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.


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 1st, 2018 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    FMSH Members Invitational Showcase featuring Steve Robinson, Joe Iadanza, Nico Padden, Cassandra House, and Toby Tobias.

    Steve Robinson

    Steve, winner of the 2007 Long Island Blues Society's Blues Challenge, is a native Long Islander. He has been a carpenter, high school English teacher, commercial shell fisherman, truck driver, landscape crew foreman, air traffic controller, union rep., and computer programmer (and those are just some of the jobs). “It hasn’t been dull”, as Ellen, his wife of 39 years, puts it. What he is now is one hell of a songwriter, guitarist, singer, and performer. Steve is a self-taught guitarist and has developed his own unique finger style combining driving rhythms with tasteful licks.

    Joe Iadanza

    Born of Italian immigrants and union activists, JOE IADANZA understands the passionate struggle of the American dream. Recalling Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Cat Stevens, this Long Island native’s music is rooted in classic folk: honest and raw. Iadanza has been heralded for his deeply personal songwriting, and fluid, percussive guitar playing. He continues to work with artists as a producer and songwriting coach, including with Americana artist, Carolann Solebello on her newest release, “Shiver”; and on Spuyten Duyvil’s “The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1”, which was nominated by the folk community for an ‘Album of the Year’ award. Look for a string of new original singles, Including the just-released “Thunder Road” and “Wrecking Ball”. Joe will be on the road with solo and co-bill shows beginning this fall. http://www.JoeIadanza.com

    Nico Padden

    Nico Padden is a one-woman folk-rock riot. Born and raised in a musician family in Farmingdale, NY, Nico was groomed from a young age for an operatic career. After graduating conservatory, she rejected the classical music path to forge on her own as a singer-songwriter. Her original music and voice have been compared to the likes of Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morisette, and Joni Mitchell.

    Her catchy, heartfelt songs and fiery, soulful voice are crowd-pleasers everywhere she performs. A current resident of Queens, Nico has built up a supportive local New York following. She is currently touring the East Coast in support of her 2016 album entitled A Light in the Dark, which has had play on Folk Radio. Her song "White Flag," has been featured on WFUV's Sunday Supper show.

    Cassandra House

    Cassandra House is an Indie-Folk singer & songwriter hailing from Long Island, NY. Her passionate instrumentation and introspective lyrics have been a crowd favorite for fans of original music on the island & across the U.S. Cassandra's music has been described as comparable to the likes of Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile & Kathleen Edwards.

    Cassandra has been seen on stage with the likes of Amy Helm, Todd Schaeffer (of Railroad Earth), G.Love, Jen Chapin, Shannon McNally, Lucy Kaplansky, Andy Falco (of the Infamous Stringdusters) and Papadosio. Cassandra has played The Great South Bay Music Festival for 6 years (where she has shared a stage in the past with Railroad Earth, Colin Hay, Graham Nash, and Rusted Root), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Resonance Music Festival, Bradstock, The American Music Festival, and Brooklyn Bowl to rave reviews.

    Her newest album, 'The Roam' is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, CD Baby & on the 'STORE' link on this website.

    Toby Tobias

    Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Toby has immersed himself in many genres of American Music while never leaving behind his roots in the rhythms and melodies of his homeland. His keen ear for intuitive arrangements is a hallmark of his writing and performance, and he has garnered a strong following on Long Island and in the tri-state area. He recently returned from his U.S tour of “One man’s struggle to find freedom for the rest of us – Journey From Johannesburg”.

  • Sat, Jan 5th, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington

  • Sat, Mar 2nd, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
    Freebo, a veteran singer-songwriter and musical sideman (best known as Bonnie Raitt’s bass player for 10 years), was impressed upon first hearing Alice Howe perform during the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. After reconnecting with the young, up-and-coming artist a few months later at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Freebo invited Alice to record a few songs with him in California – and a musical partnership was forged. They have been touring together and backing each other on their respective songs in concert, while Freebo is producing Howe’s forthcoming debut full-length album.

    Alice Howe:

    With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and well-crafted poetic lyrics, Boston area-based singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal,” writes Mark Walton in Americana UK. Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in 1960s folk and 1970s Southern California songwriters.

    Alice’s 2017 EP You've Been Away So Long features her original song “Homeland Blues,” which debuted at #1 on the international Folk DJ top songs chart in April 2017. She participated in last year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase and has performed at such venerable Northeast venues as Club Passim, Caffè Lena, and Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

    “...I could listen to her sing for hours. Her voice is beautiful as a bell, classic in that Joan Baez way, transporting, wistful…her vocal mastery and musicality are beyond her young years and her songs stay in my head for days.” -Antje Duvekot, singer-songwriter

    “Up there with the very best of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters and Dar Williams” – Folking.com.


    Freebo is a genuine folk, rock and blues icon who, after more than 40 years of recording and touring with many of the great artists of our time (Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Maria Muldaur, John Mayall, Ringo Starr, Dr. John, Neil Young, and more) is regarded as one of today’s most gifted singer-songwriters. A multi-award winner and finalist in numerous songwriting contests, Freebo was recognized as the Best Folk Artist - 2007 in the Los Angeles Music Awards. He has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Muppets Show, The Midnight Special, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap.

    Freebo’s compassionate concern for the world and people around him, as evidenced both in his lyrics and his open stage banter, has helped him connect with listeners worldwide. With “Standing Ovation,” he provides insights about what kind of positive mark we hope to leave on the world upon our own passing. Where you stand with your pets and your partner is explored in “She Loves My Dog More Than Me.” A musical evening with Freebo will be astute, clever, and truly melodic.

    "Freebo is more than one of LA's best players, he's also a richly gifted and distinctive songwriter, as expressive in his writing as on a bass" - Paul Zollo, Songwriters On Songwriting

    "Freebo's intimate and go-down-easy personable vocals tie in light-hearted fare, social commentary and spiritual quest with love-sweet-love, and make it sound seamless." - Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville

  • Sat, Apr 6th, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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  • Sat, Jun 1st, 2019 7:30pm
    at The Congregational Church of Huntington
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