It was March 2011 when the Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore made what seemed to be a radical move, scheduling a weekly country music night (“Nutty Country”) every Wednesday.
At the time, only Matty T’s Roadhouse in Deer Park stood as a steady spot for fans of line dancing and the sounds of such Nashville-styled stars as Big and Rich, Trace Adkins and Brooks and Dunn on Long Island.
But once Nutty’s hop started drawing big crowds, venues like Middle Country Beer Garden in Centereach (then Mulcahy’s) and Bullitts Saloon in Bellmore followed with events of their own, bringing the roster of venues featuring country nights to four.
However, yet another country party has arrived, set to coincide with the summer season launch at the Dublin Deck in Patchogue. It's called the "Hump Day Hoedown" -- and just like the Nutty Irishman’s ongoing hit bash, it is also happening on Wednesday evenings.
But no worries for regular two-steppers who’d rather not have to choose between the two. The Nutty Irishman is moving its party to Tuesday nights starting May 15.
Nothing will change save the day of the week and the cost. Everything – the music, line dancing and drink specials -- will be as it was on Wednesdays, but now entry is now cover-free.