Looking for rocking Long Island music? Johnny Pierre guides the way to six places to listen to live music on Long Island this October.
3rd THE WOLF-CATS
Be sure to catch this new hip combo known for their eclectic mix of string band music. The word on the street is that they’re developing into one of the up-and-coming bands on the Island.
10th JOE DELIA & THIEVES
Raphael Vineyards, Peconic
One of Long Island’s most authentic rock ‘n’ rollers cranks out some high-amp blues rock in a pastoral setting. You will dance.
16th CHRISTINE SPERO GROUP
Page One, Glen Cove
Michael “Eppy” Epstein, who some of you might remember as the legendary owner of My Father’s Place, has reactivated his former club’s brand and has been staging intimate concerts at this Glen Cove eatery. One of the standout events in this ongoing concert series is a special evening of Laura Nyro’s music performed by Christine Spero who is currently on the road promoting her latest album: Spero Plays Nyro.
17th & 18th CEDAR BEACH BLUES FESTIVAL
Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville
Heads up to all you blues hounds out there! Due to permit hassles with the Town of Cedar Beach, this popular blues festival has been moved to the historic West Sayville waterfront. One of the highlights of this year’s lineup is the venerable acoustic guitar wizard Little Toby Walker, who will be presented with a Long Island Music Hall of Fame Sound Award during the Saturday show.
22nd DAVE AND PHIL ALVIN WITH THE GUILTY ONES
Boulton Center, Bay Shore
On tour in support of their latest album Lost Time, the Alvin brothers pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had a formative influence on their musical development.
31st DAVID BROMBERG BIG BAND
Landmark On Main Street, Port Washington
Bromberg, a unique guitarist who has played with such artists as Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr and Willie Nelson, performs at this newly revived venue for a vibrant evening of bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music.
Liner Notes: Christine Spero (Keyboards/Vocals, Christine Spero Group) on Nyro’s music:
Back in the 60s when I was a classical and pop pianist working with Don Kirschner and Neil Sedaka, I first heard Nyro’s second album Eli and the Thirteenth Confession. Her voice was passionate, her lyrics deep and her chords, progressions and song forms were different and unique. She immediately drew me into her world and her beautiful music became part of me.