Hard Luck Cafe

Since the 1960s, coffeehouses have served as smaller forums to see and hear local and regional artists. The Hard Luck Café, begun in 1992, strives to do the same by presenting local, regional and up-and-coming national touring artists in an intimate atmosphere. Held on the third Thursday of the month, from September to June, at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, the Hard Luck Café usually features a split bill with two artists/groups, preceded by an open mic (for which sign-up is at 7 p.m.). Admission is $10 for FMSH and Cinema Arts Centre members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are sold only at the door. Refreshments are available for purchase.


Hard Luck Café concerts are held in the Sky Room at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre – 423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY.

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Hard Luck Cafe Events

  • Thu, Jun 20th, 2019 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    A pair of tickets to the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (August 2-4) (Value $350) will be given to the winner of tonight's raffle.

    Kyle Hancharick and Monica Rizzio, two touring singer-songwriters, whose music veers towards the Americana/country edge of folk, share a bill during the monthly Hard Luck Café series at the Cinema Arts Centre (423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY) on Thursday, June 20. The 8:30 p.m. concert in the cinema’s Sky Room will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Cinema Arts Centre and Folk Music Society of Huntington members) and will be available at the door.

    For Kyle Hancharick of Warwick, New York, it’s always been about the music. His passionate performances are punctuated by a crisp acoustic guitar and soaring tenor vocals , as revealed in his 2018 EP entitled Breathe. The four-song project consists solely of acoustic guitar, bass and vocals – and that’s all that’s needed for an artist whose roots are planted in contemporary folk music. Hancharick takes the world, processes it and turns it into song with his own special touch. He has a unique take on things and a view of the world others may not necessarily notice as he continues to grow as an artist – sharing his story and messages of love and peace. (kylehancharick.com).

    Monica Rizzio grew up in the East Texas plains and moved to Cape Cod in 2004. The locals call someone who moves to but was not born on the Cape a Washashore – and the former Tripping Lily front woman’s acclaimed 2016 debut solo release was appropriately called Washashore Cowgirl. Rizzio blends Americana, bluegrass, country and folk song stylings into what she likes to call AmeriCountryGrass, Although she is the founder and co-owner of a roots-based music school on the Cape and also launched a nonprofit music production company (Vinegrass) that raises money for scholarships, instruments, and grants through concerts and an annual roots-music festival, Rizzio feels most at home when she is on stage sharing her songs. Says Tom Rush, an iconic folk artist with whom she’s previously performed: “I made the tactical error of inviting Monica Rizzio to share the stage with me at Symphony Hall and she went and stole the audience right out from under me.” (monicarizzio.com)

  • Thu, Sep 19th, 2019 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
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  • Thu, Oct 17th, 2019 7:30pm
    at Cinema Arts Centre - Sky Room
    The Everly Set: Noted NYC-based singer-songwriters Sean Altman & Jack Skuller pay tribute to their rock heroes, The Everly Brothers, in a show that takes you back to 1957 when teenagers Phil and Don Everly first burst on the scene and supercharged the vocal sound of rock’n’roll with sparkling harmonies that influenced The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Bee Gees. Come and sing along to such hit songs as “Bye Bye Love,” “Cathy’s Clown,” “Wake Up Little Susie,” “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Crying In The Rain,” “Till I Kiss You,” “Love Hurts,” “Bird Dog,” “Claudette,” “Let It Be Me,” and more Everly (and Everly-influenced) classics from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

    Blessed with a silky tenor voice that produced chills (The New York Times), Altman is widely viewed as the father of modern a capella. He co-founded and led Rockapella on the Emmy Award-winning PBS-TV series Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, for which he co-wrote the theme song. Altman also currently sings a cappella with The GrooveBarbers and Doowopera, original pop songs on guitar as a solo artist, and original comedy songs as JEWMONGOUS.

    Skuller is a recipient of the Holly Prize, an award made possible by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly. A writer for The Deli Magazine referred to him as a teen idol in the wrong era, noting that Buddy Holly would be proud. Skuller has performed his original music around the country with Radio Disney. He has also been a regular performer with the acclaimed Losers Lounge tribute series at Joe’s Pub in NYC.

    Check out The Everly Set’s '60s-style late-night infomercial: