Night Life

Josh Lawrence | July 17, 1997

At the beginning of the summer they looked like strange bedfellows. Now, they're the coziest of neighbors. We're talking, of course, about Chili Peppers and Boom Bistro, that share space in the same Sag Harbor building on Baron's Cove.

Boom has had no trouble piling in throngs of city scenesters every weekend, and now, with the veteran promoter Steven Zee on board, the club has boosted its Wednesday employee night into another lively scene.

While Boom may boast the classier interior, more casual Chili Peppers has the advantage of a sun-drenched outdoor bar overlooking Baron's Cove. That's where The Hotheads have been sizzling every Saturday afternoon at 4:30, before heading next door to Boom to play at 11.

The Chili Peppers deck grooves to reggae every Sunday with Ramage, and has become a popular destination for its employee night on Tuesday. Friday nights feature Latin music and dancing; Saturday nights are for disco and other DJ dance music.

Bulls Head Bar And Grill

Attention blues fans - I mean real blues fans. The Bulls Head Bar and Grill in East Hampton has roped in the real deal for the rest of the summer. Cootie Starks, a 70-year-old blues guitarist and vocalist hailing from South Carolina, will appear at the Bulls Head every Thursday night.

Mr. Starks, who grew up working alongside his sharecropper parents, has been blind since his youth. He has also been playing music since his early years and is one of the few remaining originators of the Piedmont blues genre.

He'll set up at 9:30 each week.

Hansom House

Speaking of the blues, Southampton's Hansom House has a huge weekend in store. The venerable blues keyboardist Pinetop Perkins will stay over for two nights, tomorrow and Saturday, with a band that includes Willie (Big Eyes) Smith, formerly of Muddy Waters's band, and the solid New York blues guitarist Tony O. The group just finished recording Mr. Perkins's new album.

Music starts at 10:30 at the Hansom House, which is on Elm Street.

Stephen Talkhouse

As an Amagansett resident, the guitarist G.E. Smith should feel right at home tonight at the Stephen Talkhouse. The former "Saturday Night Live" band leader and his rock-and-blues unit start at 8.

The Louisiana-bred boogie-woogie pianist Marcia Ball will set the weekend off on a rollicking note tomorrow night at 8, following an opening set by the young Shauna Young of Absinthe. The late-night crowd tomorrow will be treated to the funk, reggae, and hip-hop of The Hotheads at 11. The band will tip its hat to its blues beginnings by inviting back the singer Felicia, of the original Felicia and the Hotheads, for a guest appearance.

Anyone with a taste for Cajun and Creole dance music will want to be at the Talkhouse Saturday at 8 for the country's premier Cajun band, Beausoleil, with Michael Doucet. Those who prefer soul and rhythm-and-blues, served up Blues Brothers-style, have The Hackensack Men and the Trenton Horns, who play Saturday at 11.

Dave Mason, one of the Talkhouse's most regular and endearing performers, pays his annual visit on Sunday. The founding member of Traffic starts at 8 p.m., following an opening set by Penny Ward. Rock-and-roll from The Lisa Bonner Band takes over at 11. Monday, as always, brings out local songwriters for the "acoustic Mondays" lineup, starting at 9. The band Paragon leads the Talkhouse's electric open jam Tuesday night at 10. Musicians of all styles are welcomed.

The British blues legend John Mayall leads his Bluesbreakers in a night of powerful blues Wednesday at 8, leaving the rest of the night for the younger crowd and the Talkhouse's employee night, with a band, to be announced, starting at 10.

Remember Orleans? The band that brought us "Still the One" and other gems? Larry Hoppen, one of the band's founding members, will appear next Thursday at 8, followed by The Holly Palmer Band at 10. The legendary bluesman Bobby (Blue) Bland is booked for Friday, July 25, at 8, followed by Jon Paris at 11.


What better place to see the hard-driving reggae band Shockshine than in the hot sun? Sharkey's restaurant on Napeague will set the popular band up for the next two Sunday afternoons from 4 to 7 p.m. Those who aren't skanking by the outdoor stage can play a bit of volleyball on Sharkey's sandy court.


