All music is beautiful.-Strayhorn

July 13, 2009

nablo09_90x33An apology in advance–the link tool does not seem to be working today…sorry!

I’ve been trying to post my picks of the day, but life gets so hectic sometimes!  This leads to rushing through things and I decided today that I wasn’t just going to throw away all the junk mail I get, but to at least open it and look at it first, as I usually just pull out bills and letters and toss the rest.  Good thing I did!  One letter was advising me that I had money in a flex account (which will come in handy as I have hospital bills from April) which I forgot about, and a survey from Arbitron which had two brand spanking new dollar bills in it to thank me in advance for answering.  Lesson here…slow down and take the time to notice everything around you, even if it doesn’t seem worth it at first.  You might end up with a pleasant surprise!

When I hear music…

This week is jam packed with events!  I’m just going to list them by day to keep it organized.


“Music from the Hive” at Mirelle’s Restaurant, Westbury,  8PM.

Open mic with Dave March at Once & For All, Patchogue, 8PM.


Open mic at Cool Beanz,St. James, 8PM.


Acoustic Long Island features an hour-long open mic, followed by Julian Peterson, Deepwells Mansion, St. James, 8PM. FREE.

Gathering Time will be performing as part of the Picnic Supper Concerts series.  Harborside Park on the water, next to the Port Jefferson Village Center, 6:30-8PM. FREE. Bring blankets or chairs. 


Acoustic open mic, hosted by Joe Vicino at Toomey’s Tavern, Amityville. 8PM.

Acoustic Thursdays is hosted by Dave Drew, and featuring local performers Valerie Griggs, Simply Stated, Jaclyn Shaw and Otan Vargas at Lefty’s Candlelight Bar & Grill, Lindenhurst. 8PM.

Gathering Timewill be performing at Great Neck’s Bond Street Promenade. 5:30PM.  FREE.

Strings n’ Things Open Mic Night at the Mills Pond House, Smithtown. 8-10:30PM. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. FREE.


Gathering Time will be at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater, East Meadow. 7:30PM. FREE. Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Miller’s Crossing, (one of my faves) will be at Grey Horse Tavern, , Bayport. 8:30PM.

Phil Minissale and friends play Once & For All, Patchogue. 9:30PM. This is Phil’s last scheduled LI club appearance before he heads off to the Republic of Georgia, where he will be the sole American artist performing in the Tibilisi Independent Music Festival.

The Vienna Teng Trio will be at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center,  Westhampton Beach.  8:30PM. $15-$35.


Jen Chapin and John Flor perform in concert at the Huntington Summer Arts Festival at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at Heckscher Park, Huntington.  8:30PM. FREE.  Bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The Long Island Blues Festival will be going on along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead Saturday and Sunday. Artists include Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys, former Long Island Little Toby Walker, David Jacobs-Strain, and Phil Minissale, plus such local artists as Ahmad Ali, Ken “The Rocket” Korb, Bruce MacDonald, and Bob Westcott & the Daydreamers. A two-day bracelet is $15; daily admission is $10; children ages 12 and under admitted FREE.

Larry Moser and Mary Nagin will be performing at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum, Melville.  12-4PM.

Wine me, dine me…

Raphael Vineyards now stays open late on Thursdays (til 10) with live music…FREE…just pay for your wine!

F and W Wine Sellers in Central Islip will be sampling the wines of Macari Vineyards this Friday…FREE…cheese and light refreshments will be served.

Martha Clara is hosting a 30 and over Singles Mingle this Friday…RSVP by July 15…$10 in advance, $15 at the door.  FREE music, pay for wine by the glass. 

All for now…I’ll be back tomorrow or the next day with more great things to do!  Chat soon, you kooky cats!


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