Posts Tagged Long Island Guitars

Breslau Bombers Invade the North Babylon Street Fair, Sunday May 20th

May 18, 2018

Besides getting to see the Breslau Bombers perform classic rock from the 60s – 80s for free, there’s plenty more to do at this event:

north babylon street fair and the breslau bombers 2018

The fair opens at 11 AM and the Breslau Bombers hit the stage at 2:45 PM.

The North Babylon Street Fair is free to all and will have other live acts and bands (although getting a list of performers proved impossible at the time of this writing).

Besides music, other events include a petting zoo, a huge car show, delicious food, inflatable rides, a North Babylon History Exhibit and plenty more.

The Breslau Bombers played the event last year and drew a huge crowd; so it was a no-brainier for the organizers to invite the band back again this year.

To see and hear the Breslau Bombers, be at the South Stage at the corner of Phelps Lane and Deer Par Avenue at 2:45 PM, Sunday, May 20th.

To learn more about the Breslau Bombers, please visit their web site: and like them on facebook:

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The Urge is Back

May 17, 2018

Not that they ever left, it’s just a catchy headline for catchy rock band:

The Urge playing the Red River Inn

The Urge will be rockin’ the Red River Inn on Saturday evening, May 19th, at 9 PM.

Michael Leccese, lead guitarist for The Urge had this to say about the upcoming event: “REPORT FOR ROCK N ROLL DUTY; GOT SOME ROCKIN TA DO!”.

The Red River Inn is located at 250 Main Street in Yaphank and few bands on Long Island can boast of having such a dedicated following of fans as the Urge.

To learn more about the band, please click on a recent interview this blog conducted with Michael Leccese:

Also check out (and like) the Urge’s facebook page:

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Check Out Next Week’s Important Music Event

May 16, 2018

All of us should attend the panel discussion on tribute bands’ impact on the Long Island music scene:

Long Island original vs tribute bands

Jim Faith understands both sides in the current “original bands vs. tribute bands” debate that’s being debated these days on the Long Island music landscape.

Faith produces the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the other music events that he’s involved in with his company, J. Faith Presents.

Not only does Faith book tons of bands each year, he too is a musician, and like many of us, played in numerous bands on Long Island in the ’70s and ’80s.

“There are a lot of people riled up,” Faith says. “But for the most part, it’s been a healthy dialogue to have.”

Next week, Faith will take the important topic further by being part of a panel discussion at The Space at Westbury on Thursday, May 24th. The event is being called The State of the Long Island Music Scene.

The panel and discussion will include musicians, such as Michael DelGuidice who like Faith sees both sides of the argument. DelGuidice plays in Billy Joel’s band and writes his own original music. Not only does DelGuidice write original music, he’s also in a very well-known and successful tribute band – Big Shot which celebrates the music of Billy Joel.

“It’s not a black-and-white issue,” says Faith, who says he hopes the discussion will lead to strategies to help all bands. “It would be great to have a conscious effort to help promote Long Island bands. We’ve never had that before.”

If you’re in a local band, no matter which side you’re on, come and show your support for Long Island music. Learn, discuss, and network.

The State of the Long Island Music Scene (and it’s other official event name Tribute Bands Are Taking All Our Gigs) will take place at The Space at Westbury at 7:30 p.m. on May 24th. Tickets are $10 at the door.

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Local Band Tempt Opens for Bon Jovi at MSG

May 14, 2018

The newest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has a tradition of inviting young bands to open its concerts. Several Long Island bands have gotten the chance and now it was Tempt’s turn:

tempt at msg thanks to Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi has done it again (with a little help from WBAB). Bon Jovi assisted an up-and-coming band to play a high-profile show, selecting Tempt to open for them at Madison Square Garden last Thursday.

“We can’t thank [Jon Bon Jovi] enough for paying it back and extending a helping hand down to us and the other bands that have had the opportunity to open for him,” Tempt singer Zach Allen, a former Huntington native who now lives in Roslyn, said in a statement. “It is a rare occurrence these days. Opening for a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer at Madison Square Garden is unfreakinbelievable!”

Several Long Island bands have gotten the invite from Bon Jovi in the past, including Newsday’s Battle of the Bands winner Oak & Ash last year and Dix Hills’ Stage, in 1995.

Tempt was helped out and brought to Bon Jovi’ attention, thanks to WBAB radio and “Fingers” (the radio station’s afternoon DJ), “We’re so proud that a young, energetic Long Island band is getting this monumental shot so early in their musical career,” Fingers said. “Tempt brings a fresh perspective to a classic sound with great melodies, memorable riffs and a polished presentation that harkens back to the arena rock bands of the 80s. It’s like these guys were born to play arenas, and WBAB is thrilled to have put them there!”

Tempt made the most of their opportunity by releasing a video for their song “Under My Skin” to promote their debut as MSG.

“We’re a rock band and Bon Jovi is baked into our DNA,” Tempt guitarist Harrison Marcello said in a statement. “We’re fans of theirs in the truest sense. We respect Jon as an artist, songwriter and producer and also really admire his work ethic and his management skills as he has continued to lead the band from success to success on a career that few other artists have.”

This is not the first time Tempt has been helped by an iconic rock band:

“Awesome job!” wrote Joe Elliott, lead singer for Def Leppard on their Twitter , Facebook, and Instagram accounts, in response to Tempt’s terrific version of Def Leppard’s classic “Women.” “Def Leppard is, by far, my favorite band,” guitarist Harrison Marcello told Royal Flush. “Hysteria was one of the first albums I discovered when I was younger and covering that song was amazing, because I’m obsessed with it. I think I’ve listened to it about 10,000 times, according to my iTunes play tracker so the shout out was insane! It obviously validates my inner fanboy,” joked Marcello.

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Montauk’s Sturdy Souls

May 11, 2018

Kate Usher and Kevin Angiulo, from the band Sturdy Souls are pictured below. They share a love for two things: music and surfing:

Long island's sturdy souls

Sturdy Souls is an up and coming alternative soul-pop-rock band from Montauk Long Island.

Kate (lead singer for the band) met Kevin (the guitarist) a couple of years ago when Usher, 24, spotted Angiulo, 25, playing harmonica on the beach. She mentioned she sings and they loosely agreed to have a jam session one day.

It wasn’t until months later when they were both in Rincón, Puerto Rico that they got-up on stage together to perform. The chemistry was evident. “We both looked at each other in that moment and were like, ‘We should definitely do this,’” Usher said. “So I dropped out of college and this became my full-time job.”

To learn more about Kate, Kevin, and their band Sturdy Souls, check out this article and interview.

Long Island Pulse did a terrific piece on them: Here’s the link:

To learn more about the band, see their tour schedule, and watch the band’s videos, visit their website:

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