Ski Highway

first_img At the top, ready to drop. Will Fanning of Brazenhead Mountain State Brewing Co Snow in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia and Maryland has been known to fall anytime from October through April, and in several spots the annual snowfall has averaged nearly 200 inches. So load up the four-wheel-drive vehicle of your choice and hit the highway. Starting near Linwood, W.Va. and running north to McHenry, Md., Highway 219 passes five ski resorts and nearby towns loaded with great restaurants, bars, and music. You can even get a dose of backcountry skiing in along the way. This is ski highway.Day One: SnowshoeGrub, Drinks, Music Highway 219 drops into Linwood, W.Va., at the base of Snowshoe Mountain Resort. There you’ll find Elk River Touring Center, including the Elk River Inn, Restaurant, and Ski and Snowboard rental gear shop. Last month, they expanded their operations to include the Fiddlehead Bar and Restaurant located smack in the foothills of Snowshoe Ski Resort. The Fiddlehead is brand spankin’ new and already offers a steady schedule of live music. New Year’s Eve weekend featured the Davisson Brothers Band and Vern’s Pot of Chili, two great acts out of the West Virginia mountains.The Fiddlehead offers upscale bar food and great beers, both of which are a worthy accompaniment to a night of friends and live music. The locally-supplied trout sandwich is delicious, but you just can’t go wrong with three-dollar Mahi Mahi fish tacos. The brew highlights are their three featured taps from West Virginia’s own Mountain State Brewing Company. Try the crisp, hoppy deliciousness of the Seneca Indian Pale Ale.The Place to CrashIn 1998 Will Fanning and his two sons began working on a pine-log structure that would become the Brazenhead Inn in Mingo, W.Va., named for the oldest pub in Fanning’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland. It’s just seven miles north from Snowshoe up Highway 219.  Brazenhead is old-school; if you’re looking for flatscreens and shot-skis, you’ve come to the wrong place. But the inn is truly steeped in charm and features a traditional Irish-style pub and a dense musical heritage reflecting on the Fanning’s family background. Guinness and Smithwicks are always on tap, along with traditional Irish Whiskies behind the bar for a nightcap. But the highlight sits just alongside the bar. While they regularly house live music, they also stock a piano, fiddle, banjo, accordion, guitar, and a handful of other instruments already set out in a small bar corner with a few stools for anybody to sit down for a jam session anytime. Fanning and his wife will join you if you ask.The cozy rooms boast a cabin feel, with old-timey pictures and paintings on the wooden walls and not much more than a bed, a place to wash up, and a dresser with some select reading material. No cable here, fellas. If you’re coming here, you’re coming for music, character, skiing, and the Brazenhead spirit.Snowshoe BackcountryWhen Snowshoe resort is lacking snowfall, there’s usually snow along the stretch of the Highlands Scenic Highway, the highest major roadway in West Virginia, which runs through the Monongahela National Forest. The road remains unplowed for the winter and is a popular spot for cross country skiers, but downhill adventure-seekers drive up the scenic byway as far as possible. About three miles up the highway, just off Highway 219 and east of the Cranberry Wilderness, there are some north-facing stashes that hold snow all winter long, just waiting to be shredded.“You can hit Shearers Run Loop, the Warming Hut, or Red Lick, which is four miles and pops back out onto the Scenic Highway,” says local mountain bike and cross-country ski guide Greg Moore.If you’re more likely to stick to the resort area, you’ve got options there too. From the Top of the Mountain area at Snowshoe there is a stash of backcountry playland locally known as the Old Hawthorn Slopes (named for the previous name of the golf course) that run all the way down to the base of Snowshoe. They are steep, extreme, and often shrub-covered, but on the right day, there’s some serious terrain waiting to be carved. Leave a car at the bottom, head back to the parking lot at the Top of the Mountain area, and access it next to the heli-pad.For more information about Snowshoe Mountain, check out http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2543Scenes from the Ski Highway: Day Two: The Valley (Timberline, Canaan, White Grass resorts)Grub, Drinks, MusicIf you’re heading to any of the three ski resorts that surround this area (Timberline, Canaan, or White Grass), look no further than Davis and Thomas, W.Va. Highway 219 will drop you right into Thomas, the northern town of the two sister towns, which are only a couple miles apart. The tourism industry has been good to these old mining and logging towns, and today there are almost too many great places to hang out.For a brewpub hop, start in Davis at the Blackwater Brewing Company. They feature Italian and German cuisine, the latter of which features generational family recipes handed down by the mother of the original owner, Rosalinde Benson. Get some quality grub into the ol’ belly before the night begins, then dig into the beers. Blackwater features six beers all brewed behind the bar in their three-barrel micro-brewing system, including a wheat beer, a gold ale, a marzen, an Indian pale ale, a porter and a stout. Try the stout (arguably their forte). It’s bold and smoky with almost a hint of a chocolaty body that goes down quite smoothly. The place has been taken over by brewer Lincoln Wilkins, a man who has returned to his native home for good. A traditional Belgian/German style brewer, Wilkins plans to expand the reach of Blackwater beer here beyond the pub and experiment with new brews.Make your hop from Davis up into Thomas to find Mountain State Brewing Company. Grab a homemade pepperoni roll—a traditional snack reminiscent of the early West Virginia mining days when the rolls were introduced and made famous in the state. They are a West Virginia staple made by, well, baking pepperoni into a yeast bread roll; simple, yet truly satisfying and a perfect prelude to a beer brewed in-house. If you’ve already tried their IPA, perhaps now is the time to go for the Miner’s Daughter Oatmeal Stout. There’s no better way to enjoy an oatmeal stout than perched on a saw-horse converted into a barstool in a small, dark, timber-raftered pub with a beautiful copper bar top and a warm, down-to-earth vibe. Check their schedule: if you arrive on the right night, you’ll be treated to live music in the dance-hall connected to the bar.The Place to CrashThe Douglas Falls Bed and Breakfast, located just a mile or so outside of Thomas, is a quaint B&B and as peaceful a place as you can ask for. It’s fairly luxurious (on the inside, which is what counts, right?), for the price. Walk out the front door to take a stroll down the Blackwater Canyon Trail along the river. About a quarter mile up from the inn is the 35-foot Douglas Waterfall on the North Fork of the Blackwater River—not a bad way to spend a morning.Back at the inn, enjoy the clawfoot tub in your room for a hot bath after a day on the slopes, or just step outside and make use of the jacuzzi. In the morning you’re served fresh, homemade breakfasts: apple pancakes or freshly baked quiche, coffee, sausage, freshly sliced fruits. After breakfast hit the road and you’re only 15 minutes from Timberline, Canaan, or White Grass ski areas.White Grass BackcountryWhite Grass Ski Touring Center is the cross-country mecca for Nordic skiers in West Virginia, or even the whole Southeast for that matter. Owner Chip Chase has created something unique in the small-time, easygoing atmosphere that White Grass embodies. He’s a cross-country ski bum at heart, but feels there is a growing scene between alpine-touring skiers, Nordic skiers, telemark skiers, downhill skiers, and snowboarders alike.“White Grass creates this little energy field of trust, love, independence and just an affection for the outdoors without being pretentious or rule-oriented or grumpy or expensive,” says Chase.White Grass is known for its fantastic cross country skiing and technique of snow farming (special fences are used to gather excess snow for cross country skiing), but there’s interest for adventure seekers looking for downhill backcountry as well. On the mountain behind the small lodge is a stash of impressive glades hand-carved out of the forests coming down towards the lodge. These glades boast 900 vertical feet of playland just waiting for ambitious skiers or snowboarders to hike it. With the lodge right at the bottom renting snowshoes and serving delicious food, you’re set.“A lot of volunteering goes into clearing this backcountry out here,” says Chase. “All the best spots coming down from the trails on the top of the mountain have been cleared out.”Day Three: Canaan Valley Grub, Drinks, MusicThe Purple Fiddle has housed The Avett Brothers four times and continues to book great bands from all around the region, drawing lively crowds every single weekend. They’ve got a large selection of food and a noteworthy selection of beer (featuring Mountain State Brewing Company on tap), but here the beer, the food, the picker’s décor, the foot-stompin’ knee-slappin’ music, and the good-natured people are all muddled into one big scene, and the only way to truly experience it is just to go. It’s truly a special experience to be standing on the worn, creaky, century-old wood floor with a mason jar full of cold beer in your hand watching bands that should probably be playing larger venues jamming away on the store-front-window stage.Upcoming shows include Trees on Fire (Feb. 8); Dangermuffin (Feb. 18); Caravan of Thieves (March 12); and Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts (March 17).The Place to CrashNext door to the Fiddle is a turn-of-the-century duplex named the Fiddler’s Roost, which has been converted into a cheap place of lodging for those on the lower end of the road-budget.  