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Underground dance at Madden’s

The DJ spins music at the club Body

The DJ spins music at the club Body English at Chateau Briand in Carle Place. Body English is open every Tuesday night during the summer when 1,500 to 2000 guests arrive to dance and party. (July 13, 2010) Credit: Jason Andrew

Although the nightlife scene is strong on Long Island, the options are often limited to neighborhood bars, bigger sports bars, restaurants with lounge nights and a few mainstream dance clubs.

Lately though, there have been some inroads toward matching our legendary urban neighbor, New York City, in off-the-beaten-path options – such as art shows at bars and niche genre DJs traveling east to spin. In that vein, come Oct. 14 another event rare to either Nassau or Suffolk county will come to pass.

Starting at 9:30 p.m., the DJ collective known as Mixology will provide a night of underground dance at Madden’s Irish Pub in Patchogue. Passing on the usual house, pop, hip-hop and '80s/ '90s sets found at virtually all the Island’s venues, this will be an evening featuring sessions of genres like trip-hop, breakbeat, drum ‘n bass, techno and more.

For those unfamiliar with such dance genres: Expect faster beats, stripped-down samples, heavier bass and much less in the way of pop elements (of course, each niche has a greater definition of its own, but this is a good way to begin the explanation).

Mixology certainly has its supporters, as its schedule this month includes an Oct. 7 show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, a concert space. The show at the smaller Madden’s, however, should provide a more intimate way to either get to know underground dance – or for those who already follow, a local opportunity to enjoy. (The admission age for this party is 18-and-over and ID is strictly required; $5 cover.)

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