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Long Island Concerts Winter/Spring 2009

Return to the Dream (Diane Garisto, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, & Andy Huenerberg)

Our Times Coffeehouse


Third Friday, February 20


Concert 8 pm; Doors 7:15 pm


Our Times Coffeehouse, Ethical Humanist Society, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY

2 miles West of Meadow Brook Parkway, Past Franklin (Mineola Blvd), South (Left) Side next to water tower. About ¼ mi East of end of Old Country Rd (turns North & becomes Herricks Rd & goes under the railroad, Rockaway Ave goes South)

http://www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org 516-541-1066

Come and see and hear Return to the Dream. Admission $15

Radio: Return to the Dream (Diane Garisto, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, & Andy Huenerberg) will be on John Platt’s City Folk Sunday Breakfast Show on this Sunday, February 15th at about 10am (Show is 8-11am WFUV 90.7FM www.WFUV.org) Fordham Univ.  They play live songs and talk about their backgrounds, musical influences, what led them to form, and their “dreamer” philosophy


I have included some other listings at the end of the Email.

Thank you for your support of Long Island Folk Music, the Artists, Our Times Coffeehouse, and The Song Box.

Yours truly,

Richard de Bruin

rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us or rdebruin@optonline.net

To receive or stop Song Box & LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us



Return to the Dream (Diane Garisto, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, & Andy Huenerberg)

Return to the Dream (Diane Garisto, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, & Andy Huenerberg) www.ReturntotheDream.com

Each member of Return to the Dream is a seasoned performer in his or her own right, but have come together to create a cohesive and unique “Eclectic Acoustic” sound with their original music.

Diane Garisto – Lead and background vocals, guitar, dulcimer, strumstick: In a much varied career, Diane has toured as a vocalist with major recording artists such as Steely Dan and Laura Nyro and was fortunate to sing on Paul Simon’s multi-platinum award-winning album, Graceland, and Billy Joel’s evocative River of DreamsDiane Garisto has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, and shared the mike with such musical legends as Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Carly Simon, and George Benson.

Tom Griffith – Lead and background vocals, lead guitar, dulcimer: Tom has worked with artists such as Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder, Fats Domino, and Dave Edmunds, and won several Clio and Cannes Silver Lion awards.  Recently he’s produced and written songs for International Blues Challenge Award winner Toby Walker.  Tom Griffith’s first solo album, 40 Years Later, was just chosen as Newsday’s number one Local CD of 2007.

Martha Trachtenberg – Lead and background vocals, guitar, mandolin: Martha was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. She has gone on to appear in the IBMA Songwriter Showcase twice and perform with artists such as David Bromberg, Lucy Kaplansky, Livingston Taylor, and Steve Forbert.  Martha Trachtenbergr songs have been recorded by several nationally-known artists, including Little Toby Walker, Tony Trischka and Skyline, and Missy Raines and Jim Hurst.  Her CD, It’s About Time, won straight As from Newsday and enjoys radio airplay both in the States and abroad.  Her unique voice can frequently be heard on AcousticLongIsland.comwww.AcousticLongIsland.com , the number one acoustic music podcast on iTunes.

Martha Trachtenberg has a warm heart that infuses her songs with humanity and a supple voice that makes them ring true. “I Choose Youis a particular gem. It never fails to get response whenever I play it. John Platt Host of City Folk Sunday Breakfast WFUV FM90.7, New York

Andy Huenerberg – Lead and background vocals, bass: Andy is a much in demand bass player who has been in the biz one way or another since the age of 11. He has worked as a banjo and guitar player, recording engineer and professional choral singer in addition to his work on the bass.  Andy Huenerberg has recently had the good fortune to record and perform with blues legend Hubert Sumlin, and work with award-winning blues artist Dave Fields.




Our Times Coffeehouse


Third Friday, February 20



Our Times Coffeehouse Spring 2009

+ Third Fri Mar 20 Randall Williams + Third Fri Apr 17 Joe Jencks +  Third Fri May 15 Creaking Tree String Quartet + Third Fri Fri June 19 Roy Zimmerman


Watch for other fine future performers!



Many of the venues listted below also have food collection. I have indicated those that I am sure collect food.  Bring a can or other nonperishable food when you go to them!



For information on other events


Fordham Univ WFUV 90.7FM www.wfuv.org


Stony Brook Univ WUSB 90.1FM www.wusb.org


WSHU 91.1FM or 91.3FM + others www.wshu.org


WPKN 89.5FM www.wpkn.org


Gary’s LIConcertNotes@optonline.net frequent and quite inclusive LI Listings! If you do not receive Long Island Concert Notes you should send your Email address to Gary.

