Archive for August, 2018

Paul Simon Played a Surprise Show at Montauk Lighthouse on Saturday

August 30, 2018:


The music legend and icon, announced his retirement from touring several months back:


Paul Simon playing Montauk Lighthouse event


Montauk resident Paul Simon played an unannounced concert at the Montauk Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 25. The appearance was a terrific surprise for attendees of the Montauk Music Festival Rocks the Lighthouse fundraiser.

Simon announced his retirement from touring earlier this year, but he willingly agreed to perform at this fundraiser based in his hometown. This is not the first instance of Simon playing live in Montauk.

Simon performed in seven Back at the Ranch concerts at Deep Hollow Ranch from 1990–1996, raising money to help fund a revetment project and protect the delicate shoreline around the Montauk Lighthouse.

Performing Saturday with the local band The Montauk Project, Simon, looking and sounding great at 76 years old, played a four-song set of his classics: “Late in the Evening,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “You Can Call Me Al.”

His performance was not announced beforehand, but through the power of today’s technology, and perhaps some old-fashioned word-of-mouth, the event sold-out all of the 500 available tickets.

By the end of the evening, the Montauk Historical Society — which owns the lighthouse admitted at least 3,000 people to the show (thanks to additional tickets available at the gate).

Joe Gaviola, the Lighthouse keeper and Montauk Historical Society board member, told Newsday, “Paul wanted this to be a low-key event and to keep it local.”

Other performers included Jessica Lynn, Tuatha Dea and Montauk’s Kate Usher and the Sturdy Souls. While total donations have yet to be tallied, Gaviola was reportedly thrilled with the overwhelming results.

Here’s video from Simon’s Performance:



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Chris Isaak Playing the Paramount Wednesday August 29th

August 28, 2018:


This rock star and recent Australian X-Factor judge has come out with his first album in six years:


Long island under the radar, Chris Isaak


The new album First Comes The Night showcases Isaak’s singing and songwriting skills.

Isaak is best known for his hit “Wicked Game,” as well as the popular hit songs “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” and “Somebody’s Crying.” He’s also known for his signature 1950s rock & roll sound and style.

Isaak is pals with film director David Lynch, who has used his music in numerous films and gave him a role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. His songs often focus on the themes of love, loss, and heartbreak. With a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 12 studio albums, and has accumulated numerous award nominations and played many tours. He has been called the Roy Orbison of the 1990s, and is often also compared to Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and Duane Eddy.

For additional information, visit the Paramount’s website: www.paramountny.com

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Here Come “The Gamblers”

August 15, 2018:


The core members of “The Gamblers” are originally from Long Island or Queens, which makes them one of the “rare Brooklyn bands that are actually from New York,” according to frontman Michael McManus.


the Gamblers band


It’s not surprising, then, that their single “Corinthian Order” from their debut album of the same name, was shot in a Brooklyn DIY venue.

Here’s The Gamblers great-looking video – Corinthian Order:



To learn more about this excellent musical group, check out Tara Yarlagadda’s comprehensive article and interview with the band. It appeared this week at the website bedfordandbowery.com. Here’s the link: http://bedfordandbowery.com/2018/08/everythings-a-mess-and-this-new-gamblers-video-will-help-you-deal/

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Hi Def Rocks Main Street in Farmingdale

August 13, 2018:


Lead singer, Gina D’Orta and the band Hi Def, performed at the street fair on Main Street in Farmingdale on August 9th:


Long Island wedding band and privite party band hi def


Hi Def is a high-quality Long Island private-party band. They typically perform at Weddings and corporate events.

However, in a smart marketing move, they performed as part of Farmingdale Music on Main 2018, which was sponsored by the Farmingdale Village Merchants Association.

Their set was highly eclectic, covering some of the newer pop hits such as Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” and Maren Morris and Zedd’s “The Middle,” as well as the classics.

According to Markos Papadatos, “D’Orta performed Rihanna’s “We Found Love” with grace, and incorporated it as a medley with Whitney Houston’s upbeat “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” D’Orta showcased her tremendous vocal range on the signature Guns N’ Roses tune “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” which received a major response from the crowd.”

Markos Papadatos, writing for digitaljournal.com gave a review of Hi Def’s performance. Here’s the link: http://www.digitaljournal.com/entertainment/music/review-hi-def-rocks-main-street-in-farmingdale-on-long-island/article/529253#ixzz5O3QznGcG

To learn more about Hi Def, please visit their website: http://hideflive.com/

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

August 11, 2018:


Scroll down to see these stories, and a lot more as well:


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