They have five private rooms, which share bathroom facilities, as well as a communal lounge area and small kitchen area for everybody to use. It’s all part of the magical atmosphere that exists at the Purple Fiddle. The old Victorian buildings that line the streets of Thomas were once run-down, but now house packed storefronts and thriving businesses. Stop into one of the art galleries like The White Room. If you’re hungry, you’ve got options like The Flying Pig, a quaint and attractive dog-friendly breakfast and lunch eatery featuring locally grown farm-to-table produce. Or swing over to Davis for dinner at Sirianni’s Café, a local staple—a must-do on the pizza list. At the Fiddler’s Roost, look for rooms starting at $45 during the week, or head up on a weekend and catch some foot-stompin’ tunes with rooms starting at $65.Canaan / Timberline BackcountryCanaan Valley Ski Area has a long black diamond called the Dark Side of the Moon, which veers way out to the west side of the mountain. It also guards a stash of old runs that now lay dormant where the resort once existed.Keep going beyond the Dark Side of the Moon and you’ll get into what they call The Spoon. On powder days, work your way across the flats and through the woods, then bust out to the headwall where the old ski lift was. When you get to the bottom, follow an access road and walk a quarter mile back up to the functioning lift. “It’s really fun. It’s a combination of old ski areas that were never connected but get linked by adventuresome alpine skiers,” says White Grass owner Chip Chase.Another spot for backcountry action is the gas pipeline off the back of Canaan Resort. The pipeline runs both north and south of the resort, but the southeast area is where you want to hit it. Ride down a narrow, open gap in the trees as it drops about 2,000 feet in elevation all the way down to Laneville where you’ll hit a field that opens back up to County Route 45. Plan ahead and leave a car there. There are some steep bowls in there that can hold a lot of snow if the conditions are ripe.At Timberline, there’s some good sidecountry where you can get out into the woods and come back around to the runs again to reach the bottom and still catch a lift ride back up. If you take Salamander Run from the top, you can sneak back into the woods for some good riding, but you’ve got to be careful not to go too far out or you’ll end up in the Dolly Sods Wilderness. If you ski to the right side of Salamander, work your way around the bend, loosely following the curvature of the run through the woods to ride down some woody terrain, eventually popping yourself back out on the steeper part of Salamander to get back to the bottom.For more information about Canaan Valley Resort, check out http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2545Day Four: WispGrub, Drinks, MusicThe last stop on Ski Highway is Wisp Resort, situated just next to the small town of McHenry and right beside Deep Creek Lake. Whether you’re up on the slopes of Wisp or on a backcountry mission, time is well spent here.Mountain State Brewing Company has their second location here, but you’re not necessarily going for just the beer and pepperoni rolls. Walking into the place, you’ll notice the toasty, cabin-fire feel of the place given off by the home-made natural soapstone hearth pizza oven, where they produce hand-thrown artisan pies. The best seller is the Fire on the Mountain pizza, a chipotle hot sauce and sausage masterpiece. If you’re really diggin’ the slope-side campfire spirit of winter ski life, you can try the Smores: nutella, marshmallows, and graham crackers toasted in the wood-fired oven.Afterward, mosey on over to the Blackbear Tavern and Restaurant, the highlight of nightlife in McHenry, especially if you’re looking for a big sports-bar-style tavern, large crowds of partygoers, and the option for tavern-based or club-based live music. They’ve got a huge wrap-around bar in the center, pool tables and other bar games to keep you busy, and a bunch of great taps including the rich