The 2018 NY Cocktail Expo Gets Ready to Come To Mulcahy’s In Wantagh, NY On Sunday, May 20th

The 2018 NY Cocktail Expo Gets Ready to Come To Mulcahy’s In Wantagh, NY On Sunday, May 20th

This Spring the Third Annual NY Cocktail Expo returns to Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall on Sunday, May 20th! (Ages 21+)


Session 1 General Admission: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Session 1 VIP: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Session 1 Elite VIP: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Session 2 General Admission: 5pm – 7pm

Session 2 VIP: 4pm – 7pm

Session 2 Elite VIP: 4pm – 7pm

The NY Cocktail Expo is jam packed with amazing exhibitors this year! This Expo brings together cocktails and craft spirit tastings from some of the best cocktail bars on Long Island along with up and coming craft spirits while listening to great music and hanging out with friends!

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This will be a tasting adventure like no other. Exhibitors at the event will include Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Don Q Rum, Elijah Craig, Larceny, Pama, Domaine de Canton, Death’s Door Spirits and Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur! Grab the new Elite VIP admission and you can have exclusive early tastings from these exhibitors and many more!

Cocktail bars that will be showcased will include Rust & Gold, Hush Bistro, Treme, Vaux Hall, Radio Radio, The Brixton, Blackbird’s Kitchen & Cocktails, Jacksons, Salt & Barrel, Babylon Carriage House, Queens Bully & Grotta Di Fuoco! (Subject to Change)

Some Craft Spirits that will be showcased are: One With Life Organic Tequila, Wheatley Vodka, KOVAL Distillery, Copper & Kings American Brandy Company, and more!

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NY Cocktail Expo Details

Package Type: Time: Includes: Price:
General Admission 1:30pm – 3:30pm -Entry at 1:30pm

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

$45 (21+)
VIP Ticket 12:30pm – 3:30 pm -Exclusive VIP early entry tasting hour at 12:30

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

$60 (21+)
Elite VIP Ticket (Only to 40 Guests!) 12:30pm – 3:30pm -Exclusive VIP early entry tasting hour at 12:30

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

-Private Elite VIP ONLY AREA

$75 (21+)
General Admission (Session 2) 5pm – 7pm -Entry at 1:30pm

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

-Best cocktail award ceremony

$45 (21+)
VIP Ticket

(Session 2)

4pm – 7pm -Exclusive VIP early entry tasting hour at 12:30

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

-Best cocktail award ceremony

$60 (21+)
Elite VIP Ticket

(Session 2;Almost Sold Out!)

4pm – 7pm -Exclusive VIP early entry tasting hour

-1 spirit/cocktail tasting from each exhibitor

-Best cocktail award ceremony

-Private Elite VIP tasting room with specialty spirits

-Private Elite VIP ONLY AREA

$75 (21+)

Purchase VIP or Elite VIP tickets to get private tasting room with specialty spirits (VIP ONLY)! You will also get to enter the event an hour early for an exclusive tasting hour!

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 This highly anticipated event is truly authentic and a great experience to have with friends. Venue is located directly across from the LIRR station in Wantagh

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Haiti Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert to Be Held at Jamesport Meeting House Saturday, November 19th

The Event–Sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Bellamy Brook, Frank DiStefano of Michelangelo of Mattituck, and Stefano DiBenedetto of The Hang Productions–Will Raise Money for Dr. Brook’s Health Clinic in an Effort to Help Those Displaced by Hurricane Matthew

November, 2016 (Jamesport, NY) — Following the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti–which killed hundreds and left 800,000 without food and thousands more homeless and displaced–a Relief Benefit Concert is being held on Saturday, November 19th, 4PM, at Jamesport Meeting House (1590 Main Rd, Jamesport NY) to help support the recent efforts of Riverhead-based Dr. Bellamy Brook through, who recently traveled to the health clinic he helped set up in 2014. With help from the Kindest Hearts Foundation, the event will feature great live music and entertainment from the incredibly talented Cass Dillon, Kim Vogels, Mariel and more, with complimentary wine and Italian delicacies to be served.

