The Sunday Street Acoustic Series, co-sponsored by WUSB-FM, presents nationally and internationally touring artists who perform in the listening room setting of The University Café. The series runs from September to early June and is now in its eighth year. Past performers have included Graham Parker, Willie Nile, Susan Werner, Eric Andersen, and Fairport Convention.
The Sunday Acoustic Concert Series, produced by Charlie Backfish, is co-sponsored by WUSB-FM (90.1fm).
NOTE: You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend Sunday Concert Series events. Admission of 21+ when alcohol is served is a requirement of University Alcohol Policy and of University Cafe.
For Podcasts of past shows at The University Café, please click here: University Café Podcasts.
Information by email: SundayStreetWUSB@aol.com
Telephone inquiries: leave message at 631-632-1093
Check out some of our past events!
Friday, January 9th, 8:00PM
Doug Seegers' long journey with music began as a child in West Islip, listening to his parents' Hank Williams records. Doug adopted the moniker Duke the Drifter in homage to that country music icon, and in the mid-70s became the bandleader of Angels in Overdrive, which broke all the rules of country music purism, blending old-time Country, New Wave, Blues, Gospel, Cajun and Rock and Roll into a rip-snorting mix that pre-dated Alt-Country by several decades. Along with friends Buddy Miller and Louisiana Red, Doug/Duke made an indelible impression on the vibrant and rambunctious Long Island music scene of the 70s and early 80s.
Fast forward to 2014: A Swedish documentary film crew searching for singers on the streets of Nashville discovered the homeless and newly sober Seegers, and connected him with his old compadre Buddy Miller. Doug's recording session at the Johnny Cash Cabin resulted in a collaboration with the legendary Emmylou Harris, wild popularity in Sweden and his being signed to Rounder Records.
You can hear Doug's amazing voice and songs at this homecoming celebration. Doug will be accompanied by fiddler Babs Lamb, former member of Asleep at the Wheel, and Mark O'Connor's fiddle teacher. (www.dougseegersmusic.com)
Tickets $20.00 at www.gpjac.org/UCafe.html through Thursday, January 8th with remaining tickets at the door for $25.00 (cash only).
The Kennedys, with a “valentine for Nanci Griffith”
Caroline Doctorow opens
Sunday, February 15th, 2:00PM
Pete and Maura Kennedy return to the Cafe stage once again, this time bringing their version of songs associated with Nanci Griffith, perhaps an Everly Brothers song, new songs from a forthcoming Kennedys’ album, and favorites from their extensive catalogue.
The Kennedys began their performing career together as members of Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra and have continued that relationship to working with Griffith on her most recent album. As a duo, The Kennedys have released ten studio albums and both Pete and Maura have solo albums to their credit. Their recent live release, Dance A Little Closer, is a tribute to Nanci Griffith and serves as the centerpiece of this show.
More than any other performers, The Kennedys are the musical soul of the Sunday Street Acoustic Series, having played the very first show in our eleven-year history, returning for frequent Kennedys shows, and being an integral part of our annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration.
Opening is Caroline Doctorow who, in addition to her own original songs, has shown herself to be an acclaimed interpreter of the songs of Nanci Griffith, Richard and Mimi Farina, and Mary McCaslin, among others.
Tickets $22.00 at www.gpjac.org/UCafe.html through Friday, February 13th with remaining tickets at the door for $27.00 (cash only).
- Date: Sunday, February 15th
- Time: 2:00 pm
- Tickets: $22
You must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend Sunday Concert Series events. Admission of 21+ when alcohol is served is a requirement of University Alcohol Policy and of University Cafe.