This review is easy to do ! The Almost Brother Band is one of the most favorite Allmans cover band on the Island, and one of the most fun to listen to,and enjoy the crowd they always draw.The Brothers feature Sean McGrath and Dave Filloramo on guitars,Joe Wasserman keyboards,Tom Hooker bass,Bob Owen, vocals and percussion, and Dave Losse and Bruce Dickson ,drums.
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In my interview with Sean, we went over the beginnings of the band,and how the pieces went together together to form the current band.More importantly, was his vision of what the creative force and the direction of the band was.” We try to separate our band from others in that we take from the Allmans the inventive energy that had ,and bring that into our music”
The crowd at Shell Creek enjoyed favorites like Statesboro Blues,and Blue Skies amont others.
As the summer outdoor music scene moves into high gear after Memorial Day heading towards the 4th of July, two of Long Island’s staples got together.The Legendary Murphy’s, a huge fan favorite,played at another favorite,The Dublin Deck at 325 River Ave Patchogue N.Y. 631-207-0370.
The Dublin Deck opened in 1998 as a small seafood shack,and to quote owner Mark Miller ” has morphed into a must go in Patchogue”The deck offers a true restaurant menu, tropical drink special,as well as typical bar food and brews.The Deck is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner,and has music 7 days a week as well. Mike says” there’s nothing like having a frozen drink while listening to your favorite bands play”
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From left to right Lou ,Mike, Sandy, Tom, and John
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And the Legendary Murphy’s are one of those favorite bands. The Murphy’s are one of the best cover bands going, with a rabid ,fun loving fan base. Tom and Sandy Murphy,on guitar, keyboards and vocal respectively,Mike on bass, Lou on lead guitar and vocals, and Johnny on drums,play rock classics from CCR,Neil Young and Tom Petty to name a few.The band started in 2001 as the Legendary Houligans, and became the Murphys in 2006.Mike says,”The Murphys brings out the love in everyone,including us, and its a labor of love between us and our fans”.Sandy says” We play the music that we love,and we are one happy family, the band and our fans” One things for sure, when you go to hear the Murphy’s play, you”re going to see alot of people having fun dancing and partying.
Owner Mark Miller took over The Beach Hut last year, and now in its second year The Salt Shack has seen alot of nice new changes.Mike has also bought out the two restaurants in Tobay Beach and is currently making improvements on them, and either is opened, or will be soon.
On this beautiful early May weekend, where everything seemed to be normal, we are reposting our article from Claudio’s in Greenport. Let’s all dream on!
Claudios,in Greenport Village on Long Island’s North Fork,is a favorite gathering spot for the summer crowd on the North Fork.It features a large oval bar under a canopy,tables for food service,a wrap around deck, and a large dance floor.
Many boats both small to very large dock at Claudios for food and drink.Next dock over is their seafood restaurant,Crabby Jerry’s,serving a wide variety of seafood and summer fare.
Todays band was,X-Session,that played a nice selection of dance tunes.With Pat Montefusco on guitar,Al Korenstein on keyboards,Jim Del on drum,Mike Quadrino on sax , and Eddie Profet jr on bass, every one got out on the dance floor a good time.
Always a hot spot ,everyone should make at least one trip a summer to Claudios at Greenport.
Theres nothing quite like Cedar Beach in the summer, when the weather,the music, and the adult beverages are good.Thru out the years, the location has drawn not only the better bands on the Island, but large crowds of all ages of people having a good time.
This Saturday nite was not eception, with Decadia on the stage, playing cover hits of the 80s
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The Salt Shack has 2 bars on the main level, one bar on the upstairs deck,and the food service area with lots of sitting room inside and out, as well as a sandy lounge area and a brick patio
Everyone enjoyed the first nice summer Saturday nite at Cedar Beach
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Spring is here and with that comes the anticipation of enjoying some of Long Islands favorite outdoor venues such as Salt Shack, The Boatyard, Dublin Deck and The Surf Shack. All hot summer spots where hard working Long Islanders come to play. Whether that be to relax, have a drink, eat, enjoy the view, beautiful sunsets and of course listen to the many talented LI bands out there.
