Restaurant patrons can dine al fresco with their canine companions at participating eateries on Long Island under New York State’s so-called “Doggie Dining Law” for the first time this summer, officials said.
The law went into effect in October, but local lawmakers, animal advocates and restaurateurs touted the bill last week to remind dog lovers to take advantage of their newfound ability to bring their cute and cuddly Fido and friends to outdoor restaurants while the weather is warm.
“It is great for everyone, it’s great for the community and it’s great to get your dog out for some exercise,” a local proponent told reporters July 7 during a news conference on the Nautical Mile in Freeport.
New York State, which is home to more than one million registered dogs, is the second in the nation to pass such a law. California was the first.
The new law requires a separate entrance for dogs so they do not pass through the establishment. Restaurant employees are prohibited from having direct contact with the pups. The law also prohibits communal water bowls for dogs, which must also be on a leash.
It is still an individual restaurant’s choice to allow dogs to dine there, and establishments can legally refuse to serve pups.
Among proponents touting the new law are New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City), who co-sponsored the legislation, Freeport Village Mayor Robert T. Kennedy, Jill Burkhardt of North Shore Animal League America, and officials from the Nassau County SPCA. They were joined by a pack of dog lovers and their pets ready to order lunch at a local pup-friendly restaurant.
“This action will give restaurants an additional option to boost revenue and grow their businesses by appealing to this new audience of dog-owning New Yorkers and their four-legged friends,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said upon signing the bill into law last fall.
Rules for outdoor dog dining
It’s an individual restaurant’s choice whether to allow dogs to dine there.
Dogs must use a separate entrance to avoid walking through the establishment.
Restaurant employees are prohibited from having direct contact with pups.
Dogs are not allowed on chairs, benches, seats or other fixtures.
Food and water provided to dogs must be in a “single-use disposable container.”
Restaurant owners must have adequate signage indicating dogs are permitted in outdoor dining areas.
In the dystopian world created by George Orwell for his novel 1984, a tyrannical force is at work, controlling the masses by controlling reality. A mind-numbing distortion of what people see, hear and feel is enforced by a campaign of treachery. Opposites become the order of the day: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. These are the slogans repeated ad nauseam by the people in power.
The rise of Hitler in Germany and Stalin in the Soviet Union had fueled Orwell’s mounting hatred of totalitarianism and political authority. His book came out in 1949 as the Cold War was hitting its stride.
The arsenal of diabolical methods Orwell envisioned to sustain this nightmarish society re-appears in the campaign playbook of the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party in 2016. While Donald Trump is in the bluster phase—insults, taunts, bullying, harangues—can you imagine a Trump presidency with the gloves off? Can you imagine what we will witness if this megalomaniac is elected? It is not inconceivable that someone will read 1984 to Trump, and he will be in thrall to the success of the approach and borrow liberally from the techniques.
Democracy be damned. The Donald has arrived.
We have gotten to know the stripe of Trump: his misogyny, his xenophobia, his race-baiting, his lies, his distortions, his manipulations, his power obsession, his threats, his bellicose rants, not to mention his ability to say one thing with conviction and in the very same speech contradict himself with equal conviction.
Trump is beyond anything we’ve ever witnessed on the American political stage, and that includes the likes of Father Coughlin, Joseph McCarthy, George Wallace—and maybe even David Duke.
Trump’s terrifyingly large and feverish following in the American electorate should give pause to any who believe that he cannot win in November. Tyrants ’round the world were first dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. With the prospect of Donald Trump strolling up to the podium on the Capitol steps to deliver his inaugural address, maybe we should turn to Orwell’s imagination for advice.
The samplings below are features of Orwell’s grotesque new world of 1984 cobbled together from several sources, including his original text. The comments in italics are strictly this author’s fear becoming palpable.
Doublethink: the ability to hold two completely contradictory beliefs at the same time and to believe they are both true. Doublethink refers to the ability to control your memories, to choose to forget something, as well as to forget about the forgetting process. People ultimately lose the ability to form independent thoughts. Eventually, it becomes possible to convince the public of anything, even if it’s the exact opposite of what the public already knows to be true.
Trump could teach Orwell a thing or two about doublethink—he has mastered the art.
Thought Police: a police organization devoted to uncovering thoughts—known as thoughtcrimes—that are not in keeping with the goals of the Party (the all-powerful state). The Thought Police could and eventually would arrest any citizen with any thought contrary to blind obedience to Big Brother.
A fanciful notion? Perhaps, but Trump might just direct the CIA to develop a thought-police unit, firing the director when he fails in his mission.
Newspeak aims to narrow the range of thought to render thoughtcrime impossible. If there are no words in a language that are capable of expressing independent, rebellious thoughts, no one will ever be able to rebel. The Party insists that it has the right to declare that 2 + 2 = 5, thereby making the claim to total control over every aspect of reality. The party could cancel gravity if it should wish.
Trump will no doubt trot out Sir Isaac Newton’s birth certificate exposing that he was not born in the U.S. Gravity? Cancelled.
The Ministry of Love (as described through the eyes of Winston, Orwell’s main character): “The Ministry of Love was the really frightening one. There were no windows in it at all. It was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests. Even the streets leading up to its outer barriers were roamed by gorilla-faced guards in black uniforms, armed with jointed truncheons”
The White House after a Trump makeover.
Hate Week referred to staged events intended to increase hatred for the opposing party. Here’s how the novel describes one occurrence: “A member of the Inner Party…contorted with hatred…gripped the neck of the microphone with one hand while the other…clawed the air menacingly above his head. His voice, made metallic by the amplifiers, boomed forth an endless catalogue of atrocities, massacres, deportations, lootings, rapes, torture of prisoners, bombing of civilians, lying propaganda, aggressions, broken treaties. It was almost impossible to listen to him without being first convinced and then maddened. At every few moments the fury of the crowd boiled over and the voice of the speaker was drowned by a wild beast-like roaring that rose uncontrollably from thousands of throats…”
There’s no difference here between Orwell’s vision and coverage of a Trump rally. It takes your breath away.
In the afterword of the 1962 edition, Erich Fromm, the distinguished psychologist, sociologist and philosopher, had this to say about Orwell’s classic:
“If the world of 1984 is going to be the dominant form of life on this globe, it will mean a world of madmen, and hence not a viable world. [Orwell] wants to warn and to awaken us…The hope can be realized only by recognizing, so 1984 teaches us, the danger of a society of automatons who will have lost every trace of individuality, of love, of critical thought, and yet who will not be aware of it because of ‘doublethink.’”
So there you have it. Trump convinces us daily that we are on the road to an Orwellian nightmare.
Maybe. Maybe not.
Orwell’s genius provides a wake-up call for those who ignore tyranny knocking at the door. It’s high time we confront the ugliness. Our tolerance, forgiveness and love for others are under assault, weaponized by hate, threats and twisted logic in an attempt to co-opt reality.
We must never forget that the human race is one family.
But let’s watch out for Big Brother.
Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his 45th year in education, he is particularly focused on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.
This alt-country/blues/folk rock band formed in 1985 in Toronto and gained popularity with their second album, The Trinity Session, which the Los Angeles Times named one of the best albums of ’88. Their version of The Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” which appears on the Natural Born Killers soundtrack, was described by Lou Reed as his favorite cover of the song. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. stephentalkhouse.com $85-$100. 8 p.m. July 14.
Lettuce has been performing classic funk for more than two decades. Their unique blend of hip-hop, psychedelia and funk makes Lettuce stand out in their genre as an ongoing experiment. Lettuce describes their latest album, 2015’s Crush, as being very open in terms of style, while staying true to its funk roots. Besides the innate ability to inspire large groups of listeners to uncontrollably get up off their tuckuses and groove, the band’s infectious, delirious, and utterly mind-blowing intoxicating tunes pays homage to classic rock artists, ’90s hip-hop, and of course, classic funk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. July 14. (Postponed from July 8)
A man of many talents, Jim Messina is a musician, songwriter, singer, guitarist, recording engineer and record producer who’s been a member of the folk rock group Buffalo Springfield, country rock band Poco, and half of the soft rock duo Loggins and Messina (which sold over 20 million albums domestically), with Kenny Loggins. Like a musical geyser that just can not stop gushing, Messina continues to drop compilations of his guitar work and previous hits and rock, rock, rock his greatest hits. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $65-$70. 8 p.m. July 14.
The Slim Kings and Steve Urban
This 4-year-old Brooklyn-born band blends a soulful mix of old blues and classic rock. Consisting of veteran musicians who have recorded alongside Billy Joel and composed songs and soundtracks for popular shows such as Law and Order and Sons of Anarchy, these rockers are forever expanding from their supportive New York base to musical nirvana and beyond. They’ll be performing with multi-instrumentalist Steve Urban. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10 8 p.m. July 14.
Great South Bay Music Festival
This waterfront music festival is back with an irresistible lineup including Third Eye Blind, Graham Nash, Manchester Orchestra, Umphreys McGee, Kevin Devine, Joe Nichols and Dopapod, plus many more. It would be a mistake to miss out on the largest-running music, art and cultural event on Long Island. What’s better than an amazing view of the water, live music and great food? Uh, Greek food? Sorry. Nothing, of course. And there’s a kidzone for the children. Shorefront Park, Patchogue. greatsouthbaymusicfestival.com $32-$125. July 14-17.
Long Island International Film Expo
For all movie lovers, the Long Island International Film Expo is a must-attend event, known for featuring films from countries all around the world, attracting a celebrity presence, and showcasing everything from documentaries to short movies to movie trailers. And the subjects covered are even more diverse. These films will make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and scream your lungs out in sheer, unrefined excitement a little later. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$110. Runs through July 21.
The Celtic band that has been around for nearly two decades is resurfacing after their latest, 2015’s Matching Sweaters. As the album is testament, Gaelic Storm cleverly combines traditional Irish music with modern influences by performing both traditional Scottish melodies and original songs in Celtic rock. Its five members have topped the Billboard World Chart fives times throughout their career. The group has played at music festivals such as Summerfest and Telluride, and regularly headlines Irish festivals around the world. A perfect set list of drinking songs, rapid instrumentals, and sing-along songs is something you don’t want to miss! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. July 15.
