Where to Listen to Live Music on Long Island This May

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From old time swing to American chamber music, here is where you should go to catch the best of Long Island’s live music events in May.

11th The Wolf-Cats
The Oak Room Tavern, Sea Cliff


Spend an evening in a comfortable tavern digging the sounds of an eclectic acoustic string band that plays a lively mix of swing, blues, gypsy and bluegrass music.

14th Phoebe Legere
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett

This multi-talented artist is adept at working within various musical genres and art forms. Legere’s live shows, which often incorporate elements of classical music, blues, ragtime and bebop, are enhanced by her meticulous piano work as well as her stirring four-octave vocal range.

15th The Counter Clockwise Ensemble
The Patchogue Theater

Appearing as part of Season 11 in the popular Live in The Lobby series is this engaging guitar, strings and percussion quintet that plays contemporary American chamber music. Along with their original material, this unique group often performs pieces by Gustav Holst and Aaron Copland as well as traditional American and Irish folk tunes.

21st Wes Houston Trio
Spirit Coffeehouse, Babylon

Houston, who has been a major part of the LI music scene for the past 30 years, revives an early 60’s coffeehouse vibe with his new trio that sparkles in its presentation of jazz, swing and folk music.

21st Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday Celebration
The Long Island Museum, Stony Brook

This annual musical tribute to Bob Dylan is always a winner. Among the list of local artists who will be appearing are The Kennedys, Rod MacDonald and Russ Seeger.

Venue Spotlight: Q&A with Bernie Fabig, director of PR & Marketing for The Patchogue Theatre

Pulse: When did The Patchogue Theatre originally open?
Fabig: The Patchogue Theatre opened in 1923 under the name Ward & Glynne’s Theatre. In its day, the venue attracted first run feature films, Broadway productions and the top performers in burlesque and vaudeville. As the tastes in popular entertainment changed, the structure fell into disrepair and remained vacant for over 10 years. The Village of Patchogue eventually saved the theatre in 1996.

Pulse: What went into the Theatre’s recently completed $1 million renovation project?
Fabig: The project took three months to complete. Among the changes was the installation of over a thousand new seats. Several rows of these new seats that are located closer to the stage will now be removable to make room for dancing and will also allow us to add more handicap accessible areas.

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 johnnypierre.com to check out his music.