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LI Concert Notes # 5: 8/28/06

Do you see what I see? We’re all one big family, from the problem child to the prodigy.  We got drugs, we got guns and we got all kinds of fun, but most of all we’ve got it easy. – Jonathan Byrd

Here’s some great Live Music on LI.

Tuesday, 8/29 – Lone Sharks – rockabilly – the Lone Sharks are East End favorites, bringing good-time rockabilly classics and their own brand of fun. Founded by guitarist and lead singer Gene Casey in 1988, the Lone Sharks have earned a devoted following which keeps this band working all year long, and all over Long Island, contradicting the usual East End summer scene..  12:30 PM at Bayshore Band Shell (the Gazebo), Dr. King’s Park, Main Street, Bayshore

Wednesday, 8/30 – Bob Westcott and The Daydreamers performing outdoors at Chandler Square in Port Jefferson village from 7 til 9 PM….this is a free show! The Daydreamers feature Mike DiGeronimo on snare drum, Larry Hunter on bass. Bob playing his new red Gretsch guitar!  They are kind of an upbeat “folkabilly” band, playing a variety of covers and original songs.

Wednesday, 8/30 – Guitar Junkies. 9:30 PM at Hemingway’s.  1885 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh.  (516) 781-2700.  HEMINGWAYSGRILL.COM

Thursday, 8/31 – “Just Wild About Harry,” 7:30 PM. The Harry Chapin tribute benefit concert at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Stage, featuring over 20 Long Island singer-songwriters performing Harry’s music. Free, bring food and cash donations for L.l. Cares and World Hunger year.

Saturday, 9/2 – Mary Lamont Band.  8:00 PM.  Long Beach Boardwalk at National Blvd.

Sunday, 9/3 – Tornado Alley. 10:30 AM An all original Americana band Featuring Sonny Speed, Tim Huss, Vinny Crici, Lora Kendall & Robert Langley will be appearing at Bradstock, at the Maritime Museum in Sayville. The all day festival will be carried live over WUSB 90.1fm

Wednesday, 9/6 – Return of Folk Legend Bob Westcott.7 PM.   The Babylon Green Party will host an encore performance of songwriter Bob Westcott.  His one-a-kind performance last September demanded a return engagement.  Westcott is known for his flawless performances both as a solo singer/songwriter and as a guitar player for the geriatric blues band The Debrillators and the political rockers Blacklisted and the Banned.  Inspired by the intimate setting and a recent Arlo Guthrie performance, Westcott’s appearance at the Babylon Greens last year was more of a kitchen table performance featuring rambling talking-blues storytelling and impromptu covers from his youth.

Westcott been called the “real deal”, and for good reason:  Westcott has been performing his elegant finger style guitar work for over 30 years. During the Sixties, he played in the basket houses of Greenwich Village, then moved to Manchester, England to explore the British Folk Scene. During the Seventies, Westcott traveled throughout Canada and the US, living in the Midwest, California and Upstate NY before settling on Eastern Long Island. His astonishing finger style guitar work and universally resonant songwriting have made him a perennial favorite on the Long Island scene, and his debut album Rollin’ Along captures that beautifully. His latest CD release, Wherever You Go, is a beautifully crafted exploration of instrumental destinations. Quite different from his debut album, it transports the listener to aural landscapes of peace and serenity.

            Westcott’s performances are peppered with stories about his personal experiences, his travels and travails. This professional is also a Long Island Music Award nominee.

Westcott has opened for several nationally-known performers, including John Hammond, Merle Haggard, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, The Nields, and most recently, Richard Shindell. Westcott’’s annual Holiday Revue is a wildly popular event in which he presents his personal favorites to the Folk Music Society audience. He also performs as a member of the super group The Defibrillators. www.thedefibrillators.com  Contact Ian Wilder.  11 Edmunton Drive, #E6, North Babylon, NY 11703. 631-422-4702

Wednesday, 9/6 – Dan Conklin. 8 PM.  AcousticLI (Coolbeanz, St. James).  (from LI – www.myspace.com/danconklin).  www.acousticli.com

Friday, 9/8 – Ina May Wool.  Glen Roethel.  8 PM.  Coffee House Concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City.  $15.  223 Stewart Avenue, Garden City  516-248-8855  www.uuccn.org  calendar@uuccn.org

