The Listening Bar May 2014

3rd Rorie Kelly
The Cup Coffee House, Wantagh

The infamous crimson-haired siren (and one-time author of this column) performs an evening of indie acoustic music at this laid-back coffeehouse that has a Greenwich Village vibe.

8th Kerry Kearney & Jack Licitra
YMCA Bolton Center, Bay Shore

The highlight of this month’s Long Island concert schedule is a double bill featuring two crème de la crème local blues artists. Between Kearney’s sizzling slide guitar work and Licitra’s keyboard gymnastics, expect fireworks!

21st Jules Radino’s Open Mic
Painters’ Restaurant, Brookhaven

One of the more renowned open mic nights on the Island is this weekly gathering run by Jules Radino, current drummer for Blue Oyster Cult. You never know exactly who’s going to show up to jam, which is exactly why you should be there.

23rd Carrie McQuade Trio
Eleanor Rigby’s, Mineola

The tight chemistry of this blues and soul trio, which features the powerful vocalizing of Carrie McQuade, warms up this venerable pub with a selection of originals and tasty covers.

Liner Notes: Carrie McQuade
Long Island Pulse: Do you have any special shows coming up this summer?
Carrie McQuade:
On July 6th I’ll be appearing with my band for the first time at the Summer Concert Series, which takes place on the Restoration Farm at Old Bethpage. It’s a seven-acre organic co-op farm. I really like what this farm is trying to do for the community so I’m looking forward to this particular show.

Johnny Pierre

Local legend Johnny Pierre is a singer/songwriter from Lindenhurst. He performs around Long island with the Americana Blues band the Biscuit Kings. Visit to check out his music.