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LI Concert Notes # 16 – 3/1/07

The bridge at midnight trembles, the country doctor rambles, bankers’ nieces seek perfection, expecting all the gifts that wise men bring.  The wind howls like a hammer, the night blows cold and rainy, my love she’s like some raven at my window with a broken wing.” – Bob Dylan

Here’s some great Live Music on LI.  Venue addresses/phones/URLs at end of all listings.  Please scroll down. 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

Friday, 3/2-8 PM – Bob Franke @ Garden Stage, UUC in Garden City Bob Franke (it rhymes with “Yankee”) is at the peak of his considerable craft; brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs for which he is best known, along with wrenchingly convincing topical songs and sugared with the hilarious. His are the kind of songs that really do have the power to change the world by being taken into the lives of people. They come to you, these songs.

As Tom Paxton says, “It’s his integrity. I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting. There’s touches of Mark Twain and Buddy Holly in there, too.” Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan .  He was one of the first people to perform at the now famous Ark Coffeehouse in Ann Arbor . Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge , Massachusetts , and has since made New England his home.

Bob’s songs are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30-odd years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England . His concerts have appeared in lists of the top five musical events of the year chosen by critics in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In 1990, he was nominated as an Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards.

Consider this list: Peter, Paul and Mary; David Wilcox; John McCutcheon; Sally Rogers; Lui Collins; Garnet Rogers; June Tabor. These well-known artists (and many more) all sing and record Bob’s music. Seasoned veterans and novices alike are drawn to the complex, warm-hearted spirituality and captivatingly clear-cut melodies of Franke’s songs. When he isn’t writing or touring, Bob leads workshops in songwriting at music festivals and music camps, workshops described by the participants as “transcendent.”  He was the Artistic Director of the Singer-Songwriter Project of 1999’s Bethlehem Steel Festival. In August of 1990 Bob wrote a set of songs for a ballet of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” commissioned by the ODC Dance Company of San Francisco .  He has composed three cantatas and a number of hymns for the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead , MA . The Songs of Bob Franke, a songbook produced by the Folk Project, was released in 1992. He wrote a Harvest Cantata for the Marblehead Eco-Farm in 1996. The song “Hard Love” figures prominently in Ellen Wittlinger’s young adult novel of the same name (Simon & Schuster, 1999).  Among his live radio credits are A Prairie Home Companion, A Mountain Stage, Our Front Porch, Sandy Bradley’s Potluck, Folk Scene, West Coast Weekend, and Bound for Glory.

Saturday, 3/3-7:30 PM – Susan McKeown  Congregational Church of Huntington , Centerport Although she’s lived in New York for more than a decade, Susan McKeown hails from Dublin , Ireland , and her Irish heritage is clearly reflected in much of her music. A singer-songwriter whose music defies easy categorization, she’s both a gifted interpreter of traditional songs and a singer and writer of somewhat more hard-edged contemporary material. McKeown, who sparkled during a recent “New Sounds” performance at the Winter Garden in Manhattan’s World Financial Center, has been touring of late with The Klezmatics and recently backed the group on Wonder Wheel (Lyrics by Woody Guthrie), the well-deserved Grammy Award-winner for best contemporary world music album. McKeown’s appearance is part of the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly First Saturday Series, which begins with an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 3/3-7:30 PM – Golden Oldies Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Mickey B Presents: “Remember Then” Golden Oldies Spectacular with The Chantels,  John Kuse & The Excellents, The Encounters, Kid Kyle & His Koolkats, The Eternals, Larry Chance and the Earls, Len Leeds, and special guest stars – The Duprees

Saturday, 3/3-8 PM – Vitamin D w/Valerie Griggs & Roger Silverberg, Pisces Café, Babylon

