Local Bands That Make You Want To Get Out And Dance


The summer is a great time to go out to your local beach, gazebo, tiki bar, etc. to listen to a great, local band and dance. Listening to local bands, and dancing amid a crowd of all ages, is something I’ve been doing since I was 13. I have vivid memories of going to places like Dublin Deck in Patchogue or what is now Tiki Joe’s at Smiths Point Beach, with either my parents or my friends’ parents. And I never stopped. I’ll still party to this great live music with my family or my friends, and it’s always the best vibe.
Well, here are some local bands that are playing at venues near you, who play the perfect music to get up and dance to:

BonJourneyNY is a New York based Tribute Band paying tribute to rock icons BonJovi and Journey. BonJourneyNY produces a high-energy show that has been exciting and entertaining audiences throughout the Northeast since 2010. BonJourneyNY is a unique band that blends the music of both bands within each set. BonJourneyNY sets include all the hit songs audiences have grown to love throughout the years. So find out for yourself what other fans have been discovering for sometime now… Come out and have a memorable fun time with BonJourneyNY. The band members are Don Chaffin on vocals, Sean Tarr on guitar/vocals, Chris Tristan on bass/vocals, Nick Troiani on keyboards and Matt Ricci on drums.
Upcoming shows: (See Bonjourneyny.com for more details)
-Wednesday, July 26, Valley Stream Summer Concert
-Wednesday, Aug. 2, Echo Park, West Hempstead
-Friday, Aug. 4, Heritage Park
-Monday, Aug. 14, Westbury Feast Fundraiser
-Saturday, Aug. 26, Plattduetsche Park, Franklin Square
—Bio provided by BonJourneyNY

O El Amor.
(Photo courtesy O El Amor)

O El Amor
As legend has it, after many years of short-lived relationships and meaningless one night stands, the broken hearts of O El Amor swore to disguise their faces in shame and never to remove their masks. Living vicariously through the lovers of the world who come to see them, O El Amor travels town to town in search of inner peace…and free drinks. And while no one knows the true identities of O El Amor, it has been said that if you can get close enough to the stage, sometimes…just sometimes…you might see a tear or two beneath their masks… The band members are Disco Goya as lead vocals, Jesus Mana Cerveza Jr. as lead guitar, Bongo El Mongo as lead bass and Don Corazon as lead drums.
Upcoming Shows: (See www.facebook.com/OElAmorband/ for more details)
-Tuesday, July 11, Bayshore- Alive by Bay
-Saturday, July 15, The Boat Yard in Massapequa
-Saturday, July 29, Plattdeutsch Park, Franklin Square
-Friday, Aug. 25, The Boat Yard in Massapequa
—Bio provided by O El Amor

The ‘90s Band
The ‘90s Band, a testament to the iconic rock and pop anthems of the 1990s, was formed in October 2014 and made its live debut on March 6, 2015. With founder Phil Smith as the lead singer, guitarist, and bandleader, Bianca Mabanta as the co-lead vocalist, Dan DelVecchio as the lead guitarist, Joe Mendoza on bass and vocals, and original member Luke Lagrega on drums, the band perfectly captures the spirit and energy of ‘90s music.
The band spent its early days honing their sound and style in the rehearsal studio. Their dedication paid off, starting with their powerful debut at Revolution in Amityville and quickly leading to performances at top venues on Long Island, including Mulcahy’s and 89 North. Their authentic and energetic performances turned heads, gaining them a significant following and solidifying their place in the local music scene.
In recognition of their exceptional talent and hard work, The ‘90s Band was awarded the Bethpage Best of Long Island in the cover band category. Committed to keeping the music they grew up with alive, their performances are more than just a nostalgia trip – they provide an immersive experience for their audiences, who are made to feel like they’ve stepped back in time to see their favorite ‘90s bands live in concert.
The band’s performances are noted for their accuracy, energy, and the depth of their repertoire. They treat each song as if it were their own, delivering a dynamic rock show that will take you back in time. Their love for the music, their attention to detail, and their commitment to their craft have helped them become one of the top bands on Long Island, offering an unforgettable music experience for ‘90s music fans everywhere.
Upcoming Shows: (See the90sband.com)
-Saturday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Sept. 1 at Salt Shack in Babylon.
-Saturday, July 8, Saturday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 16 at Plattdeutsch Park, Franklyn Square.
—Bio provided by The ‘90s Band

Jerry Guarino, Melissa Lotardo, Mark Gorman, Gary Factora and Rob Curry of Panic.
(Photo courtesy Panic)

Panic is a popular cover band known for high-energy performances and playing a variety of music from different genres. They love to play music that makes people dance and sing along. While Panic loves to dance, they can rock too! The band features experienced musicians who love to perform and connect with the audience. Panic has been playing together for over 20 years and has a strong following of fans.
Panic is fronted by vocalists Melissa Lotardo and Gary Factora, who are both powerful and charismatic. They are able to connect with the audience and make them feel like they are part of the show. Jerry Guarino plays the electric guitar with both skill and creativity. His musicality is top-notch. Mark Gorman sits behind the drum kit, plays passionately, and delivers the drive the band needs with each performance. He is also the band’s musical director. Rounding out the lineup is Rob Curry on the bass guitar. Rob is a groove machine, always “in the pocket”, and locks down the rhythm section with Mark on the drums.
Upcoming Shows: (See panictheband.com for more details)
-Saturday, July 15 at Ristegio’s, Patchogue
-Friday, July 28 at Oar House, Patchogue
-Sunday, Aug. 20 at Tiki Joes Smithpoint
—Bio provided by Panic


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