Updated Listings & Info! Includes Lots of Long Island listings Mike & Glen’s AcousticMusicScene.com www.acousticmusicscene.com

Some LI listings + NYC + the region Acoustic Live www.acousticlive.com

To receive or stop The Song Box & LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us

You should always check with the venue for changes, my mistakes and weather.


Now First Wed Three Acts Acoustic Long Island at Deepwells Mansion www.acousticlongisland.com (no open mic) + outdoor Summer Concert!

Weekly Wed event Live performance followed by Recored Concert Clearview Cinema, NOW at Clearview Cinema’s Babylon Cinema
34 Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702 – 631-669-0200 The Folk Music Society of Huntington www.fmshny.org & the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour + Wed

First Thurs + Live in the Lobby, Patchogue Theater www.patchoguetheatre.com, 71 East Main Street, 631 207-1313 info@patchoguetheater.com + Mar Bangers & Mash + April 2 Andrea Wolper, Ken Filiano & Friends + May 7 Mambo Loco + June 4 Phil Minissale +


First Fri Island Songwriters Showcase Syosset Showcase www.islandsongwriters.org w/ open mic

First Fri Peacesmiths peacesmiths@yahoo.com w/ open mic

First Fri Garden Stage Concerts www.uuccn.org 223 Stewart Ave @N/W Corner Nassau Blvd, Garden City, NY 516-248-8855 calendar@uuccn.org + Fri Mar 6 Gathering Times (Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus & Hillary Foxsong) + Fri Apr 3 Little Toby Walker & Pat Wictor +

First Sat 7:30p First Saturday Concert, Folk Music Society of Huntington www.fmshny.org 631-425-2925 w/ open mic Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr, Centerport + Sat Mar 7 The Folk Brothers (David Massengill & Jack Hardy) Preview David’s “Eunuch Song” + Sat Apr 4 Lucy Kaplansky + May 2 For Pete’s Sake, Sing! a 90th Birthday Celebration featuring Work O’ the Weavers and an invitational open mic performing Pete’s songs! Part of the coordinated worldwide celebration of Pete Seeger’s birthday on May 3 and seeking a Nobel Peace prize for Pete Seeger! + Sat June 6 John Gorka + outdoor Summer Concert (Church Collects Food)

Usually Sun afternoons 2p The University Café www.universitycafe.org Stony Brook Union Building, Stony Brook University Host Charlie Backfish, Sunday Street Radio 9-11:30am WUSB-FM90.1FM www.wusb.fm + Sun Feb 15 Graham Parker 2pm + Sun Mar 8 The Refugees (Wendy Waldman, Cindy Bullens & Deb Holland) 2pm + Sun March 15 Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen (Celtic twist for St. Patrick’s Day) 2pm + Sun April 5 Ian Tamblyn 2 pm + Sun Apr 19 Susan Werner 2pm + Sat May 23 Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration 7:30pm

Second Thurs 7:30pm Second Thursday Concert Series, 631- 661-1278 Babylon Village Arts Council, Astoria Federal Savings Bank, 180 West Main Street , Babylon 631- 661-1278 free + Thurs Apr 12 Harp Beat (Mexican harp player & Cuban percussionist) +

Second Fri 8pm The Grounds & Sounds Café http://groundsandsounds.uufsb.org Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook, 380 Nicolls Rd, Setauket 631-751-0297 (North of Rt 347 Near Stony Brook U ) w/ open mic + Feb 13 Phil Minissale + Mar 13 Marci Geller + Apr 17 Pat Killian + May 8 Little Toby Walker + June 12 Caroline Doctorow


Second Sat 7:30pm Eclectic Café www.EclecticCafe.org 631- 661-1278 The Unitarian Universalist Society of South Suffolk, 28 Brentwood Rd, Bay Shore, w/ open mic + Sat Feb 14 Lois MortonBill Lauter + Mar 14 Johnny CuomoJulia Joseph + (Collects Food)


Third Fri 8p Our Times Coffeehouse http://www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org 516-541-1066 + Third Fri Jan 16 Bill Staines Bill’s annual visit to the Coffeehouse! + Third Fri  Feb 20 Return to the Dream (Diane Garisto, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, & Andy Huenerberg) + Third Fri Mar 20 Randall Williams + Third Fri Apr 17 Joe Jencks + Third Fri May 15 Creaking Tree String Quartet + Check Third Fri June 19 Roy Zimmerman (Collects Food)


