All Long Island residents are welcome to come out Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29 when Long Island Traditions presents “Working the Waters: Maritime Culture of Long Island” in collaboration with the NY Marine Trades Association Toby Boat Show in Massapequa. “Working the Waters” will present to the public first-hand accounts about the contemporary and historic traditions of commercial and recreational fishermen, the factors affecting these traditions and their future on Long Island.
The program is the culminating event of ongoing documentation by Long Island Traditions Folklorist and executive director Nancy Solomon. Since 1987 Solomon has been documenting the culture and traditions of Long Island maritime tradition bearers, ranging from decoy carvers and driftwood painters to trap builders, boat model makers and net menders.
“Take it out of the closet and play it for everybody.”
This was Ken Maltz’ mindset when forming Kapelye, the six-member band that specialized in a type of music only two other bands worldwide performed at the time: klezmer.
The 31-year-old music teacher had no reason to believe his debut album would sell in 1980, but with a clarinet in his hands, Maltz set out to save the genre that played within his home for as long as he could remember.
When Sports was released three decades ago, MTV was in its infancy and actually playing music videos as radio playlists were becoming increasingly fragmented. It wasn’t exactly the time or place for an anachronistic group featuring horns, doo-wop harmonies and a harp blowing frontman to expect any kind of chart success. But that’s exactly what Huey Lewis and the News did with their 1983 studio album. The band’s third studio outing not only went septuple platinum, but it topped the Billboard Top 200 charts in 1984, yielded five Top 20 hits (four of which broached the Top 10) and made them fixtures on MTV and the radio. And while it’s ballsy to say the outcome went according to plans, Huey Lewis is clear that there was a clear strategy in place when it came time to hit the studio.
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