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LI Concert Notes #12 12/9/06

“You hold the key to my heart. You’re the one that can open up the lock. There’s not a thing I wouldn’t do.  The only one that holds the key is you.”Bob Westcott

Here’s some great Live Music on LI.

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

Jay says songwriting is the interface between what he’s learned of the world, and the mysteries of the spirit. It’s a balancing act, and he likens it to having one foot marching for social justice, and one foot dancing in heaven, all the while trying to keep from putting either one of those feet in his mouth! Even so, songwriting is the best way he has found to help teach himself how to live, although he admits he’s a terrible student.

Jay has been playing guitar, composing, and performing his original songs for 25 years. During this time, he’s also been an actor, photographer, environmental activist, swing dancer, children’s performer, playwright, and occasional world traveler. He is currently studying the music, language, and culture of Brazil , and is planning to tour the country next year in a bio-diesel vehicle.

“Jay Mankita jumps up and down with a big grin on his face, playing incredible guitar, getting everyone laughing. Moments later, he’s doing a dead serious song with no accompaniment. Come hear this guy, I think he’s one of the half dozen best songwriters today.” –Pete Seeger

The Eclectic Café is held on the second Saturday of the month, September through May at:The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore , NY 11706 631-968-0667 Parking is available along Brentwood Road and in the Sinai Reform Temple parking lot across the street. We ask that you please avoid parking in the medical offices’ parking lots south of the church. The open mic starts at 7:30pm. Performers wishing to participate should sign up by 7:30. The featured artists begin at about 8:30pm.

For this special show, admission is $13 for non-members ($5 for High School students with ID), and $10 for members. Membership is $12 a year. You can become a member at any time and your membership will be for a full calendar year, starting that month. Family memberships are also available. Ask at the ticket table for details.

Refreshments are available.  We would also appreciate a donation of canned or dry food for local charity. The Eclectic Café is an all-volunteer, non-profit committee of the UUSSS.

Saturday, 12/9Jim Frazzitta. 8:00 PM. The Folk-Groovin’ Café
A warm and supportive coffee house event with spirited music and good times.
Featuring: Jim Frazzitta—Singer/Songwriter, Solo/Acoustic
OPEN MIC—All musicians and poets welcome
Special after-hours jam with Jim and friends
Doors open at 7:45 pm    Show begins at 8:00 pm
The Folk-Groovin’ Café at St. Lawrence of Canterbury Church
655 Old Country Road , Dix Hills.  3/10 mile West of Deer Park Rd. (Rt. 231)
Admission-$7  Coffee, Tea, and light refreshments served
For more information, please call 631-368-1920

Sunday, 12/10 – FMSH Open Folk Jam. 1 PM.  Huntington Library, Main Street , Huntington .  Everyone Welcome.

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

Tuesday, 12/12 – Bennett Harris Blues. 6 PM. Tennessee Jack’s BBQ 148 Carleton Ave., E.Islip (631)581-9657  Solo acoustic & RIBS!

Wednesday, 12/13 – Sherman and Greg. 8 PM. Acoustic LI at CoolBeanz,

Saturday, 12/16Bob Westcott Holiday Revue. 8 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

To celebrate the Holiday season, our favorite legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter, Bob Westcott, brings his annual revue of talented performers to Huntington . He treats us to a couple of his well roasted chestnuts, and then presents his showcase of some of the most talented and exciting performers in the Huntington area. This years’ lineup features:

WES HOUSTON — Longtime frontman for the Wes Houston band, Wes was one of the first songwriters to prove that local musicians can develop a devoted following. Wes has been a major figure on the original music scene since the earliest Greenwich Village folk club days, when he accompanied the Reverend F. D. Kirkpatrick and was a writer for Broadside magazine. In the forty-some years ensuing, Wes has penned hundreds of tunes, appearing most often with his roots-based band. In 2000, Wes received a Grammy nomination as one of the musicians featured in the Broadside box set. This is a very rare solo appearance.

KEN “the Rocket” KORB and BRUCE MacDONALD — Ragtime fingerstyle guitarist Bruce MacDonald has joined forces with legendary harmonica player/multi-instrumentalist Ken Korb to create a distinctively antique-flavored modern blues duo. Between them, they have decades of performing history, but they have only begun performing together since mid-October. This pair so charmed the judges of the Annual Long Island Blues Challenge that they were voted to be the acoustic music representatives for Long Island at the Challenge in Memphis this coming February.

