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LI Concert Notes #28 4/5/08

The change could happen any day. So said the mountaineer.
Before he turned to face his cliff without a trace of fear.” – Richard Shindell

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 website www.acousticmusicscene.com

More information on performances compiled by Mike Kornfeld appears at the bottom of this email

Day Date Time Artist Venue
Sat 4/5 7:30 Mike Agranoff FMSH, Congregational Church, Centerport
Sat 4/5 8:00 Greg Brown Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington
Sat 4/5 7:00 Hamptons Roots Music Festival Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton
Sat 4/5 10:00 Miller’s Crossing Fadeley’s Deli Pub, Patchogue
Sun 4/6 1:00 FMSH Folk Jam Huntington Library
Sun 4/6 2:00 Bennett Harris Acoustic Blues Duo Rockville Centre Public Library
Mon 4/7 7:00 Susan DeVita, Marci Geller, Cathy Kreger, Terry Winchell Mirelle’s Restaurant, 170 Post Av, Westbury
Wed 4/9 8:00 Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers Acoustic LI, Deepwells Mansion, St. James
Thu 4/10 7:00 Cathy Kreger Mac’s Steakhouse, Huntington
Thu 4/10 8:00 Phil Minissale Toast Coffeehouse, Port Jefferson
Thu 4/10 7:30 James O’Malley Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Babylon
Fri 4/11 8:00 Alyson Faith Grounds & Sounds Café, UUF, Stony BrookJack\'s Waterfall
Fri 4/11 8:00 Jack’s Waterfall Boulton Center, Bay Shore
Sat 4/12 7:30 Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts Eclectic Café, Bay Shore
Sat 4/12 10:30 Free Grass Union Beau’s Bar, Greenlawn
Sat 4/12 8:00 The Roches IMAC, Huntington
Wed 4/16 8:00 Tom Chapin Acoustic LI, Deepwells Mansion, St. James
Thu 4/17 8:00 Cathy Kreger Starfish Restaurant, Merrick
Fri 4/18 8:00 Jerry Douglas IMAC, Huntington
Fri 4/18 8:00 Miles to Dayton Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Fri 4/18 8:30 Bennett Harris Jesse’s Roadhouse BBQ, Merrick
Fri 4/18 8:00 Colin Hay (formerly of Men at Work) Boulton Center, Bay Shore
Fri 4/18 8:00 Cathy Kreger Mac’s Steakhouse, Huntington
Fri 4/18 8:00 SONiA & Disappear Fear Our Times Coffeehouse, Garden City
Sat 4/19 7:30 Karyn Oliver and Marc Douglas Berardo FMSH, Congregational Church, Centerport
Sun 4/20 3:00 Larry Moser & Mary Nagin Fire Island Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
Wed 4/23 8:00 Barefoot Truth Acoustic LI, Deepwells Mansion, St. James
Thu 4/24 7:00 Cathy Kreger Mac’s Steakhouse, Huntington
Thu 4/24 8:00 Phil Minissale Bobbique, Patchogue
Fri 4/25 7:00 Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Finch Mountain House Concert, Babylon

Fri 4/25 8:00 Phil Minissale The Spoon Coffeehouse, Lindenhurst

[Sat 4/26 7:00 Beat Radio, Green Party of Suffolk fundraiser, Setauket Neighborhood House www.gpsuffolk.org]
Sat 4/26 8:00 Railroad Earth IMAC, Huntington
Sat 4/26 7:30 Cheryl Wheeler w/ Kenny White on piano Last Licks Café, UUF, Huntington
Sat 4/26 8:00 Joe Ely Boulton Center, Bay Shore
Sun 4/27 2:00 Jack Williams University Café, Stony Brook
Wed 4/30 8:00 Jesse Ruben Acoustic LI, Deepwells Mansion, St. James

Thu 5/1 7:00 Rorie Kelly, John-Flor & Friends Live in the Lobby, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Fri 5/2 8:00 Harmonic Convergence PeaceSmiths CoffeeHouse FUMC Amityville www.peacesmiths.org
Fri 5/2 8:00 Siobhan Quinn & Michael Bowers Garden Stage, UUC, Garden City
Fri 5/2 8:00 Island Songwriters Showcase Border’s Books, Jericho Tpke, Syosset
Sat 5/3 4:00 Partial Capo workshop – Randall Williams FMSH, Congregational Church, Centerport precedes Falcon Ridge Preview Tour
Sat 5/3 7:30 Anthony da Costa, Lindsay Mac, Joe Crookston, Randall Williams FMSH, Congregational Church, Centerport Falcon Ridge Preview Tour
Sat 5/3 10:00 Miller’s Crossing Fadeley’s Deli Pub, Patchogue