Hometown pop-punk heroes are making the long drive from their native Mt. Sinai to Amityville for their latest show to remind all the emo kids to cheer up. For proof that this band has a heart, check out this feature on the band in the Press. With opening acts Craving Strange, Silver Silver and Fawkes. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $15. 6:30 p.m. July 16.
Nine Days, the Long Island-based band best known for their late ’90s pop hit “Absolutely (Story of a Girl)” is back and better than ever, ending a 10-year hiatus. In advance of their July 16 album release show, the Press spoke with the band’s lead singer, John Hampson, and lead guitarist, Brian Desveaux, to discuss their upcoming album, Snapshots, as well as working with legendary music producer Jim Scott and their relentless commitment to making music. Wow. A must-read, to be sure. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $15-$20. 8 p.m. July 16.
A top R&B vocal group of the ’90s, Blackstreet continues to ride the fame of previous hit singles “Before I Let You Go,” “Booti Call,” “No Diggity,” “Don’t Leave Me” and “Take Me There.” Though their roster has rotated, with several members leaving to pursue successful solo careers after earning fame through the band, the group has partnered with big names like Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and earned a Grammy Award after several albums went platinum. Opening the show is Jagged Edge and Shai. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 16.
Johnny Mac’s Blues Band
Based on Long Island, The Johnny Mac Band plays blues, R&B, funk and reggae. In other words, all the best stuff to get you up in front of the stage and shake, shake, shakin’! Known for their high-energy jams and in-the-moment improvisation, these jazz masters (See what we did there?) make every gig an unforgettable, soul-soothing experience! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com $10. 8 p.m. July 16.
The Lost Works (And World) Of Don Murray
Always more than a movie star, Don Murray demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social service on and off screen—and played roles that other actors weren’t willing to risk. By doing so, he forfeited a superstardom that was his for the taking in order to be true to his beliefs. Learn about his career in an exclusive documentary preview screening and one of the very first opportunities to see a compelling 1972 lost feature film. Don will be in person to discuss both films, along with documentarian Don Malcolm, son Chris Murray, and film historians Foster Hirsch and Jud Newborn. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 10 a.m. July 17.
Florida Georgia Line / Cole Swindell / The Cadillac Three & Kane Brown
Get out those 10-gallon cowboy hats, strap on those designer leather sham-shackle boots and let’s giddy-up a doozy, cause this country night, and you’re a country gal! The brothers who make up Florida Georgia Line, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, will perform their tasteful hit single, “Cruise,” which sold 10 million copies, making FGL the first-ever country band to receive RIAA’s Diamond certification. Cole Swindell, who has written singles for country boys such as Scott McCreery and Luke Bryan, in addition to releasing two albums, joins FGL this summer, too! Kane Brown, who joins The Cadillac Three on this tour, is an up-and-coming country star, whose first EP was only released a year ago. Wow now this night thar har gonna rock! Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $32-$76.75. 7 p.m. July 17.
Whether you find him absolutely can’t-stop-laughing hilarious or occasionally somewhat annoying, Gottfried is a master of his comedic craft. He is bound to leave all those in attendance of this must-see gig feeling a sordid mixture of both. That’s a good thing! It means they’ve been laughing so damn hard their gut will hurt for weeks after, which will leave them somewhat annoyed. That’s what we meant in the opening line of this blurb. Get it? Oh well. His voice will be ringing in your ears for years. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.govs.com $25. 7, 9:30 p.m. July 16.
Micky Dolenz of The Monkees
George Michael “Micky” Dolenz, perhaps the most well-known member of The Monkees, is forever ingrained in America’s collective hearts and minds as that whirlwind heartthrob drummer, singer, actor, and all-around great guy who couldn’t help but make us all smile. In addition to their popular television show of the same name, The Monkees sold more than 65 million records worldwide and had three No. One singles: “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and “I’m a Believer.” This engaging, spirited 70-year-old musician is also credited with directing numerous theatrical and television shows. Back in the ’60s, Dolenz rocked the stage–and he’s still got it, as he’s joined by new members to play all the hits from those crazy, hilarious, insanely talented hellraisers, The Monkees. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $60. 7:30 p.m. July 17.
Dianne Reeves is a five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist whose latest album, Beautiful Life, earned that prestigious honor for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $65-$95. 8 p.m. July 17.
Hey, Modern Family fans, Cameron Tucker is coming to Long Island! Well, the actor, Eric Stonestreet, who plays the flamboyant character, is. The two-time Emmy Award-winning talent has graced our television and movie screens with a variety of personas. Growing up in Kansas City, acting wasn’t his top career choice. But, after being dared in college to audition for the play Prelude to a Kiss, and landing a small role, Stonestreet was hooked. Since then, he has built up an impressive resume, starring in popular television series, such as Malcolm in the Middle, American Horror Story: Murder House, and Nip/Tuck. Most recently, he voiced “Duke” in the new animated film The Secret Life of Pets. Now, he is on an interactive comedy tour, where audience members will hear behind-the-scenes stories, life experiences, and have the opportunity to ask Stonestreet questions about literally, anything. Something tells me this is gonna be really, really, really funny. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50- $74.50. 8 p.m. July 17.
Fans have missed former Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley, but after a few years of silence, the alternative funk-metal legend has returned. Mosley will be bringing his unforgettable voice and stage persona to Long Island during his “Reintroduce Yourself” acoustic tour. These unplugged sessions will include music and favorites from his past bands. Mosley was the Faith No More singer in 1985 for two of the group’s albums, We Care A Lot and Introduce Yourself. After leaving the band, Mosley formed Cement and released two albums: Cement and Man With the Action Hair. In 2009, he dropped the EP Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food. Now, he is reissuing the album We Care A Lot with new tracks. This is a must-not-miss gig. Like, “Epic.” Looney Tunes, 31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. ltcds.com $11.99-$39.99. 7 p.m. July 18.
Glenn Andreiev’s new documentary revealing how and why so many silent and early sound films are missing includes rare film clips and images to illustrate the plight of lost cinema, along with lively interviews with noted film historians (including Cinema regulars Bill Shelley, Ben Model and Philip Harwood). Director Glenn Andreiev will be on hand to lead the audience in a lively discussion after the film. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 18.
Harry Chapin Tribute
What better venue to host a concert celebrating the music of the late, great folk singer, than the one that bears his name? There is none. Besides his hit single “Cats in the Cradle,” the Long Island native’s fan favorites include “Taxi,” Sniper” and “Flowers Are Red.” Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free. 8 p.m. July 18.
The whimsical story by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann about an exuberant little girl who adores everything pink comes to Long Island as a musical that is sure to delight her devoted following. The audience is sure to be dressed as fuchsia as the set. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $19.50. 11 a.m. July 19.
This professor and author will be speaking and signing copies of his new book How to Get Rid of Socialism. Was going to add a political joke here and just decided to move on to the Yellow Ape Film Festival, instead. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 19.
Yellow Ape Film Festival
Yellow Ape is not your typical film festival. It showcases local filmmakers’ movies intended for the midnight-hour audience. You can see anything from a silly zany comedy to a bizarre and disturbing horror flick. Not only are films shown, there are musical acts, stand-up comics, a celebrity panel, and sexy burlesque dancers that make it more of an event than just a film festival. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $25. 7 p.m. July 20.
Priscilla, Queen of The Desert
Get ready to “Shake Your Groove Thing,” and hop aboard the party bus Priscilla in our laugh-out-loud comedy musical smash hit, fresh off Broadway. This splashy, Tony-nominated musical is based on the 1994 film of the same name that tells the story of three colorful “divas” that drive their lavender bus, appropriately named Priscilla, across the desert and meet an array of fantastic characters, all while pushing the norms of society. Set to a score of well-known pop, funk, gospel, and disco songs such as “It’s Raining Men,” “I Will Survive,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Boogie Wonderland,” and “Hot Stuff,” this is one adventure you won’t want to miss! Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $59-$89. July 20-Aug. 6.
–Compiled by Kate Nalepinki, Leo Capobianco, Ana Borruto, Ellie Schoeffel and Timothy Bolger.
[Featured image: Florida Georgia Line via Facebook]
s the Long Island craft beer boom continues, with more and more small-scale breweries popping up across the region, casual drinkers and beer snobs alike have more choices of local brewskies than ever before.
Long Island craft beer has become such a staple that local restaurants increasingly have beer on tap from a local brewery. And summertime weekend revelers often choose to spend their afternoons at homegrown microbrewery tasting rooms instead of traditional bars.
The craft beer industry here on Long Island has grown exponentially in the last four years alone: from nine breweries sprinkled across Nassau and Suffolk counties in the summer of 2012 to more than 30 presently. That’s not counting at least a dozen of other up-and-coming nanobreweries. The majority of breweries on this list have physical locations where people can enjoy a tasting or fill a growler.
Similarly, new trends have grown out of this hoppin’ industry, such as the emergence of several hop farms on the East End and about a dozen breweries utilizing a percentage of either New York State or Long Island-grown ingredients, earning them the designation of a certified farm brewery. (The breweries in this list with a farm brewery license will have a “New York State-Certified Farm Brewery” designation.)
Unlike the vast network of East End vineyards supported by fertile farmland, craft breweries do not discriminate by geography. That’s why beer drinkers can find a brewery within reasonable distance wherever they live on Long Island.
Perhaps the most well-known of Long Island’s craft beer industry is Blue Point Brewing Co., which was sold to InBev, the world’s largest brewer, in 2014, for a reported $24 million. But that’s not to say other breweries aren’t making waves. Indeed, Southampton Publick House, a brew pub, distributes its beers as far south as Puerto Rico, and Greenport Brewing Co., despite being on the northeastern edge of the Island, has beers flowing in bars and restaurants across New York City and upstate New York.
Luckily for us, we don’t have to travel far to enjoy the fruits of their collective labor.