Owner Mark Miller, along with his partner in Patchogues Dublin Deck Scott Campbell both expressed positive attitudes about the upcoming summer season. As responsible business owners they are prepared to adhere to the governors mandates. The main objective being to open as soon as permissible while maintaining a safe environment for staff and customers. What does that entail? Though we would all like a rapid conclusion to the COVID-19 shutdown, at the moment no one really knows. Scott Campbell said they are ready to “follow the rules” as put forth by the governor. Staff would be “gloved and masked”, also they were discussing possibly taking the temperature of staff members before work as a precautionary measure. He said “we’ll get through this” and is keeping a “positive attitude”.
Mark Miller expressed he’s “ready to go” and just waiting “for the powers that be” to give the okay. He’s “optimistically” looking forward to a Phase 1 opening. They will probably open at 50% occupancy, there will be no wait service, you’ll be able to get drinks at the bar while maintaining social distance. Safety for guests as well as staff. Mark and Scott both say they are “taking things 2 weeks at a time” allowing and adjusting for new mandates.
A learning experience for us all, no one will come out of this unchanged. No, we cannot go back to “normal”, we can go forward to something better, we can be smarter, stronger, and we can live post COVID-19. LI social life and music scene will return, not as we knew it but with a twist and as resilient people we will embrace the necessary changes, we will adapt.
Good Luck and cheers to Mark and Scott, may all your businesses prosper (safely)!! Be positive, be smart, be well!
From all of us at The New York Extra, to those who lost their life to COVID-19, their family members and all those struggling, we pray for you.
How the power of music saves our souls, by Neil Miller /The New York Extra/The NYExtra.com
It’s March 24. And usually ,in a spring frame of mind, all of us involved in the Long Island Music Scene , are pulling out our calendars, looking at Sherri’s Scene, and Ira’s List , and planning our opening day at the Salt Shack, our memorial day weekend at Jones beach ,Woodstock at Old Bethpage and our 4th of July on the East End. Evenings at Freeport , Lido Beach, and Patchogue also fill our minds with anticipation.
But stuck in the blue and harsh reality of the pandemic now on us, what gives us strength is what lies ahead. We hope that the virus goes away soon, and that it doesn’t hurt our famlies , our friends, the community that we live in. All we want is to have a big party as soon as it’s clear. We crave to hear The Murphy’s,Wonderous, 45 RPM, Streetfighter, The 70’s Band, The Mystic , The Almost Brothers , and Desert Highway.
Our strength lies in the love and passion for the music on the Island( and other places too), and the the joy that we draw from being with our friends “.The coming summer will take away the pain of right now for all involved the club owners, the bartenders, the musicians, and all the people that make it work. Stuck in the present vacuum of no live shows, lets all hang tight and hope things return to normal soon!
The possible loss of beloved Long Island Music Scene by Neil Miller/The New York Extra
As the spread of Corona Virus creeps into every part of our life on the Island, none is so painful to local music lovers as the possible loss or reduction in the music scene as we know it.
What we do know as of today, is Gov. Cuomo has now stopped gatherings of any group over 500, and those places under 500 have to cut the amount of people attending by 50%
What does that mean for us as of today? No Coliseum , NYCB Music Fair , The Space, The Tilles Center, and perhaps Nutty Irishman, Mulcahy’s, 89 North among others. And if the ban continues, add The Salt Shack, The Boatyard, and Lido Beach as well.
The smaller venues like KJ Farrells, The Warehouse, Sunset Grill, Beau’s and others will stay open for now, but with reduced music fans. All we can do is pray for the health of our country and Long Island and that this terrible time of disease goes away as quick as it came.
What is it about bands that play at K.J.’s? It just seems to bring out the best in a band and in a crowd. And that was the story Saturday night 03/07/2020.
The first set contained Eagle’s favs of Witchy Woman, Lyin Eyes, and Peaceful Easy Feeling. Also played was Runaway, the old Bonnie Raitt hit, and Boys of Summer.
The second set just kicked butt with Hotel California, The Long Run and Already Gone. The band of Richie Naso , lead guitar, Mike Green, guitar/vocals, Reggie Bell, keyboards, Edgar Bettancourt guitar /vocals, and Larry Lipman , drums and /vocals just smoked the crowd with terrific solos, great vocals, and altogether a very tight and fun performance. A must see! Please visit their web site,deserthighwayband.com for future dates.