Not Everyone Who Played Woodstock is Famous. Here’s the Story of a Long Islander Who Performed There:

August 13, 2019:

Bert Sommer is one of the many Woodstock performers whose fame has not endured after 50 years, and that’s a story worth telling too.

Long Island's Bert Sommer

Sommer was the perfect poster boy for Woodstock. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island, was hard to miss. A Tim Buckley lookalike, he sported shoulder-length curly hair, a headband, bare feet and a voice like a dove’s.

Despite being involved in two of the most famous counterculture events of the ’60s — Hair and Woodstock, and despite having a standing ovation and a 10-song set at Woodstock, Sommer’s songs were left off the Woodstock Movie, records, cd’s and DVD’s.

However, there’s good news: In 2005, producing partners Andy Zax and Brian Kehew came across the Woodstock recordings in the Warner Brothers Vault. For the 50th Anniversary, they put together the 38-disc box set Woodstock 50 — Back to the Garden — The Definitive 50th Anniversary Archive (Rhino Records). It includes every note of music played at the festival (save for three songs) — including, on the 38-CD box, all of Sommer’s songs that were previously left off.

Here’s video of Sommer’s Woodstock performance:

Time Magazine recently covered his fascinating story. Here’s a link:

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Dino Skatepark Releases “Highway Home” Video

July 15, 2019:

Here’s the seven-piece Progressive Rock band’s newest video release:

Long Island music band Dino Skatepark

Dino Skatepark is a local progressive rock band with strong Pop-Punk and Ska-Punk roots.

The group finds a unique way to blend a balance of many different styles and sounds into their music to appeal to as many listeners as possible.

You can follow Dino Skatepark on Bandsintown, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with their upcoming shows. Stay tuned for more!

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    As promised here’s their new video – Highway Home; it’s a great song:

    Please help support Dino Skatepark by checking out their iTunes and Spotify pages where their entire catalog can be purchased or streamed:

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  • In case you missed any of Under the Radar’s recent blogs

    July 12, 2019:

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    Long Island’s Amen Arthur Releases His First Album

    July 6, 2019:

    Available in stores and online, this project focuses on a variety of struggles faced in his life and how he overcame them:

    Amen Arthur first cd release

    While in school for Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, Amen utilized every opportunity to perform at on Campus events. This exposure lead to a plethora of opportunities including sponsorships from Red Bull, WUSB radio interviews and having his music featured on the Soundtrack of the BET show ‘Situationships’.

    In 2017, his fans took to calling him Amenboi. He has since been releasing music consistently but began experimenting with his sound years prior to that.

    Amen’s debut album can be best described as an intersection between melodic and lyrical rap. With punchlines obscured through entendre you’ll want to play each song over and over again, and in doing so you’ll find new meanings each time.

    In 2019, he released his brand ‘Artistic Ambitions’ which focuses on the connectivity of film art and music. Using this brand, he spreads the message of the importance of individuality, freedom of thought and creative expression.

    To check out and purchase Amen’s music here are his links:


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    Linda Sussman is back with another full-length CD!

    June 18, 2019:

    Linda Sussman, a singer/songwriter/guitarist from Huntington Station has a unique alt-folk and blues sound:

    Linda Sussman Long Island musician

    Her just-released “Pass It On Down” (May 2019, label: Sing Out Proud Music), is her second full-length CD of all originals. The CD’s 10 tracks, which feature Sussman’s strong vocals and lyrics which KTAL DJ Ron Cooke call “provocative and compelling,” cut across a host of genres, from blues to alt-folk to folk-rock to bluegrass and country blues.

    Sussman acknowledges that her time spent in the recording and mixing studios on nearly back-to-back full-length projects was quite ambitious and a bit insane, but she quickly notes she would not have done it any differently. “I’m just driven to get my music out there,” she says. “Although it is incredibly challenging still to be juggling a full-time day job and have enough time and energy left over to focus on my music, there is simply an undeniable pull that I need to satisfy. So I just keep moving forward balancing it all the best way I can.”

    As to the mix of styles on “Pass It On Down,” Sussman says, “I go wherever the music or lyrics take me, and I try not to let myself be boxed into any one category.”

    Sussman co-produced both “Pass It On Down” (2019) and her preceding CD, “Every Road” (2018), with Mike Nugent, who complements Sussman’s strong fingerstyle and rhythm guitar with his masterful and elegant riffs on lead electric guitar, dobro, and bass. “Pass It On Down” also features a number of top-flight musicians well-known in the NY metro area and beyond: Cosmo Mallardi (acoustic/electric bass), Mark Mancini (piano), Richie Guerrero (percussion), Cindy Quart (piano), and Lisa Gutkin (fiddle, of The Klezmatics). Backing vocals are added not only by Sussman herself but by Janice Buckner, Cecilia Kirtland, Anne O’Rourke, Greg Seck, and Cindy Quart.

    A number of the songs (including “Truckload of Blues”, “Chasin’ That Train”, “Proud Woman”, Cryin’”, and the title track “Pass It On Down”) are already receiving radio play across the US and UK on stations, including WUSB (Stony Brook, NY), KTAL (Las Cruces, NM), WFHB (Bloomington, IN), Radio Summerhall (Edinburgh, Scotland), WOMR (Provincetown, MA), and elsewhere.

    Sussman is currently planning a CD Release Party, which she hopes will include the full band (Linda Sussman Collective)…watch this blog for her upcoming event announcement!


    CD Baby:

    CD available on all streaming, including iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.

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