The 2nd Annual "Kickin' Country Music Festival
All events are FREE- We are requesting donations of non-perishable foods.
Distribution boxes will be located in the lobby of the
Long Beach Public Library
located at 111 West Park Avenue-(516) 432-7201.
Friday- Nov. 8 (Americana)
7-7:45- Annie Mark and Chris James
8-9:30- Treutlein, Novak, Perricone and Leuci
Saturday- Nov. 9th
7-7:45- Mick Hargreaves and Mike Bifulco
8-9:30- The Roadhouse Band
Sunday- Nov. 10th
1-2:00 KIDS KRAFT KORRAL
2-3:00-Astrograss- Brooklyn Bluegrass Band- Family Music and Dance
3:30-5:00- Walking the Line with Tom Cavanagh- Johnny Cash and June Carter Tribute Band
Special Thanks to Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg for his continued support of cultural arts and music programs.
Annie Mark and Chris James
Working for many years as a solo singer-songwriter as well as playing with several bands, Annie's earliest experience with music was that it was truly a family affair with her grandma at the piano and singing with her parents and eight brothers and sisters, as well as learning harmony early on singing in church every Sunday to keep from falling asleep. Born in New York but transplanted to the south when she was ten, Annie developed a great love for traditional country music, as well as the music of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins, Brothers Louvin and Everly, and of course the Beatles to mention just a few. Whether playing with Chris, adding a harmony on a recording, playing with her all original band The Miss Trees, performing an intimate solo performance with her guitar or Celtic harp, Annie's pure love of music and song shines through.
Playing in blues bands since the late 1980's and somewhat of a blues purist back then, Chris James in recent years has expanded his musical interests much to the delight of anyone who has the privilege to experience any music project Chris James is involved in. Adding to his already fully unique guitar playing, Chris now also plays a driving organ and pedal steel. Chris can be heard fronting his own band The Hideaways as well as lending his talents to The Last Hombres, The XLerators, and the Welldiggers when not working as a session player on many recording projects.
Presently, both Annie and Chris are friends and participants in NYRMA (New York Roots Music Association) an organization of talented local musicians whose goal has been to make the world a better place through live music.
What to expect at an Annie Mark and Chris James show? Straight up, heartfelt, no-nonsense harmonies throughout, interspersed with Chris's inspired guitar work supported by Annie's simple, steady rhythm guitar. Annie and Chris are truly a dynamic duo whose eclectic mix of originals and covers pack a punch and leave you wanting more.
The quartet of Jim Treutlein, Deb Novak, Joe Perricone and Mike Leuci has been together since 2006, each member bringing a rich background in the New York area music scene. The band's material centers on great songs from the annals of rock, americana, roots, soul, r&b and reggae music, in addition to the original songwriting of singer/guitarist Joe Perricone. Don't expect to hear your typical hit cover tunes, though; this group makes it a point to play songs that aren't heard as often but SHOULD be. The name might not exactly roll off the tongue, but that's not really the point. This is a band that simply loves to play good songs and have a great time while doing it.
Mick Hargreaves will perform an acoustic set accompanied by Mike Bifulco on electric, slide and lap steel guitars.
"Cool 'n' Steady Burning, With A Robust Flavor That Always Tastes Fresh"
"The songs of Mick Hargreaves can be easily pigeonholed as "Americana", but that would do a grave injustice to the breadth of styles his tunes encompass. Having fronted many different outfits over the years, Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. A little classic twang here, some Early 80's college rock flavor there, but always tied together with strong pop hooks and melodies. It's hard not to compare him to another musical jack-of-all-trades in the legendary songwriter/producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what ittakes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock." - Bryan Gallo http://mickhargreaves.com
The Roadhouse Band
The Roadhouse Band is a versatile country band playing a wide variety of country hits from all eras.
From current hits, to the "new country" of the 90's and country classics as well. So you're likely to hear songs from artists like Justin Moore, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to 90's favorites George Strait, Alan Jackson and all-time favorites like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Lynn Anderson.
The group is fronted by Nancy Walter on lead vocals, Vic Fusco on bass and lead vocals, Mike Pangalos on keyboard and lead vocals, Steve Tannenbaum on lead guitar and vocals, Tom Pantaleo on drums and vocals and JJ Turk on Fiddle and Guitar. With members from both Nassau and Suffolk, they've been playing country music on Long Island since 1995 and have appeared at such venues as Vets-Rock at the Brookhaven Amphitheatre, the Paramount and the Emporium to name a few, a untold numbers of concerts and festivals at parks and other venues throughout the metropolitan area.
Formed in 2003, Astrograss has continually stayed at the forefront of New York's lively acoustic music and bluegrass scene. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 2005, showcases its unique sound: earthy, bluegrass-inspired yet decidedly un-twangy. Astrograss is equally passionate in its vocal harmonies and surging improvisations. In concert, Astrograss wows audiences with an eclectic yet solidly rooted mix of original material, choice covers ranging from Jimmy Webb to Guns n' Roses, and foot-stompin', "yee-haw"-inspiring fiddle hoedowns.
Astrograss has performed in prestigious New York venues such as Joe's Pub, BAM Harvey Theatre, BB King's Blues Club, Symphony Space, The Mercury Lounge, The Living Room and the Rodeo Bar, in addition to regular appearances at city sponsored events, such as Madison Sq. Park, Washington Market Park, River to River Festival and others. .
ASTROGRASS gets kids and their parents dancing and singing together, with a unique blend of bluegrass, old time, and folk music. Astrograss concerts feature sing-a-longs, dance contests, and high-energy fiddle hoedowns. Children get called on to answer questions, the audience is asked to sing by itself, and sometimes even a child is asked to provide lyrical content for a song. For those not familiar with bluegrass music, Astrograss provides a quick introduction to the music style, and introduces each instrument with a demonstration.
Walking the Line
Walking the Line is the most authentic sounding and visual performance of the music of Johnny Cash, playing the most loved hits and some rare gems of Johnny Cash while creating the look, feel and flow of Johnny Cash concerts. Walking the Line takes you on a musical journey that has become the Johnny Cash Legacy by performing material from every decade of Cash's career. Walking the Line is not just a band, it is a performance on par with a Broadway production. Essentially it is a show! Vintage costumes, period accurate instruments and microphones-It is the complete package and recreation of the golden years of the Johnny Cash show.
The band has won numerous tribute contests and awards and in 2011 was picked as the best tribute show in the country. Playing the part of Johnny Cash is Thomas Michael Cavanagh. Cavanagh's voice, look and actions don't just replicate Johnny Cash, it is Johnny Cash. If you love the music of Johnny Cash, but never got to see him live, this is as close as a fan can get. And if you were lucky enough to see Cash live, you'll appreciate Walking the Line all the more when you see and hear this most accurate recreation.