Sunday, 3/4-2 PM – Casey Neill & Johnny Cuomo, University Café, Stony Brook  The University Cafe Sunday Acoustic Series presents Casey Neill and Johnny Cuomo,  two young singer-songwriters who fuse Celtic music with contemporary sounds in a pre-St. Patrick’s Day show on Sunday, March 4th at 2 P.M.Casey Neill fuses modern roots rock with country, punk and Celtic styles. With his raspy voice, and his well-crafted songs, he has received praise from musical luminaries as diverse as Pete Seeger, Steve Earle and Jello Biafra. Since his debut CD in 1995, Neill has delivered high-powered original songs addressing the political and social struggles of the common man. Add to this his outstanding ability as an interpreter of Bruce Springsteen’s songs and his ease  with Celtic music, and you have an incredibly talented and diverse artist. Of particular note is his collaboration with the late Scots fiddle player, Johnny Cunningham. Opening is Johnny Cuomo who returns for his second University Cafe appearance. His newly-released CD, American Idle, showcases his new songs although he is certain to re-visit songs from his work with his Celtic trio, Gallowglass. Admission is $20.00 with a $15.00 student ticket. Reservations may be made by e mail to: SundayStreetWUSB@aol.com Information: 631-632-1093 or on the University Cafe website www.universitycafe.org The University Cafe, a not-for-profit organization,  is located in the Stony Brook Union Building at Stony Brook University . The Sunday Acoustic Concert Series is co-sponsored by WUSB-FM

Sunday, 3/4-2 PM – John Corr, Public Library

Wednesday, 3/7-7:30 PM – Tony Kenny’s Ireland, Landmark on Main Street , Port Washington, Saturday, 3/10-8 PM – Catie Curtis, Landmark on Main Street , Port Washington A superb singer-songwriter, Catie Curtis closes out this season’s Fabulous Females of Folk series that earlier featured Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky. A very melodic and socially aware songsmith, Curtis and Mark Erelli, another gifted New England-based singer-songwriter, captured the grand prize in the International Songwriting Competition last year for “People Look Around.” The song, written in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, appears on her latest release, Long Night Moon. Sharing the bill with Curtis are The Chapin Sisters, acclaimed singer-songwriter Tom Chapin’s harmonizing daughters.

Saturday, 3/10-7:30 PM – Lora Kendall and Denise Romas Eclectic Café, Bay Shore IT’S A GIRL’S NIGHT OUT! It’s the first appearance of ROMAN CANDLE.   These girls just want you to have fun.

Saturday, 3/10-7:30 PM – Jim Frazzitta, Folk-Groovin’ Café, Dix Hills

Sunday, 3/11-3 PM – Ahmad Ali & Clutch, East Enders Coffee House, Riverhead

Friday, 3/16-8 PM – Christine Lavin, Our Times Coffeehouse at the Ethical Humanist Society, Garden City  A very entertaining, uber-talented, prolific and incredibly funny NYC-based singer-songwriter with 17 solo releases to date, Christine Lavin also has helped some of her contemporaries immensely by showcasing their works on compilation discs she’s produced (her latest is entitled One Meatball, and comes complete with recipes).

Friday, 3/16-8 PM – The Roches, Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Shore New York sisters Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche are back together again showcasing their impressive songcraft and delightful three-part vocal harmonies as they tour in support of Moonswept, their new CD slated for release on March 13.

Saturday, 3/17-7:30 PM – Akiva & John Bechoff, Hard Luck Café, Centerport

Saturday, 3/17-8:30 PM – Violin Soloist Massapequa Philharmonic– Music Socials, Berner High School , Massapequa

