Where to Listen to Live Music This May

This month’s music picks kick off Long Island’s spring fever season with a tasty mix of singer-songwriters, rock & roll, Americana, rockabilly and jam band Deadhead blues. They’ll make counting down the days to summer a little easier.

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4th–Pete Mancini & Friends
Patchogue Theater for The Performing Arts, Patchogue

Singer-songwriter Pete Mancini, a member of the popular Long Island combo, Butchers Blind, previews his solo album, Foothill Freeway, in the intimate lobby of this grand old venue. Also on the bill is the eclectic Long Island-based vocalist, Cassandra House.

6th–The Hideaways
Finley’s, Huntington Village

This seasoned quartet plays what might be termed “amphetamine rock & roll.” It’s fast, it’s dangerous and, most of all, it’s necessary. The Hideaways don’t play out that often so make a point of catching this rare performance.

18th–Ray Lambiase
The Metropolitan Bistro, Sea Cliff

Enjoy an evening of subtle Americana sounds as Ray Lambiase, a veteran songwriter of the LI music scene, is joined by a full band at this new American eatery. Opening the show is the sparkling chanteuse, Cecilia Kirtland.

26th–Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport

Gene Casey is currently touring in support of his latest release, Guitar in The Rain, and is making a stop at this cozy eatery which brought on a new chef last fall. The album eloquently captures that rockabilly magic that Casey and his cohorts always bring to their live shows so be sure to catch them at this club which is one of their regular haunts.

28th–Logjam 8: The Grateful Dead Edition
Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue

A potent brew of jam band goodness is in store as several local Grateful Dead tribute bands—Reckoning, The Electrix, The Brother Pluckers and Laughing Water—come together to raise funds for the Patchogue Arts Council. Craft brews and some Deadhead blues sounds like the perfect way to kick back and enjoy a springtime Sunday.

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.