Fans treated to a night of the happiest classics

On Saturday June 7th, hundreds of Gen-X music fans flooded 89 North to hear some of their favorite pop hits of all time. The Liverpool Shuffle, a tribute to The Beatles, and 45 RPM, the cheesiest ’70s cover band around, were ready to deliver energetic and downright fun sets to the room full of live music fans.

It’s always a treat to hear live music, but it’s especially cool when a tribute band provides an experience that you can’t get anywhere else. The Liverpool Shuffle almost (ALMOST!) could have been The Beatles, if you closed your eyes.

Some fans grabbed a craft beer and a table, but most weren’t missing this opportunity to dance around to songs that just aren’t that easy to come across live these days. The Liverpool Shuffle played for two hours straight, but time sure does fly when you’re having fun. The band soared through so many of the bands hits that fans could have wanted to hear. When paying tribute to a catalog so vast, it’s hard to hit every corner of it, but the band did so with ease.

The Beatles, being a very dynamic (not to mention esteemed) band, are a difficult band to do justice, but The Liverpool Shuffle seemed to have no problem performing the upbeat, poppy songs such as “Saw Her Standing There” as well as the deeper, rock croons such as “Oh, Darlin.”

Before the crowd knew it, The Liverpool Shuffle wrapped their long, but still too short, set up. The good news was that the night was only halfway over. The crowd used the brief intermission to grab a slice, grab a seat, or grab a conversation before 45 RPM hit the stage.

There was no room to be tired from the first epic set once the second one started. 45 RPM are naturally energizing, not to mention refreshing. Not your typical cover band, 45 RPM covers a variety of hits from the ’70s that are rarely, if ever, touched by other bands. Their set is always a nice trip down memory lane with a hell of a soundtrack.

As the band soared through often forgotten classics such as “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain and Tennille and “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee, the crowds memories stirred as they sang along to every word.

A highlight of any 45 RPM set is always when they soar through a medley of classic TV show theme songs, but this night was particularly heavy on The Partridge Family, with songs such as “I Think I Love You” and “I Woke Up In Love”. No matter the age of any audience member, they were sure to feel 16 again.

The musicality of 45 RPM only compliments their song selection, and it is especially a treat when female fronted jams such as “Venus” are sung by the drummer, without her missing a single beat.

All good things must come to an end, and 45 RPM closed the night out with an epic rendition of Steams “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”.

Check out the calendar to see when you can catch 45 RPM on our stage again!

89N Flashback: The first ever Mitch-A-Palooza brings great music for a better cause.

There are few communities that are more tight-knit than a music community. This can be large scale or small. The thing that makes any community of music fans special is the fact that they share a completely innocent common ground. Often, they grow with it and it becomes a part of them. As the music becomes a part of the fan, the fan becomes a part of the community. Whether it’s once a week, once a month, or every day, if you gather with your fellow fans, you know exactly what it feels like to be a part of it. It’s an indescribably escape and for many people, it makes life worth living.

“Mitchell A. Kraeling passed away this past October due to a long, 2 year battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. Mitch has been more involved with this music scene longer than anyone I know and his legacy will live on with us forever.” – Nick Amalfitano

It was incredible to see friends and fellow-fans of Mitch come together for the first ever Mitch-A-Palooza at 89 North this Sunday. Anyone who has experienced a great loss, knows of the many low points that follow, typically forever. However, when a person lived a life where they changed other people for the better, those who miss them can be lucky to feel their joy again, in different ways.

In the case of Mitch, it was apparent that there was no other way to honor his legacy than to hold a concert where his favorite bands, friends, and family enjoyed music in his name, with all of the proceeds going to the Eleventh South Wing for pediatric cancer patients at Stony Brook Medical Center.

The first band to play was Tomahawk Chop, which includes members who attended same high school as Mitch. With the venue already full of people decked out in “Too weird to live. Too rare to die.” shirts, the atmosphere was thick with anticipation. Tomahawk Chop was the perfect band to kick the night off. Soon after, No Good News kept spirits high with an energetic and captivating set.

Despite punk-rockers for a cause, Hostage Calm, dropping off of the show due to personal circumstances, there was no shortage of amazing music at this show. Bellwether delivered a set that was clearly drenched with passion added on for their beloved friend.

After Bellwether, Vinnie Caruana treated the crowd to songs from the span of his career with bands like I Am The Avalanche, The Movielife, and most notably, his solo works. Songs from Caruana’s latest release, A City By The Sea, such as “Boy, You’re in Heaven” resonated especially deeply at a show with so much importance.

Last but not least, fans were  treated to a rare, unplugged set from Long Island legends, Crime In Stereo, whose hardcore songs were given an entirely new life in a venue so intimate and an acoustic touch.