Martini Garden is a Long Island, Suffolk County based band and has been described as the Eagles meet Stevie Wonder. Founded in 2005 they serve up an eclectic mix of Rock and Roll, Blues, R&B, Jazz, and Country. With two studio albums and a Christmas EP under their belt they are now preparing to go back to the studio to record their third album.
Jim LoPiano – Lead guitarist/ Rhythm Guitarist / Songwriter/Vocals
Christine LoPiano – Lead Vocals/ Songwriter
Miriam Hubbard – Background Vocals
Mike McBride -Drums
Rich Cunningham -Bass
For the first time since the 1980’s, Freelance Vandals, Sorethumb and Broken Arrow, who performed at one of most iconic clubs on Long Island, the Right Track Inn, will reunite for a concert at the Warehouse in Amityville, to benefit the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame (LIMEHOF) on June 10th, at 7pm.
These 3 bands were a fixture in the 1980’s on the Long Island club scene and had major followings. Each had their own unique brand of rock and roll music and enjoyed immense popularity due to their live performances.
The Right Track Inn in Freeport was a major live music venue, host to these local bands as well as national acts, some of whom are LIMEHOF inductees, including Joan Jett, The Ramones, The Good Rats, Taylor Dane, Richie Havens, The Stray Cats and Little Buster and the Soul Brothers.
The origins of this reunion came about because of the inclusion at the Hall of Fame of the video for the single “Let’s Give Them Life,” written by Freddy Monday and John Snow of Sorethumb, featuring LIMEHOF 2006 inductee, Little Buster. Members of Freelance Vandals and Broken Arrow were among the 15 Long Island bands who recorded the single for Long Island for Ethiopia (L.I.F.E) in 1985. It was Long Island’s musical response to fight hunger in Ethiopia, akin to the USA for Africa’s musicians’ single “We Are the World.”
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop with a special concert and panel discussion event on Sunday, June 11th at 2 p.m. at the venue’s home base in Stony Brook Village (97 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY). The event will feature legendary stars Son of Bazerk, Kool Rock-Ski (of The Fat Boys), A.J. Rock (of J.V.C. F.O.R.C.E.), DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Johnny Juice (of Public Enemy), Dinco D and Milo in de Dance (both of Leaders of the New School), and special guest Ralph McDaniels (of Video Music Box), as well as other surprise hip-hop guest artists.
DJ Jazzy Jay, DJ Johnny Juice, Kool Rock-Ski, and Son of Bazerk will be performing LIVE music. There will also be a panel discussion moderated by Tom Needham, LIMEHOF Vice Chairman and longtime host of the “Sounds of Film Radio Show,” who will be joined by members of JVC Force, Leaders of the New School, DJ Johnny Juice and Ralph McDaniels.
“We are honored to pay tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop with a live concert performed by some of hip hop’s most influential artists, all from Long Island,” said Ernie Canadeo, LIMEHOF Chairman. “It is a testament to Long Island’s prominent and continuing role in hip-hop’s legacy.”
Tickets for this event are $30 at the door only.
The book launch for Long Island author Dina Santorelli’s newest thriller, The Reformed Man will take place at the newly opened Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in Stony Brook on Saturday, June 17, 2023, at noon.
Ticket prices for the event are $30 at the door and include a short book talk by Santorelli, a Q&A session, a signed book, and admission to the Hall itself.
Rib & The Bones is an alternative rock band based in Oneonta, NY formerly from Moriches. Formed by four SUNY Oneonta music students, Rib & The Bones is an energetic group dedicated to leaving audiences feeling great with their upbeat performances. The up-and-coming band has opened for the nationally touring act Flo Rida and is currently on a tour of New York promoting their recent singles. Rib & The Bones takes influence from The Strokes, Peach Pit, and Cage The Elephant while adding their own funky grooves into the mix. If looking for a night of dancing and great music, come out to the Long Island Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame on June 18th to see Rib & The Bones.
A man of few words who adds spice to every song he plays, whether his original compositions or the many artists who welcomed him on their songs. Mike Nugent is the quintessential artist who transverses multiple genres, from Soul to Rock, and of course, the Blues. A former Bellerose, Queens, NY native, now residing in Huntington, Mike began his musical career gigging various establishments on Long Island and in the metropolitan New York area. Nugent earned his reputation cutting his teeth from gig to gig and stage to stage, playing with Wes Houston & The All-Star Space Band (1972-1977, The Sheiks Band (1978-79) and The Stanton Anderson Band (1978-79). In 1989 Mike formed Cadillac Moon and took the band on the road.
Cadillac Moon’s song “Show Me Your Tattoo” was featured in the 1997 movie, The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves. Currently Nugent plays with The Walkers and has formed “The Blue Moon Band” to support the release of his latest album, “Everything’s Gonna be OK”. Nugent’s music evokes the emotions of joy and lament. As a multi-instrumentalist and producer, he lives to perform, while sharing his skills to produce music with local artists, such as Josie Bello and Linda Sussman.
His latest album release “Everything’s Gonna be OK” was released in the autumn of 2022, as he assembled a tribe of musicians called the Blue Moon Band, which includes Diane Lotny, on vocals, Shawn Murray on Drums, Mark Mancini on keyboards, David Noyes on Bass Jimmy Fleming on violin, mandolin and guitar. Nugent just released his latest single “Slow Day in Limbo” and a follow-up album with Tony Barca, The Breakfast Club Session II”.