Rock returns to Roslyn with My Father’s Place reopening

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My Father's Place reopens this weekend with Buster Poindexter on Friday, Livingston Taylor on Saturday and Roomful of Blues on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Steven Rosenfield)

It’s getting hot hot hot in the Roslyn Hotel in anticipation of the reopening of My Father’s Place with its first performer, Buster Poindexter.

Buster Poindexter will be the first to perform at the new My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Dan Kellachan)

Poindexter, a Staten Island native who performs a combination of jazz, lounge, calypso and novelty songs and scored his first hit with “Hot Hot Hot,” kicks off the sultry summer line-up at 8 p.m. Friday at the sold out inaugural show.

The 225-seat supper club is a re-imagination of the original My Father’s Place, which closed in 1987, with a more intimate, adult atmosphere, owner Michael “Eppy” Epstein said.

“We decided to bring it back because a lot of us are unhappy that there is no music industry to speak of and it takes so long for a band like 21 Pilots or Cage the Elephant to break so many albums,” Epstein said. “It takes so long to develop the brand that I’m hoping to give a little helping hand to young bands and young artists, whether they’re jazz, rock, blues, country, comedy, reggae, everything.”

My Father’s Place owner Michael “Eppy” Epstein poses with The Runaways at the original My Father’s Place. (Photo courtesy of Steven Rosenfield)

The opening weekend continues with Livingston Taylor, another sold out performance on Saturday featuring special guests Chris Kinnear and Andy Aledort, and Roomful of Blues, an American blues and swing revival big band, on Sunday.

Tickets for Roomful of Blues are available for $35 at myfathersplace.com.

Roslyn Hotel owner Sumeer Kakar said the club will be housed in the current banquet hall and ballroom, and My Father’s Place general manager Dan Kellachan said the club’s main entrance will be through the door from the parking garage.

“There has been tremendous feedback, and people have been reaching out from across the country,” Kakar said. “People across Long Island have fond memories of the club and they have brought it up in conversation, not even knowing I’m involved, as a conversation piece from an electrician working on my house to people in the grocery store. I think it will have a tremendously positive impact on the hotel and Roslyn.”

Reach reporter Amelia Camurati by email at acamurati@theislandnow.com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 215, or follow her on Twitter @acamurati.

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