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New wave 'Party' at Avanti in Westbury

The storefront of the Avanti nightclub in Westbury.

The storefront of the Avanti nightclub in Westbury. (Jan. 19, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Although it may seem strange to today's younger nightclub set, there was a time when the songs of bands like Depeche Mode, The Cure and The Smiths got almost as much attention as pop music and dance on Long Island. For those unaware, those acts belong to the "new wave" genre. And a rewind back to 1980 to 1995 finds several clubs on Long Island that featured successful nights dedicated to the sound – as well as its fans.

But as time moved forward, most of the venues that courted fans of the often dark and emotional (yet very dance-worthy) style of entertainment either shuttered or simply stopped the promotions – dwindling to only one or two dedicated weekly events (Subculture at Who-Ville in Bethpage being the best-known).

The demand for the new wave days is ongoing, however. Every once in a while an extra affair arrives – so come Friday, Jan. 20, when Subculture occurs at its usual 10 p.m., another similarly themed gathering will run at Avanti in Westbury.

Simply dubbed “The Party,” Avanti's gathering will feature hours of tracks from more rock-style bands (Duran Duran, David Bowie), alt-rock groups from the 1990s (Jane’s Addiction, Nine Inch Nails), more goth-based acts (Siouxsie and The Banshees, Bauhaus) and early electronic, industrial sounds (Ministry, Front 242, Nitzer Ebb) – as well as punk stuff (Ramones, The Clash) and even modern bands (Wolfsheim, She Wants Revenge). DJs Rob Nitro, Paul Blank and Alley Cat will handle the music while the bartenders serve up $5 well drinks until midnight and $3 Soco/ lime shots all night; cover is $5 at the door.

Avanti: 272 Post Ave., Westbury; 516-833-5733,

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