Life on Long Island
A double shot of O El Amor, outdoors
Despite the fact that temperatures for the week immediately following Labor Day (Sept. 1) are forecast to reach regular highs above 80 degrees, the imminent arrival of autumn is apparent in several ways — such as children returning to school, Hamptons hotspots preparing to close for the season and already on sale in department stores. However, for those who aren't ready to give up on summer-style parties just yet, there are some upcoming outdoor, waterside bashes scheduled throughout September — including two that might end up being especially wild, as the main event at both is to be O El Amor.
Long Island is home to dozens of talented cover bands, but none are quite like O El Amor.
For starters, the group remains an anonymous act, always appearing onstage in masks and working strictly behind secret identities (drummer Don Corazon Destrozado, bass player Bongo El Mongo, keyboardist Senior Sanchez, guitarist Jesus Mana Cerveza Jr. and front man Disco Goya). Furthermore, the five fellows are known to don bizarre (and often overly snug) clothing, break into friendly-but-bawdy banter with audience members and pour beer on themselves — but beyond these theatrics Amor is dedicated to a musical theme: the ups and downs of love.
The music they cover ranges widely in age and origin — from current radio hits to classic tracks to TV show themes — with each tune a tribute to romance in some way; expect melodic tales of broken relationships, everlasting affection and unbridled lust. In addition, the ensemble puts spirited spins on every song, bouncing and jumping around the stage to the groove all the while.
For the most part, O El Amor (or as their fan base often refers to them, the “Masked Lovers”) tends to play mainly Suffolk County venues, but on Friday, Sept. 5, the band will be performing on the Nautical Mile at Tropix in Freeport at 7 p.m. (395 Woodcleft Ave., 516-623-8767). However, for those whose usual nightlife boundaries end east of Route 110, the band will also play the following evening (Saturday, Sept. 6) at Dublin Deck, a tiki spot located along the Patchogue River. (325 River Ave., 631-207-0370).