Tonight at the Empire State Railway Museum: Sloan Wainwright

Photo by Lynda Shenkman Curtis for Oxygen House Photography. From Sloan Wainwright's website.

It must be spring: The Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia is alive with the sound of music once again. Flying Cat Music, a small independent music series run by our own Tom Rinaldo, kicks off its 2012 season tonight, with a special performance by Sloan Wainwright. (Yes, she's one of Those Wainwrights: younger sister to Loudon, aunt to Rufus and Martha, and "sister-out-law" to Suzzy Roche and the late, great Kate McGarrigle.)

Sloan isn't the most famous Wainwright -- the Chicago Sun-Times calls her "the undiscovered treasure of this musical dynasty" -- but she's been refining her own brand of rich, soulful, funk-inflected folk for decades, and has eight albums under her belt. The latest, Upside Down & Under My Heart, was recorded last year at TubaDizzy Studios in the Bronx.

7:30pm, Sunday, March 25. Empire State Railway Museum, 70 Lower High Street, Phoenicia. Admission: $15 with RSVP to, or $18 at the door.

Below: Sloan Wainwright sings "Holland," a track on her new album Upside Down & Under My Heart.