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LI Concert Notes – # 4 – 8/23/06

“I’m not ready to make nice.  I’m not ready to back down. I’m still mad as hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round.   It’s too late to make it right.  Probably wouldn’t if I could.  ‘Cause I’m mad as hell, couldn’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should.” – Dixie Chicks

Here’s some great Live Music on LI.

8/23 – Joe Songwriter and Glen Roethel.  7 PM at Chandler Square, Port Jefferson

8/23 – Jon Albrink. 8 PM. AcousticLI (CoolBeanz, St. James.  www.jonalbrink.com)

8/24 – Caroline Doctorow opening for Garland Jeffries. 8 PM.  Estia Cantina Main Street Amagansett

8/26 – Jean-Luc Ponty. 8:30/10:30 at IMAC, Huntington

8/26 – The Machine – The greatest Pink Floyd Show in the World, plus the Soft Parade – Doors Tribute.  Brookhaven Amphitheatre Arts & Cultural Center 318 Wynne Lane, Port Jefferson, New York 11777.  Phone: 631-331-0808

8/26 – Lora Kendall. 8:00 PM.  The Grind Coffeeshop, 2975 Merrick Rd., Bellmore.  Folk, rock, jazz standards, a little bit of this and that, maybe even a Bach sonata! The food is light and delicious; the pastries are to die for.

8/26 & 8/27 – afternoons: Strike The Bell (Stuart Markus & Judith Zweiman) perform sea chanteys on Ye Old Marityme Stage at the Long Island Maritime Museum’s annual Seafood and Crafts Fair. 87 West Ave., West Sayville, (631) HISTORY.

8/27 – Toby Walker,Jay Ungar,Molly Mason,Buddy Merriam,Sean Quinn and the Quinn brothers.  12 to 5 PM. LI Fiddle Festival, Stony Brook

8/27 – August. 27 – Three Dog Night, plus special guest Felix Cavaliers Rascals.  Brookhaven Amphitheatre Arts & Cultural Center 318 Wynne Lane, Port Jefferson, New York 11777.  Phone: 631-331-0808

8/27 – Essential – Giovanni Von Essen – soul and standards-  Lead singer and songwriter for EssenTIAL, Giovanni Von Essen  blends early influences of Latin, R & B, gospel and spirituals with the Classical and Jazz stylings that she later studied during her college years.  Giovanni sings of timeless dilemmas and disillusionment with love in simple and humorous ways, and she draws her inspiration from such ageless vocalists as Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Roberta Flack and Dionne Warwick.  2 PM at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Montauk Highway, Great River (Oakdale)

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

8/30 – Bob Westcott and The Daydreamers. 7 PM at Chandler Square, Port Jefferson

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

9/14 – Pat Wictor, 8:00 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.

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.

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

9/16 – Fourteen Feet and Howard Emerson. 7:30 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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.

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

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

10/7 – Melanie. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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

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

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

10/21 – Milton plus Bob Westcott and the Daydreamers.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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

11/4 – Susan Werner. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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

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

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.

11/18 – Mark Berube and Ed Kaercher. 7:30 PM.   FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

12/2 – Guy Davis. 7: 30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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

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

12/10 – Brooks Williams (Russ Seeger opens). 2 PM.  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

12/16 – Bob Westcott Holiday Revue. 7:30 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.

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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