Third Sat 8p .Hard Luck Café, Folk Music Society of Huntington www.fmshny.org 631- 661-1278 w/ open mic Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Dr, Centerport + Sat Jan 17 Annual Open Mike Night + Sat Feb 21 Gretchen Witt  & Denise Romas + Sat Mar 21 Island Songwriters Showcase-featuring: David Bailey, Jim Baron, Vincent Crici, Tim Dillon, Frank Gambino, & Lois Morton + Sat April 18 Claudia JacobsChristine Havrilla + Sat May 16 Bob Westcott’s 1st Annual Spring Fling, starring David Bailey, Princess Peapod, & Return to the Dream or actually Bob Westcott’s 17th Annual Holiday Revue (now in May) which was cancelled due to snowstorm (May is an important Holiday month due to Memorial day, Lindbergh’s flight was May 20-21, 1927 and the birthdays of promenent people are in May) (Church Collects Food)

Fourth Sat 8p The Song Box Concert reservations & George’s The Song Box Emailings (With color pictures) songbox@optonline.net 516-579-5365 Seaford + Fourth Sat Feb 28 Judith Zweiman & Bob Westcott + Fourth Sat  Mar 28 + Fourth Sat Apr 25 + Fourth Sat May 23 + Watch for Spring 2008 performers (Collects Food)

Usually Fourth/Last Sat 8p.Soul Growth 4soulgrowth@gmail.com w/ open mic. Body Awareness Studio, 50 W Montauk Hwy, Lindenhurst 631 957 4692 +

Fourth/Last Sat The Last Licks Café www.lastlickscafe.org w/ open mic. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, 109 Browns Road, Huntington Advance tickets  http://brownpapertickets.com/ + Sat Feb 28: Mike Agranoff + Sat Mar 28 Christine Lavin + Sat Apr 25:The Two Man Gentlemen Band + Sat May 30 Andy Friedman & the Other Failures


Usually? Brookhaven National Laboratory Music Club (631) 344-3846. www.ticketweb.com or at door, Photo ID, William Floyd Parkway (County Rd 46), one-and-a-half miles North of Exit 68 LIE + Sat Feb 21 The Electrix with special friends Reckoning! 7pm. + Fri Mar 6 The Prodigals 8pm. + Fri Apr 10 Paul Rishell & Annie Raines 8pm.+ On Sat Apr 11 Paul Rishell will hold a Workshop for Intermediate and advance Guitar and Annie Raines will have a Harmonica Workshop. Both are limited to 10 seats +


Long Island Traditional Music Association, LITMA www.LITMA.org Ocassional Cincerts (You can help, They would love to participate in your concerts) + frequent Contradance, English Country Dance, Family Dance, Shape Note Singing +  Lots more

Finch Mountain House Concert 631- 661-1278 FinchConcert@yahoo.com Reservations, Babylon +  Sometimes Sun 2-pm Pot Luck Supper 3pm Concert + Sometimes Fri Evening  (Pot luck supper 7pm. Please bring something to share, Concert 8pm) + Apr ? Jack Williams +

Court House Concerts www.courthouseconcerts.com courthouseconcerts@yahoo.com


Folk Music Society of Huntington www.fmshny.org Special House Concert: bring your instrument/voice


House Concert in Stony Brook: Http://www.Lucky13.fm click the paypal button for the House Concert, if you are one of first 35 you’ll get a confirmation and directions. Potluck so bring something fun to eat or drink

Check Sat The Folk Groovin’ Café, Jim Frazzitta Host, open mic 8p St Lawrence of Canterbury Church, 655 Old Country Rd., Dix Hills 631-368-1920

One Sun per month Folk Jam Folk Music Society of Huntington www.fmshny.org 1-5pm Huntington Library, Main Street, Huntington Larry Lewitt llewitt@yahoo.com


0To receive or stop Song Box & LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us

Other wonderful Long Island Music venues that have lots of Folk Music include


Huntington Arts Council www.huntingtonarts.org 631-271-8423 + Annual Summer Arts Festival + Annual Long Island Fall Festival + other events with music


The Islip Arts Council http://www.islipartscouncil.org/ 631-224-5420 info@islipartscouncil.org See also www.islipartscouncil.org/music.html + Outdoor & indoor events +


The Boulton Center www.BoultonCenter.org Bay Shore + Feb12 Breakfast at Tiffany’s + Feb13 The Bacon Brothers + Eeb 20 John Gorka & Christine Lavin + + 2-27 & 4-03 & 5-29 Big Laughs In Bay Shore + Feb 28 Little Toby Walker + 3-01 Suddenly Alone Seminar, John Rousmaniero + 3-04 Bo Bice + 3-06 Richard Marx & Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon – Acoustic + 3-07 Druid featuring The Irish Tenors + 3-13 The Amazing Rock Show + Mar 14 Dar Williams + 3-15 Duncan Sheik featuring songs and original cast members of “Spring Awakening” + 3-16 & 3-30 WALK Presents An Evening with Psychic Jeffrey Wands + 3-20 Average White Band + 3-21 Friend Entertainment LTD. Presents Street Corner Doo – Wop + 3-27 The Second City Comedy Tour + Mar 28 Kerry Kearney Band + 4-02 Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket + 4-10 Jane Monheit + 4-17 Colin Hay + 4-18 Roger McGuinn + 4-23 Shawn Mullins + 4-24 The Association + 4-25 Steve Solomon’s “My Mother’s Italian, My Fathers Jewish & I’m in Therapy” + May 02 Janis Ian + 5-06 Marc Cohn + 5-15 Steve Forbert + 5-16 Shemekia Copeland

