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THE BOUNTIFUL GOURMET LI Chefs Fight Hunger: Many of Long Island’s top chefs will come together on Monday, February 27 to host The Chefs’ Table For No Kid Hungry, a multi-course dinner at Swallow Restaurant in Huntington Village. Guests will enjoy a signature course from each chef, as well as cocktails and select wine pairings. All proceeds will support No Kid Hungry, a campaign that works to ensure that every child in the United States has access to healthy food. Joining Swallow’s Executive Chef James Tchinnis for this event will be Michael Psilakis (MP Taverna, Kefi, Fishtag); Marc Anthony Bynum (Hush Bistro); Kent Monkan (Brass Rail, Wild Goose); Stephan Bogardus (North Fork Table & Inn); Kate Chef Snider (Cantine); and an array of other chefs Michael Psilakis and food experts. Statistics: An estimated number of 13 million kids (one in five in America) are living in households without consistent access to enough food; 22 million


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Chef year – that’s 65,000 James people each week. Tchinnis More than one third of

kids rely on free or reduced price school lunches; three out of four public school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry, and 81 percent say it happens at least once a week. Children who are hungry are more likely than their peers to experience behavioral issues, reduced ability to learn social skills and impaired cognitive learning – even permanent brain damage. In the Long Island area, nearly 284,000 people receive emergency food every

Billy Mira & The Hitmen Treme, Islip February 25 at 8 PM (631) 277-2008 This unique, upbeat group describes itself “an Americana Big Band mixed with comedy and impressions.” It's truly a show unlike anything you've ever seen before; recent appearances have featured everything from blazing horns to some rather striking backup singers. It's little wonder this act has become such a crowd favorite at Treme. hotspot – it's a lot of music, comedy, and 2 • Good Times Magazine - February 21 - March 6, 2017

these are children under 18. “Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, are able to get the nutrition they need during the summertime, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget,” stated a press release. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength; learn more at Located in the heart of Huntington Village, Swallow Restaurant delivers some of the best small plate dishes on Long Island in a casually elegant dining atmosphere. Dishes are composed of the freshest seasonal and local ingredients. More info on Swallow: Tickets for the special event are $200. Information: (631) 547-5388.

Blimpie Goes Italian: Blimpie has added to its menu with two new piadina Italian flatbread sandwiches. The Meatball & Sausage Piadina and The Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Piadina are now in restaurants. "Known for their buttery, flakey crust and transportability, piadinas are a delicious Italian flatbread sandwich that our guests are going to love," said Steve Evans, Blimpie's vice president of marketing. "Blimpie is always looking at trends across the industry and we have seen an increase in cultural cuisines making their way to menus. By bringing the Meatball & Sausage Piadina and the Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Piadina to Blimpie, we can offer our guests the tastes of authentic Italian street food they can't get anywhere else." Piadinas will be available in Blimpie stores through April 30.


Original Music Showcase: The Toby Tobias Ensemble The Welldiggers The Ray Lambiase Band K.J. Farrell's, Bellmore February 28 at 7:30 PM (516) 804-9925 New music from three of the area’s most original acts: The Toby Tobias Ensemble (left), The Welldiggers, and The Ray Lambiase Band – all for real music lovers who crave true artists instead of the “same old.”

Bottom's Up! (Van Halen Tribute) Van Hagar (Van Halen's Sammy Hagar Years Tribute) 89 North Music Venue, Patchogue March 3 beginning at 7:30 PM (631) 780-8992 If you're a Van Halen fanatic – and that means you love all facets of the band, from the David Lee Roth years to Sammy Hagar and back to Roth again – this could be the ultimate club night of the legendary American group's music. Bottom's Up! may be the longestlasting VH tribute in America, now celebrating 10 years of “Dance The Night Away.”

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Hot Nostalgia:

'80s Arcade & Karaoke Night

So come along, and this time you won't need “juke box money”: “80s Arcade & Karaoke Night” is Saturday, February 25 beginning at 7 pm at The Cradle Of Aviaton Museum in Garden City; tickets:; info (516) 572-4111. Relive the era of spiked hair while playing arcade games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, or sing to '80s karaoke music. All are free to play – but organizers insist you bring your big hair, acidwashed jeans, shoulder pads, and Members Only jackets. Come in your best 80s costume or cosplay; the contest winner receives a four-pack of tickets ($100 value), while the runner-up receives a twopack of tickets ($50 value).

Hot Health ::

Learn Zen Yoga

“Get Your Zen On!” is a special event for adults on Saturday, February 25 at 9:15 am at The Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston. Fee is $16 per person; info: (718) 2294000, or log on to Certified master instructor Mike Mancini will lead this one-hour yoga experience, offering an adaptable approach suitable for beginners to experienced students. This program is limited to eight participants.

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Hot Wax:

Huge Record Show In Garden City

The Vinyl Revolution Record Show will return to Long Island on Sunday, March 5 from 11 am to 4 pm at Cluett Hall in Garden City. This expanded show will feature 60 dealer tables with vendors from throughout the east coast. Thousands of rare and collectible vinyl records will be available, as well as CDs, DVDs, memorabilia, and more musicrelated items. On site will be American Hardcore author Steven Blush, who will sign copies of his new book, New York Rock. Early admissions are available at 10 am for $7 to get the first crack at the goodies; info: or (516) 678-2303..

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Vacation Arts For LI's Children

From February 21 through 24, The Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck will bring fun and creative activities to children through its VacationArts program. VacationArts allows parents to choose your own dates and schedule Pre-K through 7th Graders for a fun, exciting, and active day. Children will experience sessions in Art, Music, Ceramics, Chess, and Acting; info: (516) 829-2570, or log on to goldcoastarts.

2017 Gala: Itzhak Perlman Staller Center for the Performing Arts, Stony Brook University March 4 at 8 pm • (631) 632-ARTS Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music. Note: For tickets for the Gala, call (631) 632-2787.

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The Biggest Events At Area Performing Arts Centers & Theaters

Larry Kirwan: Ireland – A History In Song YMCA Boulton Center, Bay Shore March 5 at 7 PM • (631) 969-1101 This one-man show by Kirwan combines his 25 years’ experience leading rock legends Black 47 with his parallel careers. Through a mixture of storytelling, acting, and singing, Kirwan reccants Irish history with emphasis on the great hunger of 1847, emigration to America, the Celtic revival, the 1916 uprising, and the recent “troubles.” Vincent Ignala & Grace Kelly Madison Theatre, Rockville Centre March 4 at 8 PM • (516) 678-5000 It's a “saxy” night of contempoary jazz with a pair of hot young stars: Kelly (right), a member of the band on “The Late Show With Steven Colbert,” at 24 already has 10 albums under her belt; Ignala has already risen to the top of the Billboard Jazz charts in just a few years, and is considered one of the finest of the new breed of jazz musicians.

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She utterly wowed the world at The Super Bowl won by The New England Patriots this year – and the day after the big game, it was announced that the stunning blonde superstar Lady Gaga will headline this summer at Citi Field in Flushing. Tickets are now on sale for the August 28 concert date at the home of The New York Mets, part of Gaga's huge national “Joanne Tour” that will bring her not only to most major cities in the United States, but also to England, Switzlerland, France, and other countries as well. The Queens concert is already reporting brisk ticket sales, so make those plans; log on to to score yours.

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Queens' Bill Popp & The Tapes will present their record 31st annual “Daddy Tapes Benefit” on Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 pm at The Parkside Lounge in New York City; a suggested donation of $10 for the benefit of The American Heart Association will be taken at the door. As usual, it's an array of NYC favorites on the bill, including Popp and his Tapes, who will host, as well as Belle Skinner, Amy Allison, Anne Husick, The Phil Gammage Quartet, Sea Monster, Supermajor, and The Alan Merrill Trio. A bit of history: These events are in honor of Popp's late father; the first benefit was held on “Daddy Tapes'” birthday on March 10, 1987, at CBGB.

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Artist Opportunities At Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall offers opportunites for artists, including an LGBTQ open call (now through April 1), Artist-Presenter Dialogues, and more. Space grants are also offered by the showplace; since 2009, FTH has offered them to emerging and

mid-career artists developing or completing new work. Free use of the facility, such as the theatre, is available, with hard costs the responsibility of the artists. Choreographers, puppeteers, filmmakers, circus artists, and dancers have been awarded space grants. Learn more at

Rickey Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby Kentucky Thunder Tilles Center, Greenvale March 1 at 7:30 PM (516) 299-2752 It’s rare to see two legends on the same stage: These friends and Grammy winners are on the road to collaborate with Skaggs’ band Kentucky Thunder on new tunes as well as traditional bluegrass classics.

