The Space at Westbury to host May 24 forum “State of the Long Island Music Scene” Or “Are Tribute Bands Taking All the Gigs?”

On May 24 at 7:30pm, The Space at Westbury will host a discussion forum with 15 panelists from across Long Island to discuss a pressing topic in the music scene across the Island – are tribute bands taking all the gigs?

This topic could be discussed anywhere across the state, let alone the country, and has hit a chord in Long Island, where tribute bands and cover bands are keeping original music out of the clubs. Articles such as this from Newsday in April shine a light on the prevalence of tribute acts over local, original bands.

The effort to put the Long Island music scene under a microscope is no small endeavor, and Great South Bay Music Festival promoter Jim Faith has organized this one night discussion to get to the heart of the problem. Panelists include working original artists & tribute bands, artists that play in both original and tribute acts, venue owners, media representatives, and Jim Faith serving as host of the evening.

Included on the panel are Glenn Gamboa (Newsday), Michael Delguidice (Michael Delguidice Band), Ian Kenny (King Neptune, NGHBRS), Joe Rock (Radio celebrity/DJ), Katie Pearlman (The Joni Project/Katie Pearlman Band), Michael ‘Eppy’ Epstein (Owner: My Father’s Place), Dan Welch (Owner: 89 North, Suffolk Recording Studio) and many more.

The night kicks off at 7:30 p.m. with a goal of lively dialogue on the state of the scene, the realities that all artists and venues face, and how collectively, we can make it better. A $10 suggested donation to the LI Music Hall of Fame is the cover charge for the event. Find out more info or RSVP here.

Watch footage from last year’s ‘State of the Long Island Music Scene’

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