Advanced Screening of BANG! The Bert Berns Story in Port Jefferson

By Vincent Ball Afro-Cuban rhythms blared through the speakers while pictures of a Jewish songwriter strumming on his acoustic guitar flashed across the screen. That songwriter was Bert Berns, and attendees of Port Jefferson’s Theatre Three on Monday, April 24, had the opportunity to learn about the man behind some of pop music’s most time-honored…

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Vinyl finds buyers in young generations

By Bria Ellis At 7:52 a.m. on April 22, a line wrapped around the building. A little girl in a sparkly blue top reached for her father to pick her up. Two teenagers raised their phones to take a selfie while an older man leaned against the wall, waiting for the door to open. They…

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Smithtown Township Arts Councils Tries to Keep Jazz Alive

By Diamond Bridges Jazz filled the room of the First Universalist Church of Southold as a tall, lanky man with a beard paced the stage–his back toward the audience. The man’s focus was on the young kids with instruments, as he called on each child to improvise a four-count solo. Don Fisher remembers his first…

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DJ Lessons Turn the Tables on Self-Teaching

By Jasmin Suknanan Blue lights flashed across the carpeting. Green and purple strobe lights appeared and disappeared across the walls and ceiling. A tall man wearing green plaid and a black band t-shirt bobbed his head to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” blasting through the speakers. The song faded into another tune, and…

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Long Island Musicians Impacted by Streaming

By Guneet Singh Sal Fratto put in months of work jotting down lyrics and strumming tunes on his guitar. But he knows that he and his band are only going to make pennies per song. About 51 percent of the revenue in the music industry now comes from streaming, according to a report published on…

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Latin music brings culture to Long Island

By: Dyondra Wilson Palm trees and vintage Havana-themed decor mapped out the room as Cuban spices and music filled the air. Customers of varying ages and ethnicities sang and danced to JuanMa Morales latin band, Sonido Costeno. Havana Central, a Cuban-oriented restaurant chain, served up live salsa and Latin music Saturday night at Roosevelt Field…

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Classical Music in a Beautiful Historic Setting

By Chereese Cross With a cello tall enough to reach her collarbone, Kumhee Lee walked to the front of a small room in the Emma S. Clark Library and sat on a chair to play her instrument for the small crowd before her. An elderly lady very eager not to miss anything, stood up to…

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2017 New York Guitar Show & Exposition Took Place in Freeport

By Rongyi Zhang Staring at the guitar in his hands, Jim Wysocki cannot stop recalling his close friend, Les Paul, a guitar legend and great inventor who passed away in 2009. Exhibitors and vendors gathered in the Freeport Recreation Center on April 22 to participate in the annual New York Guitar Show and Exposition. The…

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Budget cuts impact young musicians

By Korinne Utting The hallway at Smithtown West High School was empty, aside from Serena Weiss. She paced back and forth in front of room 241 in a black dress, her violin clutched tightly in her right hand. On April 20, Smithtown West High School hosted a New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Solo…

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