Life on Long Island

Techno spins at 'Electro Movement'

The crowd dances to alternative sounds at Revolution

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Although Long Island’s nightlife circuit remains a mostly mainstream experience, alternative events continue to pop up regularly -- with a potentially dynamic example of the Island’s underground scene taking place this weekend.

Anyone interested in cutting loose to techno, deep house and other sorts of offbeat beats -- versus the usual pop, hip-hop and other familiar party music playing elsewhere...

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'Speakeasy Soiree' at Jellyfish

Jellyfish in Centerport (Nov. 18, 2012)

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Although Leonardo DiCaprio has recently become synonymous with “The Great Gatsby,” the F. Scott Fitzgerald book from which his role (and the film he stars in) was adapted has much more to do with Long Island than anything Hollywood could put into or take from the classic tale.

For those who may not be aware, Fitzgerald took much inspiration for his novel from extravagant get-togethers held...

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Chrisette Michele at Georgica

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele was born in

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Hailing from Patchogue, Chrisette Michele — like a number of young, Long Island-born creative minds, now calls Brooklyn home. And while many LI youths that have made the journey to New York City to try and turn their talents into successful careers have yet to break through, Michele, 30, — a graduate of Five Towns College in Dix Hills — has already scored a Grammy nomination (best female R&B...

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'Voodoo' reunion party at Revolution

Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville (June

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In 2013, the Long Island nightlife scene can be exciting, dressy, music-driven and fun, with most events powered by DJs spinning dance, hip-hop and pop. There are also plenty of pubs and bars where rock music plays, either live or on the jukebox. (Not to mention the growing amount of country music nights as well.)

However, flash back to 1993, a time that — while hosting parties that offered...

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Willie Nelson: Live and free in Montauk

Musician, actor, activist and American icon Willie Nelson

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With large venues like the Nassau Coliseum, the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and The Paramount in Huntington available for big shows, it’s a good assumption that virtually all the hottest and most in-demand music acts will at some point perform at one or more of the major Long Island concert venues – but, as is the norm, tickets must be purchased to gain admission.

Some shows cost more than...

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Erick Morillo to open 'Dance Wednesdays' at The Emporium

DJ Erick Morillo is slated to spin at

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It’s a pretty common occurrence every summer for devoted fans of dance to drive east in order to catch a bash headed by a world-renowned DJ, but usually that journey involves a jaunt to the Hamptons. However, on June 5, such a trip need not head any further than North Ocean Avenue.

The Emporium (9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, 631-627-8787) has already established itself as Long Island’s current...

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Body English Tuesdays return for a fifth season

Friends share a couple of laughs at club

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In what has become a Long Island summer nightlife tradition, the Body English lounge and dance party returns to the Chateau Briand in Carle Place for a fifth season on June 4 at 9 p.m.

Back in 2009, its creators (hospitality specialists Bobby Goodrich and Richard Bedrosian) chose Tuesday for the weekly affair, due to the fact that Tuesdays are traditionally a lackluster night for events. The...

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YouTube star Keenan Cahill at Nutty Farmingdale

Known for his wildly successful YouTube channel, performer

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If you're not familiar with Keenan Cahill, perhaps you are working too hard.

The reasoning behind that inference is reference to what so many of us are accused of doing at work instead of working -- surfing the web and checking out YouTube.

It’s on that online hub of endless, various videos that the aforementioned Cahill has made himself an Internet sensation. An 18-year old student...

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