Susan Werner Performs in Centerport, Today Nov. 4, 2017
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Werner, currently touring in support of her new album, An American in Havana, returns to Long Island TODAY Nov. 4, 2017 as the featured artist for the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series. The 8:30 p.m. concert at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, Centerport) is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.fmsh.org using a credit card or at the door (cash and checks only). For more information, visit the website or call (631) 425-2925.
“Susan Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer, brings literacy and wit back to popular song,” according to The New Yorker, while the Chicago Tribune has aptly hailed her as “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.”
A favorite of FMSH audiences, Werner has never been one to adhere to just one musical style. A gifted singer-songwriter, who accompanies herself on both guitar and piano, she is known for her musical versatility and for her witty repartee during live performances. The classically trained and jazz-inspired Iowa native, who now calls Chicago home, has been delighting concert and festival audiences for more than two decades.
Besides her live performances, Werner is known for iconoclastic concept albums in which she updates traditional styles of music with sharp, incisive lyrics. Her September 2017 release, An American In Havana, Werner’s 13th studio recording, is a collection of original songs inspired by two recent trips to Cuba and blends Cuban rhythms with Werner’s signature storytelling, trademark songcraft, humor, and poetry. She will perform songs from the new CD, as well as her previous ones, during the concert. Werner also is the composer and lyricist for a forthcoming Broadway musical based on the film Bull Durham. She last performed for FMSH’s First Saturday Concerts series in February 2015 and co-headlined the annual Huntington Folk Festival in 2010.
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. Its Hard Luck Café series set at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre will feature Colorado-based acoustic folk -Americana duo Bettman & Halpin and Nashville–based contemporary folk trio The Belle Hollows share the bill on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.
Photo of Susan Werner by Walter Hansen