With Dr. Brook’s health clinic (which was opened in a school building, located in a village that otherwise has little access to healthcare or education) one of the few structures left standing in the village, which was devastated by Hurricane Matthew at the beginning of the month, they are in dire need of donations to help those affected. “We’re currently using it as a shelter, because a lot of people were displaced from their homes,” Brook explained.

It is the second time in six years that a natural disaster has inflicted widespread death and destruction on the island country, one of the poorest in the world. Hurricane Matthew struck just as Haitians were beginning to recover from a catastrophic earthquake in 2010, which left more than 100,000 dead and millions more affected.

“People are forced to create their own shelters out of metal, tin, cardboard, sheets – and they make cities out of them,” Brook said. “I know poverty here at home can be pretty bad, but what you see in Haiti is something you’ve never seen before.”

Benefit Concert performer Cass Dillon is a multi-instrumentalist and producer as well as an acclaimed songwriter who recently was chosen by Billboard Magazine as one of their favorite unsigned songwriters. Lately, he has produced several studio records of different genres. His first major release was written by Billy Joel and titled “Christmas in Fallujah”. Joel wrote the song after receiving many letters from military service members serving in Iraq but chose not to perform it because he “thought it should be somebody young, about a soldier’s age.” Dillon came to Joel’s attention through his longtime musical director Tommy Byrnes and artist manager Stefano DiBenedetto with whom Dillon had been working. Also performing, Singer/Songwriter/Actress Kim Vogels has been attracting plenty of attention with her unique blend of “Gypsy Folk Rock” from Long Island’s East End all the way to the Big Apple. Having recently released her debut EP “Native”, which Skope Magazine called “somewhat flawless”, she also appeared on live TV performing for Verizon FiOS’ “Rick’s Rising Stars”. Finally, the incredible talent of Mariel–the 14-year-old singer/songwriter who caught the attention of Grammy winning producers and is quickly proving to be a rising star in the music industry–will be showcased as she continues to spread positivity and tell stories that leave listeners with strong messages from anti-bullying to changing the world.

With such a great lineup of musical acts supporting Dr. Brook’s incredible humanitarian efforts in Haiti, this is one event that is not to be missed on Saturday, November 19th, 4PM, at Jamesport Meeting House (1590 Main Rd, Jamesport NY).

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Bridgeview Yacht Club is Celebrating 20 Years

And Their Newest, Most Unique Waterfront Venue for Weddings & Events is About to Open!


“The Loft By Bridgeview”

Island Park, NY

This Chic Loft Space with Soaring High Ceilings and Waterfront Views Will Leave Your Guests with a Lasting Impression.

Spacious & Versatile So You Can Celebrate in Style.

September, 2016 (Island Park, NY) — This coming Spring, 2017, one of the most exclusive, elegant, and chic Wedding and Event venues in the tri-state area–The Bridgeview Yacht Club–will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with the unveiling of a BRAND NEW FACILITY: The Loft By Bridgeview at 80 Waterfront Blvd, Island Park, New York 11558!

Bridgeview specializes in celebrating one special event at a time in their elegant waterfront estate. Guests can privately enjoy strolling through the lush gardens and spacious courtyards. The facility features a Nantucket styled cocktail room that precedes your reception in their majestic ballroom, all nestled dockside where you can enjoy the truly unique atmosphere their waterfront offers.

And now with the addition of The Loft, a new affordable space created for today’s more financial cost-conscious clientele, guests can enjoy a smaller, contemporary facility designed to meet their needs while still keeping those important elements of beauty, class, and sophistication.

The Census Bureau projects that 2.3 million couples wed every year in the US. That breaks down to nearly 6,200 weddings a day, and with so many venue options available it can often become an overwhelming task trying to find the perfect place to celebrate your special day. The Loft and its amazing staff hope to alleviate those frustrations by providing quality wedding packages that ensure your special day is nothing short of what you’ve always dreamt it would be.

Gone will be the days of travelling to distant locations for “rustic” off-beat event spaces when The Loft will offer an even more picturesque alternative with all of the charm and beauty one could ask for.

As they gear up to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, The Loft By Bridgeview is excited to welcome all interested in this great new venue for your wedding, birthday, bar/bat mitzvah, club, or live entertainment event!

