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STEINWAY & STARGAZING featuring STEVEN LEONARD MESSINA and THAD DEBROCK of...

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Custer Observatory

1115 Main Bayview Rd.

Southold, NY 11971

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This musical program is the final installment in the Steinway & Stargazing series to benefit the Custer Observatory's Music Project. Following the concert and reception will be a private evening of stargazing (weather permitting) through the Custer Observatory's powerful telescopes and guided by Observatory staff.

Enjoy an outdoor reception under a beautiful star-themed tent following the concert with wine tasting sponsored by Laurel Lake Vineyards and passed hors d'oeuvres by Grace & Grit Catering. Stargazing at nightfall.

assorted bruschetta, caponata, classic, pancetta and fig
smoked bluefish in spoons
wild mushroom and goat cheese flatbread
squash latkes with apple chutney
watermelon and feta skewers
Korean beef skewers

Blow Up Hollywood is an underground American rock band. Their eclectic sound, built over a decade of recording, incorporates many different styles, diverse as progressive rock, post-rock, experimental, pop, classical, jazz and ambient soundscapes. Founded by Steve Messina and Nik Chinboukas in 2001, the group has evolved into more of a collective than a band, as some of their members have changed over the years.

Their debut, self-titled CD, is a concept album about death and the afterlife. The CD was recorded in a beach house in West Hampton, New York, over the course of three weeks in March 2001, and was released the following year. Originally the recording was intended to be just a “musical vacation” amongst friends who had performed and recorded together in various groups and projects throughout the years. But after hearing the results, and enjoying the collaboration, they decided to release it, with Blow Up Hollywood as their moniker.

Their sophomore CD, Fake, was released in 2004, and garnished critical acclaim.

In 2006 the band released what would become their most popular CD, both nationally and internationally. With the debate over the war in Iraq raging, the band released another concept album, The Diaries of Private Henry Hill. Based on the journal entries of a young, deceased soldier from the Iraq war, Blow Up Hollywood takes us on Private Henry Hill’s surreal journey as he joins the army out of necessity rather than patriotism.

Founder Steve Messina and bassist, Thad Debrock, perform some pieces from Blow Up Hollywood's body of work to end the Steinway & Stargazing series.

Tickets: $75 in advance / $95 at the door

The Music Project is an arts and humanities program within the organization trusted with nurturing and embracing community diversity and uniqueness, with a special focus on musical and performing arts. Through a series of concerts and performances the Music Project provides a threefold educational purpose: 1) to provide firsthand experience of music, songs and dances of other cultures, 2) to explore the inextricable connection between music and science and 3) to offer a glimpse at the stars through the many telescopes on site with assistance from expert staff. The Music Project allows the entire community to join in the educational experience where culture, music and science meet.

Custer Observatory is seeking to add a high quality concert piano to the facility in order to expand the performances that the Music Project can offer to the public. Steinway pianos are known for their high standard of quality and are considered the world’s finest pianos by many concert artists. These fundraising efforts will help our facility to have one of the best available instruments for the community.

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