DOORS OPEN AT 6:pm, SHOW STARTS AT 8pm JAMES MADDOCK, the songwriter’s songwriter, who’s earned the respect of masterful writers such as Bruce Springsteen and Willie Nile, as well as having performed with Bruce and Willie along with as Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows). Since 1999, James Maddock’s boldly vulnerable songwriting, purity of expression, honeyed rasp, and distinct folk and Americana aesthetic have garnered acclaim from icons, peers, and outlets like NPR, American Songwriter, Relix Magazine, and CMT Edge. Relix notes: “James Maddock possesses the kind of lived-in, craggy voice that would sound authoritative if he were singing the sports pages.” He’s built a respected international profile through tireless touring. In England, James was the frontman for the band Wood where he was introduced to a mainstream audience when songs from the group’s debut, Songs From Stamford Hill, were prominently featured in the TV hit Dawson’s Creek. In 2003, Maddock moved to NYC, and launched his solo career. His 2009 album Sunrise On Avenue C won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while its follow-up, Wake Up And Dream, ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV’s (NYC) Listener Poll. This summer Maddock and his great band will be continuing to perform tracks from his latest release, If It Ain’t Fixed, Don’t Break It as well as fan faves and catalogue nuggets. “I love how songs reveal themselves differently in the live setting,” James says. “I’m grateful I have such a large body of work and an audience to share a creative dialogue with…I feel very lucky.”
The Old Roslyn address 19 Bryant Avenue resonates with musical legend and history. Originally a country-western bar owned by Jay Lenihan, the place was bought by partners Michael “Eppy” Epstein and his cousin Richie Hersh in 1971. After teaming up with local radio station WLIR-FM, My Father’s Place—affectionately known as MFP—quickly became a hotbed for concerts and concert broadcasts. MFP presented Billy Joel’s first show after the release of his debut solo LP Cold Spring Harbor and Bruce Springsteen’s first show out of New Jersey, along with seminal radio concerts (including a classic by Lowell George and Little Feat in 1974). The venue kept live performance vital when the rest of Long Island—and perhaps the country—was discoing the night away. Besides reggae, punk music found a place to grow. Unlike most other clubs that highlighted one genre or one particular era of music, the variety of My Father's Place was possibly its most important trait. The club debuted in America most of reggae's biggest stars, helping to make the genre mainstream. Along with CBGB and Max's Kansas City, My Father's Place was a nurturing ground for young punk and new wave acts like The Runaways, The Ramones, Blondie, The Police, and Talking Heads. Country, bluegrass, and blues artists like Charlie Daniels, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Ray Vaughan performed early in their careers, while artists like James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Bo Diddley played in the twilight of theirs.. My Father’s Place closed on May 3, 1987, with a blowout performance by the funk rock band Tower of Power, and an era came to an end. Today, the club lives on in the works of the many artists—now legends—who first performed on its stage and in the memories of those fortunate to have been a part of it all.