6 Shows You Need to Go to This March

A musical return, an album release and a talented collective—the local music scene has a lot to offer this March. Long Island singer/songwriter Johnny Pierre gives us his monthly music scoop.

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16th—Kirsten Maxwell
Starlight Coffeehouse, Northport

Maxwell, one of the many outstanding female vocalists who populate the LI music scene, is widely known for her exceptional soprano voice that is comparable to Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Don’t miss her at this intimate venue.

The Local Ale House, Island Park

If you’re looking for a new live venue to check out, make a point of heading down to this comfortable Island Park ale house. Expect 17 different craft beers on tap along with a wide array of unique cocktails. Breakaway, a veteran combo from the LI scene, livens things up with a couple of sets of intoxicating urban blues music.

24th—The New York Roots Music Association Presents Director’s Cut
American Legion Hall 360, Huntington

Over the years, this collective of local players has developed a rabid following for its popular theme concerts presented several times each year. This time around, the NYRMA All-Stars, which will include local talent like Russ Seeger, Howie Silverman, Al Speed, Allen Santoriello and Pete Mancini, will perform songs from several classic Martin Scorsese films. Get ready for tunes from Mean Streets, Goodfellas, The Departed and Taxi Driver.

24th—Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center

Calling all rockabilly fans! Be sure to catch the ultimate evening of original and classic roots Americana music featuring Gene Casey and his swinging combo, the Lone Sharks. They will be joined by a collection of guest artists for this very special show. Expect appearances by percussionist Stan Mitchell of 80s New Zealand band The Drongos, versatile keyboardist Andy Burton (he’s toured with artists like Cyndi Lauper and John Mayer), classical guitarist Jeff Allegue and Tricia Scotti, a guitarist/vocalist who has toured with Wilson Picket.

31st—The Stanton Anderson Band
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett

During the 70s, the Stanton Anderson Band was one of the most popular bands on the Island. I just got word that this legendary Southern rock combo will be making a highly anticipated return to the LI club scene with an appearance at this historical venue. Tattoos and cowboy hats are optional.

31st—Jay Reilly
The Cup, Wantagh

Reilly, a local songwriter known for his unconventional songs chronicling modern life, is having a release party for his debut album, Three Steps Ahead of the Clown Car. Along with the music, you’ll have a fine time soaking up this venue’s relaxing coffeehouse vibe.

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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.