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LI Concert Notes #10 11/3/06

LI Concert Notes – # 10  11/3/06

“Where is the life, the life we might have lead
It started on the corner, where we never met
I nearly turned to you, you nearly turned to me
At the intersection, of what is and what could be
What would have happened, we’ll never know
That’s the way it didn’t go”
–   Terence Martin

Here’s some great Live Music on LI.

Friday, 11/3 – Denise Romas. 7:30 PM.  Denise is the featured artist at the Island Songwriter’s Showcase.  Borders Books in Syosset, 425 Jericho Turnpike  516.496.3934   Denise will do a half-hour set followed by an open mic.  Free.

Saturday, 11/4 – Susan Werner. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-425-2925. www.fmshny.org  Blessed with a great voice and great guitar and piano chops, the multi-talented Susan Werner has put it all together, charting new territory in style with original compositions in the American Songbook style. She’s breathed new and brilliant life into the popular song tradition, one that many thought was a closed book. She combines a singer-songwriter’s attention to detail, a cabaret chanteuse’s sense of drama and a sardonic feminist’s approach to romance and relationships.

A transcendant performer, Werner made her first public performances at age five in Iowa , playing guitar and singing in her church. At 11, she began playing piano and in high school, she played saxophone in jazz combos. In college she earned a Masters degree in classical voice and studied opera— until she began taking her guitar around to coffeehouses on the folk circuit in Philadelphia , New Jersey and New York City , reaching breakthrough success in the mid-90’s touring with countless luminaries including Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. Werner also appeared on the Peter, Paul & Mary Lifelines special seen nationally on PBS. Her 2002 release new non-fiction, received numerous accolades for its insightful social commentary and introspective stories.

Her latest CD release, I Can’t Be New, is Susan’s original compositions in the American Songbook style. “This is a songwriter’s record. I’d describe the aim of this project as Carole King’s Tapestry meets Ella Fitzgerald’s Cole Porter Songbook,” Werner suggests. “I listened to Ella and a lot of Julie London when recording this thing. Julie London, especially, she could read down a ballad so simply and beautifully, you’d just fall over and die.”

However, Werner cautions, this isn’t a record for jazz purists: “The purists want old songs done in a new way,” Werner says. “These are all new songs done in an old way.” And if standards have become the measure for all other songs, “It’s my secret hope, and I’d be overjoyed,” she adds, “if even one of these songs from the record becomes a standard.”

Susan’s performances are marked with a light-hearted diversity of styles from happy-go-lucky to naughty and steamy … festival audiences have roared their approval of her new anthem My Strange Nation, which examines the incongruities and divergences of modern America … an inspirational ballad for our times.  If you could only come to one live music show per decade, this is the one to be at.   Don’t miss it.

Saturday, 11/4 – 7:30 PM   RICHIE HAVENS TO HEADLINE ALL DAY PATCHOGUE FOLK FESTIVAL The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (PTPA) will present the First Patchogue Folk Festival on November 4, 2006, with two separate events at 12:00 noon and 7:30 pm.  The headline show, starting promptly at 7:30 pm stars RICHIE HAVENS, STEVE FORBERT and AZTEC TWO-STEP – Tickets are on sale now at $37/$47/$57

There will also be a free “Live in the Lobby” Concert at noon featuring ten local performers playing acoustic versions of their original compositions. This show stars MILES TO DAYTON, ED TRAVERS, JOHN BRZOZA, SCOTT TWEEDIE, ALLI COLLIS, ERIC DUBIN, HOWIE SEAL, THE JAMES BROTHERS, THE SUN GETS DOWN and JOHHNIE JORDON.  The noon show is free thanks to the generous support of the Blue Point Brewing Company.  Live in the Lobby is PTPA’s weeknight music series featuring Long Island ‘s finest original musicians.

Richie Havens’ fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he first emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene in the early 1960’s and was the opening act at Woodstock in 1969.

