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LI Concert Notes #14 1/16/07

River, take me along, in your sunshine sing me a song. Ever moving and winding and free, you rolling old river, you changing old river, let’s you and me, river, run down to the sea.” – Bill Staines

For more information about great live music on LI and elsewhere, Please visit Michael Kornfeld and Glen Roethel’s excellent new website www.acousticmusicscene.com

Wednesday, 1/17 – 7-9 PM – Island Songwriters Showcase at Bellmore Public Library, Bellmore . http://www.nassaulibrary.org/bellmore/ Songwriters in the round featuring ISS members www.stellarob.com and Denise Romas, www.ahealingangel.com The evening will feature Steve and Denise each doing a small set of their originals. Afterwards, audience members are encouraged to share an original song of theirs. The ISS members will offer feedback. Anyone sharing a song may do so on their guitar or the library’s piano. A tape or CD can be played as well. Boom box provided. Please bring copies of the lyrics to share with www.islandsongwriters.org

Wednesday, 1/17 – 8 PM – Noam Weinstein – CoolBeanz Café, St. James

Thursday, 1/18 – 7 PM – Ken “the Rocket” Korb performs at Bobbique a great place for BBQ, Blues and Beer – W. Main Street , Patchogue Stealing the show all by himself (and an occasional talented friend)

Thursday, 1/18 – 8:30 PM – The Pisces Cafe Unplugged continues into the new year! We’ll be presenting an evening of Feminine Voices. The performers will be:
8:30 Valerie Griggs
9:00 Deborah Lombardi
9:30 Corrientes
10:00 Katie and Jeff Pearlman of Moodras
Join us, and strike a blow for original music! The Pisces Cafe (www.piscescafe.net Good Friends, Good Food, Good Music

Friday, 1/19 – 8 PM – Bill Staines – Our Times Coffeehouse, Garden City – $15 Welcome in the New Year as Bill makes his annual visit to the Our Times Coffeehouse. A New England native, singing mostly his own songs, BILL STAINES has become one of the most popular and prolific performers on the folk circuit today. Bill weaves a warm blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances, and as one reviewer wrote “he has a sense of timing to match the best stand-up comic.” His music is a slice of Americana , reflecting with the same ease, his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon . He may even do a yodeling tune or two — having won the National Yodeling Championship in 1975 at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas . Bill has entered his fourth decade as a folk performer, on guitar, with an international reputation

Friday, 1/19 – 7:30 PM – ‘Open Mic’ Cafe at the Huntington Public Library. Performers must sign up by January 17. Call 631-427-5165 ext.222. Featured performer is guitarist/singer Patrick O’Rourke at 8:15 PM. 338 Main Street , Huntington , NY

Friday, 1/19 – 9 PM – Downstate NY Blues Assoc. Memphis Send-Off Party/Concert at Jesse’s BBQ Roadhouse ( 516) 379-7140 1810 Merrick Rd. , Merrick featuring: Bennett Harris, (w/Gary Brooks & George Christ), Wes Houston, Gail Storm,Tommy Keys, Acoustic Breakaway, Franny Mae. This is a fund-raiser in support of Downstate’s acoustic blues representative, Bennett Harris, at the 2007 International Blues Competition in Memphis , Feb.2007 There is a modest cover charge. www.bennettharrisblues.com

Saturday, 1/20 – 7:30 PM – FMSH (Folk Music Society of Huntington ) Hard Luck Café – Open Mike Night up to about 30 great performers $6 admission for all. sign up early and play. For details go to http://fmshny.org/hard.htm or call 631-661-1278

Saturday, 1/20 – 7 PM – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – Patchogue Jam – A celebration of original music on Long Island starring Miles To Dayton, The Kelly Project, Movement, Hydroyum, and Dynamic Stew

