6 Shows You Need to Go to This December

Add a little rock ‘n’ roll to the holiday season. Throughout December, the local music scene heats up with performances worth trekking through the cold for. Make room on your calendar for these six Long Island shows in particular.

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Dec. 8–The Mavericks
The Space at Westbury

This remarkable combo continues to amaze the world with its effortless incorporation of musical genres, including Tex-Mex, Cuban bolero, R&B, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Besides the tight grooves concocted by the band, lead singer Raul Malo puts the icing on the cake with his warm vocalizing.

Dec. 10–Rock & Blues Christmas Toy Drive for Long Island Kids
The Viking, Islip

For the past 20 years, local guitarist Joe Vicino has organized this annual toy drive on behalf of the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, which provides care for sick children on Long Island. A dazzling lineup of local players are always on the bill. This year expect the Mark Newman Band, The WellDiggers, Dave Christian Project, Josh Allen & Jacks O’ Diamonds, Shecky & The Twangtones, Pamela Betti Band, Joe Vicino & Andy Aledort, Blue Roots, Jim Treutlein & Friends and The Affordables.

Dec. 16–WLNG’s Rockabilly Christmas
Suffolk Theater, Riverhead

In what has become an annual event, “A Real Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas” is guaranteed to put you in a Yuletide mood. On hand to dole out that essential 1950s groove will be Jason D. Williams, who recorded for the legendary Sun Records label along with Long Island’s premier rockabilly combo, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. Prentiss McNeill, a former member of The Drifters, will also perform some tasty Doo-Wop Christmas carols.

Dec. 16–The Other Shoe
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport

Stumble upon a band spreading joy with some unforgettable sounds this holiday season. Among the merrymakers are slide guitar wizard Dave Filloramo and the band’s secret weapons, female vocalists Maag Stanley and Janet Montalbo.

Dec. 20–Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul for their First Annual Holiday Bowl A Go-Go
Brooklyn Bowl

Little Steven and his rock & soul disciples make a local stop while on their world tour promoting their record Soulfire. This genuine rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza also has the option for a VIP package that includes a pre-show meet and greet and other goodies fans will enjoy.

Dec. 31–Kerry Kearney’s New Year’s Eve Bash
Treme, Islip

Head on down to one of the area’s best blues clubs to catch LI’s top guitar slinger as he closes out 2017 with an evening of authentic blues music. The sparks will fly off of Kearney’s fretboard during this genuine Delta roadhouse experience.

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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.