When it comes to live music on Long Island, Amityville is on the map. The village is now home to a trio of venues hosting bands several nights a week. Here’s how they breakdown:
REVOLUTION BAR & MUSIC HALL
THE VIBE Rock club
DECOR Oversize black-and-white concert shots of rockers including Aerosmith and the Runaways with red and black lighting set a certain tone. “It always feels like it’s midnight in here,” says general manager Thomas Angenbroich. “We go for that authentic rock vibe.”
ON THE BILL The venue features a mixed bag, from rock and metal to country, hip-hop and pop. Acts such as Coheed & Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Aaron Carter and Paulie D of “Jersey Shore” have taken the stage at various points with a cover charge typically running $10 to $20.
“We try everything,” Angenbroich says. “This is a place for those midlevel acts on the rise to play on Long Island. They don’t always have to go to the city.”
AT THE BAR Signature rock & roll cocktails include Pama Pink Floyd Lemonade ($9, pomegranate liquor, citrus vodka, pink lemonade and a slice of lemon). The theme continues on the food menu with the Highway to Hell burger ($12, topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, sliced hot dogs, mustard and hot sauce).
INFO 140 Merrick Road, Amityville, 631-264-7712, revolutionliny.com
AMITYVILLE MUSIC HALL
THE VIBE Intimate, casual spot for original music
ON THE BILL “We like to think of ourselves as the CBGB of Long Island,” says co-owner Daniel Valentino. “We get bands that would normally fill a bigger room who play our venue for a more intimate show.” Especially original punk and hard-core bands. Bookings include all-ages shows and others open to older teens.
National touring acts such as Glassjaw, Bayside, Agnostic Front, Patent Pending and The Dillinger Escape Plan have played the small venue to capacity crowds. Tuesday nights are reserved for the hip-hop crowd at the Earwaxx Sessions, which is a networking night for producers, designers, DJs and local artists. Shows run up to six nights a week with covers ranging from $8 to $25.
“There’s no barricade and some can even watch the show from the side of the stage,” Valentino says. “There’s a strong sense of community here. You even get to hang out and meet the bands.”
AT THE BAR While the venue may look like a gastropub, there’s no food. Just a casual bar.
INFO 16 and over, 198 Broadway, Amityville, 631-397-0578, amityvillemusichall.net
THE VIBE Haven for hometown cover and tribute bands
The village’s newest live music venue opened in October, when Kevin Sheehan, owner of K.J. Farrell’s in Bellmore, saw an opportunity when the Mouse Trap Café closed after being open only 10 months. “I was looking for something bigger,” he says.
ON THE BILL The focus is on cover bands like 45 RPM (‘70s), Decadia (‘80s) and the Skeedle Brothers (acoustic trio playing ‘60s thru today) or tribute bands such as Completely Unchained (Van Halen tribute), Songs in the Attic (Billy Joel tribute) and the Allmost Brothers (Allman Brothers tribute) with a cover charge that of $10 to $20.
“We try to keep it mainstream for the most part,” Sheehan says. “But we’ll veer off doing some metal as well as a Latin night on the first Sunday of the month. We might do a country night, too.”
AT THE BAR The floor plan is wide open with a full-service bar with local craft brews on tap, a VIP area with reservations plus price bump (varies per event) and menu of pub grub such as tacos, sliders and hoagies.
“We are different from everybody around,” Sheehan says. “Our venue has a city feel to it. It’s clean and new with a state-of-the-art sound system.”
INFO 21 and over, 203 Broadway, Amityville, 631-238-1820, thewarehouseli.com