Huntington Folk Festival, July 20, at Heckscher Park (Free)
By Michael Kornfeld
The eighth annual Huntington Folk Festival is slated for Saturday, July 20, 2013. The free event will extend from 12 noon into the late evening at Heckscher Park, Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington, New York.
“We’re delighted to join with the Huntington Arts Council in presenting what promises to be a wonderful day of music,” said Michael Kornfeld, president of the Folk Music Society of Huntington.
Headlining this year’s festival will be Yonkers, NY-based Americana-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil, whose barn burning, rabble rousing live shows — blending traditional jug band energy with amped-up lap steel guitar and Chicago-style harp blues and featuring an eclectic mix of riveting traditional and original songs — have caught the attention of respected folk music DJs and prominent American roots music promoters.
Opening the evening concert on the Chapin Rainbow Stage, beginning at 8:30 p.m., will be Long Island’s own Marci Geller (a piano-based contemporary singer-songwriter with folk sensibilities) and singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Joffen (a two-time Kerrville New Folk Winner and 2011 Great American Song Contest Winner). The two will be joined in a song swap by Marshal Rosenberg on percussion.
An afternoon of unplugged showcases and song swaps, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., featuring artists from the New York metropolitan area and beyond will precede the concert. Hosting them near canopy tents will be Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond and AcousticMusicScene.com.
Acoustic Live! (Emcee: Richard Cuccaro)
1:00 Joe Iadanza
1:15 Tony Denikos
1:30 John Sonntag
1:45 Steve Chizmadia
2:00 Susan Kane
2:15 The YaYas
2:30 Honor Finnegan
2:45 Paul Sachs
3:00 Ina May Wool
3:15 The Levins
3:30 David Goldman
3:45 Christopher Brown
4:00 Arlon Bennett
4:15 Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes
4:30 Jeremiah Birnbaum
4:45 Stuart Markus
5:00 Larry Kolker
5:15 Brad Cole
5:30 Drew Jacobs
5:45 Lois Morton
AcousticMusicScene.com (Emcee: Michael Kornfeld)
12:00 Island Songwriters Showcase: Suzanne Ernst, Walt Sargent
12:30 Long Island Fingerstyle Guitar Club: Dan Doll, Lisa Doll, Bill Scorzari
1:00 FMSH Members Showcase: Eli Maniscalco, John Taylor, Bob Westcott
1:30 Music From the Hive: Naomi Margolin & Mark Newman, Roger Silverberg, Ivette Torres-Albano
2:10 Kerrville New Folk Winners: Honor Finnegan, Paul Sachs
2:30 Tribes Hill-Hudson Valley Song Circle: Susan Kane, Judith Kass, Larry Kolker, The Levins, Lisa Jane Lipkin, South County
3:30 Brad Cole, Joe Iadanza
4:00 Drew Jacobs, Stuart Kabak
4:30 Arlon Bennett, Tony Denikos, Hiroyo Tsukamoto
5:00 Peter Calo, Steve Chizmadia, Kat Quinn
5:30 Jeremiah Birnbaum, Sarah Blacker, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes
Co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington (www.fmsh.org) and the Huntington Arts Council (www.huntingtonarts.org), the Huntington Folk Festival is part of the 48th Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival presented by the Town of Huntington, produced by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon USA.
Festival goers are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets and to consider bringing a picnic supper or venturing into nearby Huntington Village for dinner.
More information about the Huntington Folk Festival, including the complete schedule, appears online at www.fmsh.org and www.huntingtonarts.org.
Photo above right: Yonkers, NY-based Americana-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil headlines the eighth annual Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, July 20, at Heckscher Park. The free event extends from 12 noon until late in the evening. (Photo by Jake Jacobson)