The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents
Remember This Great Evening

Saturday, January 15, 2011


on the same program with


Allison Tartalia
Songs unpredictable and unforgettable

Allison Tartalia's powerful and expressive performances have a way of charming audiences. The secret weapons: fearless honesty, a wry sense ALLISON_TARTALIAof humor and a flair for writing songs that are at once unpredictable and unforgettable. Audiences have taken notice at clubs, colleges and festivals around the country.

A classically trained pianist and self-taught guitar player with a theatrical bent, Allison draws upon diverse influences to create her eclectic brand of orchestral chamber pop. Her debut CD, "Ready," was enthusiastically greeted by critics, and tracks from the album receive airplay on college and independent radio stations from coast to coast. Recently, Allison's "Spinning Song" won second place in the Indiegrrl Song Writing Contest, and other tunes have been recognized by the Billboard and John Lennon Songwriting Contests.

ALLISON_TARTALIAThe year 2007 saw Allison's first foray into musical theatre as composer and arranger. 1918: A House Divided, (book and lyrics by award-winning playwright Barbara Kahn) was produced by the Pulitzer Prize-winning community cultural center, Theater for the New City, in April 2007. An original cast recording was released in September, 2008. 2008 has been equally busy for Tartalia, who frequently accompanies other artists as a keyboardist and vocalist both on stage and in the studio, and recently wrote music for the documentary 5,000 Miles From Home.

Allison performs as a singer with Petra Haden and the Sellouts and can be heard playing piano on recordings by Kirstin Williams, Meg Braun, Sharon Goldman, and others. Tartalia is currently in the recording studio working on a follow-up CD, produced by Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz).

Allison is a great new talent that we really enjoyed.

Praises by others for her performances:

  • "Allison Tartalia [is] a singer with a sultry voice ..."
        — Marc Santora, New York Times

  • "... a bit edgy, often very fun, sometimes serious and beautiful and ... stunningly good piano work..."
        — Susanne Millsaps, KRCL, Salt Lake City

  • "Tartalia rolled through the set with a number of gorgeous and delicately-executed piano ballads from her new CD."
        — Brian Baker, Cincinnati CityBeat

  • "Tartalia is to pop music what granola is to cereal. That is to say, she is complex, loaded with surprises and textures, and more than filling."
        — Bill Ribas,


Link to Allison on YouTube:     Video: Brand New Girlfriend    

Listen to her music on MySpace   

or visit her web site:    


Anna Dagmar
pianist, singer, songwriter ... virtuosity

Just when you think you've got her pegged as another romantic piano girl, Anna Dagmar hits you with a collage of noise, a lament for fallen soldiers, or an apocalyptic vision. Wait for the next track: it might surprise you.

Her love of words was born at a tiny desk, in a tiny room, just north of London. St. Albans' Cathedral choir, father's classical radio, and mother's lullabies echoed all around. And at age seven, one never forgets sitting on the steps of a new home in Massachusetts, on lookout, for the piano delivery truck.

ANNA_DAGMARNow based in New York City, she has rapidly become known across the US and all the way to Stockholm for her virtuosity as a pianist, singer and songwriter. She has released three full-length albums and published the Anna Dagmar Songbook. Her newest album, Let the Waves Come in Threes, has been produced by drummer Ben Wittman (of Patty Larkin and Jonatha Brooke). The title track is an upbeat sea shanty that tells the vivid tale of a girl whose treasured diary has been swept up in a storm. As she looks out across the ocean for meaning and direction, a mysterious voice rises up from the waves.

Dagmar has performed and recorded with many other artists including Nadine Goellner, Ellis Paul, Melineh Kurdian and The Lascivious Biddies. She was recently chosen to open for Lucy Kaplansky. Her newest album features unique string arrangements, and soundscapes by guitarist Marc Shulman (Suzanne Vega), bassist Richard Hammond (Dar Williams), genre-bending vocalist Theo Bleckmann (Laurie Anderson) and trumpeter Shane Endsley (Ani DiFranco). Dagmar was selected for a NERFA Tri-Centric Showcase, A-list Artist Feature on High Plains Public Radio, and for WFUV's "On Your Radar" series.

This was an exceptional show with an exceptional pianist performer.

Praises by others for her performances:

  • "Anna Dagmar's album showcases her gorgeous voice, lyrical piano stylings and lovely, intelligent songs."
        — Lucy Kaplansky, singer/songwriter

  • "Musically refreshing. Like a breath of fresh air! Anna Dagmar showers us with a boatload of musical talent..."
        — Duss Rodgers, Catsask Magazine

  • "...The poetic lyrics and the intriguing music fit each other perfectly. Nicely done"
        — Song Reviews, Peace Driven Songs

  • "A luscious voice, emotional lyrics and brilliant piano solos. She should be performing at Carnegie Hall or the Kennedy Center."
        — Bill Adler, Give CDs


Link to Anna on YouTube:     Video: Facing an Angel

Listen to her music on MySpace   
    CD: Let the Waves Come in Threes

or visit her web site:    

  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Tim Fitale
  • Christie Baker
  • Becca Hasselbrook
  • Gary Schoenberger
  • Rick Cashman
  • Andy Romanoff
  • Estelle Henrich
  • Lois Morton
  • Annie Mark and Chris James
  • Phill LoFaso
  • ...and Jim Frazzitta

  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...