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Celebrity Autobiography Landmark On Main Street, Port Washington March 4 at 8 PM • (516) 767-6444 Celebrities act out other celebrities' true yet unbelievabvle memoirs in this hit touring comedy show, which features an incredible, star-filled cast: Mario Cantone, Janeane Garofalo, Jennifer Tilly, and Ralph Macchio. That 70s Band Suffolk Theater, Riverhead March 4 at 8 PM (631) 727-4343 That 70s Band performs all disco and funk hits from past decades.

The Chieftains Paddy Maloney & Special Guests Colden Auditorium, Kupferberg Center For The Arts, Queens College, Flushing March 4 at 8 PM (718) 793-8080 One of the most popular bands in Irish music history returns to the area for a night of memories and tradition that will include the legendary Paddy Maloney and other guest musicians. Six-time Grammy Award winners, The Chieftains have been recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and international scale. Our take: Even if you’re not into Irish music, we’ve seen The Cheiftains entertain everyone one from jazz lovers to kids. Miss this one at your own peril. – Bob Smith

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FILM Going To The Dogs

Let’s be blunt: Why do the makers of virtually every film about dogs – even comedies – insist that the lovable canine heroes die at the end? After all, films about human beings don't always off the stars. What a bummer It's A Wonderful Life would have been with this scenario: As the town celebrates George Bailey's return, a bolt of lightning hits his home and burns everyone to a crisp? Or, say, the finish of Blazing Saddles sees Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little's limo getting ramrodded by a semi. “Why?” you would ask. Dogs' I lives are Am much Legend shorter than their owners always want them to be, as pets are treasured members of millions of families — so let's go the the movies and suffer! The new film based on W. Bruce Camer-

Commentary by Cody Bell

A Dog’s Purpose

on's best-selling fantasy A Dog's Purpose (DreamWorks) details the reincarnation of such a beloved pooch, who comes back again and again in varying breeds and sizes — and yes, it's a 17-hankie tearjerker that's such an out-of-theKleenex box hit that audiences are forgetting the cloying performances by B-listers Dennis Quaid and Peggy Lipton – as well as some jarring pre-release publicity regarding a water scene involving a dog’s handler that reportedly seemed to border on animal cruelty. No matter; mallplexes all over Long Island are rife with the sounds of strident weeping as each incarnation of the dog leaves the scene. Sure, that’s the way it went in the book, but the calculated way it’s all handled here was clearly desgined to send any dog lover over the edge, not to mention to the snack bar for a wad of dry napkins. Hollywood, for some reason, feels the need to kill off virtually every dog who has ever been the focal point of a film. Who didn't walk around in a zombie-like daze after Walt Disney tortured us with


1957's Old Yeller, where the dog's young master is forced to shoot his beloved friend after the dog contracts rabies — one of the most gut-wrenching moments ever in a “family film”? Or 2000's My Dog Skip, where we don't actually get to watch the adorable dog die; instead, Skip's best friend, played by Frankie Muniz, goes off to college, and the old dog passes away back home without him. Harry Connick Jr.'s narration, detailing Skip's plight as the film reached its apex, was amazing; in the theater where we saw the Old film, the lights came Yeller up following its conclusion and people couldn't leave their seats — many just sat there, stunned and weeping. It's still one of the most amazing things we've ever seen in a movie house. Even in 2007's Will Smith sci-fi hit I Am Legend, he's forced to off his faithful companion. It goes on: Kevin Costner's wolf in Dance With Wolves. Turner & Hootch.Marley & Me, and on it goes. Thus, we hereby salute the makers of 1995's Far From Home: The Adventures Of Yellow Dog, where the heroic canine is lost in the Canadian wilderness, but somehow manages to make his way back home … and live. What a concept!

Review by Lloyd Carroll

The Comedian

Starring Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann Directed by Taylor Hackford Sony Pictures Classics

Robert De Niro played a wannabe standup comic in the 1983 Martin Scorsese-directed satire The King Of Comedy. Thirty-three years later, he’s back snapping off one-liners in this new film. The Oscar-winning actor portrays Jackie Burke, who is bitter because he is best known for his role as a grumpy security guard on a fictional 1980s sictcom, “Eddie’s Home,” and for screaming “Hey Arleeeeeen!” at the top of his lungs in every episode. His agent books him a “nostalgia night” gig at Levittown’s Governor’s Comedy Club; the emcee is Jimmy “J.J.” Walker, who in real life has experienced what the fictional Jackie is going through. A heckler gets on Burke for his refusal to recite catch phrases from his old television program, and when Burke sees that the fan is taping his act, he starts a fight. A judge orders the comic to spend 30 days in The Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow and perform community service. Ironically, Jackie, who previously couldn’t “get arrested,” is even hotter than he was when he was the star of “Eddie’s Home” thanks to the video of his melee that goes viral on social media. He suddenly becomes the darling of the college age crowd, but quickly

discovers there is a cost to that newfound fame. The Comedian works when the film spends time examining the world of comedy from an insider’s viewpoint. In the early scene at Governor’s, Jackie thinks aloud to himself that he could have been a doctor or lawyer, but his pathetic need for applause led him to the world of standup and trying to make drunks happy. That kind of self-loathing is apparently common in the comedic world. With Lewis Friedman and Jeff Ross responsible for much of the screenplay,

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it’s not surprising that the Friars Club and its roast becomes a focal point. Yet, the filmmakers would have been better off had they stuck to its core theme of peeling back the curtain on the world of creating laughs. Unfortunately, the film meanders off into needlessly becoming a relationship tale by having Jackie get involved with a flaky woman, Harmony (Mann), who he meets while performing his community service sentence. Their interplay doesn’t feel authentic, and it foolishly pads the film’s running time to two hours.


e's been everywhere during the last couple of years, and things aren't about to let up for a rare artist that ranks as a heartthrob, guitar hero, and singer/songwriter: The Grammy Award-winning John Mayer released what he dubbed as “the first wave” of music from his forthcoming album, The Search for Everything, during the last week of January. The songs soared straight

This tour marks the first

Photos (cover and inside) courtesy Sony Music Entertainment; inside photo by Frank Ockenfels

Two Tours: solo trek for Mayer since His Own, 2014, and will be sweeping arenas across Plus Dead through North America and Europe & Co. in the spring before For Mayer concluding on Friday, May at The O2 in London, This 12 England. Locally, the tour Year will stop on Wednesday, April 5 at Madison Square Garden in New York City (tickets are at or Each concert on the “Every” tour will be comprised of full band, solo acoustic, and John Mayer Trio sets of music. Mayer announced on YouTube that he'll be performing his hit as part of the shows, which are exactly what many of his most ardent fans have been waiting to hear. A limited number of exclusive ticket packages for the North American concerts are available; select packages include premium tickets, meet-and-greets, and a backstage tour. For more information, visit


2017 Belongs To Him, Both Live & Dead

to #1 on iTunes the week they were releaaed. Wave One consists of the recently released track, “Love On The Weekend,” as well as three new songs, “Moving On And Getting Over,” “Changing,” and “You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me.” The new songs are all over the digital realm (iTunes, Google Play, etc.), as well as on YouTube. Additional four-song “waves” from the album will be released throughout the next several months, culminating with the release of the physical album this spring. In that light, it has previously been announced that Mayer will once again do a stadium tour with Dead & Co., which returns to Citi Field in Flushing this summer – but Mayer fans will finally soon get what they've been asking for, and for so long: Mayer will launch his “Search For Everything World Tour” on Friday, March 31 at The Times Union Center in upstate Albany.


Triton Fights 1: Live MMA The Space At Westbury Theater February 24 at 8 PM (800) 745-3000 This still-new venue is fast becoming Long Island's home for Mixed Martial Arts – and now comes a card from this fast-rising league. Triton Fights is the largest MMA promotion in the New York area, which is is a hotbed for MMA athletes. These fight cards are filled with up-and-coming athletes that are destined to be tomorrow's stars in the action-packed sport.

Make Your Plans Now For These Huge Events Sal Valentinetti Robbie Rosen NYCB Theatre at Westbury March 3 at 8 PM (516) 334-0800 The mega-hot “America's Got Talent” finalist Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti will receive The RADD’s “Man of the Year” award for Long Island in a special “homegrown” concert that will also feature fellow TV talent contest star Robbie Rosen (“American Idol”). A portion of the proceeds will from this special event will benefit RADD, the nonprofit organization that uses celebrity power to create positive attitudes about road safety. In short, Sal’s on fire, so see him locally while you still can.