So, with our pint glasses raised extra-high in the Press newsroom, here’s your Long Island craft beer and brewery guide. Cheers, LI!
To the founders of Lithology Brewing Co., there’s more to beer than just beer. They consider microbrewing a science—and they believe the key ingredient to all magical things from New York is good ol’ H2O.
Lithology relies on the best ingredients they can get their hands on to produce the perfect batch of beer, and if they’re unhappy with the final product, then it’s back to the drawing board.
It looks like their methodical approach to beer-making has paid off: Lithology’s Brown Ale was the silver medal winner at the 2016 New York International Craft Beer Competition. Aside from its standout brew, Lithology also produces a savory vanilla porter, a Belgian witbier, a dry-hopped pale ale, a flaked wheat summer ale, and so much more.
The brewery features a tasting room that is having its grand opening this week. Lithology Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.
As its name suggests, Flying Belgian Brewery produces only Belgian-style beers out of its small facility in Farmingdale. And for its co-owners, Mike Scimeca and Kevin Connelly, that’s quite enough.
Scimeca, who handles business end of the operation, says the nanobrewery focuses on how beer could best be paired with food. As such, Flying Belgian already distributes to a half-dozen restaurants on the Island.
Although the beers are mostly fashioned after Belgian brews, Flying Belgian puts their own twist on their concoctions. When Connelly, the head brewer, is brewing up a new batch, he often considers how the beer would compliment a meal, whether it’s steak or pasta.
Flying Belgian consistently has at least two beers in its rotation: Illegally Blonde, a classic Blonde Belgian beer with a darker hue, and Salvation a la Mode, described as a “smooth” honey ale.
You won’t find any IPAs here, however. Scimeca recalled a conversation he had with a restaurant owner who lamented that taps were being overrun with IPAs, and wanted instead to offer a broad spectrum of beers. And that’s where Flying Belgian comes in.
The brewery also delivers its brews to about 10 beer distributors in the area, predominantly in Nassau County. They have plans to expand into Suffolk and Queens. The brewery has been in operation since last November, but it’s already made strides getting its Belgian joys out to Long Island’s craft beer-loving public.
You may have heard about Black Forest Brew Haus’ stuffed dumplings, hot Bavarian pretzels, or its loaded potato pancakes, but it’s the in-house beer that’s making noise around the Long Island craft beer scene.
The German-style brewery, which opened in 1999, offers a full menu, appetizers, entrees, German flare and more, as well as a steady selection of beers brewed on its premises. And as you can imagine, its beer list includes a pilsner infused with German and Czech hops, a traditional German Marzen and the always-popular Hefeweizen.
The hybrid restaurant/brewery, or brew pub, also produces two India Pale Ales: one called the Cannonball IPA, and another dubbed Belligerent Hipster IPA. Not sure if new-age Brooklynites or their brethren appreciate the name, but when it comes to the beer itself, there’s not much to complain about.
The brew haus hosts happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and serves brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It also features live music. Prost!
Brewing small-batch, hand-crafted brews for the hop-heads in all of us, Garvies Point Craft Brewery takes great care in perfecting their blends before distributing it to the masses.
The brewery, which currently does not have a taproom (refer to their website for updates), produces about 1,000 gallons of beer per month. It’s a small-scale operation, but fans rave about their beers. Although they’re only producing a handful of brews, Garvies Point is taking on complicated concoctions: IPAs, double IPAs, Belgian witbier and a delectable porter boasting chocolate and coffee notes (yep, they went there).
Thankfully for all of us it doesn’t end there. Garvies just released its Wunderkind IPA—a “tropical IPA” that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
As of now, Garvies Point is only serving up its beers in draft and keg form.
While some craft brewers dream big of rivaling the likes of Samuel Adams, the boys at Barrier Brewing Co. in Oceanside put the micro in microbrewery, by specializing in self-distributed small batches.
That winning formula allows brewmasters and business partners Evan Klein and Craig Frymark to offer dozens of selections, bringing long lines of loyal fans coming back again and again to their tasting room to try Barrier’s latest creations.
“Brewing for quality not quantity,” is the proud motto of this New York State-certified farm brewery.
Founded in 2007, Barrier was the first brewery to set up shop in Nassau County amid the current craft beer boom. But they had a setback when Superstorm Sandy flooded their operation in 2012, forcing them to close for several months to rebuild. They’ve since bounced back, pouring 50 different beers annually.
Since they’re all about these small batches, however, it’s impossible to pin them down on what could be termed their “flagship brew.” Among their most popular, flavorful, rhyming and alliterative labels have been Lights Out Stout, Beech St. Wheat, Bulkhead Red, Dubbel Down, Barnacle Brown, and Dunegrass DIPA.
Oyster Bay Brewing Co. has turned what was once a sleepy downtown into a hoppin’ North Shore destination, with beer connoisseurs visiting the downtown simply to get their hands on local brew.
The brewery first opened in 2012 in a tiny storefront not far from the more traditional Oyster Bay landmark: Sagamore Hill. But a lot has changed since then. In February, the brewery moved to another location five times the size of their original locale, and is now in the business of canning select beers.
The brewery presently has 6,000-square feet to work with, and it has dedicated much of the square footage to an impressive bar that runs 30 feet in length. Not bad for its two owners, both of whom have day jobs at a local car dealership.
“People would come in for a tasting and maybe a couple of pints and then leave,” Katie Mattner, the tasting room manager and events planner, recently told the Press. [RELATED STORY: Oyster Bay Brewery Brings New Nightlife To A Sleepy Downtown] “Nobody would stay more than an hour or so. But now people are here all night!”
Despite the move, Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is still producing such favorites as Honey Ale and Barn Rocker, the latter of which is dedicated to our beloved Islanders’ former home, Nassau Coliseum, aka “The Old Barn.” The brewmasters also pay homage to their Gold Coast clientele with beers like Muttontown Brown Ale, Sagamore Dark Lager and to local hero Theodore Roosevelt himself, with Rough Rye-Der Rye IPA. Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.
Yes, this is a cidery, not a brewery, but until enough Long Island apple orchards start making so much hard cider that they need a separate guide, Woodside must be listed alongside beer brewers.
The North Fork Hard Cidery doesn’t just serve regular hard apple cider, although that is available, too. They also have variations, such as sweet, apple lemon and cinnamon apple—they’ve also had apple ginger, apple raspberry and apple pumpkin in the past. All that’s in addition to apple wine, apple pie and other apple goods they sell.
“The reception has exceeded our expectations,” Bob Gammon, who co-owns Woodside Orchards with his brother, Scott, told The New York Times. “All our ciders are based on the English-style ciders, so they are less sweet.”
Several local wineries have dabbled with cider, although thus far those productions appear to be one-offs. other apple orchards on LI sell non-alcoholic sweet cider, but so far this is the only one that regularly ferments hard cider and offers it at a tasting room.
Here comes the revolution within the revolution. Operated by six owners who all have an equal share in the business, The Brewers Collective grew out of a home brewers club that came together in 2007. By 2013, however, the club decided it was time let the rest of Long Island in on their little secret, and thus The Brewers Collective was born.
They got their start at the microbrewery incubator in Farmingdale known as A Taste of Long Island, but left for their own space in Bay Shore, which is currently under construction and expected to have its grand opening, tasting room and all, in the fall.
The Collective is a certified New York State farm brewery, using hops grown on the East End and upstate, and they’re in the process of capturing wild yeast in Bay Shore. The Collective is also big on Gruit Ale, which one of its founder, Sarah Dougherty, calls “very ancient.” While rare now, Gruit Ale, which is a mix of different herbs, was once wildly popular.
The Collective had been distributing to about a half-dozen restaurants in Suffolk County when it was operating in Farmingdale. Once it reopens, it plans to brew up to five of its beers year-round and a rotation of seasonal brews. Among its unique beers is a Gruit made with sage, lemon balm and hibiscus.
Fans of Long Island craft beer can’t get enough of Great South Bay Brewery.
With popular brews like Blood Orange and Snaggletooth, a glorious stout, this South Shore brewery has been making waves for some time. Its brewery, located in an industrial area in Bay Shore, attracts droves of beer enthusiasts on weekends. Pay a visit, and you’re likely to find patrons sipping beers amid games of corn hole and foosball.
But mostly people come out for the beer.
The brewery typically has about a dozen beers on tap on any given day, and boasts a wide range of styles: from cream ales and pale ales to stouts and seasonal delights. And with beer names like Sleigh Rye Winter Ale, Candleabrum, Hopsy Dazy and Devil’s Deed, you have to admire their imagination. Great South Bay Brewery is a New York State-certified farm brewery.
Destination Unknown Beer Co., or DubCo for short, may not know where they’re going, but the sky’s the limit for this up-and-coming microbrewery that opened during Long Island Craft Beer Week 2015.
The duo behind this two-man operation is Brad Finn, a high school teacher, and his lifelong friend and co-founder, Chris Candiano, a contractor. They haven’t quit their day jobs, but this certified farm brewery still manages to turn out a new brew once weekly. Their beer can be found on tap at local bars and restaurants, as well as in their tasting room.
“We’re small enough that we can still experiment and take chances,” Candiano told News12 Long Island.
Their brews include Barrel Aged Sonar, Beach Chair Blonde, For Shore Hefeweizen, Mellow Mood IPA, and Sore Thumb IPA.
As anyone familiar with Long Island may have realized after reading the name of this microbrewery, Twin Fork Beer Co. is located on the East End, near the North and South forks.
But their name references more than just their location. It’s also a wink to the owners, Dan and Peter Chekijian, identical twins who founded the brewery in 2014. Their tap handles, found at restaurants across LI and NYC, is a musical tuning fork—a tip of the hat to their father, a classical pianist.
“Music was always a large presence in the family, instilling not only a love of music but also discipline and good work ethic,” the brewers said on their website.
It also clearly provided them with the creativity required to go into the microbrewery business. Although they self-distribute their beer, Twin Forks Beer Co. is still in the process of establishing their tasting room. Check their website for updates on its status.
