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  June 24, 2016: 
FreeBird has added two more shows to its summer slate. The band will be playing at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell on Saturday July 2nd and at The Paramount on Thursday July 28th. FreeBird is thrilled to be playing at these excellent venues and looks forward to rockin' out with y'all there! In the meantime our first beach show of the year is Saturday June 25th at the Cedar Beach Hut, so come bask in the sun and listen to FreeBird play your favorite Skynyrd tunes, cause summer has arrived!

February 27, 2016: 
FreeBird's first show of 2016 is finally around the corner. Come see the band Saturday, March 5th at 89 North in Patchogue, NY. FreeBird starts rockin' around 8:15pm, followed by The Allmost Brothers Band (Allman Brothers Tribute).

October 3, 2015: 
Photos from the August 30th show at the Cedar Beach Hut are here and photos from the September 19th show at O'Reilly's are here. FreeBird will be playing next at Napper Tandy's in Smithtown on Saturday, November 7th. The band goes on around 9:30pm.

September 12, 2015: 
THE BAD NEWS: The September 12th FreeBird show at Smith Point Beach Hut has been canceled due to rain! Sorry everyone :-( THE GOOD NEWS: We'll be right back playing next Saturday at O'Reilly's in Oakdale, NY.

August 7, 2015: 
Photos from the July 25th Smith Point Beach Hut show are here. Thanks to all who rocked out with us, y'all were amazing! We've got good news - the summer beach shows keep on coming. FreeBird was recently able to add a show for Sunday, August 30th at the Cedar Beach Hut, so see y'all at the Cedar Beach Hut next!

June 27, 2015: 
Sorry fans, FreeBird's show today (June 27th) at the Smith Point Beach Hut has been canceled due to the threat of rain. The good news is we already have a couple more shows booked there for this summer, so catch us back at the Smith Point Beach Hut for our next show on Saturday, July 25th.

June 27, 2015: 
Smith Point Beach Hut is monitoring the weather and will let us know by 3pm whether or not we will be playing today. Check back here or on our Facebook page for the update.

June 15, 2015: 
Summer at Smith PointThanks to the enthusiastic crowd that came to FreeBird's first beach show of 2015 at the Cedar Beach Hut. Now for more! FreeBird has 3 upcoming beach shows at the Smith Point Beach Hut in Shirley, NY, on June 27th, July 25th, and September 12th. See you this summer at the Smith Point Beach Hut!

June 7, 2015: 
See You On The Beach!FreeBird is headin' out to the beach. Join us at the Cedar Beach Hut in Babylon, NY on Sunday, June 14th for our inaugural beach show of the season. Bask in the sun, then enjoy FreeBird playing your favorite tunes into the evening.

May 31, 2015: 
Rock Fest 2015Our first outdoor show of the year is Saturday, June 6th! FreeBird is very excited to have been invited to play the Brookhaven Fire Department's annual outdoor Rock Fest for 2015, located at the Brookhaven Fire Department Fireman's Park. The gates open at 4pm, with Eagles tribute The Fast Lane taking the stage around 5pm and FreeBird taking the stage around 8pm. This is an annual fund raising event for the Brookhaven Fire Department. Tickets at the gate are $15.00 per person. Refreshments and raffles will be available for purchase. Bring your own chair or blanket for a night of great music and fun for all. For additional information, visit www.brookhavenfd.com or contact Mike Verni at 631-286-2228.

May 30, 2015: 
Join us tonight, Saturday May 30th, for another rockin' double feature at 89 North. Allman Brothers Tribute Seven Turns opens around 8:15pm, with FreeBird taking the stage shortly after 10pm.

December 17, 2014: 
Kicking off 2015
FreeBird will be kicking off 2015 with a Saturday, January 10th show at 89 North in Patchogue, NY. FreeBird will be the opening band, going on around 8:15pm and wrapping up around 10pm, and will be followed by our good friends Seven Turns, Allman Brothers Tribute. In the meantime we wish you all safe and wonderful holidays. See you in 2015!


October 7, 2014: 
PA Rally On The River Re-sked
The Pennsylvania Rally On The River show (Northumberland, PA), originally scheduled for November 8th, has been tentatively rescheduled by the organizers to April 11th 2015. We'll keep you posted.


September 18, 2014: 
Photos from the Smith Point Beach Hut show are here. Thanks to the awesome crowd that swelled as the night went on and made FreeBird's first beach show rock. The band loves to feed off your energy. Our next show is this Saturday, September 20th at 89 North. The excellent Allman Brothers Tribute Band, Seven Turns, will open shortly after 8pm and FreeBird will take the stage shortly after 10pm. See you there!

August 8, 2014: 
Emporium Photos
Thanks to all our fans who turned out for our first show at The Emporium, it's great as always to see all of your support. Our photos from the show can be viewed here. Also, pro photographer Rich Balter took great photos of the bands at the Emporium show. You can check out his site at www.rbalterphoto.com and his FreeBird photo album here.


July 13, 2014: 
Next Shows
Unfortunately one of the beach shows we were looking to play at fell through, but our next two shows have been confirmed! On Friday, August 1, FreeBird will be playing at The Emporium in Patchogue, NY. There will be 3 bands playing: Love, The Cult Tribute will open around 8pm, followed by FreeBird, and then Mad Co, Bad Company Tribute. On Friday, September 5, FreeBird will be playing its first beach show at the Smith Point Beach Hut at 6:30pm. FreeBird can't wait to get back out and hit the stage, see you there!


