(631) 239-5130, Huntington
Wherefore art thou, unknown Long Island music? It’s only unknown because you don’t know about it yet and it’s right here in your backyard—or actually, in a living room in Huntington. Tom and Robin Romeo have started a new platform for “under-known” artists, hosting classy “dinner and a show” house concerts and then webcasting them for the world to see. Check out whereforearts.com or call (631) 239-5130 for a concert schedule and reservations. You can prove your arty cred to your friends, eat a gourmet meal and hear an amazing new performer all in one night.
Live in the Lobby
(631) 207-1313, Patchogue
Patchogue quit its day job a few years ago to pursue music—and, let’s be honest, also to pursue beer. It seems to be working out, because local acts are packing the bars up and down Main Street. The historic Patchogue Theatre is at the heart of this, bringing music and art to the village as a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization. Live in the Lobby is what it sounds like—a live concert series run out of the theater’s spacious lobby, with professional sound and an avid local following. And, yes, there is Blue Point beer on tap at the shows. For your next night out, skip SoHo and hit the South Shore instead.
(516) 826-9533, Wantagh
If you like acoustic music and live on Long Island, The Cup is like a required course. Can you find a table big enough to play Battleship and order smushed pie in a mug? Can two guitars and a bass fit into the tiny corner stage area without falling into someone’s latte? Can you make it through a heartfelt acoustic version of “A Long December” without waving your chai in the air and singing along mournfully? Find the answers to these pressing questions at 3268 Railroad Ave. There will be a quiz.