Sunday, 3/18-2 PM – Beaucoup Blue and Terence Martin with Dan Bonis, University Cafe, Stony Brook  The Sunday Acoustic Series at The University Cafe presents a co-bill on Sunday March 18th at 2 P.M., featuring the father & son blues duo, Beaucoup Blue, and the acclaimed singer-songwriter, Terence Martin, with multi-instrumentalist Dan Bonis Beaucoup Blue, the Philadelphia -based  father and son duo of David and Adrian Mowry,  have been performing their music strongly rooted in the blues to an ever-growing fan base in the Northeast. A handsome range of instruments like six and twelve string guitars, slide guitar, Dobro and their two soulful voices blend together. This is their second University Cafe appearance on the heels of a critically-praised CD, Hearts at Home, and powerful performances at last summer’s New Bedford Summerfest.Singer/songwriter Terence Martin returns by popular acclaim for his third visit to The University Cafe. In addition to appearances at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Martin has also performed at most of the major music venues in the Northeast. He has released four highly-acclaimed CD’s with his most recent, Lost Hills, receiving critical praise and radio airplay on public and commercial stations across the country.  Terence Martin will be joined by long-time accompanist Dan Bonis, a master of a host of string instrumentsAdmission is $20.00 with a student rate of $15.00. Reservations/information by e mail to SundayStreetWUSB@aol.com  or phone 631-632-1093 The University Cafe website is www.universitycafe.org  The University Cafe, a not-for-profit organization,  is located in the Stony Brook Union Building at Stony Brook University . The Sunday Acoustic Concert Series is co-sponsored by WUSB-FM

Sunday, 3/18-3 PM – Antares, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Heralded by The Chicago Tribune as “powerful… striking and razor-sharp,” Antares draws from a vast and colorful repertoire for violin, cello, piano and clarinet as well as its various trio and duo permutations.  Tickets only $15 for Adults and $12 for Students and Seniors.

Sunday, 3/18-2 PM – Miller’s Crossing, North Shore Public Library, Shoreham Miller’s Crossing is a bluegrass band based out of Long Island , New York . The band was formed in November 2004 by Chris Maloy, Ronnie Feinberg, Marjorie Kelting, and Patrick Falco. Miller’s Crossing prides itself on the original material each member brings to the band’s repertoire. They strive to play bluegrass music the way they feel it, and the result is a fresh outlook on the music while not getting too far away from it’s roots.  For more information about the concert visit http://www.millerscrossingbluegrass.com or http://nspl.suffolk.lib.ny.us/

Sunday, 3/18-3 PM – Wes Houston Band, Fuzzy’s Pub, Bellerose  239-21 Braddock Ave , Bellerose 718 347-9616  (just off the Cross Island Parkway at the Jamaica Avenue/Jericho Turnpike exit) the good times start at $3.00 admission (cheap)

Saturday, 3/24-8:30 PM – Howard Fishman, Last Licks Café, Huntington

Sunday, 3/25-5 PM – The Prodigals, Fathom, Bangers & Mash, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts

Sunday, 3/25-3 PM – Ahmad Ali & Clutch, East Enders Coffee House, Riverhead

Friday, 3/30-8 PM – LI Philharmonic, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, THE LONG ISLAND PHILHARMONIC presents AN EVENING OF MOSTLY MOZART.  This first time performance at the Patchogue Theatre is a program that includes Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, the popular Allegro of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and the signature “Jupiter Symphony.”  Also on the program is a work by Mozart’s friend and nemesis, Antonio Salieri. 

Saturday, 3/31-8 PM – Livingston Taylor, Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Bay Shore He may not be as commercially successful or well-known as his brother James, but Livingston Taylor is a superb singer-songwriter whose melodic tunes and mellifluous voice can help brighten even your darkest days. You will be “in luf” with him.


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

Gary Schoenberger


FMSH (Folk Music Society of Huntington ) First Saturday Concerts and Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church of Huntington , 30 Washington Dr. , Centerport.  For info: 631-425-2925  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

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 UUSSS

University 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. 631-862-4111

Soul Growth Open Mic.  101 N. Wellwood Avenue , Lindenhurst .  631-957-4692

7:15 Open Mic sign in . 8:00-9:30 First Open Mic.  9:45-10:30 Featured Artist

10:45-12:00 Second Open Mic.  A $10 donation will be collected at the door

Peace and light.  David and Patty

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

Last 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.   Kevin Barry, singer/songwriter, has an informal Celtic Night

Every Wednesday evening at 8 PM Dr. Finley’s of 43 Greene St. , Huntington Village,

Free admission, $2.50 pints, full buffet, hosted by yours truly.

It’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 door.

Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

Main St , Bay Shore   Tickets $20  631-969-1101

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 reservations.

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

Eastenders Coffee House – 40 Main Street , Riverhead – Free Admission

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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