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

Gary Schoenberger

Venues

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 each month, September through May. The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk – 28 Brentwood Road Bay Shore

631-661-1278. Parking is available along Brentwood Road. We ask that you please AVOID parking in the medical offices’ parking lots south of the church or in the parking lot across the street. 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 $20.00 with a student rate of $15.00. 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 Deepwells Mansion (25A) St. James. www.acousticlongisland.com
Wednesdays – Open mic at 8 pm followed by performer.
Deepwells is on the south side of 25A just west of Moriches Road

Soul Growth. Open Mic. 50 W Montauk Hwy. Lindenhurst 631 957 4692. 1 block west of Wellwood Ave on the North side of Montauk Hwy. Between 1st and 2nd ST next to Roma pizza (yummy). 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 .

Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts Tickets $20.00 71 East Main Street Patchogue (6731) 207-1313 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 age 21 proof is required for service at the bar. Showtime 7:30 PM – Tickets at the PTPA box office or at the door.

Boulton Center for the Performing Arts 37 W. Main St, Bay Shore  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 reservations.

Finch Mountain House Concerts, Babylon.  Good friends and great music in an old Victorian house
Advanced reservations required Call Jack and Karen Finkenberg – 631-661-1278

Babylon Village Arts Council’s  2nd Thursday Concerts  at Astoria Federal Savings Bank  180 W. Main Street, Babylon  Admission and refreshments are free  for more inormation call 631-669-1810

Fiddlehead’s. Crazy fun ’til about Midnight – every time! 62 South Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771 – Ph: 516.922.2999 www.fiddleheadsnewyork.com (Please call first, before making a long trip. Thanks!)

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

Grounds and Sounds Cafe. UU Fellowship. 380 Nicholls Rd (just north of Rt. 347)
Stony Brook www.groundsandsounds.uufsb.org

Spring has sprung.  Crocuses are blooming.  But it’s not just the birds that are singing.  Throughout Long Island – from Brooklyn to the Hamptons and many places in between – a growing number of singer-songwriters, song stylists and other acoustic musicians are strutting their stuff in concerts, jams and open mics.  In addition to a lot of homegrown talent, notable touring artists like Greg Brown, Tom Chapin, Jerry Douglas, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Colin Hay, Garnet Rogers, The Roches, SONiA & Disappear Fear, Cheryl Wheeler, Dar Williams, and Jack Williams visit during April and May.  So too do such emerging talents as Joe Crookston, Anthony da Costa, Lindsay Mac and Randall Williams (together as part of the Falcon Ridge Preview Tour in Centerport, May 3), as well as Beaucoup Blue, Marc Douglas Berardo, Lara Herscovitch and Karyn Oliver.

Scroll down for information on more than100 acoustic music events taking place on LI through mid-May. – Michael Kornfeld

April 2008

Tuesday, 4/1

Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, LI bluegrass stalwarts, Checkmate Inn, North Country Road, Setauket.  9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/2

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performer Jake Armerding, a New England-based singer-songwriter, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  (www.acousticlongisland.com). Free.

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Thursday, 4/3

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame, in cooperation with the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel and their breakthrough album Bookends during a two-hour multimedia program featuring Pete Fornatale, longtime New York radio DJ and host of “Mixed Bag,” who also recently wrote a book about the album.  The free program, which also will include a closing question and answer session, takes place at the Boulton Center, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore.  8-10 p.m.

Old Time Jam with Zot’s Dream (jug music featuring banjos, washboard, wash-tub bass, tin-can drums, etc), Freddy’s 485 Dean Street at Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. to midnight.

Friday, 4/4

Tim Grimm, Indiana-based singer-songwriter in the Americana tradition, The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.  8 p.m.  (www.bsec.org). 718-768-2972.   $10; $6 for kids.