Ina May Wool: In the past two years, Ina May has anchored one of WFUV’s “Under the Radar” concerts, played on the main stage at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in the Emerging Artist Showcase, played Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, and was a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Festival in West Virginia.  Ina May’s blues, country, and jazz influenced original songs are carefully crafted with dry wit, keenly observed characters, gorgeous melodies, and an abiding sense of fun.  She sings in a strong, beautiful, and evocative voice.  A storyteller as sharp and confident as Lucinda Williams yet as smooth and lyrical as Suzanne Vega, Ina May released her second CD, “Crack It Open,” in 2004.  She’s toured in Europe and all over the U.S.  Ina May invented, and, for two years, curated and hosted the “Writers’ Bloc,” a popular performance series of illustrious and up and coming songwriters at the Living Room in New York City. www.inamaywool.com

Glen Roethel: Glen Roethel opens the show.  Following in the footsteps of spiritual and social troubadours Cat Stevens, John Lennon and Paul Simon, Glen Roethel has crafted a collection of songs to honor that tradition — songs that cherish people and nature and encourage us to nourish ourselves as well as the world around us.

The recent events in New York City and around the globe have galvanized Glen’s resolve to be a voice that delivers a positive message, encourages others, believes in peace, and heals hearts with song.  Glen gives us just what we all need right now: a warm and positive message in inspired music through the tools of his guitar, pen and voice.  http://www.glenroethel.com/

Both Ina May and Glen have recently been “Guest DJs” on Tom Boyd’s “RocknRoots” on the Web. http://www.rocknroots.org/

Delicious homemade refreshments are available during intermission.  For tickets and information contact calendar@uuccn.org Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau 223 Stewart Avenue (at Nassau Boulevard), Garden City, New York 11530 ½ Block North of the Nassau Boulevard Long Island Rail Road Station 516-248-8855    www.uuccn.org

Saturday, 9/9 James Reams and the Barnstormers, 7:30.  Eclectic Cafe, UU Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Rd., Bay Shore. Show at 8:30, open mic at 7:30. Tickets $10 & $8. Info 631-661-1278.

Saturday, 9/9 – Mary Lamont Band.  PORT JEFFERSON AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL One set TBA at the Port Jefferson Marina – Port Jefferson.  Lots of crafts, food and music!

Sunday, 9/10 – Tornado Alley. 1:45 PM.  An all original Americana band Featuring Sonny Speed, Tim Huss, Vinny Crici, Lora Kendall & Robert Langley will be appearing at the Babylon Country Fair. At the gazebo located on the south side of Main Street across from Argyle Park.

Sunday, 9/10 – Lonesome Traveler. Afternoon.  Babylon Country Fair.  At the gazebo located on the south side of Main Street across from Argyle Park.

Wednesday, 9/13 – Brian Sharpe. 8 PM.  AcousticLI (Coolbeanz, St. James) (from Chicago, IL – www.myspace.com/briansharpewww.acousticli.com

Thursday, 9/14 – Pat Wictor, 7:30 PM.  Long Island CD release of “Heaven Is So High… and I’m so far down” at the Babylon Village Arts Council’s 2nd Thursday Concert Series. Admission is free. Freshments.Astoria Federal Savings Bank, 180 W Main St., Babylon. For info 631-669-1810.

Friday, September 15 – David Massengill. 8 PM.  Join us for the opening of our new season.  Our Times Coffeehouse.  Doors Open 7:15 – Performance at 8:00 PM.

As distinctive a performer as he is a writer, David Massengill accompanies himself mainly on the Appalachian dulcimer, which he slings over his shoulder like an electric guitar. The sound of the dulcimer has an intimate, detailed quality that complements the easy graciousness of Massengill’s stage presence. He has achieved virtuosity on the traditional instrument that enables him to wring from its few strings music of a complexity and richness far beyond anything it was ever meant to produce, drawing the listener in to his lyrical imagery and the close-up focus on human foibles and experience that is the substance of his best songs.

Visit our Web site to read more about David Massengill & to listen to audio samples of his music.  www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org

Friday, 9/15 – “Open Mic” Café. 7:30 PM.  Huntington Public Library. Performers are asked to sign up by calling 631-427-5165 ext.222.  We are featuring Denise Romas- guitarist and singer.  Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington.

