6 Shows You Need to Go to This June

The reopening of an iconic venue, a waterfront show and a wacky performance—the local music scene has a lot to offer this June. Long Island singer/songwriter Johnny Pierre gives us his monthly music scoop.

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22nd—Anything But Surf
Cowfish, Hampton Bays

Summer’s almost here and the time is right for dancing. This lively combo is just what you need. The group channels the innocence and fun of the early 1960s surf music scene along with touches of sun drenched reggae music and surf rock versions of Top 40 hits from yesterday and today. Keep your eyes open and you just might catch a glimpse of Frankie and Annette doing the Hully Gully on the beach!

23rd—The Wolf Cats
Charlotte’s Speakeasy, Farmingdale

Here’s a suggestion for a night out that will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Wander down to this restored speakeasy in Farmingdale that recreates the style of the 1920s prohibition era. While you’re soaking up the authentic bootlegger atmosphere, be sure to check out the music of The Wolf Cats, an eclectic six-piece jazz combo that plays a mix of blues, gypsy jazz and swing music.

23rd—NYRMA All Stars
American Legion Post 360, Huntington

NYRMA, that popular offbeat organization of music lovers who stage concerts that feature a wacky theme, are back with “Pleasure and Peril: Songs of Substance.” In keeping with the show’s theme, expect an evening of songs about libations, temptations, redemption and regrets that will have you walking the line and jumping feet first into either side of that line. Featuring a cast of 40 players and singers, some of the standout local performers include Tom Ryan, Howard Silverman, Steve Kaplan, Mark Mancini, Gene Casey, Andrew Fortier, Jessica Upham, Joe Perricone, Richard Lanahan and Paul Schmitz. It’s worth noting that these shows always sell out very quickly.

27th—Atomic Red Hots
Hudson’s On The Mile, Freeport

Around this time of year, the action on the Nautical Mile in Freeport tends to get real crazy due to the multitude of live music emanating from the decks of every bar along the strip. However, if you happen to find yourself strolling down the Mile, make a point of catching this high energy straight up rockabilly outfit that always delivers the goods.

29th—Buster Poindexter
My Father’s Place @ The Roslyn Hotel

This particular show is very special because it marks the return of My Father’s Place, one of Long Island’s most historic live music venues. The fact that they chose to open this sparkling new club with a performance by the one and only Buster Poindexter (aka David Johansen) clearly indicates that the legendary My Father’s Place vibes of yesteryear remain intact. Expect a unique journey through the American songbook as performed by a hipster cocktail lounge singer backed by a real cool combo.

30th—Jimmy Vivino & The East Coast Blue Soul Rockers
Boulton Center, Bay Shore

Jimmy Vivino, the leader of the house band on Conan O’Brien’s TBS late night talk show, brings his Songs From Out of The Woodwork tour to one of the Island’s most intimate venues. Expect a dazzling performance that is certain to catch you off guard due to Vivino & his band’s deft ability to play anything and everything. Think soul, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

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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.