Photos provided by respective venues and promoters; Triton Fights by Joe LoBianco

Andrew Dice Clay The Paramount, Huntington March 1, 2, & 3 • (631) 673-7300 Long Island's all-time hero returns, and the ageless, tireless performer will headline not one but three shows that are most definitely for adults. From his early days to his reality show, there's never been another standup star like “The Diceman,” and his area gigs are some of the best-attended on his tours, so be sure to make plans ASAP.Triton Fights 1:

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It can be debated which is more illogical: President Donald Trump yelling at Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister of one of our most loyal allies, Australia, or New York Knicks president Phil Jackson openly belittling Carmelo

SportsBeat With Lloyd Carroll

Anthony, the team’s biggest star, its longtime draw, and a player who likes New York and wants Sean Spicer to stay here. Note to the “Zen Master”: That's not a good way to build team morale. The Trump team’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, berated the media in his first White House briefing. Apparently, his boss believed that the press deliberately undercounted the size of the crowd that lined the inauguration route in Washington D.C. Spicer gave every indication that the next four years would be a combative one between the press and the President. My concern is that Spicer’s belligerent attitude will carry over to the world of sports. While most team media relations directors and sports information directors are top professionals, there sadly have been more


bullies entering the field. I’ve seen too many Carmelo cases where PR directors have limited the Anthony amount of questions asked at press conferences, as well as sneering at reporters who ask tough questions, particularly from smaller media outlets. Could our former Nassau Coliseum heroes return to Uniondale with their hockey sticks and skates between their legs? Reportedly, Mikhail Prokhorov, the majority owner of the Brooklyn Nets and landlord of Barclays Center, has concluded that The New York the dubious economic viability of building yet Islanders are not another arena, they are going to need a hell of worth having as a a lot of luck. tenant. While the The Isles finally parted ways with thead refurbished Nassau coach, Jack Capuano, who lasted far longer Coliseum is set to than most thought he ever would (or should re-open this spring, have, for that matter). Assistant GM Doug there are problems Weight was named interim coach – and sure involving the enough, the Islanders started winning, at least proposed return of the Islanders. The building has been Islanders Action At downsized, so The ‘Old’ that its capacity Nassau will be Coliseum approximately 13,000 seats for hockey; the team’s majority owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin, reportedly have no desire to return to Long Island; it has been reported that they would prefer to have an arena in Queens that would be a stone’s throw from Citi Field. Between the red tape of getting anything built in the five boroughs, along with

on January 22 at AMF Garden City Lanes. A full field of 76 bowlers laced up for this high school invitational, which offered more than With Bob Smith $1,100 in scholarship awards. Scholarship winners: Herrill Heroes: Here's our latest batch of Handicap division: Darius Fuller $100, freshly rolled goodness – from USBCElijah Esposito $75, Michael Graston $50, sanctioned league Emily Kulkarni $40, Jason Foerster $30. play, naturally – at Scratch Division: Nick Caruana $250, Herrill Lanes in New Anthony Naujokas $150, Pierce Field $100, Hyde Park: Noah Axinn, $75, Amanda Naujokas $50, Wednesday Early Christian Rodriguez $40, Avery Lugares $35, Mixed: Gregg De Joseph Zagari $30. Angelo 279, 268; Scratch Eliminator Juniors. Anthony Michael Crea (pictured Cordovano $25, Amanda Naujokas $15, Nick right) 278; Tom Caruan $10. Costanzo 278; John Tear Sr. 268; Front Eight Jackpot: Pierce Field $51. Ray Perry 714 series; JoAnne Perry 647 Coming up: A big youth event on March 5 series; Josephine Musacchio 208, 203; at AMF Plainview Lanes, as well as The Teen MaryAnn Mercurio 200; Kathy Chernow 213; Masters Qualifier on March 11 and 12 at Herrill Patty Genova 203. Lanes in New Hyde Park; register at Chatterbox Mixed: Andrew Davidow 267. March 19 will bring 8th Battalion: Pete Mastrandrea Sr. another event at AMF Smithtown Lanes. 750 series. Learn more at liybtbowling,com, find them Friday Mixed Nuts: Nicole Cutter 201; at Facebook, or download the new LIYBT app. Zoe Kamvisios 200. Kelly Is King: Steven Kelly, a 31-year-old Here's what you need to do to get your right-hander from league scores in our column: Send Steven Kelly Islip, won his first them to us! We publish all USBCLIGBT title by sanctioned scores with these critedefeating James ria: 265 games and above and 700 Marin of, series and above for men, and 200 Lindenhurst 251games and 600 series and above 245 on January 29 for women and youth. Send your at AMF Wantagh scores to Lanes. Kelly, who New Youth Champions: Darius has been a memFuller and Nick Caruana won ber of the LIGBT championships at the LIYBT event

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since 2009, earned $1,000 for his victory, while Marin, who finished second for the third time, earned $500. Rounding out the finalists were third place finisher Julio Arnold of Woodside ($300), and fourth place was earned by Jose Ferreira, also from Woodside ($250). Kelly kept up his fine bowling in the next LIGBT tournament on February 5, the Super Bowl five-game marathon at AMF Plainview Lanes. Kelly won the handcap title and $1,000, while John Rizzi of Bay Shore emerged as the scratch division champion, earning $500. To get news on upcoming events, visit the official website:

Photos: LIGBT winners courtesy LIGBT Tour; Mike Crea by Bob Smith

C.C. Sabathia

in the short run. Perhaps Weight can rally the Islanders so that they can make a token appearance in the NHL playoffs – however, that's the worst thing that could happen, since it would increase the odds that the incompetent Garth Snow and his equally inept staff of underlings will keep their jobs. Brent Musburger announced his retirement effective at the end of last month. Although he had been around forever, he wasn’t lionized

the way that Vin Scully was when he called it a career. Why? Musburger was a cliche-spitting machine; “It’s a shame one of these teams has to lose!” he'd bellow during any close contest. ESPN will end “The Sports Reporters” in May. The show formerly featured a pair of legends, Dick Schaap and John Saunders; current anchor Mike Lupica will never be in the league of those gentlemen. My biggest knock on the show is that it used the same coterie of journalists and never tried to dig a little deeper for fresh voices. I would be a liar if I didn’t admit that I always dreamed of being asked to be a panelist for an episode. I still can’t understand why Newsday won’t let Mark Herrmann revive his witty “The Windup” column in its Sunday edition. The only things worth reading on Sundays these days are David Lennon’s baseball column and the Smart Source/RedPlum coupon inserts. Athletes would rather have eaten worms than admit to an interest in fashion in years past, but times have changed. Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman has enjoyed success with his sports apparel company, Lights Out, while last fall ex-New York Met Mo Vaughn launched The MVP Collection, a clothing line for big guys. New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia has not yet started an apparel enterprise, but is known for his sartorial splendor; he walked the runway at Pier 59 for The Blue Jacket Fashion Show on February 1, the unofficial preview of New York Fashion Week. The event raised funds for The Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Photos: Carmello Anthony courtesy NBA Headshots; C.C. Sabatha by Bob Smith

The “Godfather Of Soul,” James Brown, would probably tip his hat to WWE superstar John Cena for being the hardest working man in show biz. Cena, who did a great job hosting “Saturday Night Live” in January, will also host Nickelodeon’s “Kids Choice Awards” on March 11. Cena still appears on “WWE Smackdown” on the USA Network, and will once again be a headliner at WrestleMania in April. He hosted the ESPY Awards last July, and will handle the emcee role on the second season of Fox’s “American Grit.” Every TV network executive must have him in their Rolodex. The New York Cosmos are leaving Hofstra for Coney Island, as they’ll make MCU Park their home this summer.

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Smokin' Roach: Area-based standup comedy star Chris Roach is certainly on a hot streak – in addition to his new role as Mott on

Compiled by Bob Smith, whose successful battle against high blood pressure went awry about, oh, January 20.

CBS' hit sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” the Ronkonkoma native has added a number of regional dates to his current tour. The big man will rock the mic on Saturday, February 25 at The Brokerage in Bellmore, and will return to that same Chris Roach venue on Friday, March 17 with fellow “Kevin Can Wait” cast member Gary Valentine; Roach will also appear on Saturday, March 25 at Jamie the annual Laughter Roberts Saves Lives Gala at The Museum Of American Armor in Old Bethpage; also on the bill at that event honoring Joe Piscopo (who performed at one of the Presidential inauguration galas for Donald Trump) will be Amy Freeze and John Larocchia; tickets and info are at Belly Laughs On Bay Street: The Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts continues to be quite the standup source in Suffok County, with two new “All-Star Comedy Show” on the boards on Saturday, February 25 and Friday, March 24 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and are Jay available online at, or by Nog calling the Bay Street Theater Box Office at (631) 725-9500. The lineups: Saturday, February 25 brings host Joseph Vecsey (Optimum Cable TV, The Call Back Podcast) leading in an array of loonies including Richie Redding (who tours with Katt Williams), Dave Sirus (who has written for “Saturday Night Live” and “Comedy Central Roasts”), and Maurie Faustin (who has appeared on Oxygen and MTV). The Friday, March 24 show will be hosted by Jamie Roberts (MTV), and features Vecsey, Anthony Devito (Comedy Central's “Adam Devine's House Party,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show”), and Jay Nog (“Gotham Comedy Live,” Sirius XM).

