Rewind the Long Island nightlife scene back about 25 to 30 years, and the landscape was remarkably different. Sure, there were dance clubs and rock clubs, but from 1980 to 1995, there were parties and venues that focused on New Wave music – events where fans of bands like Depeche Mode, Ministry and The Cure mingled with those who also enjoyed punk, industrial and other alternative sounds.
These days, supporters of the genre are mostly forced to turn to satellite radio and the Internet to find those mostly dance-worthy, synthesizer-driven tunes of the past. But it’s safe to say there are still people keeping the culture breathing. Need proof? This weekend, there’s not one but two gatherings going on that are centered on New Wave music.
Subculture at the Whoville Bar in Bethpage
Set for Friday, Nov. 11, this long-running party has been in several halls in the past three years, and for the past 10 months it has called Whoville home.
Usually led by DJ Cody, this time DJ Cash Lawrence (of the monthly Bring Your Own Vinyl party at the Sip This coffeehouse in Valley Stream) will spin. Expect a $5 cover and $3 Bud and Bud Lights until midnight. Party starts at 10 p.m. Whoville Bar, 339 Broadway, 516-931-9296.
The Spize Party at Broadway Bar in Amityville
A frequent happening at Broadway, the title is taken from Spize, a New Wave club that existed decades ago in the space that until recently held The Crazy Donkey.
Both former regulars of Spize and younger fans of alternative music alike have kept this event going strong for years -- and on Saturday, Nov. 12, the bash actually stretches across a two-night, two-location special event that starts in Manhattan at 8 p.m. Friday at the Delancey, 168 Delancey St., 212-254-9920, thedelancey.com.
In Amityville, DJs Paul Blank, Chris Gray and Rob Nitro are scheduled to handle the music starting at 10:30 p.m. Cover is $5, with drink specials and classic videos playing on the monitors. Broadway Bar, 198 Broadway.