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Can you believe it took us until now to come up with a cool name for the event, like “Seaside Soiree”? Well, that’s all because we were too busy making sure it was an awesome event with delicious food, spectacular music and one-of-a-kind atmosphere to focus on a name. But now it’s all together. So, to celebrate Sheepshead Bites’ third birthday and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first Seaside Soiree – a waterfront party with free food, cheap drinks and live music!

Remember to come down Saturday night, June 18, anytime between 8:00 p.m. and midnight to party with fellow readers. As we previously mentioned, we’ve got food from Bassett’s Deli and Caterers and Cupcake Kings, and the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus has generously offered use of their beautiful pier and bar (serving $3 beers!). Pinto Novelty (2118 Avenue X) has thrown in some fun freebies to light up the night.

As for music, we’ve got the Penniless Loafers opening at 8:00 p.m. Penniless Loafers is an eight-piece band playing an hour-long set of ska and indie rock. And, hell, they’ve got horns. Lots and lots of horns! (Actually, I think it’s just two. But how many horns does your band have?) You can listen to some of their music here.

Following them we have Nelson F. & Friends (Ralph F., Mike K., Sparkie, Gary G., Stevie, Freddie F. and Barney). Veterans of the local music scene, they’ll be switching performers in and out for the rest of the evening with a variety of takes on good ol’ rock music. Want to see what I’m talking about when I say a variety? Check out these two songs, performed by Nelson F. & Friends:

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Once again, the party is Saturday night, June 18, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue, at Nostrand). You can see our Facebook event page here.

This is a totally free event, though we are asking for a $5 donation at the door to be used to replenish our freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to provide more original reporting about Sheepshead Bay. The event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to come and enjoy.

A set of about a half dozen bands will be rocking out at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club this Saturday for the 18th Annual Holiday Reunion.

The show is put together every first Saturday after New Years by Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla. The concerts are a big hit with the community, hosting several bands including Favilla’s “The Resstock Review.” All of the bands come from Brooklyn.

It’s a great bargain for a good show; $5 cover and the booze are served at club prices, about $3 to $4 a pop.

The show is open to the public, and tickets can be bought at the door. The club is at 3076 Emmons Avenue, and you can call (718) 891-0991 ‎ahead of time for more information.

Chicks with guitars are hot. Expect to see this and more at Jamsterdam. Photo courtesy of Circadian Clock

We let organizer Samantha LoSapio tell you all about Jamsterdam yesterday. But for those not paying attention, Samantha put together an extraordinary showdown of local bands to rock the outdoor venue of Asser-Levy Seaside Park tomorrow. The festival kicks off at noon, and we got the entire schedule of bands here.

Remember – this is a benefit concert to raise awareness of autism, supported by Autism Speaks. It’s a great cause, and all the bands deserve to be recognized for coming together for this purpose (not to mention Samantha, who put it together against all odds).

Full schedule, with band links, after the jump.

Downhouse Lounge at 250 Avenue X (off McDonald Avenue) is importing some German rock weirdness tonight.

BudZillas blend punk rock and swing with traditional klezmer beats and instruments. The German band is playing the Gravesend bar for one-night only. This sounds like an awesome event, and more of the kind of weird, fun music I’d love to see take over Sheepshead Bay.

Check out the band’s Myspace page to get a sense of their music. Or just watch this video of one of their performances:

Where: Downhouse Lounge; 250 Avenue X
When: Tonight at 8 p.m.
Cost: $10.00

So you think you and your hubby are the next Jack and Meg White? Or maybe you want to assault strangers with your best Dead Kennedys impersonation. But, hey, you never got on stage ’cause there were no open mics in the area.

Well, now’s your chance.

It’s been years since we’ve had a local establishment throwing a regular open mic, but Vodka Gallery is gonna be welcoming all to its performance space every Tuesday.

Kicking things off tonight at 8 p.m., they’ve invited Nay Nay’s Blues Band, a three-piece jazz band from Astoria, Queens. But they’re aiming to pick up on some of Sheepshead Bay’s extraordinary – but hidden – talent. So if you want to get the word out about your new band, or just see if you’ve got what it takes to be on stage, make sure to get yourself on the performing list.

But leave the shrill screams of a Dead Kennedys act at home. Please.

Where: Vodka Gallery – 2376 Coney Island Avenue (between Avenue U and Avenue T)
When: Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., starting tonight
Admission: Free
Contact: (718) 645-3400


With the announcements of the free summer concerts happening around Southern Brooklyn, one series got lost in the shuffle — the swing shuffle, that is.