Old Dominion Bourbon Barrel Stout, which fits the surf-and-turf menu. The motto here is “Eat, Drink, Dance.”The Place to CrashThe Lake Pointe Inn Bed & Breakfast is right off Highway 219 in the heart of McHenry and boasts an outdoor fire pit and wraparound porch with views of the lake. They’ll pamper you with complimentary snacks and drinks, available massages, and Egyptian-cotton towels and Italian linens. They offer discounted lift tickets to Wisp and lend out their own outdoor gear, including snowshoes for winter trail hikes. Sure, they get over 100 inches of snow per-annum and it’s going to be cold out on the slopes, but what’s cold got to do with it when your room has a fireplace waiting to warm you when you get back?Wisp BackcountryIf you’re heading up to Wisp, there are plenty of places within the resort where you can sneak off the trails and get some woods-runs in, allowing the luxury of a lift ride back up. Or you can always scout the endless gas and power lines that run the mountains surrounding the area.Just 20 miles east from Wisp on the south end of the Savage River Reservoir in the Savage River State Forest, there’s a huge, straight, perfectly northwest-facing ridgeline that plateaus at just under 3,000 feet elevation. The ridgeline is host to five wide-open bowls, each averaging about 1,000 feet of steep vertical, perfect for hike-to adventure seekers. Worried about access? Park at the boat launch: there’s a railroad that runs right along the bottom of the entire set.“We typically either bootpack or skin up,” says Eric Recker, a local fly-fishing guide and ski instructor. “You can ski all five of those bowls. When you’re at the bottom you just hit the train tracks whichever way you need to go.”Recker recommends waiting for a decent snow base followed by a good freezing rain layer to avoid tearing up your gear.“It’s steep. Steep steep. We’ve triggered slides back there before. But that’s why we go there,” Recker says. “They’re northwest facing, have huge mature timber and no low growth. Everything’s wide open. There’s no brushy stuff that you’ll hit. We haven’t cleared anything. It’s just naturally like that.”For more information about Wisp Resort, http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2562 Ski Highway The instruments of Brazenhead. Fiddler's Roost Shredding the backcountry Purple Fiddle White Grass Blackwater Brewery's Lincoln Wilkins Brazenheadlast_img read more

Do This: Long Island Events November 13-19

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Bam Margera & Fuckface UnstoppableThe Jackass star is on tour with his hard-partying, hardcore punk-mania band Fuckface Unstoppable. Each show is a unique, unpredictable event where the musicians come out with vodka bottles in hand and ready to rock like uncaged animals. The audience is invited to lose their ever-lovin’ minds along with the band whose musical talent is certainly apparent, but comes a distant second to the depravity they let loose on stage. With opening acts Polkadot Cadaver, Howitzer, Ashes in the Sky, As Days Fade and Nexus Canvas. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionli.com $20. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13.BoxingGet ready to rumble when Tommy “The Razor” Rainone of Rockville Centre faces Carl “The Assassin” McNickles of Chicago in a 10-round match for the USBO Welterweight title. Undercard boxers include Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan, an Irishman who will be fighting in his first US bout, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano of Puerto Rico and Hasim Rahman Jr., who will be making his pro debut. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $50-$150. 7 p.m. Nov. 13.Don’t Look NowA rare screening of Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 movie about a couple who travel to Venice to overcome a tragic loss only to find themselves caught in a startling labyrinth of fear and passion. Following the screening, the guest speaker, film historian Royal Brown, will discuss the film’s significance. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13.Meghan TrainorIf you haven’t been able to get the song “All About the Bass” out of your head for the last three weeks, stop fighting it. Give into the catchy beat and addictive chorus when this breakout singer performs with a host of hot new artists. She is joined by Bebe Rexha (“I Can’t Stop Drinking About You”), Jacquie Lee, the 17-year-old singer/songwriter/pianist who delivers confessional ballads with a deeply touching voice, Nick Tangorra and the Brady Brothers. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Whitman Family Bible UnveilingThe family bible used by iconic poet Walt Whitman was donated to local historians by Natalie Swertfager Pearson, whose late husband, Walter Whitman Swertfager, was the direct descendant of the writer’s sister, Mary Elizabeth, who received the Bible from Walt as a Christmas gift in 1878. Inside, Walt had inscribed all their immediate family births, marriages and deaths up to that time. This event will commemorate its donation and unveiling. Music, a Whitman impersonator, refreshments and tours accompany the event. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station. waltwhitman.org Free. 2 p.m. Nov. 13. Lil Jon at The Emporium in Patchogue. (Photo: Lil Jon/Facebook)Lil JonThe Atlanta-based rapper, producer and DJ will get crunksters shaking their butts from the window to the wall when he performs his biggest hits, including “Get Low” and his latest, “Turn Down for What.” Warming up the crowd will be Carlos Melange. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. Theemporiumny.com $40. 10 p.m. Nov. 13.The Daniel Bennett GroupA CD release party for this critically-acclaimed New York saxophonist and his band, debuting their newest album, Clockhead Goes to Camp. Insite Magazine calls Bennett’s music, “refreshingly capricious and trippy.” The Village Voice raves, “saxophonist Daniel Bennett makes hay with an airy approach that’s buoyant enough to conjure notions of East African guitar riffs and Steve Reich’s pastoral repetition.” The Boston Herald describes Bennett’s music as “exploratory folk-jazz hybrid.” Huntington Public Library, 338 Main St., Huntington. thehuntingtonlibrary.org Free. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14.Frank Caliendo  Fans of MADtv, Fox NFL Sunday and his former show, Frank TV on TBS, know this comic as the master of more than 120 impersonations. The Chicago-native also appeared in the 2007 movie, The Comebacks, which is what he is doing with his act—taking it on the road. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $29.50-$62.50. 8 p.m.  Nov. 14. The Hit MenThe Hit MenIf you want to experience the hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s as you first heard them on the radio, then you won’t want to miss The Hitmen because these talented musicians put their heart and soul into making those sounds possible. Lee Shapiro, Gerry Polci, Jimmy Ryan, Larry Gates and Russ Velazquez are the boys in the band with resumes that include working with the likes of Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Phoebe Snow, Carole King, Janis Ian, Sting, The Ramones, Paula Abdul and Luther Vandross. On stage their performances are spot-on, their energy is high, and they are doing what they love, bringing these great songs back to life right before your eyes and ears. Midas would be jealous because The Hitmen are solid gold! The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East main St., Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.com $42. 8 p.m. Nov. 14.Cranberry FestivalTaste traditional Native American foods made with cranberries, see and touch cranberry plants, decorate fabrics with cranberry dye, among other related activities. Additional fee for theater performance of Native American songs and stories. All ages welcome. Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City. licm.org Free with museum admission. 12-4 p.m. Nov. 15-16.Carl PalmerThis drummer has thrilled fans for nearly four decades with some of music’s most memorable bands including Atomic Rooster, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Asia and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Along the way his dazzling speed and mastery of the drums, combined with his infectious stage personality, have secured for him a respected place in history as one of Rock and Roll’s greatest drummers. Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $55-$60. 8 p.m. Nov. 15.Natalie Cole will be performing at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts in Brookville. (Photo: Natalie Cole/Facebook)Natalie ColeThe Grammy award-winning soulful daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole will be performing her R&B hits. Will she sing her standards from the ’70s, her pop from the ’80s, or the ballads from the ’90s that she recorded to her late father’s timeless voice? One thing is certain: the performance will be “Unforgettable.” Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIO Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $530$128. 