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Usher In 2017 In Fine Style Ready … set … party in 2016 at these Long Island hot spots on December 31, naturally …. K.J. Ferrell's in Bellmore, already a music maven's mecca, has been rippin' it up the past few years as the year turns. This year will feature live music with Wonderous Stories in Farrell's New Year's Eve Bash, which always includes one of the great party atmospheres. Learn more at, or call (516) 804-9925… See our feature elsewhere in this issue for news about Jack's Waterfall's big New Year's Eve appearance at the blues and jazz club Treme in Islip … Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall in Wantagh will see 2016 take a hike when its annual party takes place, with all the fun beginning at 7 pm. Log on to or call (516) 783-7500 to learn all about it … It's not only the clubs that are making merry: The Bush legendary Bush will At The headline – along Paramount with special guests The Kickback – at The Paramount in Huntington. Tickets and more at; VIP packages are available for this night of classic rock … The Space At Westbury Theater features international sensations Kamran, Hooman, and Sepideh on December 31 at 8 pm; tickets are at; info is at … If you're in the mood for a traditional Irish way of ushering in the New Year, the ultra-authentic The Cara Band (pictured at right) headlines Shandon Court in East Islip beginning at 9 pm; reservations are suggested, so call the club at (631) 531-

Out-Of-The-Ordinary New Year’s Eve Fun Photo: New Year’s Eve Collage by Stuart Miles via; bowler by tudodany

581-5678 … If you’ve settled down, families certainly need not be left out of New Year's Eve fun: “Fishes & Wishes” is the attraction at The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, buffet dinner (includes beer and wine), dancing, crafts for the kids, and a dessert and ice cream bar, plus a mock-Midnight champagne and sparkling cider toast (at 10:30 pm) – as well as the beauty of the amazing Aquarium itself at night. All Aunt Barbara the fun begins at 6:30 pm. At Studio Info: (631) 208-9200 and … Theater More family fun: Many area bowling centers are offering big New Year's Eve parties compete with toasts, food, fun, and, of course, knockin' down those pins. Shindigs will be happening at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park (the annual “Cosmic” party, (516) 741-8022); East Islip Lanes (four hours of unlimted bowling and more, (631) 581-6200); and many more area bowling establishments … Capital One Plaza in Patchogue will be the site of massive “Midnight On Main Street” celebration. You don't have to go to Times Square in New York City for a ball rise, as Patchogue has one as well. Live music and festive lights will all be part of the free fun, beginning at 8 pm ... Here's something really different: Superstar Tupperware-selling drag queen Aunt Barbara will be part of “1975 Special Live Variety Show” at The Cara Studio Theatre in Band Lindenhurst. Shows are at 6:30 and 10:30 pm; tickets and info are available at studiotheatreli. com ... Be sure to check our Calendar for literally hundreds of New Year’s Eve choices to close out ’16.


The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters

A Laughin', Rockin' New Year's Eve Madison Theatre, Molloy College, Rockville Centre December 31 at 7 PM (516) 678-5000 One of the biggest year-end events in Madison history: Champagne, music and laughs. The tunes will be provided by girl group The Chiclettes and classic rockers The Happenings (“See You In September”); the yuks will be offered by Long Island Comedy's Tina Giorgi (pictured), Rob Falcone, and Eric Haft.

Tina Giorgi

Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor ZBTB: Zac Brown Tribute Band Returns January 7 at 8Riverhead PM Suffolk Theater, (631) 725-9500 January 7 at 8 PM (631) 727-4343 After string of packed club shows, takes the big Onea of Suffolk County's mostZBTB effervescent perstage at Suffolk for its earnest tribute. As always, formers returns with her series of upbeatSuffolk con-

Fireside Sessions With Nancy Atlas Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor Returns January 7 at 8 PM (631) 725-9500 One of Suffolk County's most effervescent performers returns with her series of upbeat concerts featuring an array of Long Island's best musicians. Coming up: Clark Gaydon at the first show, January 7; keyboardist and soulful singer Danny Kean on January 14; and violinist Randi Fishenfel on January 21.

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The Met: Live In HD Staller Center, Stony Brook University Through May (631) 632-ARTS The Met: Live in HD brings all the excitement of a live Metropolitan Opera performance to Staller Center's big screen in the Main Fireside Stage Theatre. Log on for this year's Sessions schedule of performances. With Nancy Atlas

Theater will offer its unique dinner-and-show packages.

... & A Bit Of Brooklyn, Too

Dead On The Basepaths:

Weir & Company Featuring John Mayer To Return To Citi Field

The remnants of the legendary musical trailblazers The Grateful Dead, now known as Dead & Company – featuring John Mayer, a superstar in his own right – was such a smash for its two summer 2016 dates at the home of The New York Mets, Citi Field, that the band has already been scheduled to return to the Flushing stadium on Saturday, June 24; tickets, already on sale, are at The band – which included Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir along with guitarist Mayer, former Allman Brothers band bassist Oteil Burbridge, and compatriot Jeff Chimenti – will perform two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s catalog of songs. Last year’s tour cemented this new concept as a worthy tribute to the Dead’s legacy, drawing huge crowds from their undying fan base.

Photo: Burlesque by Mark Shelby Perry; Dead & Co. by Danny Clinch

There’s Still Time For Charlie’s Holiday ‘Secret’

The new musical adaptation of the beloved holiday TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” runs through December 30 at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City; tickets and information are available at (718) 392-0722 or

Burlesque Below The Bridges: Brooklyn Heat

One of the longest-running events in the New York City burlesque revival is “Burlesque Below The Bridges” on Saturdays at 9:30 pm at The Flying Elephant at The Bridges in Brooklyn. Tickets and info: This weekly presentation from 2 Ring Circus is a variety show featuring sensuous burlesque stars, high-flying aerial acts, comedy, juggling, and more.

4 • Good Times Magazine - December 27, 2016 - January 9, 2017 This production is directed by Ashley Gunsteens, and features the original music of jazz artist Vince Guaraldi, new original dance numbers, and the familiar-yet-beloved plot of the holiday perennial.

The Yale Spizzwinks(?) Tilles Center, Greenvale January 7 at 8 PM (516) 299-2752 This is America’s first and oldest underclassmen a cappella group. Founded in 1914, The Spizzwinks are comprised of Yale undergraduates; the concerts feature an eclectic range of musical repertoire — from old standards of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to today's chart-toppers. The group features Long Island native Scott Feiner.

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The Gateway's Holiday Spectacular On Ice Patchogue Theatre Through January 1 (631) 207-1313 Set and staged to holiday songs and starring figure skaters, singers, and dancers, this family friendly musical celebration featurers stunning costumes, performance artistry, and dazzling production numbers. World class figure skater Rohene Ward is part of a cast that features several skating stars.

Zach Williams YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore January 14 at 8 PM (631) 969-1101 He’s from The Lone Bellow, one of the most popular Americana acts ever to hail from Brooklyn – and now Williams steps out on his own. Previous to his famous band (where he's still a member), Williams had been performing as a solo act around Brooklyn and New York City, occasionally being backed by a hired band. Another American original emerges.and

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Brooks Makes Record Books: CMA “Entertainer Of The Year” Garth Brooks is once again breaking records: His just-released boxed set, Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection, is the biggest pre-sale in Target stores history. The 10-disc boxed set includes Brooks’ new


studio album, Gunslinger, featuring two Target-exclusive songs including the 25th anniversary edition of

10 million units each, a feat only he can claim, and is the #1 selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. Throughout his career, he has won the Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award, has been inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and The International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Williams At Walmart: Since he made his Billboard chart debut in 1964, Hank Williams, Jr. has

Garth Brooks

“Friends In Low Places” with special guests George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban on guitar, as well as nine discs of curated music from his catalog, offering 18 previously unreleased tracks. Brooks’ single “Baby, Let’s Lay Down And Dance” continues to make its mark at country radio, and he recently released his first-ever

Hank Williams Jr.

collaborative album with wife Trisha Yearwood, Christmas Together. Brooks has received seven Diamond awards for seven individual albums from the RIAA for selling more than

amassed one of the most prolific catalogs in the history of the music business. In October, Curb Records released Hank Williams, Jr: A Country Boy Can Survive, a four-disc box set that stands as one of the most comprehensive Williams sets ever released; it's now available through Walmart. Focusing on the era that kicked off with 1979’s “Family Tradition,” 29 of his 30 Billboard Top 40 Country hits from 1979 through 1990 are featured on the collection, which also includes nine of his 10 #1 hits (including his first 1970’s “All For The Love Of Sunshine” with The Mike Curb Congregation). The set also contains album cuts such as ‘”Outlaw Women,” “Dinosaur,” “The Blues Man” and concert favorite “My Name Is Bocephus,” which originally appeared on his 1986 set Montana Café. The release comes as “Bocephus” continues to experience a career resurgence: His latest Nash Icon album, It’s About Time, opened up on the Billboard Country Albums chart at #2 – his highest peak on that chart since 1990’s Lone Wolf. The album features “Are You Ready For The Country,” a cover of the Neil Young classic with Eric Church that brought Williams his highest singles chart position since 2009.