Island Songwriters Showcase, Border’s Books, Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 8 p.m. Featured performer followed by an open mic. Those wishing to perform must sign up at 7:30 p.m.  (www.islandsongwriters.org).

An evening with three female singer-songwriters (Lara Herscovitch, Meg Braun & Denise Jordan Finley), The Garden Stage at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau, 223 Stewart Avenue (corner of Nassau Boulevard), Garden City.  8 p.m.  (www.uuccn.org). 516-248-8855.  $15.

Roger McGuinn, singer-songwriter, guitarist and former Byrd flies solo, Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), 370 New York Avenue, Huntington.  8 p.m.  (www.imactheater.org). 631-549-9666.  $37.50; $28.50 for members.

PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse features talented local singer-songwriter David Bailey, poet Amy King + open time, First United Methodist Church,25 Broadway/Route 110 (southernmost end near Merrick Road/Montauk Highway), Amityville.  8 p.m. (www.peacesmiths.org).  631-798-0778.   $7 suggested donation (half for kids).

Saturday, 4/5

Mike Agranoff, a folk musician from New Jersey whose eclectic repertoire includes contemporary and traditional ballads, 1920s Tin Pan Alley tunes, parodies and witty original numbers, spoken word and more, performs for the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturdays Series at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (just off Route 25A), Centerport.  8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m.  (www.fmshny.org). 631-425-2925.  $20; $15 for members.

Greg Brown, a gifted singer-songwriter and Red House Records recording artist, whose songs have been covered by many others, performs as part of the Fabulous Folk Series, along with special guests Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington.  8 p.m.  (www.landmarkonmainstreet.org). 516-767-6444.

Hamptons Roots Music Festival features touring roots musicians with LI roots Frank Carillo & the Bandoleros, Caroline Doctorow and Little Toby Walker, Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton.  7 p.m.  (www.southamptonculturalcenter.com).  631-287-4377.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available).

James Reams & the Barnstormers, NYC-based bluegrass band, Jalopy, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn.  9 p.m.

Miller’s Crossing, LI-based bluegrass band, Fadeley’s Deli Pub, 422 West Main Street, Patchogue.  10 p.m.  $5 cover.

Sunday, 4/6

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents its monthly folk jam & Sing Along for singers and instrumentalists at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington.  1-4:30 p.m.  (www.fmshny.org). Free.

Bennett Harris Acoustic Blues Duo, featuring the fingerstyle blues & ragtime guitarist with Gary Brooks on bass, Rockville Centre Public Library, 221 North Village Avenue, Rockville Centre.  2 p.m.  516-766-6258. Free.

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, 4/7

Lucky 13 Songwriter Series features local artists Susan De Vita, Marci Geller, Cathy Kreger and Terry Winchell, Mirelle’s Restaurant, 170 Post Avenue, Westbury.  7 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/9

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performers Annie Lynch & the Beekeepers, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  (www.acousticlongisland.com). Free.

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (Route 25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Thursday, 4/10

Cathy Kreger, LI-based singer-songwriter, Mac’s Steakhouse, 12 Gerard Street, Huntington.  7-10 p.m.

Phil Minissale, the finger-pickin’ good Long Island Blues Boy is now 21, Toast Coffeehouse, 242 East Main Street, Port Jefferson.  8 p.m.

James O’Malley, a gifted and gentle-voiced LI-based singer-songwriter and two-time finalist in the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, is joined by Corrin Huddelston on harmonica and Joe Porcelli on guitar during the Babylon Village Arts Council’s free 2nd Thursday Concerts series at Astoria Federal Savings Bank, 180 West Main Street., Babylon. 7:30 p.m. 631-669-1810.

Friday, 4/11

Alyson Faith, singer-songwriter and pianist, Grounds and Sounds Café,  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, Nichols Road, just north of Route 347.  (www.groundsandsounds.uufsb.org).   A 45-minute open mic beginning at 8 p.m. precedes the featured performer.

Jack’s Waterfall, Talented LI multi-instrumentalist Jack Licitra & friends fuse an eclectic mix of musical styles(with shades of pop, folk, blues and world music styles), Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore.  8 p.m.  (www.boultoncenter.com). 631-969-1101.  $20.

Del Rey, Seattle-based fingerstyle blues guitarist, performs as part of the Traveling Troubadours series for the The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.  8 p.m.  (www.bsec.org). 718-768-2972.   $15; $6 for kids.

