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Enjoy Live Music at the Cinema Arts Centre, Jan. 15


Brooklyn’s The New Students and the Boston area’s Pesky J. Nixon share the bill during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington) on Thursday, Jan. 15. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the Cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are  $15; $10 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members. For more information, visit or call (631) 425-2925.
The New Students is a Brooklyn-based band performing both original and traditional material in tight three-part harmony and an eclectic blend of folk, roots, alternative and Americana traditions. Members of the group hail from Long Island and Brooklyn, and include singer/songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Justin Flagg and Matt Gelfer, vocalist Briana Carlson-Goodman, bassist Sam Gelfer and percussionist Jason Rosoff. With one foot in the 21st century and the other planted firmly in the soil of American folk music, The New Students always deliver an animated and heartfelt performance featuring skillful acoustic instrumentation, compelling lyrics and quirky humor.
The New Students formed in 2009 when Flagg and Matt Gelfer — who have been playing music together since their childhoods in Brookhaven — were joined by Broadway veteran Carlson-Goodman. The addition of Sam Gelfer on upright bass and Rosoff on drums rounded out the band. Its musical influences run the gamut of 20th century folk, bluegrass country and pop — from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger to The Band, Allison Kraus and They Might Be Giants. The band’s latest recording, When the West Wind Blows, was released in 2014.
Pesky J. Nixon is a Boston area-based Americana band whose unique brand of bombastic yet infectious energy, combined with their rich harmonies and musical versatility, draws the audience into their world of songs and stories. Members of PJN include Ethan Scott Baird (guitar and vocals), Jake Bush (accordion, harmonica, piano and vocals), Dan Carp (percussion and vocals) and Kara Kulpa (mandolin, fiddle and vocals).
Drawing from influences that range from contemporary urban balladeers and rowdy Southern bluegrass to the wry wit of New England’s localized folk scenes, PJN creates an inviting yet challenging musical atmosphere with compelling vocal harmonies backed by instrumentation that includes zydeco-style accordion, virtuosic mandolin and a variety of tribal percussion instruments. Performing a combination of original material, familiar songs and trademark stage banter up and down the East Coast for the past several years, PJN was chosen one of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Most Wanted to Return” artists in 2012 and had a coveted formal showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2011. The band’s latest album, Red Ducks, was released in 2012 and debuted at #8 on folk radio, according to the Folk DJ Listserv.
About the Presenters
Established in 1973, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre ( 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. LI’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 46th year, the Folk Music Society of Huntington presents two monthly concert series, a monthly folk jam and an annual folk festival in conjunction with the Huntington Arts Council. Its next First Saturday Concert on Feb. 7 at the Congregational Church of Huntington (30 Washington Drive, off Route 25A, Centerport) will feature veteran performers Christine Lavin and Don White, who have been hailed as “two of the funniest entertainers on today’s music scene.”


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