2016-09-02 / Community

Our Times Coffeehouse to present Toby Tobias

Toby Tobias Toby Tobias Our Times Coffeehouse will present Toby Tobias and his Ensemble on Friday, September 16 at 8 PM at 38 Old Country Road, Garden City

Toby Tobias and his ensemble will energize the stage with their take on contemporary folk music with touches of gospel, blues, jazz and pop.

Tobias was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has immersed himself in all genres of American Music from the past 50 years. His interest in African Rhythms & World Music, coupled with his keen ear for highly intuitive arrangements, has been the hallmark of his writing and performance styles. A graduate of the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, he continues to search for material that stays as close to his musical roots as possible while at the same time reaching for new and exciting musical worlds.

His Long Island-based ensemble can best be described as Modern Folk/Jazz, influenced by Funk and World Rhythms. This description, however, does not do justice to the fantastic arrangements and joyful, exhilarating sounds of the group. They have performed at numerous venues throughout Long Island and NYC over the past several years. From a simple duo to a 7-piece larger Ensemble, the band has found the right mix of songs, orchestration and performance ability to delight and enthrall crowds wherever they have the opportunity to perform.

Join us for our season opener! The suggested donations are $15 adults; $10 students with ID. Tickets will be on sale at the door; sorry, no pre-sales are available. Doors open at 7:15 PM. Our Times Coffeehouse is in the Ethical Humanist Society building on Old Country Road, two miles west of Meadowbrook Parkway next to the blue water tower. For more information, please visit www.ourtimescoffeehouse.org or call 516-741-7304.

The Our Times Coffeehouse, staffed entirely with volunteers, has been presenting live music for 26 years. OTC is dedicated to supporting affordable folk music on Long Island, and over the years has hosted hundreds of outstanding performers in a warm, intimate setting. The Our Times Coffeehouse is a joint project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island (EHS) and the Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC), and is sponsored by the Research and Education Project of Long Island (REP-LI).

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