Richie Redding

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Calendar Tuesday, February 21 Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) J.D. Leonard & Frank Stainkamp K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Concert For Bangladesh Tribute Concert: Open Rehearsal And All-Star Warmup Nutty Irishman (Farmingale) Country Night: Whiskey Road 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 With 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 Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Madeline Kole: Tribute To The 1950s Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) The People's Open Mic House Of Brews (Port Jefferson) Open Jam With Jeff Regan / Raps & Burritos Katie's Of Smithtown Tuesday Night Live: George Cintron & Bobby Rondinelli Mouse Trap Café (Amityville) Karaoke O Solo Mio (Stony Brook) Phyllis Tagg NYC/Queens/Brooklyn B.B. King's Blues Club (NYC) Marcia Ball / Gootch & The Motion / B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars Blue Note (NYC) Ivan Neville Bowery Ballroom (NYC) The Lemon Twigs Gramercy Theatre (NYC) Max & Iggor Cavalera Jazz Standard (NYC) Ravi Coltrane Quartet Mercury Lounge (NYC) Carsie Blanton

Wednesday, February 22

Nassau Big Daddy’s (Massapequa) Ed Kaercher Blue Parrot Lounge (Massapequa) Karaoke With DJ Chris Of Songbird Entertainment 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 Hosted By The Johnny Mac Band Homestead (Oyster Bay) Open Mic Hosted By "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 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 Music Night Beau's Bar (Greenlawn) Open Mic Hosted By Steve Urban Bobbique (Patchogue) Jam Night BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Kyle Fitzpatrick's Open Mic Night Butterfield's (Hauppauge) Terri Hines Band Finley's Of Green Street (Huntington) Open Mic With Toby Tobias Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Mark Buttice Trio Katie's Of Smithtown: Open Mic Hosted by Michael Perlmutter Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Open Mic Quogue East Pub (East Quogue): Open Mic With Johnny B. Revolution (Amityville) Vicious Caption Toomey’s Tavern On The Crik (Amityville): Acoustic Open Mic With Tom Treme (Islip) The Hitman Blues Jam

Your Guide To Local Events NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC) Gin Blossoms Blue Note (NYC) Ian Neville Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Muna Brooklyn Bowl Khruangbin Jazz Standard (NYC) Ravi Coltrane Quartet Mercury Lounge (NYC) The Joey Williams Project / The Bushwick Hotel / Dave Wanamaker / Abbie Barrett

Thursday, February 23

Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) Ace Duo Big Daddy's (Massapequa) 52nd Street Jazz Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Karaoke With DJ Chris From Songbird Entertainment Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Trivia Night With DJ Greg Craft Kitchen & Tap House (Lynbrook) Thursday Night Live E.B. Elliot's (Freeport) A Witch's Brew Fancy Free (Farmingdale) Danny Kean Hub (Island Park) Open Mic With Benoir Kacey's Rooftop (Rockville Centre) Country Night K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Ladies Night & Live Band Karaoke / Costello's Flying Circus (Elvis Costello Tribute) Living Room (Bethpage) R&B After Work Party Lounge At The Space At Westbury City Alley / Worst Case Scenario Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Open Mic NYCB Theatre At Westbury Steve Hackett Plum Tomatoes (Mineola) Acoustic Open Mic With Frank Walker Tocolo Cantina (Garden City): Thursday Night Music Club Featuring Bryce Larsen Suffolk Amityville Music Hall Retrofeelya / Jessica Chertock / Frankenblazer / Full Spectrum / Constant Structure Bar Louie (Commack) Live Music Butterfield's (Hauppauge) The Joe Roberts Band Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): Frank O'Brien Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) The Irish Sessions Mouse Trap Café (Amityville) Richard Lanahan & Jim Treutlein Paramount (Huntington) David Duchovny Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Inda Eaton Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor) Live Jazz Treme (Islip) Mambo Loco NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC) Air Supply / John Nemeth Bowery Ballroom (NYC): Bell X1 Brooklyn Bowl Flow Tribe City Vineyard (NYC) Riverside Jazz Night City Winery (NYC) Howie Day Concert Hall At The New York Society For Ethical Culture (NYC) Leo Kottke / Keller Williams Irving Plaza (NYC) Golden Gate Wingmen Jazz Standard (NYC) Ravi Coltrane Quartet Mercury Lounge (NYC) Gedeon Luke & The People / Southern Avenue / Stolen Jars Terminal 5 (NYC) Japandroids

Friday, February 24

Nassau Althouse 1828 (East Rockaway): Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) J.D. Leonard Big Daddy’s (Massapequa) Dave Clive's Nawlins Funk Band Brixx & Barley (Long Beach) A Witch's Brew Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Brian Duggan D.F. Meadows (East Meadow) Instant Karma K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Decadia / Fleetwood Macked (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) Memories 2 (Williston Park) Cover To Cover Mickey Malone's (Floral Park) Turrigenous / Castle Black / Drastic Measures Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) The Kerry Kearney Band Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) The Ronald Reagans / The 90s Band Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) / DJ Davide / The Big Happy / Goodman Fiske / Midnight Society

Calendar NYCB Theatre At Westbury Howie Mandel Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): Bon Journey (Bon Jovi & Journey Tribute) Space At Westbury Theater Triton Fights: Live MMA Still Partners (Sea Cliff) The Jason Crosby Band Sunset Grill (Seaford) The Legendary Murphys Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Hat Trick Trotter's (Franklin Square) The Rockinghams Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Flashback / Buttered Soul / Any Way You Want It (Journey Tribute) Arden (Port Jefferson) Live Music Bobbique (Patchogue) Frank LaTorre & The King Bees Boulton Center (Bay Shore): Spyro Gyra BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Live Music Butterfield's (Hauppauge) Paparazzi Emporium (Patchogue) 45 RPM / De La Ghetto / Alex Sensation Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Paul Bollenback Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks Karvers Grill (Holbrook) Cyndi & Glenn Unplugged Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Pace's Steakhouse (Hauppauge) Danny Kean Paramount (Huntington) Unforgettable Fire / 42 Revolution (Amityville) Carnifex / Fallujah / Rings Of Saturn / Lorna Shore / She Must Burn Sea Levels (Brightwaters) Live Music Shandon Court (East Islip) The Cara Band Treme (Islip) Spike Willner

NYC/Queens Astoria Tavern Bill Popp & The Tapes B.B. King's (NYC) Buika / Sari Schorr

Your Guide To Local Events Blue Note (NYC) Nick Hakim Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Dead Man Winter Irving Plaza (NYC) Badfish (A Tribute To Sublime) Mercury Lounge (NYC) Monsterland / Savak / Fruit & Flowers / River Whyless St. John's Church (NYC) Happy Traum

Saturday, February 25

Nassau Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway) Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) D.F. Meadows (East Meadow) Reprimand Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola) Live Music Gold Coast Arts Center (Great Neck) Adam Ippolito K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Us & Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute) / The Allmost Brothers Band (Allman Brothers Band Tribute) Memories 2 (Williston Park) ReWined Michael’s Porthole (Oceanside) Cool Hand Lou & The Downtown Daddy-Os Micky Mo's Cafe & Lounge (Lynbrook) Live Music MP Taverna (Roslyn) Jazz Brunch With Jack Morelli Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) The Ritz Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Disco Unlimited Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) DJ Sparky / Fullhouse / 45 RPM / XOX Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square): Half Step Space At Westbury Theater The Concert For Bangladesh Revisited Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) The House Wreckers Sunset Grill (Seaford) Streetfighter (Rolling Stones Tribute) Swing The Teapot (Floral Park) Kerry Kearney Trotter's (Franklin Square) Cover To Cover

Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Exciter (Judas Priest Tribute) / Life After Death (Iron Maiden Tribute) Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor) Live Standup Comedy Bistro 72 (Riverhead) Danny Kean Bobbique (Patchogue) Blue Tourmaline Butterfield's (Hauppauge) Guilty Pleasures BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Live Music Emporium (Patchogue) Dance Party Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Ayako Shirasaki & Noriko Ueda Gray Horse Tavern (Bayport) Pete Mancini Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Paramount (Huntington) Aaron Tveit Revolution (Amityville) Kissing Candice / Spaces EDM Festival: Launch Pad Rudi's (Patchogue) The Brainiacs Shandon Court (East Islip) The Cara Band Staller Center (Stony Brook University) Iyer T.J. Finley’s (Bay Shore) Winter Bourbon Festival Toomey’s Tavern On The Crik (Amityville): Anybody's Guess Treme (Islip) Billy Mira & The Hitmen NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC) Cameo Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Hamilton Leithauser City Winery (NYC) Amel Larrieux Gin Fizz Harlem (NYC) Ms. Blunter Jazz Standard (NYC) Ravi Coltrane Quartet Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Jessie's Girl Mercury Lounge (NYC) Honey Radar / Big Bliss / Antietam / Birch / Controller / Madeline Mondrala Music Hall Of Williamsburg (Brooklyn) The Dig Terminal 5 (NYC) Run The Jewels

