Life on Long Island
'Voodoo' reunion party at Revolution
In 2013, the Long Island nightlife scene can be exciting, dressy, music-driven and fun, with most events powered by DJs spinning dance, hip-hop and pop. There are also plenty of pubs and bars where rock music plays, either live or on the jukebox. (Not to mention the growing amount of country music nights as well.)
However, flash back to 1993, a time that — while hosting parties that offered many of these aforementioned characteristics still seen today — also saw a number of successful spots that did things . . . differently.
Long Island once heavily supported “underground” clubs: venues that were built around genres and subgenres of music that didn’t receive mainstream radio play or attention — and while there are still a few places that put together events that deviate from the expected formats of nightlife; for the most part “alternative” establishments are a thing of the past.
Among those many alternative clubs that are now long-gone (yet still well-remembered) was Voodoo. Located in Deer Park, it was a sensation at the time, running on Saturday nights and incorporating furious, dark music of every sort: industrial, goth, metal, rock and various electronic types. The crowd that frequented Voodoo — and often filled its rooms to capacity — could be dressed in many styles, but black was the general shade for attire.
Voodoo went on to spawn another major affair (the Friday “Caffeine” party; more of a rave than an alternative night, its logo became even more famous as a brand of sought-after techno and house music wear), but by the mid-1990s, the club was no more.
Well, maybe “once more” — as on Saturday, June 8, its spirit will reappear for at least a night.
Starting at 10 p.m., the Voodoo Reunion Party will be taking place at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville (140 Merrick Rd., 631-264-7712), and such familiar personalities as former owners Alex That and Kevin Kraft, as well as DJ David “Slave” Stagnari are likely to be on-hand. Advance tickets are available for $20 at ticketweb.com. Age of admission is 21; for more information check online at voodoocaffeine.com and facebook.com/Voodoo-Reunion-2013.