1st Saturday Concerts

The First Saturday Concerts series is our forum for presenting regional, national and international folk artists. Folk enthusiasts can enjoy a guaranteed variety of various folk forms, as we have carefully designed the series to ensure that traditional, contemporary and bluegrass/blues categories are fairly represented each concert season.

Location

Most First Saturday concerts are held at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive, Centerport (at the Eastern border of Huntington off Route 25A), in the church sanctuary. Check on the concerts pages to verify the venue for each specific concert.

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1st Saturday Events

  • Sat, Dec 7th, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Phil Ochs Song Night

    Hosted by: Sonny Ochs — Performers include: Greg Greenway, Reggie Harris, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Pat Wictor

    Phil Ochs was an American troubadour who passionately believed that he and his music could help change the world. Many of his songs became anthems for the anti-war movement during the turbulent 1960s, and his music continues to influence and inspire songwriters today – more than 40 years after his death. Among his best-known songs are “Changes,” “I Ain’t Marching Anymore,” “Small Circle of Friends,” “There But For Fortune,” and “When I’m Gone.”

    Since 1983, Sonny Ochs, Phil’s sister, has been producing Phil Ochs Song Nights that feature talented artists who perform both Phil’s songs and their own to show that the art of topical songwriting is still alive and well. FMSH has presented several of these and is delighted to welcome Sonny Ochs back to host another one.

    The evening’s featured artists are:

    Greg Greenway - Originally from Richmond, VA and based in Massachusetts, Greg is a rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, and a powerful poet. He is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers. On guitar, piano, and ukulele, Greg is always surprising. He was 1/3 of Brother Sun, is 1/2 of Deeper Than the Skin, and entirely himself.

    Reggie Harris – Hailing from Philadelphia, Reggie is a songwriter, a storyteller, and a lecturer. Having toured internationally for years with his wife Kim Harris, Reggie is now showing the world his singular solo voice. His songs rise with echoes of the Civil Rights Movement, Pete Seeger and Bernice Johnson Reagon. He also is the other half of Deeper Than the Skin.

    Tom Prasada-Rao – Born in Ethiopia of Indian parents, Tom was raised in the Washington, DC area. He's won multiple Washington Area Music Awards and is a musician's musician. He is a masterful guitar player with a R&B feel. A singer-songwriter, he also plays violin, piano, and a guitar/sitar hybrid.

    Pat Wictor - Born in Venezuela, Pat has lived all over the world but now calls New York home. His otherworldly musicianship has made him a much in-demand studio musician on his passion, the slide guitar. With flowing red hair and Zen-like calm, audiences love his understated presence, his beautiful songs, and the magic of his slide. Pat was one third of Brother Sun.

  • Sat, Jan 4th, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Feb 1st, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Mar 7th, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Called "a musician and singer of dazzling versatility" (No Depression), and "one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom" (The Boston Globe), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists.

    Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and incantatory storytelling, Grammer has recorded and performed with Joan Baez and Mary Chapin Carpenter, headlined several of the nation's top folk festivals -- including the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge -- and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 most-played artists, both solo and with the late Dave Carter.

    Grammer’s 11th release, Low Tide, is the first of her albums to showcase her original songs. Low Tide was among the ten most-played albums on folk radio in 2018 and also was voted a Top 10 Album of the Year by Fish Records UK.

    Photo of Tracy Grammer by Craig Harris

  • TBA

    Sat, Apr 4th, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, May 2nd, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • TBA

    Sat, Jun 6th, 2020 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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