At age 21, Steve Forbert packed up his songs, his guitar, his harmonica and his ambition and moved to New York City and spent evenings singing for spare change in Grand Central Station. His debut album, Alive On Arrival, was released in 1978 and 1979’s follow-up, “Jackrabbit Slim”, had the Top 20 hit “Romeo’s Tune”

Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman met one “open mike” in 1971 and joined forces as Aztec Two-Step. Their self titled first album quickly became staple of FM and college radio and was the foundation for a performing and recording career that continues to the present day.

The beautiful 1200 seat Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts was originally built in 1923, was purchased by the Village of Patchogue in 1997 and now has been completely restored with a state of the art sound system.   Today, the PTPA operates as a not for profit organization, and is thriving thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers.  

The Patchogue Theatre is located at 71 East Main Street in Patchogue Village . For information and tickets, call or visit the box office or go to the theatre website at www.PatchogueTheatre.com.  The box office is open Tuesday-Sunday from noon until 6:00 pm, telephone (631) 207-1313.

Sunday, 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.  Andersen, one of our outstanding singer-songwriters for almost four decades, emerged on the Greenwich Village music scene in the 1960’s, along with Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Paxton. While staying true to the spirit of the music of that era, Andersen has always absorbed, expanded, and pioneered new musical styles as well. His discography encompasses over twenty solo albums, with  collaborators ranging from Townes Van Zandt and Rick Danko to Lou Reed and Robert Aaron.

In recent years, Andersen has released two solo CDS in what he calls “The Great American Song Series” re-interpreting the works of Dylan, Ochs and Paxton, as well as Tim Buckley, Fred Neil, Patrick Sky, Peter La Farge, and David Blue, among others. A new song by Andersen, The Street Was Always There  (the title for one of the CDs) is a  strong reference to the generation of singer-songwriters who helped shape a distinct era in American music.

Andersen played the University Café in December, 2004, to a sell-out audience and repeated calls for his return have led to this upcoming concert.

Admission to this show is $25 with a student ticket of $20. Reservations are essential and may be made via e mail to SundayStreetWUSB@aol.com or by phone by calling the University Café at 632-6027. The University Café website is www.universitycafe.org and the concert is listed under “Special Events.”

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.

Sunday, 11/5 – Leahy – 7 PM.  Staller Center at Stony Brook University.  This eight-member musical powerhouse for Canada is a whirlwind triple threat of fiddle-driven music, electrifying step dancing, and songs inspired by pop, country and Celtic roots.  Leahy is a group of extraordinary talented brothers and sisters who have been fiddling, singing and dancing together their entire lives.  When touring with Shania Twain, their definitive sound brought audiences to their feet.  $32

Wednesday, 11/8 – Laura Hughes. 8:00 PM. CoolBeanz Café, 556 North Country Rd , St. James.  No cover charge.

Wednesday, 11/8 – Dear Folk Music Fans,
You and your family and friends are invited to attend the World Premier of a local filmmaker’s Independent Feature Film In a new, fully-entertaining genre with non-stop laughs and mysterious messages…


An Avant-Garde Apocalyptic Comedy That Presses All The Right Buttons
The Bellmore Theater, 222 Pettit Avenue , Bellmore
TWO EXCLUSIVE SHOWINGS: Wednesday, November 8th at 7pm & 9pm. One night only! Arrive 10 minutes early to watch the red carpet entry and to guarantee seating. $8.50 No one under 18 admitted.  Networking party ongoing from 7pm to 10pm, at Sunrise Kafe. (next door to theater)

The music is really fitting of each scene and enjoyable for listening.  The soundtrack features:
Bill Goldsmith (provided original songs)
Vincent Crici (arrangement and recording of Bill’s songs)
Amy Leonard (original composition and performance)
Jack West (original composition and performance)

Don’t miss one of the two showings that evening.
“Those who have understanding, will understand; those who don’t, won’t.”
Is the world really going crazy?  Come…, see for yourself!  The Bellmore Theater 222 Pettit Avenue , Bellmore , NY (Parallel to Sunrise Highway, across from Bellmore train station)  WITH THIS INVITATION YOU MAY INVITE FRIENDS

