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.
Sunday, April 30, 5 P.M.
Blues Guitarist extraordinaire
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. (www.brookswilliams.com)
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. (www.bobwestcott.com)
Advance sale is $22 at www.sundaystreet.org through Friday, April 28th, with tickets at the door for $27 (cash only)
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 www.sundaystreet.org through Friday, May 5th with remaining tickets at the door for $30 (cash only).
Bob Dylan’s 76th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, May 21st, 7 P.M.
with The Kennedys, Rod MacDonald, Russ Seeger, Steve Kaplan, Brian Kachajian, and Tom Ryan
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.” (www.kennedysmusic.com)
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. (www.rodmacdonald.net).
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. (www.myspace.com/russseegermusic).
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. (www.peskyjnixon.com)
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. (www.milestodayton.net)
Advance sale $20 through Friday, June 23rd with tickets at the door $30 (cash only)
Ray Bonneville, bluesman
Sunday, July 9th at 7 P.M.
Coinciding with the “Midnight Rum: Long Island and Prohibition” exhibition at The Long Island Museum,
The Sunday Street Series at LIM presents a summer evening of great blues and some great brews as well.
Ray Bonneville is a roaming blues poet. Born in Canada and raised in the United States, Ray says New Orleans is where he began to “learn to take my time, to allow space between the notes, so the songs could truly groove.” That groove is at the core of his sound. A one-man band, he backs up weathered, storytelling vocals with a highly percussive guitar style, dramatic harmonica lines and a foot that keeps the rock steady beat. Bluesman Chris Smither is a fan of Ray’s. We’ll hear classic Ray Bonneville songs like “I Am The Big Easy” but also lots of new ones since a new album is soon to be released.
Bob Westcott will open this show. Bob is an accomplished finger-style guitarist and promises to share some songs from the Prohibition Era with us, including Clayton McMichen’s 1930 classic, “The Prohibition Blues.” (www.bobwestcott.com)
Advance sale tickets are $20 at www.sundaystreet.org with tickets at the door for $25.