June 11, 2014: 
Summer Shows
FreeBird is finalizing several Friday shows in early August and September. Right now it's looking like three venues FreeBird has never performed at before, including two beach shows and a three band tribute show! We're really excited about these upcoming shows, as some have been in the works since last year!


March 23, 2014: 
FreeBird Solo!
FreeBird will be flying solo at Napper Tandy's in Smithtown on Saturday, April 5, meaning it's the ONLY band playing. That means more FreeBird, more songs, more fun! So get ready for a dose of Allmans, Tucker, Daniels and maybe even Purple, on top of the Skynyrd that you know and love. Yes! First notes are hit around 9:30 p.m.


February 26, 2014: 
89 Revisited
FreeBird is alive and well – and back! The band will be playing at 89 North in Patchogue on Friday, March 14. FreeBird will go on around 10 p.m. and play at least a two-hour set of your favorite Skynyrd tunes along with a sprinkling of new "other" songs that you'll recognize. The excellent Allman Brothers tribute Seven Turns will start the night. Hope to see you there.


November 13, 2013: 
What a Night!
The special "One More From the Road" show at 89 North was a giant success thanks to FreeBird's great fans, who turned out in force! The band thanks you! Photos are here. Shows are being planned for early next year, so stay tuned and see you soon.


October 25, 2013: 
Special "One More From the Road" Show
FreeBird is performing a very special "One More From the Road" show at 89 North in Patchogue on Saturday, Nov. 9. The band will be playing Skynyrd's famous live concert from the Fabulous Fox Theatre as it was originally recorded in July 1976 and released on the double album that September – in order, starting with Record 1, Side 1: "Workin' for MCA" and ending with Record 1, Side 4: ...What song is it you wanna hear? "Free Bird"!!! This is the first time the band has done this – EVER – and you DO NOT want to miss it. Show starts at 8:30 p.m.
(Show Poster)


September 7, 2013: 
It’s About Time!
FreeBird returns from summer hiatus for a back-to-Skynyrd show on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Napper Tandy’s in Smithtown. The band will go on around 9:30 pm. MadCo, the excellent Bad Company tribute that has previously shared the bill with FreeBird, will go on around 8 pm. So get ready for some heavy duty ass-kickin’! See you there!


June 10, 2013: 
Our next show will be at 89 North in Patchogue, NY on Saturday, June 29th. Don't miss it, as it'll be FreeBird's last show before a couple-month summer break! Opening for FreeBird will be the band Mudcat, playing rock hits from the 60's and 70's. Check them out here on Facebook.

March 30, 2013: 
Thanks to all who packed the house once again at 89 North in Patchogue on March 23. The band also thanks world-renowned drummer Bobby Rondinelli, who joined FreeBird onstage for amazing versions of Hush and White Room. See photos here. Stay tuned for upcoming show dates!

February 22, 2013: 
89 Return
Free Bird will be making a return visit to 89 North in Patchogue on March 23, following the great show and huge crowd there last November. Once again, the Allman Brothers tribute Seven Turns will open the night. The band wants to thank the monster crowd that came out to Napper Tandy’s in Smithtown on Feb. 16. Here are over 130 photos of the night!


January 25, 2013: 
Thanks to the great crowd at O'Reilly's who rocked out to a mighty 34-tune set list! Photos from the show are here. Next up is Napper Tandy's in Smithtown on February 16th, with Bad Company tribute Mad Co scheduled to open for FreeBird.

December 10, 2012: 
Thanks to all who came out to a great, packed show at 89 North on Dec. 1. The band hopes everyone had as good a time as they did! See the photos here. New shows are being scheduled, including a return by FreeBird to its "home field" -- O'Reilly's, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 p.m. See you there!

November 22, 2012: 
Upcoming Show
FreeBird will be playing at 89 North in Patchogue on Saturday, Dec. 1. It’s a new venue for the band – it bills itself as “Long Island’s Best Live Music Experience.” And finally, after several false starts, FreeBird will introduce its new drummer extraordinaire Jack. The excellent Allman Brothers tribute Seven Turns will open at 8 pm., and FreeBird will take the stage around 10 p.m. It will be a great show – don’t miss it!


November 3, 2012: 
Napper's Postponed
The show scheduled for Sat. Nov. 3 at Napper Tandy's Smithtown is postponed due to power outages from superstorm Sandy. The show will be rescheduled - check back for updates. The band hopes everyone is safe and OK.


October 19, 2012: 
The Boys Are Back
FreeBird will be returning to Napper Tandy’s in Smithtown on Saturday Nov. 3 after its great show there back in February. The band will be introducing a new member, Jack Fontana, on drums. Jack is an eclectic musician and a veteran of many bands, including Exciter, a Judas Priest tribute. He brings new energy, excitement and talent to the band and to the music of Skynyrd. Mad Co, an excellent Bad Company tribute, will again open the show at 8:00, and FreeBird will begin around 9:30. Be there!


March 3, 2012: 
Night at Napper's
Thanks to the HUNDREDS of Skynyrd fans who packed into Napper Tandy's on Feb. 25. What an unforgettable night. Photos are posted here. Napper's posted a montage video and also one of the band playing Free Bird that you will really enjoy. MadCo was great opening the night, and Fingers from WBAB introduced FreeBird and gave away Skynyrd tix. Stay tuned for future FreeBird shows.


