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Get On Board with Nonstop to Cairo

nonstopBy Patrick Peterson

LI-based band, Nonstop to Cairo are composed of Andrew Hagerty (Trombone), Agustus Harris (Vocals), David Bartlett (Bass), Matt Ezzo (Drums) and Nick Diamond (Guitar, Vocals). Though they weren’t always in the same band, they were practically always in each other’s lives. Nick and Ezzo, two of the three original founders of the band grew up together and have been friends since grade school. “We met somewhere during first grade or probably even before that. We just knew each other for a long time. My dad (Nick’s father) even gave Ezzo his bass guitar.”

The other members of the crew all went to the same high school. Though some are older than others, and were in different grades, they grew up around the same years. Little did they know, these casual coincidences and meetups would lead to an epic sounding rock band, with sounds like Funk and Ska. An incorporation of sounds that’s leading a continuous journey from their instruments to their fans’ ear drums. Casual fans might question where the name comes from but to the crew, it’s a weird but irreplaceable name.

“The reason we chose our name was actually from an airplane ad(vertisement) on the LIRR. We were nonstop4locked up in the band-room with the trombone player, with a giant list of names that we had to choose from. It was one of the few that we actually didn’t hate,  so it just stuck with us. Yet, even though our name has Cairo in it, we just eventually drew away from it as a place and used it more as a destination.”

Like their name suggests, they have tons of drive and inspiration. They put all their heart into their music, on stage and off. For instance, one of their favorite memories is winning the the 2009 Long Island Music Festival. “We were only together three months at the time”, they said with smiles on their faces. “Yeah, and Nick’s hand was bandaged from a fight with a saw-blade.”, Ezzo recalled. “Yeah, they were sliced off. But we still managed to win the Festival. It was a real underdog story to us. It started the snowball of success that we’re rolling on now. This success has made us lucky enough to play with bands like Fishbone and Gwar. We kind of want to share that same feeling to the fans.”

nonstop3Unfortunately, they feel like they don’t have an avenue to promote their music like a major label band would. Their income as a band is small so they don’t have a large budget for CDs, music videos, and marketing tools. Yet, that’s one of the things that makes them smile the most. What you would think was a weakness is an actually uplifting strength. “We don’t really have the means to sell CDs. We have digital stuff but that’s about it.” And as they do think online streaming helps, it’s the live shows where they confidently stake their claim. They, particularly Augustus, who is the only one without an instrument and has a second hand perspective, and feel that their live performances are out of this world.

“The whole unavailable music thing is why it’s really awesome when we see fans come back to sing along with us. It means that they’ve been to our shows more than once, it means they love seeing us play. It’s one of the things that motivates us to keep playing.”

Playing music, they do. Having performed at least shows in the last three weeks (40 shows total this summer). So what’s next for them? After this huge wave of live concerts end, they plan to go into hibernation. “We want to take a step back and focus on recording. We plan to put out the best thing that we can, together, in a reasonable amount of time. Hopefully, it will not only be life-changing but scene-changing as well. A thing, that will not only bring our band closer together, but also other bands as well”.

They are friends, they are a band, and they are Nonstop to Cairo. Their next flight? Nonstop to Success. Rock on.

See Nonstop to Cairo on Saturday, September 20th as SPARKBOOM hosts “OFF THE WALLS II” at 1520 New York Ave, Huntington Station, NY. The event features a handful of up-and-coming LI music, a BMX bike stunt show, salsa dancing, and 30+ art/business vendors.  RSVP here via Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

IMG_0882Patrick Peterson Growing up, Patrick was nicknamed The Mayor. He had and still had an outgoing personality with a sincere, charming, dedicated personality to those he meets. He’s a writing, photography, and video game enthusiast who likes helping out the little guy.

 

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A Glimpse into Robert Sloan

robertsloan1Robert Sloan is a Long Island native. He was born and raised in Massapequa Park, only leaving his hometown when he went to school in Oneonta for Music Business. I had a chance to sit and talk with Robert and get a glimpse into who this artists really is.

Though Robert played clarinet and sang in school programs, his musical life really began at the age of thirteen. That’s when Robert first heard the music of Jimi Hendrix. The mesmerizing and psychedelic nature of Hendrix’s music really spoke to Robert. It was then that Robert knew he needed — not just wanted –needed a guitar. He received a few lessons, and learned the basic scales and chords, but soon, that style of practicing would not be enough. Over time, Robert developed a unique method of practice, that some haven’t heard of and others call crazy. Robert began a method of meditation that helped him practice the guitar while lucidly dreaming. Before sleep, Robert would play one chord over and over, clearing his mind while focusing on his guitar and the sounds it created. He would then go to bed and, through training, would lay with as little movement possible until his body fell asleep. Through these dreams, Robert would practice his playing-techniques and become inspired through his mind’s creations to write songs.

