1st & 2nd - Bradstock XXV Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck Center Moriches, NY
For those of you who don't know it yet, Bradstock is one of the best homegrown Music festivals in Long Island. Now in its 25th year, Bradstock was founded to raise money in support of local charitable efforts. This organization's motto is: "A good time for a good cause." I second that emotion!
From the Bradstock website: "Thanks to the generosity of the many friends of Bradstock, in the past twenty one years we have donated over $200,000, to Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck $42,000 and additional gifts to the Long Island Maritime Museum, Friends of Connetquot River State Park, the Sayville Kiwanis Club, the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association, G.R.O.W., WUSB, They Often Cry Out, the Unbroken Chain Foundation, the Sayville Village Improvement Society, the Bayport and West Sayville Civic Associations and the Peconic Baykeeper, amongst others. In addition, the Bradstock organization has donated a mountain of food and ongoing monetary contributions to Island Harvest to help those less fortunate than ourselves. You may be surprised to learn that Bradstock is a year round event. Stop by the festival entrance and make sure you are on the email list and let us know if you want to help."
SHOWTIMES: SATURDAY September 1st, 2018: 11:00AM - 9:00PM SUNDAY, September 2nd, 2018: 11:00AM - 10:00PM Ticket information HERE
1st - Bobby Nathan Band The Station Bar (Hampton Bays, NY)
You can start off your Labor Day Weekend by catching this six piece powerhouse that always delivers an energetic show with a repertoire that ncludes tunes by Robert Palmer, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Pointer Sisters, Chuck Berry, Ben E. King, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix.
4th - Mambo Loco Katch @ Venetian Shores Lindenhurst, NY
Spend an evening digging the sounds of this tasty Afro-Cuban combo as they perform a lively show of “Old School” Latin jazz under the stars at this cozy beach setting. Get there early so you can get a seat @ the outside bar which has an excellent view of the stage.
6th - Carrie & The Cats My Father's Place @ The Roslyn Hotel Roslyn, NY
Here's a clip from Carrie & The Cats recent appearance on the popular podcast, The Rob Bartlett Comedy Hour
Carrie and The Cats are a funky rock band that channels a new-school flair reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and John Mayer along with a taste of classic rock. Opening the show is Gnarly Karma. Showtime is 8 pm. Tickets Available HERE
7th - Michael Meehan & The Lucky Ones / The Welldiggers Finley's of Huntington
Americana music is alive and well here in Long Island and this particular concert features two bands that are among the best local practitioners of that particular genre. Meehan's current music has been described by local music historian The Commodore as "songs inspired by traditional and alternative country, punk, folk, literature, and other influences.“ His backing band is comprised of some longtime veterans of the LI music scene; Michael Leuci (Drums), Annie Mark (Guitar / Vocals) and Chris James (Lead Guitar / Vocals). Also, I'm sure that many of you local Americana music fans will remember The Welldiggers whose leader, Steve Welner, released an excellent solo album last year called Sweet Simple Life. Be sure to check that one out!
7th - Blue Roots Thai Rock Rockaway Beach, NY
This veteran combo brings their unique blend of roadhouse blues to this eclectic restaurant that specializes in authentic Thai cuisine. "Particularly with the blues, it's not just about bad times. It's about the healing spirit." (Taj Mahal )
By the way, if you're a Long Island blues fan and haven't connected with the Long Island Blues Society yet, be sure to stop by their website!
8th - The Wolf Cats RS Jones Restaurant Merrick, NY
Head on down to this popular eatery in Merrick (Southwestern, BBQ & Soul Food) for a lighthearted evening of American Roots Music with the Wolf-Cats! This tasty combo is widely known for their hep cat mix of blues, gypsy jazz and swing music.
