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Sunday Street Concerts at LIM in The Gillespie Room

We are pleased to announce that our concerts will now take place in the beautiful Gillespie Room at the Long Island Museum, Route 25 A in Stony Brook Village. We’ll be able to accommodate one hundred people and will have wine, beer and cider available at the shows.




Brother Sun

Brother Sun
Sunday, June 12th, 5 P.M.

Brother Sun is an incredible trio! Three well-established artists — Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway and Joe Jencks —- have combined for an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, fusing folk, Americana, blues, jazz, rock and more in a unique celebration of the power of singing together.

From three major points on the map: Boston, New York, and Chicago ‐ Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into Brother Sun: a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music of Brother Sun is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience ‐ three rich voices blending on a well‐crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki. Gene Shay, the long-time radio veteran, says of Brother Sun: Three magnificent male voices‐‐together. Gives me the chills‐‐in the nicest way ever!”

Their debut CD called attention to this trio while their 2013 release, Some Part of the Truth, brought unbelievable critical praise for their vocal harmonies and choice of songs. From main stage performances with standing ovations at Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Philadelphia, Old Songs, Connecticut and other Folk Festivals; to sold out concerts throughout the U.S.A, Brother Sun have earned the respect of fans, colleagues, and presenters alike. And, their music and message appeal alike to fans of both contemporary and traditional music.

With a new release in store for 2016, we’ll be treated to a batch of new songs as well as Brother Sun favorites in a memorable early evening of music.

Advance sale: $ 22 with tickets at the door (cash only) for $27

Tom Russell - mesabi

The legendary Tom Russell in a special one-man show
Sunday, June 26th, 5 P.M.

Tom Russell, one of America’s great songwriters, returns to our area for a very special one-man show where he will be performing songs spanning his career, including many of them rarely done in his shows. Also, look for new songs he hasn’t recorded yet. He’ll also share the background of his songs as well as stories told as only Tom is able to tell. And, since Tom is an established artist, you’ll be seeing some of his work and hearing about the subjects of his paintings.

The Boston Globe has called Tom “the most powerful voice on the contemporary folk circuit.” Mike Regenstreif of the Montreal Gazette says Tom is “the best songwriter of my generation,” who “raises and sets the bar for contemporary singer-songwriters.” David Letterman featured him many times on Late Night, and Tom’s album releases have been regarded as one masterpiece after another. In 2015, Tom released his epic folk opera, The Rose of Roscrae, to widespread critical acclaim. This two disk masterwork wove Tom’s songs and the songs of others into a sprawling saga of the American West.

Advance sale tickets are $35 through Friday, June 25th.

If any tickets remain on the day of the show, they will be available at the door for $40, cash only.


Dar Williams in concert

On the lawn at the Long Island Museum
Thursday, June 23, 6 – 8 p.m.

She’s been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New Yorker. She’s released nine studio albums. She’s authored three books. She’s gone from playing small coffee shops to touring the folk festival circuit, performing and recording with the likes of Ani DiFranco and Joan Baez. And on June 23, Dar Williams brings her soul-stinging songs of social justice, universal truth and the struggle for both to the Long Island Museum.

A resident of Cold Spring, N.Y., known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Ms. Williams will be performing songs off her 2015 album, Emerald, which, according to Rolling Stone, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of humanity.” As a product of the ‘90s alternative culture, Williams remains intimately familiar with these corners, illuminating them with a message that resonates equally well in lecture and concert halls, especially here in her home state. “A lot of people have not given up on the positive diversity of incomes, mental wavelengths, and dreams in New York,” Williams says, adding, “I wanted to reinvigorate the sense that people have power as storytellers and active citizens to keep that diversity alive.”

Tickets $40 per person at Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Rain or shine. Indoor seating available in the event of rain. Check the LIM website for weather related info the day of the show.

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Sunday Street is the title of the long-running radio program hosted by Charlie Backfish every Sunday from 9 AM until 12 Noon on WUSB, 90.1 fm and also streaming at

The program highlights singer/songwriters, both new and established, and frequently features in-studio conversations and performances. Every program concludes with a Dylan segment. Additionally, The Sunday Street Series presents national and internationally touring artists in performance at a local venue, The University Cafe.

You can contact Charlie through his Facebook.