Thursday, 11/9 – Noon to 2 PM – Bill McNulty Radio Show on WUSB –Every Thursday Bill is a great activist for peace and social justice issues.   Unfortunately — last week all his CDs were stolen out of his car.  He now needs to restock his supply of folk music for the masses.  Contributions would be appreciated  You can check out a sample of his radio show on the WUSB website  http://wusb.fm/website/programs.html Go to the program schedule and click on—-LUNCH WITH BILL Current issues and events are covered from a perspective not found in commercial media, with a concentration on information and a mood projected with the aid of folk music. Hosted by Bill McNulty. 12:00-2pm  Thursdays

Friday, 11/10 – Jack’s Waterfall.  8:00 PM.  Cinema Arts Center , Huntington Cinema Arts Center in Huntington   631-423-2696 Benefit for Veterans for Peace $10 8PM in The Sky Room Jack’s Waterfall with The Band

Friday, 11/10 – Mary Lamont Band.  7:30 PM.  SMITHTOWN LIBRARY, 1 North Country Road , Smithtown .  Come join us for a fun evening at this beautiful library!   631-265-2072

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

Saturday, 11/11 – Kevin McLeod with Kathy Fleischmann.  8:30 pm.  The Pisces Cafe, 14A Railroad Ave   Babylon   No Cover  (631)321-1231  The recently renovated Pisces (with new expanded menu) will host this special performance by two talented LI Singer/Songwriters.  Kevin & Kathy have played together at the Port Jefferson Music Festival, they’ve been guests on each other’s CDs, but they’ve yet to share a gig at a performance space as intimate as the Pisces.

“There’s a calm surety about his touch, no youthful angst and histrionics here, just an inexorable voice that bores deep from his experience into yours.” – Aural Fix  Communique on Kevin McLeod    “Kevin is about as fine a guitar player as you’ll ever hear.  He is capable of getting a great tone out of both electric and acoustic guitars.”  – 20th Century Guitar Magazine

“She’s just damn good, and so is her sound, which has its demure moments and sometimes an undeniable edge.”  – The Musician’s Trade Journal on Kathy Fleischmann
www.mcleodmusic.com   www.myspace.com\kevinmcleodmusic

“Music has extraordinary transformative power, both for the musician and listener.  It’s what I’m always trying to tap into, regardless of the musical style or setting.”  – Kevin McLeod

Sunday, 11/12 – Tornado Alley. 2 PM  Tornado Alley, an all-original Americana band featuring Vinny Crici, Sonny Speed, Tim Huss, Robert Langley and Lora Kendall , will be performing at Bellmore Memorial Public Library, 2288 Bedford Ave.

Sunday, 11/12 – FMSH Open Folk Jam. 1 PM.  Huntington Library, Main Street , Huntington .  Everyone Welcome.

Sunday, 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.

Sunday, 11/12 – Mary Lamont Band.  2 PM.  MERRICK LIBRARY, 2279 Merrick Ave , Merrick .  Another fun afternoon – and it’s free!   516-377-6112

Sunday, 11/12 – Jack’s Waterfall.  8:00PM  BlackBird’s Grille/World Peace Party  
$10 goes to the Lighthouse mission.  Montauk and Broadway in Sayville . The Old sweet Magnolia’s.  631-563-4144 In memory of legendary Sunday night waterfall fan: Greg Neillon Jack/Megan/Derrick return for a special Sunday night to pay it forward!

Thursday, 11/16 – 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, 11/18, 9 AM to 4 PM, Conklin Barn, Huntington – Make Mu$ic Make Money workshop with Patricia Shih and Little Toby Walker

Want to move from the garage to the spotlight?  Are you a semi-pro who wants to move up to full-time?  Are you a pro who wants to improve what you do and earn more money doing it?

