With a name like Treme, you’d better deliver the tunes. Sitting comfortably on the corner of Main Street and Locust Ave in Islip, Treme is the closest our island comes to the sounds of NOLA. Billed as “Long Island’s premier blues and jazz club,” it delivers great tunes Thursdays to Sundays each week (plus a special semi-monthly rising artist show on Wednesday June 10). Whether you come down for the Summer Reggae Series on Fridays, Blues with Jazz and Funk thrown in on Saturdays or full-on Jazz on Sundays (Thursdays are mixed but generally something jazzy-bluesy), you’ll catch some high quality music rarely found outside of the Big Easy or those awesome basement jazz haunts in NYC. Special monthly events include the Blues Jam featuring the LI Blues Society and Frank Latorre on the last Thursday of every month and the Jazz Jam featuring Bob Lepley, Frank Bellucci and Jim Cammack on the last Sunday of every month.
According to owner Eric Bruno, “We feature local and national acts at Treme. Seeing a national act at Treme is an unforgettable, intimate experience. Treme has had major acts from all over the Blues and Jazz world since opening, including Margot B (actress who played Daughter Maitland on Boardwalk Empire), Eric Gales, Popa Chubby, Chieli Minucci, Rachel Z, Chris Duarte, Victor Wainwright and many others scheduled for future performances. Treme's mission is to offer musicians who authentically represent whatever genre of music is being performed.”
If you don’t get down on Main Street in Islip very often, Sunday June 7 will be a great chance as the Islip Main Street Festival will take place with food, crafts, music and all sorts of fun take over Main Street. Treme will be open all day with Sangria, wine and beer specials along with the Bob Lepley Bebop Band performing.
Photo: Courtesy of Treme