Hard Luck Café at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, Feb. 20
By Michael Kornfeld
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Pronsky shares a bill with Huntington’s own Bill Scorzari and Friends during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, February 20. 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 $10 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members; $15 for non-members. The Cinema Arts Centre is at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington, NY. For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
Rebecca Pronsky is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of country and folk with jazz and alternative influences to create a twangy urban-folk sound that highlights her sophisticated and poetic lyrics. A singer since childhood, she began writing songs in her teens, and studied ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University. Since then, she has recorded three albums and toured extensively, playing in numerous clubs and at festivals both domestically and internationally — including spots at the Huntington Folk Festival and the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s First Saturday Concerts series.
Rebecca’s most recent album, Only Daughter, was produced by her husband and musical partner, guitarist and Staten Island native Rich Bennett, and named a Top Ten Country Album of 2013 by the UK’s Daily Telegraph. According to NPR, her “voice conveys the wisdom of experience [with songs that are] personal, anecdotal, and emotional.”
Bill Scorzari is a Huntington-based singer and songwriter whose original music combines elements of roots, folk, Americana and traditional styles with his thought-provoking lyrical imagery and signature voice. His influences include artists such as Justin Townes Earle, Blind Willie Johnson, Joe Pug and Townes Van Zandt, among others. His band, The Raddle Chains and Straw Walkers, is comprised of some of the most sought-after musicians in the tri-state area, and he has performed locally The Paramount in Huntington, the Long Island Fall Festival, Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Long Island Folk Festival, as well as at venues in Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee.
Bill’s first album is entitled Just the Same, and he is currently nearing completion of two more: The Promised Land and Modern Times. In his first appearance at the Hard Luck Café, he will be joined by Bill Herman on percussion, Michele Sivori on background vocals, Paul Johnston on keyboards, Skip Krevens on pedal steel, Steve Kaplan on bass and Tom Ryan on drums.
Established in 1973, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington (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. Long Island’s only not-for-profit, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers.
Now in its 45th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington (www.fmsh.org) presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its First Saturday Concerts series at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, off Route 25A, Centerport) will feature the very funny trio Modern Man on March 1 and An Evening of Fingerstyle Guitar with Bob Ardern, Howard Emerson and Hiroya Tsukamoto on April 5.