Sunday, August 30 at 6 pm
6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Don Bikoff and Matt Grabowski
7:30-9 pm: A Band Called Honalee
Concert Sponsored by Rising Tide
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival announces its first FolkFest. Talented local musicians Don Bikoff and Matt Grabowski will perform from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. A Band Called Honalee performs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring a picnic and settle in for an evening of favorite folk tunes from the 60s and the 70s.
Opening FolkFest is Glen Cove’s own acoustic guitar artist, Don Bikoff. Don, who has performed at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Manhattan’s The Living Room and Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, takes to the stage at 6:00 to perform popular folk songs of the 60s and 70s. At only 19 years old, Bikoff released his first recording, Celestial Explosion, a collection of finger-picking acoustic guitar solos heavily influenced by Delta blues, American folk and Eastern classical music. Last year this album was reissued as a result of several of its tracks being included in WFMU’s playlist. The re-release of Celestial Explosion launched a major revival of Bikoff’s musical career, one he had almost abandoned 40 years ago. His second album, Hallowed Ground, has just been released.
Also performing at FolkFest is Glen Cove singer-songwriter Matt Grabowski. Matt can be heard at a number of local venues including Stangos, The View, The Oak Room and Downtown Sounds as well as at venues in New York City. Grabowski’s repertoire ranges from Paul Simon to Harry Chapin to his own folk-rock originals. Grabowski’s appreciation for folk music came from his parents who would play music by The Beatles; Crosby Stills, Nash & Young; Mary Chapin Carpenter; Poco and other country/folk artists while Matt was growing up.
A Band Called Honalee, a modern-day folk trio inspired by the legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary, performs at 7:30 pm. The band also draws on other unforgettable musicians of the era – The Mamas & the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and other giants of folk-rock. Like Peter, Paul and Mary, A Band Called Honalee got its start in Greenwich Village. Since its founding in 2009, the group has actively toured the country and this year released its debut album. Committed to the melodies and messages of the 60s, the band’s members believe that the music of that era is just as relevant today.
The folk festival is underwritten by Glen Cove’s Rising Tide.
Come on down to Morgan Park and enjoy a wonderful evening of family entertainment under the stars. Bring a blanket or chairs and picnic if you wish. Children are welcome. Morgan Park is located on Germaine Street at the end of Landing Road in Glen Cove. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, Pearsall Avenue, Glen Cove. For further information, call (516) 671-0017, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.morganparkmusic.org or find us on Facebook at Morgan Park Summer Music Festival.
Morgan Park Summer Music Festival is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has been providing free professional concerts in the park for 56 years. The shows are completely funded through the generous donations that are received from businesses and individuals. Taxpayer money is not asked for nor received to bring this high caliber talent to the Festival.
PHOTO CAPTION –On Sunday, August 30, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival will host its first ever FolkFest with local musicians Don Bikoff and Matt Grabowski taking the stage beginning at 6:00 pm to perform folk favorites from the 60s and 70s. A Band Called Honalee will play from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Grab your picnic and come to Morgan Park for wonderful evening of musical entertainment under the stars.