real forte, however, is standup comedy, as he's playing nothing but major houses on his current tour.
Joy Behar NYCB Theatre At Westbury September 19 at 8 PM thetheatreatwestbury.com • (516) 334-0800
One thing we know for sure: “The View” will never be the same without the wit, wisdom, and out-and-out honesty of this brash, hilarious comedian. Long before taking the chair alongside Barbara Walters and crew, Behar ranked as one of the funniest standups for years. Thankfully, she’s now returned to what she does best.ranks as per-
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Satisfaction: A Tribute To The Rolling Stones Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall, Wantagh September 19 at 9 PM muls.com • (516) 783-7500
This ain't no band from the garage down the street: Satisfaction has been internationally acclaimed as the most authentic cast and production show on the road, as always honoring the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band.” From “Satisfaction” to “Miss You,” from“Ruby Tuesday” to “Harlem Shuffle,” Satisfaction will satisfy even the most demanding Jaggerphile.
Half Step K.J. Farrell's, Bellmore September 20 at 10 PM kjfarrells.com (516) 804-9925
Sure, there are more Grateful Dead tribute acts running around than we can name – but none of them are busier or more popular than Half Step, who perform more shows each month than we have office breaks. Scott Bardolf, Cindy Lopez, Tom San Filippo, Ron Cohen, Craig Privett, and Matt Iselin are well-known to literally thousands of Long Island club fans for their faithful interpretations of Dead classics. They've played every top venue in the region – including K.J. Farrell's, where they're greeted back time and again. Another Farrell's favorite, 45 RPM, performs at 7 pm.
Star Trouper Zebra Club, Copiague September 19 • (631) 226-7913 Copiague's music spot features this fastSacred Circle rising LongZebra IslandClub, act, which will feature Copiague Tommy Russo of Septembe Sacred Circle on vocals, famous for his stint on the eighth season of “The Voice.” Rattlesnake Dawn The Nutty Irishman, Bay Shore September 10 at 8:30 PM • (631) 969-9700 nuttyirishman.com “Country Nights” at this popular venue are becoming a weekly tradition – and no area country band is more popular or accomplished than this fast-rising act.
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Favorites & Legends Rock On Interview & text by Bob Smith; Photo (The Guess Who) courtesy RCA Records, 1974
are nearly on par with Dylan, but featuring Daniels' own signature southern sound. Through the years, Daniels has been unwaveringly patriotic, performing overseas (three times in Iraq) and writing and recording songs in tribute to our troops; his “The Last Fallen Hero” was a post 9/11 song that made headlines and touched hearts. His stance on backing the U.S. and our military is one that Daniels speaks of without reservation. “I have a very deep feeling for the military,” said Daniels. “There are no two ways about it: America is the greatest nation that ever existed. We don't realize what a great nation it is; even the other nations in the western world, they don't have everything we've got. They don't have all the freedoms that we The Charlie Daniels Band have, things that we take for granted far too often. We have the best of all worlds here.” Daniels speakings glowingly of his performances in Iraq to entertain U.S. troops. “They're the best we've got,” said Daniels, who later noted, “Me being around them, they kept coming up to me and saying, 'Thanks for being standards of folk pioneer Bob Dylan. here.' I said, 'No thank you – I'm “There's a TV show called 'Hell On going home in a few days, but you'll Wheels,' and we were asked to do still be here.' … They deserve a some music for it,” said the everwhole lot of credit for what they do personable Daniels. “Because of the every single day.” time period of the show, we were limited to acoustic instruments like Guess Again: Reissue specialist they had in the 1800s. We had never Iconoclassic Records recently done acoustic music before; the band released a digitially remastered sounded so different and so great. version of Power In The Music, the So we decided to do a whole album final album by The Guess Who like that – and who better to go to originally issued in 1975 by RCA than the endless well of Bob Dylan Records. The album, pretty much material. Plus, I was a huge Bob completely ignored by radio and the Dylan fan and I wanted to do a press during its original run, tribute to him anyway. It was features the final formation of the just a very opportune time to do this.” The Guess Who Rather than an album of rote covers, Daniels and his band put their own spin on classic songs such as “Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall,” “Gotta