“Supporting local music on Long Island is really important,” says Walt Willems, guitarist for the pop-rock band Indulgent Lucie. “This way you can say you were there when it happened. It’s the community experience, and music itself is the only universal message I know of that everyone relates to.”
Born and bred on LI, the members of Indulgent Lucie—Willems, vocalist Patrick Trovato, drummer John Ludwig, bassist Anthony Colonna and keyboardist/back-up vocalist, Elaine DiMasi—will hit the Boardwalk to play a free show at their favorite venue, the Jones Beach Bandshell on Thursday, July 28th. Fellow Long Islanders, Somehow Sorry, open at 7:30pm, and Indulgent Lucie goes on at 8:30pm. When describing his rock band’s sound, Willems notes the elements of reggae and jazz:
“It has a pop basis with elements of reggae, which I truly love—that’s the Police and Sublime connection—but the jazz elements are there as well, which gives us our own sound. Most of Indulgent Lucie’s melodies are written for the bass guitar, another way that Sting inadvertently influenced my musical songwriting. Who would have thought Mumford and Sons and the Black Keys would be considered with such high regard five years ago? There’s a unique quality to the music they produce, and I think Indulgent Lucie falls into that mode as well.”
Influenced by everyone from Pete Townsend and the Beatles to Elvis and Brian Setzer, the quintet recently released its eponymous debut and will be playing the forthcoming Port Jefferson Music Fest, in addition to clubs in NYC and abroad. Most songs are written by Willems and vocalist Trovato is a co-lyricist. But the band already has 4 new, grittier-sounding songs ready to record, with Trovato “really coming into play lyrically.”
Along with the band’s original songs, you may hear interesting renditions of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May,” the Eagles’ “Best of my Love,” and Kings of Leon’s “Need Somebody” when Indulgent Lucie hits the stage on Thursday night. So, beat the heat with a free night of live music at the beach.
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