Join these two award-winning singer-songwriters and LI long-time pros as they share strategies, ideas, advice and coaching to aspiring musicians.  All levels are welcomed.  Valuable tips, resources and handouts will be given.  Advance registration is required, enrollment is limited.  Please register as early as possible in order not to be shut out.  $100 fee, 50% deposit required. Light snacks and drink will be provided; bring or buy your own lunch.  Contact Patricia Shih at patshih@pb.net , call (631) 549-2332 or visit www.patriciashih.com .

Patricia Shih has been a professional musician, recording and touring artist and now author for most of the past 35 years, performing across North America in clubs, libraries, schools, festivals, TV, radio—even Madison Square Garden!  She has won numerous awards, most recently a “Woman of Distinction” honor on Long Island .

Toby Walker is an award-winning blues singer, guitarist and songwriter whose 30-year experience shows in his live performances, where he captures audiences throughout the US and the UK from his very first note.  His extraordinary live shows have been lauded in major publications, earning him “best performer in all categories” at the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis .

Saturday, 11/18 – Mark Berube and Ed Kaercher. 7:30 PM.   FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

Saturday, 11/18 – David Roth. 8 PM. Coffee House Concerts.  UUC in Garden City. For tickets and information contact calendar@uuccn.org.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau .  223 Stewart Avenue (at Nassau Boulevard ), Garden City.  ½ Block North of the Nassau Boulevard Long Island Rail Road Station 516-248-8855    516-248-8855    516-248-8855    www.uuccn.org

Saturday, 11/18 – Hank Stone. 8 PM.  Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, St. James
631 862 4111.  on Rte. 25A, east of Lake Ave.   Hank Stone, with some guests sitting in.

Saturday, 11/18 – Dar Williams. 8 PM.  Landmark on Main Street .  232 Main Street , Port Washington .  516-767-6444.  www.landmarkonmainstreet.org

Saturday, 11/25 – Iain Campbell Smith & Pat Wictor.  8:00 PM.  The Song Box, Seaford .  $10.  We asked Pat who he’d like to perform with, and he recommended Iain…”Hey George!  I found the other half of the show:  Iain Campbell Smith (www.iaincampbellsmith.com).  He’s a good friend, a great songwriter with a great wit (that sometimes shades a tad bawdy) and formidable intellect.  I’ve done a few shows with him in the DC area (where he lives), so we’ve already got some stuff worked up.  He’s got great stories–he’s Australian, and spent some years as part of an unarmed peacekeeping force in Papua New Guinea –a brilliant, intrepid individual.  It’s gonna be a great show!” –   Pat Wictor

This month’s show is being held in a recording studio at a private residence in Seaford, Long Island ( South Shore Nassau County ).  Seating is limited.  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.

Sunday, 11/26 – Wes Houston Band  3 PM Wes Houston, host of Cable TV’s Wes Houston Presents…, brings his six piece band, playing their original tunes and selected standards, to Fuzzy’s Pub on Sunday Afternoon, November 26th at 3:00pm.  Fuzzy’s is located at 239-21 Braddock Ave , Bellerose , NY 718-347-9616.   Log on to www.weshouston.com for more details.

Friday, 12/1 – Zoe Lewis. 8 PM.  Coffee House Concerts.  UUC in Garden City. For tickets and information contact calendar@uuccn.org.  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau .  223 Stewart Avenue (at Nassau Boulevard ), Garden City.  ½ Block North of the Nassau Boulevard Long Island Rail Road Station 516-248-8855    516-248-8855    516-248-8855    www.uuccn.org

Saturday, 12/2 – Guy Davis. 7:30 PM.  FMSH First Saturday Concert.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-425-2925. www.fmshny.org

Sunday, 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

Sunday, 12/3 – Mary Lamont Band.  2 PM. West Islip Library. Higbie Lane & Rt. 27A, West Islip .  Come join us for a Country Holiday show!     631-661-7080

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

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

Saturday, 12/16 – Bob Westcott Holiday Revue. 7:30 PM.  FMSH Hard Luck Café.  Congregational Church, Centerport.  For info: 631-661-1278  www.fmshny.org

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.

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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