Serve Somebody,” and “Tangled Up In Blue,” and somehow manage to make these folk/rock standards sound fresh and new. “Our whole objective was to, obviously, do Dylan songs, Canadian band, which included but make them like our songs, vocalist Burton Cummings and to do them in a way that's never guitarist Domenic Troiano. In the been done before,” said Daniels, new liner notes for the disc, who worked as a session musician Cummings seems to eschew much on three of Dylan's classic albums. of the album today, but as a whole Of course, much of Daniels' it's a revelation, proving the late canon – “The Devil Went Down To Troiano to be a stellar guitarist Georgia,” “Still In Saigon,”“In capable of both accessible pop and America,” and so many others – progressive, experimental rock. Charlie’s Way In Westbury: The Charlie Daniels Band headlines a stacked evening of southern and country rock legends coming to The NYCB Theatre in Westbury on Saturday, Septmember 13 at 7 pm; The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Molly Hatchet also will perform full sets in an evening dubbed “Westbury Rocks.” Tickets are now on sale; log on to thetheatreatwestbury.com, Ticketmaster,com, or livenation.com. To learn more, call (800) 745-3000. Daniels and his legendary band are currently on tour in support of their latest album, Off The Grid: Doin' It Dylan. Obviously, one might wonder why such a firey performer and his exceptional big band would want to take on the more traditional
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RHYTHM TRACKING But Dad, It’s Smokey: Motown mania continues as a new album by Smokey Robinson makes its way onto the Top 10 at Amazon, iTunes, and just about everywhere else. Smokey & Friends has been issued on the iconic jazz label Verve Records, and follows the tradition of superstar duets as Robinson revisits his legendary classics with equally legendary partners: Elton John kicks off “Tracks Of My Tears”; Smokey “You Really Robinson Got A Hold On Me” keeps its rock & roll roots thanks to Steven Tyler; James Taylor jumps in on “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Others include Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, CeeLo Green, and British star Gary Barlow. The tracks are more mellow and jazzy than the originals – but Smokey is well into his seventies and happy to reinvent the way these tunes are presented. The album does not break any new ground, but in this year of Motown, it sure sounds good. More Makeup: Ken Sharp is at it again: His Nothin’ To Lose: The Making of Kiss hardcover bestseller is still doing well, Taylor but he has now dropped Swift Kooks, Queen Bitches, And Andy Warhol: The Making of David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, which was the first Bowie album to make noise in America. It delivered a single which crept its way into the lower part of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 several times in “Changes” (or, if you prefer, “Ch-Ch-ChChanges”!). The book features quotes from many of the principals involved, from musicians, producers, critics, and fellow travelers, who all give a laser-precise light to the moment and the album that changed everything for Bowie (the follow-up LP, Ziggy Stardust, sealed the deal). For Bowie devotees, this new book is a must; you’ll find it online, and it’s well worth the search. Outdoors Soars: I actually made it out to Patchogue to the bandshell off the water as
By Jimi LaLumia
summer was winding down, and there was longstanding Long Island music legend Anthony Richards playing keyboards for Milagro, a Santana tribute band, as the entire village joined me in having a blast. Hearing a band play outdoors was once a way of life for me in the 1960s and 70s, and after this outing, I intend to do it more often. Memories of the “Woodstock generation” were evoked, and I actually spotted quite a few hippies in the crowd (yes, I was a one once ... until glitter came along). If you haven’t gone out to hear a band play live in a while, tear yourself away from the computer and do it; there’s nothing like it, and you won’t regret it. VMA Mucho: The MTV Video Music Awards brought the usual suspects out to parade their latest creations. Among my favorites: Taylor Swift, with her “Shake It Off” instant #1 hit, channeling Cherry Vanilla via 80s Madonna; Sam Smith, this generation’s version of Boy George (minus the makeup, doing “Stay With Me”; he has a brilliant voice, and knows exactly how to present himself); 5 Seconds Of Summer, the latest teen boy band in punk rock drag; and my two faves of the summer, Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea, keeping the teen beat alive, thank heavens. If you didn’t like the VMAs, you’re too old – get out of the way!