February 15, 2012: 
Napper's News
In what promises to be a great night of food, drink and, of course, music, the show at Napper Tandy's in Smithtown on Saturday Feb. 25 will open with Mad Co, a popular and excellent tribute to Bad Company, at 8:00 p.m. FreeBird will then take the stage sometime around 9:30 p.m. and play all night, as usual. A sneak peek at the setlist shows 30+ songs planned, including a couple never played before by FreeBird. Don't miss it!


January 17, 2012: 
Napper's in Smithtown
FreeBird will be playing at Napper Tandy's in Smithtown on Feb. 25, not Napper Tandy's in Miller Place, as incorrectly listed earlier. The show begins at 8:30 pm. Napper Tandy's has recently upgraded its sound system and FreeBird will be playing some surprise new tunes, so you don't want to miss the show at Napper Tandy's in SMITHTOWN!


January 13, 2012: 
New Show Added
FreeBird will be performing at Napper Tandy's in Miller Place on Saturday, Feb. 25. Showtime is 9 p.m. The band has been working on some new tunes, so get ready to be surprised! Napper Tandy's is an excellent, spacious venue with great food. Here are photos from FreeBird's show there last May. The band hopes to see you there!


December 15, 2011: 
Photos from FreeBird's Dec. 10th show at Katies of Smithtown are here. The band is currently working on booking shows for 2012, they'll be listed on the website as they get finalized. FreeBird wishes everyone a safe and Happy Holidays!

November 26, 2011: 
Big Return
FreeBird thanks everybody who came out for the band's return show at O'Reilly's on Saturday, Nov. 19. Photos are here. The band reports that it was great to be back playing, the crowd was excellent and O'Reilly's staff was super as always. The band isn't wasting much time before playing again -- the next show is Saturday, Dec. 10, at Katie's of Smithtown. Hope to see you there!


November 10, 2011: 
The Boys Are Back!
After too long of a break, FreeBird will be returning to the stage on Saturday, Nov. 19, at O'Reilly's Restaurant & Pub, in Oakdale, Long Island. The show will start about 9:30p.m. As usual, there's no cover. The band is excited to be back playing, so come out and get your long-awaited Skynyrd fix -- along with a good dose of Allmans, Tucker, Daniels -- at a great venue with the NY-area's best Skynyrd tribute band: FreeBird!


May 25, 2011: 
Napper Tandy’s and a Hiatus
Thanks to all FreeBird’s great fans who came to the Napper Tandy’s show on May 20. What a crowd! The photos are posted here. The band is taking some time away from playing and no new shows currently are being posted. The length of the hiatus is undetermined, so FreeBird fans should occasionally check back here or on our Facebook page for any updates. When the band does return, we hope to see you there!


May 6, 2011: 
New Show Listing
FreeBird has announced the band will be playing at Napper Tandy's Irish Pub in Miller Place, NY on Friday May 20th. This will be the band's first time playing at Napper Tandy's, the show starts at 9pm, don't miss it! Click here for the shows page.


March 11, 2011: 
Ollie’s Revisited
Tremendous thanks to all who came out to the show at Ollie’s Point on March 5, especially the folks who came from far and wide – including New Jersey and Massachusetts! See the photos here. The band’s management currently is working on lining up future shows, and we’ll soon be posting those dates and locations here and on our Facebook page. See you at the next show!


February 26, 2011: 
A Blast at O’Reilly’s
What a large, loud, and rockin’ crowd at O’Reilly’s on Feb. 19! See the photos here. The band fed off the energy, playing a two-hour first set and then returning for another nearly two-hour set. FreeBird thanks everyone who came out, and the band can’t wait for its upcoming show at Ollie’s Point in Amityville on March 5. See you there!


November 12, 2010: 
Jollies at Ollie's
FreeBird thanks everyone for coming out to Ollie's on Saturday, Nov. 6, especially the dancers who joined the band onstage. Crazy! This also had to be the first time the band ever played four encore songs. FreeBird is set to appear next in January 2011, so if we don't see you before then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


September 20, 2010: 
Leonard Skinner Is Dead
FreeBird is saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard Skinner, the former Jacksonville, Fla., high school gym teacher who was the inspiration for the name Lynyrd Skynyrd. Skinner, who taught at Robert E. Lee High School, reportedly once sent a student named Gary Rossington to the principal's office for having long hair. Gary and fellow band members, in a mock gesture, altered Skinner's name to come up with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Skinner and band members later became friendly.


September 16, 2010: 
The Best Guests
FreeBird thanks everyone who came out to the wild and crazy show at Katie's on Saturday, Sept. 11. The band was lucky to have two talented pro drummers step in on short notice for what turned out to be a great night of music. Bobby Rondinelli, who has played with Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, and other great bands put aside his metal instincts for the night and kicked out some tasty southern-fried beats. Gary Worrell, who has been in many bands and currently is in Soulstice, sat in for several songs, including a couple of Allman Brothers tunes. Also, Bryan McDonald took the mic and belted out a rousing Whipping Post. Many thanks to the guest performers for making it a very special FreeBird show. See the photos here.


August 28, 2010: 
Ollie's Show Date Changed
It's actually going to be a "Saturday Night Special"! The show at Ollie's Point has been moved from Friday to Saturday November 6th, with FreeBird playing from 8pm to 11pm. But even before that, FreeBird returns to Katies of Smithtown on September 11th at 10pm. These may be the last shows of 2010 for FreeBird, so be sure not to miss them! Check the shows page for more details.


June 14, 2010: 
The Show Must Go On!
Great news: FreeBird WILL be playing at O’Reilly’s on Saturday, June 26. This show was originally postponed, but the boys just couldn’t stand being away from the stage for too long, so it’s back on! The band goes on at 9:30 p.m., so be there and be ready for a great night of food, drink, fun , and the music of Skynyrd -- with some Allmans, Tucker, Daniels, and more -- played live and loud by FreeeeeBirrrrrrd!


