Monday, June 30, 2014

American Music for America's Birthday

The Banjo - America's Instrument

Kick off your Fourth of July weekend with a concert of American Roots Music performed by "The Family That Plays Together." On Thursday, July 3rd,  The Homegrown String Band will be performing a set of high energy traditional, and original, American folk music at the Mattituck-Laurel Library located on Long Island's beautiful North Fork.

Thursday July 3, 2014  7:00 pm 
 Mattituck-Laurel Library
13900 Main Rd.
Mattituck, NY 11952
(631) 298-4134

   photo by R. Jackofsky 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Outdoor Summer Concert - Spring Valley, NY

Another outdoor Homegrown String Band show this weekend, 7:00 pm Sunday evening, June 29, 2014, on the grounds of the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, NY

Finkelstein Memorial Library
24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, New York 10977
845 352-5700

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Garlic Scape Harvest Time

Garlic Scapes 2014  - photo by Rick Jackofsky
For me, the first day of summer is the day I start snapping the scapes off my ophio garlic plants. So, today is, (unofficially), the first day of summer! Garlic scapes are a delicious bonus you get from hard neck garlic plants. Scapes taste, (and can be cooked like), garlic flavored string beans, we like to roast them. They store really well too, we've sometimes kept them in the vegetable crisper of our fridge for months. Here on Long Island the scapes, of garlic planted in November, are usually ready to eat in mid June. You can start snapping them off when they begin to curl around. You should be able to snap them off cleanly with your fingers. Don't let them go to long or they will get too woody. I'll be digging up, and starting to cure, my 120 garlic bulbs in about a month; right before our two big summer music festivals, The Great South Bay Music Festival and Bethlehem Musikfest.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer Festivals!

How are you going to spend your summer vacation? How about making some room on your summer schedule to catch some live music at one (or two) of the region's most excellent summer music festivals. This summer we have the privilege of appearing at two of the country's biggest and best music festivals. Our first stop is right here on Long Island. On July 20, 2014, we will be performing on the main stage of The Great South Bay Music and Arts Festival at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, NY. This is the biggest and best music event on Long Island. The festival runs from Friday, July 18, to Sunday, July 20, and features over 50 bands: from national acts like Moe, Taking Back Sunday, and B.B. King; to local acts like The Homegrown String Band, The Kerry Kearney Band, and Miles to Dayton. This festival is not only incredibly hip and cool, it is also family friendly. The Kidzone will be open Saturday and Sunday and will feature interactive arts, crafts, educational programs, musical instrument making, drum circles, puppeteers, story telling, musical entertainment, and games. On Sunday, the festival opens with a concert by Laurie Berkner who has been dubbed "Queen of Kindie Rock" by USA Today. The festival goes on rain or shine and it's really important that Long Island music lovers attend so we can keep this world class event happening here on Long Island. Ticket prices are very reasonable, less than what it would cost to see just the headliner at most venues, and you can save a few bucks by buying your tickets in advance.

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On August 2, 2014, our trio, Homegrown 3.0 will be doing a set on the Liederplatz stage of Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Musikfest is billed as the U.S's largest music festival, it runs for ten days from August 1st to August 10th on multiple stages around downtown Bethlehem. Some of the national acts that will be appearing throughout the ten day affair are ZZ Top, The Moody Blues, Steely Dan, Sheryl Crow, The All American Rejects, and Weezer.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

West Islip Public Library Sunday June 8, 2014

On Sunday June 8, 2014, at 2:00 pm, The Homegrown String Band will be presenting a program of traditional and original acoustic American folk music at the West Islip Public Library. The concert is free and open to the public. The following day Georgianne and I will be celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary; I told her we could make beautiful music together!

3 Higbie Lane
West Islip, NY 11795