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Tocolo Cantina Brings Perfect Combination of Music and Fine Cuisine with “Thursday Night Music Club at Tocolo” Featuring Bryce Larsen EVERY THURSDAY

Inspired, Sophisticated, and Refined Modern Mexican Restaurant Welcomes American Idol Alum Bryce Larsen Performing Thursdays, 7-10PM

Garden City, NY (September, 2016) — Garden City’s Tocolo Cantina has continued to bring the absolute best in Modern Mexican cuisine to The Gallery at Westbury Plaza since its 2014 opening, and with its recent inclusion of LIVE MUSIC through their “Thursday Night Music Club at Tocolo” they’re excited to welcome acoustic/americana/soul artist Bryce Larsen performing EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT 7-10PM at 920 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530!

Larsen uses live-looping to combine guitar, vocals, and beat boxing, creating an entirely new take on the “one man band.”

The American Idol alum is known for the versatility of his repertoire, singing the hits and cult favorites from every era and every genre, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Bryce makes it a point to create an experience for his audience by constantly conjuring new versions of popular music, linking songs together and building huge looped soundscapes before your eyes that are worthy of a stadium performance.

Bryce’s most recent original release, “Here’s to You,” is a full length, independently produced album that was funded through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign that raised over $24,000. He used the money to spend three months in Nashville, TN, working with producer Freddy Wall at the legendary Dark Horse Studios.  You can find “Here’s to You” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and at any of Bryce’s shows, alongside a CD titled “best of the Bar,” his constantly changing collection of live cover song recordings.

More About Tocolo Cantina:

Tocolo Cantina serves refined, modern Mexican food in a friendly, high-service, and casual atmosphere. The restaurant space was designed to merge the modern elements of a California eatery with those of a Mexican cantina to create a warm and inviting feel.  It is fit with encaustic tile, copper walls, a lively bar in the center of the room, and a hydraulic garage door that forms an outdoor canopy when opened.

All great Mexican food begins with the tortillas and masa, and the Chefs take great pride in preparing these items fresh every day resulting in flavors that perfectly accent the different tastes of each dish. Tocolo’s menu incorporates both traditional Mexican fare and their own modern interpretations of customary dishes. The menu’s mix of small and large plates, as well as its two large communal dining tables, hopes to inspire long celebrations over food.

Brand new menu items include the Banana leaf wrapped Mexican baby back ribs- Slow cooked in banana leaf and rubbed with a secret mix of cascabel chile, paprika and other seasoning, and served with a house-made jicama and red cabbage slaw; Shrimp and spinach Enchiladas- chipotle marinated shrimp sautéed with fresh spinach, minced garlic and house-made green chorizo, rolled with Oaxaca cheese in corn tortilla and finished with a green tomatillo salsa and romaine lettuce, and now on weekends the Lobster Tacos- Butter poached lobster served on a bed of roasted corn, queso fresco, watercress, cilantro and chipotle mayo.

Since no great cantina is complete without a lively bar and lofty cocktail program, Tocolo Cantina promises to deliver the best margaritas and sangrias around. The bar offers delicious specialty drinks, as well as a large selection of premium tequilas and mezcals. New cocktails also include the Grilled pineapple margarita- fresh grilled pineapple muddled and served with Marstro Dobel Humito smoked tequila, and the Tocolo Old Fashioned- Pyrat Rum, Pinocillo and Vanilla syrup, Drysac Sherry, Angostura bitters.

Lunch Happy Hour is everyday 12pm to 5pm, and features a Prix-Fixe lunch special! Every Tuesday is “Taco Tuesday” with amazing deals at the bar and high tops all night long. Authentic Mexican Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11:30am, featuring items such as Tres Leches French Toast, Huevos Rancheros and Benedict Zope.

Rated “Excellent” by The New York Times and “Very Good” by Newsday, the bar/restaurant strives to deliver the best Mexican food on Long Island!

Open for lunch and dinner daily!

With inspired, sophisticated, and authentic modern Mexican food accompanied by great LIVE MUSIC for “Thursday Night Music Club at Tocolo” from the incredibly talented Bryce Larsen , an exceptional dining experience awaits at Tocolo Cantina: 920 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530!

