Glen Cove’s own acoustic guitar artist, Don Bikoff, who has appeared at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Manhattan’s The Living Room and Riverhead’s Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, presents a concert at Congregation Tifereth Israel (CTI) in Glen Cove on
Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m. The concert Don Bikoff and Friends, is also a release party for Bikoff’s latest album, Hallowed Ground. The concert and party are open to the public and will be announced on New York public radio station, WFMU. Appearing with Bikoff are fellow guitarists Mark Fosson and Matt Sowell. The performers will be presented in an elegant cabaret setting featuring a dessert buffet and cash wine and beer bar during intermission.
At only 19 years old, Bikoff released his first recording, Celestial Explosion, a collection of finger-picking acoustic guitar solos heavily influenced by Delta blues, American folk and Eastern classical music. Last year this album was reissued as a result of several of its tracks being included in WFMU’s playlist. The re-release of Celestial Explosion launched a major revival of Bikoff’s musical career, one he had almost abandoned 40 years ago. His second album, Hallowed Ground, has just been released.
Joining Bikoff for the concert are guitarists Mark Fosson and Matt Sowell. Fosson, a 12-string guitarist who is also a songwriter, was based on the West Coast where he recorded several albums. Fosson’s Jesus On a Greyhound, a solo recording project for Otis Records, has been compared to such American musical legends as Ramblin‘ Jack Elliott, Joe Ely, John Prine and Guy Clark. Some of Fosson’s work from the late 1970s for guitar icon John Fahey’s Takoma Records was released in 2006 in Drag City Records’ The Lost Takoma
Sessions. Fosson’s latest release, Digging in the Dust, is on Tompkins Square Records. Matt Sowell, based in Philadelphia, is an American Primitive guitar player who is deeply influenced by the finger stylings of Jack Rose and John Fahey. He combines American blues with ragtime, adding in hints of Indian raga for a sound that is completely his own. He says of Matt Sowell Rags, his 20-track digital album,“This is strictly an instrumental album. There are no multi-track recordings or looping effects used: one guitar, one player.”
CTI has been providing Jewish programming and education to the Long Island community since 1897. The synagogue is located at 40 Hill Street in Glen Cove, at the intersection of Hill Street and Landing Road.
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix of Glen Cove.
“This has been a long time coming, about four years in the works,” said Mannix. “We have built our website and I think it’s very different and innovative. It is something that I really think will make a national difference for parents, babysitters, and for businesses as well.”
Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00
The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
The North Shore High School swimming team completed its season with high honors this year. Both the men’s and women’s teams have qualified individual athletes for all-conference and all-county championship competitions.
Coach Samara Weitz has also been honored with the Nassau County Coach of the Year award—motivating many of her athletes to succeed throughout the season, including senior Kristen Stanis.
“She made sure I was working hard, but also having fun,” Stanis said. “She taught me how to balance work and play and how it’s important to maintain it.”
Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:00
It was all fun and games at the fourth annual Winter Classic Hockey tournament at the Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center in Bethpage on Saturday, Feb. 8. Young adults and kids of all ages from the Long Island Blues Hockey team faced off against three other teams in the event that gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to play ice hockey in an accommodating setting.
Michael Russo, founder of the Long Island Blues team, said he started the program 10 years ago so his son, Nicholas, who has autism, could play hockey.