Sunday, February 26

Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) Live Music Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Little Wilson / The Welldiggers City Cellar (Westbury): Live Jazz Brunch Connoly Station (Malverne) Live Irish Music Corney Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Kenny Hendricks K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore) Curt Arnel's Open Jam Manning's (Carle Place) Phil Smith Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Live Music Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Bellport Blue Claws Fundraiser & Comedy Night: Just Plain Kieth / Mike Keegan / Richie Byrne / Joe Mylonas Bayard Cutting Arboretum (Great River) Trio Portinari Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Melody Rose / Danny Marks & Wayne Sabella Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor) Ray Anderson's Tasting Notes Jazz Club Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) Martin Flynn Pellegrini Vineyards (Cutchogue) Danny Kean Red River Inn (Yaphank) Jam With Jim Moran & Ed The Hat Revolution (Amityville) The Emo Expresso Tour Shandon Court (East Islip) Tommy Mulvihill Treme (Islip) Jazz Jam Session NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC) Corky Laing / Kofi Baker Brooklyn Bowl The Dirty Dozen Brass Band City Winery (NYC) Robert Ellis Duo 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) Ravi Coltrane Quartet Mercury Lounge (NYC) Dorothy

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Calendar Monday, February 27 Nassau Allegria Hotel (Long Beach): Industry Night Big Daddy’s (Massapequa): King Cobras K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Open Mic & Jam Hosted by Kenny Forgione 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 Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Addison Frei La Scala Ristorante (Commack): Phyllis Tagg 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 w/Kenn

Your Guide To Local Events Wednesday, March 1 Nassau Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Harmonica Bill Blue Parrot (Massapequa): Karaoke With DJ Chris Of Songbird Entertainment 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

NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony / Jon Paris Jam Bowery Ballroom (NYC) K. Flay City Winery (NYC) I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight: Glenn Patscha Kitano New York Hotel (NYC): Live Jazz Jazz Standard (NYC) Mingue Big Band LIC Bar (Long Island City) Christine Cherry Mercury Lounge (NYC) Baskery Terminal 5 (NYC) Run The Jewels

Tuesday, February 28 Nassau Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) J.D Leonard & Frank Stainkamp Big Daddy's (Massapequa) The Johnny Mac Band / Jack Morrell K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Original Music Showcase: Toby Tobias / The Ra Lambiase Band / The Welldiggers Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) Country Night: Southbound 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 Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Mardi Gras Celebration: Gail Storm Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Shecky & The Twangtones House Of Brews (Port Jefferson) Open Jam With Jeff Regan Katie's of Smithtown Open Jam With George Cintron & Rob DeMartino Mouse Trap Café (Amityville) Karaoke O Solo Mio (Stony Brook) Phyllis Tagg Shandon Court (East Islip) Ward Cloughen Staller Center (Stony Brook University) Family Orchestra Concert Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards (Head Of The Harbor) Ray Anderson & Steve Salerno Treme (Islip) Dave Clive's Nawlins Funk Band (Mardi Gras Celebration) NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC) George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic / The B.B. King Blues Club All-Stars Bowery Ballroom (NYC) The Griswolds Carnegie Hall (NYC) Boston Symphony Orchestra City Vineyard (NYC) Amy Helm City Winery (NYC) John Doe Jazz Standard (NYC) Wolfgang Muthspiel Mercury Lounge (NYC) Kite / Abbey Death / Leif Vollebekk

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Tilles Center (Brookville): Rickey Scaggs & Bruce Hornsby / Kentucky Thunder Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Country Music Night Amityville Music Hall Head North / Heart Attack Man / Figure Eight / For What It's Worth / Crash The Calm Beau's Bar (Greenlawn): Open Mic Hosted By Steve Urban Bobbique (Patchogue) Jam Night BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue): Kyle Fitzpatrick's Open Mic Night Butterfield's (Hauppauge): Angry Alice (Acoustic) Finley's Of Green Street (Huntington) Open Mic With Toby Tobias Front Street Pub (Massapequa Park): Open Mic & Jam hosted by The Johnny Mac Band Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Wayne

Sabella Jazz Loft (Stony Brook) Open Jam / Jam Session Katie's Of Smithtown: Open Mic Hosted by Michael Perlmutter Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Mouse Trap Café (Amityville): Open Mic Paramount (Huntington) Andrew Dice Clay Quogue East Pub (East Quogue): Open Mic hosted by Johnny B. Sea Cove (Center Moriches): Open Mic Night Toomey’s Tavern On The Crik (Amityville): Acoustic Open Mic With Tom

Thursday, March 2

Nassau Allegria Hotel (Long Beach) Jazz & Sushi Night Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway) Live Music Bacaro Italian Tavern (Massapequa Park) Ace

Calendar Duo Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Andrew Weiss Blue Parrot (Massapequa) Karaoke With DJ Chris From Songbird Entertainment Craft Kitchen & Tap House (Lynbrook) Thursday Night Live Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Trivia Night With DJ Greg Holiday Inn (Carle Place) Salsa Night Hudson's Mill (Massapequa) Live Music Hub (Island Park) Open Mic With Benoir K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore) Ladies Night & Live Band Karaoke / Acme Dynamite Living Room (Bethpage) R&B After-Work Party Lounge At The Space At Westbury The Deeds (AC/DC Tribute) Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Open Mic NYCB Theatre At Westbury Plum Tomatoes (Mineola) Acoustic Open Mic With Frank Walker

Your Guide To Local Events Spice's Restaurant (Baldwin) Open Mic Night Still Partners (Sea Cliff) The Penque-Deomede Band Tilles Center (Brookville) A Conversation With Gen. Colin Powell Tocolo Cantina (Garden City) Thursday Night Music Club Featuring Bryce Larsen Suffolk Bar Louie (Commack): Live Music Butterfield's (Hauppague): Ian Petillo & The Pickled Peppers Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor): Frank O'Brien & Tim Givens Jazz Loft (Stony Brook) The Jazz Loft Big Band Niesen 347 (Saint James): Nisen 347 Thursdays Paramount (Huntington) Andrew Dice Clay Patchogue Theatre: Live In The Lobby: Journey From Johannesburg – Toby Tobias

/ See / Bill Scorzari 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) Tommy Torres Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Colony House Brooklyn Bowl The Soul Rebels Carnegie Hall (NYC) Boston Symphony Orchestra Mercury Lounge (NYC) Dead Coast / Andy Suzuki & The Method

Friday, March 3

Nassau Althouse 1848 (East Rockaway): Live Music Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Johnny Mac & Dave Ice

Brixx & Barley (Long Beach): Live Music Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Porch Groove Cup Coffeehouse (Wantagh) Ukelele Ed & Po’Boy Reinhart D.F. Meadows (East Meadow) T Minus Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Live Music K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Streetfighter (Rolling Stones Tribute) / 45 RPM Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Live Music Living Room (Bethpage): Classic Fridays Memories 2 (Williston Park) Live Music Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): The Reign / Sweet Blues Band Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) DJ Rumer / The Jimmy Kenny Band/ Drop Dead Sexy NYCB Theatre At Westbury RADD Man Of The Year: Sal Valentinetti / Robbie Rosen / Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square) The Touch Starving Artist Café (Franklin Square) Cyndi & Glenn Unplugged Still Partners (Sea Cliff) Christine Cherry Sunset Grill (Seaford) The Natural Red Band That Meetball Place (Farmingdale) The Two Daves Tilles Center (Brookville) Lang Lang Trotter's (Franklin Square) Flashback Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Bottoms Up! (Van Halen Tribute) / Van Hagar (Van Halen Sammy Hagar Years Tribute) Amityville Music Hall: Expire / Limit / Cross Me / Homewrecker / Heal Bobbique (Patchogue) Live Music Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Rockapella BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Live Music Butterfield's (Hauppauge) The Legendary Murphys Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Tony Middleton Trio Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) The Vine Brothers Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) DJ Epic Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Paces Steakhouse (Hauppauge) Danny Kean Paramount (Huntington) Andrew Dice Clay Revolution (Amityville) DJ Siren Sea Levels (Brightwaters) Live Music Treme (Islip) The Johnny Mac Band NYC/Queens B.B. King Blues Club (NYC) Jeff Bradshaw & Algebra Blessett Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Ganja White Night Brooklyn Bowl Mako / The Soul Rebels Carnegie Hall (NYC) Lúnasa / Karan Casey Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Fresh Kids Of Bel-Air Mercury Lounge (NYC) Frontier Ruckus / Jamie Issac Terminal 5 (NYC) Jauz: Off The Deep End Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach) The Kearney Brothers Band

