The Long Island local scene proved that it knows how to party last Friday, January 11th. Maybe they were celebrating the end of the Polar Vortex, or maybe they were just excited to see four incredible acts from right outside their doors performing, but the house packed out for This Damn Universe, Aqua Cherry, Dune Local, and The Warden And Fame.
The show kicked off with the electro act, This Damn Universe. Their high-energy set and enthusiastic front man made it easy for the growing crowd to get excited for the rest of the night. Combining old school synthesizing effects with pop-rock like vocals, This Damn Universe provided an electronic set that was a nice contrast to the typical EDM scene of today.
Next up was Aqua Cherry with a funky rock and roll set. Although a drastic genre departure from the electro-beats of This Damn Universe, Aqua Cherry did have something else in common with the opening act-fun. Their set got the crowd moving with a unique blend of reggae-infused funk that was nothing short of exciting.
Halfway through the show, it was apparent that leaving home in the sub-zero temperatures was worth it to warm up with great craft-beer and even greater music. The third act of the night confirmed this. Dune Local provided an unbelievable set, defined by the sultry and sweet lead vocals backed up by a groovy band. Claiming that they draw influence from the likes of Sublime and the Black Keys, the band delivered a musically on-point set which spanned genres from blues to reggae to punk.
To close out the incredible show were the legends of the local hip-hop scene, The Warden and Fame. To the surprise of nobody, this outfit delivered a blast of face melting reggae, a perfect end to the night. The Warden and Fame have bounced around Long Island and national festivals for the better part of the past few years, but their performance at 89 North proved that they are anything but stale. Combining hip-hop with reggae and rock was the perfect way to tie the ends of this show, which showcased the best of Long Island over a span of different genres.
It was an incredible night to realize that music of all kinds can come together in the same place and be appreciated by the same people. We’re all just looking for a good time, and that is exactly what live-music provided for the fans at 89 North on this Saturday.