June 15, 2017 Hard Luck Café Concert at Cinema Arts Centre
Acoustic duo The Levins and LI’s own Christine Sweeney share the bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, June 15. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door. For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
The Levins are a New York-based, harmony driven acoustic folk-rock duo who seek to make the world a happier place through their warm, spirited and uplifting music without skating over the complexities of life.
Ira and Julia Levin are singer-songwriters who perform their original material with guitar and piano accompaniment, using unexpected harmonies and musical arrangements that make their songs both engaging and infectious. Says WFUV’s John Platt: “The Levins speak to our better selves with their crystalline harmonies and uplifting lyrics.” The duo had a coveted Formal Showcase at the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference and won the 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest. (www.thelevinsmusic.com)
Christine Sweeney is a young bluesy pop musician and singer-songwriter who has been active on the Long Island music scene for a decade and was recently selected to perform during the Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase at this summer’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. With a voice as powerful as it is sweet, she deftly handles poppy and playful without sacrificing genuine emotion. Her writing style is focused heavily on the feel of the lyrics, but the underlying music structure reveals that she’s no stranger to complexities in harmonies as well.
Christine cites Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, John Mayer, Rilo Kelly and KT Tunstall among her influences. Her sometimes gritty, occasionally sugary vocals soar over her rhythmic guitar playing. (www.christinesweeney.com)
About the Presenters
Established in 1973, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre (www.cinemaartscentre.org) seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. LI’s only not-for-profit, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers. On Tuesday, June 13, Bill Shelley of Shelley Archives Inc. presents a Music Legends Live educational lecture with film clips on The Folk Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Now in its 49th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam, and an annual folk festival each summer in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. The 12th Huntington Folk Festival is set for Saturday, July 29, at Heckscher Park. Extending from 12 noon -10:30 p.m. (with a dinner break from 6-8 p.m.), the free event will feature unplugged showcases and song swaps in the afternoon near tents hosted by AcousticMusicScene.com and Radio Nowhere Internet Radio, and an evening concert on the park’s Chapin Rainbow Stage with Sarah Lee Guthrie and The Mammals (featuring Mike & Ruthy), preceded by NERFA Presents Young Folk: Alice Howe & Mike Tedesco.