Life on Long Island


Pattern Is Movement at 'Stony Brooklyn'

Andrew Thiboldeaux (top) and Chris Ward of Pattern

Andrew Thiboldeaux (top) and Chris Ward of Pattern is Movement. The indie band will be performing on Nov. 7 as part of the school’s ongoing “Stony Brooklyn” concert series. (Credit: Peter English)

When spending an evening out to dine, to catch a show or to dance until the early morning hours, music is almost always a constant part of these late-night scenarios.

Some spots pipe in canned playlists or fire up a jukebox for guests, while other venues feature live acts or DJs – and on Long Island, the sort of tunes heard can be wide in range -- with pop, jazz, hip-hop, country, rock and EDM as the likely genres to be found.

However, some people seek to hear something unexpected -- and if you'd like to aurally experience a taste of the alternative, there’s a free show tonight that will offer a sound that LI has yet to truly welcome.

Starting at 8 p.m., as part of Stony Brook University’s ongoing “Stony Brooklyn” concert series, the band Pattern is Movement will be appearing live on campus at the University Cafe.

Hailing from Philadelphia, Pa., the act is a two-man team (drummer Chris Ward and singer/ keyboard player Andrew Thiboldeaux) that has been putting out a singular brand of indie since 2001. Most notable for utilizing rhythms that deviate from typical musical measures, one can also count on touches of soul and graceful moments from their performances.

For LI indie enthusiasts, this show may be a rare treat, as for reasons that aren't immediately clear the Island mostly hasn't embraced this genre that’s powered by artists which rely on either cutting-edge or offbeat styles. Even though it’s become a virtual signature sound of the nearby Brooklyn music scene (thus the concert series moniker “Stony Brooklyn”), very few outlets east of Queens feature any nights or shows powered by indie.

Age of admission is 21 and older, with singer Alexa Dexa also on the bill. For more information (or to hear the show broadcast live) visit

Stony Brook University: 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook, 631-632-6000

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