Saturday, 9/16 – Mary Lamont Band. 12:00 noon.  BABYLON TOWN HALL, 200 E. Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 12:00-2:00 PM.  A great outdoor fair, our 5th year – Lots of beautiful crafts and food!  Brought to you by the Town of Babylon

Saturday, 9/16 – Fourteen Feet and Howard Emerson. 7:30 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Sunday, 9/17 – Diana Jones and Tim Grimm. 2 PM – University Café, Stony Brook.  For information about The University Cafe shows, go to www.universitycafe.org under “Special Events” or call 631-632-6027.

Heralded Nashville songwriter and Kerrville New Folk winner Diana Jones will appear in concert Sunday, September 17th at 2 P.M. at The University Café at Stony Brook University. Diana will share a co-bill with Hollywood actor turned song-writer and performer, Tim Grimm.

Diana’s new album, My Remembrance of You, has spent 17 straight weeks on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart, including the #1 most-played song.   In Music Row Magazine, John Freeman presaged the acclaim: Lovely strummed acoustic instrumentation, a gently swaying melody, a hillbilly feminist lyric and a Southern-drawl vocal.  The album is a major, major country music event.”

Adopted as an infant and raised in New York, Jones left home at the age of 15 in search of her roots. Unlike her friends, she was attracted to the music of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, as well as contemporary artists Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. It wasn’t until she was reunited with her birth family and the music of the Eastern Tennessee hills some years later, that she discovered why that music had always moved her. Her success continues to grow rapidly and last month she was named a Kerrville New Folk winner, the most prestigious award in the singer-songwriter world.  Previous Kerrville competitors include Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle.

Tim Grimm spent several years in Los Angeles as a successful actor (co-starring in the NBC series Reasonable Doubts and appearing in several feature films, including Clear and Present Danger) before returning home to southern Indiana to resume a music career that included travelling and performing with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Since that return to his roots, Tim has released three highly-acclaimed CDs, with last year’s Backfields, topping the Folk Radio Charts for several weeks. Tim is a musical storyteller, writing of his own journey back to the land, describing those who never left it, or honoring those who came before. Tim is also an astute commentator on contemporary American life, in songs like “Everybody’s Gone Crazy.”

Tim’s CDs also include brilliant interpretations of the works of other singer-songwriters, with a great version of Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country” on his new CD. Tim’s 2004 release, Names, also a favorite of Folk Radio was, as the title suggests, a  compilation of his interpretation of songs by John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Gillian Welch and others all having in common as a title an individual’s name.

Both Tim and Diana will be in-studio guests of Charlie Backfish on his Sunday Street Program (WUSB, 90.1 fm and www.wusb.fm) on Sunday morning at 10:30 A.M.

Admission to this show is $20.00 with a student ticket of $15.00.  Reservations can be made by calling 631-632-6027 or via e mail (gpalaia@notes.cc.sunysb.edu). The University Cafe website is www.universitycafe.org

The University Cafe is a not-for-profit organization located in the Stony Brook Union Building at Stony Brook University. The Sunday Acoustic Series is co-sponsored by WUSB-FM.

Wednesday, 9/20 – Amy Gerhartz. 8 PM. AcousticLI (Coolbeanz, St. James) (from NYC – www.myspace.com/amygerhartzwww.acousticli.com

Friday, 9/22 – Caroline Doctorow. 8 pm.  Borders Books and Music, Nesconset Highway
Stony Brook.  No cover charge.

Saturday, 10/7 – Melanie. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport. For info: 631-425-2925. www.fmshny.org

Saturday, 10/7 – Country Dance with Caroline Doctorow and Gene Casey. 8 PM until midnight.  AMVETS Post 18.  141 Carlton Avenue, East Islip.   631 581-6913.  $25

Sunday, 10/8 – The Acoustic Strawbs. 2 PM. University Café, Stony Brook.  Legendary British Folk-Rock Group headed by Dave Cousins, with old favorites like “Lay Down” and “Benedictus” as well as newer songs.  Tickets: $35.00 general/$30.00 students

Saturday, 10/14 – Red Molly. 7:30 PM.  Eclectic Café. Unitarian Church, Bay Shore.

