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Reggae Dance Party at 89 North

89 North in Patchogue. (Sept. 6, 2012)

89 North in Patchogue. (Sept. 6, 2012) Credit: Ian J. Stark

Even with the warmer-than-average January temperatures Long Island has experienced so far in 2013, chances are that there are many among us who still feel like June is too far away.

Missing midsummer nightlife is a common pre-spring lament expressed by social folk, as spending an evening out at one of the waterside clubs, restaurants or bars that dot the South Shore and East End between Memorial Day and Labor Day is a long-standing warm-weather Island tradition.

More often than not, those aforementioned shoreline gatherings are often supported by music -- and on Sundays, when the atmosphere is generally relaxed, live reggae bands are a common find, often offering a warm tone with upbeat but mellow sounds.

If the hotter months are still too far away for your liking, the upcoming Reggae Dance Party set for 89 North in Patchogue on Friday, Jan. 18 might possibly help provide a touch of the summer season’s jacket-free personality.

The main music will be delivered by band Noah’s Arc, a Patchogue-based group that specializes in roots reggae (the style delivered by such legendary artists as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Steel Pulse) and is scheduled for two sessions throughout the night. However, there will also be a roster of DJs spinning sets of similar music, including such mixers as LapHammer, Omar and the duo Rugged & Prez.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover. For more information, check out and

89 North: 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue, 631-730-8992

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