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My Fathers Place

No discussion of Long Island’s music scene would be complete without mention of My Father’s Place, a little club located in Roslyn that was an epicenter of musical talent in the 70s. And though it was open for a mere 16 years and has long since dimmed its lights, it will always hold a fond place in the hearts of many a local music fan.

A man named Michael “Eppy” Epstein, formerly of Boston, dreamed of opening a club on the island that would be as popular and youthfully energetic as those in his hometown. He opened My Father’s Place in 1971 on the island’s north shore, despite the fact that the local area didn’t really have the demographic to support such a venue. Eppy was up for the challenge, convinced that if he brought in the finest musical talent and made the club a great place to hang out, people might just travel miles for that sort of thing.

And they did. Soon, My Father’s Place was the place to be, providing some of the finest entertainers of the day. Much of this was due to a partnership Epstein made with WLIR Radio. They provided the talent and the promotion, and he provided a top notch venue to kick off their careers.

Billy Joel regularly played there during the 70s, as did Bruce Springsteen. Over the years, the club hosted as many as 3,000 acts, with artists as diverse as Bob Marley, Meatloaf, Hall and Oates, Muddy Waters, The Good Rats and The Ramones taking their turn on the hallowed stage.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, and despite its popularity and success over the years, My Father’s Place closed its doors in 1987. The legendary funk band Tower of Power had the honor of headlining the last show, thus ending the club’s incredible and historic run. The memories remain, however, for any and all who were lucky enough to see a night of music at this special place.

If you were one of them, we’d love to hear your recollections in our comments section below.

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  6 Responses to “My Father’s Place”

  1. I went there so many times and had so much fun, it was unbelievable. Remember seeing Springsteen when the first album came out. He was so loud the rafters rattled. Let’s see: Hall and Oates, Charlie Daniels, Michael Murphy, Robert Klein, Dan Fogelberg, David Bromberg… I can’t even begin to remember how many people I saw there who were terrific. Eppy was a cool guy, sometimes when you would call if the machine didn’t pick it up he BS with you for 20 minutes

  2. My New Wave band opened shows for Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers at MFP several times in the late 70′s. The place had an unmistakeable “magic” about it and I always felt a rush being on the stage that Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and so many others had rocked before.

    Recently, I attended a presentation that Eppy did at the Huntington Library to promote his book about MFP. I picked up a classic My Father’s Place T-shirt at this event, and every time I wear it out of the house, I am virtually attacked by people who want to talk about the club.

    • Those are great memories! Thanks for sharing that info.
      I’m sorry I never got the chance to play there … and a tad envious of those that did ;).

  3. Saw so many people there from Annie Lennox when she was with the Tourists to Jim Carroll to the Uncle Floyd Show! Great venue!

  4. Saw Johnny and Edgar Winter there. James Cotton showed up and they were jamming.
    It was the late show. They used to do 2 shows a night. an early one then a later one that started around 11pm or so. Could go one for awhile. Saw at least 30 to 40 shows. Lived in Glen Cove at the time.

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