TORNADO ALLEY — One of Long Island’s newest aggregates, Vincent Crici, Tim Huss, Lora Kendall , Robert Langley and Sonny Speed formed Tornado Alley about 18 months ago. They each have distinctive styles, but they decided to experiment with blending many genres of roots music with their original songs into a new, harmony-based reflection of their personalities. In addition to switching vocal duties and harmonizing on each others’ tunes, the members of Tornado Alley are nimble instrumentalists, and often switch instruments to suit the songs. We expect this evening to be a big treat and give all a merry beginning to the holiday season!

Sunday, 12/17 – Noon – 3 PM. Ken Korb and Bruce MacDonald. East Enders Coffee House, Riverhead.

Wednesday, 12/20 – Red Molly. 8 PM – Acoustic LI at CoolBeanz. (in the Green Hills Shopping Center ) 556 N. Country Road (25A) St. James. 631-862-4111

Wednesday, 12/20 – Aztec Two-Step. 8 PM.  Brokerage Comedy Club, Bellmore

Thursday, 12/21 – Mark Loebl hosts The Pisces Cafe Unplugged ( 14 Railroad Avenue , Babylon ) on the third Thursday of each month.  Four acoustic original performers/groups, 30 minute sets. For booking, and further information, www.doloresloebl.com.

Saturday, 12/30 – Lora Kendall and friends. 8 PM – The Grind Coffee Shop, Merrick Road , Bellmore

Sataurday, 12/30 – David Fersh David Fersh & Barbara Grey with Friends in an acoustic concert of traditional and contemporary folk music. Acoustic rock by Ramshackle.  Open mike at 8:00 p.m. Concert at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments available. $10 all.  631-427-9547. www.lastlickscafe.org . Last Licks Café, 109 Brown’s Road (UU Fellowship), Huntington. 

Tuesday, 1/2/07 – Bennett Harris. 6:00 pm Tennessee Jack’s BBQ  148 Carleton Ave. , E. Islip   (631)581-9657 Solo acoustic & RIBS!  Bennett Harris plays acoustic and bottleneck-slide guitar, plus harmonica, focusing on pre-WWII traditional country blues genre and ragtime. His repertoire includes songs of Bessie Smith, Skip James, Blind Boy Fuller, and his own compositions.  www.bennettharrisblues.com

Friday, 1/5/07 – Michael Sansonia. 8 PM. Garden Stage. All shows are at 8:00 p.m.  Doors open at 7:15 PM Tickets $15  Garden Stage is a an all- volunteer, non-profit, committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau.  Indulge in delicious homemade desserts in the Malette Gallery while enjoying the work of local artists during the intermission.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau .   223 Stewart Avenue . Garden City.  516-248-8855 www.uuccn.org  calendar@uuccn.org   1/2 Block North of the Long Island Railroad, Nassau Boulevard Station.

Saturday, 1/6/06 – Liz Carlisle and Beaucoup Blue (Emerging Artist Showcase). 7:30 Folk Music Society of Huntington – Congregational Church of Centerport .  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org  Liz Carlisle… a little bit country … a little bit ivy league

Liz describes country music as her native blues form, a music that cuts to the core of human experience and allows people to connect on a deeper level. “Everyone understands what it feels like to be in love, to miss your hometown, or to suffer a heartbreak,” Carlisle says. A public school graduate from Missoula , Montana , Liz graduated Summa cum Laude from Harvard this past June with a senior thesis in ethnomusicology, a study of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Her writing and stage presence has a powerful ability to erase the boundaries between country, pop, acoustic music, red state, blue state. She sings original songs that cull the heart of country music, the soul-searching of folk, and the lift of pop. Expect an exciting evening of live performance music by a young talent that you won’t soon forget   Don’t miss this show.

Father-son team David and Adrian Mowry comprise the Philadelphia-based roots revivalist band Beaucoup Blue that features a mix of blues/roots originals by both Mowrys as well as choice covers. Young Adrian plays six- and 12-string guitar, long-experienced blues master David handles six-string, slide and dobro guitar, and both men share vocal and song-writing duties.