Sunday, 1/21 – 2 PM – University Café, Stony Brook – Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul pays a return visit to the University Café. He stands at the very top of the contemporary acoustic music scene, with a new double CD, Essentials, adding to an impressive collection of ten other releases. Although his songs have appeared on movie and television sound tracks (Me, Myself and Irene used “The World Ain’t Slowin’ Down”) he has also managed to bridge the gulf between the contemporary folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie. An Ellis Paul performance is a memorable event, as he delivers his brilliantly-written songs with incredible passion and sincerity

Opening for Ellis is Antje Duvekot, a charismatic performer and winner of a Boston New Music Award this year as Outstanding Folk Artist, who has been described as reminiscent of Dar Williams and Ani DiFranco. She is a favorite of University Café audiences and returns for her fourth appearance

Sunday 1/21 – 4 PM, there will be a benefit at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City to help in the rebuilding of the Rock Tavern, New York, UU Congregation’s gathering place after a devastating fire in September. Headlining will be three-time MAC award-winning Best Male Vocalist, Marcus Simeone www.marcussimeone.com. It promises to be an eclectic evening, with many different types of entertainment. In addition to Marcus, Rapper Adam Sales, Baroque Dancer Rachel List, Reggae Artist Lyn Strong, the Irish Band 7s and 3s (Chris Ross, Jack Durkin and Eric Spiller) will perform. There’s more! Come and hear Poet Will Sales, folksingers Lara Herscovitch, Sharon Goldman, and Meg Braun, 12-year-old bass fiddler/singer Mason Sansonia. The house band will include Bruce Markow, Ritt Henn, bandleader Michael Sansonia (all three are solo artists in their own right), Len Weinstein on drums, Chris Ross on mandolin, with more surprise guests still to come. Our special guest of honor will be Reverend Jim Bridges, minister of the Rock Tavern Congregation. Food and drink will be available, and seating will be cabaret style, at tables (the better to eat and drink!). Unitarian Universalist Church of Central Nassau 223 Stewart Ave (corner of Nassau Blvd. ), Garden City – ½ block North of the Long Island Railroad Nassau Boulevard Station – Showtime is 4 pm (doors open at 3:30), Tickets $15 donation. For tickets and Information email calendar@uuccn.org or call (516) 248-8855

Sunday, 1/21 – 3 PM – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – Patchogue Classical Music – Janaki String Trio

Tuesday, 1/23 – 6 PM – Tennessee Jack’s BBQ – 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

Thursday, 1/25 – 7:30 PM – Glen Roethel – LI singer-songwriter and song stylist with a positive bent, Fiddleheads American Fish House & Grill, Oyster Bay. No cover

Friday, 1/26 – 8 PM – Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – Little Toby Walker Be a part of this special event: Little Toby Walker will be recording his new CD live
Hosted by FM 103.9 WRCN’s Graveyard Blues DJ Jerry Schaefer

Saturday, 1/27 – 8 PM – Songbox – Bob Westcott and the Daydreamers, and Cecilia Kirtland. – $10 suggested donation

Guitarist Bob Westcott is no stranger to Long Island audiences. His career began as a teenager playing guitar in the streets and basket houses of Greenwich Village , and as one of the very first members of the Wes Houston Band. Onetime owner of Folk City and famed Greenwich Village scene author Robbie Woliver has called Bob “the real deal”, and for good reason: Bob has been perfecting his elegant finger-style guitar work for well over 35 years. Bob will be picking on the red Gretch, with his group The Daydreamers – Larry Hunter plays bass, and Mike DiGeronimo plays snare

Cecilia Kirtland is a Huntington, LI-based singer/songwriter and guitarist with a unique pop/folk/blues style. She has opened shows for Kenny Rankin, Dr. John, Buzzy Linhart, Tom Paxton, and Holly Near among others, and appeared on the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park for the Huntington Fall Festival this past fall. She was a recent featured guest artist on “Wes Houston Presents” on Cablevision channel 71. Her debut CD “Small Comfort” has been enthusiastically received by her fans and favorably acclaimed by the critics

“…a voice of considerable range and varied texture, she manages to communicate the lyrical essence of a song in a way that is rare even among today’s best-known performers… she approaches each song as if it were a precious jewel capable of yielding previously unrecognized shades of meaning and color… a sure-handed guitarist who brings crisp technique and a sophisticated ear to her stark, imaginative arrangements.” – The New York Times

The Song Box shows are presented by Jane Ross, George Trapani, and Dick deBruin. This month’s show will be held in a recording studio at a private residence in Seaford (south shore Nassau County ). Seating is limited to about 35. A pot-luck buffet is served during the break between performers – bring something if you’re feeling creative.

