Posts Tagged Long Island guitarists

Second Annual Islip Music Festival Set For Sunday May 19th

May 18, 2019:

Last year’s inaugural show drew hundreds of people. This year’s event will be even bigger:

Mary dowling's 2019 2nd annual islip music festival

The organizer’s goal this year is to get 1,500 people to the parking lot behind Mary Dowling’s in Islip for the show which starts at noon and is planned to go until 8 p.m.

The genesis of the event is to introduce the beautiful Islip downtown to visitors and to hopefully keep them coming back to the many restaurants, bars and shops.

“We want to bring more people to Islip to showcase everything we have to offer,” said Mary Dowling’s owner Richard “Kippy” Kuplen, who runs the show. “And when they’re here, maybe they’ll shop or visit our restaurants and come back.

“We’re just trying to generate as much business as we can.”

Kuplen has assembled four headlining tribute bands and six acts in total. You can see by the tribute bands listed below, there will be plenty of rock and roll on Sunday.

Rock of Ages (Def Leopard), Unchained (Van Halen), BonJourney (Bon Jovi and Journey) and Live Wire (AC/DC) will be the featured acts on Sunday.

“All four of these band are heavy hitters,” said Kuplen. “They’ve all played for huge crowds at huge arenas, so we’re excited to have them here.”

Joining them will be the military veterans band 9 Line, and Islip’s own The Decoys.

Last year the festival raised over $5,000 for the Islip Breast Care Coalition, with $2 from each $30 ticket going to the non-for-profit organization.

“We were very lucky” to get chosen as the event’s benefactor, said the group’s president, Gina Cacoperdo.

Coalition volunteers will also have a booth set up, where they will be raising even more money through raffles and games.

The coalition helps breast cancer and other women’s cancer sufferers across the town by paying for transportation to and from treatment, paying for wigs and prosthetics, even co-pays and household bills if needed, and more.

Cacoperdo said the money raised Sunday — and through other efforts — goes directly to the community, “by helping your neighbors.”

“One of the biggest things that we say is, ‘What’s raised here, stays here,’” she said. “It’s a wonderful organization and we just keep giving back.”

Tickets for the music festival are available ahead of time at Mary Dowling’s, which is located at 528 Main Street in Islip. You can also pay at the gate or order at

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Long Island’s Cover Girl Band is Must See Fun

May 7, 2019:

Cover Girl is a new band, however it’s comprised of well-known accomplished musicians from Long Island’s music scene:

Long island's cover girl

If you’re wondering who’s in this band…

  • The lead singer, Jennifer Cella is a multi-Platinum artist and former lead vocalist of Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  • The drummer, John Sawicki, was a star of the Broadway show STOMP.

  • The bassist, Jeff Allegue, is also a multi-Platinum award winning artist and a founding member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and former bassist for Grammy nominated singer Taylor Dayne.

  • Guitarist Ken Cino resume is quite impressive as well. He’s worked with many bands throughout the years, most notably as the guitarist for Mike DelGuidice and the Billy Joel tribute band Big Shot.

  • Rob Woebber plays Keyboards and guitar and also is the “sound designer” for Cover Girl. Additionally, he was they keyboard player in the band New Life Crisis.

    According to Markos Papadatos, who wrote a recent review of the band’s recent gig on

    “In their elaborate set, The Cover Girl Band paid homage to Led Zeppelin and it was immediately followed by Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker,” where front-woman Jennifer Cella displayed her powerhouse pipes.”

    Papadatos added “Cella killed the vocals on “What’s Up?” and she did Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” justice. Equally compelling were her renditions of “Landslide” and Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” where she showcased her crisp, raspy vocals.”

    Papadatos went on to give the band’s performance, an “A rating”.

    Check out Cover Girl as this band will be playing the well-known Long Island Venues this spring and summer.

    Here’s the band’s facebook page:

    Here are two promotional videos to check out:

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  • Long Island’s Victory Garden Release New EP

    April 18, 2019:

    The six-song EP is titled Madeleine and is available for download:

    Sound Garden - Long Island band

    If some of these musicians look familiar, there’s a good reason: Victory Garden actually consists of musicians from other Long Island bands: Chris and Danny Smith, who play guitar in Victory Garden, also play in Backtrack.

    Mike Smith, Victory Garden’s bass player, also is a member of the band Hangman. Rounding out Victory Garden’s lineup are two members from the band Capital – Joey Saccente and Duncan MacDougal. MacDougal sings for Victory Garden, which surprisingly, is something he hasn’t done since his time in early-2000s – when he was with another Long Island hardcore band – Thieves and Assassins.

    According to Mike Musilli, writing for “The demo absolutely pounds with melodic hardcore and punk foundations. Victory Garden pulls from so many of the best aspects of hardcore and punk while still creating a cohesive and original sound for themselves. There’s something for everyone in this first batch of songs from Victory Garden.”

    To check out Sound Garden’s EP, here’s the link:

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

    April 11, 2019:

    Check out these stories and a lot more:

    under the radar - undiscovered musical talent from Long Island

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    Long Island’s SWIM Releases a New Song

    April 8, 2019:

    The Indie pop rock band’s new single, “The Chase” is available on many digital platforms:

    Long Island Band, SWIM

    The recoding, according to is “a fun and energetic piece written collectively by the band”. Additionally the website added the song “blends together various elements of mainstream pop, rock, and indie. ‘The Chase’ is quite nostalgic, speaking of personal doubt in a relationship, while also piecing together each band members’ instrumentation to create a sleek, cool fusion.”

    According to the band, “The Chase” was written by all members of the band, slowly coming together as they wrote each section of the song. What started as a pretty simple chord progression would be recorded and polished over the course of a year to morph into the version that was just released (video is below).

    SWIM is an indie pop-rock band originating in Stony Brook. They were voted one of the Top 10 bands on Long Island during the summer of 2017 in Newsday’s Band Battle.

    SWIM has been active at venues across Long Island since 2015, following the release of their first, self-titled EP, even performing at notable local venues like 89 North (Patchogue), Revolution (Amityville), and the Rainbow Stage at Heckscher State Park.

    Here’s SWIM’s video – “The Chase”:


    To learn more about the band:

    Their website:

    Their facebook page:

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