Saturday, 4/12

Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts, a large NYC-based outfit that performs an upbeat and infectious mix of early jazz standards, country, blues and Memphis jug band classics on a wide array of instruments, plays for The Eclectic Café at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore.  8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m. (www.eclecticcafe.org). 631-661-1278. $10; $8 for members.

Free Grass Union, LI-based bluegrass band, Beau’s Bar, 54 Broadway, Greenlawn.  10:30 p.m.

The Roches bring their wonderful three-part harmonies to the Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), 370 New York Avenue, Huntington.  8 p.m.  (www.imactheater.org). 631-549-9666.  $37.50; $28.50 for members.

Sunday, 4/13

Benefit for WBAI Radio to broadcast the Clearwater Festival – Great Hudson River Revival live from Croton on Hudson, NY over Father’s Day weekend features music by Work O’ the Weavers, James Durst and Madhumita Chakrabartti; live video communication with Pete Seeger from his home overlooking the Hudson; and a discussion of “Race, Democracy and the American News Media” with journalist and Democracy Now co-host Juan Gonzalez, Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Avenue, Huntington.  Food and tabling from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., prior to the program which will run until 9 p.m. For tickets, call 877-278-4842 or visit (www.brownpapertickts.com/event/27469).Donation: $35 in advance or $40 at the door.

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/16

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performer Tom Chapin, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  (www.acousticlongisland.com). Free.

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (Route 25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Thursday, 4/17

Cathy Kreger, LI-based singer-songwriter, Starfish, 2095 Merrick Road, Merrick.  8 p.m.

Friday, 4/18

Jerry Douglas’ latest album may be entitled The Best Kept Secret, but this accomplished musician, composer and producer has been well-known in music circles for some time now.  A three-time CMA Musician of the Year and recipient of a dozen Grammys, this stellar dobro player can be heard on more than 1,000 albums – including the hit O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack – in addition to his own solo releases. He returns to the Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), 370 New York Avenue, Huntington.  8 p.m.  (www.imactheater.org).  631-549-9666.  $40; $30 for members.

Friday Night Unplugged, monthly series featuring acoustic singer-songwriters, Fadeley’s Deli Pub, 422 West Main Street, Patchogue.  No cover.

Bennett Harris, LI-based fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitarist, Jesse’s Roadhouse BBQ, 1810 Merrick Road, Merrick.  8:30 p.m.

Colin Hay, Australian singer-songwriter & guitarist who formerly fronted Men At Work, Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main Street, Bay Shore.  8 p.m.  (www.boultoncenter.com). 631-969-1101.  $35.

Cathy Kreger, LI-based singer-songwriter, Mac’s Steakhouse, 12 Gerard Street, Huntington.  8-11 p.m.

SONiA & disappear fear, gifted Baltimore-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Sonia Rutstein – accompanied by percussionist Laura Cerulli – spreads the message of love, peace and equality through her music.  Expect to hear songs sung in Spanish, Hebrew and Arabic, as well as English, when the duo visit the Our Times Coffeehouse at the Ethical Humanist Society building, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. 8:30 p.m.  (www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org). $15.

An interview-profile piece entitled SONiA & disappear fear do the Tango, originally posted on Sept. 29, 2007, appears in the Features section and in this site’s Archives.

Saturday, 4/19

Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café features Karyn Oliver (a soulful singer-songwriter of ballads & rockers and past president of the Baltimore Songwriters Association) and Marc Douglas Berardo (a Rhode Island-based singer-songwriter who paints stories with words), Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (just off Route 25A), Centerport.  8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m.  (www.fmshny.org). 631-425-2925.  $10; $7 for FMSH members.

Sunday, 4/20

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Songs by the Sea Free Concert Series features Larry Moser and Mary Nagin in the Fire Island Lighthouse Keepers Quarters.  3 p.m.  This new series is presented by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society with support from Suffolk County and the Folk Music Society of Huntington.

Wednesday, 4/23

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performers Barefoot Truth, a young folk & roots rock band from Connecticut, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  (www.acousticlongisland.com). Free.

Love in Hard Times: The Songs of Paul Simon – The Roches (sisters Maggie, Terre and Suzzy), Grizzly Bear, Ulu Dara, Josh Groban and Gillian Welch help Paul Simon revisit the quiet railway stations, urban rhythms, and immigrant dreams of some of his best loved American Tunes at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (www.bam.org). 718-636-4100. $45-$95.

