Archive for June, 2018

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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The Inaugural Islip Music Festival is scheduled for Aug. 26 off Main Street

June 1, 2018

Hurry and get your tickets because the event is predicted to sell out very quickly:

2018 Islip Music Festival August 26, 2018

Photo: Richard “Kippy” Kuplen and his daughter, Grace, 13, with the Islip Music Festival promotional sign at Mary Dowling’s in Islip on Wednesday. (Credit: Michael White)

The first-ever Islip Music Festival is planned for Sunday, August 26th, and will be held in the large parking area behind Mary Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant at 528 Main Street.

Mary Dowling’s Irish Pub & Restaurant was formally known as Lilly Flanagan’s of East Islip.

The headliner band will be the legendary Zebra.

“…anyone over 35 is going to know who Zebra is,” said Richard “Kippy” Kuplen, who purchased the old Lily Flanagan’s with his brother-in-law, Joseph Frizalone, about a year ago and changed the name.

Joining Zebra will be the local Van Halen tribute band Unchained, as well as Blue Ruin with Mark Fowler of the Stanton Anderson Band.

Kuplen and Frizalone, along long-time bartender Edward “Lanny” Skehan of East Islip, were in the bar’s back parking lot approximately six months ago pondering what to do with all that space on a Sunday when the near-by Chase bank is closed, Kuplen recalled.

The brilliant idea of holding a music festival came to mind. And as we all know, putting one together with a local town’s blessing is no easy task.

So after a lot of planning and work, their town permits and other approvals are in place to hold this event properly.

“The town clerk and [Supervisor] Angie Carpenter have each been a huge help,” Kuplen said.

The festival will start at noon and continue to 6:30 p.m. Here’s the link to purchase tickets (or you can visit the Pub & restaurant and buy them there):

Tickets might be available at the gate, however you can save $8.00 if you buy them ahead of time. There’s no guarantee that tickets will be available the day of the event as the festival is expecting to sell all 3,000 tickets before August 26th.

WBAB will be on site and there will be plenty of food, prizes, specials, giveaways and beer offerings from Great South Bay Brewery and Clare Rose.

Part of the proceeds with go to the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.

“We think it will be a successful event with a few thousand people and hopefully we’ll be raising a lot of money for the Islip Breast Care Coalition that day,” said Kuplen.

The plan is to continue with these festivals and the organizers are hoping to have two festivals bi-annually starting in 2019 during the months of May and September.

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