8th & 9th - LI Blues & Roots Festival Long Island Sports Park Calverton, NY
Among the growing number of local music festivals here in Long Island, the Long Island Blues & Roots Festival features a wide array of local talent. This gathering features 2 days of music as parlayed by 15 bands. Sat Sept 8 Line Up: Val Levine, Pete Mancini Band, Carrie & The Cats, Lonesome Dan & The Curmugeons, Soundswell, Miles To Dayton, Kerry Kearney, Donna The Buffalo. Sun Sept 9 Line Up: Pamela Betti Band, Quarterhorse, a'Mericana, Frank Latorre & The King Bees, Bobby Nathan Band, Screamin' Eagle Band featuring Johnny Neel of the Allman Brothers and Popa Chubby. Purchase Tickets HERE
9th - The Tony Eustace Memorial Bash 89 North Music Hall Patchogue, NY
Check out this benefit that celebrates the life of Tony Eustace who passed away last April. Tony was a proud disabled veteran who worked in the music industry alongside the likes of the Freelance Vandals, Joe Lynn Turner, DIO, and Brian Johnson. This benefit will feature performances by Old School Classic Rocks and friends of Tony's, other guests and musicians are welcome to take the stage to pay tribute to Tony Eustace in a way that he would love. Tickets are $10 at the door and being donated to Tony's favorite charity, Rock N' Recovery. To donate to Rock N' Recovery on your own, please visit RockNRecovery for more information. Showtime: 2 pm - 8 pm
11th - The Molotov Cocktails KJ Farrells Bellmore,NY
As far as local venues go, I have tip my hat to KJ Farrels because they stage regular Tuesday Original Music Showcase nights which provide much needed exposure for bands that perform their own music. One of the better up and coming original bands on the Island is The Molotov Cocktails who will be appearing at this cool bar in Bellmore on Tuesday Sept. 11th.. From their Facebook Page: "The Molotov Cocktails is the brainchild of songwriter John Rullo. Their upcoming CD, Wake Up Call, is a collection of songs for a sleeping nation." Showtime: 7:30 pm
14th - Russ Seeger Swing The Teapot Floral Park, NY
I first heard Russ Seeger back in the 70's when he was a member of a great outfit called The Sheiks. Since then, he has grown immeasurably as a musician and entertainer and is considered one of Long Island's most genuine musical artists. Be sure to catch him at this laid back neighborhood haunt in Floral Park.. Also, check out his recent studio album, Live In Peace, on Paradiddle Records!
15th - Deepwells Music Festival Deepwells Historical Society St James, NY
Kick back and enjoy a day of reverie at the historic Deepwells Mansion in Saint James, NY featuring performances by Sir Cadian Rhythm, Kerry Kearney and Miles to Dayton. Showtime: 4 pm
15th - Vetstock 2018 Blue Point Brewery Patchogue, NY
This events honors and supports our veterans. This festival features Local Bands performing all day long. The lineup of performers includes the Project9line Band, Shecky and the Twangtones, Johnny in the Basement, Two Cent Sam and Blueberry Strange. Free Admission Showtime: 12 - 9 pm
15th - He-Bird, She-Bird The Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market Riverhead, NY
This up and coming Americana band will be performing as part of The 15th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival. Along with the music there will also be craft beer, garlic jelly, garlic soup, pickled garlic and garlic ice cream! Huzzah!
In a recent Long Island Pulse article, my buddy Mike Block captured the essence of He-Bird, She-Bird experience: "The arc of the Long Island group’s sound encompasses both an original blend and a la carte offerings of vintage country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and dirt-in-your nails rock. The stellar unplugged trio features Todd Evans (guitarist, vocalist), Terri Hall (hand percussionist, vocalist) and Christine Kellar (guitarist, vocalist, principal writer, arranger). He-Bird, She-Bird possesses a confident resonant sound fully inhabiting the dust and sunshine of Kellar’s often whimsical and occasionally dark gaze through the Americana prism."
The Festival runs 10 am to 6 pm. He-Bird, She-Bird will be appearing on the Festival's Entertainment Stage 3 - 6 pm.
15th / 16th - The Merrick Street Fair Merrick, NY
The place to be at this two-day street fest is in front of the live music stage which is located on a flatbed truck adjacent to RS JONES RESTAURANT. The music schedule is 1 - 5 pm. Saturday Artist Line-Up: Carrie McQuade Band, Biscuit Kings, Christine Sweeney Band and The Wolf Cats. Sunday Artist Line-Up: Treutlein/Novak/Perricone/Leuci Band, The Welldiggers, The Twisted Troubadours and the Katie Mitchell Band. While you’re soaking up the music, make a point of checking out some of the local food truck eats. "If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On!" (Billy Shakespeare, local Kazoo player)
16th - Fiddle & Folk Fest Benner's Farm East Setauket, NY
Benner's Farm is a historic, organic, 15-acre homestead, raising animals and produce. Thousands of people participate in the many workshops, festivals and special events held at the farm each year. It's the perfect setting for this laid back homegrown music fest.