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Thursday, 4/24

Cathy Kreger, LI-based singer-songwriter, Mac’s Steakhouse, 12 Gerard Street, Huntington.  7-10 p.m.

Love in Hard Times: The Songs of Paul Simon (see 4/23).

Phil Minissale, the finger-pickin’ good Long Island Blues Boy is now 21, Bobbique, 70 West Main Street, Patchogue.  8 p.m.

Friday, 4/25

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, husband and wife folk duo from upstate New York, perform in the intimate Finch Mountain House concert series in Babylon.  8 p.m. concert is preceded by a potluck supper at 7 p.m.   For reservations (required) and further information, call (631) 661-1278.  $20 donation plus a dish to share.

Nick Katzman, Native New York blues and ragtime guitarist, who recorded for Kicking Mule Records in the 1980s and now resides in Germany, performs as part of the Traveling Troubadours series for The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.  8 p.m.  (www.bsec.org). 718-768-2972.   $15; $6 for kids.

Love in Hard Times: The Songs of Paul Simon (see 4/23).

Phil Minissale, the finger-pickin’ good Long Island Blues Boy is now 21, The Spoon Coffeehouse, 27A Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst.  8 p.m.

Saturday, 4/26

Love in Hard Times: The Songs of Paul Simon (see 4/23).

Railroad Earth, bluegrass-inspired jam band, Inter-Media Art Center (IMAC), 370 New York Avenue, Huntington.  8 p.m.  (www.imactheater.org).  631-549-9666.  $37.50; $28.50 for members.

Cheryl Wheeler, an engaging, talented and  very funny singer-songwriter (accompanied by Kenny White on piano), Last Licks Café, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, 109 Browns Road, Huntington.  Open mic at 7:30 p.m. precedes concert.  Tickets may be purchased online in advance  through Brown Paper Tickets.  Check the Web site (www.lastlickscafe.org) for details and a link.

Sunday, 4/27

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

Love in Hard Times: The Songs of Paul Simon (see 4/23)

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Sunday Street Acoustic Series at the University Café features singer-songwriter Jack Williams, Stony Brook Union building, Stony Brook University.  2 p.m.  (www.universitycafe.org). Advance tickets are $15 until April 24.  Remaining tickets, if available, will be $20 at the door (if available).

Wednesday, 4/30

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performer Jesse Ruben, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  Free.  (www.acousticlongisland.com).

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Coming up in May

Thursday, 5/1

Rorie Kelly, John-Flor & Friends, local singer-songwriters perform Live in the Lobby at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue. 7 p.m. (www.patchoguetheatre.com).  631-207-1313. $5.

Old Time Jam with Zot’s Dream (jug music featuring banjos, washboard, washtub bass, tin-can drums, etc), Freddy’s 485 Dean Street at Sixth Avenue, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. to midnight.

Friday, 5/2

PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse features choir Harmonic Insurgence + open time, First United Methodist Church,25 Broadway/Route 110 (southernmost end near Merrick Road/Montuak Highway), Amityville.  8 p.m. (www.peacesmiths.org).  631-798-0778.   $7 suggested donation (half for kids).Island Songwriters Showcase, Border’s Books, Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 8 p.m. Featured performer followed by an open mic. Those wishing to perform must sign up at 7:30 p.m.  (www.islandsongwriters.org).

NA Folk band presents an evening of Hungarian folk music at The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.  8 p.m.  (www.bsec.org). 718-768-2972.   $10; $6 for kids.

Saturday, May 3

Falcon Ridge Preview Tour concert features four artists chosen by Falcon Ridge Folk Festival attendees last year as their “Most Wanted” to return emerging artists – Joe Crookston (a gifted singer-songwriter from Ithaca), Anthony da Costa (prolific and talented 17 year-old singer-songwriter from Pleasantville, NY who was a winner in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Competition last year), Lindsay Mac (a young and talented Boston area singer-songwriter and cellist) and Randall Williams (a conservatory-trained singer-songwriter and captivating guitarist).  Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturdays Series, Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (just off Route 25A), Centerport.  8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m.  (www.fmshny.org). 631-425-2925.  $20; $15 for FMSH members.

