RECAP: 2016 Gold Coast International Film Festival

The Gold Coast International Film Festival wrapped up its festivities on two weeks ago on November 15th. The week long festival was filled wit interesting Q&A’s, screenings, and the attendance of many stars.

Some of the highlights from this year’s festival include:

  • Two screenings of Joe’s Violin featuring different Q&A’s after each one
  • Screening of On the Map and a Q&A with international basketball star and Goodwill Ambassador Tal Brody
  • Two sold out screenings of The Salesman

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  • the Long Island premiere of Miss Sharon Jones, the award-winning film about the legendary R&B singer and performer Sharon Jones who passed away last week from pancreatic cancer.

For more information and highlights from the event as well as pictures, click here.

Zebra- Hammerheads Reunion at Long Island’s Mulcahy’s Pub

Club Loaded always has exciting events lined up at some of Long Island’s favorite bars and venues. Coming up in the New Year, Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall will be hosting a night of classic, 80’s rock n’ roll starring ZEBRA- A Hammerheads Reunion with Vixen opening up for them.

The band started out doing covers and quickly evolved their sound, eventually landing a deal with Atlantic Records through which they released their debut album in 1983.

The special event will consist of the band performing their debut album in its entirety.

For more information, see this link.

For tickets, click here.

 

Helping Out After the Hurricane- Benefit Concert in Jamesport, NY for Hurricane Relief in Haiti

This coming weekend, performers will come together in Jamesport, NY in support of Hurricane Relief after the recent destruction that occurred in Haiti.

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Artists Kim Vogels, Cass Dillon, and Mariel- among others- will come together at an evening of food, drinks, and music to support the efforts of Riverhead-based doctor, Bellamy Brook who set up a health clinic in Haiti in 2014. Brook traveled to the clinic in light of recent events and has seen first hand the poverty and poor conditions that the people of Haiti have been living in only made worse by two natural disasters hitting the island close together.

It’s always refreshing to see musical artists help out however they can. And why not attend? There are complimentary drinks, delicious Italian food, and great music- all for a good cause.

More info can be found here.

Long Island Music Hall of Fame Induction THIS WEEK!

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame has recently announced the addition of more inductees, honorees, and presenters. The ceremony will take place this Thursday, November 3rd.

The LIMHoF honors music and artists in Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties. I think it’s great that the Long Island area has a resource for celebrating music and creators that come from here when they excel in their fields and it’s exciting to see more people announced!

A few of the inductees, honorees, and presenters included in this year’s ceremony include Sandy Pearlman, Steven Van Zandt, Carter Burwell (a personal favorite of mine), Vince Giordano,  and Brian Koppelman.

More info can be found here.

Billy Joel’s Music to be Required for Long Island High School Students Participating in Piano Competition

On November 10th, Grace Music School will celebrate its grand opening by hosting a press conference and a competition featuring high school students playing the music of Billy Joel’s album, “Fantasies and Delusions”.

The competition will give students the chance to showcase their talents and the winner of the competition will walk away with a $1000 prize as well as the opportunity to perform at the highly regarded Carnegie Hall!

This is a very exciting event honoring not only the Long Island born legend, Billy Joel, but young talent in the local area, too.

Separate grand opening celebrations will also take place on November 12th and 13th.

Visit www.gracemusicschool.com for more info.

Halloween Weekend has Arrived- Last Chance to Go to Long Island’s Scariest Haunted Houses!

October flew by and Halloween weekend is already here! And you know what that means- last minute costume ideas, empty shelves at the Halloween store, too much candy to even eat, and long lines at haunted house attractions. As for that last one, those lines will be totally worth it.

Scream LI’s four Haunted Houses will be frightening guests all weekend as they have throughout the Halloween season. It’s everyone’s last chance to visit Chamber of Horrors, Darkside Haunted House, Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse, and my personal favorite, Schmitt’s Family Farm’s Haunted Mansion of Melville.

With fair prices and special ticket offers (like combo tickets) it’s hard to pick just one. Each venue puts its own flare on their haunted attractions. If you can, check out at least one of them!

For further information on Scream LI or any of their haunted houses, visit www.screamli.com.

Have a safe, scary, and happy Halloween everybody!

This weekend, I was able to get back to one of my favorite Long Island spots, Revolution Bar and Music Hall. Friday night the venue hosted a handful of acts, ranging from acoustic and soulful to pure rock n roll and classic, upbeat pop.

Vista (pictured in the second of the 2 pictures below) brought vibrant, loud energy to the room with their vocalist’s powerful voice and wild dance moves. Her charisma really held the audience’s attention and made it hard not to check them out.

The headliners of the event, The Weekend Riot, showcased their ability to not only write their own catchy tunes, but put their own special twist on popular covers. They made the audience laugh and just as well brought a palpable, fun energy into the place.

Revolution is a great venue for bands like this. It gives locals a chance to perform in front of the headlining acts plus helps build exposure for the artists. I’m definitely looking forward to the next time I head out to Amityville for a show!

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