Founded by a former Long Island Rail Road employee who transformed his garage into a bar—thus the name, “Barrage”—this craft brewery offers nearly two dozen brews with eclectic names like “Famous Last Words,” “One Ryed Monkey” and “Yada Yada Yada.”
The brewery itself is about two years old, but prior to turning his love affair with beer into a full-fledged operation, founder Steve Pominski had been homebrewing for more than 20 years—well before the Long Island craft beer revolution took hold.
Pominski attended the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy in Chicago so he could master his craft, and now he’s taking what he learned at home and from the pros to serve up a wide variety of IPAs, ales, stouts, porters, and more to Long Island’s burgeoning craft beer fan base.
Initially only open to the public for growler fills, Barrage now boasts a tasting room so thirsty artisan beer drinkers can sample beers while taking in the ambiance.
This funky upstart New York State-certified farm brewery got its start at a craft beer incubator known as “A Taste of Long Island,” which was later sold to Lithology Brewing Co.
Lithology, which was also born out of ATOLI, made the space their headquarters and tasting room, but let Tweaking Frog share it, although other brewers that started there have since moved on. In that shared, magical, craft-beer cradle, Tweaking Frog launched its operation and tasting room in 2016.
“I have been an avid home brewer for the better part of eight years, with dreams of starting up a microbrewery of my own,” owner Joseph Curley said in a GoFundMe request for donations to help launch Tweaking Frog. “After a year of focused planning, research, and a lot of luck, I was able to secure a location.”
Tweaking Frog brews, which have started to appear on taps at restaurants on Long Island, include Ribbit Red Ale, their take on an American Red Ale, Raging Pollywog IPA, and (the Miley Cyrus-inspired?) Twerking Blond Ale.
This microbrewery’s beers stimulate the senses, just like the barrier island where it was conceived and for which it was named, but fans shouldn’t expect to find a brewery on Fire Island.
The trio behind these beers was looking for a brick-and-mortar location to set up shop since they founded the company in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped them from brewing up new concoctions while farming the operation out to other brewers. Former investment banker Simon Leonard became a majority owner of the company in 2014, with the founders remaining on as minority owners. While a permanent home has been uncertain, one thing is clear—the beer they brew is a hit.
“The original founders will still have a stake in the company and will be instrumental in helping move [it] forward,” the company said on its blog. “This will include a physical location in Long Island and potentially a sister site in Connecticut.”
Bert Fernandez co-founded the company with his brother, Tom, and cousin, Jeff Glassman, after they devised their first beer at their family’s home in Atlantique, a small, secluded residential community on FI next to a park of the same name, with just one restaurant, The Session Stand, which was the first bar to serve their beer. [RELATED STORY: A Beginner’s Guide To Summer On Fire Island]
This dynamic brewery on the eastern tip of Long Island has risen to such heights that its beer is already being featured in bottles and on tap in New York City, upstate New York, and across the Long Island Sound in Connecticut.
It’s been quite a run for its two founders, whom became buddies in college and bonded over less-than-stellar beer. Now they play host to daycationers and locals alike who visit Greenport for its waterfront access, history, and incomparable seafood spots. But the brewery itself—located in a converted firehouse—has become an attraction of its own. Make no mistake, however, it’s the beer that makes people coming back for more.
The brewery has been such a success that the duo steering the ship have opened a second location in Peconic—which features a tasting room just like its hometown brewery, as well as bottling equipment.
Greenport specializes in a variety of ales, seasonal favorites—fall is not complete without Leaf Pile, FYI—along with porters and Indian pale ales. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.
Beer is in Charlie Becker’s blood. The third-generation brewer decided to go pro and is now walking the same path his grandfather and father followed years ago.
With both family patriarchs in the beer business, it seems Becker found the perfect fit. The only question may be: What took so darn long?
1940’s Brewing Co., founded in 2014, is currently producing about a half-dozen year-round beers, including staples such as Golden Riveter IPA, and I Slip U Fall (double IPA). But there’s more to 1940’s Brewing than IPAs. It also produces a seasonal saison, a German rye, an oatmeal stout, and a German wheat beer. For soccer fans, 1940’s is also known for a English IPA named after the beloved Premier League club Arsenal.
The brewery decided to pay homage to Becker’s family’s beer past by naming the company after the year in which his father graduated from the U.S. Brewer’s Academy.
Don’t let the name confuse you. This Belgian-inspired local craft brewery is in Holbrook, not Saint James. The moniker is a nod to their European-style brews, not the address of the brewery.
Saint James Brewery’s dedication to traditional techniques is matched only by this certified farm brewery’s commitment to only using the freshest local ingredients. That includes hops from Wading River, honey from Mattituck, apples from Northport, their own special strain of yeast, filtered local water and barley grown upstate.
“We believe in the farm-to-pint, the farm-to-table mentality,” Jamie Adams, who co-founded the brewery with his wife, Rachel, in 2012, told Beer Sessions Radio. “We shop at farmers markets ourselves…it was a natural progression for us.”
They even compost their spent barley and hops, then use that compost in their garden, where they grow some of their ingredients.
Since setting up shop, Saint James’ brews can be found on taps at dozens of bars and restaurants across Long Island and New York City.
These brewers share their careers’ inspiration with Spiderman, but instead of a spider bite giving them the power to climb walls, sling webs and fight crime, their superpower is brewing terrific beer.
Founded in 2008, Spider Bite was among the first to set up shop amid the current LI craft beer boom. It was established by Larry Goldstein, a chiropractor, and his mortician neighbor, Anthony LiCausi. They won Best Craft Brewery in New York State in 2012.
Many of their beers have arachnid-themed names, such as Eye Be Use Imperial IPA, Eight Legged RyPA, White Bite Wheat Ale and Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout, their winter release (lil nod there to The Who song?; this one goes up to Entwistle).
Squarehead Brewing Co. takes farm-to-pint so seriously that they grow their own hops in the field next to their Holbrook craft brewery and tasting room, scheduled to open in 2016.
Dave and Brad Jordan, a father-and-son team of homebrewers-turned-microbrewers, gave a nod to their ancestors when naming their certified farm brewery. A squarehead is defined as a person of German, Dutch, Scandinavian or Swedish origin.
“The elderberry clone was one of the first beers,” Dave told Drunk and Unemployed. “We saw the public response, that was like, yup, all in.”
Although they’re just getting underway, since they prefer small batches, they already list about 30 ales, porters, stouts, IPAs and other brews on their website. They include Hippies on The Yip, a Belgian blossom saison; 3 Dollar Bill, a pistachio pale ale; Suite Solitude, a strawberries-and-cream ale; as well as winter ales, an Oktoberfest brew and three different coffee imperial stouts.
The do-it-yourself attitude that the easternmost community on Long Island is known for flows from the owners of the Montauk Brewing Co. like brew from the taps in their rustic tasting room.
Vaughan Cutillo and two of his fellow ex-lifeguard buddies, Joseph Sullivan and Eric Moss, founded the brewery and “gallery tap room”—adorned with Hamptons artists’ abstract paintings and scenic photos—in an old wood-working company showroom in 2012. Their logo adorns a trailer-hitched beach cruiser bicycle, which the trio uses to tow 170-lb. beer kegs to local pubs.
“It’s our Clydesdales,” jokes Cutillo, referring to the team of horses Budweiser uses in their promotions. While pouring 4-oz. samples of his hometown’s namesake beer, he added: “We got pretty lucky to be able to do this here.”
Located just outside of the traffic circle in downtown Montauk, these entrepreneurs arguably run one of the most scenic local craft breweries on LI, with an outdoor seating area that offers views of Fort Pond.
Founded in 2013, Bellport Brewing Co. prides itself on a true “farm-to-pint” experience. The certified farm brewery sits atop a 13-acre hop farm, and uses 20-percent New York-sourced ingredients in its brews with a goal of 90 percent by 2024.
Its head brewer and founder, Brian Baker, got his start as a homebrewer, and developed his skills over time. It also helped that he mingled with craft beer fanatics who make up the Long Island Malt and Beer Enthusiasts group. The home brewing experience, combined with the knowledge of other beer aficionados, helped guide Baker and his two partners to where they are now.
Since the brewery is conveniently located on a farm where hops are grown, it comes as no surprise that the bulk of its beers are Indian Pale Ales. Out of the four beers it currently produces, three are IPAs: South Country IPA, Bitter Thaw, and Very Bitter Thaw. Bellport pays homage to the South Shore village it’s named after by dubbing its only non-IPA brew “Captain Tom’s Porter”—in reference to one of the village’s two founders.
The brewery’s tasting room is tentatively scheduled to open in September.
From the tasting room bar built from reclaimed barn wood to their name, which is a throwback to when Northport village was a sand mining town, this brewery is steeped in history.
Established in a former vintage clothing shop in one of Long Island’s quintessential waterfront downtowns two blocks from Northport Harbor, Sand City Brewing Co. has a lot more going for it than just a great location—they also make delicious beer.
“I’ve always been a hop head,” Kevin Sihler, Sand City’s head brewer, told The Happy Hour Guys, who dubbed him the “hops whisperer.” Sihler explained their mentality like this: “Let’s brew what we like to brew. People will either drink it or they won’t, and hopefully we can educate those people to try new things.”
Sandy City was founded in 2015 by Sihler, Bill Kiernan, and Frank McNally. Less than a year after opening, they were already on taps at restaurants across Long Island.
Although they don’t serve food themselves, a waiter from Tim’s Shipwreck Diner next door comes in to take orders and serve food to patrons at Sand City. Former Northport hellraiser (and King of the Beats) Jack Kerouac would surely have split his time between Sandy City and his infamous haunt Gunther’s, had the brewery been around back in the day. [RELATED STORY: Jack Kerouac” The Long Island Years]
Flagship Beer(s): Oops I Hopped My Pants, Day Drifter
The largest and one of the oldest craft breweries on Long Island is increasingly found on taps nationwide since InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, bought Blue Point Brewing Co. in 2014.