New York City Council Member for the 47th District, Domenic Recchia, Jr., also hosts concerts at Asser Levy Park. Like the Thursday night Seaside concerts, the Tuesday night concerts are a lot of fun. But the Tuesday night version is on a much (much, much) smaller scale than the Thursday counterpart.

The events listing encourages attendees to “come early so you can get a seat near the front.” Actually, based on last week’s turnout for the MAS Swing Band on August 18, it’s pretty safe to say that you can come as late as you want and still get a seat close to the bandshell.

The season is drawing to a close, but tonight the Latin-influenced Funk, Jazz, and R & B group, the Brawner Brothers Band is scheduled to perform. Tuesday, August 25, would have been the last event for the summer, but inclement weather this past July 21 caused the performance of Kenny Vance and The Planotones to be postponed until September 1, 2009. Consider that a bonus performance.

At the Tuesday concerts there are no posted signs or warnings about not taking pictures, so when the M.A.S. Swing Music band’s namesake, Marie Stack, invited everyone up to be added to the mailing list, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to get a close-up of the conductor, Dave Bennett, in action.

The 16-piece band (the band might have been minus a few performers that evening) entertained the appreciative crowd with Jazz and Swing classics like Gene Krupa’s “Sing, Sing, Sing“. There were a few couples taking advantage of the live entertainment by dancing on the concrete near the bandshell.

This summer the following performances were also scheduled: George Gee Swing Orchestra; Alessandra Guercio; Rhapsody Players “Mostly Motown”; Eddie & The Starlites; and the Ray Rivera Jazz Sextet. So, keep the Asser Levy Park Tuesday lineup in mind for next year and shuffle  on over tonight to see the Brawner Brothers Band and next week to see one of the founding members of Jay and the Americans — the band that brought “This Magic Moment” to gold record status.

Asser Levy Park Seaside Summer Concert Schedule in Coney Island

(Coney Island’s Seaside Summer Concert Series 2012 Full Schedule.)

UPDATE as of 7/27/09: Please note changes* in the performances for July 30 and August 20.  The concert originally scheduled featuring Franki Valli and the Four Seasons and Connie Francis has been moved up to July 30 from August 20. The Salsa by the Sea concert has been moved from July 30 to August 20. Please check the official website (link below) for full details.

We’re lookin’ forward to the 31st Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series, and you should be too. Shows are held Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. in Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium. It’s a shame that this year’s events are marred by the recent controversy around the site. Local Jewish groups are opposing Brooklyn Borough Prez Markowitz’s $64 million plan to turn the tiny band shell into a top-notch 8,000 seat arena – which would certainly help revitalize the area. But no need to get distracted by that; instead, go see these great shows!

July 16 Creedence Clearwater Revisited; Mountain; John Sebastian

July 23 Gladys Knight; The O’Jays

July 30 *Note Change: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons; Connie Francis

[Salsa by the Sea (Performers to be announced) Originally scheduled, moved to August 20]

Aug. 6 Daryl Hall & John Oates‘ Up Close & Personal Tour

Aug. 13 Blondie; Pat Benatar; special guests The Donnas

Aug. 20 *Note change: Salsa by the Sea – Performers: Victor Manuelle, Tego Calderon, Arcangel, Maria Torres Dancers

[Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons; Connie Francis; concert moved up to July 30]

Aug. 27 Donna Summer

Performers are subject to change without notice. Call the concert hotline for updates at (718) 222-0600.

It looks like St. Mark School is gearing up for a new tradition: an annual talent show. This Friday, May 29th, and Saturday, May 30th, the school is launching the first of what they say will be an annual event benefiting the school. The flyer says there will be “singing, dancing and so much more!”

Here are the deets:
Location: St. Mark School
2602 East 19th street
(718) 332-9304
Date: May 29th and 30th
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $10

A few weeks ago, we wrote to you about Steve Solomon, who grew up in Sheepshead Bay, going around the country telling jokes about his dual-culture upbringing.

His last show in California has ended and he’s headed into New York for a one-night dinner show, but it’s not at Kingsborough Community College as I suggested. According to the Staten Island Live, the comedian is will be live in Staten Island. It’s not that I’m encouraging anyone to leave Sheepshead Bay, but if you’re interested in hearing his jokes about Sheepshead Bay, you will have to leave it.

Here is the information:

Steve Solomon
When: April 24; 7:30 p.m. dinner; 9:30 p.m. showtime
Where: Lorenzo’s Cabaret at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, 1100 South Ave.
Tickets: $20, plus a $15 food/beverage minimum
Reservations: 718-477-2400;