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Fifty Years Of Firesign Theatre: The legendary comedy group The Firesign Theatre has released a new double-DVD compilation, Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Declassified Firesign Theatre 1968-1975. The collection is a survey of the group's television and film work from their classic Columbia Records era, with more than seven hours of material gathered on two discs. Included are Firesign's 1974 short feature Everything You Know Is Wrong; their 1972 concert film Martian Space Party; “Questions & Answers Live at UCSC,” a televised stage show from 1975; “About A Week,” a filmed performance and interview for Los Angeles TV in 1971; the complete series of Jack Poet Volkswagen ads, which Firesign wrote and performed for television in 1969; more than three hours of home movies; photo galleries; and more. Everything You Know Is Wrong and Martian Space Party feature running commentaries recorded by the group in 2009. All of the material in the package has been unavailable for more than 20 years, and most of it has never been released in any form. Some history: November marked the 50th anniversary of The Firesign Theatre, whose founding members Philip Austin, Peter Bergman, David Ossman, and Philip Proctor came together on KPFK-FM in 1966 on Bergman's program "Radio Free Oz." During their time together, they released more than 35 albums, including Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers (called "the greatest comedy album ever made" by Rolling Stone), which was placed in The Library Of Congress' Archive of historic recordings. Dubbed "The Beatles of Comedy" by The Library Of Congress,

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Firesign Theatre wrote and performed together for 40 years. Their early studio work for Columbia Records (1968-1975) remains their best-known and most influential recordings. The iconic comic voices of the counter-culture generation, Firesign chronicled pop, politics, media, and technology in a tense one-listener called "The Future Inevitable." The Firesign Theatre has been compared to Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Kesey, and Bob Dylan in their original use of language and to the surrealists in their psychedelic story-telling methods, including the time-and-space altering concept of "channel-switching." The original records, intricately produced in multi-track recording, were designed for multiple listenings and meanings, an audio theater of the absurd. Peter Bergman died in 2012; Philip Austin died in 2015. Phil Proctor and David Ossman have worked since then to preserve the long heritage of their collaboration. The double disc will be available at,,, and other stores. Pre-orders are available before the official January release.


reme, the popular jazz and blues club in Islip that's fast becoming one of Long Island's most talked-about music venues, will usher in 2017 with a special New Year's Eve celebration headlined by the unique Jack's Waterfall on December 31 beginning at 8 pm. Admission is $25, with an array of bar packages available to help make the night even more memorable; learn about all the New Year's Eve options by call (631) 277-2008. Based in West Sayville, Jack’s Waterfall is tone of the longest-lasting original music acts in this region, as well as one of the most unabashedly original. The concept is the

Licitra founded Jack’s Waterfall in 1998. The group has released six albums and has appeared at The B.B. King Blues Festival, The Long Island Music Hall of Fame Awards, The New Jersey Folk Festival, and WFUV’s Under the Radar. Among the top area venues the group has performed have been Boulton Center, Tilles Center, and many more theaters, festivals, and performing arts centers. Licitra has toured the United States opening for such acts as The Allman Brothers and The Dickie Betts Band. Licitra has also shared the stage with national stars such as Levon Helm, Richie Havens, Buckwheat Zydeco, James Cotton, Marcia Ball, and others. Learn more at jackswaterfall. Coming to Treme in the coming days and weeks: The Swing Sessions headlines on December 28; the popular Hitman Blues Jam returns on December 29, as does Blue Tourmaline on December 30; and Dave Clive's Nawlins Funk Band makes a funky return on January 13. Get the full schedule at

JACK’S WATERFALL A New Year’s Eve Splash At Treme In Islip

musical adventure of singer/songwriter and musician Jack Licitra, and the group has been plying its trade in this region for years. “Pop, blues, jazz, folk, gospel, and global music all meet at The Waterfall, a place of healing and learning,” cites Jack's Waterfall's bio, and it's an apt summation of the whirlwind of sounds that take place during every live performance. “Sometimes, Jack performs solo and other times with a group, but there is always present a unique energy of inclusiveness. His great capacity for rhythmic and percussive adventures, his virtuosic piano explorations, and his heartfelt songs and storytelling come together in every captivating performance.”

FILM The Suckiest Of 2016

The events of summer and fall weren't the only things that were horrible in 2016, as many truly great films (La La Land, Moonlight, Manchester By The Sea), typically, were seen by few American eyes ... while these assaults to taste and style actually made a bit of green,

Office Christmas Party once again proving our Snakes On A Plane Mall Movie Theory: Americans will waste money on anything as long as they “seen the ad fer it on the TV.” The pits of a pitiful year: Office Christmas Party (Paramount): How is it even remotely possible that a comedy starring Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller, Vanessa Bayer, Jennifer Aniston, and Rob Corddry not be even remotely funny?

When a studio goes out of its way to announce that directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon were responsible for the “comedy classic” Blades Of Glory, we should have known. Ride Along 2 (Universal): Who issues a sequel so long Bad Santa 2 after the first film was a hit? Zoolander 2 (Paramount): Who the heck issues a sequel so long after the first film was a hit? Bad Santa 2 (Broadgreen Pictures/Miramax): Who the hell issues a sequel so long after the first film was a hit? Independence Day: Resurgence (20 th Century Fox:): Who the @#%#? issues a sequel so long after the first film was a hit? Norm Of The North (Lionsgate): It's nearly impossible to make a new-age animated film that even kids don't like. So let us beat the already-broken plastic drum kit that we bought little Johnny for Christmas: The worst film of 2016 was the most dreadful by such a wide margin that’s it’s impossible to calculate: Nine Lives (Europa Corp): Here's what we wrote about this move twice, and long before its summer release; from issue 1202: “Yes, we've written about this one before,

and we are again because we still can't believe it: Kevin Spacey and Christopher Walken – Academy Award winners – join jilted goddess Jennifer Garner in a comedy about a billionaire who becomes trapped inside the body of the family cat. Somewhere, Don Knotts is smiling … but he's probably the only one who is. Amazingly, this is being billed by its producers as 'Summer's Purrfect Family Comedy.' Pass the Gaviscon.” We weren't being fair; this was much worse than our pre-release jab. This is like one of those Gene Deitchdirected TV Popeye cartoons from the 1960s – you watch, Nine Lives you start to squirm; nothing looks or feels right. You stare at a forced, humorless mess, and you realize you won’t forget it no matter how hard you try. Get lost, 2016, and please, please, please, don’t come back. By Cody Bell; Photo: Nine Lives courtesy EuropaCorp; by Takishi Seida

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The New York Mets have held serve this offseason as they were able to re-sign outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Neil Walker. With closer Jeurys Familia likely to miss significant playing time this coming

SportsBeat With Lloyd Carroll

season because of a domestic violence charge, the Mets are understandably concerned about finding a new fireman. Addison Reed would seem to be the logical choice – but there has been buzz about Zack Wheeler possibly handling that role. Wheeler has missed two years recovering from Tommy John surgery. Rather than put him in a starting situation where he would be expected to go at least five innings – which might be risky – the thinking is that having him pitch an inning, even if it’s practically every day, would be fairly safe on his arm. However, the reality is that Wheeler, even when healthy, has control problems. Not being able to find the plate in the late innings is a sure recipe for disaster. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has had a banner offseason, reacquiring closer Aroldis Chapman as a free agent after dealing him to the Chicago Cubs for top tier prospects. In essence, Chapman

Bowling With Bob Smith

New LIYBT Champs: A field of 37 bowlers took to the lanes for more than $600 in scholarship awards on December 4 at the LIYBT tournament at AMF East Meadlow Lanes.

LIYBT: East Meadow Finalists

Gabirelle Marino and Kurt Schall were crowned as champions at the event. Scholarship winners for AMF East Meadow: Handicap division: Gabrielle Marino $90, Breanna Maenza $70, Devin Flowers $40, Helen Doddado $40. Scratch Division: Kurt Schall $125, Parker Chang $90, Stephen Andretta $70, Eric Bholan $50, Michael Mirabile $40. Scratch Eliminator: First place Kurt Schall; second place (tie) Avery Lugares, Pierce Field. The next LIYBT event is January 8 at East Islip Lanes; Learn more at, find them on Facebook, or download the

basically leased Chapman to the Cubs for a couple of months. It’s a move that actually worked for both teams, as the Cubs won their first World Series since 1908. If you are a baseball fan looking for a good read during the hot stove season, pick up a copy of Brian Kenny’s Ahead Of The Curve (Simon & Schuster). Kenny, who grew up in Levittown and is now an anchor for The MLB Network, is not shy about offering opinions about our national pastime. He is critical of practically every time-honored baseball statistic, but makes cogent arguments to back up his points. Scott Boras won’t like Kenny’s caustic remark that few free agents are worth either big money or being obligated with for the long term. Kenny also believes that former Mets first baseman Yoenis Keith Hernandez Cespedes deserves to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame because of how he revolutionized his position, and also for being a smart hitter. Kenny point outs that Hernandez was penalized by BBWAA voters for not having strong power numbers. Former NFL commissioner Paul

Tagliabue spoke at the annual Sports Business Journal Intercollegiate Athletic Forum in New York City, and believes that college football players should be paid – but that the compenBrian sation Cashman should be linked to scholarship accomplishment: “If a player completes his degree with a good GPA, then he can receive a bonus of, say, $75,000.” Also speaking was Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank. The brand, which has been making inroads with colleges, scored its biggest coup when Major League Baseball announced that the company would become the official supplier of uniforms beginning in 2020. Plank talked about how Under Armour has opened a new plant in Baltimore that will produce its first-ever American-made clothing. While that certainly dovetails nicely with what Donald Trump preached on the campaign trail, Plank may have had business considerations to go along with his job-creation patriotism; my guess is that MLB bestowed his enterprise the big future contract contingent upon Under Armour having the ability to sew a “Made in the USA” label on its MLB clothing. Plank admitted that most of Under Armour’s