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Saturday, August 13th, 2pm-7pm, Flynn’s Fire Island, NY



August, 2016 (Fire Island, NY) –Following 2015’s expansion to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, and Chicago, Corona’s event series Electric Beach has established itself as a leader in the EDM space bringing world-renowned DJs including Paper Diamond, SNBRN, Chromeo (DJ Set), Jillionaire of Major Lazer,Grandtheft, Bag Raiders, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, AN21, TWRK,  Ape Drums, Craze, Astronomar, and more to cities across North America.

Saturday, August 13th will mark Corona Electric Beach’s debut event on NY’s Fire Island. From 2pm to 7pm, Electric Beach will take over seaside venue Flynn’s for a day party that will be headlined by none other than world-renowned DJ/producer A-Trak, with support from producer and A$AP Ferg DJ TJ Mizell, Wonder, and DJ Just Joe. The 21+ event is free with RSVP to cebatrak [AT] For table reservations, please reach out to Flynn’s by email or phone: flynnsfireisland1927 [AT] || (613) 583-5000



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After spending years as Kanye West’s tour DJ and consigliere, he founded the celebrated record label Fool’s Gold in 2007 and developed the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus. With its string of releases and parties, Fool’s Gold broke down bygone rules of the record industry, paving the way for anew wave of independents and helping to make North American electro a dominating force. As a Grammy-nominated producer, A-Trak’s seminal mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” marked an entire generation’s introduction to dance music. Duck Sauce, his irreverent collaboration with Armand Van Helden, flipped the bird to chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous “Barbra Streisand”, electronic music’s first true viral music video. A-Trak easily segues from working with EDM’s elite to revitalizing rap superheroes, launching Federal Reserve with Cam’ron and Low Pros with Lex Luger. He casually picked up 3 VMA nominations along the way.


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Labeled as a musical melting pot, or better yet a DJ’s DJ, TJ Mizell brings together musical royalty with the fusion of electronic and hip-hop modernism. An early adopter of the art of turntablism, TJ Mizell is a rare breed of artist whose blood is destined for a life in music. Learning from his father, the late Jam Master Jay of RUN DMC, TJ Mizell has harnessed these skills and mastered his own craft. An eclectic style that is part Hip-hop, part electronic, Mizell has already worked alongside many superstars of both the dance and hip-hop industries. He has made it his mission to share his healthy obsession with quality music with as many people possible. Mizell has collaborated with numerous artists, including (MIA, A$AP FERG, Just Blaze, DJ Scratch, RUN DMC, A-TRAK). If he isn’t practicing or producing, you can find the trendsetting TJ Mizell skateboarding the streets of Manhattan or on tour as the official DJ of A$AP FERG.


An Open Format Club DJ, Just Joe rocks parties with all genres of music from Hip Hop to House Music. He’s rocked parties all across the country from NYC to LA, and has been a sponsored DJ for GUESS Clothing, DJing at stores in the New York area.



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Known for bringing a fun in the sun vibe to legendary dance clubs, Electric Beach is an EDM-focused concert series sponsored by the legendary alcohol brand Corona

Following 2015’s expansion to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, and Chicago,  Corona’s event series Electric Beach has established itself as a leader in the EDM space bringing world-renowned DJs including Paper Diamond, SNBRN, Chromeo (DJ Set), Jillionaire of Major Lazer, Grandtheft, Bag Raiders, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, AN21, TWRK,  Ape Drums, Craze, Astronomar, and more to cities across North America.

By creating an authentic on-site consumer experience, Electric Beach is a party atmosphere synonymous with the laid-back music entertainment produced all over Mexico’s Beaches. “This is a party experience that is not only about the DJ but also about the ambiance.”


A Monthly Series from Actor/Magician Patrick Terry Showcasing an Underground Vaudeville Experience with a Rotating Cast of World Renowned Variety Artists

New York, NY (July, 2016) —  On Saturday, July 30th legendary NYC venue The Cutting Room will present “Wondershow”, a monthly series produced by magician and actor Patrick Terry! With a rotating cast of new performers each month, each production is uniquely different from the last with new acts and new ways for audiences to be astonished and awestruck. This month’s performance will feature magicians Elliot Zimet (America’s Got Talent) and Matthew Holtzclaw (Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”), martial-arts comedian Master Lee (Showtime at The Apollo), and comedian Harrison Greenbaum (Last Comic Standing) hosted by Lauren Hope Krass!