Saturday, March 4

Nassau Althouse 1828 (East Rockaway): Live Music D.F. Meadows (East Meadow) The Outta Hand Band Eleanor Rigby's (Mineola): Live Music Jetty Bar & Grill (Long Beach): Live DJs K.J. Farrell's (Bellmore) Rubber Soul / Mountain Jam Orchestra (Allman Brothers Band Tribute) Memories 2 (Williston Park) Live Music Michael's Porthole (Oceanside): The Electrix Micky Mo's Cafe & Lounge (Lynbrook) Live Music MP Taverna (Roslyn) Brunch With Jack Morelli Mr. Beery's (Bethpage) Dead Of Winter / Old Fiction / Sargasm / Black Suit Youth Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall (Wantagh) Big Shot (Billy Joel Tribute) Nutty Irishman (Farmingdale) DJ Chris Kenny / Leprecon / Skyline NYCB Theatre At Westbury Tommy James & The Shondells / Felix Caviliere's Rascals Plattduetsche Park (Franklin Square) The Allmost Brothers Band (Allman Brothers Tribute) / Disco Unlimited Starving Artist Café (Franklin Square) Check 1-2

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Calendar Still Partners (Sea Cliff) Dave Diamond Sunset Grill (Seaford) The Rockinghams Tilles Center (Brookville) Arlo Guthrie / Taj Mahal Trotter's (Franklin Square) Spectrum Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Roadside Prophet / Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews Tribute) Bay Street Theater (Sag Harbor) ZBTB (Zac Brown Tribute Band) Bobbique (Patchogue) Live Music Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Zeppelin Complete BrickHouse Brewery (Patchogue) Live Music Butterfield's (Hauppauge) Wild Honey Congregational Church Of Huntington (Centerport) Joe Crookston Emporium (Patchogue) Fat Joe / Remy Ma Grasso's (Cold Spring Harbor) Jim Cammack Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport): The Steve Katterman Band Gunther's (Northport) The Electric Dudes House Of Brews (Port Jefferson) Live Music Jazz Loft (Stony Brook) Swing Dance Long Island Lily Flanagan's (Babylon) Martin Flynn / DJ Epic Mirabelle Tavern (Stony Brook) Live Music Paramount (Huntington) Piff The Magic Dragon Patchogue Theatre Terry Lee Goffee (Johnny Cash Tribute) Revolution (Amityville) The LI Metal Mafia Shandon Court (East Islip) The Cara Band Staller Center (Stony Brook University) Gala 2017: Itzhak Perlman Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett) Juice Box Suffolk Theatre (Riverhead) That 70s Band Tasting Notes Jazz Club at Harmony Vineyards

Your Guide To Local Events March 4 • Treme (Islip)

Gil Parris

(Head Of The Harbor): Live Jazz Treme (Islip) Gil Parris NYC/Queens B.B. King's (NYC) David Cassidy Blue Note (NYC) Phony PPL Bowery Ballroom (NYC) Mike Doughty Brooklyn Bowl The Soul Rebels Gin Fizz Harlem (NYC) Ms. Blunter Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) Jessie's Girl Mercury Lounge (NYC) Slothrust Terminal 5 (NYC) The Randy Rogers Band/ The Casey Donahew Band / Stoney LaRue / The Josh Abbott Band Thai Rock (Rockaway Beach) Sean Yox & The Streamers (George Harrison & David Bowie Tribute)

Sunday, March 5

Nassau Big Daddy's (Massapequa) Blues Brunch With Tommy T. Mudcat Featuring Bob Bassbone Campagne House (Bethpage) Steve Robinson & Richard Lanahan City Cellar (Westbury): Live Jazz Brunch Corner Galley Restaurant (Massapequa) Kenny Hendricks K.J. Farrell’s (Bellmore) Curt Arnel's Open Jam Mr. Beery's (Bethpage): Live Music NYCB Theatre At Westbury Phil Coulter & Andy Cooney

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Suffolk 89 North Music Venue (Patchogue) Full Throttle Magazine Ice Breaker Bash: Miss Full Throttle Contest Amityville Music Hall Joey Fatts / D Savage / Lucki Eck$ / The Villain$ / Grandmilly / Uncanny Valley / J Trauma Bayard Cutting Arboretum (Great River) Canta Libre Boulton Center (Bay Shore) Larry Kirwan Comiskey Park Bar (Saint James) Open Mic Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport) Dave March 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 Revolution (Amityville) Ghost Bath 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) Harlem Gospel ChoirBowery Ballroom (NYC) Electric Guest Brooklyn Bowl Wild Child Irish Whiskey Bar (Astoria): Bluegrass Jam Hosted By Dave McKeon

& Mary Noecker Of Moonshine Falls Mercury Lounge (NYC) Victory Dance Wave Hill (Bronx) Ray Vega

Monday, March 6

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 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

Classic Rock

Cool Summer: There are so many classic rockers heading out on both single and package tours this year The Legends Keep Rolling that's it's hard to keep up, but we'll try: Here's a triple treat: Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, and The Edgar Winter Band will visit 19 cities across America this summer on an epic tour, which will also serve as “The Long Goodbye Tour” Roadcase for Deep Royale Purple as the hard rockers begin to wind down as a unit. The area date is August 26 at the newly renamed Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater ( … In support of their latest album, Alone, The Pretenders have extended their North American tour with Stevie Nicks, which begins on February 23 at Reno Events Center, and ends April 6 at the refurbished Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale … Steve Another joint tour will be The Miller Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton; the local date is June 17 at Jones Beach … At press time, Poco and Eagles legend Timothy B. Schmit was in the midst of an east coast run of concerts in support of his new album, Leap Of Faith; that tour's spring leg will bring him to the area on April 27 at The Boulton Center in Bay Shore ( … We've already reported that Heart's Ann Wilson will perform on March 30 at The Space At Westbury Theater (, but her sister Deep Purple isn't standing by idly: Nancy Wilson has teamed up with former Prince band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form Roadcase Royale, whose sound is muscular rock with some R&B/blues and ballads thrown in, reflecting the sounds of their respective bands. Their debut song is available to stream now via the band’s Soundcloud page. Joining Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals) are lead guitarist Ryan Waters along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). The band has recorded five new original songs as well as plans for a tour early in 2017. Wilson has noted that Timothy Roadcase Royales' activity B. Schmidt doesn’t mean Heart is going away: “Roadcase Royale is a side project,” she noted, “and not a replacement for Heart ... When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

Compiled by Bob Smith; Photo: Steve Miller by Jay Blakesberg

Jazz & Blues

New Blues You Can Use: The rare Blues Hall Of Famer who is equally known to rock fans is John Mayall, whose new album, Talk About That, is now available everywhere on Forty Below Records. Joining Mayall – ever versatile on guitar, vocals, keyboards, and harmonica – are Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums), and Rocky Atlas (guitars); the special guest is the John legendary Joe Walsh (The James Gang, Mayall The Eagles), who performs on guitar on two tracks (“Cards On The Table” and “The Devil Must Be Laughing”). “When I first had the idea for the title track, 'Talk About That,' I wanted to write lyrics that were about aspects of life that were running through my head,” said Mayall. “I also wanted to give the song a modern groove that would convey the fun mood driving the piece. Greg and Jay laid down a really infectious rhythm for me to feature my keyboard chops and bring the song to rlife with a really funky feel driving it.” … Chip Taylor, who was inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (along with Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, and Elvis Costello) in 2016, released his new album, A Song I Can Live With, on February 17 on his own Train Wreck Records imprint. Produced by Taylor and Goran Grini, the new album's sessions were recorded at Taylor's Train Wreck Studios that are just a Chip Taylor short drive north in Mamaroneck in Westchester County, as well as Grini's studios in Norway. The even dozen songs feature Taylor backed by a band that includes Grini on an assortment of instruments, John Plantania on guitar, and guest Greg Leisz on pedal steel. “I was in New York. Cary Morin There were no tours ahead of me,” said Taylor. “All of a sudden I started writing again. The songs felt inspired.” The new record is now available everywhere … Roots-based singer/songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist Cory Morin returns with Cradle To The Grave, now available everywhere. The record completes a three-album project of acoustic recordings, which are about as Americana as it gets. “The goal was to create a sort of triptych of my solo fingerstyle journey, one that demonstrates the evolution of progression with songwriting, finger picking, and the use of open tunings,” said Morin. “Cradle To The Grave is a culmination of my musical efforts as a soloist thus far.” … The longtime blues rockers Foghat's latest album, Under The Influence, has risen up to the top of most genre charts, a remarkable achievement for a group with this kind of longevity. Included on the album is a new recording of the hit song “Slow Ride” in light of the group's 40 th annivesary, as well as guest vocals from longtime New York City favorite Dana Fuchs.

