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The ‘Huntington Hoedown’

Joe Picciano, left, and Joe Bayer of the

Joe Picciano, left, and Joe Bayer of the Joe Bayer Band, perform in November of 2012. They will be appearing at the "Huntington Hoedown" event at the Huntington Fire Department on June 29, 2013. Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

It seems almost impossible to imagine that only five years ago, there were virtually no country music events happening anywhere on Long Island (except at the now-defunct Matty T’s in Commack, which was at one time the only venue that featured line-dancing on LI); in 2013 there are several parties a week in Nassau and Suffolk counties that revolve around the honky-tonk sound.

Most of these gatherings are weeklies, but on occasion there are some bigger, one-time boot-scootin’ bashes also worthy of a visit – and if such an opportunity would lean toward your liking, the Huntington Fire Department is throwing its second annual “Huntington Hoedown” on June 29 on their station property (1 Leverich Place).

It opens with a free line-dancing lesson at 6 p.m., and then becomes an outdoor concert with live music from the Joe Bayer Band. In addition, there will be raffles, beer and BBQ served until 11 p.m. – all of which is included in the entrance fee.

Tickets are $40 at the door, but are also available in advance for $35 at (with the age of admission 21-and-over), at Southdown Pizza (211 Wall St, Huntington, 631-421-2323) and Rookies Sports Club (70 Gerard St. Huntington, 631-923-0424), with Rookies set to handle the hoedown after-party as well.

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