Inter-Media Art Center, IMAC, 370 Main St., Huntington, 8pm. www.imactheater.org New York Ave, Huntington + Fri Feb 27 Buckwheat Zydeco & Louisiana Zydeco Celebrate Marti Gras with a home-cooked Louisiana Dinner! + Sat Mar 7 Guitarist Leo Kottke + Sat Mar 14 Legendary Bassist Stanley Clarke + Fri Mar 20 Fundraiser Food, Wine & Music for IMAC Theater! Music by Chieli Minucci w/ Special EFX & Acoustic Alchemy (2 concerts in 1 night!!) & More… + Fri Apr 3 World Music Guitarist Jesse Cook + Sat Apr 18 Jefferson Starship, David Grisman: The Jefferson Grisman Project + Fri May 1 Jazz/Rock Guitarist Allan Holdsworth + Sat May 2 Legendary Folk Singer Richie Havens + Fri May 8 Comedy Paula Poundstone + Saturday May 16 The David Bromberg Big Band With Special Guests Angel Band


The Jean Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street www.LandmarkonMainStreet.org 516-767-6444 at 232 Main St, Port Washington + Sat Mar 7 Peter Yarrow Host John Platt WFUV 90.7FM City Folk City Sunday Morning Breakfast 8-11am Special + Mar 19 Dublin’s Traditional Cabaret World Beat + Mar 21 Paper Bag Players’ 50th Anniversary Show: Make a Little Room for Me Children’s Series + Mar 11 – 27 (Check 29?) Avi Hoffman in Too Jewish?: A Mensch & His Musical For tickets: www.toojewishli.com For individual tickets call 516-717-3991 or www.toojewishli.com Special Discount Groups 15+ call 1-888-440-6662 + Mar 28 Amy Speace/Anthony Da Costa/Milton, Fabulous Folk Series, John Platt host, City Folk Sunday Breakfast WFUV 90.7FM + Apr 3 Raul Malo, former lead singer of the Grammy-award winning group, The Mavericks Special + Apr 4 Brother Sun, Sister Rain – Catskill Puppet Theater Children’s Series + Apr 25 Tom Rush Fabulous Folk Series, Fabulous Folk Series, John Platt host, City Folk Sunday Breakfast WFUV 90.7FM + May 1 Jeff Harnar Sings Cole Porter Broadway/Cabaret + May 2 Chad & Jeremy Special + May 3 Cinderella – American Family Theater Children’s Series + May 16 Jill Sobule songwriter/guitarist/singer Special + May 17 Latino Festival Family + May 30 Tito Puente, Jr.& his Orchestra World Beat + June 13 The Yeoman of the Guard – Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island Tickets: www.gilbert-and-sullivan.net or 516-795-7745 + June 20 Lucie Arnaz Broadway/Cabaret + July 9 – August 30, 2009 Menopause, The Musical For tickets: www.menopauselongisland.com


Islip Theater & Performing Arts Center www.isliptheater.com 410 Main St, Islip 631-650-1942 +


Patchogue Theater, 71 East Main St, Patchogue www.patchoguetheatre.com 631-207-1313 Main stage


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall www.Vail-Leavitt.org 18 Peconic Ave, Riverhead, (631) 727-5782


The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center www.whbpac.org 76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-1500. Sunrise (Route 27) Exit 63 South; South 3+ miles on Route 31 (Old Riverhead Road) crossing Montauk Highway & round-about; South on Potunk Lane; Left onto Main Street +

The Libraries and some Towns also have fall, winter and spring indoor concerts.


Port Washington Library www.pwpl.org


To receive or stop Song Box & LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us

See also


NY Pinewoods Folk Music Club Folk-Fone: 212-563-4099 www.folkmusicny.org


Long Island Music Index www.limusicindex.com


Barb’s The Long Island Poetry Calendar & some music events www.poetz.com/longisland/index.htm


My Long Island Folk Music Emails have sometimes been posted on Kimberly & Ian’s www.onthewilderside.net or www.www.onthewilderside.com


and also posted by Bill Herman at Paradiddle Records www.paradiddlerecords.com


Tne Song Box reservations & George’s Tne Song Box Emailings songbox@optonline.net (With color pictures)



To receive or stop Song Box & LI Folk Music Email rdebruin@suffolk.lib.ny.us

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