In a time when dance music is virtually all virtual, many DJs and producers are able to use samples and programs to create almost all the beats one might hear while spending the night in a Long Island lounge or club. Yet at one time, dance music, like other music, was played by bands, with disco the last large era to feature hit songs crafted strictly by musicians.
There are cover bands, however, that replicate the sounds, bringing funky jams to the people via live, concertlike experiences. It can be a fairly successful venture, with some lasting for many years as popular draws to venues, time and time again. One known to bar and club-hoppers on the Island is That 70’s Band, and in 2012 the party ensemble is celebrating its seventh anniversary.
The official bash takes place on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 9 p.m. at Painters' Restaurant in Brookhaven.
For those who have never caught this act before, it can be a grand experience, as the multimember band features guitars, drums, horns and backup singers. As expected, the main body of material hails from the 1970s, mostly leaning toward disco. But there are also departures into more familiar party favorites, so don’t be surprised to receive renditions of hits from the '80s and '90s as well -- and when they further deviate into rock music, the crew transitions with a real guitar-powered sound.
Painters is a bit tricky to locate, so those not from the neighborhood should definitely have their GPS working (look for a building marked by a "Food - Art - Bar" sign with a parking lot that feels cut rout of the woods, running right along the raised LIRR tracks); cover is $10. Dinner will be served until 1 a.m.; DJ Dres will spin prior to the band's performance.
Painters Restaurant: 416 S. Country Rd. Brookhaven, 631-286-6264, paintersrestaurant.com