Bay Ridge falls back to the past

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Bay Ridge nights has gone retro! Old-school rock, roots Irish music, and the American Songbook are taking over Bay Ridge this weekend.

Rock used to be about the things that matter — pompadours, muscle cars, flames painted on everything regardless of how tacky it looks. Well, you can relive the glory days at Indigo Murphy’s (7102 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. at 71st Street) on Friday when rockabilly throwback band Lustre Kings takes you on a trip back to the 1950s. The beer will still be at 2015 prices, but at least you won’t have to worry about the Russkies getting the Bomb — because that already happened.

On Saturday, strut over to Leif Bar (6725 Fifth Ave. between 67th and Senator streets) to catch Rolling Stones tributeers Stony Rollers at 9 pm. On paper, they are the least Stones group ever — several members work for the police department, and the guy who plays Keith Richards has been sober for nearly three decades — but boy can these guys rock!

Then bound to Salty Dog (7509 Third Ave. between Bay Ridge Parkway and 76th street) on Sunday for the half-way to St. Patrick’s Day fund-raiser at 4 pm. You may be thinking ‘Hey, Bay Ridge Nights, that doesn’t sound very retro!’ Too bad, nitpicker — Bay Ridge’s love of St. Patrick’s Day trumps all! Plus Brooklyn Bards will play a set of traditional Irish tunes, and if that ain’t retro, we don’t know what is. Entry is $20, but it all goes to support the annual parade. The Irish event organizers will also raffle off two Rangers tickets to support local parochial schools.

On Thursday, it is time to pay your respects to the original hipster transplant — Frank Sinatra. Before the Pennsylvania-born Taylor Swift ruffled feathers with her wide-eyed Welcome to New York,” there was Jersey-born Ol’ Blue Eyes and “New York, New York.” On the almost-eve of Sinatra’s 100th birthday (actually on Dec. 12), Ridge crooner Martin McQuade and ivory-tickler Pete Sokolow will play Sinatra classics at Hunter’s Steak and Ale House (9404 Fourth Ave. between 94th and 95th streets). There is no cover or drink minimum, but the show is at a restaurant, so have some respect and at least order some bread.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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