Once again demonstrating that Long Island’s dance community loves classic sounds, this upcoming weekend features two nights, three clubs and four acts – all centered around veteran performers and DJs.
On Friday, Oct. 14, Sugar Dining Den & Social Club in Carle Place will host a live show featuring singer Judy Torres. A major star in the freestyle genre, her most famous tracks (such as "Come Into My Arms" and "Please Stay Tonight") hail from the late 80s/ early 90s – but, she has kept releasing dance music into the 2000s as well, so watch for plenty of recognizable jams from across her catalog come the scheduled midnight showtime. (Cover is $10)
Meanwhile, George Lamond, one of freestyle’s biggest male stars, will take the stage at Four Food Studio in Melville. Lamond scored several club hits – also around 1990 – with the biggest being “Bad of the Heart,” a track that also reached the pop charts. Since those days, his style has grown to touch on Latin-powered genres of music, and has also appeared as part of the seminal freestyle group TKA. Expect everything from his classics to his recent cover of rock group Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” once George begins his show sometime after 9 p.m. (No cover)
Next, come Saturday, Oct. 15, the vibe changes from freestyle to early 21st century Manhattan trance with the arrival of Jonathan “JP” Peters at the newly-minted Aura Light & Sound Suite in East Meadow. Best known as the resident of the city’s now-defunct Sound Factory nightclub around 2000, local fans of his long sessions of music called “trance” (a style where hard beats meet production that some feel create exhilaration, as in “entrancing,” thus the name) would regularly flock to the club on the nights he worked. Furthermore, his live mixing of the tracks he handled is considered by many to be singular, so much so that it has been said that he never plays the same song the same way twice. Expect a large crowd to show at Aura, with Peters coming on after a set by Long Island’s super DJs Peter Orenbach and Guido Osorio – better-recognized as the DJ duo Razor & Guido starting at 10:30 p.m. ($10 for girls, $15 for guys – subject to change).