LIYBT app for iPhones and Android phones. Herrill Highs: Here's a fresh batch of honor scores from league action at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park: Congratulations to left-hander Jack Stanton for his 300 game in Tuesday Early Mixed action; it marked the third time he’s rolled a perfect 12 frames. 8th Battalion: Karyn Deem 601 series; Jennifer Rouhani 203. Wednesday Early Mix: Mary Ann Mercurio 207; Ray Perry 276; Joe Iovino 268; Kathy Chernow 212, 236, 205; JoAnne Perry 201, 210, and 632 series; Gerry Lopez 737 series; Boy Wagan 704 series; Paul Pillitteri 266; Gregg De Angelo 742 series; Jeanine Musacchio 638 series; Bonnie Gortler 226; Delia Marquez 212. Chatterbox Mixed: Travis Maslankowski 740 series; Andrew Davidow 267; Kim Maslankowski 212; Melissa Pena 200; Thomas Romano 269. Friday Early Rollers-Srs: James Hogan 267; Sylvia Abanes 219. Chit Chats: Denise Adam 233. Here's what you need to do to get your league scores in our column: Send them to us! We publish all USBC-sanctioned scores with these achievements: 265 games and above and 700 series and above for men, and 200 games and 600 series and above for women and youth. Send your scores to Aiello's An Ace: Robert Aiello, 22, of Oceanside emerged as the victor at LIGBT’s annual holiday tournament on December 4 at AMF Plainview Lanes. Aiello defeated the

always game Dexter Sapp of Valley Stream 248-230 to win his first LIGBT title and the $1,500 top prize. Sapp took home $750 for second place, while Darcy Monroe finished third with a 215 worth $500. Rounding out the top four was James Puma with a 212 worth $300. LIGBT’s next tournament is the annual New Year’s Day Marathon at AMF Garden City Lanes. To enter the tourney, visit

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merchandise will still be foreign made, and that the American-made product would likely sport higher price tags.

Former New York Jets linebacker and CBS NFL personality Bart Scott told me at a

network event that the gap between the college game and the NFL has never been wider: “A lot of young players don’t understand the game, and a lot of NFL coaches don’t know how to teach. Tom Brady could see how the Jets defense was lining up, and he could easily pick them apart.” I talked to Scott about how Jets kick returner Jeremy Ross rarely made it to his team’s 20-yard line when, if he had taken a knee in the end zone, the ball would be placed on the 25yard line. Ross foolishly risked needless injury and often caused the Jets to take holding penalties on his returns, putting them in even worse shape. Scott agreed that was exactly the kind of thing that he was talking about when it came to a lack of player smarts these days. The Jets put Ross on waivers after they were humiliated on Monday Night Football by the Indianapolis Colts in early December. Former Jets QB Tim Tebow writes about his experience playing for the Jets in his new book, Shaken (Waterbrook Mulnomah). In spite of the title, Tebow seems to have enjoyed his experience in New York, and regrets that it lasted only a year. He enjoyed the city’s culture, and even attended a Met Gala. Unfortunately, Tebow finished the manuscript before he signed his contract with the Mets; it’s a good bet there will be a second book. Wrestling star John Cena has been branching out from the squared circle for years, as he has starred in WWE-financed

Photos: Yoenis Cepedes by Bob Smith; Brian Cashman by Keith Allison (CC)

films such as “The Marine,” and last spring hosted a Fox reality series, “American Grit.” Last summer, he surprised with a brilliant comedic role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. Cena hosted a recent “Saturday Night Live,” and it turned out to be one of the best episodes of the season. Cena’s chiseled physique and strong jaw play against the traditional image for comedy, and that may be why he is so effective in getting laughs.

John Cena

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Mohegan Sun (CT): As 2016 headed to a (quite thankful) close, the news came down like Santa

Casinos & Resorts

will soon feature huge music acts on the big stage at well. On the schedule: The legendary singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge (Janaury 14), who is touring in support of her new album, Memphis Rock & Soul, which is so authentic it's been issued on the legendary Stax label; and Grand Funk Railroad,

Photo: Chris Rock courtesy Mohegan Sun

making a loud, bumpy landing on the roof: Many of the biggest stars in entertainment are heading to our area's casinos and resorts in 2017. Mohegan Sun in Connecticut will be at the forefront, as Chris Rock, taking part in his first comedy tour in a decade, will headline the Sun's Arena on April 22, and the reformed rockers turned somewhat-country act Bon Jovi will bring their “This House Is Not For Sale” tour to Mohegan Sun Arena on April 1, and that's no April Fool's joke. Rock's appearance, in particular, is newsworthy since the former “Saturday Night Live” star's first trek in years will include a limited number of total dates. Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and Chris Rock At television as a comedian, actor, Mohegan Sun writer, producer, and director. In 2014, he led the ensemble cast featuring original members Mel of Top Five, a comedy feature Schacher and Don Brewer, will no that he also wrote and directed. doubt perform some “Foot Stompin' In 2009, Rock ventured into the Music” on March 4. Along with the documentary world as a writer and music stars it presents, “The Trop” producer of Good Hair, and in 2014 offers unique special events he executive produced Eat Drink year-round, and this one sounds like just the tonic for the cold Mellisa Etheridge weather blues: At Tropicana The Tropicana's “Beach Bash” will run from January 14 through February 28. There's lots of summer-like events and themes planed throughout the casino; featured will be Ivan Kane’s Kiss Kiss Nightclub, which will host a Lucky 7 Beach Laugh: The Story Of The Comic Party every Thursday throughout Strip, a documentary recounting Tropicana’s Beach Bash. This the history of one of New York’s should warm you up: Women get most famous comedy venues. His free admission all night; wear a feature acting credits include the bikini to get your first drink free. Grown Ups and Madagascar Men who wear beach attire get free franchises, Head Of State, Nurse admission until midnight. Bounce Betty, Pootie Tang, CB4, Death At around some “Kiss Kiss” beach A Funeral, I Think I Love My Wife, balls while enjoying drink specials, 2 Days in New York, Dogma, and and there will be more attractions New Jack City. Tickets for all as well. events are at For a full list of “Beach Bash” Tropicana (AC): Keeping with offers, activities and events, the theme of superstars, “The Trop” visit

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Calendar Tuesday, December 27 Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): J.D. Leonard & Frank Stainkamp Jack Halyard's American Bar & Grill (Oyster Bay): Open Mic With Mike Dorio K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Original Music Showcase: Consuela / Whaleneck / TBA Nutty Irishman (Farmingale): Country Night Paddy's Loft (Massapequa): JDL Reel (East Rockaway): Honor The Shield Tropix (Freeport): Country Night Suffolk 50 Yard Line (West Babylon): Acoustic Open Mic Night hosted by David Jon Paisley BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Vinyl Night With Jordan Miller Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James): Open Mic Dek's American Restaurant (Rocky Point): Open Mic & Jam With The Johnny Mac Band Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): The People's Open Mic Katie's Of Smithtown: Tuesday Night Live: George Cintron & Bobby Rondinelli K.J. Farrell's House Of Brews (Port Jefferson): Open Jam With Jeff Regan Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Karaoke O Solo Mio (Stony Brook): Phyllis Tagg Shandon Court (East Islip): Ward Cloughen NYC/Queens/Brooklyn B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC): The Machine (Pink Floyd Tribute) / The B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Lenny Kaye's 70th Birthday Bash Cutting Room (NYC): Joe Rock & The All-Stars

Wednesday, December 28

Nassau Big Daddy’s (Massapequa): Ed Kaercher Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa): Karaoke With DJ Chris Of Songbird Entertainment BLVD (Massapequa Park): Sal The Singer Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa): Karaoke Night With DJ Greg Don Lorenzo's Restaurant & Lounge (Glen Cove): Jerry Costanzo & His Trio Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park): Open Mic & Jam With The Johnny Mac Band Homestead (Oyster Bay): Open Mic With "Big Daddy" John Struck Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Country Music Originals Night K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Wonderous Stories Manning's (Carle Place): Phil Smith Mickey Malone's (Floral Park): Open Jam Otto's Sea Grill (Freeport): Country Wednesdays R.S. Jones (Merrick): Mike Martino Suite 1828 (Merrick): Open Jam With Mike & The Outlaws Sunset Grill (Seaford): Blues At Sunset: Open Jam With The Sunset Boyz Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Country Night Amityville Music Hall: More Than Skies / Gasoline Heart / King Neptune / Gamblers / Archibelle Beau's Bar (Greenlawn): Open Mic Hosted By Steve Urban BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Kyle Fitzpatrick's Open Mic Night Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): Wayne Sabella Trio Jazz Loft (Stony Brook): The Jazz Loft Jam Band / Open Jam Katie's Of Smithtown: Open Mic Hosted by Michael Perlmutter Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Open Mic Quogue East Pub (East Quogue): Open Mic With Johnny B. Red River Inn (Yaphank): Karaoke Revolution (Amityville): Ryan Hunter & Brian Byrne Sea Cove (Center Moriches): Open Mic Night Spirit Of Huntington Art Center: Original Open Mic With Toby Tobias Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett): Karaoke Treme (Islip): The Swing Sessions

Your Guide To Local Events NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC): Lyfe Jennings Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): The Stooki Sound Terminal 5 (NYC): Kurt Vile & The Violators

