Life on Long Island

The Puppy Love Hamptons Hoedown

Cats, rabbits and dogs like “Chip” (pictured here;

(Credit: Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation)

When it comes to partying in the Hamptons, one of the major ways the South Fork scene tends to celebrate is through a summer series of gala benefits. During the warmer weather it’s not hard to find hundreds of Hamptonites attending these events, donating sizable amounts of money toward each of the causes given a night of spotlight attention.

However, come the winter, the fabulous fundraiser...

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Dance and swing with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Why: Listen to swing music and watch

(Credit: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy)

It might not be as trendy as it was before Y2K, but modern swing is still a big thing for some people.

Inspired by the Big Band orchestra sound that served as major dance music for guys and gals during the 1930s and 1940s, swing music made a comeback during the 1990s — as artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Massapequa-born Brian Setzer put out modern tunes inspired...

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Painters in Brookhaven is back

The sign for the recently reopened Painters in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Following a small fire that damaged its kitchen and offices in early May 2012, Painters restaurant and bar in Brookhaven closed its doors, and at that time its ownership announced the closure for repairs would be brief.

Locally known for its food, live music and event calendar, Painters was also notable for the dozens of paintings that hung all over its walls and ceiling. The spot then further...

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Family-friendly 'Country Fall Festival'

A crowd line-dances at the Nutty Irishman of

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

It’s not news that these days LI has fully embraced country music, especially as part of the area’s nightlife, with several spots in Nassau and Suffolk counties holding weekly parties that provide the music and ambience necessary to properly tush-push until the wee hours of the morning.

But what about the kids?

Ask any parent, and they will agree that although many moms and dads have...

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Disco show at Aura in East Meadow

The cover band Disco Unlimited, here performing at

(Credit: Rob Rich/

Anyone who’s been currently cutting loose on dance floors can tell you – the beats are as fast and furious as ever.

Dubstep, electro and progressive house are the usual subgenres today’s DJs choose to spin, with most of that music previously whipped up by a producer in a studio. But if you like your jams performed live, in classic style, Aura in East Meadow has a bash rolling out on Friday,...

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Country by the canal in Freeport

Tropix on the Mile in Freeport. (June 20,

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It’s getting to the point where country music events on Long Island are expected happenings, rather than a part of a new trend in nightlife (as it was a few years ago, when there were virtually none). However, the latest affair to arrive on the scene is definitely a bit different, as it takes place outdoors and by the water.

Freeport’s Nautical Mile has a long-standing tradition of big crowds,...

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The ‘Huntington Hoedown’

Joe Picciano, left, and Joe Bayer of the

(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

It seems almost impossible to imagine that only five years ago, there were virtually no country music events happening anywhere on Long Island (except at the now-defunct Matty T’s in Commack, which was at one time the only venue that featured line-dancing on LI); in 2013 there are several parties a week in Nassau and Suffolk counties that revolve around the honky-tonk sound.

Most of these...

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'Wanted: Alive & Dancing' at Johnny Malone's

Johnny Malone's of Wantagh. (March ‎22, ‎2013)

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

The unofficial “sound” of Long Island nightlife has always been a changing entity. There have been periods where rock and alternative were the main grooves heard in bars and clubs, and genres like hip-hop and dance still have hearty moments as well. Every time a genre has a dominating run, its reign is quantified by hot spots dedicating long-running parties to a type of music and its surrounding...

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New country night at Bread & Butter Bistro

People, dressed in cowboy hats, line dancing to

(Credit: Handout)

As one door closes, another opens.

Country music fans in Suffolk County were faced with the loss of a night of line dancing – or so they thought – when Middle Country Beer Garden in Centereach (MCBG) closed its doors this week (on Sunday, May 5). The beer garden had been running a successful honkytonk-style bash on Thursdays since it opened in 2012, but as it is no longer in operation, the...

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Middle Country Beer Garden: closed

Customers do country line dances to music performed

(Credit: Barbara Alper)

After a final blowout to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the Middle Country Beer Garden (MCBG) closed its doors for good on May 5.

MCBG originally took over the space formerly home to the Centereach extension of Mulcahy’s in Wantagh (3232 Railroad Ave., 516-783-7500) back in early 2012, and in its beginning stages was working via a joint partnership with Mulcahy’s. However, it soon became a completely...

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