Despite that reported $24 million sale, the brewery’s original partners continue to run the show—the deal really just helped their liquidity and allowed them to tap larger markets. They’re expanding their Patchogue River-front brewery and tasting room, but they still have the same attitude that’s as bold and refreshing as their brews.
“One of the things we say about brewing is it’s 99-percent asshole-free, and I don’t wanna be that one percent,” Mark Burford, who co-founded Blue Point in 1997, previously told the Press.
Of course, Blue Point’s success flows not just from being nice, but also from consistently brewing up great new beers.
The brewery, named for the hamlet just south of Patchogue village where they’re headquartered, wisely co-opted the moniker of another nationally successful LI export, Blue Point Oysters, which go great with a pint.
Brickhouse Brewery has become a staple for Long Island beer drinkers. For more than 20 years, Brickhouse has been serving up pub favorites alongside beers brewed in-house.
The brewery itself is located in Patchogue’s oldest commercial building, which the brew pub estimates was built around 1850. The beer industry has changed quite a bit since Brickhouse purchased the building in 1995. There wasn’t the glut of small breweries there are now, but Brickhouse still finds a way to stand out.
It’s taproom flows with everything from IPAs and cream ales (one of which is soaked in whiskey!) to saisons, and more. The brewery has its own brewmaster, assistant brewer, and employs a craft beer consultant.
And while it’s always producing different varieties, the brew pub does have about four that it considers flagship beers: Street Light, Beowulf IPA, Brickhouse Red and Nitro Boom Stout.
Port Jefferson Brewing Co. 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson. 1-877-475-2739. portjeffbrewing.com
As is this case with so many craft brewing operations, Port Jefferson Brewing began with a home-brewing kit. Sadly, the first beer owner Mike Philbrick produced from the kit was less than stellar. Good thing for us he’s a quick learner.
The former home-improvement company salesman is now churning out some of the best brews on the Island, and his artisan delights can be found at restaurants and bars across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The nautical-themed brewery, home to a cozy tasting room that fills up with people enjoying Port Jeff’s lively downtown, is a must-see spot on any beer tour. Thirsty visitors can stop in for a pint, tasting or growler fill.
Port Jeff mainstays include Schooner Ale, Port Jeff Porter and the H3. Anyone planning to make a trip to the waterfront village should pop in for a pint or two.
Lauri and her moustached husband, Matthew, had been homebrewing for years—sound familiar?—before they decided to pursue their dream job. For Lauri, it took a life coach to inquire about what her dream job would be for her to realize she wanted to brew beer for a living. [RELATED STORY: ‘Hop-Crazy’ & Growing: Long Island Craft Beer Boom Pours On]
Now here they are, brewing a variety of hand-crafted drinks in Riverhead, the undisputed capital of Long Island’s ever-growing beer industry. Beer lovers had been salivating over Moustache’s product even before the brewery opened in 2014. Moustache would sell their brews at the local farmers’ market as they continued to perfect their recipe. It wouldn’t take long for kegs to run dry.
Their trademark beer, Everyman’s Porter, is a remarkably light-bodied porter with hints of roasted coffee. Moustache also produces a delicious Milk + Honey Brown Ale, several other core beers, and seasonal beers, including a double IPA—the first in their “atomic” series. Moustache Brewing Co. is a New York State-certified farm brewery.
If any town on Long Island should be considered the undisputed capital of craft beer, it’s Riverhead.
Tucked in the center of Riverhead’s idyllic Main Street, Crooked Ladder has established itself as not only a craft brewery, but a destination for anyone looking to put back a few cold ones with friends and family while enjoying a night out on the town.
Crooked Ladder has developed more than three-dozen beers since it opened in 2013. Its tasting room typically has eight beers on tap, with the list of offerings varying, depending on the season. For instance, anyone walking into the brewery in the summer may come upon “Summeritis,” a gold-colored summer ale.
If there’s a style of beer that appeals to you the most, it’s a good bet that Crooked Ladder’s brewmasters have put their talents to the test. Its full list of microbrews includes everything from ubiquitous IPAs and ales (red and brown) to saisons, strong ales, stouts, pilsners, and porters. And if you’re looking for a more robust get-together with friends, the brewery also rents out the space for events.
Long Ireland Beer Co., located in an East End neighborhood known as Polish Town, sounds like an international brewing operation, but the owners are as fiercely local as can be.
Greg Martin, who founded the craft brewery and tasting room with his business partner, Ed Burke, in 2011, once saw his salesman kicked out of a bar for asking the bar owner to not have Long Ireland replace a tap occupied by a Blue Point Brewery beer.
“He had said, ‘Well, is there maybe a different beer you’d consider taking off? We know those guys, they’re local guys, we’re friends,’” Martin previously told the Press. He recalled that the owner yelled back: “If you’re not willing to take Blue Point’s lines and be competitive, then you’re not gonna make it in this business!”
Long Ireland, a New York State-certified farm brewery, later recovered the sale when the bar’s patrons kept asking for it. And years later, they’re not only making it in the beer biz, their distribution reach is growing, all the time.
They’re frequently asked, ‘What’s up with that name?’ It came to Martin in the shower while nursing a bad hangover the day after St. Patrick’s Day. True story.
This nanobrewery may operate out of a garage since it was licensed in 2012, but the trio running Rocky Point Artisan Brewers has big ideas about the future of LI’s beer scene.
Donavan Hall, a physicist who co-founded RPAB with his friend, Mike Voigt, and their “mad scientist,” Yuri Janssen, another physicist, envisions a brewery in every LI town, like in parts of Europe. They aim to become a Community Supported Brewery—like Community Supported Agriculture, in which people pre-purchase the harvest of small local farmers.
“We would like to turn Long Island into a very diverse beer culture,” Donavan Hall previously told the Press. “We want people to have a beer in Rocky Point that they’re really not going to get anywhere else.”
They’re too small to have a tasting room, but RPAB’s beers can be found at about two dozen bars, restaurants and beer distributors across LI and New York City.
Their vision of a European-style brewtopia on LI isn’t just the beer talking. The trio helped found the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts, billed as the largest local homebrew club that is like LI’s craft brewery farm team.
Since they’re all about the small batches, they don’t have a flagship beer, but their most popular year-round offerings include Red Saison, Pilsner and Hefe.
Even the smallest town on Long Island was not immune from the local microbrew boom, with Shelter Island Craft Brewery serving especially flavorful brews in its namesake downtown as of 2015.
Among the local ingredients this New York State-certified farm brewery reportedly uses are honey, apples, beach plums and scallops from Shelter Island, plus spices grown in the brewmaster’s garden. The founder, Jim Hull, a former jeweler, derives his recipes from time spent in the kitchen.
“I just like to cook, it’s my passion,” Hull told Long Island Wine Press. “It is like being a chef, but harder.”
Founded in an old insurance office, visitors to the brewery can soak up the aromas inside, or take their beers outside to sit at one of the picnic tables under umbrellas.
Blind Bat may still be on the hunt for a home to nest in, but that hasn’t stopped the prolific beer producers from giving Long Islanders what they want. It’s a go-to on locals’ quality-beer radar, that’s for sure.
Whether it’s at a local farmers’ market, beer distributor, or craft beer bar, Blind Bat fans go to great lengths to get their hands on the brewery’s latest concoction. So far, Blind Bat, which incorporates farm-fresh ingredients into some of its creations, has brewed 30 different beers.
Since its founder Paul Dlugokencky is brewing out of a detached garage outside his Centerport home, all of their creations are not available at once, but fans will be sure to find something delightful no matter what they’re craving. Not only can he brew, but the Blind Bat himself is proficient at coming up with wildly imaginative names for his hand-crafted refreshments.
Our favorite is “Four Eyes Quadruple Ale”—inspired, no doubt, by founder Paul Dlugokencky’s poor vision. As Dlugokencky has proved, you don’t need 20/20 eyesight to have the vision to turn a hobby and passion into an independent business you can be proud of.
Flagship Beer: Hellsmoke Porter
Southampton Publick House 62 Jobs Lane, Southampton. 631-283-2800. www.publick.com
Long Island’s oldest brew-making establishment is more than just a brewery. Southampton Publick House is also home to a restaurant, where patrons can wash down pub food with its award-winning beers, and a hoppening taproom replete with seasonal beers and year-round offerings.
Southampton Publick House is unique in that it’s the only brewpub on Long Island that distributes its delicious creations to stores in the region. Its artisan adult beverages can also be found in beer distributors located throughout the eastern seaboard, plus Puerto Rico.
Publick House is no stranger to accolades. Beer Advocate Magazine named it Brew Pub of the Year in 2003, and its beers have gone on to win several awards throughout the years.
On a typical visit, beer lovers can knock back the popular Burton India Pale Ale, styled after brews made famous in the English town of Burton-on-Trent, the Southampton Double White, similar to ubiquitous Belgian witbiers, and Keller Pils, an old-fashioned lager.
With 41 cases of Zika reported on Long Island and mosquito season now in full swing, lawmakers are urging the U.S. Senate to pass funding to combat the virus before the Congressional summer break.
The bill would provide $1.9 billion in emergency funding bill to expand local mosquito control efforts, develop a Zika vaccine and improve treatment of patients that contract the virus. But if the Senate doesn’t approve the funding before they go on break Friday, they won’t take the issue up again until Sept. 5—seven weeks from now.
“We can beat Zika, but we have to do it now,” U.S Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) told reporters Monday during a news conference at Nassau University Medical Center. “We are here today to ask the federal government to act, and act quickly.”
Nassau County has 18 confirmed Zika virus cases, Suffolk County has 23 cases and New York City has 276 case, according to a July 6 report from New York State Department of Health. Altogether, New York State has 352 confirmed Zika virus case—the highest Zika virus rate of any state in the nation.