March 11, 2010: 
Rockin’ O’Reilly’s
Whoa, what an awesome crowd and excellent show at O’Reilly’s on Saturday, Feb. 27. The place was packed, and the band definitely fed off the energy, putting together two long sets of Skynyrd music, with other surprises tossed in. Check out the photos here. And see you at the next show!


January 21, 2010: 
Rollicking Romp
FreeBird thanks its fans and the great staff at the Double R in Islip Terrace, N.Y., for an excellent night of fun and music on Saturday, Jan. 16. The band played all the Skynyrd favorites and then introduced the Allman Brothers’ “Melissa” to its repertoire. Photos from the show are here. The band will be playing next at O’Reilly’s in Oakdale, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 27. Expect some new songs to be added to the setlist!


December 30, 2009: 
New Show Dates Announced
FreeBird is opening up 2010 with shows at Double R on January 16th and O'Reilly's on February 27th, Happy New Year!


November 26, 2009: 
Photos are up from the November 21st show at O'Reilly's, click here. FreeBird wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

October 15, 2009: 
FreeBird to Play Benefit Show
On the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 8, FreeBird will be performing at the “Rock the Warriors” event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, to be held at the Knights of Columbus hall at 38 W. 1st Street, Patchogue, NY. Doors open at 1:30 pm, and FreeBird is set to lead off the day’s musical program at 2 pm. See event poster here. Proceeds will go toward helping address the needs of injured service men and women. Click here for more information about the Wounded Warrior Project.


September 10, 2009: 
More Video!
FreeBird added a new video on YouTube. The band plays the Skynyrd classic "That Smell" at O'Reilly's in Oakdale, N.Y., on May 9, 2009. Check it out here (updated link). It's amazing just how close this sounds to 1977-era Skynyrd. The band hopes to post more videos soon. Also, now that everyone is back from summer vacation, the band is working on adding some show dates, so keep an eye out.


July 9, 2009: 
Check out the photos from the June 26th Matty T's show here.

June 22, 2009: 
Technical Issues
If you couldn't connect to the website, that's because the site was down for about a week. The server the site was previously hosted on is gone, we lost all of the files hosted on there and have relocated to a new server and re-uploaded backups of (hopefully) all the files. There may be minor issues with the site and we're working on setting up our email addresses again and such. We apologize for the blackout period. The band will be playing this Friday, June 26th at 10PM at Matty T's in Deer Park, NY, hope to see everyone there!


February 7, 2009: 
New Video
FreeBird has added a new video on YouTube. The band plays Marshall Tucker's "Can't You See" to a packed and enthusiastic crowd at O'Reilly's in Oakdale, N.Y., on Nov. 15, 2008. Check out the video here.


January 28, 2009: 
Another Tragic Loss
The members of FreeBird and everyone else who loves the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd deeply mourn the loss of yet another band member, pianist Billy Powell, who passed away last night. Who hasn’t been moved by Billy Powell's beautiful opening of Free Bird, or his fiery solos on songs like Call Me the Breeze, Sweet Home Alabama, I Know a Little, and many others. It is another sad day in the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the members of FreeBird are proud to do their best to carry on the music of this great band. Rest in peace, Billy Powell, you will be missed.


January 25, 2009: 
The photos are up from the Double R show. Check out the band Friday, January 30th at Matty T's in Deer Park. What song is it you wanna hear?

December 1, 2008: 
Show Time
The show at Lily Flanagan's in Islip on Friday, Dec. 5, will start at 7 p.m. sharp, so don't be late!


November 21, 2008: 
Sweet Home!
FreeBird has played at O'Reilly's seven times now, and the latest show on Saturday, Nov. 15, was the absolute best yet! The place was jammed, the crowd was loud, and the band was firing on all cylinders. O'Reilly's can now officially be called the FreeBird's home. The band thanks everyone who came out and danced, whistled, cheered, and whooped it up until the wee hours. See the photos.


October 1, 2008: 
A Little Catch-Up
Thanks to the incredibly enthusiastic crowd that came out to the Blue Parrot on Sept. 28. The band energized the already pumped-up crowd by playing two songs for the first time: Rick Derringer/Johnny Winter’s funky and rocking Still Alive and Well and Molly Hatchet’s hard-charging Flirtin’ With Disaster. Toss in all the Skynyrd favorites and the night was a whole lot more than One More From the Road. See the photos here.
 
FreeBird gives a big thanks to Bo and The Hog Shoppe for having the band perform at its Big Summer Bash on Aug. 30. It was a great night of food, prizes, camaraderie, and of course music. Check out The Hog Shoppe website for their future events or stop by their place in Levittown for the best selection of bike gear around. See photos from The Big Summer Bash here.
 
FreeBird is looking forward to returning to Mulcahy’s in Hauppauge on Saturday, Oct. 25. Showtime is 7 p.m., and bring your appetite with you — Mulcahy’s is now serving dinner. Supper, shots, Skynyrd — yummy!


August 11, 2008: 
The Bash Is Coming
FreeBird is looking forward to playing at The Hog Shoppe's first Big Summer Bash, being held Aug. 30 at Nawton's Pub in Westbury. There will be free barbecue, beer specials, contests, raffles, and of course Skynyrd music filling the air all night long. For more info, call the Hog Shoppe at (516) 735-3322, or visit their website, or just ride on out to Nawton’s — the revelry starts at 8 p.m.


