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Marah to rock Grey Horse Tavern

Christine Smith and David Bielanko of the indie

Christine Smith and David Bielanko of the indie rock group Marah, who will be performing in the loft of Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport on Friday, June 2. Credit: Simone Cecchetti

Finding a hot indie rock show in Brooklyn is easy. Finding one on Long Island, not so.

While shows from buzz-worthy bands (some to the point of being nationally recognized) happen almost nightly within Kings County, the search for these acts onstage east of the Cross Island Parkway can be a difficult one.

Then again, on Friday, June 2, music fans who’d like to experience a top-choice indie act can head over to Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport, where Marah will be performing in the restaurant and pub’s upstairs loft at 9 p.m.

Mostly known for a straightforward rock-n-roll approach, softened in spots by an occasional country twang and folk harmonizing, the Philadelphia-based crew also veers into alt-rock and employs a down-to-earth delivery — a multifaceted combination of elements that has made them perennial favorites in the rock world – and can claim a dedicated fan in icon Bruce Springsteen, who has not only appeared on a Marah song ("Float Away”) but has performed and worked with the troupe in concert.

The band’s current project is entitled “Mountain Minstrelsy,” a work taken from a 1931 book by Henry W. Shoemaker (“Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania”). It’s a collection of both full and partial music once sung by those living in the Pa. backwoods during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and Marah has reinterpreted some of those forgotten tunes. Snippets of the effort can be found on YouTube, but for a longer and more intimate absorption, tickets can be purchased ($30) by calling 631-472-1868 or online at


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