The main concern is for the pregnant women to contract the virus due to the risk of birth defects, such as microcephaly. Although officials have not confirmed any mosquitoes to be infected with the virus on Long Island, it’s possible that the 41 on LI who’ve been diagnosed with Zika got it by traveling abroad. It is also sexually transmitted, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
“We know how to eradicate it, but it’s expensive,” Schumer said, noting that some of the money will aid Puerto Rico with eradicating their Zika cases in order to reduce its presence in New York. “We need this signed, sealed and delivered by next week.”
In May, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged Congress to pass the emergency funding package to provide New York State with the proper resources to fight the virus. But the U.S. House of Representatives only passed $622 million out of $1 billion President Barack Obama requested for the emergency funding. The Senate passed $1.1 billion, $800 million below the request.
While the debate continues in Congress, Nassau and Suffolk counties are ramping up their mosquito control efforts for the summer. In addition to spraying and testing mosquitoes for West Nile virus, the counties are also conducting Zika surveillance as well as issuing the usual reminders for the public to remove standing water from outside their home.
“Just a bottle cap full of water can be a breeding zone for the Zika mosquito,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
Zika is believed to be transmitted via the Asian Tiger Mosquito, the same one the transmits the West Nile virus. Mosquito season ends Nov. 30.
“We don’t have an emergency yet. We want to prevent one,” said Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein.
New rules encouraging Nassau County police officers to de-escalate potentially violent confrontations before using physical force against suspects went into effect Friday, although the union that represents rank-and-file officers criticized the policy.
That is one of 15 newly updated policies guiding officers’ use of force. Other new additions include creating a database tracking officers’ use of force, training more officers in the use of Tasers, having officers call animal control when confronting dangerous animals, training officers to identify mentally disabled people who are more likely to assault officers and limiting the use of the carotid restraint, a form of chokehold, to only when there is deadly force being used against a police officer or civilian.
“We are asking [the police commissioner] to delay the implementation of this policy,” James Carver, president of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, said Tuesday. Carver believes de-escalation methods are dangerous to officers by making them second-guess their decisions.
“There’s no reason to delay,” responded Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, who noted that the unions had been consulted while the department was drafting the new rules. “To suggest this would put officers’ lives in danger I think is an overstatement.”
Krumpter said the initiative to update the policies wasn’t in response to a specific case and the revisions began before the national debate over police brutality reached a fevered pitch. The plan to update the policy began after the police department hired the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a law enforcement consultant agency, for $675,000 two years ago following a string of scandals. Carver said the policy changes came at PERF’s recommendation.
Officers received copies of the new policies, on which they are also being trained. The number of patrol officers that have rifles will be quadrupled. And police will no longer use the slapper, a weapon officers used to carry, but they will still use Mace and extendable batons.
The Tasers that are being rolled out will automatically shut off after five seconds for the safety of suspects with heart conditions or those under the influence of drugs. More than 700 new recruits in the department have been trained to use Tasers and 1,800 officers will have them soon. The department already bought the Tasers, but they will not be fully deployed until officers complete the eight-hour training.
“I’m not going to be happy until every officer has a Taser,” Krumpter said.
Counting Crows, the indie-rock band from the San Francisco Bay area, most notable for their hits, “Mr. Jones” and “Accidentally in Love,” are still going strong after 25 years. Before their upcoming performance at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Sunday, July 31, the Press spoke with Adam Duritz, the Counting Crows frontman. He talked about his deep love of music radio, “making it” in the music scene, tiny cardigans, Van Gogh and the hipster agenda.
Long Island Press:A major part of your band is the fan culture that follows you. They’re so interested in exchanging live recordings with other fans that you made it a key element on your website. Why is this so important to fans? Adam Duritz: Because they’re exchanging them, it’s clearly important to them. Also, around the corner from where I’m sitting, there’s an entire wall of bootlegs that I have from other bands. If you love music, you can buy a band’s record. But there’s only so many of them, and once you got those, there’s nothing left. But my recordings are out there, and if you’re a band, your mission is to find more of those. I know how much I love that stuff, so I assume our fans do, too. I have an entire wall of other bands’ live recordings. And that stuff can’t harm you. If you’re good live, I think it’s a good advertisement for a live show.
LIP:You guys are most notable for your improvisation during your concerts. Each show varies. Do you think this furthers your appreciation of what you do? AD: Yeah, and I also think it stops us from hating it. If you’re going to do something for 25 years, several hundred times, you wouldn’t want to do it the exact same way or you’ll hate it. And I don’t want to start to hate my songs because I really love them. But if they were all wrapped up in some obligatory package, where I had to play the same songs every night…There’s just no way I would love it. And I realized that early on. On the very first tour, I thought to myself, ‘I want to do this forever, but I know there’s no way I’m going to want to do it the exact same way forever.’ And then we started changing things up every time, from the beginning… I mean, you don’t ever come to a Counting Crows show where we’re phoning it in because we’re bored and we don’t want to play those songs that night. The truth is, if we don’t want to play those songs that night, we won’t play them. Since we’re doing exactly what we want to do, we’re totally into it every night.
LIP:What do you remember about the last time you played on Long Island? AD: I think it was just last year. We played at The Paramount in Huntington, so it was recent. I don’t remember a great deal, but I’ll tell you what I do remember: Three or four years ago when we were at The Paramount, Mean Creek was opening for us, and we found a small sweater backstage. It was this small girl’s cardigan. And at first I thought it was Aurora’s, [Mean Creek’s guitarist] so I brought it to her, but it wasn’t hers. Then Sam, our drum exec, claimed it was his. He took his shirt off and he put on this tiny girl’s cardigan and pranced around the back of the stage. Every time I’m in The Paramount, I get this horrible memory of Sam, this bulky guy with a huge beard, in a little girl’s cardigan.
LIP:You are credited with writing all the lyrics to the tracks on Somewhere Under Wonderland, your most recent album, which was released in 2014. Where do you find your inspiration? AD: Somewhere in my head. [He laughs.] It’s just all about how I feel. All true stories, in that it’s how I feel, but it’s not like they’re diary excerpts about exactly what happened. They’re often some combination of something that happened with what I’m feeling… None of the stuff on this album is stuff that actually happened. It’s more fiction based around real feelings.
LIP:Has being from the San Francisco Bay area influenced your sound? Do you think it contributes to your improvisation? AD: Oh, I don’t know that anyone else was doing it. I guess the Grateful Dead were, but this is a different thing. Maybe the most important part, actually… When I was a kid growing up in the Bay area—and I know if you ask some other guys in the band from that area it’s the same story, this is something we all shared, whether we knew it at the time or not—there was a radio station called KSAM. It was the original, free-form, FM radio station. They played the [Rolling] Stones, followed by the Sex Pistols, P-Funk [Parliament-Fundadelic], followed by Miles Davis, followed by Elvis Costello, George Jones. They played every kind of music imaginable. So, for me, I grew up thinking rock and roll was just rock and roll. Music was just music. There wasn’t punk, alternative, classic rock, modern rock, jazz…It was just music. It broke my heart when I found out that there wasn’t anything like KSAM anymore… We grew up listening to music…just music. It was never “right” or “wrong” or “bad” or “cool.” Just music. I think that had an effect on a lot of the things we play.
LIP:Do you feel like this generation is different because they label themselves with certain genres to keep up or be hip? AD: Ever since the days of Lester Bangs—a great writer about music—he loved music, but he also hated some music. And as much as he’d write a story about how he loved Van Morrison, he would write a story destroying James Taylor. While he was very knowledgeable about music, a lot of today’s music journalism has become about what sucks… Musicians really aren’t that way at all. Musicians just tend to like music. But a big part of fandoms and journalism, to me, is the idea of what is cool and uncool. After a while, if you’re all just wearing flannel and Doc Martens, you’re not Kurt Cobain! It doesn’t make you cool ’cause you’re dressing like that. And I saw Nirvana live. They’re fucking amazing, but it used to blow my mind that writers would talk about the latest fucking guy in flannel and Docs being cool, when he’s completely copying someone else’s thing! It’s repetitive. I guess a big part of journalism is making everyone cool. I mean, now we’re in that “reversed” part… Now, hipsters are uncool, and we call someone a hipster when they’re a dip-shit… By the way, there’s no quicker way of doing something than to have everyone doing it.
LIP:Are there any misperceptions about Counting Crows that you’d like to clear up? AD: No! I’m sure there are millions of misperceptions, but I just don’t care. Whatever. It doesn’t matter. I’m sure people think we suck, which isn’t true since we’re amazing, but whatever. The records are all there. If you really want to figure something out about us, listen to our records. A bunch of the misperceptions is just people who listen to other people who tell them something and they believe it. I mean, if you listen to someone else that easily, you certainly aren’t going to be convinced by me. Nor am I interested in convincing you. People are going to say stuff about you—they’re going to say things about you—things that just aren’t you. They’re going to make something up because they don’t know you. But that’s life. There’s nothing you can do. It’s just part of being famous.
LIP:Is ignoring what other people say the best way of staying true to yourself? Or are you going to change naturally because of fame’s influence? AD: Neither. I’m very interested in reading criticism of us. That doesn’t mean I think they’re right. It’s actually rewarding for someone to put so much thought into your art—I appreciate that. But by the time you’re reading about someone critiquing your work, that work is done, so it can’t affect it. To me, we’ve always done what we wanted to do… We’ve never worried about avoiding failures; we just do the things we love. Just go do the things you love… I think no one actually knows how to be successful. If you got yourself here just by doing what interests you, you should continue like that. I mean, if you listen to someone tell you how to be successful, it’s always what they did last time. Truth is, nothing is ever going to be successful in art. You should always just do the art for yourself… Van Gogh didn’t sell an entire painting in his entire lifetime. And his paintings are more expensive now than [almost] anyone else’s! So, at some point, he could have decided not to [paint]—go make shoes or something. But no one knows how to be successful, or what will [succeed in art]. It’s hard to see it as anything other than luck.