May 20, 2008: 
New Hot Spot
Mulcahy's is opening a new location in Hauppauge, and FreeBird will be performing there! Mulcahy's already is one of the premier clubs on Long Island with locations in Wantagh and Centereach. Now, with the opening of their third "pub and concert hall," Mulcahy's is really rocking the Island. FreeBird is excited to be playing in the new Hauppauge venue on Saturday, June 28th. Congratulations to Mulcahy's, and FreeBird hopes to see everyone come out and celebrate the new location Skynyrd-style!


January 26, 2008: 
Tribute to a Hero
FreeBird was proud to perform at the 3rd Annual Tribute to Jimmy McNaughton, held at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh on Jan. 19. After the show, Jimmy’s parents gave band members a coin and patch commemorating their son, who died while serving in Iraq. The band was honored to receive the keepsakes. See photos from the event here.


December 22, 2007: 
Special Benefit Show
FreeBird has just added a bunch of new shows, including a special benefit performance at the 3rd Annual Tribute to James D. McNaughton, at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, on Saturday, Jan. 19. Jimmy McNaughton made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while serving in Iraq in 2005. Come out for a day of food, friends and entertainment and support a good cause – proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., and FreeBird will be taking the stage around the middle of the afternoon, so get there early! Click here for additional FreeBird shows.
— Click here to view a poster of the event!


December 4, 2007: 
Hot Bruno's
What a great, enthusiastic crowd at Bruno's on Friday night, Nov. 30. See the photos here. On the music front, the band, always looking to expand its repertoire and give fans something new, debuted the fiery song Hot 'Lanta by the Allman Brothers. Keep an eye out for upcoming shows.


October 15, 2007: 
New Videos!
FreeBird has two new videos on YouTube from the band's recent show at Mulcahy's (linked here). The songs are T for Texas and Sweet Home Alabama. Enjoy!


October 12, 2007: 
They Call Me Mulcahy’s
Some cool pics from a great night of fun at Mulcahy’s on Oct. 6 are now up on the Photos page. If you were there take a look, you might see yourself. If you weren’t there, what’s your excuse? The band played a super set of Skynyrd’s best, including many of the songs from “One More From the Road.” More shows are coming up soon and keep an eye out for new ones to be added.


September 14, 2007: 
First Time Appearance
FreeBird will be appearing at Mulcahy's in Centereach for the first time, on Saturday, Oct. 6. The band hopes everyone comes on out to one of Long Island's best music and bar venues and gets down and dirty with some smokin’ Skynyrd. Show starts at 9 p.m. — see you there! The band thanks everyone who came out to O’Reilly’s on Sept. 8 — it was a blast. Go see the pictures here.


August 15, 2007: 
New Shows!
Are you ready? FreeBird has added 4 new show dates and has others in the works!


April 29, 2007: 
200,000 !
The FreeBird website has surpassed 200,000 homepage hits! Thanks to everyone for your continuing support and interest.


April 24, 2007: 
One More From Bruno's
FreeBird paid an excellent return visit to Bruno's in Ronkonkoma on April 21 — see the photos here. It was another evening of "Skynyrd Plus," meaning the usual full dose of Skynyrd songs, plus a special treat of Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Outlaws and others. Many thanks to the great crowd that came out. The band is working on future show dates, so check back here, or get on the band’s mailing list.


March 5, 2007: 
Cookin’ at Katie’s
All the photos have been posted from a fun night at Katie’s with old and new friends of FreeBird. Al was at his singing and bantering best, and the band cooked until the wee hours. Keep checking back for new show listings, and then come on out for a great time and some great Skynyrd music.


February 26, 2007: 
O’Reilly’s, Oh Yeah!
FreeBird gave a taste of something new at O’Reilly’s on Feb. 24, adding several surprise covers: "There Goes Another Love Song" by the Outlaws, "Can’t You See" by Marshall Tucker, and a raucous version of Cream’s "White Room" that rattled the walls. Add in all the classic Skynyrd songs, and it was a night to remember: the best music, a super crowd, and a perfect venue that had great food and drink and the coolest staff. Photos from this "Saturday night special" are here. FreeBird returns to Katie’s this weekend. Be there!


February 1, 2007: 
A Katie’s Surprise
Photos from the Jan. 27 show at Katie’s have been posted (click here). The band showed its versatility by adding several non-Skynyrd songs, including devastating versions of Layla, Jessica, Ramblin’ Man and few others, all played true to the original recordings that everyone loves. The band says it will continue adding new songs and keeping things fresh, so now in addition to getting your Skynyrd favorites, you never know what else you’re in store for.


December 20, 2006: 
Seasons Greetings!
We have Happy Holiday news: FreeBird will be playing at Katie’s of Smithtown on Saturday, Jan. 27. The band has been working out some new tunes and expanding its repertoire, so be prepared for some new year’s surprises. FreeBird played at Katie’s last July and everyone had a great time, and the band is really looking forward to getting back on Katie’s stage and dishing out some New York fried Skynyrd. See y'all there.


Aug 9, 2006: 
Buchmann's Photos
Photos from a great night at Buchmann’s Radio Grill on Aug. 5 have been added to the site. The crowd was large and noisy, and FreeBird lit the place up with three sets of Skynyrd music. It was great to see all the good friends and family of FreeBird along with fans of Skynyrd and everyone else who came down for an excellent night of fun and music.


