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 25A in Stony Brook Village. We’ll be able to accommodate one hundred people and will have wine, beer and cider available at the shows.





Richard Barone: the “Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960’s” tour
Steve Addabbo opens

Sunday, January 29th at 3 P.M.

Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer and author. A pioneer of the indie rock scene in Hoboken, New Jersey as frontman for the much-heralded band The Bongos, Barone has charted a career seeing him work with artists in every musical style. His latest project, SORROWS AND PROMISES: GREENWICH VILLAGE IN THE 1960’s, sees Barone casting new light on songs from the singer-songwriters in and around Greenwich Village during that pivotal decade.
Songs from this new release will be featured at this show along with classics from Richard’s catalogue going back to The Bongo’s years.

Following his time with the Bongos, Richard released an influential album, COOL BLUE HALO, described as “chamber rock” and giving rise to that genre. Several other solo releases have appeared since then and Richard has worked on a variety of projects with collaborators as diverse as Donovan, Pete Seeger, Lou Reed and Alejandro Escovedo. He also found the time to write a memoir, FRONTMAN. (

Opening is Steve Addabbo, who has produced Richard’s new album adding to a list of producing credits including Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, and Eric Andersen. Steve’s debut album, OUT OF NOTHING, appeared earlier this year. (

Advance sale tickets are $25 at through Friday, January 27th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).


Remembering Jack Hardy
with Mark Dann, Abbie Gardner, Jack Licitra, Rod MacDonald, and David Massengill

Sunday, February 12th, 3 P.M.

Jack Hardy (1947 – 2011) was a Greenwich Village-based singer-songwriter who served as a mentor and major influence for many artists on the folk music scene in the 1970’s through the 1990’s. He was the founding editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine that often showcased the first recorded work of many artists.

About the individual artists:

David Massengill, singer/songwriter, guitarist and Appalachian dulcimer player, is co-producer of the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Jack Hardy and frequently toured with Hardy in a duo as “The Folk Brothers.” Among his many songs are “On The Road To Fairfax County” and “Rider on An Orphan Train.”

Mark Dann , co-producer of the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Jack Hardy, was extensively involved in the engineering and recording for Fast Folk Musical Magazine as well as being a sought-after producer and engineer. Dann also played bass for Hardy and many other artists affiliated with Fast Folk.

Rod MacDonald is one of the best-known singer songwriters to emerge from the Village music scene in the 1970’s and 80’s and is well-represented on Fast Folk Recordings with songs like “American Jerusalem” and “Coming of the Snow.” Rod is a mainstay of our annual Bob Dylan birthday celebration.

Abbie Gardner has toured for eleven years as a member of the trio, Red Molly, who contributed a version of a Jack Hardy song to the Smithsonian Folkways tribute. A fiery dobro player, she has several solo recordings to her credit as well as a duo album with Anthony DaCosta.

Jack Licitra recorded several songs for Fast Folk Musical Magazine and is a major force on the Long Island music scene from days in The Waterstreet Blues Band to recordings as the collective, Jack’s Waterfall. Jack will add keyboards and accordion to the afternoon’s instrumentation.

Advance sale $25 at through February 10th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).


Garland Jeffreys

Sunday, March 12th at 3 P.M.

Brooklyn-born rock/reggae/blues and soul singer Garland Jeffreys is a true legend, as recognized by his recent induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Garland emerged on the music scene in the early 70’s with a much-heralded debut album and went on to record the seminal Ghost Writer album which sees the 40th anniversary of its release this year. That album included the FM radio anthem “Wild In the Streets.” recently featured on the soundtrack of “The Get Down.” His song “Matador” won Garland a passionate following in Europe, making him an international recording star. He recorded five additional albums into the 1980’s but except for 1992’s DON’T CALL ME BUCKWHEAT, Jeffreys did not release another US album of original songs until 2011.

Since then, he has been on a creative roll releasing two acclaimed albums of original songs (THE KING OF IN-BETWEEN and TRUTH SERUM) in one of contemporary music’s most amazing comebacks.  His return to recording and performing has seen him headline shows in the U.S. and in Europe as a shining moment in a career that has earned him the respect of musical peers like Bruce Springsteen, David Johansen, Lou Reed and John Cale. (

Advance sale tickets are $25 at through Friday, March 10th with tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).

Antje Duvekot & Natalia Zukerman
A co-bill of two outstanding singer/songwriters

Sunday, April 2nd at 5 P.M.

Antje Duvekot has achieved recognition for her songs with awards from both the Boston music scene and the Kerrville Folk Festival, leading to appearances at The Newport and Philadelphia Folk Festival as well as headlining The Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

Her latest album, Toward The Thunder, “stands proudly with her three previous releases and draws upon the talent of folk luminaries like Richard Shindell and Anais Mitchell to showcase her unforgettable voice and beautifully-crafted songs. (

Of Natalia Zukerman, The New Yorker says that “Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.”
The daughter of classical musicians Eugenia and Pinchas Zukerman, Natalia is proficient on slide guitar, lap steel, and dobro, putting those instruments to very good use in her grasp of folk, jazz and blues influences.