Robert’s songs mainly come from the inspirations found in his dream-scape. When he talks about the music t1979679_10100390102224051_997475758_nhat came about from his dreams, he described it more as being sent to him, rather than being created. He considers his sound to be Folk with some aspects of Jam, Funk and Pop music. But, he doesn’t like to be viewed solely as a folk musician. Though, one of his main inspirations is the renowned English folk artist, Nick Drake, he has many other musical influences, ranging from Cat Stevens to Donovan to Green Day to John Mayer to World musicians, like Habib Koite. He believes that his music is always supplementary to the message he is trying to convey.

Robert reads a lot of books to help him. He uses messages of positive growth, redemption and love in all of his songs. He believes that his lyrics can inspire others, cause change, and better our world. Because Robert is an avid reader, he strives to make his sounds and lyrics come together to make musical novels. Robert told me that while he is very happy with the music he makes now, but is still looking to do more. He wants to use some harder messages in his music, perhaps delving into topics such as politics and society as a whole.

robertsloan2Outside of his own music, Robert actually owns his own booking and promoting agency called InterROBang Productions. He enjoys cult movies like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Robert also spends a lot of his time working to help people less fortunate than himself. He has started working in a home with special needs individuals, and has found that it to be extremely rewarding. He has also worked with Unicef in raising money to help people affected by natural disasters.

I asked Robert if he had any advice for up-and-coming Long Island artists. He had a lot of wisdom for them, stating;

“You have to play all the time. You have to work on your craft. You have to put yourself out there. Find your audience and just go do it!”

Robert Sloan will be performing on Saturday, June 21st at SPARKBOOM‘s 2014 kickoff event “Beards, Bards and BOOM” at The Walt Whitman Birthplace. Robert already has a beard, and a pretty impressive one at that. He promises to dress it up even more come June 21st.

For more info, visit sparkboom.org. RSVP to our FB event here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

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MEET THE TEAM – OUR BLOGGERS ARE ON THE BEAT!

As a new, exciting season arrives in the SPARKBOOMTM world, we are proud to have a team of talented writers who are in-tune with Long Island’s emerging, creative talent….So, without further ado, meet our bloggers:

ImageJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

MImageoe Tompkins, a native of Islip, New York, holds a double degree in jazz studies and music education from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). Upon acceptance to the College-Conservatory of Music he began simultaneous study both with Ray Charles Orchestra alumnus Marc Fields, and Tim Anderson of the Dayton Philharmonic. For several years he worked as a highly-in-demand trombonist on the Cincinnati scene and beyond playing everything from salsa, to reggae, neo-brass band sharing the stage with the likes of Streetlight Manifesto, The Aggrolites, and Foxy Shazam, just to name a few. He currently resides in Islip, working with the Long Island Arts Alliance and finally pursuing his own musical vision with his original group Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When not making music, Moe can typically be found enjoying horror movies, fusion jazz, or White Castle.

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Darryl Maraj graduated from Five Towns College with a degree in Music Education. At Five Towns, he worked with the great vocal professional and renowned educator, Stephen C. Pagano in jazz, classical, Broadway and pop styles of singing. Currently, Darryl splits his time between his job at the Islip School District, his church- where he is the Music Coordinator, and his band, Slang (facebook.com/slangthebandli). When taking a break from music, Darryl likes to draw, play video games and attempt cooking.

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Steven T. Licardi (The Sven-Bo!) is the author of “Death By Active Movement” (Local Gems Press, 2013) and is a spoken word poet, actor, artist, and public speaker from West Islip, NY. Steven uses his many projects to raise awareness of social issues, for advocacy, and as a means to educate others to be compassionate. He hosts as blog called “Cross My Heart And Hope To Write” that explores the relationship between love, beauty, and the human condition. Find out where he will be performing next at TheSvenBo.com.

ImageErin Corrigan is an aspiring writer with an open mind. She believes that music, art and poetry are the essential nutrients for every soul. Giving a voice to the budding faces of the literary and fine arts community is what she’s here to accomplish!

Be on the lookout for fresh, weekly articles from our Bloggers, as they cover the local scene and expose the best talent that Long island has to offer!

– SB

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OFF the WALLS — MUSIC PREVIEW!

By Raj Tawney
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On Saturday, August 24th, SPARKBOOM’s  block party  in Huntington is everything you want in a “How I spent my summer vacation…” book report.  SB’s Off the Walls: Live Street Art & Music Event (in the lower lot behind the Huntington Arts Council’s building, from 2-6pm) will be the finest pot-stirrer since your grandma’s beef stew!   A visual stimulation is unavoidable, as some of the world’s greatest graffiti artists will be creating masterpieces live, in front of your eyes. But what about your eardrums? Don’t they deserve some lovin’? Don’t worry- we’ve got that covered! Here’s a teaser to some of the coolest bands that Long Island has to offer and you’ll be seeing them play for FREE at Off the Walls!