Thursday, December 29

Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): Ace Duo Blue Parrot (Massapequa): Karaoke With DJ Chris From Songbird Entertainment Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa): Trivia Night With DJ Greg Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Acoustic Open Mic With Frank Walker Hub (Island Park): Open Mic With Benoir Hudson's Mill (Massapequa): Live Music Kacey's Rooftop (Rockville Centre): Country Night K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Ladies Night & Live Band Karaoke / Tiger Rose (Jerry Garcia Tribute) Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Open Mic R.S. Jones (Merrick): The Biscuit Kings Space At Westbury: Gogol Bordello Tocolo Cantina (Garden City): Thursday Night Music Club Featuring Bryce Larsen Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue): Jehry Robinson Bar Louie (Commack): Live Music: Blues & Brews Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): Frank O'Brien Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Tommy Moore Milk & Sugar Café (Bay Shore): Jazz Night: Melody Rose Niesen 347 (Saint James): Nisen 347 Thursdays Red River Inn (Yaphank): E3: Jam & Showcase Revolution (Amityville): Valor / All But Impossible / WestNyle / The John Byrnes Band Shandon Court (East Islip): Gerry Finlay Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Live Jazz Treme (Islip): The Hitman Blues Jam NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC): Harlem Gospel Choir / The Juice Crew Reunion: Biz Markie / Big Daddy Kane / Kool G Rap / Craig G / Masta Ace / Marley Marl / DJ Mitch / MC Shan / Roxanne Shante Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): The Lone Bellow Brooklyn Bowl: Joe Russo's Almost Dead Jazz Standard (NYC): Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet

Friday, December 30

Nassau Althouse 1828 (East Rockaway): Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): The Joe Roberts Trio Big Daddy’s (Massapequa) Little Wilson D.F. Meadows (East Meadow): Shockwave K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Decadia / Arena Rock Tribute Living Room (Bethpage): Classic Fridays: The Touch Memories 2 (Williston Park): FiveStone Minnesota’s (Long Beach): Paul Cuthbert Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Sugarskull / Piledriver / Choosy Moms / Tin Can Collective / Monsignor Ghost / TBA Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall (Wantagh): UFC 207 / The 90s Band / 45 RPM Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale): The Rockinghams / The Zoo Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): The Mystic R.S. Jones (Merrick): Chic ’N Martini Sunset Grill (Seaford): Uppercut Swing The Teapot (Floral Park): The Quinns Trotter's (Franklin Square): Spectrum Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue): Ozzmosis (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute) / Judas Priestess (All-Female Judas Priest Tribute) / Appetite For Destruction (Guns 'N Roses Tribute) Amityville Music Hall: Merauder / King Nine / Jukai / Trail Of Lies / Detrimen / A Breed

Calendar Apart Backstage Pass (Ronkonkoma): Love Hate Love (Alice In Chains Tribute) / Dirty Covers Beau's Bar (Greenlawn): Tiberius Black & Blue (Huntington): The Elecrtric Dudes Bobbique (Patchogue): Zofolk BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Bohemian Summer Corks & Taps (Bay Shore): Erich Glaubitz Emporium (Patchogue): TKA / Noel / Trilogy / Rockell / Joe Zangie / Soave Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): New Jazz Quartette Featuring Cathy Elliott Garcia Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Shecky & The Twangtones House Of Brews (Port Jefferson): Ninjas Need Money Jazz Loft (Stony Brook): The Bill Rignola Quartet Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): South Shore Rockers / DJ Epic MC’s (Coram): Joey Luongo Napper Tandy’s (Smithgotwn): Whiskey Road O’Brien’s Ale House (Coram): Crisis Canyons Pace's Steakhouse (Hauppauge): Danny Kean Paramount (Huntington): O.A.R. Sea Levels (Brightwaters): Live Music Shanahan’s (Kings Park): Key Three Shandon Court (East Islip): The Cara Band Smithtown Social: E3 Swept Away (Bay Shore): Porch Groove Treme (Islip): Blue Tourmaline NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): Tower Of Power Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): The Lone Bellow Brooklyn Bowl: Kamasi Washington / The Budos Band Jazz Standard (NYC): Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet Output (Brooklyn): Wild Dark / Nicola Cruz / Daniel Bortz / Recondite Thair Rock (Rockaway Beach): Nightmare River Band Editor's Note: Check with your favorite clubs and venues to find out if they are open on New Year's Day, as many likely will be closed due to the holiday. Also: Some New Year’s Eve parties and events require reservations, so check with your club before venturing out.

Saturday, December 31

Nassau Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway): Live Music Arden (Port Jefferson): Lisa & The Leftovers Aura (East Meadow): New Year's Eve Interactive Mingle Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): New Year's Eve Party: Ace B.K. Sweeney's (Bethpage): New Year's Eve Party: The Electric Dudes Cannon’s Blackthorn (Rockville Centre): New Year’s Eve: Live DJ Chateau Briand (Carle Place): New Year's Eve: Voices Coral House (Baldwin): New Year's Eve: Disco Unlimited Crescent Beach Club (Bayville): New Year's Eve Celebration D.F. Meadows (East Meadow): New Year's Eve: Kickstart Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Live Music Governors' (Levittown): New Year's Eve Standup: Joey Kola Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Live Deejays K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): New Year's Eve Bash: Wonderous Stories LeCaire Lounge (Williston Park): New Year's Eve: Live Deejays Library Café (Farmingdale): Ring In The New Year Living Room (Bethpage): New Year's Eve Party Madison Theater At Molloy College (Rockville

Your Guide To Local Events Centre): A Laughin' Rockin' New Year's Eve: The Chiclettes / Tina Giorgi / The Happenings / Eric Haft / Rob Falcone Memories 2 (Williston Park): New Year's Eve: ReWined Mesita (Rockville Centre): New Year's Eve Ball Montanta Brothers (Freeport): New Year’s Eve: Penny Lane (Beatles Tribute) MP Taverna (Roslyn): Jazz Brunch With Jack Morelli Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): New Year's Eve Party Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall (Wantagh): New Year's Eve Party Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale): New Year’s Eve Party: 12X / Chris Kenny Painter's Restaurant (Brookhaven): New Year's Eve Party Parlay Gastropub (Rockville Centre): New Year's Eve Celebration: Live Deejay Party Boat Central (Freeport): New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): New Year's Eve With Bud & Linda Gramer / 45 RPM R.S. Jones (Merrick): New Year’s Eve Party Space At Westbury: Kamran & Hooman / Sepideh Still Partners 12/13 (Sea Cliff): Madison New Year's Eve Party: Theatre Generations (RVC) Swan Club (Roslyn): New Year's Eve Party: Full House Swing The Teapot (Floral Park): New Year's Eve: Mike Barry Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue): New Year's Eve Bash: The 90s Band / Rock Stars From Mars Arden (Port Jefferson): New Year’s Eve: Joey Luongo Bar Louie (Commack): New Year's Eve Party: Double A Band Bay Shore Library: The Steel Silk Band Big Kahuna (Huntington): New Year’s Eve: Half Step (Jerry Garcia Tribute) Bistro 72 (Riverhead): New Year's Eve: Robert Bruey & Friends Bobbique (Patchogue): New Year's Eve: The 60s Invasion Butterfield's (Hauppauge): New Year's Eve Party: DJ Dr. Brian CM Performing Arts Center (Oakdale): New Year’s Eve Gala: Live Cabaret Corks & Taps (Bay Shore): Don Caffey Emporium (Patchogue): New Year's Eve Party: Vic Latino / Johnny Laz Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): New Years Eve At Grasso's: The Songs Of Frank Sinatra & The Great American Songbook: Make Buttice / Wane Sabella / Noriko Ueda Gurney's (Montauk): New Year's Eve Celebration & Costume Party: Kim Sozzi Jazz Loft (Stony Brook): New Year’s Eve Party: Tom Manuel & The Syncopated Seven / Melanie Marod Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): New Year's Eve Party: DJ Epic Meadow Club (Port Jefferson Station): New Year's Eve Celebration Mediterranean Manor (Patchogue): New Year's Eve Gala: Southbound Mixx Nightclub (Hauppauge): New Year's Eve: Casino Royale Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): New Year's Eve Party: Corky Liang / Scott Holt / Kirk Yano Off Key Tikki (Patchogue): New Year's Eve: The Lou Saxon Band Paramount (Huntington): Bush / The Kickback Pine Grove Inn (East Patchogue): New Year’s Eve: The Terri Hines Band Risegio’s Restaurant (North Patchogue): New Year’s Eve: Panic Schafer’s (Port Jefferson): New Year’s Eve: Slingshot Shandon Court (East Islip): New Year's Eve: The Cara Band

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Calendar Skipper’s Pub (Northport): New Year’s Eve: The Johnny Mac Band Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts: Live Stand-Up Comedy: Marvin Bell / Matt Burke / Eddie Clark / Peyton Clarkson / Joe Currie / Warren Holstein Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett): New Year's Eve Party: The Nancy Atlas Project / G.E. Smith Band & Chad Smith Suffolk Theater (Riverhead): New Year's Eve: Laugh, Dine & Dance / After-Hours Dance Party Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Ray Anderson – Ray's Proteges Jazz Treme (Islip): New Year's Eve Celebration: Jack's Waterfall Watermill Caterers (Smithtown): New Year’s Eve: Live Music Windows On The Lake (Lake Ronkonkoma): New Year's Eve Celebration: DJ Frankie Woodbury Country Club: New Year’s Eve: 20 Highview NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): New Year's Eve Party Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): The Lone Bellow Brooklyn Bowl: Kamasi Washington / The Budos Band / Animal Collective (DJ Set) Jazz Standard (NYC): Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet Resorts World (Jamaica): New Year’s Eve Celebration: Tavares / France Joli / Do Do Orchestra / Alfio / Vivian Liu / Angels Caribbean Band & Dancers / Bollywood Drums & Dancers Terrace On The Park (Flushing Meadows Park): New Year’s Eve Grand Ballroom Celebration: Bravo Sounds Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach): New Year's Eve Celebration: The Tony O Blues Band