Jul 25, 2006: 
Back On Stage
FreeBird returned to the stage on Saturday, July 22, and with new bassist Jimbo in the lineup the band rocked Katie’s house. Photos from the night have been posted. The band thanks Brian and the other nice people at Katie’s for helping make it a great night of Skynyrd madness. Katie’s is right up with the best places FreeBird has played. Next up is Buchmann’s Radio Grill on Saturday, Aug. 5.


Jul 14, 2006: 
FreeBird Returns Earlier
The band has added a new show on Saturday, July 22, at Katies of Smithtown. Then on Aug. 5, FreeBird will play its much-anticipated show at Buchmann’s Radio Grill (see news item below). Katies is a great place that has two floors with two bars plus an outdoor patio. It’s an excellent setting for a night of Skynyrd music at its best, brought to you live by FreeBird.


Jul 9, 2006: 
FreeBird Returns
The band marks its long-awaited return to the live music scene with a show at Buchmann’s Radio Grill on Saturday, Aug. 5. The Radio Grill, operated by Carol Buchmann and her well-known DJ husband Bob Buchmann of Q104.3 -- New York’s Only Classic Rock Station -- is an excellent bar and restaurant decked out with rock memorabilia. And it’s the perfect place to see FreeBird in its comeback show! You DON’T want to miss this.


May 12, 2006: 
It’s Official!
FreeBird has officially found the bass player it has been searching long and hard to find. New bassist Jim comes from a progressive rock and blues background and is musically, technically and personality-wise a perfect fit for FreeBird. Solidifying Jim as FreeBird’s new bass player means one big thing: after months and months of waiting, FreeBird is going to be out playing again at clubs and venues that are currently being lined up. So keep an eye out and get ready to start yelling: Free Bird!


Mar 19, 2006: 
Major FreeBird News!
Fans of FreeBird and Skynyrd music get ready! The best Skynyrd tribute band around is planning to start playing live again soon. The band has taken a layoff to find a new bass player, but the long search is complete. More details will be coming out shortly. Meantime, keep an eye out for new show listings because FreeBird is beginning to take bookings. It’s about time! FreeBird!


Mar 14, 2006: 
A Just Award
Congratulations to Lynyrd Skynyrd on its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a lasting and fitting tribute to a truly great band. Finally, surviving band members, along with those who’ve played with the band throughout the years, and those we’ve lost -- Ronnie, Allen, Leon, Steve and Cassie -- have received the credit, respect and recognition they deserve. And as Billy Powell commented, "Obviously this proves that the music is here to stay."


Jul 15, 2005: 
Bass Opening
As you may have seen in Good Times, FreeBird is looking for a new bass player, one that will be able to play Skynyrd songs note-for-note and possibly a few other Southern Rock songs (keep in mind FreeBird is based on Long Island, NY). If interested contact Jim at jim@skynyrdtributeband.com.


Jul 8, 2005: 
The FreeBird website home page surpassed 100,000 hits on July 7th! Thanks to all who have visited and continue to visit the site!

Jun 21, 2005: 
Mustang Sally's Pics
Photos from the June 18th Mustang Sally's show have been posted - click here to see them.


May 8, 2005: 
Pics and Shows
A load of photos from the Double R show have been posted - click here to see them. Meantime, two new shows have been added, and they’re at one of the band’s favorite places - Mustang Sally’s in West Islip. The band hopes everyone can come out and get down with some Skynyrd madness!


May 3, 2005: 
Double R Blast
Ahh, finally! FreeBird returned to the stage on Saturday, April 30, playing to a large and very enthusiastic crowd at the Double R in Islip Terrace. The energy level was high as the band kicked out Skynyrd’s best, from Gimme Three Steps, to Sweet Home Alabama, to Red, White & Blue, and everything in-between. And of course, the show topper was ... you guessed it: Freebird! The band thanks everyone who came out and also the super folks at Double R - great food and great drinks. Photos from the night will be posted soon, so keep checking back.


April 20, 2005: 
FreeBird Is Back!
Get ready for your long-awaited Skynyrd fix! FreeBird will be playing at the Double R in Islip Terrace on Saturday, April 30. The band hasn’t played out since late last year, so this promises to be a super special night. FreeBird sounds better than ever with the addition of new bass player, Jack, a polished pro who says he’s waited all his life for the opportunity to play Skynyrd tunes. So come out to the Double R - a great place - and get ready to answer the only question that matters: What song is it you want to hear? FreeBird!


March 14, 2005: 
We know the news hasn't been updated in a while, don't worry, we got over the Yankee loss. FreeBird will begin announcing a whole new slate of shows in the upcoming months.

October 20, 2004: 
Looney Tunes Show Cancelled
FreeBird’s scheduled October 20th show at Looney Tunes has been cancelled due to the Yankees ALCS Game 7 occurring around the same time.


October 16, 2004: 
Skynyrd Tribute CD
Sanctuary Records just released "Under The Influence" -- A Jam Band Tribute To Lynyrd Skynyrd," which contains 11 Skynyrd songs interpreted by some great bands like Gov’t Mule ("Simple Man") and Blues Traveler ("Free Bird"). To celebrate the release, FreeBird is playing at Long Island’s favorite music store, Looney Tunes in West Babylon, on Wednesday Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. So come out to this special event and enjoy some live Skynyrd music played by FreeBird and try out a copy of the new CD while you’re at it.

Hog Wild!
FreeBird’s second appearance this year at Harley-Davidson of Suffolk on Oct. 2 was just as good as the first one back in May. Thanks to the great guys at Harley, WBAB and Fingers, and everyone who came out. Also a special thanks to Peter Cannizzaro of the High Tydes Band, who filled in at bass. See pics of the event here.