Beaucoup Blue has a heavy blues influence, but also draws on country, folk, jazz and rock for their creative acoustic blues based folk music. Their voices work superbly together with something to say from the bottom of their hearts. This duo has been challenging audiences with their blend of new and experienced talents. Don’t miss this opportunity to see emerging artists.

Saturday, 1/13/07 – Lucy Kaplansky. 8 PM. Landmark on Main Street .  Port Washington

Saturday, 1/13/07 – Jim Frazzitta. 8 PM – Folk-Groovin Café, Dix Hills

Saturday, 1/20/07 – FMSH Open Mike Night. 7:30 PM. Hard Luck Café. Folk Music Society of Huntington – Congregational Church of Centerport .  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Saturday, 1/20/07 – Patchogue Jam. 7 PM. A celebration of original music on Long Island starring MILES TO DAYTON, THE KELLY PROJECT, MOVEMENT, HYDROYUM AND DYNAMIC STEW Presented by the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts   Tickets $20.00   71 East Main Street Patchogue   (6731) 207-1313   www.PatchogueTheatre.com 

Sunday, 1/21/07 – Patchogue Classical Music – Janaki String Trio.  3 PM Presented by the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts  Tickets $20.00   71 East Main Street Patchogue   (6731) 207-1313   www.PatchogueTheatre.com 

Tuesday, 1/23/07 – Bennett Harris. 6 pm Tennessee Jack’s BBQ  148 Carleton Ave., E. Islip   (631)581-9657 Solo acoustic & RIBS!  Bennett Harris plays acoustic and bottleneck-slide guitar, plus harmonica, focusing on pre-WWII traditional country blues genre and ragtime. His repertoire includes songs of Bessie Smith, Skip James, Blind Boy Fuller, and his own compositions.  www.bennettharrisblues.com

Friday, 1/26/07 – Little Toby Walker . 8 PM Boulton Center for the Performing Arts Main St , Bay Shore NY Friday January 26th, 8pm Tickets $20  631-969-1101
http://www.boultoncenter.com Toby’s concert will be recorded and turned into his next CD.

Saturday, 1/27/07 – Bob Westcott and Cecilia Kirkland. 8 PM Songbox. Seaford Please make advance reservations by sending an email to songbox@optonline.net.  You will be sent a confirmation and directions via return email.  If you have no Email make reservations at 516-579-5365

Saturday, 1/27/07 – The Wiyos. 8 PM. Open mike at 8:00 p.m. Concert at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments available. $10 all.  631-427-9547. www.lastlickscafe.org . Last Licks Café, 109 Brown’s Road (UU Fellowship), Huntington. 

Saturday, 1/27/07 – Mary Lamont Band. 8 PM. South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd. , Huntington Station. Not exactly live, but…  peacethroughmusiccable@hotmail.com Jean and Robert have each been granted their own 30 minute cable tv show —–Jean’s  show is Just Peace!  Cablevision Ch 20 Monday – 3:30 – 4:00 Robert’s show is Peace and Justice Cablevision Ch 20 Tuesday – 7:30 – 8:00 We need to submit  VCR/VHS or Mini-DV tapes to Cablevision Woodbury to be televised each week during these half hour time slots—–Our intention is to present video recordings of local musicians who would like to have their music aired on cable TV as a public service and for additional exposure of their music, as part of the program material that we will be presenting.It is the music of our local musicians that helps us  to cope with, balance out and reduce the stress in our daily lives. Their music can soothe, stimulate, tranquilize, energize, empathize, motivate, celebrate……..Whatever our individual needs are, we can always appreciate and enjoy the fine and diverse talents of our local musicians on Long Island . Our program agenda will also include events and activities that occur on Long Island that promote a healthy socio-multicultural environment  We welcome local musicians who find the premise of our shows appealing to provide us with a tape of their music for public viewing.  (We do share our material between our shows) Please contact us at peacethroughmusiccable@hotmail.com or peaceandjusticeli@hotmail.com  We have some equipment for editing and can do some recording.We also welcome non-musicians on Long Island to submit information and videos of related events.

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.

If you know someone who wants to be included in the distribution of Long Island Concert Notes, please have them send an email request to liconcertnotes@optonline.net.

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