8 p.m. Nov. 15.StyxThis multi-platinum-selling band’s self-described mission to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, remains solidly on track. Put rock ‘n roll legends Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips together (along with the occasional surprise appearance by the original bassist Chuck Panozzo) on stage together, and their power is unstoppable. When they get rolling and their freak flag is flowing, they’ll blow the roof off with their classic rock standards like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” You know what we say? Don’t let it end! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $45-$255. 8 p.m. Nov. 14-15.Steve HackettThis guitarist for seminal prog rock band Genesis is playing all the band’s hits, including “The Musical Box,” “Dancing with the Moonlit Knight” and “Supper’s Ready,” as his world tour stops on Long Island. Aside from the classics, he’s also been performing some of the gems he had to sacrifice. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. Nov. 15.Emblem3This Washington-based pop/rock/reggae trio got their start on The X Factor before releasing their debut album, Nothing to Lose, featuring the hit single, “Chloe (You’re the One I Want.).” Opening the show is Spencer Sutherland & Lion In The Mane. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$49.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 15. American Brass QuintetThis foursome, dubbed by Newsweek as “the high priests of brass,” will perform as part of the inaugural season of Concerts by the Pond. St. John’s Church, 1670 New York 25A, Cold Spring Harbor. stjohnscoldspringharbor.org $20. 3 p.m. Nov. 16.Spank! – The Fifty Shades ParodyWhile fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (every single soccer mom we know) eagerly await the film adaptation of the books to hit theaters this February, they can satiate themselves with Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. This hilarious spoof puts the story of Innocent Ana and Mr. Dangerous to music. Written and directed by Jim Millan, who contributed to The Kids in the Hall, Larry King Standing Up, Marijuanalogues with Tommy Chong and Mythbusters Live, this is a perfect girls’ night out that promises plenty of laughs to hold you over until February, when the movie drops. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. Nov. 16.  Rupert Wates Trio It’s a night of Jazz-inspired folk music headlined by the critically acclaimed Wates. The opening act, Toby Tobias Ensemble, is a Long Island-based band, under the direction of South African-born guitarist and composer, Toby Tobias. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East main St., Patchogue. Patchoguetheatre.com $10. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18.Buddy GuyTalk about a living legend, Buddy Guy is the highest ranking master of Chicago blues. America is lucky to have him. A member of Muddy Waters’ band and a session stalwart at Chess Records, he’s influenced generations of guitarists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Born in Lettsworth, Louisianna, he moved north in 1957, going up the Mississippi River, carrying the music of the delta in his DNA. When he hit the clubs of the Windy City, aided by the likes of Junior Wells, he literally made “Something From Nothing,” the title of another great song he wrote. See for yourself one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” With Matt Anderson The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$65. 8 p.m. Nov. 18.“From Broadway to the Met”Performing music from the American Song Book will be vocalist Cheryl Spielman, who will be accompanied by accordionist Dominic Karcic. La Villini Restaurant, 288 Larkfield Rd.,  East Northport. la-villini.com Fee: dinner reservations. 6 p.m. Nov. 19.        The Hold SteadyA decade ago this great band from Brooklyn took shape when Craig Finn, Tad Kubler, Galen Polivka, Bobby Drake and Steve Selvidge forged their singular punked-up sound and took it to a higher level. Now they’re on tour with Teeth Dreams, their latest album, which took two years to record as they oscillated between studios in Brooklyn and Franklin, Tenn. Their debut record, Almost Killed Me, came out in 2004, showcasing their alternative rock and indie influences and their unique story-telling that addresses topics like drug addiction, religion and redemption. Now their dreams have grown so big you can sink your teeth into it—if it doesn’t bite you first. This is an exclusive performance by The Hold Steady, free to an intimate audience of Pandora listeners who RSVP online. Attendees will be treated to limited-edition event swag, an open bar for the first two hours of the evening and the chance to check out the all-new Chrysler 200. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free when Pandora listeners RSVP. 8 p.m. Nov. 19.—Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Jamie Franchi and Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more