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Moombahton at Broadway Bar

Two DJs trade off as they spin as

Two DJs trade off as they spin as part of an "Open DJ Night" at Broadway in Amityville. (Jan. 19, 2012) (Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Although the Long Island scene remains mostly the domain of such familiar happenings as lounges that pack in the mature crowd (mostly 30 and over), mega-sports bars with DJ nights and clubs that offer a big, celebrity mixer that will play mainstream dance music -- there are alternatives.

Since 2011, country music nights and hipster bars have turned from upstart projects to successful ventures -- which might just pave the way for another unusual-to-Long Island sort of party -- events where DJs spin only underground beats.

More and more, these sort of gatherings are gaining steam -- where the selectors stray from pop dance and the global kind of dance that the more famous DJs (Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Jonathan Peters) will bring with them to play at the bigger venues. Instead, speedy styles like techno and bass-driven genres like dub -- which are already often the norm at NYC clubs in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn -- get the nod. The niches can get even smaller too -- and one of the newer, locally least-recognized types of beat will get a full night of devotion on Thursday, March 1, at Broadway Bar in Amityville: moombahton.

Unlike many of the lesser-known kinds of electronic dance music, moombahton is somewhat slower, and involves fractured and repetitive samples and some flashes of Latin-inspired rhythms -- creating an impending-yet-steady feel. Only recently has this unique (and very danceable) sound found regular play at parties in the city, and thanks to “Unify EDM” (parties to be held every Thursday in March), the always alternative-minded Broadway will have DJs dropping the sound starting at 9 p.m.

Admission is free until 11 p.m. ($5 after) for an 18-and-older crowd. As for the rest of the month, the Unify nights are scheduled as:

UnifyElectro”: March 8 at 9 p.m.

Unify Hard EDM (Electronic Dance Music)”: March 15 at 9 p.m.

UnifyHouse”: March 22 at 9 p.m.

For more information, head online to facebook.com/Unify-EDM.

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