On Sunday, August 20, Morgan Park Summer Music Festival host its Third Annual Folk Festival featuring Dar Williamas, Amy Helm, Jill Sobule and Guy Davis. Also performing are Gathering Time, Roger Street Friedman, dNa, Los Cintron and Glen Cove’s own Matt Grabowsi. Hosting the festival is John Platt of WFUV’s Sunday Supper. The festival, which is free to the public, begins at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, in Morgan Park and is sponsored by United Healthcare Community Plan.
Headlining the Festival is Dar Williams who was describred by The New Yorker as “One of America’s very best singer-songwriters,” whose work is “…devastatingly moving, tenderly funny…..utterly fresh.” Williams is as esteemed for her raw acoustic energy as for her staunch progressive ideals. Captivating audiences since the 90s, Williams has released 10 studio albums and has appeared and recorded with such luminaries as Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche, among many others.
Also performing is Amy Helm, the daughter of the famed The Band drummer Levon Helm. She describes her father as “…the best teacher, in so many ways.” Helm explains: “Playing side by side with him in the Ramble band for ten years…..shaped me as a musician.” A singer-songwriter, Helm has won widespread acclaim as a member of the collective Ollabella, for her solo performances and for her first solo album, Didn’t It Rain, released in 2015.
Termed “An Ambassador of the Blues,” Guy Davis reveres the music of the blues masters who have come before him. He has brought this music to audiences throughout the world. The son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Davis is an actor, author and music teacher whose creative work is permeated by the tradition of blues. His many albums include the chart-topper Stomp Down Rider, as well as Call Down the Thunder, You Don’t Know My Mind, and Chocolate to the Bone.
Rounding out the bill are Gathering Time, Matt Grabowski, Los Cintron and Roger Street Friedman. According to WFUV’s John Platt, “Gathering Time has harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees” with a “savvy repertory” that ranges from traditional folk to classic rock. Famed for original music as well as covers, the group’s remake of Peter Yarrow’s Light One Candle has been played on many stations including New York City’s WCBS-FM. Matt Grabowski’s combines elements of folk, rock and blues, with lyrics that recall Harry Chapin and Bob Dylan. He has been taking Long Island by storm since his July 2014 solo debut.
Come on down to Morgan Park and enjoy this very special day of folk music. 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. The festival will go on in the Park rain or shine. For further information, call (516) 671-0017, 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 presenting free concerts in the park for 58 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 20, MPSMF presents its Third Annual Folk Festival. The 9-act festival starts at2:00 pm in Morgan Park and will be bigger and better than ever. Headlining the festival is Dar Williams, Amy Helm, Jill Sobule and Guy Davis. Also performing are Gathering Time, Matt Grabowski, Guy Davis, dNa, Roger Street Friedman and Los Citron. The festival, which is free to the public, will be held in the park rain or shine. Come and enjoy a wonderful day of folk music.