The Space at Westbury's executive director, Bruce Michael, says a local music series has been part of his vision for the venue since the beginning.
"It was always part of the concept," Michael says. "I wanted it to be part of our opening festivities."
However, the Westbury venue decided to take a longer-term approach to cultivate its own set of Long Island bands. On June 13, the results of that plan will play at the first "Music Made on Long Island" concert at the venue, featuring Memphis Crawl, Funkin A, Nonstop to Cairo, Iridesense, The Vinyl Plane and Sofus.
All of the bands chosen first played at The Space at Westbury's All Music Lounge, where Long Island bands play every Thursday night. Michael says the bands that will graduate to the main venue all have something special.
"It boils down to good music combined with good personality and presentation," he says. "All of these bands are quite good."
Michael says the first bill is eclectic by design.
"We wanted to show the diversity of the Long Island music scene," he says. "We wanted to have it be a festival where there was something for everyone."
Of course, The Space at Westbury will still focus on national acts. However, if all goes well with the local band night, Michael hopes to hold it quarterly on the main stage.
"This is a big experiment for us," he says. "But it's important to us. It fulfills our mission to really open the venue to the entire experience of music in the middle of Long Island."
The "Music Made on Long Island" series starts at 7 p.m. June 13 at The Space at Westbury, 516-283-5566, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Tickets are $10 through Ticketmaster.
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