Long Islanders are always on the look out for the best live sound. Johnny Pierre has all of our ears with his picks of where to listen to live music on Long Island this September.
4th Glenn Baldwin & Friends of Jazz
Happenings on Main Street, Northport Village Patio
Northport’s popular seasonal concert series hosts its final event featuring this crisp jazz ensemble that plays a wide variety of staples from Cole Porter to Thelonious Monk.
5th Red Hot Acoustic Trio with Mike Ernst
Fatfish Wine Bar & Bistro, Bay Shore
Be sure to catch the acoustic-based spinoff of the popular Atomic Red Hots rockabilly combo at this casual eatery that overlooks the Great South Bay.
17th Live in the Lobby Fundraiser
The celebrated Live in the Lobby concert series hosts its annual “Covers in the Lobby” fundraiser that features a host of Long Island musicians performing the music of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Among the local favorites who will be on hand are Miles to Dayton, Jelly Band, The Jay Scott Band and Johnny Zarrow.
19th Kelly Richey Band
Besides sporting a guitar style that evokes the spirit of Jimi Hendrix, Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.”
27th Grateful Fest: A Day of Art and Live Grateful Dead Music
Vanderbilt Museum, Centerport
The proverbial clock on the wall says that it’s time for all the Long Island Dead Heads to gather at this annual celebration of GD music on the museum’s Great Lawn overlooking the Long Island Sound. This year’s lineup features Half Step, The Electrix, Reckoning and Unbroken Chain. In addition to the music, there will be live painting and art exhibits by 30 visual artists.
Liner Notes: Ray Kairys
(Bass, The Electrix)
Long Island Pulse: What makes The Electrix stand out from the other Grateful Dead tribute bands?
Ray Kairys: Much like the Dead, we incorporate extended jams where one song flows into the next but we always add unique elements to the mix. I think our fans appreciate the fact that at times, our repertoire goes beyond the basic Grateful Dead template.