Please make advance reservations by sending an email to songbox@optonline.net. You will be sent a confirmation and directions via return email. Reservations can also be made at (516) 579-5365. Leave a message with your name and phone number and we’ll call you back to confirm and give you directions

Saturday, Jan 27 – 9:30 PM – Fourteen Feet – Cherrywood Café, 1148 Wantagh Ave. Wantagh

Saturday, 1/27 – 8 PM – Last Licks Café – The Wiyos – vaudevillian ragtime blues, hillbilly swing and old-timey country music from Brooklyn

Saturday, 1/27 – 7 PM – Mary Lamont Band, South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd. , Huntington Station.

Thursday, 2/1 – 7:30 PM – Miller’s Crossing – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – $10

Friday, 2/2 – 8 PM – Sloan Wainwright will perform at Garden Stage (formerly Coffee House Concerts) at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Garden City. Sloan Wainwright comes from a long line of amazingly gifted singer/songwriters. Her family tree (brother Loudon, nephew Rufus, niece Martha) reads like a who’s who of contemporary popular music. Sloan’s incredible gift is not only her unique songwriting ability but also her smoky, deep voiced rendition of songs. Her musical style melds the best of pop, folk, jazz and blues to create a soulful hybrid

With six original CD releases to her credit, Sloan continues to write, sing and perform with a depth that makes the heart ache with recognition and a passion that calls it to rise above. To maintain her own sense of creative diversity, Sloan has written numerous musical compositions for theater and dance and teaches at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops. Sloan is an independent artist making grown-up girl music in the truest sense – a rare, one of a kind voice that speaks deeply to our humanity and leaves us forever changed. Showtime is 8 pm (doors open at 7:15), Tickets $15

Saturday, 2/3 – 8 PM – The Kennedy’s – FMSH – First Saturday Night Concert Series, Congregational Church of Centerport. The story of Pete and Maura Kennedy’s personal and professional relationship, now in its second decade, is somewhere between fate and a fairytale. How else can you explain a chance meeting in Austin between two East Coast-born musicians that immediately sparked a songwriting collaboration, a first date at Buddy Holly’s grave, an enduring romance, and a creative partnership that radiates warmth, positive energy, and captivating music?

In 1992, Virginia native Pete Kennedy was playing a solo show at Austin ’s Continental Club on a brief sabbatical from his duties as country-folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith’s lead guitarist when he met former Syracuse , NY , resident Maura Boudreau, enjoying a night off from performing with her own country-rock band, The Delta Rays. The duo “instantly connected on a soul level, or maybe even something deeper,” according to Pete. They wrote their first song together the following day before Pete returned to the road, and rendezvoused ten days later at mutual hero Buddy Holly’s grave in Lubbock , Tex. , 500 miles equidistant between them. And that’s how it started . .

Later, when Griffith needed a harmony singer to replace Iris Dement on short notice for a British tour in Spring ’93, Maura was an obvious choice, and her touring life alongside Pete began. While boarding the plane to England , Nanci informed the duo that they would serve as the opening act for many of the shows on her tour, as well as performing in her backing band. With a need for material to fill their set, Pete and Maura wrote an inspired set of songs in Dublin that would become the basis for their 1995 first album: River of Fallen Stars

