Amy’s Concert listings 2/8 -2/14

Hi, all-
Lots of fun this week: Everybody’s favorite bluesy old men, The Defibrillators are having a CD release bash for their third record ”Triple Bypass” at the Boulton Center in Bay Shore on Sunday afternoon into evening. Pick up a CD for your Valentine: it’s got a heart on the cover. Steve Robinson is the guest artist, too. And it’s free. Gotta love that! 
Also, the newest Six String Island is up at – an interview with Little Toby Walker talking about – among other things – his show at Vail-Leavitt on Saturday evening showcasing songs from his new CD ”Toby Walker Plays Well with Others”.
A couple of great shows this weekend; check the listings below for details.
On that note, here is this week’s listing:
                                                                       Wednesday, February 8th at 9PM:
                                                                                      RUSS RENTLER
at Cool BeanzCafe, St. James
556 North Country Rd. (Rte 25A) 1/4 mile east of Lake Ave. opposite Hitherbrook Nursery. 
No cover, no minimum, open mic beforehand.  631 862-4111 They also podcast
                                                                       Friday, February 10th at 8:30PM:
                                                                  KEVIN McLEOD and MARK YODICE 
From Kevin: We’re going to play individual sets, as well as a set together where we’ll get into some of my jazz tunes and other improvisational pathways.  We may have some guest musicians sitting in too.  It will be an evening of original songs,  instrumentals, and adventurous acoustic improvs.
at Pisces Cafe, 14A Railroad Ave, Babylon. No cover. 631 321-1231


                                                                                   Saturday Feb 11th at 8PM:
                                                                            TOBY WALKER and TOMMY KEYS 
at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Peconic Avenue, Riverhead. 
Toby and Tommy will be playing a Valentine’s Show at one of the most historic and beautiful theaters in America. Tommy just got back from representing Long Island at the Int’l Blues Challenge in Memphis (which we all know that Toby won in ’02) and Toby’s new CD ”Toby Walker Plays well with Others” will be available at the show. The CD doesn’t go on sale until the end of February, so get one early! 
Toby will be holding a Seminar info: guitar seminar at 6PM for a limited number of students. Seminar -$15/ show tickets- $15/ seminar +show -$25. Tickets are available at the Vail-Leavitt Box Office, or call 631 467-4156 or log onto
                                                                                also on Saturday at 8PM:
                                                                       DAN SMULLYAN and PAUL HELLOU 
Delta Blues and musical story-telling.
The open mike starts at 7:30. The concert will be held at the usual Eclectic spot, the Unitarian Universalist Society, 28 Brentwood Road in Bay Shore. Handicapped accessible. Street parking is available and parking is also at the Sinai Reform Temple across the street. $10 at the door, $8 for members. Call  631 968-0667 for info, or go to 
                                                                            Sunday February 12th at 2PM:
          at the East Islip Public Library
          381 Main Street (Montauk Highway) East Islip 
just west of the Heckscher Parkway overpass on the north side of the street.         
Presented by the Islip Arts Council. The concert is free, but seating is really limited to first come: beginning at 1:00PM, tickets will be given out. Handicapped accessible. The listing for the all of the Winter Sunday Free Concerts is at  Call  631 224-5420 or email for info.
                                                                            also on Sunday at 4:00PM:
                                                                               The DEFIBRILLATORS
                                                                      ”Triple Bypass” CD Release Party
                                                            with special guest performer Steve Robinson
                                   Boulton Center, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore.
                                           Doors open at 3:30PM. Come early because seating is limited. 
                               Admission is free, so pick up a few CDs. (This one is just as great as the others!)
                                                                        Sunday February 12th at 2PM: 
                                                             LISA MOSCATIELLO with cellist Fred Lieder
                                                                 at the University Cafe Sunday Series
                                                                           James O’Malley opens 
Ah, romance. You might recognize Lisa’s lovely voice from when she sang with Whirligig. Mix a guitar, voice and cello, and – trust me – somebody’s gonna melt. The eminent Charlie Backfish hosts. Tickets are $20, or $15 for students. Call  631 632-6027 or for info and reservations.


                                                                            ongoing until February 12th:
                                                                                    D I M E N S I O N
                                                                Exhibit of 10 artists, curated by Kate Kelly
                                                   Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9AM-4PM and Sat-Sun 11AM-4PM
                                      at the Art League of Long Island, 107 East Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills. Free.
Save the date:
Sat Feb 18@8PM- TORNADO ALLEY and GERRY McKEVENY at the Hard Luck Cafe, FMSH. $8. or 661-1278
Sat Feb 18@8PM- BIG DADDY & the Bulldogs in a benefit for the Lighthouse Mission in Patchogue.
Sun Feb19@2PM- STRIKE The BELL at East Islip Public Library. Free. 631 224-5420 or
Sat Feb 25@8PM- GINA FORSYTH and RUSS SEEGER at the Songbox in Seaford. $10 goes to the musicians. Email for reservations and  directions.
Sat feb 25@8PM- NYLON & STEEL at St. Lawrence of Canterbury, Dix Hills. $7/ $2 kids. 631 368-1920
Sun Feb 26@2PM- Australian violinist Asmira Woodward-Page at East Islip Public Library. Free. 631 224-5420 or
Tickets on sale now for:
Saturday Feb 25@7:30PM- Gathering of the Slides at BNL w/DEE HARRIS, KANE DAILY and KERRY KEARNEY. $15. Log onto or call 631 344-3846 
Sun Mar 5@2PM- JACK HARDY w/ Antje Duvekot opening at University Cafe. $20/$15 students. Call  631 632-6027 or for info and reservations.
Saturday March 11-‘Blues in the Wind’ LIBS dinnerdance fundraiser at Eastwinds, Rte 25A, Wading River. Buffet, raffles, etc, and music by Tommy Keys, the Defibrillators and a special guest. $75 or $70 for LIBS members/ group rates available. or
Friday March 31@8PM-Long Island’s Own at IMAC, Huntington, featuring BUDDY MERRIAM & Backroads and MARY LAMONT Band. $27.50, but IMAC, LI BLues Society and Folk Music Society of Hunting members get 25% off the ticket price, which brings it down to $21.
Stay Tuned,

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