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LI Concert Notes #13: 12/28/2006

“I attended my first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival during the summer of 2004. Living, working, and playing with fellow members of the folk community for four days straight heightened the “family” experience of the year I had already spent frequenting folk clubs and other singer-songwriter events. When I woke up on Monday in my on-campus housing after my return from Falcon Ridge, I felt a bit like Dorothy, just come back from the Land of Oz. Although the physical Falcon Ridge was gone, at least until next year, I sensed my newfound membership in something more permanent, if more elusive. My individual journey in music had become inseparable from the larger community of which it was now a part.” – Liz Carlisle, Harvard College Undergraduate Thesis, Department of Folklore and Mythology, Special Field in Ethnomusicology, March 23, 2006

Saturday, 12/30 – 8 PM – The Grind Coffee Shop.  Merrick Road , Bellmore . Lora Kendall and friends.  Lora Kendall performs a mix of old favorites and originals…Maybe even a Bach sonata… You never know who might “drop in.”  Hope it’s you. Come on out and join me!  Great sandwiches and salads.  The Coffees, teas and pastries are out of this world.  Just west of Wantagh Parkway on the north side of Merrick Rd.

Saturday, 12/30 – 8 PM – Last Licks Café – David Fersh & Barbara Grey with Friends in an acoustic concert of traditional and contemporary folk music. Acoustic rock by Ramshackle.  Open mike at 8:00 p.m. Concert at 8:30 p.m. Refreshments available. $10 all.

Sunday, 12/31 – 7 and 10:30 PM – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – Platters / Marvelettes / Drifters.

Sunday, 12/31 – 8 PM – Custer Observatory – Ahmad Ali and Friends will be performing New Year’s Eve at the Custer Observatory in Southold, a night of music and stargazing. The Custer is one of the coolest places for the entire family. Show that special someone the universe, while you are serenaded. Bring Grandma and Grandpa. We bring them down memory lane, bring the kids there’s lots for them to do. Go to www.custerobservatory.org for more details including directions.Tuesday, 1/2 – 6 PM – Tennessee Jack’s BBQ – Bennett Harris. 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

Wednesday, 1/3 – 8 PM – Dr. Finley’s – Kevin Barry – Every Wednesday night Details below

Thursday, 1/4 – 7: 30 PM – Patchogue Theater – Live in the Lobby – Jay Scott’s bluesy sound features his unique vocals and original songs that range from bluesy rockers to acoustic ballads. Jay and his band have been working on their new album since late 2005 and will debut a number of new compositions.  The acoustic sound of  The Sun Gets Down features the vocals and guitars of James Boone and Ryan Engelbert and their up tempo songs featuring vocal harmonies and blazing acoustic lead guitars. $5.00

Friday, 1/5 – 8:30 PM – Ian Wilder – After taking a several year hiatus from giving poetry readings to concentrate on Green Party politics, Ian is back with a not-to-be-missed poetry reading at PeaceSmiths monthly Topical A-Typical Folk Music, Poetry and Whatever Coffeehouse First Methodist Church The last church on the left!  25 Broadway (Route 110), Amityville.  Suggested Donation $7 more if possible, less if necessary.  For information, phone 631-798-0778 http://www.onthewilderside.net

Friday, 1/5 – 8 PM – Garden Stage – Michael Sansonia. Michael is a performer, multi-instrumentalist, musical director, lyricist/composer, and music producer with an extremely varied background.  He formed and fronted a medieval ensemble for the premier of Robin and Marian (starring Sean Connery), and a Country-Western band for the South African equivalent of the Kentucky Derby.  He’s a former musical director for National Lampoon’s live shows and television specials, including Class Of ’86, for which he also wrote several songs.  Other television work includes the soundtrack PBS Biography, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, CNN Travel Series, and the Jane Leeves sitcom Throb.  During its original New York run, he conducted Little shop of Horrors.  He has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician.  These include Pump boys and Dinettes (he has, at one time or another, performed as each of the male character/musicians in the onstage band) and Songa of Singapore.  Firesign Theatre utilized his talents as musician, singer, and songwriter for their reunion concert in NYC.  He has performed, arranged, or written music and lyrics for numerous corporate clients, such as MCI, Bayer, Nike, Verizon, Kraft Foods, Beneficial, Sandoz, Reliance, KPMG, CNN, Chase Manhattan, Scholastic, Hallmark, and many others. He is sought-after as a “biographical lyricist,” having been flown all over the world to perform at events honoring Board Members of multi-nationals.

He continues his long career of recording and club dates, which has led him to perform with artists ranging from Jimmy Dean to Richard Gere to Maria Muldaur to Michael Feinstein to George Clinton to Shawn Colvin.  Recently, he conceived, played all the keyboards, and was an arranger on the track for I’m No Killah by MA$E (with a vocal assist from Diddy himself) on the Platinum-selling Bad Boy’s 10th Anniversary CD.  
And now he’s come full circle to what he loves most, performing for a live audience in an intimate setting.

