Of all the cultural courses to be found at Stony Brook University, one of its regular extra-curricular happenings has also worked to provide a particular insight concerning a creative subject that – while a geographical compatriot – can musically seem many miles away: Brooklyn.
The BK music scene has exploded in the past decade, with the borough’s nightlife dominated by frequent opportunities to see bands on stage – many of them up-and-coming, offbeat indie ensembles, delivering original songs -- and although there are several LI bands that follow a similar path, much of the live performance activity in Nassau and Suffolk counties consists of either established mainstream touring acts or cover bands.
For those Islanders who have connected to what’s cooking musically in Kings County, extra efforts (such as trekking to the city or depending on the Internet) are often required to score a fix, but a group of SBU grads have actually gone so far as to create a local ongoing series of shows starring indie bands.
Presented by the Graduate Student Organization of Stony Brook University, it’s a semi-regular calendar of concerts known as “Stony Brooklyn,” and as its title implies, it bridges the indie gap between BK and LI by inviting artists known to play Brooklyn venues out to the college campus.
The next show is Friday, Feb. 21, and will feature a set from Norwegian Arms, a band most recognized for members Brendan Mulvihill (vocals, mandolin) and drummer Eric Slick (but also can include, or has received recent contributions from musicians Andy Molholt and Michael Trillions). Hailing from Philadelphia, ‘Arms has a fast-paced sound that is exceptionally rich and warm, considering its slim instrumentation; think intense, friendly, touching and fun.
Also featuring a performance from the NJ-based group Dollys, the night begins at 8 p.m., and is free (but age of admission is 21 and older). The show will take place in the school’s University Cafe; for more information visit 'Stony Brooklyn' online at facebook.com/officialstonybrooklyn or stonybrooklyn.com.
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