(631) 730-8992, Patchogue
This new-ish venue in Patchogue has been making a splash and crossing some scene boundaries usually left unexplored. Though Long Island musicians are generally close-knit, a veteran of the band scene may go 20 years without ever meeting a longtime member of the acoustic scene. Similarly, there are places to go for original music, while other venues strictly book tribute acts. 89 North is presenting a less segregated version of the music scene, with nights that run the gamut from cover bands to touring nationals, to singer-songwriters, to new and emerging artists. It will be interesting to see how this works over time. So far it has been a good ride for fans and musicians alike.
(631) 264-7712, Amityville
For those who mourned the loss of The Downtown and The Crazy Donkey, Revolution (AKA Ollie’s Point) may be the next stop. Local bands take the stage four or five nights a week, and the club has a mix of seating and standing room. Unlike many music bars that leave younger fans out in the cold, Revolution’s shows are often 16-and-up and occasionally all ages. Bring the kids.
(516) 783-0007, Bellmore
Your friendly neighborhood hole in the wall across from the Bellmore train station. Actually, there’s a great beer selection and good food to go with the casual vibe, so who’s complaining? Catch live music on weekends and sports and wings during the week.
Music from the Hive (@ The Homestead)
(516) 922-9293, Oyster Bay
Music from the Hive is a listening-room-style concert series featuring original acoustic music. Each month, four singer-songwriters perform original songs in a round-robin format with minimal accompaniment. Music from the Hive has a strict “one voice, one instrument” policy designed to let the songs speak for themselves. If you want a music-focused night without typical bar scene interruptions, this series is for you.