Randall Williams, who is partial to the use of partial capos in standard and alternate tunings (Indeed, he wrote the book on them) also conducts a two-hour Partial Capo Techniques Workshop for guitarists of all levels from 4-6 p.m.The workshop, which costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door (if slots are still available), will include an interactive presentation, followed by practice time and one-on-one coaching.  Mail checks payable to Folk Music Society of Huntington to P.O. Box 290, Huntington Station, NY 11746.

Miller’s Crossing, LI-based bluegrass band, Fadeley’s Deli Pub, 422 West Main Street, Patchogue.  10 p.m.  $5 cover.

Sunday, May 4

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

The Folk Music Society of Huntington presents its monthly folk jam & sing along for singers and instrumentalists at the Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington.  1-4:30 p.m.  (www.fmshny.org). Free.

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Songs by the Sea Free Concert Series features John Corr, a singer of shanties, in the Fire Island Lighthouse Keepers Quarters.  3 p.m.  This new series is presented by the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society with support from Suffolk County and the Folk Music Society of Huntington.

Sunday Street Acoustic Series at the University Café features Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers, Stony Brook Union building, Stony Brook University.  2 p.m.  (www.universitycafe.org). Advance tickets are $15 until April 24.  Remaining tickets, if available, will be $20 at the door (if available).

Tuesday, 5/6

Buddy Merriam & Back Roads, LI bluegrass stalwarts, Checkmate Inn, North Country Road, Setauket.  9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/7

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by a featured performer TBA, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  Free.  (www.acousticlongisland.com).

Open Mic, Cool Beanz, 556 North Country Road (25A), St. James.  8-11 p.m.

Open Mic, The Cup, 3268 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh.  9-11:45 p.m.  $1 cover.

Open Mic, Life Café, 983 Flushing Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  9 p.m. – Midnight.

Open Mic, Spike Hill, 186 Bedford Avenue (corner of 7th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  8 p.m. (performer sign-up at 7:45 p.m.).

Thursday, May 8

Beacoup Blue, a Philadelphia-based father and son acoustic blues and roots duo whose rousing performances have evoked well-deserved standing ovations on LI previously, is featured during this month’s Babylon Village Arts Council 2nd Thursday Concert at Astoria Federal Savings Bank, 180 West Main Street, Babylon.  7:30 p.m.  631-669-1810. Free admission and refreshments.

Friday, May 9

PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse features choir Harmonic Insurgence + open time, First United Methodist Church,25 Broadway/Route 110 (southernmost end near Merrick Road/Montuak Highway), Amityville.  8 p.m. (www.peacesmiths.org).  631-798-0778.   $7 suggested donation (half for kids).

James Reams & the Barnstormers present an evening of bluegrass at The Good Coffeehouse Music Parlor at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn.  8 p.m.  (www.bsec.org). 718-768-2972.   $10; $6 for kids.

Dar Williams, one of the most engaging and gifted female performers on the contemporary acoustic music scene, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington.  8 p.m.  (www.landmarkonmainstreet.org). 516-767-6444.   $30-$40.

Saturday, May 10

Arlo Guthrie Solo Reunion Tour – Together Again, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue. 7 p.m. (www.patchoguetheatre.com).  631-207-1313. $35-75.

Michael Johnathon, folksinger-songwriter and host of the syndicated “Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour,” performs for The Eclectic Café at the Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Road, Bay Shore.  8:30 p.m. concert is preceded by an hour-long open mic at 7:30 p.m. (www.eclecticcafe.org). 631-661-1278. $10; $8 for members.

Sunday, 5/11

Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange, Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue, Brooklyn.  7 p.m.  $10.

Ponkiesburg Pickin’ Party, weekly traditional acoustic music jam, Kili, 81 Hoyt Street (between State & Atlantic), Brooklyn.  4:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 5/14

Acoustic Long Island hour-long open mic followed by a 45-minute set by featured performers TBA, Deepwells Mansion, Route 25A (just west of Moriches Road intersection), St. James.  8-10 p.m.  (www.acousticlongisland.com). Free.
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2 Responses

  1. l like the list of concerts around Long Island please

  2. Yoou can get this list emailed to you by writing to Gary Schoenberger @ liconcertnotes@optonline.net

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