On Thursday, Sept. 18, Long Island’s own Miles to Dayton and New York City-based pianist and singer-songwriter Anna Dagmar share the bill during the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s monthly Hard Luck Café series at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, which is located on 423 Park Ave. Dagmar will be accompanied by the Preddice Family String Quartet, which also features two members of Miles to Dayton.
Miles to Dayton is a Long Island-based family band whose music brings a high-energy message of love that strikes audiences on a personal level. M2D blends elements of folk, rock, classical music and funk with four-part vocal harmony, clever songwriting, improvisational violin and cello, and an infectious rhythm section, At the heart of their unique marriage of musical styles lies a real-life marriage: vocalist Krista Preddice shares the microphone with multi-instrumentalist husband Jonathan, who is also the principal songwriter for the group. Bassist Dave March, (Krista’s brother), and violinist Leanne Strom (John’s sister) add depth to the vocal harmonies, while their bass and violin provide sonic bookends for the band’s signature sound which is rounded out by drummer Brian Kroll.
Anna Dagmar is a New York City-based pianist, arranger and singer-songwriter whose influences range from Joni Mitchell to Billy Joel and Leonard Bernstein. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she developed an interest in orchestration, Dagmar is a versatile performer whose music weaves together elements of folk, pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre. She won a Gold Prize (first place) in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest for “We Were Children” (2011), was named a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2012), and was selected to join the Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop last year.
The 8:30 p.m. concert is in the Cinema’s Sky Room and will be preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m. (sign-up at 7 p.m.). Tickets are $10 for Cinema Arts Centre and FMSH members; $15 for non-members. For more information, please visit www.fmsh.org or call 631-425-2925.