Photos: John Mayall by David Gomez; Chip Taylor by Ambrose Blaine; Cary Morin by Don Casper

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Just think: If we can get through February, then perhaps March might not be so awful – after all, any month that makes time for spring break can't be all bad. As we dream of trips to Daytona Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, here's something just as hot: The area's major recording studios and rehearsal facilities, which are usually bubbling with the cream of area musicians. One of the time-tested favorites in the area scene for major league recordings is Tom Stiegler's Blokhed Studios, which offers recording, rehearsals, live sound

take our word for it: See for yourself at the website, where you can see and hear a rocking clip from the progressive band And The Day Is Mine on Blokhed TV (which you can also catch on YouTube). The clip looks and sounds amazing, giving you a good example of what to expect from this studio and its services. Learn more about Blokhed by calling them at (631) 586-4111. Area artists continue to visit Beneath The Sun Rehearsal & Recording Studio in Hicksville as they lay down tracks with engineer and musician Mick James, or to catch up on rehearsals before important concerts and shows. Barry Rock continues

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to be a regular at BTS, and The the fruits of his busy labors Cave have recently ripened: The Mollies veteran artist's latest song, "I Found You," is now available nationwide. The tune features a veritable “who's who” of musicians, including Lenny La Pinta on saxophone, Matthew Friedman on keyboardss, Lou Agiesta on drums, James himself on bass, and Kirstin Marilyn on vocals. James noted that the romantic song is “destined to be a wedding staple,” and after hearing it, we agree; it's available now at iTunes. Find Barry Rock out more about Barry Rock at reverbcall them at (631) 882-1327. There are only 1,000 good Other artists reasons to use a pro recording working at Beneath studio instead of the “DIY” method if The Sun have you're serious about a music career, included Inherit The and here's one that's a stone fact: Earth (read much The best way to get the results you more about them in want is to bounce your idea off the this issue's Long ear of a fellow musician. Most top Island Spotlight engineers and producers have been column) and Rude musicians themselves, and one Mood. To learn how such music pro – Jim Sabella of to use this multiSabella Studios in Roslyn Heights – faceted studio for is also a fine guitarist and has your next performed live and on record for rehearsals or decades. Want proof? Check out the recording projects,

0862, or log on to VuDu Studios in Port Jefferson Village, continues to be the recording home of alt rock bands from all across the country; learn how to record there by calling them at or by calling (631) 403-4550. Big news from national artists, as usual: The reunited Hopesfall recently finished its first album in almost 10 years; the new effort will mark the post-hardcore group's first with the Graphic Nature Records/Equal Vision Records label. Mike Watts produced the album; he's worked with a plethora of top indie bands throughout the past few years.


Sabella Studios Facebook page and watch a video of Jim Sabella as he made a guest appearance on Len Pyros' “The Cold Shot” that was posted in October; you'll get to hear him play and get an extended interview about his life in music in recent years. Also: Check out Sabella's Instragram feed for news and photos of his latest equipment, hot area band The Cave Mollies, and more. A group that performed live at Sabella Studios was Sky Shape; check out their tighter-than-tight rendition of “River City – Live At Sebella Studios” on YouTube as well. Philadelphia's Sky Shape consists of Mike Dugan, Hank Rosenblum, Andres Mendieta, and Alex Borichewski, and their sound is indescribable; we'd term it as Zappa meets Squeeze, then goes out to lunch with R.E.M. Read more about them – and find out how to be the next artist to go national after working at Sabella – by calling (516) 484-

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he Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University will bring The Vijay Iyer Sextet – led by the acclaimed jazz pianist and composer – to its Recital Hall on Saturday, February 25 at 8 pm. Tickets are $42 at, or call (631) 632-ARTS [2787]. A Grammy-nominated composer and pianist, Iyer weaves improvisational, sophisticated jazz in an ethereal program with

include the Greenfield Prize; the Alpert Award in the Arts; the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; the India Abroad Publisher’s Special Award for Excellence; and numerous critics’ prizes. Iyer’s many collaborators include creative music pioneers Steve Coleman, Wadada Leo Smith, Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris, George Lewis, Amina Claudine Myers, William Parker, Graham Haynes, Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, John Zorn; next-generation artists Rudresh Mahanthappa, Rez Abbasi, Craig Taborn, Ambrose Akinmusire, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey; Dead Prez, DJ Spooky, Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, DJ Val Jeanty, Karsh Kale, Suphala, Imani Uzuri, and Talvin Singh; filmmakers Haile Gerima, Prashant Bhargava, and Bill Morrison; choreographer Karole Armitage; and poets Mike Ladd, Amiri Baraka, and Robert Pinsky.

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cosmic rhythms. The 44-year-old was named DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year in 2016, 2015, and 2012, as well as its 2014 Pianist of the Year. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, he is a Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. He’s certainly no ingenue: Iyer has released 20 albums covering diverse musicial terrain, most recently for the ECM label. The latest include A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (2016), Break Stuff (2015), and Mutations (2014). Historicity was a 2010 Grammy Nominee for Best Instrumental Jazz Album, and named #1 Jazz Album of 2009 in The New York Times, as well as by a number of other national publications. Iyer was also voted the 2010 Musician of the Year by The Jazz Journalists Association, and named one of 2011’s “50 Most Influential Global Indians” by GQ India. Other honors

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Arts Announcements The Snow Queen

Books Miriam Gardner-Engel Book Revue, Huntington March 5 at 1 pm; (631) 271-1442; The Long Island-based author will read and sign copies of her new book, I Love My Brother. Children Shrek The Musical Jr. Smithtown Performing Arts Center Through February 26; (631) 724-3700; The family comedy based on the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical. The Three Little Pigs Theatre Three, Port Jefferson Through February 25; (631) 928-9100; Described as “a play in verses and verses,” this is a new, modern take on the classic children's tale. The Snow Queen John W. Engeman Theatre At Northport Through March 5; (631) 261-2900;

Virostko and his 17-piece swing band. Dancing, raffles, and more. Log on for the next show dates. Respect: A Musical Journey Of Women Theatre Three, Port Jefferson February 25 through March 25; (631) 928-9100; The international hit makes its Long Island debut, featuring such hits “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend,” “These Boots Were Made For Walking,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” and more; the cast includes Lori Beth Belkin, Elizabeth Ann Castrogiovanni, Jessica Contino (pictured right), and AmandaCamille Isaac. After The Beatles Smithtown Performing Arts Center February 26 at 8 pm; (631) 724-3700;

After The Beatles

Engeman Theatre: The classic children's tale based on the Hans Christian Anderson story (at top). 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. Concerts Good Old Dance Band St. Sylvester's Parish Center, Medford Check website for show dates; (631) 730-3333; The regular monthly show of Mike

A cast of Beatlemania performs solo hits by each individual Beatles member: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Hobbies Long Island Auto Replica Society Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center, Centereach Third Thursday of every month at 7 pm; (516) 884-2270; (631) 946-6335 The L.I.A.R.S. monthly meetings are open to anyone with an interest in building scale models of automobiles. Call for more information and meeting dates. Photography Photography Exhibitions

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Nassau County Museum Of Art, Roslyn Harbor Through March 5; (516) 484-9337; Three exhibits are running: Ansel Adams: Sight and Feeling; Light Works: 100 Years Of Photos; and New Photos: Long Island Collects.

Theater Sister Act: The Musical Noel S. Ruiz Theatre At CM Peforming Arts Center, Oakdale Through March 25; (631) 218-2100; The modern comedy smash comes to Suffolk County. Side Show Cultural Arts Playhouse, Syosset Through March 5; (516) 694-3330; The Broadway cult favorite makes its Long Island debut. Peter & The Starcatcher Smithtown Center For The Performing Arts Through February 25;; (631) 724-3700 This musical comedy serves as the swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan. California Suite Studio Theatre, Lindenhurst Through February 26; studiotheatreli. com; (631)226-8400 The classic Neil Simon comedy is revived once again. Madagascar The Showplace At Bellmore Movies Through February 26;; (516) 599-6870 Plaza Theatrical Productions: The hit animated feature becomes a stage play for all ages.

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9 To 5

The Full Monty John W. Engeman Theatre At Northport Through March 5; (631) 261-2900; Engeman Theatre: The ribald 10-time Tony Award nominee is revived.

She Loves Me BayWay Arts Center, East Islip Through February 26; (631) 581-2700; BroadHollow Theatre Company: The same classic musical comedy property that just ended its Broadway run now comes to Long Island; the title song’s been sung by everyone from Laura Benanti to

She Loves Me

Martin Short (in his “Jackie Rogers Jr.” guise). 9 To 5: The Musical Elmont Public Library Through March 5; (516) 775-4420; BroadHollow Theatre Company: What a way to make a living: The hit play features music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.