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His Final Album
The Road After Her ‘Desire’
Not only is Meg Myers’ single “Desire” gaining on the charts, but after her headline-making performance at Loolapalooza, she’s now an in-demand live performer as well: The Los Angeles-based singer/ songwriter has announced a new set of fall tour dates, including a run with UK rock duo Royal Blood. Myers was first featured in this spot after the release of her debut video “Desire,” which caused a storm on YouTube months before the single finally took off. Her debut EP, Make A Shadow, is also climbing the charts. More: megmyers.com.
The Old Meets The New
Alanna Royale will release its debut album, Achilles, on September 16. The band combines rock, pop, funk, and soul and features vocalist Alanna Quinn-Broadus. The band also features Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass, Matt Snow on drums, Kirk Donovan on trumpet, and Diego Vasquez on trombone. To date, the band has shared the stage with some of Nashville’s finest acts, and made appearances at Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, East Nashville Underground, and Music City Roots.
The final album of Johnny Winter's career, Step Back, was released on September 2 on the Megaforce label. Released in the weeks before the album was a blues classic Winter recorded for the disc, “Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby),” featuring special guest Ben Harper. Produced by Paul Nelson, the new album features Winter performing with musicians from across the spectrum of blues, R&B, and soul music, including Harper, Eric Clapton, Brian Setzer (The Stray Cats), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), guitarists Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Jason Ricci, and Dr. John. The new album is now available everywhere; learn more at johnnywinter.net.
Coverin’ It Up
Jeff The Brotherhood: Jeff The Brotherhood will release a new self-produced EP of cover tunes, Dig The Classics, on September 30 on Warner Bros. Records. Brothers Jake (guitars, vocals) and Jamin Orrall (drums) have chosen six of their favorite songs to Jeff The Brotherhood include on Dig The Classics, including The Pixies' "Gouge Away," My Bloody Valentine's "Come In Alone," Teenage Fanclub's "Mad Dog 20/20," and Beck's "Totally Confused." Dig The Classics will be available both digitally and in the now-popular 12" album format pressed on purple vinyl. Dig The Classics will be released just before Jeff The Brotherhood launch a full-scale fall tour of both the east and west coasts. The tour will bring the band to Santos Party House in New York City on October 13.
A Song That Just Pours Out
Fresh off her Lollapalooza performance, Albanian-American
singer and songwriter Bebe Rexha has released the video for her debut single, "I Can't Stop Drinking About You." Rexha is keeping focused on the future as she works with Warner Bros. Records on her debut album. “If you chase mainstream radio you’re already too late,” she said. “I want to do something fresh and unique.” Find the video on YouTube; learn more about Rexha at Facebook, Twitter, and at beberexha.com.
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A New Concert Video
Progressive metal act Dream Theater has announced the release of Breaking The Fourth Wall, a live Blu-ray/DVD set of the band’s performance at The Boston Opera House on March 25. Produced by the band’s John Petrucci, the concert is more than two hours in length; the official release date is September 30. The collection will be available in multiple configurations, including
Blu-Ray, a two-DVD set, and a web store deluxe exclusive Blu-Ray/three-CD set with a poster, all currently available for pre-order via the Roadrunner Monica Records web store. Heldal Furthermore, Dream Theater has premiered a video of “The Looking Glass” from the new video release, which can be streamed on the band’s official YouTube Channel. All pre-orders for the web store exclusive will receive an instant download of “The Looking Glass (Live).”
Singer/songwriter Monica Heldal's upcoming debut album, Boy From The North, is now available for pre-order. Heldal – this year's selection for "Best New Artist" and "Best Pop Solo Artist" at the Spellemannprisen Awards (also known as the "Norwegian Grammys") – has also been tapped for her first-ever shows in the U.S. as support for The Last Bison; they’ll appear in New York, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. Part Americana, part bluegrass, part Irish folk, Heldal's debut album spent 21 weeks on the Top 40 albums chart in Norway, and will be arriving in the U.S. on September 16. Following a sold-out Norwegian tour as well as an opening slot for Tom Petty, Heldal quickly caught the attention of Warner Bros. executives in 2013, and was signed to Warner Music Norway with major plans worldwide. Heldal will make one of her first appearances in the United States when she performs on October 16 at Mercury Lounge in New York City.
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