May 16, 2018

All of us should attend the panel discussion on tribute bands’ impact on the Long Island music scene:

Long Island original vs tribute bands

Jim Faith understands both sides in the current “original bands vs. tribute bands” debate that’s being debated these days on the Long Island music landscape.

Faith produces the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the other music events that he’s involved in with his company, J. Faith Presents.

Not only does Faith book tons of bands each year, he too is a musician, and like many of us, played in numerous bands on Long Island in the ’70s and ’80s.

“There are a lot of people riled up,” Faith says. “But for the most part, it’s been a healthy dialogue to have.”

Next week, Faith will take the important topic further by being part of a panel discussion at The Space at Westbury on Thursday, May 24th. The event is being called The State of the Long Island Music Scene.

The panel and discussion will include musicians, such as Michael DelGuidice who like Faith sees both sides of the argument. DelGuidice plays in Billy Joel’s band and writes his own original music. Not only does DelGuidice write original music, he’s also in a very well-known and successful tribute band – Big Shot which celebrates the music of Billy Joel.

“It’s not a black-and-white issue,” says Faith, who says he hopes the discussion will lead to strategies to help all bands. “It would be great to have a conscious effort to help promote Long Island bands. We’ve never had that before.”

If you’re in a local band, no matter which side you’re on, come and show your support for Long Island music. Learn, discuss, and network.

The State of the Long Island Music Scene (and it’s other official event name Tribute Bands Are Taking All Our Gigs) will take place at The Space at Westbury at 7:30 p.m. on May 24th. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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