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The Roaring ’20s are Back at Suffolk Theater Anniversary Gala

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2014 Gala InviteBy Tessa Raebeck

Celebrating its anniversary, the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead hosts a ‘20s dance party, asking guests to “take a step back in time to celebrate the evolution of jazz” with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Grab your flapper dresses and bowler hats; the theater encourages guests to “dress in your ‘20s best” for the gala, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks act and perform on HBO’s hit series “Boardwalk Empire,” appeared in the Martin Scorsese film “The Aviator,” and are frequent players both in film soundtracks and onscreen. Well-known on the jazz festival circuit, the band specializes in 1920’s and 1930’s jazz and is highly regarded as one of the genre’s preeminent acts. Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks won a Grammy in 2012 for their contribution to “Boardwalk Empire.”

Before the music, which begins at 8 p.m., guests are invited to come early for cocktails and a dinner with a special “Gala Menu” at 6:30, 7 or 7:30 p.m. Guests will have the option to purchase dinner at an additional price after they are seated.

Following the “big band sound” of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, at 10 p.m. a DJ will entertain in the Deco Lounge at the After Hours Speakeasy Party.

Tickets to the gala and speakeasy party are $45, not including dinner. The prix fixe dinner is $35 (not including tax and gratuity). Those who wish to attend only the After Hours Speakeasy Party can buy tickets for $10 beginning at 10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit suffolktheater.com or call the box office at 631.727.4343.

Winterfest: Live on the Vine Brings Six Weekends of Wine and Music to the North Fork

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Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks Perform at the Live on the Vine Kick-off Event January 17 at the Suffolk Theater. Photo by Lenny Stucker.

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks Perform at the Live on the Vine Kick-off Event January 17 at the Suffolk Theater. Photo by Lenny Stucker.

By Tessa Raebeck

Blues, soul, rock, jazz and country music are awakening the vineyards of the North Fork this winter as Winterfest: Live on the Vine combines over 100 musical performances with the natural beauty and exceptional wines of the East End.

Started as Jazz on the Vine in 2006, the annual six-week music festival returns this year as Live on the Vine, with a wider range of musicians, including many Grammy recipients and Grammy-nominated artists, performing at local hotels, restaurants, vineyard tasting rooms and other venues. Designed to stimulate local businesses – and entertain local residents – during the off-season, the festival offers countless specials on accommodations, restaurants and transportation for ticket holders, including ‘Winterfest Getaway’ package deals. Hopper Passes, new this year, allow festivalgoers to see multiple performances in a single day, weekend or throughout the entire festival, without paying separate entrance fees at each show.

Winterfest: Live on the Vine kicked off January 17 at the Suffolk Theater with a sold-out performance by blues-rock icon Johnny Winter. The music continues with multiple performances each day over six weekends, ending Saturday, March 22.

This Friday on Valentine’s Day, the Alexander Clough Trio, a jazz ensemble from Brooklyn, will play a free show at Bistro 72, a restaurant and lounge at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead from 7 to 10 p.m. Also in Riverhead at the Suffolk Theater, Myq Kaplan of Comedy Central’s show “Last Comic Standing” will present a stand-up routine, “Valentine’s Candlelight Comedy,” with dancing to follow.

Throughout the day on Saturday, February 15, 10 North Fork vineyards are hosting shows, with a performance by Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks at the Hotel Indigo Ballroom in Riverhead closing out the day. Another 10 concerts are scheduled for Sunday.

General Admission tickets for Winterfest: Live on the Vine cost $20 and include a glass of wine. Hopper passes do not include wine and are $30 for the day, $50 for the weekend or $200 for the entire six-week festival. For more information, visit liwinterfest.com.