Pete Kennedy, Heart of Gotham (Pete's superb New York City-based song cycle.)

Dar Williams, Emerald (Her best album in many years including a very powerful song, "New York Is A Harbor.")

Paul Benoit, My Old Clothes (Great guitarist and songwriter from the Pacific Northwest).

Butchers Blind, A Place in America EP (Outstanding band from Long Island with a batch of fine new songs).

Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart (Best music to come from any of the members of The Rolling Stones in a few decades).

Peter Case, HWY 62 (A songwriter's songwriter indeed…deserves much wider recognition).

Guy Davis, The Kokomo Kidd (Brilliant title song, seven other great originals, and some well-chosen covers on this release from Long Island's MC Records.)

Ryan Adams, 1989 (Yeah, his take on Taylor Swift's album. Been listening to it in the car all week.)

Kevin Gordon, Long Gone Time (Originally from Louisiana, this guy couples edgy lyrics with great r & b melodies).

Rod Picott, Fortune (The latest installment in his "Circus of Misery and Heartbreak" discography. A unique talent, for sure.)


Sunday Street Series: Summer 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Sunday, June 26th, 2016 @ 5 PM

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 @ 6 PM

You can purchase tickets in advance for these shows by going to the GPJAC site here. Call 631-632-1093 for more information.


May 22nd, 2016

Theme: Dave Van Ronk, Sunday Street (SUNDAY STREET, Philo)

Opening set:
Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 (BLONDE ON BLONDE, Columbia)
Bob Dylan, Leopard Skin Pill-box Hat (alt take) (THE CUTTING EDGE: THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol.12, Columbia/Legacy)
Bob Dylan, Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine (BLONDE ON BLONDE, Columbia)

Set # 2
*Caroline Doctorow, Time Passes Slowly (BOB DYLAN UNCOVERED 2, Paradiddle)
Ernst Jansz, Love Minus Zero/No Limit (Dromen von Johanna, V2Records Benelux)
Joni Mitchell, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (COMPLETE GEFFEN RECORDINGS, Geffen)

Set # 3
*Bob Dylan, Polka Dots and Moonbeams (FALLEN ANGELS, Columbia)
Bob Dylan, Red Cadillac and A Black Moustache (GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT, Rhino)
Bob Dylan, Duquesne Whistle (TEMPEST, Columbia)

Set # 4
Richie Havens, Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (MIXED BAG II, Verve)
*Sloan Wainwright, On A Night Like This (UNCOVERING,
George Harrison, Absolutely Sweet Marie (BOB DYLAN 30th ANNIVERSARY, Columbia)

Set # 5
*Bob Dylan, Nevertheless (FALLEN ANGELS, Columbia)
Joan Osborne, Man In The Long Black Coat (RELISH, Polygram)
Bob Dylan, Political World (OH MERCY, Columbia)
Jimmy LaFave, Meet Me In The Morning (TRAIL THREE, Music Road)

Set # 6
Nico, I'll Keep It With Mine (CHELSEA GIRL, Verve)
The Hollies, I Want You (WORDS AND MUSIC BY BOB DYLAN, Epic)
Bob Dylan, Memphis Blues Again (BLONDE ON BLONDE, Columbia)

Set # 7
*Jeff Buckley, Just Like A Woman (YOU AND I, Columbia Legacy)
Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna (BLONDE ON BLONDE, Columbia)
Bob Dylan, Shadows (Alberta, 2012, via You Tube)
Nanci Griffith, Boots of Spanish Leather (OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS, Elektra)

Set #8
Tom Russell w/Lucinda Williams, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall (MESABI, Shout Factory)
Bob Dylan w/ Joan Baez, Blowin' in the Wind (BOB DYLAN LIVE 1975, Columbia)

(Tom Russell plays a very special one man show in The Sunday Street Series at The Long Island Museum on Sunday, June 26th at 5 P.M. Information at

Set #9
Bob Dylan, Cover Down, Break Through (Toronto, 1980 via You Tube)
Bob Dylan, Thief on the Cross (New Orleans, 1981)
Bob Dylan, Shot Of Love (SHOT OF LOVE, Columbia)

Bob Dylan, Forever Young (PLANET WAVES, Asylum)

*indicates new release or recent re-issue