Your Guide To Local Events Sunday, January 1 Nassau Big Daddy's (Massapequa): Blues Brunch With The Tommy T. Mudcat Blues Band / Little Wilson City Cellar (Westbury): Live Jazz Brunch Connoly Station (Malverne) Live Irish Music K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore): Curt Arnel & Friends Sunday Jam Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Open For New Year's Day Suffolk Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Nick Russell & Friends Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Ray Anderson's Tasting Notes Jazz Club Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): Martin Flynn Red River Inn (Yaphank): Jam With Jim Moran & Ed The Hat Shandon Court (East Islip): Tommy Mulvihill NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): Black Tie Ball Fundraiser Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Diving Bell (Sunnyside): Open Mic With Anthony Gibney Irish Whiskey Bar (Astoria): Bluegrass Jam Hosted By Dave McKeon & Mary Noecker Of Moonshine Falls Jazz Standard (NYC): Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach): The Mike Severino Band

Monday, January 2

Nassau Allegria Hotel (Long Beach): Industry Night Big Daddy’s (Massapequa): Paint Night / The Johnny Mac Band K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Open Mic & Jam Hosted by Kenny Forgione

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Suffolk Bartini Bar (Babylon): Open Mic With Dave Drew BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Acoustic Open Mic Cinque Terre Restaurant (Huntington Station): Monday Jazz Jam Hosted By The Gracenotes Trio Crooked Rail (Northport): Open Mic Night Hosted By Jerry Ramone La Scala Ristorante (Commack): Phyllis Tagg Shandon Court (East Islip): Musicians Night Hosted by Gil McLean

Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Kitano New York Hotel (NYC): Live Jazz

Tuesday, January 3

Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): J.D. Leonard & Frank Stainkamp Jack Halyard's American Bar & Grill (Oyster Bay): Open Mic With Mike Dorio K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Original Music Showcase: The Welldiggers / Exit Verona / TBA Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale): Country Night Reel (East Rockway): Honor The Shield Tropix (Freeport): Country Night Walk Street Tavern (New Hyde Park): Jazz Jam Session

Suffolk 50 Yard Line (West Babylon): Acoustic Open Mic Nite hosted by David Jon Paisley BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Vinyl Night With Jordan Miller Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James): Open Mic Crooked Rail (Northport): Open Mic Night Hosted by Jerry Ramone Dek's American Restaurant (Rocky Point): Open Mic & Jam With The Johnny Mac Band Corky Laing • December 31 K.J. Farrell's House Of Brews (Port Jefferson): Open Jam With Jeff Regan Mouse Trap Café • Amityville Katie's of Smithtown: Open Jam With George Cintron & Rob DeMartino Trifecta Lounge (Copiague): Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Karaoke The Swing Sessions Hosted By Dud Music O Solo Mio (Stony Brook): Phyllis Tagg Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst): Shandon Court (East Islip): Ward Cloughen Open Mic Night w/Kenn Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Ray Anderson & NYC/Queens Steve Salerno B.B. King Blues Club (NYC): Strictly Sinatra (Frank Sinatra Tribute) / Jon Paris Jam

Calendar NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC): The Harlem Blues Project: A Tribute To B.B. King, Freddie King, & Albert King Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Brooklyn Bowl: Lettuce Jazz Standard (NYC): Brian Lynch

Wednesday, January 4

Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): Terrence Blue Parrot (Massapequa): Karaoke With DJ Chris Of Songbird Entertainment BLVD Bar & Grill (Massapequa Park): Sal The Singer Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa): Karaoke Night With DJ Greg Don Lorenzo's Restaurant & Lounge (Glen Cove): Jerry Costanzo & His Trio Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park): Open Mic hosted by Robert Sloan Homestead (Oyster Bay): Open Mic With "Big Daddy" John Struck Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Country Music Originals Night K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Wonderous Stories Manning's (Carle Place): Phil Smith Mickey Malone's (Floral Park): Open Jam Suite 1828 (Merrick): Open Jam With Mike & The Outlaws Suffolk Beau's Bar (Greenlawn): Open Mic Hosted By Steve Urban BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Kyle Fitzpatrick's Open Mic Night Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park): Open Mic & Jam With The Johnny Mac Band Katie's Of Smithtown: Open Mic With Michael Perlmutter Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Open Mic Quogue East Pub (East Quogue): Open Mic With Johnny B.

Your Guide To Local Events Sea Cove (Center Moriches): Open Mic Night Spirit Of Huntington Art Center: Original Open Mic With Toby Tobias

Hudson's Mill (Massapequa): Live Music Hub (Island Park): Open Mic With Benoir K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore): Ladies Night & Live Band Karaoke / Cruecified NYC/Queens (Motley Crue Tribute) B.B. King's (NYC): Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Open Mic The Harlem Gospel Choir Sings Prince Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh): The Lisa Polizzi Band / Others Petey Mix • 1/7 • Bacaro (Amityville) Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin): Open Mic Night Tocolo Cantina (Garden City): Thursday Night Music Club Featuring Bryce Larsen

Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Brooklyn Bowl: Lettuce Jazz Standard (NYC): Brian Lynch

Thursday, January 5 Nassau Allegria Hotel (Long Beach): Jazz & Sushi Night Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway): Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): Ace Duo Blue Parrot (Massapequa): Karaoke With DJ Chris From Songbird Entertainment Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa): Trivia Night With DJ Greg E.B. Elliot's (Freeport): A Witch's Brew Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Acoustic Open Mic With Frank Walker Holiday Inn (Carle Place): Salsa Night

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Suffolk Bar Louie (Commack): Live Music: Blues & Brews Milk & Sugar Café (Bay Shore): Melody Rose Niesen 347 (Saint James): Nisen 347 Thursdays Patchogue Theatre): Live In The Lobby: The New Students / Eastbound Freight Revolution (Amityville): Madball / Wisdom In Chains / Brick By Brick / Out Live Death Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Ray Anderson & Steve Salerno Treme (Islip): Sabori NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): Eli Cook

Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Jazz Standard (NYC): Regina Carter

Friday, January 6

Nassau Adelphi University Performing Arts Center (Garden City): Redneck Romance Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway): Live Music Blue Parrot (Massapequa): DJ Siren Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa): Steve Calta D.F. Meadows (East Meadow): Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Live Music K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Dushane / Mountain Jam Orchestra (Allman Brothers Band Tribute) Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Live Music Living Room (Bethpage): Classic Fridays Memories 2 (Williston Park): Live Music Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Oyster Babies / Dogs Will Run Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall (Wantagh): Larger Than Life (Boy Band Tribute) / Stifler's Mom / 45 RPM Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale): Ready In 10 / Superbad Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): Four Way Street Sunset Grill (Seaford): South Shore Rockers Swing The Teapot (Floral Park): Nina Gordon & Savannah Sky Trotter's (Franklin Square): FiveStone

Calendar Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue): Straight To Hell (The Clash Tribute) / NFU / Dear Prudence Amityville Music Hall: Casanova / Table Talk / Rich People / Whittled Down / Hymm / For What It's Worth / Cold Hands Emporium (Patchogue): Love & Theft / Tyler Farr / Russell Dickerson Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Live Music Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): DJ Epic Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Americano Band Pace's Steakhouse (Hauppauge): Danny Kean Painter's Restaurant (Brookhaven): OP Effect Palmer's American Grille (Farmingdale): 2 Daves Paramount (Huntington): The Purple Experience (Prince Tribute) Revolution (Amityville): Memphis Crawl / Mother / Craving Strange / American Ice Age / Dirty Black 7 Sea Levels (Brightwaters) Live Music Treme (Islip): Brother Dave & The Rave NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC): Darlene Love / Slam Allen Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Winter Jazzfest: Chris Dave & The Drumhedz / Marcus Strickland's Twi Life / Isaiah Sharkey / Kandance Springs / Killiam Shakespeare Jazz Standard (NYC): Regina Carter Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach): 3 Sheets To The Wind

Tiger Rose (Jerry Garcia Tribute)

Your Guide To Local Events Porter's A Master: Bob Porter, well known to area jazz and blues fans

Photos: Natalie Eva Marie courtesy Anderson Public Relations

Revolution (Amityville): The Dives / Punches Pilot / Fresh Squeezed Lemonade / MJT / Bunktown Falls /·Space Camp Dropout Shandon Court (East Islip): The Cara Band Staller Center (Stony Brook University): Kell Suffolk Theater (Riverhead): ZBTB (Zac Brown Tribute Band) Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Live Jazz Treme (Islip): Anna Jam NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): Empire Beats Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Big Thief Jazz Standard (NYC): Anat Cohen Tentet Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach): Bobby Kyle & The Administers

Sunday, January 8

Nassau Big Daddy's (Massapequa): Live Jazz City Cellar (Westbury): Live Jazz Brunch K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore): Curt Arnel & Friends Open Jam Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Mr. Beery's Annual Late Christmas Party Suffolk Boulton Center (Bay Shore): Sonny Landreth

K.J. Farrell’s Bellmore

December 29

Saturday, January 7 Nassau Althouse 1828 (East Rockaway): Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park): Petey Mix Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Dirty Mongo D.F. Meadows (East Meadow): Live Music Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Live Music Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Live DJs K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Uppercut / Streetfighter (Rolling Stones Tribute) Memories 2 (Williston Park): Live Music MP Taverna (Roslyn): Brunch With Jack Morelli Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Black Suit Youth / Old Fiction / Dead Of Winter Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall (Wantagh): Big Shot (Billy Joel Tribute) Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale): 12X / That 70s Band Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): Peat Moss & The Fertilizers Still Partners (Sea Cliff): Easy Chief Sunset Grill (Seaford): The Rockinghams Swing The Teapot (Floral Park): Danny Kean Trio Tilles Center (Greenvale): The Yale Spizzwinks(?) Trotter's (Franklin Square): Parade Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue): Us & Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute) / Project Genesis Arden (Port Jefferson): Mean Machine Backstage Pass (Ronkonkoma): Blacque Jacque Shellacque / Beyond The Flames Congregational Church Of Huntington (Centerport): The Boxcar Lillies / Low Lily Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Live Music Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): Martin Flynn / DJ Epic Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): The Bob & Tony Band Paramount (Huntington): O El Amor / Judas Priestess (Judas Priest Tribute) Painter's Restaurant (Brookhaven): Ninedeeznite

Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James): Open Mic Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): Melanie Morin Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor): Ray Anderson's Tasting Notes Jazz Club Lily Flanagan's (Babylon): Martin Flynn Red River Inn (Yaphank): Jam With Jim Moran & Ed The Hat Shandon Court (East Islip): Tommy Mulvihill Treme (Islip): Interplay Jazz Orchestra Village Idiot Pub (Patchogue): Live Breakfast Music NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC): The Midtown Men Blue Note (NYC): Chris Botti Diving Bell (Sunnyside): Open Mic w/Anthony Gibney Irish Whiskey Bar (Astoria): Bluegrass Jam Hosted By Dave McKeon & Mary Noecker Of Moonshine Falls Jazz Standard (NYC): Anat Cohen Tentet Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach): Deep Pockets

Monday, January 9

Nassau Allegria Hotel (Long Beach): Industry Night K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore): Open Mic & Jam Hosted By Kenny Forgione Suffolk Bartini Bar (Babylon): Open Mic with Dave Drew BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Vinyl Night Cinque Terre Restaurant (Huntington Station): Jazz Jam With The Gracenotes Trio La Scala Ristorante (Commack): Phyllis Tagg Sea Cove (Center Moriches): Open Mic Shakers Pub (Oakdale): Open Mic Comedy Show Shandon Court (East Islip): Musicians Night Hosted By Gil McLean Trifecta Lounge (Copiague): The Swing Sessions Hosted By Dud Music Village Lanterne (Lindenhurst): Open Mic Night With Kenn

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for his longtime stint as a blues music radio host, returns with Soul Jazz, a new book that’s a history of jazz and its reception in the black community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Previous histories reflect the perspective of an integrated America, yet the United States was a segregated country in 1945. The black audience had a very different take on the music, and that is the perception explored in the book. Porter is a longtime record producer, writer, and broadcaster in the fields of jazz and blues, and has worked for the record labels Prestige, Savoy, and Atlantic. He has produced more than 175 albums and several hundred reissues; he currently hosts of three radio programs on WBGO in Newark. The new book is available via and Xlibris … Long Island's Indi Music TV, helmed by longtime area music professional Chris Pati, recently appointed four new members to its board of directors in Brian Hyndman, Harsh W. Sharma, John Velasco, and Cory Greenway … Engadget reported on December 6 that British sales of vinyl music records surpassed those of digital music downloads in the week preceding the news flash, proving pundits such as our own Jimi LaLumia correct: Vinyl is back, and it certainly seems to be back to stay … WCBS on the AM dial is a mustlisten for area news junkies, so it came a shock in early December when The New York Post reported that many longtime big names at CBS Radio News had either left or were going to leave the company after accepting buyouts of their contracts. Among Natalie the on-air Eva Marie talent reportedly leaving the station were news anchors Bill Whitney and Harley Karnes and Washington newsman Barry Bagnato … The almost impossibly fit WWE wrestler Eva Marie – now known as Natalie Eva Marie became famous not only for her wrestling skills and (apparent- Chris Pati ly formerly) flaming red hair, but for her appearances on E!'s “Total Divas.” Now, Anderson Public Relations has reported that Marie has launched her own new line called NEM Fashion, which follows her luxury hair extensions line with Bellami, TestaRossa. The young star is also set to appear in her first feature film, Inconceivable, headlined by Hollywood mainstays in Nicolas Cage and Faye Dunaway. Catch up with her on social media @NatalieEvaMarie; the fashion line can be found at


45 RPM Mulcahy's Pub & Music Hall, Wantagh January 6 at 8 PM • • (516) 783-7500 It’s oldies as 45 RPM performs best-loved hits of the 1960s and '70s; Stifler's Mom, billed as “the ultimate '90s experience,” hits the stage at 10 pm. Arena Rock Tribute K.J. Farrell's, Bellmore December 30 at 7 PM (516) 804-9925 Arena Rock Tribute brings Queen, Boston, Styx, The Who, and Journey, and more bands from the days of hockey rinks and $8 tickets. And that’s not all: Decadia takes the stage at 10 pm.

Judas Priestess (All-Female Judas Priest Tribute) Appetite For Destruction (Guns 'N Roses Tribute) Ozzmosis (Ozzy Osbourne Tribute) 89 North Music Venue, Patchogue December 30 • Doors at 8 PM • (631) 780-8992

It will be a remarkable way to usher out 2016 as a trio of the busiest and most popular tribute bands take the same stage on the same night. Judas Priestess continues to amaze; lead singer MilitiA, drummer Hillary Blaze (an amazing player), guitarists Rena Sands and Josette, and bassist Gyda Gash are simply impossible to ignore, and in and of themselves have become national metal treasures.


The Purple Xperience: A Tribute To Prince The Paramount, Huntington January 6 at 8 PM • (631) 673-7300 This tribute act from Minneapolis, Prince's hometown, now brings the music of the superstar to audiences of all generations. Led by Matt Fink (aka Doctor Fink, a member of Prince & The Revolution from 1978 to 1991), the Purple Xperience styles the magic of all of Prince’s talent, with his appearance, vocal imitation, and multi-instrumental capacity on guitar and piano.

Make Your Plans Now For These Huge Events Kamran & Hooman Sepideh The Space At Westbury Theater December 31 at 8 PM (800) 745-3000 It’s a special New Year's Eve show featuring three international superstars: Kamran & Hooman are Iranian pop music legends, while Sepideh, also from Iran, moved to the U.S. During the 1980s and eventually has become a Persian pop music sensation, with fans all over the globe.

Photo: Sonny Landreth by Bruce Schultz

Sonny Landreth

Boulton Center, Bay Shore January 8 at 7 PM (631) 969-1101 This innovative guitarist (who many may remember from John Hiatt's longtime band, The Goners) is Mississippi's gift to slide electric guitar, but he's also so much more than that: A master of blues and roots music, Landreth has performed at the top of virtually every genre, making him a musician's musician for the modern era. Check out his solo discs before hitting the show.

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You're telling us you you received cash as a Christmas gift – and you're a musician in serious need of new gear? We know just the places for the best deals: Monster Music (3068 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown) is a store that has been independently owned and operated since 1978; Brian Reardon is your owner and propietor. For the holidays, this popular retail outlet stocked up on Reverend, Lag, and Alvarez guitars, Devil Cat amplifiers, Spector basses, Luna ukuleles, Tycoon hand percussion, Peavy PA equipment, and Roland electronic drum sets. Also in stock from Reverend Guitars: The new Air Wave 12-string signature guitar, and the coveted Billy Corgan signature model. Celebrities such as Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne) and Bernie Williams have been Monster customers; jazz/rock guitarist and Reverend endorsee Gil Parris performs at the store each year. “Here at Monster Music we

have a saying: Stop dreaming and start playing,” said manager Ed Moreno. Contact Monster Music at (516) 735-3595 or find them on Facebook. Murphy’s Music (447 Walt Whitman Road, Melville) has served musicians' needs for both repairs and instruments for more than 30 years, and it's a place wellknown by national stars; owner Jeff Frohman has personally worked on the bass of Dave Case of the altmetal legends Helmet. This store is an authorized Conn-Selmer dealer, and stocks saxophones, flutes, clarinets, flutes, and baritone horns. Zildjian cymbals are in in stock, as well as five- and six-string banjos from Gold Tone as well as

A major feature at Murphy's is its pre-owned instrument and amp department; the musicians on our staff are continually amazed at the prices and selection of used equipment and instruments – such as the eye-popping current deal for a pre-owned Martin D12X1AE 12String Acoustic/Electric. For more information on instruments or repairs, call (631) 549-4510. All Music Inc. (397D South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview), an area staple for 31 years, ranks as a premiere Paul Reed Smith guitar

Martin 12-String at Murphy’s Music dealer. For the holidays, the store offered Fender starter acoustic and electric guitar packs for beginning players, as well as Amahi and Fender ukuleles in all colors. “Every time someone walks in, they are blown away by the amount

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of different brands of guitars we have,” said owner Guy Brogna. “We have 700 guitars on the floor, from Fender, PRS, Martin, Charvel, and many more.” All Music also stocks what they dub as “the gift of the year”: Plugins' plastic wall-mountable key chain, The Jack Rack, that looks like a small amplifier, and sports small cables to organize your keys. Other unique products here include guitar ice cube molds, rock “onesies,” and Fender lunch boxes. All Music Inc. also stocks Analog Alien and Tech 21 pedals, as well as a vast array of trombones, trumpets, and clarinets. “We like to think of our store as a destination location,” said manager Bryan Okrent. “All of our instruments are of the highest quality, and are set up and ready for the customer to purchase.” Contact All Music Inc. at




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(516) 433-6969. Scott Russ Music (2170 Sunrise Highway, Merrick) is the only authorized Hammond Organ dealer in Long Island, and stocks the popular Hammond XK-5 and the Heritage System. Even better: Leslie speaker cabinets are also available, a real rarity in this area. The store also stocks a selection of vintage tube amps by Fender, Marshall, Sun, Ampeg, and Gibson. Repairs are available; owner Scott Russ has worked on Gregg Allman's Hammond B-3 organ. Scott Russ also supplies organs with custom programs for such famed clients as Dr. Lonnie Smith, Booker T, and Felix Cavaliere.

