The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents at the Cinema Arts Centre
Remember This Great Evening
Thursday, March 15, 2012

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In honor of Women’s History Month, the Hard Luck Café features two female artists who have been establishing names for themselves on the Long Island music scene.



Katie Pearlman is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known to Long Island music audiences for her prowess on the drums, which she’s been playing since she was 10. More recently, she’s stepped out from behind the drum kit and sought to connect with audiences more intimately with her voice and an acoustic guitar. Katie’s recently released third album, Girls Like Us, features 12 story songs celebrating women who have been through life experiences and come out on top. It was inspired by Andrea Buchanan’s book Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak & Overcoming It All.

While Katie’s previous recordings and live performances have veered more to pop-rock and jam-band stylings, Girls Like Us has more of an Americana feel and features a new band (including her husband, Jeff) and harmony vocals by Cathy Kreger and Jessie Haynes. Although she does not compare herself to any of them, Katie admires the musical work of Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Lori McKenna.

KATIE PEARLMAN ALBUM: GIRLS LIKE US       Visit her website:

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Country-tinged Americana-roots Music


Singer-songwriter Annie Mark has shared her country-tinged Americana-roots music with audiences from Ireland to Nashville. A New York native, she moved to the South at age 10, where she nurtured a life-long love of old-style country music and of songs that convey ANNIE MARKslice-of-life stories about people’s lives or personal experiences with heartfelt simplicity that is not dumbed-down but boiled down.

Inspired by such singer-songwriters as Patti Griffin, Julie Miller, Nanci Griffith and Mary Gauthier, Annie tells stories through her songs and encourages listeners to face their own fears and humanity. Sung in her richly textured voice – sometimes velvety smooth, at other times raspy and raw with a little torch and twang thrown in here or there – her songs explore life’s journey and universal themes of love and loss, struggles and triumphs, shadows and light. Annie plays a mix of folk and country, with a little bit of blues rock, accompanying herself on a strong, steady rhythm guitar with a rock or country beat, or a bluesy feel if the song calls for it.

ANNIE MARK & CHRIS JAMES Chris James will accompany Annie on guitar.

  Opening tonight were our featured open mike performers:

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Ira Perlman
  • Eric Eaton & Jen Grace
  • Andy Romanoff
  • Michael Doherty
  • Claude Margouleff
  • Andrea Cetlin
  • Stu Markus
  • Bill Scorzari
  • Peter Kanelous
  • Rick Cashman & Lynne Bowden
  • Michael O'Kornfeld
  • Jesse O'elbaum
  • ...and James O'Malley

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