A tribute band, an album release party and a popular blues group—the local music scene has a lot to offer this April. Long Island singer/songwriter Johnny Pierre gives us his monthly music scoop.
Surprise Stops for Big Acts
5th—The Joni Project
KJ Farrell’s, Bellmore
This sparkling Joni Mitchell Tribute band, fronted by songstress Katie Pearlman, features several major local players such as guitarist Dave Berg and keyboardist Mark Mancini. The group does a great job recreating the poetic beauty of Mitchell’s music in every performance.
5th—The Four Amigos
The Four Amigos is an Americana combo comprised of seasoned LI veteran players who lay down a relaxed repertoire of Bob Dylan, The Dead, assorted country tunes and some well-written original material. The band features Russ Seeger, John Mercurio, Lee Shonik and Jeff “Shadow Groove” Goldstein. Be sure to catch them at this lively Dead Head enclave.
89 North, Patchogue
Cassandra House, a singer-songwriter whose original songs have been compared to the likes of Patty Griffin, Kathleen Edwards and Neko Case, performs at this spacious concert hall in Patchogue with her sublime band of players. Also, on the bill: Ants Marching and Striking Copper.
Grey Horse Tavern, Bayport
Don’t miss this LI-based horn driven jam band that dazzles with a heady mix of original music. It also features a wide range of influences such as Tower of Power, The Meters and James Brown.
21st—The HooDoo Loungers
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett
This nine-piece local combo, widely known for performing music inspired by the rhythms and spirit of New Orleans, is having a raucous CD release party for their new album, Hoodoo Lounge.
28th—Johnny Mac Band
The Johnny Mac Band, one of the most popular combos on the LI blues circuit, brings its potent brew of down home rhythm & blues to this lively pub in Northport.