5 Shows You Need to Go to This February

Get into a Mardi Gras groove. Long Island is gearing up for Fat Tuesday celebrations this month and talented musicians are joining in on the festivities. Jam on both the North and South Shore at these live shows heating up the coldest month of the year.

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13th–The Zone
Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Freeport

If you’re looking to soak up that Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras vibe, be sure to catch the action at this eclectic restaurant on Freeport’s Nautical Mile. Along with authentic Cajun food, the live music features The Zone, a combo that conjures up a Carnival groove. It will make you think you’re partying down on Bourbon Street!

13th–The Atomic Red Hots
The Bayou, Bellmore

You can soak up even more of that Mardi Gras magic at The Bayou, Long Island’s original home of Cajun/Creole food. Part of its Fat Tuesday festivities include New Orleans Hurricane cocktails and the rowdy sounds of a high-energy rockabilly combo that specializes in vintage rock ‘n’ roll.

15th–Ray Lambiase
Hard Luck Café at Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington

Ray Lambiase is a veteran of the Long Island songwriting scene who has opened for a ton of talented artists, including Marshall Crenshaw, Dr. John and Suzanne Vega. He will perform an evening of his original material, which ranges from gentle folk ballads to Americana story songs. Also appearing is traditional folk music artist Bill Lauter.

16th–Mardi Gras Night
Patchogue Theater for The Performing Arts, Patchogue

Don’t miss this spectacular Mardi Gras event featuring the traditional Cajun string band sounds of the Grammy nominated Lost Bayou Ramblers. Opening the show is the Island’s popular New Orleans party band, The Hoodoo Loungers.

23rd–Gail Storm & Company
Treme, Islip

This local pianist/vocalist, who brings a true joy to every performance, appears with a group of seasoned players at one of the Island’s best live music venues. Expect an evening of classic jazz, blues and pop music.

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.