The Listening Bar September 2014

7th Grateful Fest
Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport

If tie-dyed jam music is your thing, this event offers up an entire day-long program of Grateful Dead tribute bands including Reckoning, Half Step, The Electrix and Unbroken Chain. It’s all happening on the museum’s great lawn overlooking the Long Island Sound.

13th Lil Cliff & The Cliffhangers
Fat Fish Bistro, Bay Shore

This innovative harmonica-driven quartet brings the spirit of jump blues to this pleasant waterside restaurant. This combo’s modus operandi seems to be “it must be jelly because jam don’t shake like that!”

18th Miles to Dayton
Hard Luck Cafe, Huntington

The local favorites will perform their eclectic blend of Celtic and Southern folk rock at this intimate café located in the Cinema Arts Centre. Also on the bill is the stellar Anna Dagmar String Quartet.

Liner Notes: Buzz Abelson (drummer, Reckoning)
Long Island Pulse: You’re a mainstay of the Long Island music scene. What do you like about performing live?
Buzz Abelson: Our band tries to channel the true spirit of the Grateful Dead by working off of the energy that the audience brings to every show. As a result, the music we play is always changing and evolving.

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.