The lineup of performers includes Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Pete Mancini & The Hillside Airmen, The New Students and The Stony Brook Roots Ensemble. Gates open @11 am Showtime: 12:30 pm to 7 pm. You can purchase tickets HERE
20th - Biscuit Kings RS Jones Restaurant Merrick, NY
Calling all Tom Waits Fans: As part of the Biscuit Kings ongoing 3rd Thursday of every month at this down home eatery, this month's show will be An Evening of Tom Waits Music! It's not a tribute band type of thing; we just like playing some of those strange Tom Waits songs! “I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.” (Tom Waits) Showtime: 7 pm
As my old friend The Gloob always says, "The clock on the wall says it's Beer O'clock!"
21st - Mighty Ramon & The Phantoms of Soul Still Partners Sea Cliff, NY
I mentioned this hot combo in my August column but then found out that their date at The Beer Garden in Freeport had been cancelled so I'm posting some info for one of their September gigs. "Say, who are these guys anyway?" This band is like a stick of dynamite. Once they light the fuse…look out! Swing on by this cozy club in Sea Cliff and get knocked out by the vibes of sweet soul music the way it oughta be! Showtime: 8:30
21st - Nina Et Cetera Townline BBQ Sagaponack NY
Nina Et Centera is a band that channels a wide variety of musical influences. Nina, the trio's lead singer, has been described as a vocalist "that may recall an edgier Victoria Williams during her Dylan & the Band Basement Tapes period." Catch them at this tasty BBQ joint out on the East End. Showtime: 6 pm
22nd - Mike Barry Band Swing The Teapot Floral Park, NY
Mike Barry’s lively Americana roots rock combo conjures up a lively mix of sounds that reveal such influences as NRBQ, Rockpile and the Lovin Spoonful at this intimate neighborhood club. Along with the music, this venue's kitchen puts out a mighty tasty menu so be sure to check that out as well.
22nd - Atomic Red Hots Bobbique Patchogue, NY
Treat yourself to a rowdy night of Red Hot Rockabilly music as played by this high energy combo. Along with the sounds, be sure to try some of the finger licking Memphis BBQ eats that the kitchen puts out to great fanfare.
22nd & 23rd - Doc Blues Presents Blues On The Beach Festival 2018 Long Beach, Nissequogue, Smithtown NY
This month's festival madness rolls on with Doc Blues Presents The Blues On The Beach Festival! Showtime: Noon - 7 pm
23rd - Toby Walker The Brokerage Comedy Club Bellmore, NY
This is a concert to benefit the Pulse Center For Patient Safety Education & Advocacy. Don't miss the chance to catch this internationally acclaimed Long Island roots music artist. Here's some of the rave reviews Walker has received over the years: "If he doesn't get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaging spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby. " - John Platt - WFUV "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" - Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane.
29th - Don Celenza Mickey Malones Floral Park, NY
Don Celenza's longtime residency at this sports bar that serves up good eats has become the stuff of local legend. His weekly jams always offer up a great night of music featuring seasoned players from the LI music scene.
29th - Danny Kean It's About Time Cocktail Lounge South Farmingdale, NY
Kean, who has been a presence on the Long Island scene for many years now, is a multi-instrumentalist as well as a remarkable blue-eyed soul vocalist who channels an earthy mix of smooth R&B, early Motown, classic soul, funk rock and Neo soul. Catch him at this relaxed hangout in South Farmingdale.
29th - A Rock & Roll Dance Party with Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks Bay Street Theater Sag Harbor, NY
"What time is it?!" It's time for a Rock & Roll Dance Party at the marvelous Bay Street Theater featuring Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks as they celebrate 30 years of Rhythm & Twang! Rumor has it that there will be some very special guests on hand for this special show. Get your tickets HERE.
30th - Peter Kanelous & Friends Clovis Point Vineyard Jamesport, NY
Spend a lazy fall afternoon with virtuoso guitarist Peter Kanelous as he performs amidst the calm environs of the Clovis Point Vineyard. Ah! A little wine & a little music makes this the perfect way to close out the month of September. Showtime: 1:30 - 5:30 pm
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