More cool stuff: Scott Russ stocks an array of guitar pedals and vintage tube amps. Popular is The Digitech Trio Plus Band Creator, a hit at this year's NAMM show and an item on many holiday gift lists. Call Scott Russ Music at (516) 377-7907. Munro Music (416 Larkfield Road, East Northport), owned by John Fogarty, is celebrating its 50th year in business. This store stocks everything from Ibanez guitars to new Mapex drum sets. And there’s more: John Juzek violins, American-made Selmer saxophones, Bach trumpets, and Roland electronic drum kits and amplifiers. Munro Music offers music lessons for beginners and a big selection of sheet music, a rarity and a must for learners. “We are a neighborhood store,” said Fogarty. “We have a fairly extensive inventory, and it varies from guitar strings to tuba mouthpieces.” Contact Munro Music at (631) 266-2334. The Music Zoo (55 Lumber Road, Roslyn) offers everything from small gifts to coveted “grail” instruments. It stocks an array of guitar T-shirts, as well as the Di Marzio Clip-Lock, the popular gizmo that's become a musthave. Music Zoo is a store that caters to players of any level, and among its choices are guitars such as the Danelectro 1959 12-String Electric and Vintage Baritone Electric; and

Taylor GS Hammond XK-5 At Mini-E acoustic and electric guitars. "Buying a guitar for most people is a big purchase, and I believe the customer really needs to feel they’ve found the right place," said owner Tommy Colletti. "It’s not just about a great price; it’s talking to someone who gives a damn. We constantly hear, 'I’m so glad I found you.' It’s a friendship and a business relationship; it’s beyond the service. It’s still about having someone you can contact for any reason. That to me is worth a lot." Guitarist Bill Kelliher of Mastodon has checked out gear here; Music Zoo offers a giveaway of a guitar signed by the star during January. Call The Music Zoo at (516) 626-9292 to learn more. Sound Beach Music (66 Echo Avenue, Miller Place) has been independently owned and operated since 1978. “Sound Beach Music tries to cater to anyone who has played a musical instrument, whether it be their first note to someone who has played professionally for 30 years,” said owner Brian Chabza. Chabza has also done repair work on bluegrass star Buddy Merriam’s

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mandolins. The store features Ibanez guitars and basses, Ernie Ball Music Man electric guitars, and high-end vintage such as a 1965 Fender Stratocaster and a 1971 Gibson SG. Lessons are popular as well. Call Sound Beach Music at (631) 476-3850. Farmingdale Music Center (135 Main Street) is the ultimate independent music store success story; established in 1945, it is one of the oldest in Long Island. It's been owned by Frank and Valerie LiCausi since 1985, and was owned by Frank’s father previous to that. “Our customers are very loyal to us,” said Valerie LiCausi. “You will always be dealing with the owners in the store.” Band players, take heed: Farmingdale stocks the full line of Chateau saxophones, Americanmade Bach trumpets, Selmer USA clarinets, and Armstrong flutes. Sheet music is also a specialty, and the store has been a source of lessons, repairs, and rentals for decades. For more information, call (516) 249-0885.

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to create a worldwide consciousness. It’s what we’ve had in mind since the first song on the first Gogol Bordello album.” The band did pre-production on 30 songs at studios in Mexico, Paraguay and Burlington, Vermont, narrowing it down to the most compelling tunes for the album. The arrangements were done on the fly, with the musicians contributing ideas from their own areas of expertise. “Our sound comes from being a group of polyamorous musicians. The style comes from musicians born and raised in various elements, like (bass player) Thomas Gobena’s Ethiopian

ultimate outsider.” Hutz chose Pura Vida Conspiracy as the title because it represents everything the band has been moving toward since they first formed over a decade ago. “We’re not a whimsical band with a whimsical message, and some languages offer things that others don’t. As I made my way through Spanish, the phrase ‘pura vida’ – pure life – struck me. In Spanish, ‘pura vida’ has the gusto that true life should have, as opposed to words in English, French or Russian. It sums up my need of joining fragmented parts and pieces

meters and (Russian violinist) Sergey Ryabtsev and (folkloric Russian accordion player) Yuri Lemeshev’s palette of colors. Everyone does their own thing to keep the train moving.” Hutz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl. In keeping with his vision of creating an international groove, he recruited bassist Thomas Gobena, from Ethiopia, Russian violinist Sergey Ryabtsev from Moscow and percussionist Pedro Erazo-Segovia from Ecuador.

“I’ve come full circle and I’m comfortable being a total outsider,” said Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hutz, explaining the philosophy behind a recent album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. Like everything they’ve ever done, this outing is an uncategorizable blend of international influences, anchored by the gypsy rhythms Hutz grew up with in Ukraine. “Most people are looking for a box to put stuff in,” said Hutz. “I try to avoid it. The message of this record is the quest for self-knowledge

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Virostko and Good Old Dance Band his 17-piece swing band. Dancing, raffles, and more. Log on for the next show dates.

Books Clinton Kelly Book Revue, Huntington January 9 at 7 pm; (631) 271-1442; The Emmy Award-winning co-host of “The Chew” (right) will sign copies of his new book, I Hate Everyone, Except You.

Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach

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comes to Suffolk County. Elf Jr.: The Musical Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts Through December 31;; (631) 724-3700 Based on the holiday film, this

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Comedy Friday Night Face-Off Theatre Three, Port Jefferson Most Fridays at 10:30 pm;; (631) 928-9202 Long Island's longest-running improv show rolls on with new laughs each week. Live Standup Comedy: Loads Of Laughs Smithtown Performing Arts Center December 31; doors at 8:30 pm; (631) 724-3700;

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Light food and New Year's Eve beverages precede a night of adult standup featuring Peyton Clarkson, Matt Burke, Marvin Bell, Eddie Clark (above), Joe Currie, and Warren Holstein.

Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm; (516) 884-2270; (631) 946-6335 The L.I.A.R.S. monthly meetings are open to anyone with an interest in building scale models of automobiles. Call for more information and meeting dates.

fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy The Elf in his quest to find his true identity. Annie Junior Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through December 31;; (631)226-8400 The sun will come out tomorrow in Lindenhurst with this family show.

Photography Photography Next Fall Exhibitions Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Nassau County January 6 through 8; Museum Of Art, Roslyn; Harbor Through March 5; L.I.A.R.S. (516) 484-9337; Three exhibits are running concurrently: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling; Light Works: 100 Years of Photos; and New Photos: Long Island Collects.

Theater Memphis: The Musical Concerts Noel S. Ruiz Theatre Good Old Dance Band At CM Peforming Arts Center, St. Sylvester's Oakdale Parish Center, Medford January 14 through February Check website for show dates; 4; (631) 218-2100; (631) 730-3333; The regular monthly show of Mike The modern Broadway smash 20 • Good Times Magazine - December 27, 2016 - January 9, 2017

(631)226-8400 Act fast: It's one weekend only for Geoffrey Naufft's play. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf Merrick Theatre For The Arts January 7 through February 5; (516) 868:6400; The eternal war between a history profession and his boozy wife is the stuff of theatrical drama history. The Wiz Cultural Arts Playhouse, Syosset Through January 8; (516) 6943330; culturalartPat splayGordon The legendary, soulful Broadway musical is revived; the multitalented cast includes Pat Gordon (above) as Glinda, The Good Witch. Pinkalicious The Showplace At Bellmore Movies December 31 through January 8;; (516) 599-6870 Plaza Theatrical Productions: Watch out for those pink cupcakes, kids! The Kann sisters'mega-popular, classic children's book comes to life in this production.


Hot Artists & Events Rocking The Area Scene Michael Kornfeld: New NERFA President

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The Johnny Mac Band: Memphis Bound

Veteran area blues group The Johnny Mac Band will represent Long Island at the annual International Blues Challenge, to take place January 31 through February 4 in Memphis. The band features the vocals and guitar of “Mohair” Sam Wylie, a 79-year-old blues man from Badin, North Carolina, and Johnny Mac, veteran of the New York circuit. On September 20, 2015, the band won The Long Island Blues Society's Blues Challenge and represented Long Island for the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in January of 2016. On September 10, 2016, they were victorious once again and will return to Memphis. The International Blues Challenge is a music showcase that takes place annually in Memphis. Several locations in the Beale Street Historic District turn into music venues as bands, solo acts, and duos show off their chops. The Johnny Mac Band will also perform on January 2 at Big Daddy's in Massapequa.

Karl Gregory: LI Actor Enjoys 'Nightcap'

A new comedy series that focuses on a late-night talk show, “Nightcap,” debuted on the cable channel Pop TV on November 16; the show's cast features New York City theater actor and Long Island native Karl Gregory, who portrays Marcus, the fictional show's pansexual hair and makeup artist. “'Nightcap' came at such a great time in my career, and I’m excited for everything that’s coming,” said Gregory. “I can’t wait until I get booked on a real talk show (Hi, Ellen!), and be BFF’s with Meryl. Those are my life goals.” Gregory won a SALT Award for his role as Black Stache in Peter & The Starcatcher at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca. The actor also has a list of off-Broadway credits, but this show appears to be a huge break for the rising star: In “Nightcap,” Gregory performs with Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Rudd, George Stephanopoulos, Joel Schumacher, Mark Cuban, Rosie Perez, and more stars.

Michael Kornfeld of Huntington was elected president of the board of directors of The Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) during its annual conference at The Crowne Plaza in Stamford during November. Kornfeld had previously served as the non-profit organization’s vice president. NERFA is the largest regional affiliate of Folk Alliance International, an organization that seeks to nurture, engage, and empower the international folk music community. Kornfeld also is president of The Folk Music Society of Huntington, and coordinates the annual Huntington Folk Festival David Amram & presented each Michael Kornfeld summer in partnership with The Huntington Arts Council. A veteran strategic communications and public relations professional, Kornfeld also is editor and publisher of, an online publication for the folk, roots, and singer/songwriter communities. At the NERFA conference, Kornfeld hosted a “Midnight Hoot” featuring roots artists and DJs, and moderated a panel discussion on the folk revival of the 1960s that featured David Amram and Tom Paxton.