More on WONDERSHOW’s Upcoming Featured Performers:

Elliot Zimet is unparalleled in the world of magic and illusion. His fresh approach to his material is incomparable. Audiences have been captivated watching his appearances as a semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent where judges exclaimed, “You surprised me. Your style was cool, and the audience loved you!” Recently he has been featured on Ryan Seacrest’s AXS TV- “AXS Live”, CBS – “The Early Show” and VH1 – “Big Morning Buzz Live”.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Elliot found great inspiration in New York City’s rich culture of music and fashion. When Elliot saw his first magic show at the age of nine, he knew that magic was to be his life. He has gone on to amaze audiences throughout the country from Madison Square Garden, to the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. In the Fall 2012 Elliot starred in his own off Broadway show, which had an extended run in Times Square NYC. He toured with “The Greatest Show on Earth” – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and “The Most Interesting Show in the World ” for the Dos Equis company. Major brands and corporations such as the Grammy’s, People En Espanol Magazine, JC Penny, MAC, BMW and Macy’s have enlisted Elliot’s artistry.

Matthew Holtzclaw is one of New York City’s most in-demand entertainers and consultants, and has been recognized as one of the top performers and technicians in the world of magic and special effects. Matthew’s company The Artifice Group offers a fine selection of the best magicians working today; each unique and perfect for any type of gathering. Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “…UNFORGETTABLE, AND UNLIKE ANYTHING ELSE ON TELEVISION.”

William Lee started out busking as a juggler before turning to stand-up in the early ’90s. At the time, Lee estimates that there were only a handful of Asian comics working the club circuit. There, he was able to start turning stereotypes inside out: “Here’s my Bruce Lee impression,” he’d tell a crowd before blankly staring back at them. For Lee, those years of work paid off, though, as he netted appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Showtime at the Apollo and Comic Relief, not to mention a cameo on Sesame Street.

Harrison Greenbaum began performing stand-up comedy while studying psychology and English at Harvard.  A summa cum laude graduate, Harrison was the co-founder of the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (or “Harvard College SUCS,” as the group’s name is cheekily acronymized), the first organization at Harvard dedicated to the performance and appreciation of stand-up comedy and one still popular on campus today.

Now living in Manhattan, Harrison has quickly become one of the most in-demand comedians in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year and thus leading both Time Out New York and the NY Daily News to call him “the hardest-working man in comedy.”  One of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch,” Harrison has also received many awards and honors for his comedy, including the Andy Kaufman Award (2010) for creativity and originality in comedy, the Shorty Award in collaboration with Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival for “Best Emerging Comic” (2011), and the Magners Comic Stand-Off (2011). On television, Harrison was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (for a clip, click here), AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games, was a regular panelist on CurrentTV’s Viewpoint, and has appeared on MTV, SPIKE TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel. Behind the scenes, Harrison was a producer for Primetime: Would You Fall for That? on ABC (which premiered in 2013 to over 3.5 million viewers) and a story producer for VH1’s This is HOT 97, and was the warm-up comic for Katie, Katie Couric’s daytime talk show on ABC.

Lauren Hope Krass (HOST) is a New York based performer and writer who has won awards for her stand up (Charleston Comedy Festival) and her playwriting (College of Charleston.) She has been featured in many festivals and performs regularly around the city. She hosts a monthly show, “Laughter School Special” at Q.E.D. in Astoria.

To enjoy what Broadway World has called “The Most Perfect Date Night” and what AXS gives “5 out of 5 stars” and “Cannot recommend highly enough” come down to The Cutting Room Saturday, July 30th for WONDERSHOW (Doors Open 7PM, Show at 8PM)!

WATCH: The Cutting Room Presents WONDERSHOW

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More About The Cutting Room:

The Cutting Room is keeping alive a New York tradition of live music that began even before the Swing Era, with the Supper Clubs of old, and continued through the Rock N Roll generation and beyond.