LIP:Do you feel like you’ve “made it”? AD: The moment you do something you like. I don’t know what making it would even be. There’s a level we’re at that’s rare. There are plenty of bands that are more successful than us—Bob Dylan, The Stones, REM—but I’m not sure any of that has to do with making it. Take Alex Shulton—who’s a star now—but at the time, he was in a failed indie band. Did he make it? I don’t know what making it is. I mean, Van Gogh, like I said. That makes him the biggest failed indie band ever! Very early on in our career we played the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies. I think we’re the only unknown band ever to play there. We played for Van Morrison because he didn’t want to come. So I started my career at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame instead of ending it there, which is what you usually do. At the time, I was like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re destined for later!’ Now, I know we’re not going to get there, and I don’t care. First of all, we were all right there. [Laughs.] Second of all, I’m not sure the people who make those decisions, I don’t know if their opinions are important to me. I’m not sure anyone’s is, except for mine, or my friends, or my peers. I don’t know what “making it” is, but I think we made it.
LIP:Why did you choose to go down the music path? AD: My mom hated this answer, but another reporter asked me once what I would be if I wasn’t in a band, and I said unemployed. I am a musician. When I was a kid, I didn’t know what I was wanted to do. When I was 18, I cut class one day and wrote a song. And every day after that, I sat at a piano and wrote a song. The moment I wrote that first song, it was like I mutated into something different. Like, I was a songwriter. Before that, I was a kid who didn’t know who I was. And I’ve always been a songwriter since. And it had been a while since I had any monetary success with that. But before any of my friends knew what I wanted to be in life, I knew I was a songwriter. I was ahead of them there, and then I kind of fell behind them when they all got jobs…But I leaped ahead when I became a rock star. Then I fell behind when they had kids and families. But, anyway, from that moment on, I knew I was a songwriter… I just do it because it’s who I am.
LIP:Do you ever think about what your life would be like if you weren’t involved in music? AD: Yeah. Part of the fallout of having the success that I do have means there are other areas in my life that I left unattended. Relationships, families, those were things I didn’t have. Maybe I would have moved toward that earlier if it was a priority. But then, maybe I wouldn’t have done this. I think most about the relationships I would have had if I had forced myself to prioritize back then, more than in terms of jobs. But then again, I wouldn’t be here now.
Featured Photo: Striking Copper unleash powerful, soulful, infectious blues-folk at 89 North in Patchogue July 9.
Never Shout Never
Never Shout Never is an indie-punk band from Joplin, Missouri. The lead singer, Christofer Drew Ingle, has revealed in sonic detail many facets of his musical talent throughout the years, his most ambitious being 2015’s Black Cat. Ingle, who set foot in the music scene at age 16, is known for his relaxed and laid-back songs with deep, emotional lyrics, such as “What Is Love” and “Fone Tag,” might strike an emotional cord with listeners, while his past hits, including “Happy” and “Can’t Stand It” will have them grinning ear to ear. Opening the show are Hundred Handed and Me Like Bees. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 7 p.m. July 7.
Stephen “Ragga” Marley
Son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, Stephan “Raggamuffin” Marley, is a six-time Grammy Award-winning artist. In 2012, Stephen Marley won Best Reggae Album for Revelations Pt. 1- The Root of Life. His next album, Revelations Pt. 2- The Fruit of Life, is set to drop July 22. Marley was previously a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, who brought home three Grammy Awards for Best Reggae Album. This show also features Jo Mersa Marley, Rica Newell, Ranoy Gordon and Nicholas Laraque. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$85. 7 p.m. July 7.
John H. Johnson
President and CEO of Edgeworth Economics, professional economist, and author John H. Johnson will be speaking and signing copies of his new book Everydata: Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. July 7.
Lee Brice looks a little like the English tough-guy action-film star Jason Statham, only with a scruffier beard and a baseball cap on backwards. It’s no surprise, then, to learn that Brice attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. Born in 1979 in Sumter, South Carolina, Brice is a Billboard-chart-bustin’ country music singer who tells it like it is about love and work. Take the title of his newest album, I Don’t Dance. Or how about his song “Upper Middle Class White Trash”? When he’s dispensing lessons on his hit, “Drinking Class,” we sit up and take notice. But he’s probably best known for his “Love Like Crazy,” which was a huge hit for 56 straight weeks. This singer/songwriter is truly an American original, and Tennessee is lucky to have him—but it’s good that those Nashville cats let him loose now and then so he can come play here on our humble Island. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$85. 8 p.m. July 7.
Suite 111 and Nicolina
New on the scene, Suite 111 and Nicolina are an up-and-coming pop group. Suite 111 consists of two artists, Lauren Hirsch and Dan Conway. The band will soon be opening for Jesse McCartney at a sold-out show at Madison Theatre. They have performed with famous artists, such as Kendall Schmidt of “Big Time Rush.” The Long Island-based group is known for its intimate acoustic performances, as well as memorable gigs with larger bands. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $10. 8 p.m. July 7.
The star of the critically acclaimed one-man show on Broadway “Long Story Short,” the off-Broadway hit “Unconstitutional” and the upcoming one-man show “The New York Story” is bringing his act to Long Island. The Brooklyn native went from stand-up comic to TV host and a stint on Saturday Night Live before embarking on his latest projects. McGuires Comedy Club, 1627 Smithtown Ave., Bohemia. mcguires.gov.com $22-$52. 5 p.m. July 8-9.
A tribute to Elvis Presley’s Las Vegas show of the ’70s, complete with a full horn section! The Elvis impersonator, Justin Shandor, has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, and on the front page of USA Today. This is widely considered to be the world’s greatest Elvis show! Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. July 8.
The frontman for G Love & Special Sauce, known for ’90s hits “Stepping Stones,” “Rodeo Clowns” and “Astronaut,” has made its impact on the world with its unique, laid-back sound. As one of the premier alternative hip-hop bands, attending this show should be a must on all alternative music lovers’ bucket lists. Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall, 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $20-$23 8 p.m. July 8.
Lettuce *POSTPONED TO JULY 14*
Lettuce has been performing classic funk for more than two decades. Their unique blend of hip-hop, psychedelia and funk makes lettuce stand out in their genre as an ongoing experiment. Lettuce released their latest album, Crush, in 2015. The band describes the album as being very open in terms of style, while staying true to its funk roots. The band intends on paying homage to classic rock artists, ’90s hip-hop, and classic funk. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$25. 8 p.m. July 8.
Vans Warped Tour
The nation’s longest-running annual music festival returns with its traveling freak show of pop-punk artists. This year, the lineup consists of a solid, mutant hybrid of punk, metal and rap artists, including: New Found Glory, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Good Charlotte, Sleeping with Sirens, Tonight Alive, Pepper, Sum41 and Yellowcard, just to name a few of the roughly four dozen bands scheduled to perform on multiple stages. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $44. 11 a.m. July 9.
Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina by way of Long Island (mostly Seaford), and touring in support of their debut full-length Mirror, Striking Copper crafts blues/folk the way it ought to be: raw, powerful, infectious, “I-can’t-stop-my-feet-from-groovin,'” straight-from-the-very-soul. Fronted by twin-sister redhead firebrands Allie Donnelly and Jacquie Lee—with guitarists Matt Donnelly and Dan Bennett, bassist John Stewart, and drummer Frank Cacciutto weaving sonic tapestries that range from seductive, smoky jazz and transcendental blues to explosive, hellfire rock—this is a band not to be missed, especially at a venue as intimate (and local) as 89 North. Think Zepp and Janis Joplin downing shots of firewater before joining Hendrix and Joni Mitchell onstage for a late-nite/early-morning jam session with Syd Barrett. Yeah. In other words, a must-see. With Space, The New Students & Mild Things. 89 North, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89NorthMusic.com $10. 7:30 p.m. July 9.
Long Island Hot Dog Festival
Calling all weiner fans! Amateur cooks, professionals and those who simply love hot dogs will love this event, which includes a hot dog-eating contest, best gourmet dog contest, worst and best tattoos, pin-up contest and live music. Bring the family and come with an empty belly, because all those hot dogs aren’t going to eat themselves! Mike’s Bar and Grill, 742 Middle County Road, Selden. thelongislandhotdogfestival.com Free. 12 p.m. July 9.
This local songstress and Blues Hall of Famer has toured the world and shared stages with the likes of Dave Mason, Poppa Chubby and the Soul Brothers in her 20 years of singing her signature style of blues. Rounding out her eponymous band is guitarist John Haseth, drummer Sal DeVitto and bassist Robert Jack. Check out their album, Pamdemonium, and groove, groove, groove way past dawn! Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. July 9.
Sinatra Swings into Summer
This promises to be a night full of dancing and the music of the legend Frank Sinatra. The 19-piece New Millennium Big Band presents an elegant evening of swing and fun! The show will feature all of Sinatra’s summer classics and will make you feel as if Sinatra himself is the one performing. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $35-$39. 8 p.m. July 9.
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
Long regarded as the Godfather of the Jersey Shore Sound, John Lyon, better known by his stage name, Southside Johnny, is an American original. Growing up in Ocean Grove and graduating from Neptune High, he followed in Bruce Springsteen’s shoes, running down the boardwalk, hitting the high notes, and laying it low with that bluesy soulfulness that only he can croon. It helped that Steven Van Zandt, the Boss’ compadre, penned Southside Johnny’s signature song, “I Don’t Want to Go Home.” And yes, that’s Southside and the Jukes performing as a bar band at the frat party in that action-packed classic Adventures in Babysitting. The guy’s been doing it right and working his ass off, and we’re lucky to have him around, keeping it real. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $10-$50. 8 p.m. July 9.
Originated in London in the early ’60s, The Yardbirds took the world by storm with hits including “For Your Love” and “Heart Full of Soul.” Their legacy as one of the fastest-rising, most successful bands ensured that The Yardbirds would continue to impact people globally for decades to come. Even today, The Yardbirds have the power to shock musicians and fans alike with their unique, one-of-a-kind music. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $50-$55. 8 p.m. July 9.
This tribute band covering the influential 1970s British rock band channels the spirit of the late, great, Freddie Mercury. The four-piece band brings Queen back to life by featuring all of their music in a high-energy show. Dressed like the original band, Almost Queen gives its audience an authentic Queen experience you will never forget! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $24.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. July 9.