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Rock/Hip-Hop/Alternative
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Motion Ocean
Surf/Rock/Pop
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Barbaric Yawp
Blues/Rock/Funk
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Dan and James
Rock/Blues/Folk
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

559866_864324485006_2116370132_n Raj Tawney is a child of media. From working in the music industry since age 14, Tawney has helped guide the careers of several musical artists, as well as his own band (with a 2008 release on WMG). During his musician days, he was also a blogger for Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com. He currently operates a small music management firm and was most recently Director of New Media for Book Revue in Huntington, NY, where he established Book Revue TV (via YouTube). He filmed and produced exclusive video content for notable authors, including: Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Al Roker, and more. He is a big supporter of the Long Island music scene and proudly supports SPARKBOOM in their effort to bring the local art community together.
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Local Artist’s Eye Sees the World

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By: Anieka Wilson

For most of her artistic career award-winning artist Anu Annam has shown her work internationally and in other regions of the United States. However about ten years ago, the New York based artist discovered that the Long Island artistic community had much to offer as well.

Anu taught art classes at the YMCA in Huntington for six years. In September 2012 she joined the Art League of Long Island where she currently teaches Watercolor Portraiture to adults and Splashes of Color to children. “I enjoy bringing students’ technical goals in painting come to fruition and I love encouraging the personal expression and the creativity in all of us.” says Anu of her passion for teaching.

Concentrating on portraiture Anu once likened her artwork, which concentrates in the watercolor media, to post-impressionistic and semi-abstract portraits and figures adhering to a squared off boundary. Yet in recent years she sought to see other shapes arise from her work which led to the emergence of her most recent showing in 2012 titled “Rebirth: Transformation of the Elements” at Le Salon d’Art in New York City. Through the use of Watercolor Collage, she has created true paining-meets-sculpture artwork. This collection featured some of Anu’s most visceral and interactive pieces.

Combining her two loves of art and teaching, Anu most recently began the process of raising funds for a cause that she holds dear. With the help of the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington and the Art League of Long Island, Anu will host a benefit this summer, with all proceeds going to the building and maintenance of an art center for children in her home country of India. The center will provide visual and performing arts programs to orphaned and underprivileged children. Anu’s passion for teaching goes hand in hand with her love for painting and she acknowledges that art in all forms can greatly enhance the artistic development of children. She even plans to live stream classes to and from India. image

The Indian themed fundraiser will be held on Sunday July 28th from 6:30-10:30. It will feature sales of exhibited paintings from top Long Island Artists, a children’s art auction, live painting, Indian cuisine, henna painting and more.

For more info on the fundraising event, and to view Anu Annams’s art you can visit these sites:

Anu Annam’s website: http://www.anuannam.com

Art Center Benefit website: http://www.artcenterforsphoorti.org

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Joanna Del Giudice is Uniquely Dipherent

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By  Jill Archibald

In the past few years, our society has placed a heavy emphasis on becoming environmentally conscious, and no one has embraced this initiative quite as creatively as artist and designer Joanna Del Giudice. She crochets and makes jewelry in different ways- with your forgotten plastic bags, film from cassette and VHS tapes, and other unconventional materials.

The artist, who was taught to crochet by her grandmother, describes herself as always being environmentally conscious. However, she decided to take this passion to a new level when preparing her undergraduate honors art thesis. She began to crochet with plastic yarn, called plarn, which she made from plastic bags. She started off with a handbag and a week later she was making articles of clothing. Joanna continued this concept into her graduate work, and began crocheting full ensembles.

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From there, she continued to combine her passion for the environment with her skill of crocheting, which resulted in bangles made of cassette film crocheted around used tape rolls, earrings made of can tabs, and other accessories.

Although Joanna Del Giudice has plenty of materials, such as plastic bags ranging in colors of bright pink to sunflower yellow, there’s no need to call her a bag lady. “I have people who literally collect bags for me,” the artist laughed when asked how she gathers her materials.

When Joanna Del Giudice isn’t adding a new piece to her fashion line, Uniquely Dipherent, she can be found guest teaching and presenting plarn macramé across Long Island. The artist continues to apply to galleries with the intention of making the public more aware of the environment. “I want people to have to take a second look at what the item is.”

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Joanna Del Giudice’s fashion can be found on her Etsy site, Uniquely Dipherent, and more information about the artist can be accessed through her Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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Amy Toscano’s “Headquaters” Photographing Personalities

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Recently, we met up with Long Island photographer,  Amy Toscano  and chatted for a bit to  find that inspiration comes from the ones closest to you.   If you had to choose a way to describe a friend what part of their personality would you reveal?  Without further ado, welcome to Toscano’s Headquaters – Amy in her own words.

