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'Wanted: Alive & Dancing' at Johnny Malone's

Johnny Malone's of Wantagh. (March ?22, ?2013)

Johnny Malone's of Wantagh. (March ?22, ?2013) Credit: Ian J. Stark

The unofficial “sound” of Long Island nightlife has always been a changing entity. There have been periods where rock and alternative were the main grooves heard in bars and clubs, and genres like hip-hop and dance still have hearty moments as well. Every time a genre has a dominating run, its reign is quantified by hot spots dedicating long-running parties to a type of music and its surrounding culture.

If that’s the case, then does that mean country is the next real candidate to rise?

The argument that country music is heading toward that sort of lofty height is evident in the amount of venues that currently offer weekly events featuring songs that are generally equated with the Southern United States – along with the cowboy hats, boots, plaid shirts and line-dancing to which country is often connected – and to think less than three years ago, there was but one spot that held fast to honky-tonk (the now-defunct Matty T’s in Commack). Fast-forward to 2013, and a wide selection of taverns (Bread & Butter Bistro in Holtsville, The Emporium and Dublin Deck in Patchogue, Who-Ville in Bethpage, both Nutty Irishman Bay Shore and Farmingdale) do a weekly country night. Sure, dance, hip-hop and cover bands still make up the lion’s share of the LI nightlife soundscape – but there is no other distinct genre that is growing in availability as quickly as country.

Case in point: another new weekly hoedown is getting ready to kickoff, just as the summer begins.

On Monday, June 3, Johnny Malone’s in Wantagh will be featuring a “Wanted: Alive & Dancing” party – an interesting turn of events, especially because Nassau County has been (until recently) home to far less of these country bashes than Suffolk. Nonetheless, starting at 7 p.m., line-dancing enthusiasts can take to the floor (along with instructor Jessica Gabriella, who will work with “boot-scooters” of all ability levels) to the tunes spun by DJ TallGlass. In addition, attendees can enjoy specials on wings and deals on drinks. For more information, be sure to check out Johnny Malone’s online at

Johnny Malone’s: 1227 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, 516-783-8338

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