January 20, 2018
$16 Admission Online
If you've been around the folk scene, you couldn't miss seeing Mike. Tall, ginger beard, and always around where the music is. He's been on the scene for many many years, listening to the fine details of what makes this genre of music so special to the soul, so able to make us laugh and cry and think. And lucky for us all, he got serious about having fun at it.
Equally at home in the contemporary and traditional camps of the Folk world, he is a fine musician and storyteller. His prime instrument is the guitar, upon which he shines with intricate fingerstyle arrangements of anything from Tin Pan Alley tunes of the '20s to fiddle tunes to his own music. He also plays concertina, piano, banjo, or sings acapella. He can be uproariously funny, contempletive, and powerfully emotional in the space of a few minutes. Not so much a singer-songwriter as a "singer-songfinder, Mike takes great delight in discovering the little-known hidden gems, polishing them with his own distinctive style, and bringing them to the light of day where they sparkle. The man will capture your attention, and then your heart.
Not only a performer, Mike is involved in presenting folk music as well. He is one of the prime movers of The Folk Project, New Jersey's oldest and strongest folk music organization. For over two decades he has been chairman of that organization's Minstrel Coffeehouse, one of the longest lived and most respected folk venues in the country.
Truly unique and authentic is the best way describe the acoustic aura of unplugged magic that happens in the haven of historic sounds. Simply referred to as the “Tavern”, this 19th century gem beckons the area’s top musicians to this vintage venue as a the wood-burning stove heats the air and heady rhythms float in the room. It’s casual and up close. The way that music is meant to be heard.
Richmond Town will hand you mugs of cider, wine, or beer as you slap your knees to the good stuff. As one Tavern-goer gushed, "A 19th-century building with aged wood and no modern conveniences makes the sound sweet."
Two years ago, the Tavern embraced other American musical styles and got a little “Sly”, as jazz standout, Sylvester Scott took to the clapboard floor for the first Jazz concert at the Tavern. Last year, Trumpet sensation Michael Morreale brought his flavor of jazz and local acoustic standout, Tom Cintula brought some blues to the Tavern. Dan Master styled early twentieth century music, from British music halls to vaudeville and early radio.
This year, Jazz and Blues at the Tavern is expanded along with the legends of sea shanties and folk music that the Tavern has long been known for.
The Tavern is a mecca for hipsters who are about real, original and authentic settings. The centuries-aged-wood and handmade construction resonate a true sound that transports aficionados to a time when music was close, unfiltered and immediate. So hoist a mug, tap your feet and soak in the sounds at the Tavern.
"The Tavern is nearly acoustic perfection. A 9th century building with aged wood and no modern conveniences makes the sound sweet."
John F., Composer, Manhattan
"Bob, Norm and Bill are gems. The three together is a party."
Brenda L., St; George, Staten island
"Clever. Very clever"
Dino B., Musician, Brooklyn, New York
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441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
|Per person||$ 16.00|