THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE
(631) 267-3117, Amagansett
Named after notable Montaukett Native American Stephen “Talkhouse” Pharaoh, The Stephen Talkhouse has a long history as one of New York’s “must play” clubs. While the venue’s website boasts a list of dozens of Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers who have graced its stage, The Stephen Talkhouse maintains a reputation as a nightclub that presents high quality, up-and-coming acts. Touring artists consider playing at the Talkhouse to be a feather in their cap. Likewise, true blue music fans willingly make the long trip east because they know they are guaranteed a night of topnotch music and entertainment.
Joe Delia & Thieves on November 21 and The Nancy Atlas Project on November 24.
THE UNIVERSITY CAFÉ AT STONY BROOK
(631) 632-6493, Stony Brook
Many Long Islanders don’t realize that there is a hotbed of live music and art at the island’s local colleges—and that you don’t need a student ID to participate. Stony Brook’s University Café, or “UCaf” as it is commonly called by local musicians, is just the place to start experiencing the LI college music scene. The Café was originally established as a 21-and-over pub and hangout for students, staff and alumni, and offers concerts and presentations that are open to the general public. The sound quality is top notch and performances range from national acts to extremely local artists and DJs. As with most college venues, the lineup is refreshingly diverse—but shows at UCaf stand out from the herd by being professional and well run.
Geoff Muldaur and Jim Kweskin on November 11, and Mary McCaslin with Caroline Doctorow accompanied by Pete Kennedy on November 25.
(516) 922-2999, Oyster Bay
Performances at Jack Halyards are casual and cozy enough that you almost feel like you are hanging around in a friend’s living room doing a singalong. Local acts play stripped-down folk, rock and blues in the bar—where you are still able to order from an extensive (and delicious) menu. Tuesday is open mic night, hosted by local favorite Mike Dorio. Great food and a low-key atmosphere make this place a popular hangout for Oyster Bay locals.