Long Island Museum Announces New Partnership
Music Series Brings Big Names to Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY … November 10, 2015 … The Long Island Museum is excited to announce its partnership with WUSB-FM’s Sunday Street Concert Series and The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, presenting an eclectic music series featuring national and international touring artists throughout spring 2016.
The series begins with singer/songwriter Sloan Wainwright on Sunday, January 17 at 3 p.m. and legendary rock artist Willie Nile on Sunday, January 31 at 3 p.m. All performances take place at the Long Island Museum in the Gillespie Meeting Room of the Carriage Museum, a new venue for WUSB’s long-running series. The Greater Port Jefferson Arts Council, whose motto is “bringing our North Shore communities together through the arts and expression,” is a proud co-presenter of these exceptional performances.
The Sunday Street Series began in 2004 at The University Cafe at Stony Brook University, when Charlie Backfish, host of the long-running weekly program Sunday Street (Sunday mornings on WUSB 90.1 FM and wusb.fm from 9 AM to 12 noon), began presenting concerts with many of the singer/songwriters featured on the program. In its first decade, the series presented 172 concerts with musicians from all over the world performing in an intimate venue. It’s a favorite of the likes of Eric Andersen, Fairport Convention, Garland Jeffreys, Iain Matthews, Graham Parker, Susan Werner and many more.
Sloan Wainwright is a singer/songwriter best known for her rich contralto voice and a musical style combining pop, folk, jazz and blues. Born into a highly acclaimed musical family (youngest sister to Loudon Wainright, aunt to Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright), Sloan has collaborated since the mid 1990’s with guitarist Stephen Murphy and has released eight albums.
Willie Nile emerged on the New York music scene in 1980 with a highly-acclaimed debut album and has, since then, released eight other studio albums. His most recent, “If I Was A River,” is a piano-based collection of original songs. Willie’s live performances are always high-energy and have earned him a passionate fan following. Some of his more famous admirers include Pete Townsend and Bruce Springsteen.