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Musical Offerings at the University Café

Jez lowe by wayne mead
Canadian folk singer Jon Brooks joins Pat Wictor on stage at the University Café on October 4.
Canadian folk singer Jon Brooks joins Pat Wictor on stage at the University Café on October 4.

The University Café, located in the Stony Brook Union, is available for a variety of programs, including the Sunday Acoustic Series, late evening entertainment programs and campus department gatherings. Schedules for these events are announced on the University Café website. Events that require tickets can be purchased online or at the door (based on availability). Please note that you must be 21 or older to purchase tickets and attend Sunday Concert Series events.

The Sunday Street Acoustic Series, co-sponsored by WUSB-FM and produced by Professor Charlie Backfish, presents nationally and internationally touring artists who perform in the Café’s listening room setting. The series is now in its 10th year. Past performers have included Graham Parker, Willie Nile, Susan Werner, Eric Andersen and Fairport Convention.

Fall 2015 Sunday Street Acoustic Series

Sunday, September 20, 7 pm
Parsonsfield (formerly “Poor Old Shine”) is a five-piece Americana band from Connecticut that infuses a rowdy, rock-‘n’-roll spirit into its bluegrass and folk influences, blowing away any preconception of what you think banjos and mandolins should sound like. Parsonsfield features Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Goodale (bass) and Erik Hischmann (drums).

Sunday, October 4, 2 pm
Pat Wictor first burst on the folk and acoustic scene as an innovative slide guitarist known for doing fresh and memorable versions of traditional and contemporary songs. He’s become a well-regarded singer and songwriter, writing material grounded in the rural country, gospel and blues traditions of our nation. Jon Brooks is a Canadian folk singer/songwriter. Primarily known as a solo acoustic guitarist and vocalist, he is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, Hammond organ, harmonica, drums, and most recently, the harmonium.

Jez Lowe shares his East England sound on October 18 at the University Café (photo by Wayne Mead).
Jez Lowe shares his East England sound on October 18 at the University Café (photo by Wayne Mead).

Sunday, October 18, 2 pm
Jez Lowe has built an enviable reputation as a songwriter and performer in the world of acoustic music, and as a recognized musical ambassador for his native North East England, with almost 20 albums and countless live performances around the world during the past 30 years.

Sunday, November 8, 2 pm
Bluesman Guy Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.

Sunday, November 22, 2 pm
A visit from Ellis Paul in the last few weeks of the year has become a tradition in the Sunday Street series at the Café. This year Ellis brings with him songs from his recently released album, Chasing Beauty. Because his visit occurs during the holiday season, you can also expect a couple of songs from City of Dreams, his seasonal CD from 2013.

Friday, December 4, 8 pm
Garnet Rogers has been proclaimed by Sing Out! magazine as “the greatest interpreter and vocalist performing on the contemporary folk scene.” Add his name to the select list of the giants in the guitar world today, couple that with brilliant songs often centering on people who are not obvious heroes, and you have the makings of an outstanding afternoon of music.

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