Her songwriting expertise is in full evidence on her five studio albums with songs like “Gas Station Roses” and “Howard Hughes” are standouts. (

Advance sale tickets, $23 with tickets at the door $28 (cash only)


Brooks Williams
Blues Guitarist extraordinaire

Sunday, April 30, 5 P.M.

A long-overdue return visit from this amazing bluesman who has been described as “a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed.” His musical vision spans continents and genres, blues, jazz, slide, finger-style, with funky chords, walking bass lines and fiery riffs.

Originally from Statesboro Georgia, Williams emerged from the Boston blues scene to eventually record twenty-two albums, developing a devoted following in both the US and in the UK (where he now lives) and Europe.

His two most recent albums (released in 2016) showcase his own songwriting (in MY TURN NOW) with BROOKS’ BLUES being his version of some blues classics played on acoustic, resonator and cigar box guitar. (

Bob Westcott will open this show. Bob has been perfecting his elegant finger-style guitar work for well over 30 years, from his early years in Greenwich Village, to time spent in England, Canada and various parts of the United States before settling in eastern Long Island. (

Advance sale is $22 at through Friday, April 28th, with tickets at the door for $27 (cash only)


Mary Gauthier

Sunday, May 7, 2017, 5 P.M.

This is a rare Long Island appearance by Mary Gauthier, one of America’s great singer/songwriters. Mary emerged on the Boston music scene in the late 1990’s where she ran a Cajun restaurant, Dixie Kitchen, which eventually lent its name as the title of her first album. 1998’s Drag Queens in Limousines gained her attention and her five subsequent studio albums sealed her position as a Southern Gothic-shaded songwriter as well as a riveting concert performer. Well-known songs of hers include “I Drink,” “Karla Faye,” “Blood on Blood” and “Mercy Now.”

Of her latest studio album, Trouble and Love, the Los Angeles Times has said: “Her razor-sharp eye for detail and her commitment to unsentimental self-reflection puts her in a class with greats such as Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, and yes, Bob Dylan.”

Mary Gauthier has received numerous “Artist of the Year” awards and has had her songs recorded by Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and others. Several television shows, including “Nashville”, have used her songs on the soundtrack. In addition to writing powerful songs, Mary has published several short stories.

Advance tickets are $25 at through Friday, May 5th with remaining tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).



Bob Dylan’s 76th Birthday Celebration
(with The Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger, Steve Kaplan, Brian Kachajian, and Tom Ryan)

Sunday, May 21st, 7 P.M.

Our annual celebration of the Nobel Laureate’s birthday. We’ll roam through the entire Dylan catalogue from the early sixties right up to his recent songs. Also, we’ll be sure to include some obscure Dylan stuff along with the better known songs.

Anchoring the evening’s celebration will be Pete and Maura Kennedy, who return for their ninth Dylan Birthday celebration at the Cafe. Guitars, sitars and even ukeleles come into play when The Kennedys “do Dylan.” (

Rod MacDonald, one of America’s finest singer-songwriters and an acknowledged master at interpreting Dylan, returns for another Dylanfest at the Cafe. Rod and his band Big Brass Bed have recently recorded a second album of Dylan songs. (

Russ Seeger, of Levon Helm’s Last Hombres, interprets lesser-known Dylan songs and adds great fiddle and guitar work to other Dylan classics in his seventh appearance at a Cafe Bob Dylan Birthday celebration. (

Also in the band: Brian Kachejian on keyboards, Steve Kaplan on bass and Tom Ryan (of the Last Hombres) on drums. And who knows who else might appear?

Tickets are $30 and limited to 100 seats and are available now through Friday, May 19th. Tickets at the door, if available, are $35 (cash only).



Pesky J Nixon and Miles to Dayton

Sunday, June 25th, 5 P.M.

Celebrating WUSB’s 40th anniversary!

Two bands, who happen also to be very good friends, get together for a great collaborative experience on our stage. The musical sparks will fly!

Pesky J Nixon (PJN) is a New England-based band who draw their influences from contemporary urban balladeers, rowdy southern bluegrass, and the sardonic yet wry wit of New England’s rick folk scene. Compelling harmonies and narratives reign with disparate instrumentation including zydeco style accordion, virtuoso mandolin, tribal percussion and a myriad of string instrumentation. (

Miles To Dayton (m2d), a Long Island-based band, blends elements of folk, rock, classical and funk with four-part harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section. They have built a large grass roots following of fans who have flocked to their performances at venues like the Great South Bay Music Festival, the Boulton Center, the Patchogue Theatre and the Paramount. (

Advance sale $20 through Friday, June 23rd with tickets at the door $25 (cash only)

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Jimmy LaFave at the Port Jefferson Village Center

An absolutely terrific evening when Jimmy LaFave and his fellow musicians from Austin came to the Port Jefferson Village Center on Sunday, August 2nd to do an incredible show in the Sunday Street Series, co-sponsored by WUSB,  for over one hundred attendees! Jimmy’s great voice powered a great collection of original songs and, as he […]


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.)