Steve Walter is the manager and prime owner, and the actor Chris Noth is an investor. “He gets the fan mail, I get the bills,” Walter jokes in an interview. But Walter is serious about his club, the music, and keeping alive New York as a place of real, honest-to-goodness live music.

Over the years, The Cutting Room has hosted some of the biggest names in music: Neil Young, Donovan, Buddy Miles, Judy Collins, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and Alanis Morrisette. Alexa Ray Joel made her debut at The Cutting Room, while her proud parents, Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, looked on.

The Cutting Room’s current location, at 44 East 32nd Street, is its second incarnation. It has been there since January, 2013. The venue is larger, with a bigger kitchen, more tables, better acoustics and larger food selections. The Cutting Room opened in November, 1999, on West 24th Street.

But Walter acknowledges the city is different than the one he started in almost two decades ago. Many of the live clubs have been driven out by astronomically high New York rents. A younger generation is now more interested in computerized music and DJs. The Internet has also taken its toll, with free music for all.

So how does The Cutting Room keep its doors open?

“It’s events and parties and the generation that still likes live sound,” said Walter, a guitarist from his youth who was graduated from the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. “The corporate events, the food, and the music keeps them coming,” he said.

The Cutting Room has also begun serving Sunday brunches, a virtual religion in New York.

His 7,000-square-foot venue with its 18-foot high ceilings makes for excellent acoustics, which is something not too many other places can boast of anymore. “That’s why we’re still getting the top talent,” Walter said. “There’ not much else like us around these days.”

Walter, who grew up in Asbury Park, N.J., and was highly-successful in selling womens’ garments before opening his music club, said he is trying to keep alive the edge that New York City had decades ago.

“Sometimes I feel like a blacksmith,” he said, referring to an antiquated trade. But those feelings vaporize when some of his talent takes to the stage and the audience feels the music. He recalls fondly when Joan Rivers brought the crowd to its knees with her sharp jabs at New York society and the crazy life in the Big Apple. And, there was the time in April, 2001, when Sheryl Crow made an unadvertised appearance with Kid Rock.

The Cutting Room does not intend to be among them. “We’ll be here, keeping the lights on and letting the live music flow,” Walter said. “We keep getting the major talent.”

Second Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival Saturday, July 23rd Celebrating Community & Music with Live Performances, Music Workshops, Community Jams, Art, Food & More!

Event at Heckscher Park, Huntington Village Will Feature Drumming Legend Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker (Brecker Bros.), Charles Neville (Neville Bros.), Michelle Coltrane, Melissa Aldana, and Others TBA


June, 2016 (Huntington, NY) — On Saturday, July 23rd 12 noon – 10:30 PM (Sunday, July 24th rain date), The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in conjunction with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council will be staging an all-day, affordable, family-friendly festival of live music and music workshops in beautiful Heckscher Park, Huntington Village. “Building Community through Music” is this year’s theme as the event celebrates the legacies of music giants John and Alice Coltrane, who lived in Dix Hills. The Festival will host workshops, master-classes, community jams and live performances for all ages and levels.  World class Live music performances, including jazz,  funk, blues, hip-hop, gospel, electronic music and jamband will be featured, with top local music talent on display. Local arts and food are included this year along with many opportunities for young musicians to play with professionals. With the recent announcement that Tri-State Cadillac has stepped up as Title Sponsor for the event, other corporate sponsors and vendor booths will be available to the public as well.

People may know about Coltrane’s transformative impact on the world of jazz, where he has achieved nearly god-like status. What most people don’t realize is the incredible and acknowledged influence John Coltrane has had on the non-jazz world. From rock, to pop and R&B, world music, rap and hip-hop, Coltrane’s influence has been tremendous. Here are just a few bands and musicians who have credited him with having been extremely influential: the Doors, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Carlos Santana, John McLaughlin, Eric Clapton, Bono and U2, Allman Brothers, Mos Def, Rakim, Gil Scott Heron, Common, Flying Lotus, Audioslave, the Byrds… the list is nearly endless. “When you think of the long solo for extended periods of personal expression, think Coltrane,” says Ron Stein, President of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills.

Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the second annual Coltrane Day Music Festival will raise funds for the restoration and transformation of the home into a cultural center and park and support ongoing and expanded education and outreach programming focused on empowering young people and fostering creativity. This is consistent with the late Alice Coltrane’s stated goal for the Home, to “Inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the making of music and the creative process.”

The significance of the Home as the residence of not one but two great African American artists and furthering the Coltrane Legacy cannot be overstated – music which impacted music lovers worldwide and inspired musicians across music genres and cultures, including rock, hip-hop, classical, and Indian and African artists.

The “Friends of the Coltrane Home” — aka “The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills”
— hopes that this event can be a boon to the region’s awareness of the Coltranes’ legacy and furthering the organization’s goals. Last year’s event celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of “A Love Supreme” – John Coltrane’s iconic masterpiece composed at the home. According to Stein, “This year’s theme — “Building Community Through Music” – reminds us that nothing brings people together and connects us like music. Creating an event where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy listening, participating, and developing an appreciation for the incredible gifts the Coltranes have left us is a special opportunity anyone who loves music shouldn’t miss.”

The Day’s Events:  

The Coltrane Day Music Festival offers something for everyone, including jazz, funk, blues, electronic, hip-hop, gospel and more with a tremendous lineup of headline talent. Featured artists include jazz and funk trumpet giant Randy Brecker (of Brecker Brothers fame), Charles Neville (Neville Brothers) who will bring his New Orleans sound into town, Firey String Sistas! featuring Nioka Workman and Mala Waldron- both daughters of jazz giants (bassist Reggie Workman and pianist Mal Waldron) who performed and recorded with John Coltrane, award-winning Downbeat baritone sax winner Gary Smulyan, sax phenom Melissa Aldana and jazz vocalist Michelle Coltrane (daughter of John and Alice Coltrane). The day culminates with jazz drumming legend Roy Haynes – who played and recorded with John Coltrane – and his Fountain of Youth Band (as part of the Summer Arts Festival).

While headline performers continue to be announced, highlighted local bands will also be on display including jam band The Electrix, with music to include gospel and more.

The workshops and community jams, huge successes at last year’s event, are sure to be highpoints once again as musicians, young and old get to sit in with peers and professionals in a supportive environment. Workshops for a wide range of ages and skills will be available, including funk, blues, hip-hop, electronic music, songwriting, with the Coltrane Home’s Legacy Education Project workshops in percussion and music improvisation in full swing as well. Community Jams – enormously popular last year – are coming back this year in jazz, funk, and blues. Coaches will also be available offering one-on-one assistance to aspiring musicians. Additional information will be announced in the coming weeks and pre-registration for workshops is strongly encouraged.


Full List of Workshops Offered:

– Percussion I, II

– Music Improv I,II, III

– Hip-hop/Rap

– Electronic Music

– Songwriting

– Improvisation Master Class

– Girls-Only Music Improv
(w/ Nioka Workman & Mala Waldron)

– Funk

– Blues

– Vocal w/Michelle Coltrane

Community Jams:

– Funk

– Blues

– Jazz

Said Stein, “Kids were telling me last year that this was one of the best days of their lives. Other older folks were telling me this was better than Woodstock. The smiles last year were unbelievable!”

Building on last year, local performers and members of high school and college bands will also take the stage, as a special stage is being set up to highlight local music talent. The organization is hoping that this is an element that will be greatly expanded. “There is so much incredible local music talent here just crying for an opportunity to be heard. We need to help that along,” says Stein.

In celebration of Alice Coltrane’s impact as an accomplished and highly influential female jazz and Eastern spiritual music artist, a commitment to encouraging and supporting women instrumentalists, composers and improvisers is an integral part of both Coltrane Day 2016 and the mission of the Coltrane Home. Accordingly, the day will feature women artists in multiple settings including a women’s musical collective performance and a workshop geared towards female music students of all ages. A women-only headline ensemble is soon-to-be announced.

This year’s event also offers other family-friendly amenities. Food vendors will be offering a variety of food and beverage items, an artist booth (working with the Long Island Arts Alliance), highlighting the creative work of local arts will provide a new and exciting area of interest. Artists of different levels will also be drawing and painting during the day. Adding to the attractions will be sponsor booths, and hangout areas where musicians can jam and work with coaches in the beautiful Heckscher Park setting.