September 26, 2004: 
Harley Happening
FreeBird returns to Harley-Davidson of Suffolk, in Oakdale, for a special afternoon of Skynyrd music, food, good times and, of course, the best deals on bikes and accessories. Long Island’s premier rock station, WBAB 102.3, will host the outdoor event on Saturday, Oct. 2, and will be giving out prizes. FreeBird hits the stage about 1 p.m. - click here for directions and details. FreeBird played at H-D of Suffolk’s grand reopening back on May 8, and it was a memorable day - click here to see the pictures.


September 1, 2004: 
FreeBird thanks everyone who's visited our website. The website turned 1 year old on August 31st and the home page has been visited 35,073 times since the site opened Aug 31st last year! We hope you have enjoyed the music and video clips, pictures, content, and hope you've been able to catch some of our shows. The site has been visited from all around the world and we've received tons of great e-mails. Thanks.

July 28, 2004: 
Sweet Home Pennsylvania
FreeBird is spreading its wings with a show in PA. on Aug. 14 at the Flagstaff Ballroom. The band is currently lining up some new venues, adding to its repertoire and hopes soon to have a new series of fall and winter shows. So stay tuned.

Fun in F'dale
The band thanks the great crowd that came out to the Changing Times Pub -- see the pics -- and the staff, which was the best!


June 23, 2004: 
Full Throttle
Check out the June 2004 issue of the New York/Long Island edition of Full Throttle Magazine, the 'Magazine For Motorcycle Enthusiasts', for an article about the May 8th Harley-Davidson of Suffolk Grand Opening Anniversary Sale event at which FreeBird played. The article, found on page 15, states that FreeBird "sounded perfect, playing renditions of the bands [Lynyrd Skynyrd's] classic rock music". It also comments how "the turnout was very impressive and included families with their young children, older folk's, younger folks and many motorcycle clubs" and goes on to mention that the shop's GM said "the staff was so pleased with the day's events and really enjoyed themselves".


May 25, 2004: 
Jim Beam Night at Houlihans
FreeBird will be appearing at Houlihans in Lake Grove at 8pm on Thursday May 27th for the first of a summer of events at Houlihans that'll be sponsored by Jim Beam. So come on out to Houlihans, order up some shots of Jim Beam and listen to Long Island's original Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band playing all your favorite tunes. See you there!


May 14, 2004: 
May 8th Photos Are Up
Photos from Harley-Davidson & Fins Pub have been added!


May 6, 2004: 
Doubleheader Saturday!
May 8th: Harley-WBAB Event & Fins Pub
Can't get enough Skynyrd? Listen to FreeBird during the afternoon while trying out some Harley's at Harley-Davidson of Suffolk and then at night while kicking back some drinks at Fins Pub. Yup, FreeBird is taking over Oakdale! We'll be playing first at the grand reopening celebration at Harley-Davidson of Suffolk, an event that will be hosted from Noon to 3PM by Fingers, afternoon DJ at WBAB 102.3FM. FreeBird is proud to be officially linked to Long Island's oldest Harley dealership, which has just finished a major expansion. So check out the Harley's, say Hi to Fingers, and get some free stuff. View our promo poster! Then at night, we'll be returning to Fins Pub, home of FreeBird's first ever gig. So see y'all Saturday!


May 4, 2004: 
Thanks to Peanuts for inviting us back to play - the staff is the best and they run a great bar. We hope you all enjoyed the show. Check out the photos.

April 26, 2004: 
Fuzzy Ball
Saturday's show at Fuzzy's was a blast, especially when keyboardist Richie Tancredi from the High Tydes Band joined FreeBird on stage for a smokin' T for Texas and then closed out the night with an outstanding version of Free Bird (see the photos). The band's other friends from High Tydes -- bassist Peter Cannizzaro and sound specialist Vinny -- also came by. Thanks guys, and get High Tydes back out there playing soon.

Harley-WBAB Event!
FreeBird will be playing at the grand reopening celebration at Harley-Davidson of Suffolk, in Oakdale, an event on Saturday afternoon, May 8, that will be hosted from Noon to 3PM by Fingers, afternoon DJ at WBAB 102.3FM. FreeBird is proud to be officially linked to Harley-Davidson and Long Island's oldest Harley dealership, which has just finished a major expansion. So come by and try out a new Twin Cam 88, say Hi to Fingers, get some free stuff and listen to great Skynyrd music played live by FreeBird. See our promo poster!


April 1, 2004: 
MORE SHOWS
Several new shows have been added on the shows page to fill your spring with the tunes of Skynyrd. See you there!


March 21, 2004: 
Additional Photos
We've added some more photos from a great night of southern rock at Monsters of Mock 7 at Wildwood Lanes. Check them out!


March 2, 2004: 
MONSTERS OF MOCK 7
The Southern Fried Night at Wildwood Lanes on Saturday, March 6 has been expanded to a full-blown MONSTERS OF MOCK show, sponsored by 98.5 The Bone, Long Island's world class rock station! You'll see FreeBird performing with three other Southern Rock tributes: Eddie Jelly and Cold Shot (Stevie Ray Vaughn), Eliminator (ZZ Top) and Brother Peach (Allman Bros.) "No one has ever done a Southern Rock Show of this magnitude," says DJ Eric Davis from The Bone's Shut-Up & Rock Morning Show. Don't miss this great show!

Fatty Fotos
See pics of FreeBird and frynds at the Fatty McGee's show.