Sublime With Rome
Eric Wilson, the original bassist for Sublime, collaborates with singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez to perform the band’s ska hits—”What I Got,” “Santeria” and “Doin’ Time,” to name a few—in place of the late lead singer, Bradley Nowell, who died of a heroin overdose 20 years ago last month at the age of 28. Like-minded reggae rock bands Tribal Seeds, Dirty Heads and Bleeker Ridge open the show. Chill out for the day and listen to your favorite ska hits and check out our recent interview with Rome. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com. $29.50-$79.50. 6:30 p.m. July 10.
This American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter began in Nashville, released his first EP in ’82, broke through into stardom with his popular ’86 album Guitar Town, and has not surprisingly won three Grammy Awards since. One of his best-known studio albums, Copperhead Road, perfectly shows Earle’s flawless fusion of heavy metal and bluegrass, two genres that had never before been mixed together. His most recent album, Terraplane, peaked at the top of as The Most Popular Blues Album on the U.S. Top Blues Albums list in Billboard. The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. stephentalkhouse.com $100-$115. 7 p.m. July 10.
Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa
What better way to celebrate the progressive jazz and rock music of the legendary Frank Zappa than a devoted tribute band led by his devoted son, Dweezil? There is no better way, dear mothers of invention. (Whoa, do you see what we did there!?). The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. July 10.
Def Leppard / REO Speed Wagon / Tesla
Rejuvenate your love for ‘80s new-wave English rock. After the popular release of their newest self-titled album, Def Leppard is kicking off their national tour with REO Speed Wagon, the hard-rock heroes who gained commercial success in the ’60s, and Tesla, whose “Love Song” isn’t easy to forget. And why would you want to? This is sure to make an incredible show. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $25-$150. 7 p.m. July 11.
Michael McDonald is bringing some soul to the Island and he’s ready to sing his heart out for fans both old and new. He’ll be performing his solo hits, as well as songs from his past projects, like the Doobie Brothers’ classic, “Takin it to the Streets.” Come hear the legend himself and kick off the summer concert season with the best. You won’t be disappointed. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50- $99.50. 8 p.m. July 12.
VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe
An investigation by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of the most controversial figures in medical history, into how the Center for Disease Control destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a purported link between the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. This alarming deception has allegedly contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Guest speaker Jonathan Landsman, the host of NaturalHealth365.com, to follow. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. July 13.
Yiannis Chryssomallis, also known as Yanni, is a Greek composer, keyboardist, pianist and music producer, whose 18th contemporary album, Sensuous Chill, reached audiences around the globe when it was released last January. Yanni mixes electronic synthesizers with live, symphony orchestras. He is known as a global artist for his employment of musicians from many countries and styles. He has said many times that universal spirituality inspires his music. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary experience. Nikon at Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45-$139.50. 8 p.m. July 13.
Long Island International Film Expo
For all the movie lovers, the Long Island Internatoinal Film Expo is a must-attend event. The festival is known for featuring films from countries all around the world and is known to attract a celebrity presence. Films vary from documentaries to short movies to movie trailers, and the subjects covered are even more diverse. These films will make you laugh one minute, cry the next, and scream a little later. Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore. longislandfilmexpo.com $8-$110. Runs through July 21.
–Compiled by Olivia Booth, Kate Nalepinki, Leo Capobianco, Michael Bakshandeh and Timothy Bolger.
Former All-Star Jose Reyes made his return to New York earlier this week and was serenaded by beaming Mets fans at Citi Field who greeted the oft-injured infielder with a thunderous standing ovation.
Reyes’ return comes after a 52-game suspension for a domestic violence incident last October involving the 33-year-old infielder’s wife. The details are gruesome: EMT’s were called to Reyes’ home after the then-former Met had allegedly pulled his wife out of bed, choked her and thrown her into a glass door.
As a result of the incident, the Colorado Rockies chose to place Reyes on waivers despite the large sum of money still owed to him as they pursued trade opportunities. No suitors came calling, thus Reyes became a free agent. Apparently the Mets couldn’t resist the temptation to rekindle an old, albeit burnt-out, flame.
“We believe he deserves a second chance to return to our organization,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, adding that the once athletic shortstop had undergone MLB-mandated counseling.
Reyes came up with the organization and spent seven seasons in Queens before leaving in free agency for the Miami Marlins, a division rival. He had subsequent stops in Toronto and Colorado before coming home to New York.
The ugly fact of the matter is that this isn’t about second chances. It’s about wins and losses in a sport, a game. If the Mets had four infielders playing at a high level, Reyes wouldn’t have been given this blessing, he’d still be an unclaimed free agent.
The warm reception fans gave Reyes also reeks of this disturbing truth that doesn’t seem to go away: those in the sports realm only care about what men and women do in the athletic arena.
On Tuesday, as Reyes stepped into the batter’s box for the first time since being suspended, Mets fans opted to brush over the attack he committed on the mother of his children. There was no voice to remind the sports world of the alleged assault just eight months ago.
It’s a reaction that should be viewed as a proverbial slap in the face to victims of domestic violence everywhere.
“I find it (the fan reaction) extremely disheartening and disturbing,” said Gretchen Shaw, Associate Director for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We as fans have a responsibly to say:Look, this is not OK. Especially with something like domestic violence that is so fueled by apathy.”
Advocates for victims of domestic abuse weren’t the only ones to speak out. New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the Mets’ controversial signing of Reyes “outrageous” as she lambasted professional sports teams for prioritizing wins and losses over the lives of women.
“It’s outrageous how little women’s lives seem to matter when someone can throw a baseball really hard, wins Super Bowl’s, or has a good jump shot,” Mark-Viverito said in a statement.
“Domestic violence kills thousands of women every year and it’s time professional sports actually takes it seriously. The Mets should be ashamed. We need to be better.”
Reyes, who went hitless in his first game back with the Mets, emerged unscathed from a fanbase that could be relentless at times when they’re dissatisfied with a player. But the media did not let him off the hook.
Prosecutors in Hawaii, where the alleged assault occurred, dropped domestic abuse charges against Reyes after his wife declined to cooperate with authorities.
“I’m a human being, and human beings make a mistake. Nobody is perfect,” Reyes told reporters before his Citi Field debut Tuesday.
While he’s been apologetic, that doesn’t change the facts of the incident. This is not the first time an accused domestic abuser has apologized, nor will it be the last. Moreover, it’s common for domestic abusers to be repeat offenders. The American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence cited a study on its website from 2000 that said 41 percent of reported domestic violence offenders committed another assault within a 30-month period.
Reyes has said all the right things. He’s donated money and time to anti-domestic violence coalitions. He’s attended more than the mandated amount of counseling. The fact remains, though, Jose Reyes did nothing to be cheered, nothing to be revered. He did exactly the opposite.
Mets fans have let him, and the organization, off the hook.
Although the domestic violence charges were dropped, Reyes now has a reputation that will follow him for the rest of his life: a wife beater.
But as long as Reyes can keep that batting average up, in the eyes of Mets fans, he’s forgiven.
Aries – Jupiter in your 6th house – take a fresh look at health, exercise, and nutrition. The press of activities may have interfered with your well-being. A period of rest can bring a feeling of rejuvenation and additional vitality. Avoid lifting heavy objects, let others serve you this month.
Taurus – Jupiter in your 5th house – material rewards increase as a generous person enters the picture. You’ll be wined and dined, entertained and treated to the luxuries of life. Attractive and colorful new attire help you make a great impression. This could be a prime romantic time – enjoy it!
Gemini – Jupiter in your 4th house – home becomes the center of your efforts and affection. You’ll come to grips with secret fears and resolve a situation. Flowers, music, art or gourmet cuisine are in the picture. You can lighten the load for someone with many cares. Libra and Taurus people play key roles.
Cancer – Jupiter in your 3rd house – a family member wants you to be sure you’ll fulfill promises and obligations. Focus on routine matters, tasks, and upkeep of property. Preparation for social events that are coming up is needed – follow through on your original intent. An Aquarian plays a major role.
Leo – Jupiter in your 2nd house – the day of financial reckoning has arrived. Focus on budgets, economy, and details of previous transactions. See how much you have spent recently. You’ll provide a steady anchor for a mate, partner or associate who needs reassurance. Conservative moves are best.
Virgo – Jupiter in your 1st house – release restrictive ideas concerning money and use of talents. You can have a brighter future if you enlarge your personal potential. Completion of an old project helps you prepare for bigger things, a large audience. An Aries figures prominently.
Libra – Jupiter in your 12th house – your intuition is right on target and cold save the day if you listen to your feelings. Someone close to you is looking for attention – be aware. Moody behavior is only a cover-up for a feeling of being unloved. The gift of food or another special treat will help.
Scorpio – Jupiter in your 11th house – a party in your local area will provide the good times you seek. A sense of comedy is emphasized; you’ll need someone to share laughs with. If shopping for gifts, don’t go overboard in extravagance – it’s the thought that counts. The lucky number is 3.
Sagittarius – Jupiter in your 10th house – delineate responsibilities and improve conditions at home. A personal hobby turns into an important artistic outlet. Involvement with children later in the month provides special pleasure. You’ll gain through patience, kindness and diplomacy. The lucky number is 6.
Capricorn – Jupiter in your 9th house – your home takes on a note of excitement, anticipation and variety. High vitality will enable you to complete many projects in record time. Take advantage of a chance for travel; welcome those arriving in town. Romance figures prominently.
Aquarius – Jupiter in your 8th house – take advantage of the high lunar cycle to gain greater prestige, recognition, money and love. The urge for power is a prime motivating factor. Realize that power involves responsibility also. Someone at the top of the ladder shows you how.
Pisces – Jupiter in your 7th house – restrictions lift in regard to pleasure. You’ll attract change, travel and variety. Communication with a member of the opposite sex will aid you in transformation of views about life. Get to the heart of a mystery regarding a loved one. The lucky number is 5.
IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.
Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 yrs. old learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Namaste. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org