The HARD LUCK CAFé Presents
Remember This Great Evening

Saturday, February 16, 2008


A fresh sound — a sharp wit

DANIELLE MIRAGLIA A strong steady thumb on an old Gibson guitar is the driving force behind Danielle Miraglia's delta blues influenced guitar style — add a raw, powerful, whiskey tinged voice and one might be tempted to label her a blues artist. However, while Miraglia's style pays homage to these blues traditions, her classic rock verve, catchy melodies and eclectic array of song subjects that range from deeply personal to socially relevant give it an original twist that is all her own. A fresh sound along with a sharp wit and a captivating stage presence is gaining her fans all over the map. With poignant themes that get under the listener's skin, she leaves music fans and critics alike yearning for more.

DANIELLE MIRAGLIARaised just outside of Boston in Revere, MA, where its famous beach is better known for girls with big hair than its history as a popular tourist attraction, Miraglia was raised on a variety of popular music, from her parent's Motown records to the classic rock influences like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that encouraged her to learn to play guitar at thirteen. A passion for the arts and an outstanding gift for writing lead her to Emerson College in Boston's downtown theater district. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, she put her writing skills, originally intended for novels, towards songwriting and began performing at open mike nights in the Boston area. This set in motion what would become a full-time career in music.

DANIELLE MIRAGLIAIf you've got to go there to know there, then Miraglia has been there and back twice. The continually growing fan-base and attention she has received in a short time is a clear testament to her talent and growth as a writer and performer. With poignant themes that get under the listener's skin, she leaves music fans and critics alike yearning for more.

Danielle’s a beautiful, charismatic young woman with a sexy voice ... a heart-on-sleeve storyteller with an innate sense for melody. Her voice bends and sinks and floats in all the right places with a raspy, whiskey bottle scrape most reminiscent of Lucinda Williams.

Danielle was all this and more more more!

  Link to her songs on Danielle's MySpace page  

    or visit her web site:


The Long Island Blues Boy

PHIL MINISSALE Influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Toby Walker, John Hammond, and Chris Smither, Phil is on a crusade to introduce the blues to younger audiences. "Cats my age know nothing about roots music, and that's a shame."

Although Phil is Long Island born, he grew up in the Brandywine Valley of Eastern Pennsylvania. In September 2006, Phil returned to the area and now lives in Stony Brook, New York. "It's nice to be back around my extended family. It's like coming home to my own roots." !

Phil was first seen on Long Island jamming at a Hard Luck Café open mike in March 2006 with headliner Pat Wictor. In just a few short months, Phil became a crowd favorite at folk societies, festivals and coffee houses throughout the New York area. His fingerstyle guitar playing and instincts for finding new melodies are far beyond his years.

Phil has just reached the ripe old age of 21, and he put on a show that electrified our audience! Phil performed solo and accompanied by Mike DeGeronimo and Ken Korb - and closed out our evening together with Danielle in a glorious duet. !!!

Praises for his talents:

  • "...he’s got the soul, and he’s got the chops to get it across to his listeners. The soul of his guitar is juxtaposed by his youthful vocal quality, which is actually quite refreshing, not to mention encouraging to any bluesman of the twenty-first century."
      Richard Jordan-Long Island Pulse Magazine

  • "Phil is known as the "Blues Boy" (he's 21 years old) of Long Island (NY) and with good reason. He shows a deep understanding of finger-style patterns and rhythm, and has all the tools to put that understanding on display."
      Richard Cuccaro-Acoustic Live Magazine

  • "...listen to him pick just once, and you’ll rank him among the best acoustic players in Long Island.”
      Syl Nathan-Good Times Magazine

  • “It’s not that someone chooses to play the Blues, rather, the Blues chooses who will play it. The Blues has chosen Phil Minissale as its next torch carrier, and in that regard, has made a wise decision. Phil has what it takes, and will be someone to watch for in the near future. My hat’s off to him.”
      Little Toby Walker

  • "I hear a lot of people tryin' to do this music, but few coming across with it. (He's) doing it no doubt."
      David Mowry of Beaucoup Blue

  • "Phil has a flair and a warmth that seems to flow straight from his soul."
      Doc Blues, The Long Island Blues Society

  • “Top notch guitar work and engaging vocals!”
      Jay Spica, "Thin Air" on WVKR 91.3 FM, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • "His growth in stature as a musician in this area has been quick, indeed, and he is now very much a member of the performing blues musicians on Long Island."
      Charlie Backfish, "Sunday Street" on Stony Brook University's WUSB 90.1 FM

  Link to his songs on Phil's MySpace page  

     with real cool music and pix


Our open mike featured performances by:

  • Rob The Blue Streak Bellassai   ROB
    with Ken The Rocket Korb

  • Tom Ryan (from Copper Rose) TOM RYAN

  • Michael Wells MICHAEL WELLS

  • Ed Mocko ED MOCKO


  • Lora Kendall accompanied by Ken Korb LORA KENDALLKEN KORB

  • Bob Mist BOB MIST

  • Larry Moser LARRY MOSER

  • Tim Dillon TIM DILLON

  •   ... and David Bailey DAVID BAILEY

  •   Our host tonight was Dave Waxman   DAVE WAXMAN

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