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O El Amor

Smart Pills: As the 1970s punk and new wave scene remains an object of fascination for new fans, more bands that didn't get major publicity in their heydays are re-emerging with great material that didn't reach as many ears as Blondie, Jayne County, Patti Smith,

LI’s Wildest ‘Romantic’ Rockers Headline The Parmount

Who: O El Amor, the indescribable, crazed masked band that has pretty much taken the Long Island club scene by storm during the past few years, is so popular that it will now headline one of the leading venues in the region: The hooded wildmen will go crazy at The Parmount in Huntington on Saturday, January 7 at 8 pm. The Founder's Room after-party will apply; tickets are at, and more information is at And that's not all: The red-hot all-female tribute band Judas Priestess will open this special show. The Artists & Their Sound: It's an original concept, all right: Take five hard-drinking, hard-partying misfits, turn the amps up to 11, let them say anything they want in-between songs to their rapt, crazy audiences (which includes rabid fans that many times show up wearing similar masks as their heroes), and unleash some of the wildest versions of romantic classics ever performed. We're not kidding; even a cursory glance at O El Amor's set lists from the past reveals such unlikely covers as Barry Manilow's “Mandy,” a slew of Hall & Oates ditties, rockers such as Survivor's classic but corny “Eye Of The Tiger,” romantic ballads, hard rockers, AM pop hits, and everything in between. Amazingly, these “masked lovers” have as many female fans as males, hence the high watermark booking at The Paramount. From Their Website: Their “Tale of O El Amor”: “As legend has it, after many years of short lived relationships and meaningless one night stands, the broken hearts of O El Amor swore to disguise their faces in shame and never to remove their masks. Living vicariously through the lovers of the world who come to see them, O El Amor travels town to town in search of inner peace ... and free drinks.” The O El Amor lineup: Lead vocalist Disco Goya, lead guitarist Jesus Mana Cerveza Jr., bassist Bongo El Mongo, drummer Don Corazon Destrozado; and keyboarist Sucio (aka Dirty) Sanchez. To Learn More About The Artists: Easily a great local success story, in addition to headlining The Parmount, the band is already booked at many top area venues through 2017, including The Nutty Irishman, 89 North, and more. Learn all about them at 22 • Good Times Magazine - December 27, 2016 - January 9, 2017

or Johnny Thunders. Vince Conrad, a veteran of the late '70s scene on both coasts, has released some great material that reflects his career, which began with a band called The Aliens that played the Max's Kansas City/CBGB circuit and were supposed to have tracks included on the second CBGB album, but the band broke up and the recordings went unreleased. That event led to the formation of The Smart Pills in 1978. The Pills kickstarted in Manhattan and made their way to Los Angeles, where they gigged alongside Fear, The Weirdos, The Gears, The Plugs, and other artists of the day. The Smart Pills are captured live on a double CD , Smart Pills Live In Kansas 1979, which features the tunes "Yankee Doodle Boy" and "What Did You Expect," as well as rave-up '50s rockers "The Girl Can't Help It," "Lucille," and "Something Else." It's a great sounding, well-recorded rock & roll party, well worth checking out. The third incarnation of Conrad came with American Bad Taste; the band was created in late 1979 in Hollywood, and cranked out great material reflective of that moment in time: "Kill Daddy," "Slut Babies," "Throw Up On Me," and "Steal A Car," with "Me And Mrs. Jones" thrown into the mix. It just goes to show that just when you're sure that you've heard it all, you find out that you haven't. The Vince Conrad EP is a release that features songs he wrote at the dawn of the '80s, but never recorded or released: "Bimbo, " "Kick The Dog," "Sticky People," great rock & roll. Visit Vince Conrad Productions at to find all this great stuff and more.

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The double CD The Smart Pills – Lost Studio Recordings EP 1979 is newly released and is a rare treat. Return To The Senders: The Senders, fronted by the magnetic Philippe Marcade, held sway over the late '70s/early '80s scene at Max's, CBGB, and the other music rooms that came and went. At various times, Johnny Thunders and the late Ritchie Lure (Walter's younger brother) were Senders alongside the regular lineup: “Wild” Bill Thompson, Steve Shevlin, and Marc Bourset. Their look and sound was authentic “street,” and Philippe tells the entire tale of The Senders in his recently released book, Punk Avenue. Marcade details a life consumed with rock & roll, and his arrival in New York from France at a time when The New York Dolls were new and igniting the wave of bands that tried to follow in their footprints. The style and attitude of The Senders was inspired by several eras of rock, but the emerging scene in the city and the brashness of the new bands of the early 1970s, especially The Dolls, couldn't help but rub off on this great underappreciated band. Find yourself a copy of Punk Avenue, and look up The Senders on YouTube and similar sites where historic recordings and videos are available.

The Day Make The Year: My choice for album of the year is Revolution Radio by the continuously amazing Green Day. The new album has as much energy and passion as the band's earliest recordings, as if they're still trying to get off the ground.The songs are there, the attitude is genuine, and, in many ways, they are almost singlehandedly keeping rock & roll alive – long may they reign.


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Madonna performed 10 songs, including a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" and a stripped-down version of "Holiday." All proceeds from the evening benefit Raising Malawi, the non-profit organization founded by Madonna in 2006 as it works to build Malawi's first pediatric surgery and intensive care unit, set to open in 2017. Learn more at

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Millions For Malawi

Madonna's evening of music, art, mischief, and performance raised more than $7.5 million for her Raising Malawi Foundation during Art Basel on December 2 at The Faena Forum in Miami Beach. Madonna was joined by stars including Dave Chappelle, James Corden, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton, Alex Rodriguez, Chris Rock, Russell Simmons, and others at the special event.

The Black Angels, and San Fermin are among the first bands confirmed to headline Brooklyn Steel. Additional bands, as well as show details and on sale information, will follow in the coming weeks. Visit for more information.

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Following her Best Alternative Music Album Grammy Award nomination for The Hope Six Demolition Project, P.J. Harvey announced that she will embark on her most extensive North American headline tour in more than 10 years. Featuring the 10-piece band that accompanied her on this year’s four U.S. dates, Harvey's return to North America in April will be a full run of dates across the continent. Starting in Toronto at the storied Massey P.J Hall Harvey on April 13, the tour includes an April 20 stop at Brooklyn Steel in, of course, Brooklyn.

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Bowery’s New Music Venue

The Bowery Presents has announced the opening of a new venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Steel, the largest general admission venue in Brooklyn with a capacity of approximately 1,800. With Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade, and now Brooklyn Steel, The Bowery Presents will operate three venues in Brooklyn. The Decemberists, Pixies, P.J. Harvey, Two Door Cinema Club, Animal Collective, Perfume Genius, Whitney, Tycho,

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Kelsea & Joey: It’s A ‘Favorite’

New country star Kelsea Ballerini – nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award – teams with pianist Joey Alexander on “My Favorite Things,” now available digitally. The classic tune from The Sound Of Music was the title track of Alexander’s debut instrumental album in 2015, which hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. With the addition of Ballerini’s

be my best. I'm so excited for people to hear this."

Dweezil Zappa:

Still ‘Frank’ Into 2017

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years Of Frank, the live music project honoring the late Frank Zappa, has confirmed a 14city U.S. tour of the South and Midwest kicking off January 11 in Pensacola and ending January 26 in Minneapolis. "There was no sound more dangerous than Zappa's at the time," Dweezil told Rolling Stone. "In 1966, taking home The Mothers of Invention was like bringing a feral tiger home from the circus and asking your parents if you could Kelsea keep it." Ballerini Zappa and his band wowed & Joey a sold-out crowd at The Alexander Paramount in Huntington earlier this year at a stop on his then-named “Dweezil Zappa Plays contemporary vocals, the pair has Whatever The F*ck He Wants” tour, a created what they hope will become a legally allowed jab at The Zappa holiday favorite. Family Trust that reportedly has "Putting out 'Favorite Things' with dogged the second generation Joey has been one of my proudest guitarist about performing the music and most exciting projects and of Frank Zappa live. Learn more moments so far," said Ballerini. "He is about it at a new pledge funding so incredibly talented and, more so, campaign for “Dweezil Zappa so humble. Being in the studio and And The Others Of Intention” at listening to him play so effortlessly over and over really challenged me to dweezilzappa.

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Creature Good Times Pro


phoenix, havoc, proto, MGP, District, TSI, river, ethic, Elyts, tilt, AO, lucky, revolution root industries, urban artt

DGK Yogi Boo

Creature Gravette Strait To Hell Pro


Helmets required at all times

packages 10 Sessions $100 20 Sessions $175 (use any time)

Monthly Package


unlimited skating

must use in 30 days

24 • Good Times Magazine - December 27, 2016 - January 9, 2017

DAILY Fees/Rules You must have a insurance waiver on file to skate. One time waiver fee is $15, and a waiver form must be filled out. All waivers must be signed by child’s parent in person or If you are under 19 years of age you need to have your parent or guardian sign the waiver form and attach photo ID if not present

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saturdays 9:30AM - 11AM

skateboards & Scooters sundays 9:30am-11am

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Good Times 1213  

Have a wacky New Year with O El Amor in Huntington ... Big shows on the horizon from Jack's Waterfall, the all-woman Judas Priest tribute Ju...

Good Times 1213  

Have a wacky New Year with O El Amor in Huntington ... Big shows on the horizon from Jack's Waterfall, the all-woman Judas Priest tribute Ju...