The body of work The Kennedys have created since their 1994 wedding is a reflection of their musical and philosophical influences and experiences separately and as a couple. A child of the ’50s, Pete was compelled to pick up his older sister’s guitar after seeing The Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and was soon absorbing the new sounds of The Byrds and folk-rock. After studying at Boston College , Pete immersed himself in classical and jazz guitar, and later became a session player in the Washington , DC , area. When fellow picker John Jennings took a sabbatical from his role as Mary Chapin Carpenter’s lead guitarist, Pete stepped into his shoes. On a final show with Carpenter in 1991 on Austin City Limits before she took a hiatus for songwriting, Pete sat in with fellow guest Nanci Griffith, was invited to join her band, and accepted

Meanwhile, Maura Boudreau was learning there was more to music than pop when she discovered England ’s groundbreaking folk-rock group Fairport Convention, and, most significantly, country-rock singer Emmylou Harris, whose recordings led Maura to the traditional music of Patsy Cline. She subsequently switched from playing others’ material to forming the country-oriented Delta Rays and writing her own songs and relocating her band to Austin

After several years of touring and recording with Nanci Griffith, the duo seceded amicably from Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra and became The Kennedys, recording CDs that encompass their favorite musical styles while incorporating the naturalistic, transcendental and mythological teachings of Joseph Campbell, Eckhart Tolle, Walt Whitman, and various Eastern-oriented philosophers into their songs and lives. Their goal is to live in the moment, appreciating every second of sensation, which imbues their music with a constant sense of wonder and freshness

As confirmed road warriors and performance addicts, The Kennedys have logged well over 1,000 gigs and half a million miles of touring, bringing their songs and spirit to venues ranging from the prestigious Newport, Falcon Ridge and Kate Wolf music festivals to the most intimate house concerts. Expect an exciting evening of live performance music by exciting talents that you won’t soon forget

Saturday, 2/3 – 8 PM – Odetta – Landmark on Main Street , Port Washington

Saturday, 2/10 – 8:30 – Russ Seeger and Brian Sendrowitz – Eclectic Café, Bay Shore. Russ Seeger is a uniquely talented songwriter and guitarist who’s been around the Long Island scene since the ’70s when he was a member of The Sheiks. Russ’ most recent band project is The Last Hombres, with drummer Levon Helm. Russ also performed on the Bob Dylan tribute album, “Dylan Uncovered.” Recent local performances have included opening for Brooks Williams at the University Cafe and an appearance at The Song Box.

Brian Sendrowitz: Beat Radio is a New York based indie pop collective that played their first show in June of 2005. Brian Sendrowitz sings, plays guitar and writes the songs. Phil Jimenez plays guitar and keyboards and produced the record. The band also features Jim Mansfield on drums and Mike McCabe on bass. Beat Radio was quickly embraced by the New York music scene and has frequently been compared to the likes of Broken Social Scene, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and Luna. The group just finished recording their debut LP “The Great Big Sea” in Huntington , NY , and has made it available for download at www. beatradio.org
Brian Sendrowitz is a singer and songwriter from Bellmore. He started playing guitar in the eighth grade listening to Led Zeppelin. Then he heard Nirvana and spent most of high school playing in punk rock bands. Brian studied creative writing and literature at Purchase College and for a time he couldn’t decide whether he should be a writer or a musician. Eventually he chose music figuring it would probably be a little less lonesome. He released his first record “Morning is Broken” in 1998 of which Newsday’s Kevin Amorim remarked, “You may just think you’re listening to a young, American version of Cat Stevens.”

Saturday, 2/10 – 8 PM – Jim Frazzitta – The Folk-Groovin’ Café. A warm and supportive coffee house event with spirited music and good times.
Singer/Songwriter, Solo/Acoustic/Unplugged
Open Time—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

