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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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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Keeping The Beat on Long Island

By Dara Smith On May 21, Northport Park will be hosting Springfest, a free, all-day music and arts festival which will feature a drum circle event called Djembe Movement. Djembe Movement is a community drum circle Rich Rivkin organizes, which is open to anybody. In addition to Springfest, Rivkin says he’s produced 39 festivals over…

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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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