The Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main Street Beacon, NY 12508
Join us on Facebook for a live-streamed show from the Towne Crier featuring Lucky Luna!
Lucky Luna came together in Beacon, NY around the stellar vocals of singer-songwriter Laurie Clark. Bringing a fresh musical back-up to the band are Tony Acquisto and Chris Toland both delivering shimmering guitars and vocals. Through their shared interest in all types of music, Lucky Luna have created an original sound spanning several decades and musical genres – revisited in a fresh and unique way. They share the common belief that a good song is a good song, no matter what the genre - and that it’s interesting to see these songs performed in a variety of ways.
Guitarist, bagpiper and songwriter Tony Acquisto, a Hudson Valley native, has played and recorded in many original rock bands in the Tri-State area. After moving from Manhattan to Beacon in 2001, Tony first focused on jazz guitar, playing in the jazz duet T & T with guitarist Tom Baldino. Primarily a rock guitarist, he agreed to try something new with Jim and Laurie. Tony’s musical history with Laurie actually goes back to when they shared stages double-billing in separate bands years ago.
Chris Toland (pictured, left) has been working in the music industry for over 20 years as a composer, arranger, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher. Originally established in NYC, Chris was one of the first in the studio with Mariah Carey, and survived sessions with Courtney Love. His contributions include arranging, production and touring with artists Chaka Khan, Carly Simon, Joan Baez, Hall and Oates and others. Deep passion and enthusiasm for his work has created in him a very flexible, versatile artist with the ability to compose and perform in a wide range of musical styles from haunting tribal themes to heavy metal biker riffs to contemporary pop, and choral and orchestral melodies. Clients include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The New York Times, Animal Planet, ABC, NBC, Fox TV, The Learning Channel, Discovery Health, and The Travel Channel. Additionally, Chris has scored several independent film productions one of which is a Sundance Nominated film.
Singer, songwriter and keyboard-player Laurie Clark, also a native of the Hudson Valley, has recorded and performed with original rock bands in both the Hudson Valley and NYC as both a lead and backing vocalist. She started singing as a child with her older brothers, who each had their own bands. She learned to appreciate all types of music - from rock to Celtic to classical - from listening her family’s extensive and varied record collections. She appreciates the artistry involved in making words and music work together - and tries to convey the beauty and meaning of each song intelligibly when she sings.