Friday, 10/20 – Hot Soup: Trio of harmonies from zen to zany! 8 PM.  Our Times Coffeehouse In the Ethical Humanist Society Building, 38 Old Country Rd, Garden City www.HotSoupTrio.com  www.OurTimesCoffeehouse.org

Friday, 10/20 – Patti DeRosa. 9 PM.  The Cup Coffeehouse Café.  3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh  516-826-9533  www.thecupcoffeehouse.com

Saturday, 10/21 – Milton plus Bob Westcott and the Daydreamers.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Sunday, 10/22 – Lynn Miles. 2 PM.  University Café, Stony Brook.  Often compared to Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams, Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s top artists, with a highly acclaimed new CD, Love Sweet Love.  Tickets: $20.00 general/$15.00 students

Saturday, 11/4 – Susan Werner. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-425-2925. www.fmshny.org

Sunday, 11/5 – Eric Andersen. 2 PM. University Café, Stony Brook.  After a memorable show at the Café in 2005, this legendary singer-songwriter returns by popular demand, presenting a mix of Andersen classics (“Thirsty Boots,” “Blue River”).  as well as great new songs.  Tickets: $25.00 general/$20 students

Saturday, 11/11 – Cliff Eberdardt. 7:30 PM.  Eclectic Café.  Unitarian Church, Bay Shore.

Sunday, 11/12 – John Wesley Harding. 2 PM.  University Café, Stony Brook.  An absolutely unique performer who pushes the boundaries of the singer-songwriter, with influences from traditional songs to those of Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Bruce Springsteen, and of course Dylan.  Tickets: $20.00 general/$15.00 students.

Saturday, 11/18, 9 AM to 4 PM, Conklin Barn, Huntington – Make Mu$ic Make Money workshop with Patricia Shih and Little Toby Walker

Want to move from the garage to the spotlight?  Are you a semi-pro who wants to move up to full-time?  Are you a pro who wants to improve what you do and earn more money doing it?  Join these two award-winning singer-songwriters and LI long-time pros as they share strategies, ideas, advice and coaching to aspiring musicians.  All levels are welcomed.  Valuable tips, resources and handouts will be given.  Advance registration is required, enrollment is limited.  Please register as early as possible in order not to be shut out.  $100 fee, 50% deposit required. Light snacks and drink will be provided; bring or buy your own lunch.  Contact Patricia Shih at patshih@pb.net , call (631) 549-2332 or visit www.patriciashih.com .

Patricia Shih has been a professional musician, recording and touring artist and now author for most of the past 35 years, performing across North America in clubs, libraries, schools, festivals, TV, radio—even Madison Square Garden!  She has won numerous awards, most recently a “Woman of Distinction” honor on Long Island.

Toby Walker is an award-winning blues singer, guitarist and songwriter whose 30-year experience shows in his live performances, where he captures audiences throughout the US and the UK from his very first note.  His extraordinary live shows have been lauded in major publications, earning him “best performer in all categories” at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Saturday, 11/18 – Mark Berube and Ed Kaercher. 7:30 PM.   FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Saturday, 12/2 – Guy Davis. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-425-2925. www.fmshny.org

Sunday, 12/3 – Antje Duvekot & Anais Mitchell (co-bill). 2 PM.  University Café, Stony Brook. Two of today’s finest young singer-songwriters, both Kerrville New Folk winners, share the University Café stage for an afternoon of original songs.  Antje Duvekot, a Café favorite brought to our attention by Ellis Paul, returns fresh from a Newport Folk Festival appearance with a fine new CD, Big Dream Boulevard.  Anais Mitchell’s songs range from personal to political, consistently poetic and intelligent, with echoes of Ani DiFranco, Sandy Denny, and Joni Mitchell  Tickets: $20.00 general/$15.00 students

Saturday, 12/9 – Jay Mankita. 7:30 PM.  Eclectic Café.  Unitarian Church, Bay Shore.

Sunday, 12/10 – Brooks Williams (Russ Seeger opens). 2 PM.  University Café, Stony Brook. Brooks Williams is an outstanding guitarist and singer-songwriter whose live shows always leave audiences amazed! “Among America’s musical treasures,” according to Dirty Linen magazine. His new CD, Blues and Ballads, pays homage to his many influences.  Russ Seeger wowed the Café audience at this year’s Dylan tribute. Great original songs and creative interpretations of standards are his stock in trade.  Tickets:  $20.00 general/$15.00 students

Saturday, 12/16 – Bob Westcott Holiday Revue. 7:30 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Corrections and Comments are welcome.   Support Live Music on Long Island.

Gary Schoenberger

If you are a performer with a gig on Long Island, please send me details (date, time, location, directions, cost, your web-site, etc.) four to six weeks in advance.  I’ll include your gig in Long Island Concert Notes.

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