So come join in the celebration as the Second Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival kicks off Saturday, July 23rd 12 noon – 10:30 PM (Sunday, July 24th rain date) at Heckscher Park, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743! Admission: Under 18, free; adults – $10 (requested donation). VIP packages available.

For More Information, Contact:

Rick Eberle |

516-­729-­6872 | rick [AT]

Backup  Contact :

Ron Stein

rstein [AT]

631 223-1361

516 635-9719 (cell)

More About The Coltrane Home:

Fifty years ago, Coltrane’s opus work, “A Love Supreme”, considered by many music enthusiasts and jazz critics to be among the most influential pieces of music of the 20th century, was composed at their Dix Hills home. The Coltranes moved into the Home in 1964. (After John’s passing in 1967, Alice sold the Home in 1973 and moved to Los Angeles.) The Home was slated for demolition until jazz enthusiast and Dix Hills resident Steven Fulgoni helped publicize the significance of the property. In 2004 an outpouring of support from around the world, including letters from Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, and many others persuaded the Town of Huntington to purchase the property and convert the site into a park. The Home was placed in the hands of “The Friends of the Coltrane Home in Dix Hills” – aka “The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills”.

According to Stein, saving and restoring the Home is the right thing to do. “John Coltrane is revered as a music god across all music genres, generations and around the globe. It’s as if Beethoven had composed his Ninth Symphony right here on Long Island. People around the world will recognize Dix Hills, Huntington and Long Island as the Home of John Coltrane. This place is a Long Island gem.” Continues Stein, “His legacy is more than his music. His desire to use music as a force for good, his embracing of diversity, his kindness, and his work ethic and commitment to excellence set an inspirational model for all of us.”

The Home is also a national gem. In 2011, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Home as one of the “Eleven-most Endangered Properties” in the United States, a designation only given to properties deemed to have critical cultural importance. Since that time, the “Friends” have made many improvements to stabilize and repair the Home, but much more needs to be done. The Coltrane Day Event will provide an opportunity for the Home to announce a major capital campaign to create a Cultural Center on the beautiful site.

The dual mission. The Coltrane Home has a dual mission: a) restore the Dix Hills Home and create a state-of-the art museum and inspirational learning and cultural center at the site, along with a beautiful park environment, and b) develop its Legacy Education Project to help encourage young people to engage in the creative music making process, and improve communication and life skills. The theme of the program is “Music for Life”.

2016 also marks the 51th anniversary of the Town of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council’s Summer Arts Festival, and is testament to the importance of Huntington’s commitment to arts and music.  The Huntington Arts Council is assisting The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills to present the Music Festival. The day’s program is also partially funded by a Suffolk County Community Arts grant from the Department of Economic Development and Planning.

The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills hopes to attract all members of the Long Island community and beyond to this event. As Alice Coltrane has intimated in the past, this is about bringing everyone together to make, and enjoy music.


The Cadillac Tri-State Dealers are proud to sponsor the 2016 Coltrane Music Festival. A leading luxury automotive brand since 1902, Cadillac is in the midst of global expansion and elevation today.  Cadillac’s early history was redefined by series of achievements and firsts in technology and design, propelling it worldwide fame as a premium brand.

In recent years Cadillac has refined itself, driven by new products with exhilarating performance and expressive design.  Cadillac continues to embark on a new wave of product expansion to further strengthen its position as an iconic luxury brand.

“ The New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Tristate Cadillac dealers are proud to be the lead sponsor of the Coltrane Day Music Festival and part of a fun-filled family day of music, food and art. The Tristate Cadillac dealers have been long time supporters of the arts with a special emphasis on Jazz. Cadillac dealers believe strongly that Jazz is America’s true original art form and the business community has an obligation to support, nurture and help preserve this truly valuable National American Treasure. The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills and its Coltrane Day Music Festival are an important step in both honoring John Coltrane, one of the greatest Jazz legends and in helping promote the principals and ideals
that both John and Alice Coltrane exemplified.” – Sam Fox, Tristate Cadillac Dealer Association