May Issue: This Month Around the South Shore

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May Issue: This Month Around the South Shore

Thunderbirds Return to Jones Beach Air Show

The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park will take place Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24. The event can often draw more than 100,000 people and this year the Thunderbirds return for the first time since 2011 to dazzle the crowds with aerial maneuvers and all that high flying fun. Get there early, be prepared to sit in some traffic going home, but this airborne extravaganza is something to behold. I can feel the shaking in my chest just thinking about it.

Hal Ketchum Risen

Country fans are well aware of Hal Ketchum’s music. After leaving the country scene in Nashville five years ago to rest from the exhaustion caused by his years of work as well as his condition multiple sclerosis, which can often leave him partially paralyzed. Ketchum regrouped in the quiet of his Texas home and emerged to record the album I’m the Troubadour, in which he sounds much less country and more folky sort of blues, maybe some soul mixed in. And at 61 years old, he’s back on the road to support the album and will make a stop in Bay Shore at the YMCA Boulton Center on May 9.

Snoop Dogg in Patchogue

As if Patchogue wasn’t already the coolest town on Long Island, it surely will be on May 14 when none other than Snoop Dogg makes an appearance at The Emporium. You’re going to want to do this one right: VIP table, bottle service, etc.

Rock of Ages

The Tony Award nominated extravagance Rock of Ages will have a run at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport from May 20 through June 6. If you’re unaware, this musical will transport you back to the 80s with the story of a young couple discovering love on LA’s Sunset Strip during the big hair decade.

Live in the Lobby Regulars

Christine Sweeney, Jay Scott, Rorie Kelly and Chris J. Connolly will close the season on Patchogue Theatre’s Live in the Lobby series early next month on June 4. All four are known to lobby listeners, as well as most local live music fans as you probably couldn’t walk down Main Street on any night of the week and not find one of them playing in one of the bars. But they all plan to step outside their comfort zones for this one. Rorie Kelly and Chris J. Connolly most often perform solo acoustic sets, but on this night they will both put together bands to accompany them. And Jay Scott and Christine Sweeney who normally jam with full bands will scale back to a small acoustic show.

Photo: Flickr | Beverly & Pack

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