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An indie guitar player's birthday party

Long Island-based indie band Heavy Duty Super Ego.

Long Island-based indie band Heavy Duty Super Ego. Credit: Stephen La Marche

It can be tough for Long Island fans of independent music to find a local indie show, as most LI venues tend to embrace cover bands and mainstream acts instead of the many offbeat and experimental artists that are frequently welcomed by venues located in city neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Bushwick and the Lower East Side.

However, a few indigenous spots do make a steadfast go of showcasing both indie music and native indie acts – with Velvet Lounge in Setauket perhaps the most dedicated area club in this respect.

A small club located off Route 25A, Velvet has been inviting a steady flow of various homegrown artists, poets and alternative bands to play its petite stage for several years -- and come April 19, it will be hosting another show set to star local, live indie music -- but on this occasion, it will all be in celebration of one particular musician’s advancement in age.

As it turns out, James Usher – the guitarist of Long Island based-group Heavy Duty Super Ego – will be turning 30 on that very night, and to mark the occasion he and his bandmates will be performing sometime after 10 p.m. A group that has changed lineups and grown in size over the course of a catalogue containing two albums and an EP, Ego has always featured tastes of folk and blues in its sound -- but with its most recent release (“Moon Lake,” in April 2013), the band now seems to be incorporating some dreamy indie pop into its aural mix as well.

Doors open at 9 p.m.; other scheduled artists include Johnnie Lee Jordan & The Boys, The Vigilance Committee and I am TIM. For more information, visit Velvet Lounge at

Velvet Lounge: 10 Woods Corner Rd., East Setauket, 631-751-7575

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