GAIL STORM

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NICK VENTRESCA

September 18, 1999

GAIL STORM


Singer/pianist Gail Storm cites Bessie Smith, Louis Jordan and Oscar Peterson as strong influences on her style. Gail's performance style ranges from silky jazz to Boogie to Classic Women's Blues; she performs her own pieces as well as the best of the classics, and she invites her audience to sing along or dance as the spirit moves them.

She has been a featured performer for Women's History Month and is on the staff of the Augusta Heritage Center Music Camp in West Virginia. Gail moved to the Huntington area about 8 years ago from the South because she felt the need to be surrounded by music.

For the past 3 years she has been studying jazz, and the Hard Luck Café is proudly presenting her debut reappearance as a performer.
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NICK VENTRESCA


Singer/guitarist Nick Ventresca describes his songs as having satirical wit, soulful drama, and a touch of silly nonsense.

A self-taught musician, he has been writing songs since the age of 16, and refers to David Bromberg, Ry Cooder and Neil Young as influences. Nick was active in New York City during the folk revival of the late 70's, performing at Folk City during the era when Suzanne Vega and others were making an impact on the music scene. Nick was also very active with FMSH during the Cold Spring Harbor days, impressing his audience with songs remembered to this day.

Nick took a hiatus from performing in order to raise a family, but never quit writing or playing. Like Rip Van Winkle, he has reëmerged, bringing his distinctive flat picking/finger picking style to an appreciative new audience.