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New World Music Venue on Long Island, New York

Mar 23, 2015

My name is Toby Tobias, a South African born singer-songwriter living in Northport, LI. 

I have started a new grassroots World Music venue here in Northport Long Island, NY called The Sweet Spot @ Cucina ‘D’. Currently we are scheduling musical performances on a weekly basis. 

Our inaugural show was on March 19, 2014 and London-born, New York-based songwriter, Rupert Wates, performed for a very enthusiastic crowd. 

On April 19, 2014, my band, The Toby Tobias Ensemble, opened for the Bakithi Kumalo Trio .

Our next event was Saturday night June 7, 2014. We had the Celtic band, The Prodigals performing alongside Eliana Marcia & Bando Azul, an Afro/Samba band from Sao Paolo.

Unfortunately we needed to move the location of the venue and I have found the perfect spot in Northport L.I. We have renamed our venue, known now as ‘The Sweet Spot @ Cucina ‘D’, a beautiful and quaint restaurant where we will provide
“A Fusion of Live World Music & Inspired Culinary ‘D-lights”.

Our new series started on February 21, 2015 and we have had sold-out shows for the following artists:

February 21:                       Gregory Grene (Celtic)
February 28:                       Garrin Benfield (North American)
March 7:                              Paul Shapiro (Klez-Funk)
March 14:                            Lesedi Ntsane (South Africa)     
March 21:                            Ivan Milev / Entcho Todorov Duo (Bulgarian/Balkan)     

The remainder of this series includes the following musicians:

March 28:                            Rag Yaman Trio with Premik Russell Tubbs (Indian)
April 7:                                 The Makane Kouyate Trio (Mali)
April 25:                               The Toby Tobias Trio (South Africa)

Due to popular demand, we are  continuing the series and scheduling performers starting in May and Saturday nights thereafter. I would like to invite all world musicians the chance to perform at our venue. Space permitting, I am looking for duos, trios and perhaps quartets.

I am looking for quality world musicians to bring their music to our venue here on Long Island. Please let me know if you are able to help me in my search for these types of musicians.  


Facebook page to The Sweet Spot:

Thanks for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at toby@tobytoby.com and provide information on where I can listen to clips, see video and take a look at your web presence. 

With kind regards,

Toby Tobias