My Father’s 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, the original 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 the historic venue that the NY Times once described as having “created a scene that would influence music for decades to come.”
This is what the original location looks like today.
Now, history may have been demolished, but they weren’t able to demolish the spirit of Eppy, the original owner. In 2017, he announced that My Father’s Place was re-opening in the Roslyn Theater, 30 years after the closure of the original location. The hope is to offer 150 shows a year from the new place.
It may not have the hallowed walls of the original location, where the words of Joel and Springsteen and ‘Loaf were once sung loud and clear, but one more music venue for an island of music lovers is always a good thing.
If you were one of the people that saw live music back in the day, I’d love to hear all about your memories, as well as who you happened to see at My Father’s Place in our comments section below.