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Joe Crookston

Adam Ippolito:

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Veteran Rock Keyboardist Sails To Gold Coast

Folk music star Joe Crookston Veteran rock keyboardist Adam Ippolito headlines on Saturday, performs on Saturday, March 4 February 25 at The at 7:30 pm as the headliner for Gold Coast Arts Center in Great the latest edtion of The Folk Music Society of Huntington's Neck; for tickets, “First Saturday” concerts series log on to at The Congregational Church or call of Huntington in Centerport; (516) 829-2570. info and tickets: Ippolito has Crookston, a young veteran peformed with rock of the touring folk scene, is from upstate Ithaca by way of royalty; in addition to being a member Ohio, and has performed as such major folk music events of both Elephant’s Memory and Pig as The Falcon Ridge Folk Iron, he has Festival, where he wowed attendees with not only is own recorded and songs, but with some surprising performed with John Lennon (a choices of cover material photo of that peri(including a solo acoustic version of Supertramp’s “The od is inset), Logical Song” that has drawn Kool & The Gang, Chuck Berry, raves from critics and fans James Moody, alike). Cissy and Whitey To date, Crookston’s albums have included Darling Houston, and a & The BlueBird Jubille and Able slew of other Baker Charlie & Dog, which is national artists. a collection of songs inspired Ippolito was also by stories of ordinary upstate a member of New York residents who reside Lennon's New in the the Finger Lakes region. York-based More info:; or band for two years. find him on social media.

History At Hofstra: Globe Theater Makes Debut

Hofstra University in Hempstead will make history this March, where construction is currently underway at The John Cranford Adams Playhouse on The Hofstra Globe Stage, a working laboratory for students, faculty and guest artists. Hofstra Drama Professor David Henderson, the director of this project, is the only college professor and set designer to have spent considerable time abroad in consultation with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. First up will be the 68th annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival from March 2 through 12; for tickets, visit the Playhouse box office from Monday to Friday,11 am to 3:45 pm, or call (516) 463-6644. Tickets are also available for purchase online at There will be an opening night reception with food, drink, and reminiscences from alumni of The Hofstra Shakespeare Festival at The Schaeffer Black Box Theater on Thursday, March 2 at 6 pm.

Family Orchestra Concert At Staller Center

The University Orchestra will present its Family Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, February 28 at Staller Center at Stony Brook University at 7:30 pm. The Orchestra will perform the concert “The Magic Of Music,” led by conductor Susan Deaver. Featured soloist is pianist Emily Ramonetti, winner of The 2016 Stony Brook University Pre-College Concerto Competition, who will perform the 1st movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concert No. 2. Tickets are $5; info: (631) 632-ARTS or

Emily Ramonetti

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Rhythm Tracking With Jimi LaLumia

Going World Wide

Who: On the scene since 2007, Inherit The Earth is inheriting a hefty swath of the area’s club scene, both here and in New York City – they’ve already performed at such top venues as B.B. King’s in New York City, New Jersey’s Stanhope House, and Village Pub in Lindenhurst. The band is currently remastering its new CD at Beneath The Sun Studios in Hicksville, and a massive CD release party will be scheduled in the coming weeks. The group was formed by members of such top area groups as Savior, Permanent Scar, and One More Breath. The Bay Shore-based band is comprised of Peter Zambuto (drums), Charlie Bozza (guitar), Steve Mullinax (bass), Lee Lueken (vocals), and Vincenzo Voccia Jr. (guiar). The Artists & Their Sound: From the group’s bio: “Inherit the Earth, formed by members of Savior, Permanent Scar, and One More Breath, is driven by catchy rhythmic grooves and emotional melodic vocals; their sound has been compared to Sevendust, Stone Sour, Alice In Chains, and Tool. The first batch of songs is nearly complete, and recording is on the horizon!” To Learn More About The Artists: The band recently reported that its newly updated website ( should be up and operating by the end of February. Find and listen to Inherit The Earth at Reverb Nation and Facebook; video clips are also available for viewing on YouTube. 22 • Good Times Magazine - February 21 - March 6, 2017

used the time to remind people of what she was originally all about – and that she was still that same woman. The result was an exultant, critically acclaimed performance that thrilled her old fans, earned her many new ones, and silenced the naysayers.

Photos: Super Bowl Halftime courtesy Pepsi; La Land Land courtesy Lionsgate

A Super Super Bowl Halftime: The Super Bowl is a barometer of where the average consumer is each year. Part of that equation is the choice of performer for the half time show – which gets as much press as the game itself – and this year was no different. While the NFL game offered an excessive amount of drama, nail biting, and turnabout, the performance by longtime Rhythm Tracking fave Lady Gaga turned out to be an eye opener for both her friends and her foes. The choice of Gaga for Super Bowl 51 was made for an obvious reason: She is the last of the iconic superstars, a succession that began with Elvis Presley and brought us all the way to Gaga. Subsequent music stars, while well known, just don't carry the magic that once existed in the pop world; Gaga is the personification of that magic. The big question before the game was “What will she do?” Early Gaga was glam rock, Warhol inspired, over the top performance art. Recent Gaga has been evening gowns, high class nightclub Tony Bennett duets, and ballads, as found on

La La Land

her current album, Joanne. Would she use this performance as a showcase to sell the new CD? The answer turned out to be no; instead, she consolidated her original fan base, delivered a very '60s Motown-style medley of her greatest hits, and she

She performed her current single, "Million Reasons," and everything else was literally solid gold. The next morning, Joanne was the #1 album on iTunes, and all her other albums ranked high on the chart as well. Amazon's best sellers chart was top loaded with every Gaga album that existed. Indeed, she took the leap, and had a stunningly successful landing. Gaga Over La La: Passion is really what drives artists such as Gaga and most of the artists that I have obsessed over since my early teen years during the 1960s. In that light, seeing the film La La Land filled me with emotion from start to end, as it reflects so many elements in my life and the lives of so many fellow travelers in the zany, heartbreaking world of pop culture. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are perfect in the movie, and the soundtrack album, which I'm listening to right now (on Spotify), breaks the heart, in retrospect, a second time around. If you are a person powered by passion for the thing you love, regardless of the consequences, La La Land will fill your heart and break it at the same time; on the huge IMAX screen, sitting up front, was was even more overwhelming (although I still think it should have been titled LaLumia Land...).


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Abby Muelller: She’s ‘Beautiful’ On Broadway

Abby Mueller will play the title role in the Broadway company of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, beginning March 7. Mueller, who originated the role in the first national tour of Beautiful, will take over for Broadway’s current “Carole King,” Chilina Kennedy, while Kennedy heads to her hometown to headline the show at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theater from June 27 through August 20. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is now in its fourth hit year at The Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York City.

Molly Burch

Green Day:

Straight To #1

Green Day has topped both the Billboard and Mediabase Alternative radio charts again with the current single "Still Breathing," marking the band's 11th #1 at the format and tying them for the second-most songs to top the chart of all time. "Still Breathing" is the second song to top the Alternative charts from the band's #1 album, Revolution Radio (Reprise Records), and marks the first time the band has had multiple #1s from the same album since its 2004 album American Idiot. Green Day recently announced the North American leg of its “Revolution Radio World Tour” will kick off Green Day on March 1 in Phoenix, and will include first time dates at Wrigley Field in Chicago and The Rose Bowl in California. Track the tour at Mo M ol ll ly y B Bu ur rc ch h: :

NYC Bound

Molly Burch's new album, Please Be Mine, was released last week via Captured Tracks. The Texas-based new country star’s retro sound is turning on a new generation of young listeners. Growing up in Los Angeles with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother, Burch's childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone. After finding her voice in

adolescence, Burch Jena packed up to study Jazz Friedman Vocal Performance in Asheville. After relocating to Austin after college, Burch began to write her own music in earnest, with the lovelorn Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting guides. Burch and boyfriend Dailey Toliver connected with Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, and they recorded all the songs on Please Be Mine at his studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. Burch comes to New York City on March 3 as she headlines Union Pool in Brooklyn.

Photos courtesy respective labels and artists; Abby Mueller by Janna Giacoppo; Jena Friedman by Seth Olenick

Jena Friedman: We Can’t Say It, But She Will

Standup star Jena Friedman’s album version of her comedy special is now available at iTunes. The album takes material from

Geographic Explorer,” and has worked as a field producer at “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and has written for “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Her standup special is now available at Seeso and Amazon.

Diana Hickman:

Going ‘South’ In Style

Friedman's first standup special, “American C*nt,” which was recorded at The Slipper Room NYC and delivers a probing examination of feminism and the U.S. body politic. Taped in August – “before the Fall of America,” as she put it – Friedman's special immortalizes the insanity of the 2016 election as well as being female in America ... “while women still had hope,” stated a press release. Friedman is currently a correspondent for “National

Fusing threads of soul, R&B, rock, and pop, the New York Citybased vocalist Diana Hickman has released a new single, "South Of Your Thoughts," from her debut EP. That release, also titled South of Your Thoughts, will make its debut on all platforms on March 3. After graduating from The Boston Conservatory Of Music, Hickman has already graced the stage at a number of New York City's top venues, including Brooklyn Bowl, Duplex Cabaret Club, Fat Cat, The Blue Note, and more. Hickman's background also includes extensive touring across the tri-state area as part of the '80s-insired band White Wedding, which performed here.

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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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