Saturday night at Riffz on Montauk Highway, East Hampton, goes to Us. No, not you and me, but Us, a two-piece band featuring acoustic guitar, keyboards, and a repertoire of classic and current rock. Music starts at 9 p.m.

Salamander Bar And Grill

The name Paolo's has been retired from this South Embassy Street, Montauk, restaurant and bar since the passing of its chef/owner, Paolo Penati, but the new name pays tribute to his art, which still adorns the space. Making good on its promise, the restaurant now hosts entertainment seven nights a week.

Monday night is ladies night. So as not to discriminate, both women and men dressed as women can drink for free from 10 p.m. to midnight. The disco ball comes out for a full-fledged '70s disco inferno party on Tuesdays. Lifeguards and Coast Guard members get draft beers for a buck all night on Wednesdays. Thursdays feature rotating live music, while Fridays bring back Bobby and the Boys (do they mean Toby and the Boys?) and their rock and blues, every week at 10. Zorki plays his classic rock and originals every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. and again from 9:30 on.

Bruce Stewart plays acoustic rock from 4 to 6 on Sundays and returns at 9:30 that night.

Dancing Crab

Montauk's Dancing Crab continues to foster good solid rock-and-roll on its stage every weekend, trying to depart from the well-worn field of local bands. The weekend starts off tomorrow with Phat Albert, an alternative rock unit getting familiar on the Long Island bar circuit. Saturday night brings Edgar Pond, another alternative band, which is wrapping up a club tour which included CBGB's.

Sunday, as always, winds the weekend down with the Crab's reggae employee night. Music starts after 10:30 at the club, which is on West Lake Drive.


Planet Groove kicks the weekend off at Montauk's Tipperary Inn on West Lake Drive tomorrow night with its full repertoire of rock covers. The Morris Brothers hammer out more of the same Saturday night, with original music as well. The classic rocking Soul Poets are still chained to Sunday nights.

The Tipp sticks to a regular weekday schedule through July, featuring acoustic music from John Doyle Monday, madcap karaoke on Tuesday, traditional Irish music on Wednesday, and dance music from DJ Tom on Thursdays.

O'Murphy's Pub

O'Murphy's Pub on the Circle in Montauk continues its tradition of traditional Irish folk this weekend, setting up Victor Cuneen Saturday at 8 p.m.

Gurney's Inn

Gurney's Inn in Montauk still hosts entertainment - in one form or another - seven nights a week. Karaoke is the draw tonight and every Thursday. The keyboardist Paul Gene is set to play classic rock tomorrow, Sunday, and Wednesday. Tangerine plays popular hits on Saturday, and John Rinell plays more of the same on Monday. Rene Michaels takes over on Tuesday.

Music begins after 8 p.m. at Gurney's, which is on Old Montauk Highway.

75 Main

Jay Weiss and the Suits will show Southampton's 75 Main restaurant how to rock with a show Saturday night at 11 p.m. The Suits are on a roll this summer, celebrating their 10th anniversary of playing solid rhythm-and-blues and soul.

Southampton Publick House

Live music is on a brief sabbatical at the Southampton Publick House. The brewpub still hosts The Trevor Davison Orchestra and its big-band swing every Thursday at 10, but DJs will handle the rest of the weekend.

The Publick House is on Main Street at Bowden Square.


Live jazz is still the fare weekend nights at Kipling's on Main Street, Bridgehampton. Jimmy Demitrack and the Kipling Players set up every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Joining the trio through July is the harmonica whiz Denny Toyy.

Wild Rose Cafe

Call it leap week at the Wild Rose this week. The Lone Sharks, who have been wed to Thursday nights since the dawn of time, will actually skip one this week and move their rockabilly to tomorrow and Saturday instead. The rock-and-roll of Kat will take their place tonight.

Music starts at 9:30 at the Rose, which is on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Mary Jane's Il Monastero

Jazz has gone over well at Mary Jane's Il Monastero on North Main Street, East Hampton. The Pat DeRosa Trio, featuring Richard Diamond on piano, plays every Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., giving the Italian restaurant a supper-club feel.

Maidstone Arms

The guitarist Kevin Ronan will stop by the Maidstone Arms on Saturday evening to play in the restaurant's cozy, porch-like Water Room. The Maidstone Arms is on Main Street, East Hampton, opposite Town Pond.