Saturday, 1/6 – 7:30 PM – FMSH (Folk Music Society of Huntington ) – First Saturday Concert – Liz Carlisle and Beaucoup Blue (Emerging Artist Showcase).

Liz Carlisle… a little bit country … a little bit Ivy League

LIZ CARLISLELiz describes country music as her native blues form, a music that cuts to the core of human experience and allows people to connect on a deeper level. “Everyone understands what it feels like to be in love, to miss your hometown, or to suffer heartbreak,” Carlisle says. A public school graduate from Missoula , Montana , Liz graduated Summa cum Laude from Harvard this past June with a senior thesis in ethnomusicology, a study of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Her writing and stage presence has a powerful ability to erase the boundaries between country, pop, acoustic music, red state, blue state. She sings original songs that cull the heart of country music, the soul-searching of folk, and the lift of pop.

Expect an exciting evening of live performance music by a young talent that you won’t soon forget.Father-son team David and Adrian Mowry comprise the Philadelphia-based roots revivalist band Beaucoup Blue that features a mix of blues/roots originals by both Mowrys as well as choice covers. Young Adrian plays six- and 12-string guitar, long-experienced blues master David handles six-string, slide and dobro guitar, and both men share vocal and song-writing duties.Beaucoup Blue has a heavy blues influence, but also draws on country, folk, jazz and rock for their creative acoustic blues based folk music. Their voices work superbly together with something to say from the bottom of their hearts. This duo has been challenging audiences with their blend of new and experienced talents.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see these emerging artists.

Saturday, 1/6 – 8 PM – Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts.  Billy Joel/Elton John/ Tribute/Benefit.  Enjoy a tribute concert to the music of Billy Joel and Elton John, and help a good cause. The concert features Henry Haid from Broadway”s  Tony award winning musical “Movin Out” as the Piano Man and Lance Millard fresh from his performance on WB 11’s morning show as the Rocket Man and benefits Island Workshop Studios, which helps at-risk teens and young adults develop skills in the performing arts.  For more information or tickets, call (631) 207-1313 or visit www.patchoguetheater.com

Saturday, 1/13 – 7:30 PM – Eclectic Café – The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn is a group of musicians that can be found in many forms and many places, from Central Park to Ft. Greene to SOHO . The band has consisted of many members in the past, from banjos to trombones to washboards.  “We started using the name ‘Blue Vipers’ around 3 or 4 years ago, with the instrumentation of guitar, clarinet, trombone, percussion and banjo. Since then we’ve seen a lot of different folks come and go.” Right now the band consists of Billy Nemec – guitar, Chris Pistorino – bass, David Langlois – washboard, David Luther – tenor saxophone, Sam Hoyt – trumpet, and Eric Pakula – alto saxophone.

“All of the material we play was written anywhere from the 1910’s to the 1940’s — standard tunes learned from scratchy records and older musicians.” Among their influences are Fats Waller, Joe Turner, Louis Armstrong, Willie Dixon, Hank Williams Sr., Les Paul and Mary Ford, Tuba Fats, and The Mills Brothers.

“Catch us performing in Central Park whenever the sun is shining. We are either near the bandshell or near Bathesda Fountain or at the entrance near 5th Ave. and 68th Street . We also perform every Monday at 8PM at Chez Oskar on the corner of Dekalb and Adelphi in Fort Green Brooklyn.”

More at www.myspace.com/thebluevipersofbrooklyn and at meltdownmag.blogspot.com/2005/11/blue-vipers-of-brooklyn.html

Saturday, 1/13 – 8 PM – Soul Growth Open Mic – Cathy Kreger Come and help us welcome one of the best female artists on Long Island . Special Double Open Mic! 2-3 songs or 10 minutes, please. Share your music, poetry,  Art, dance & comedy! How it Works:  
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

Saturday, 1/13 – 8 PM – Landmark on Main Street , Port Washington – Lucy Kaplansky

Saturday, 1/13 – 8 PM – Folk-Groovin’ Café, Dix Hills – Jim Frazzitta.

Saturday, 1/13 – 6 PM – Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts – The Spotlight Premium Concert Series

Wednesday, 1/17 – 7-9 PM – Island Songwriters Showcase at Bellmore Public Library   2288 Bedford Avenue , Bellmore .  http://www.nassaulibrary.org/bellmore  Songwriters in the round featuring ISS members Steve Robinson, 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 all.  ISS: www.islandsongwriters.org

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 .

Saturday, 1/20 – 7:30 PM – FMSH (Folk Music Society of Huntington ) Hard Luck Café – Open Mike Night

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 – 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  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

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.

Saturday, 1/27 – 8 PM – Songbox – Bob Westcott and Cecilia Kirtland.

Saturday, 1/27 – 8 PM – Last Licks Café – The Wiyos.

 Saturday, 1/27 – 8 PM – Mary Lamont Band. South Huntington Library, 145 Pidgeon Hill Rd. , Huntington Station.

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, 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

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.   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 Night. Free admission, $2.50 pints, full buffet, hosted by your’s 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 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.

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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