Life on Long Island
Big Shot, Kim Sozzi and Randy Jackson to play free
When it comes to celebrities, Long Island can brag that dozens of the world’s most famous actors, musicians, athletes and other noteworthy individuals were either born or raised within its boundaries -- and although a large portion of those famous folks have moved on to wherever the world of fame may personally lead, there are a number of Long Island-based talents that, despite scoring significant career credentials, continue to mainly work close to home. It just so happens that three of those notable entertainers will be performing live as part of a free concert taking place Thursday, July 3 at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre in Eisenhower Park.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., the main event is a set from musician (and Miller Place native) Mike DelGuidice and his band Big Shot. A Billy Joel tribute act, ‘Shot regularly plays around the Island and has an in-demand standing for over a decade -- but DelGuidice has also achieved the feat of actually performing with Joel himself (as he will be doing the night before this Eisenhower Park show on Wednesday, July 2 at Madison Square Garden, along with Big Shot members Chuck Burgi and Tommy Byrnes).
In addition, Zebra frontman Randy Jackson is also slated to appear. Zebra remains a nationally recognized band, once serving as the opening act for such high-profile acts as ZZ Top and Aerosmith, among others. Moving to LI from New Orleans in the 1970s, Jackson may occasionally travel outside New York to play, but he can usually be found working Long Island’s nightlife circuit on a frequent, if not weekly basis. He'll take the Harry Chapin stage prior to Big Shot, as will Kim Sozzi -- a Dix Hills-born singer who has scored high on the Billboard dance music chart (billboard.com) with songs like "How Did You Know" and “Feel Your Love,” and whose music continually receives play from club DJs. (Anyone planning to attend should bring folding chairs or blankets, as the Lakeside Theatre doesn't have formal seating.)
The show should wrap around 9:30 p.m., but any adults looking to continue their night can then walk about 300 feet over to The Carltun, as the upscale venue will be simultaneously hosting an edition of its “10 on the Park” party series throughout the evening -- which on this occasion will feature a special live performance from freestyle music stars TKA at 10 p.m. There’s no true door cover, but guests will be asked to meet a one-drink minimum to enter, which will cost at least $10. Furthermore, the “10” affair will also host live reggae from group Tribal Legacy and see sessions from a trio of DJs (Krave, Mike Vechio, Doug Oko); for more information check out thecarltun.com; for bottle service call 516-542-0700.
*Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums has postponed this event, to be rescheduled for later this summer (nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/parks)