Caleb Hawley, a 2011 American Idol Top 50 finalist, and New Jersey-based indie-folk duo Chasing June will be the featured performers during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s Hard Luck Café at the Cinema Arts Centre on Thursday, May 17. The 8:30 p.m. concert will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members; $10 for non-members. The Cinema Arts Centre is at 423 Park Avenue in Huntington. For more information, visit www.fmsh.org or call (631) 425-2925.
Caleb Hawley is also the winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase. He combines his own intricate lyrics and fast-paced guitar licks with musical inspirations ranging from the soothing folk sounds of James Taylor to the powerhouse soul of Stevie Wonder to create an eclectic program that showcases both his vocal capacity and his engaging personality. Influenced by the observational songwriting styles of Randy Newman and Tom Waits, Hawley’s songs are thoughtful, often humorous, and imbued with the unique energy that makes his live performances so much fun.
Hawley, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, has written and produced three albums including his latest: We All Got Problems. He recently performed in France and Switzerland, and has toured the United States extensively.
Chasing June is a New Jersey-based indie folk collaboration of singers and songwriters Judy Aron and Steve Coleman. Their co-written, harmony-filled songs and spirited up-tempo live performances have been earning the duo spots on radio and in venues throughout the northeast during the two short years Chasing June has been together.
Career highlights to date include being selected to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the 2010 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Kerhonkson, NY and performing unplugged in an afternoon Acoustic Live! showcase during last summer’s Huntington Folk Festival at Heckscher Park.
Established in 1973, the Cinema Arts Centre (www.cinemaartscentre.org) seeks to bring the best of cinematic artistry to Long Island and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community. Long Island’s only not-for-profit, viewer-supported, independent cinema presents a wide array of films that are often accompanied by discussions and guest speakers.
Now in its 43rd year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and sing-along, and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council during the summer.