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Nikon at Jones Beach Theater serves alcohol for first time

Regina Delfino, Lucy Dipierro and Susanne Muccio, all

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You don’t have to be a VIP to get a beer or glass of wine at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater any more.

Live Nation officials unveiled Backstage Oasis on Friday night, a new, 2,800-capacity area near the stage where concertgoers of legal drinking age can buy alcoholic beverages for the first time at the amphitheater.

“We want people to have a great concert experience,” said Brian Yost, Live...

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Barry Gibb's grand Nikon at Jones Beach Theater opening

Barry Gibb takes the stage at the Nikon

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Barry Gibb’s show at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater last night featured a spectacular special effect that will likely never be duplicated on the rest of his “Mythology” tour.

During the lovely disco-era ballad “How Deep Is Your Love” – just as he reached the famous line “I feel you touch me in the pouring rain” – it began to drizzle. Lucky for the crowd at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater’s opening...

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'American Idol' recap: Jena Irene will probably win

"American Idol" season 13's final 2: Caleb Johnson

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The race for the next “American Idol” is going to be a tight one.

It’s not like either Jena Irene or Caleb Johnson dominated the final performance night. And since there isn’t really a demographic difference that gives one of them an edge, it really is up for grabs.

Jena Irene took two of the three rounds, though not by big margins. And sales would suggest that she is ahead since her...

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'The Voice' recap: Jake Worthington will win Season 6

The final three contestants on "The Voice" are

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Sometimes, nice guys do finish first.

We’ll see if that happens Tuesday night on “The Voice” Season 6 finale, because, frankly, what sets young Jake Worthington apart from the rest is his incredible likability.

The 18-year-old from LaPorte, Texas, had a good night musically on the show’s final performance night. But it was his sweet, aw-shucks demeanor and dry sense of humor that should...

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Intro 5.19.14: Videos from Barry Gibb, Conor Oberst, Monkees and more

There may not be a talk show, but

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Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


BARRY GIBB, “To Love Somebody.” At Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Friday.

CALVIN HARRIS, “Summer.” At Electric Daisy Carnival at MetLife...

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'American Idol' recap: Alex Preston impresses, but will likely be cut

Alex Preston performs A Great Big World's "Say

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Somehow, it only seems fitting that Season 13 of “American Idol” is limping to a close, with its surest singer losing his voice and its shining young hope showing some mistakes due to her inexperience.

As it celebrated its 500th episode with a retrospective and greetings from many of its past winners, it only serves as a reminder that none of this season’s remaining singers could really compete...

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Cher bringing farewell tour to Nassau Coliseum

Cher’s long farewell to touring is getting a little longer.

The superstar added 14 dates to her “Dressed to Kill” tour, including a stop at Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 22 and two dates at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 19 and 20.

Tickets for the tour, supporting her recent “Closer to the Truth” album, go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday through Ticketmaster. American Express cardholders can buy...

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'The Voice' recap: Josh Kaufman takes the semifinals

Josh Kaufman performs in the semifinals of Season

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“The Voice” semifinals was an oddly dark night, as coach Adam Levine complained about the compromises needed for artists to get to the finals of a singing competition.

That would be a more believable debate if he wasn’t, you know, coaching a singing competition.

“I'm going to say some bold words right now,” Levine said, in support of Christina Grimmie, adding that he felt he was also...

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Intro 5.13.14: Videos from Afghan Whigs, Lady Gaga, Lykke Li and more

The Afghan Whigs released "Do to the Beast,"

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Afghan Whigs celebrate the release of “Do to the Beast,” their first album in 16 years, at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday.

Intro brings you the week’s hottest videos and shows every Monday. To catch up on all the Intros and watch classic Long Island music scene videos, check out Newsday Music’s YouTube channel at


AFGHAN WHIGS, “Algiers.”...

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Billy Joel packs 65th birthday party with surprises

Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on

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Billy Joel’s 65th birthday party turned out to be quite the bash at the sold-out Madison Square Garden on Friday night, packed with moments that will be memorable to both the artist and his audience.

"You're supposed to retire at this age," Joel said in his welcome. "Or at least not have the name Billy."

But Joel showed no sign of getting ready for retirement at this show, repeatedly...

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