Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 • Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers • IslipArtsCouncil
8/31 at 2 pm (Sunday): Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers – (Bayard Cutting Arboretum) Harmonica-driven swinging blues: Lil’ Cliff on vocals & harmonica, Rick Street on vocals and upright bass, Dennis Phelps on vocals and guitar and Frank Patterson on drums. After winning the regional 2006 International Blues Challenge competition, these four professionals then took their special brand of original jump blues down to Memphis, TN to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge, which is the world’s largest gathering of blues musicians. And wouldn’t you know it, out of literally hundreds of blues artists from all over the world, the boys placed in the final top ten! $ 6. per car parking fee
Band: Lil’ Cliff & The Cliffhangers
Photo by Phil Marino/NY Times
2006 International Blues Challenge Finalists Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are a four piece, blues harmonica driven wrecking crew. These knickerbockers have been singing, swinging and stinging Tri State area audiences for the last three plus years with their own special brand of blues power.
After winning the regional IBC competition, hosted locally by the Downstate Blues Society of Long Island, New York, these four professionals then took their special brand of original jump blues down to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the annual International Blues Challenge. And wouldn’t you know it, out of literally hundreds of blues artists from all over the world the boys placed in the final top ten!
Fresh from this triumph Lil’ Cliff & the Cliffhangers are now out to support their latest indi-cd release “God Bless Women” on Shankbone Records. Through a comprehensive combination of live appearances up and down the Northeast corridor, radio airplay (wfdu, wwoz, wusb to name a few), local cable television appearances (Wes Houston Presents) as well as the most user friendly web site you could hope for (replete with mp3 and electronic press kit downloads) these blues boys knock ‘em out of their shoes and leave them dancin’ barefoot!
Venue: Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway
Great River, NY 11739
Organizer: Islip Arts Council (IslipArtsCouncil)
The Islip Arts Council provides diverse audiences with activities which encompass both Presentation and Service to the Arts field. Its presentations cover a variety of disciplines ranging from fine classical music to Master Classes with renowned musicians, for little or no cost.
This summer they have an expansive calendar of events, including: Free Concerts, Especially for Children, Music, Theater, Dance, Exhibits, Film, Workshops, Lectures and Classes. Not to be missed is New York Philharmonic Free Concert at Heckscher State Park.
The free concerts include some great bands for swing dancing. Check their complete calendar.
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