Sunday, 2/11 – 5 PM – Red Molly / Jim Colbert – House Concert – Merrick(Reservations Required) – $20 suggested donation – www.courthouseconcerts.com or email courthouseconcerts@yahoo.com Red Molly, Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Carolann Solebello have come together to form one of the hottest independent bands of the past few years. They play traditional and modern music in a way that’s always fresh and new All three members are wonderful songwriters and skilled multi-instrumentalists with amazing voices, and their harmonies will make you say ‘Wow!’ They also choose an amazing array of cover songs, from traditional country and western to modern writers like Patty Griffin and Ryan Adams. Plus, they deliver a good, juicy murder ballad like no other trio around! As good as their CDs are, (and they are REALLY good) they only give a glimpse into experiencing their live show. Don’t miss this chance to see them in a friendly, intimate house settingJim Colbert: Hailed by The Performing Songwriter Magazine as “A valued subscriber,” Jim Colbert first played his songs in public two days before his fortieth birthday. Colbert has since opened for or shared the stage with Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Deirdre Flint, Joe Crookston, Small Potatoes, and the Barking Spider String Band, Crabapple String Band, among othersLiving in Bellefonte , Pennsylvania , Colbert’s work has been featured on the Americana in Paris and Sisyphus Tracks radio webcasts, with his song Pale Green Eyes included on the Americana in Paris Best of the year, and has been featured on Take Note Radio on WPSU-FM

Saturday, 2/17 – 7:30 PM – Joe Crookston & Bill Meehan – FMSH Hard Luck Cafe

Saturday, 2/17 – 8:00 PM – Ronan Tyne – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

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FMSH (Folk Music Society of Huntington ) First Saturday Concerts and Hard Luck Café. Congregational Church, Centerport. For info: 631-661-1278 www.fmshny.org. Most concerts are preceded by a one-hour open mic.

Eclectic Café. 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

Admission is $10 for non-members ($5 for High School students with ID), and $8 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 UUSSSUniversity Café, Stony Brook. Tickets are $25.00 with a student rate of $20.00. Ticket information/reservations may be made by email to SundayStreetWUSB@aol.com or by calling 631-632-1093. Please visit the website at www.universitycafe.org.The University Café (a not-for-profit organization) is located in the Stony Brook Union, near the LaValle Stadium Parking Lot, at Stony Brook University .
Press contact: Charlie Backfish at 631-632-1093 or via e mail: CBackfish@notes.cc.sunysb.edu
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.Acoustic LI at CoolBeanz. (in the Green Hills Shopping Center ) 556 N. Country Road (25A) St. James. 631-862-4111Soul Growth Open Mic. 101 N. Wellwood Avenue , Lindenhurst . 631-957-46927:15 Open Mic sign in . 8:00-9:30 First Open Mic. 9:45-10:30 Featured Artist10:45-12:00 Second Open Mic. A $10 donation will be collected at the doorPeace and light. David and PattyThe 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.comLast Licks Café, 109 Brown’s Road (UU Fellowship), Huntington. Open mike at 8:00 p.m. Concert at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments available. $10 all. 631-427-9547. www.lastlickscafe.org .Dr. Finley’s. I’m Kevin Barry, singer/songwriter. Every Wednesday evening at 8 PM Dr. Finley’s of 43 Greene St. , Huntington Village, has an informal Celtic NightFree admission, $2.50 pints, full buffet, hosted by yours trulyIt’s a great out of the way place to take in some cheer. All are welcome Tennessee Jack’s BBQ 148 Carleton Ave. , E. Islip (631)581-9657

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Tickets $20.00 71 East Main Street Patchogue (6731) 207-1313 www.PatchogueTheatre.com ———————————————————————————————————-Also, LIVE IN THE LOBBY is a series of concerts for small audiences held in the lobby of the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM. These concerts feature artists from the Long Island area playing a wide variety of mostly original music in an intimate setting. The PTPA bar will be open; there will be chairs set up for sitting, and room around the bar for standing. All ages are welcome but proof of age 21 is required for service at the bar.Visit Live in the Lobby in My Space: www.myspace.com/liveinthelobbyatptpa Showtime 7:30 PM – Tickets at the PTPA box office or at the doorBoulton Center for the Performing ArtsMain St , Bay Shore Tickets $20 631-969-1101
www.boultoncenter.com
Songbox. 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 call 516-579-5365 for reservationsThe 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

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