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Live Music, Live Stories at LTV

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:34

A night of live music will happen at LTV Studios in Wainscott Friday at 7 with performances by two Long Island funk bands, the Kenny Harris Project and Funkin’ A.

Starting Friday night and going forward, the performances will be recorded before a live audience, a new component of the series. The evening marks the resumption of “East End Underground,” a concert series originally co-produced by Michael Clark and LTV. Harry Wareing, of the radio station WEHM, will host.

Mr. Clark hosted numerous live performances as well as instrumental workshops at his Crossroads Music store, which opened on North Main Street in East Hampton and moved to Amagansett before closing in 2015. He was named LTV’s executive director three months ago.

“We did the first 40 without a live audience,” Mr. Clark said of “East End Underground.” “Now we’re trying to raise the bar a bit. People can enjoy the music live, and then they can check it later on LTV. And it will always be available online,” at

“The big thing for us, in my mind, is getting exposure for LTV,” Mr. Clark said. “So many people live locally that don’t know or understand that LTV exists, or what we do. Doing these events and things like that, besides supporting local music and doing something different, is giving people something different to do in the winter. It’s also about creating an awareness that LTV lives and breathes, and we are your station. There are things happening here that are great for the community, that people can take advantage of. Doing these continues to drive that message for us.”

“East End Underground” features artists performing their own music. Mr. Harris is a legendary East End bassist and vocalist who has performed worldwide and has played, toured, and recorded with national artists covering genres from folk, rock, and soul to jazz and rhythm and blues. Funkin’ A is a horn-driven outfit that has performed at the Great South Bay Music Festival and at the Paramount Theater in Huntington.

Admission is $10. Those planning to attend have been asked to reserve a seat by calling 631-537-2777, extension 112, and leaving their name, the number of people attending, and an email address on the voicemail recording.

Storytellers on Saturday

LTV will host another event on Saturday at 4 p.m. “What’s Your Story” is the first in an ongoing series in which local people share stories in their chosen format about a particular subject. The debut event focuses on fear, loathing, or desire.

Participants, who are subject to change, will include Joy Behar, Dell Cullum, Bridget LeRoy, Patrick Christiano, and Andrew Visconti.

“ ‘What’s Your Story’ will have a completely different feel, and probably a completely different audience,” Mr. Clark said, “but it gets people in the door and gives local people a chance to perform, to try out material, based on a different category or theme. We’re looking forward to that one just as much as ‘East End Underground.’ ”

Those interested in sharing their own stories have been asked to come early to sign up for a remaining spot, which will be chosen on Saturday by lottery.

Admission to “What’s Your Story” is $10, and those interested in attending have been asked to make a reservation by calling the number listed above.

Correction: The event on Saturday begins at 4 p.m., not 7 p.m.

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