Archive for June, 2018

Paul McCartney Performs at a Long Island Wedding

June 20, 2018

While having nothing to do with upcoming gigs or undiscovered bands, it’s still a great story:

Paul McCarney perfoming on Long Island at a wedding

Paul McCartney this past weekend provided wedding guests an evening they won’t ever forget.

The legend and former Beatles member, surprised his nephew and his bride with a performance of the classic love song, “I Saw Her Standing There” at their nuptials at a Long Island country club on Saturday. The link to his performance is below.

McCartney, when playing at other performer’s concerts, often plays “I Saw Her Standing There”. Paul, like many of us musicians, also has his “go-to” songs and this is one of them.

The unrehearsed and impromptu performance was in front of 300 people at the Fresh Meadow Country Club, located in Lake Success, Long Island.

McCartney as you would expect, nailed the rendition of his classic song with the help of the 20-piece wedding band. Besides the guests, I’m sure the 20 musicians must have had a blast playing alongside this musical icon.

Incidentally, the groom is from McCartney’s wife Nancy’s side of the family.

Here’s a link to the video:

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Tonight is Musicians’ Night at Shandon Court

June 18, 2018

Open spots are available, so come on down to Shandon Court in East Islip for their open mic night:

open mic night at Shandon court east islip ny

Musician and host, Gil McLean runs the weekly event:

  • Are you a hobbyist musician or singer seeking to play out somewhere?

  • Are you a new act seeking a “baptism of fire” to see how you sound in front of people?

  • Are you a semi-professional or professional band seeking to expand your circuit of gigs?

  • Do you just like to play live music and need somewhere low key, yet fun, to go?

  • Do you perhaps want to make a live video of your act and you want some crowd and ambience instead of just filming at home?

    If so, the NEW and improved Musicians’ Night at Shandon Court may be the place for you! Here’s how it works.

    Musicians’ Night is every Monday. It is a four hour night subdivided into eight half-hour time slots, between 7.00 pm and 11.00 pm. If you are an act without drums you get a half-hour. If you are an act with drums you get an hour. Factor in your set up and break down time, Gil figures it’s roughly a wash as to performance time with or without drums.

    Hosted by Gil McLean, who will also serve to fill any downtime with his own musical performances (and who will also help you with your gear), Shandon Court provides a house PA– Mackie 808 powered mixer, Bose ceiling-mounted overheads serving as mains and monitors, as well as JBL subwoofer– which should cover most of your needs. Bring your drums, amps, keys, tech– whatever you feel makes you comfortable when playing.

    Gil requests that you try to keep it simple though, as they will have multiple performers for the night.

    VENUE DETAILS- Shandon Court is located at 115 East Main Street, East Islip, NY. (631) 581-5678.

    RESERVATIONS- How do you get in on it? Simple. Direct-message Gil or call/(preferably)text 631-891-8359 and he will put you on the schedule at an open time of your convenience.

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  • These Long Island and Tri-State Music Festivals Are Worth the Road Trip

    June 14, 2018

    Rebecca Strassberg wrote a terrific piece for about upcoming local music festivals:

    local music festivals including long island

    In her column, Rebecca reminds us that while New York city music festivals are fun and convenient (unless you commute from Long Island), they come with hot and crowded subway rides, out-of-town friends crashing on your couch, and all-around exhaustion.

    She suggests that music lovers trade in their Metrocard for an E-ZPass and visit some of these tri-state music events. You can even turn the trip into an exciting weekend getaway. And for those that want to stay really local, she has some recommendations on events taking place on Long Island.

    Check out her comprehensive review here:

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    Live Music Featured in Long Island City For One Day This Summer

    June 11, 2018

    While these performances are not technically taking place on “Long Island”, neighboring Long Island City will be the site of several musical performances for one long day this summer as part of a citywide celebration of music:

    Long Island City musical events

    The events, (all free), are organized by the non-profit, Make Music New York. Please note, while some of the events will be held in near-by Long Island city, there are also performances throughout the five New York city boroughs. Each year on this special day, June 21, musical events are scheduled.

    June 21st is the chosen day because it’s the summer solstice and longest day of the year. For its 12th year, the non-profit organization has over 400 events featuring more than 5,000 musicians and artists.

    Six events have been planned in Long Island City this year; at art centers, book stores, public streets, bars, and other places too.

    The first scheduled event in Long Island city will begin at 3:30 p.m – a pop and indie-rock performance at AlterWork Studios, located at 30-09 35th Ave., followed by music from a punk and electronic artist wrapping up at 5:30 p.m.

    At Book Culture LIC, musicians will showcase a track made with live ambient sounds from city neighborhoods for a 4 p.m. performance.

    The largest event taking place in Long Island city will be the near four-hour block party on Dutch Kills Street at the intersection of Jackson Avenue, directly under the Queensboro Bridge ramp. That block party begins at 5:30 p.m., and features three musical acts ranging from hip-hop to funk, jazz, and Latin. Food and beverages will also be available at the block party.

    Other events in the area include dance and music performances at Socrates Sculpture Park beginning at 6:15 p.m.

    For a full list of events in Long Island City and New York City’s other boroughs, please visit Make Music New York. Here’s the link:

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    Mike Shinoda coming to Long Island for a meet-and-greet

    June 5, 2018

    Musician Mike Shinoda, is the guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist for Linkin Park:

    Looney Tunes - Mike Shinoda signing

    Mike Shinoda is releasing his debut solo studio album, Post Traumatic, via Warner Bros. (and his own record company, Machine Shop) on June 15th.

    In January of 2018, Shinoda released an Ep, titled Post Traumatic EP.   That EP, contained three songs about his own personal feelings on bandmate Chester Bennington and his death that occurred in July 2017.

    Shinoda will be playing locally, appearing at Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan on June 20th.

    Shinoda will be visiting Long Island, for a special meet-and-greet and signing session at Long Island’s Looney Tunes on June 18 at 7:30 PM. In order to participate in the event, here’s what you need to know and do:

    EVERYONE that wants to attend this event must pre order his new CD from Looney Tunes. When you do, you’ll receive a FREE wristband to attend the event. Every person that would like to attend needs a wristband. We will have a professional photographer on site to take your picture with Mike. Every person that attends will also get a VERY VERY COOL FREE Limited Edition Poster created just for this event!!!”

    To learn more about this Looney Tunes event and to pre order his new CD click here:

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