During the 1970s and 80s, My Father’s Place was the center of Long Island’s musical universe. The iconic club is back this time at the Roslyn Hotel. There was a time in Long Island’s cultural history when the whole world looked here for the next big trend in rock ‘n’ roll. That was between 1974 and 1980, the heyday of My Father’s Place, a cabaret in Roslyn. And Michael Epstein, known as Eppy, ran the whole shebang. Along with My Father’s Place, which opened on Memorial Day in 1971 with a concert by Richie Havens, a confluence of entities created a scene that would influence music for decades to come.
MFP debuted in America most of Reggae’s biggest stars, helping to make the genre mainstream, and along with CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City, was a nurturing ground for young punk and new wave acts like The Runaways, The Ramones, Blondie, The Police, and The Talking Heads. But unlike other clubs, who specialized in one form of music or one period in time, My Father’s Place hosted national acts at the same time it was helping to break new artists. James Brown, B.B. King, Stanley Clarke, Rick Derringer, Bo Diddley, and a host of other music greats performed as well. Indeed, few clubs in history have showcased the depth and breadth of talent like My Father’s Place. When My Father’s Place closed on May 3, 1987 an entire era came to an end. The club is now reopening just a short walk from where history was made, and a new era is about to begin.