Jazz, guitar slingers and Memorial Day fun—the local music scene has a lot to offer this May. Long Island singer/songwriter Johnny Pierre gives us his monthly music scoop.
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12th—John Irizarry & The Pilgrims
Swing the Teapot, Floral Park
Here’s a great show that recently popped up on my radar. John Irizarry, a well-known singer-songwriter on the local scene, will perform a retrospective of his extensive song catalogue supported by his band, The Pilgrims. Maverick Magazine, the leading Americana music publication in the UK, praised Irizarry’s songs as being “utterly enthralling.” Jim Treutlein, a local musician known for his unique interpretations of material by such Americana songwriters as John Prine and Hayes Carll, will open the show.
18th—Dave Diamond Band
The Space Theater Lounge, Westbury
Catch a night of lively jamming and eclectic rhythms with this standout outfit that’s led by Dave Diamond. He’s a world-class drummer and multi-instrumentalist whose logged some time with Assembly of Dust and the Zen Tricksters.
20th—South Shore Jazz
Big Daddy’s, Massapequa
If you’re in the mood for a little something different, be sure to catch this remarkable jazz combo that features some of LI’s tastiest players—Gene Linefsky (drums), Richard Greenberg (sax/flute), Rich Albertson (bass) and Lou Corrollo (guitar). Their repertoire consists of sparkling jazz standards by such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and Herbie Mann.
20th—Kerry Kearney & Shecky Davis
Beau’s Bar, Greenlawn
This encore performance of two of the hottest guitar slingers on Long Island is something you definitely don’t want to miss. Kerry Kearney is legendary in these parts for his unique blues slide guitar work and Shecky Davis will add a unique surf-meets-deadhead vibe to the mix. Prepare yourself for a night filled with spontaneous moments of “guitar speak” jamming.
26th—Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks
Osprey’s Dominion Winery, Peconic
Start off your Memorial Day weekend with an afternoon concert featuring the wild and crazy rockabilly sounds of Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks on the great lawn at this popular winery. Please note that there will be some serious rug cutting!
26th—Billy Mira & The Hitmen
Another Memorial Day attraction that’s worth checking out is this Vegas-style Americana big band that combines elements of swing and rockabilly. The band is fronted by lead singer Billy Mira, who is also renowned for his countless celebrity impressions and unique brand of comedy. Expect a wacky evening that will transport you to an imaginary Las Vegas lounge.