Back in 2014, Telly Karoussos and Brad Penuel (aka “Alabama Brad”) had a chance meeting through an internet post when Penuel offered his Brooklyn railroad apartment to Karoussos in exchange for watching his dog. After sizing each other up and realizing they shared a passion for music and surfing, Penuel said “I think this will work. My house is yours — you can even play my guitar if you want… just don’t touch my boots.” Telly didn’t and soon, the duo began working on arrangements of favorite songs and Penuel introduced Karoussos to bluegrass.
Since then the singer/songwriters/guitarists have blossomed into Hopefully Forgiven, a favorite East End musical duo that has performed throughout the North and South Forks. On Friday, September 18, at 6 p.m., Hopefully Forgiven plays original songs with modern take on Americana at the Parrish Art Museum’s final outdoor concert of the season.
Karoussos and Penuel, joined by bass player Ben Goodale and drummer Fred Trumpy, will play music that distills 100 years of American musical styles. Hopefully Forgiven has attracted a devoted multi-generational fan base and at the Parrish, the band will play original songs that lend a modern take to rock, blue grass, country western and rockabilly — with powerful lead guitar riffs and driving rhythms. The set list will also include arrangements of covers by artists including the Rolling Stones, The Band, and Van Morrison.
Hopefully Forgiven has recorded with Rick Davies (Supertramp) and Chuck Burgi (Billy Joel), and currently has a song on SiriusXM Coffeehouse Radio. They are recording a new album in the coming months with Downtown Music Group (NYC), and touring extensively at music venues and private events.
The concert will be held outdoors on the museum’s covered terrace, with possible use of the event lawn, weather permitting. Advance online ticket purchase with pre-event registration is required. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs (no museum seating is available), and all are invited to experience the Parrish’s new outdoor sculpture exhibition, “Field of Dreams.” Masks must be worn to access the event and when in aisles or moving through spaces. There is limited capacity and designated seating areas are based on safe social distancing. No outside food or drink is permitted. Individually packaged food and drinks will be available to pre-purchase through the cafe vendor, Elegant Affairs. Please follow the link to view the menu and purchase food and drink by the end of the day on Thursday, September 17, at parrishartcafe.com/.
The Parrish Art Museum is at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For tickets, visit parrishart.org.