February 6, 2004: 
NEW VIDEOS
A bunch of new videos have just been added to the Music page of FreeBird playing live at the recent Someplace Else show in Farmingdale, NY. See the band playing Gimme Back My Bullets, What's Your Name and others. Also see guest bass player, Peter Cannizzaro, of The High Tydes Band, joining FreeBird on Call Me the Breeze. Enjoy!


February 3, 2004: 
Featured Band
FreeBird is this week's featured band on WestchesterRocks.com.
Check it out!


January 29, 2004: 
VIDEO CLIP ADDED!
We're starting to add video clips of FreeBird playing live (on the music page), and have an audience shot of the band playing Free Bird at the recent Village Pub show. Now you can have a real taste of what you get at FreeBird shows. Enjoy!


January 21, 2004: 
Tuxedo Junction
We posted a bunch of pics from our recent show in Connecticut. Thanks to everyone who braved the freezing cold to hear some hot Skynyrd music.


January 16, 2004: 
Skynyrd Party!
Skynyrd is playing at the Westbury Music Fair, and FreeBird is celebrating with a show Feb. 28 at Fatty McGee's. If you can't see Skynyrd-or if you want an encore-come and hear the New York area's closest thing - FreeBird! Admission to this Skynyrd celebration is free, and Skynyrd stuff will be given away.

Southern Fried Night
FreeBird is honored to now be playing at tribute shows sponsored by 98.5 The Bone, Long Island's world class rock station! FreeBird will take the stage Saturday, March 6 with Eliminator (ZZ Top tribute) and Brother Peach (Allman Brothers tribute) for a rockin' Southern Fried Night at Wildwood Lanes. You don't want to miss this one!


January 4, 2004: 
The show at Someplace Else was a huge hit, especially because one of the founding members of the High Tydes Band, bassist Peter Cannizzaro, joined FreeBird on stage for several tunes - check out the Someplace Else pics. Rocking hard on his vintage '59 P Bass, Peter showed he still has what it takes to muscle the beat, which he did during the late '70s and early '80s for Long Island's High Tydes Band. And Vinny, former soundman for High Tydes, also came out, giving some expert advice. Thanks to Peter and Vinny for coming out and also for passing on their wide knowledge, and tremendous thanks to everyone else who jammed into Someplace Else to hear great Skynyrd music the way it's supposed to be played - by FreeBird!

January 1, 2004: 
Thanks to all who came out to Village Pub. Photos are up from the show. Happy New Year from FreeBird!

December 15, 2003: 
Hey, we all had a blast at Peanuts on Saturday, Dec. 13! Thanks to everyone who came out, including Eric Davis from The Bone 98.5. It was one rockin' evening of Skynyrd! Go to the Photos page to see some pics. Thanks to the management and staff at Peanuts, a great place to dine--and party!

December 7, 2003: 
The Bone will be appearing live at FreeBird's gig at Peanuts on December 13. Join FreeBird, Long Island's Skynyrd Band and The Bone as they celebrate an evening of Skynyrd hits. Keep listening to The Bone 98.5 for more details.

December 6, 2003: 
UPDATE: Disappointed that FreeBird's December 6th show at Someplace Else got cancelled due to the blizzard? We've rescheduled! FreeBird will now be playing at Someplace Else on Saturday, January 3rd. Let's hope the snow stays away this time.

December 6, 2003: 
FreeBird's December 6th show at Someplace Else has been CANCELLED due to the blizzard. Enjoy the snow and safe travels.

November 10, 2003: 
Show dates added! Check out the Shows page and join FreeBird for a night of rockin' high energy Skynyrd performed at its best.

October 26, 2003: 
Skynyrd fans were out in force at Fins Pub for the FreeBird show!!! And FreeBird delivered Skynyrd's hits with the southern rock energy that Skynyrd fans expect. See show photos and check here for upcoming FreeBird shows. Hear Skynyrd performed at its best.

October 23, 2003: 
Check out music clips of FreeBird playing some of your favorite songs. Six new sample clips have been added to the music page, including: Gimme Three Steps, Sweet Home Alabama, and What's Your Name. And check out the shows to see where you can hear these songs played by FreeBird live.

October 12, 2003: 
FreeBird was asked to do a spur of the moment gig at Fin's Pub and rocked the house. The crowd got to hear all the Skynyrd greats. Check out the photos and be sure to come down and join us October 25th if you missed us last time.

September 27, 2003: 
Hey you Sweet Home Alabama fans! Freebird, the Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band will be hitting the clubs again on Long Island and the New York metro area very soon, so keep checking back here.

September 20, 2003:
Update from August 28th - Timmy returned as planned, fully recovered from surgery. Thanks to all that wished him well.

September 4, 2003:
LYNYRD SKYNYRD will now commence their "VICIOUS CYCLE" tour September 16 in Trenton, NJ after the band's founding lead guitarist GARY ROSSINGTON rests under doctor's orders.

August 28, 2003:
Guitarist, Timmy, had hand surgery to remove the stabilizer pin from his thumb. He is on the road to recovery and we expect him back by September 20th.

August 24, 2003:
FreeBird adds the new Lynyrd Skynyrd hit "Red White & Blue" to its set list. It smokes!

August 16, 2003:
FreeBird website goes online!

August 4, 2003:
LYNYRD SKYNYRD have been forced to cancel the remainder of the "Party of a Lifetime" co-headline tour with Sammy Hagar due to the medical condition of the band's founding lead guitarist GARY ROSSINGTON.


 
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