At a very young age I’ve always enjoyed stepping back and looking at the whole picture. I love capturing moments in time and being able to look back and see how things were a few years ago or even just a few seconds ago.

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Photographing people and using a lot of color in my work has always been my strengths. Working with a peoples personalities and being able to transfer that into art keeps me to continue shooting. Every being and every situation always brings something different in front of the camera. Inspired by photographer, Nan Goldin, my series shows the different personalities that have influenced by life. Without these distinct and very different people, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Toscano_Skate_1

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In the future I am more than motivated to show my work at art shows. I’m excited to show viewers the moments in time that I am able to catch through my love of photography. -Amy Toscano

Check out more of Amy’s photographs here: amytoscanophotography.com

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Filmmaker Wants to Bring the Grit of the Underground to LI Art Scene

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By Guillermo Welch

There comes a time in every artist’s life where they must carve a path for themselves in the medium they love. Never has there been a medium so versatile like film. Although slowly being replaced by its digital kin, many refuse to part with the gritty and psychedelic roots of celluloid, one of these artists being Victor Bonacore. Victor Bonacore is a local filmmaker and a true believer in the underground film scene. He has worked alongside legendary filmmakers Frank Henenlotter and Jim Van Bebber and his films have screened at Fantasia Film Fest, Coney Island Film Festival and the Anthology Film Archives. His work has made appearances in Fangoria Magazine and Alternative Cinema Podcast. He even made a special guest appearance at the Film Threat screening of Ice Cream Sunday.

finalwhitefinal1Victor is a contributor to the social art collective Long Island Art! You can also see much of Bonacore’s film work through the music videos of local musician Johnnie Lee Jordan and the last commercials for Long Island video store 112 Video World and the Long Island Roller Rebels roller derby team. Bonacore shows his diversity outside of town through partnerships with controversial animator Jimmy Screamerclauz and family art collective Little Punk People out of New Jersey.

A collaborative effort between Bonacore and local artist David Graham, Video Art Show, is coming to Ripe Art Gallery May 18th in Greenlawn. The cost of admission is simply a 5-dollar donation to Ripe Art Gallery. This event will screen never-before-seen footage of Bonacore’s upcoming film Blood Wings: A Satanic Fantasy. Super 8 & VHS shorts, world premiere music videos from gangsta rap to punk, will also be featured that wrap around the grossly cute works of David Graham. There will also be a live performance by local favorite Johnnie Lee Jordan. Doors open at 7pm. May 18th 2013

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May 31 at * 4:30pm and on Saturday, June 1 at *5pm, catch a screening of Bonacore’s Ice Cream Sunday at The Macabre Faire Film Fest in Rockville Centre, Nassau County, NY

* times are subject to change

For more info, click here.
http://www.ripeartgal.com/page_events.aspx
www.MacabreFaireFilmFest.com

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Meet SPARKBOOM Music Bloggers Collin Richardson and Raj Tawney

As a ImagePart of SPARKBOOM’s Initiative, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Collin Richardson and I’m a musician. More specifically, I’m a predominately jazz trombonist, though I do dabble in classical ensembles. This past weekend, my Jazz sextet “ALCO™” recorded its first official demo. “ALCO” was founded between myself, the “CO”, and a very talented guitar player from Oceanside, Alex Frondeli, the “AL”. What started as a “lets-play-together-sometime” conversation at a rehearsal for the Nassau Suffolk Jazz Ensemble under the direction of the timeless William Katz, somehow flourished into a six piece consisting of drums, bass, trumpet, sax, and of course, trombone and guitar. The other members of the group include Jess Klirsfeld (trumpet), Anthony Abate (sax), Andy Dill (bass), and Jeremy Klewicki (drums). Four of us are seniors in high school, Anthony and Alex are juniors. We were able to record our demo thanks to the newly founded “East Rogues Recording Company™” (named after the street the studio is on). I would also like to welcome Raj Tawney. He will be working with me on the SPARKBOOM music blog.

Raj Tawney is a child of media. From working in the music industry since age 14, Tawney has helped guide the careers of several musical artists, as well as his own band (with a 2008 release on WImageMG). During his musician days, he was also a blogger for Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com. He currently operates a small music management firm and was most recently Director of New Media for Book Revue in Huntington, NY, where he established Book Revue TV (via YouTube). He filmed and produced exclusive video content for notable authors, including: Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Al Roker, and more. He is a big supporter of the Long Island music scene and proudly supports SPARKBOOM in their effort to bring the local art community together.

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Jaw – Dropping Intensity… the Sounds of ECHO SONIC

It’s touImagegh to place Echo Sonic in a musical category. You hear them and think to yourself; “This is incredible-There’s singing, rapping, distortion, melodic grooves…”. Echo Sonic produces a concoction of sound, composed of elements you’re familiar with but never quite stirred to perfection in the way they’re serving it to you. And when you’re watching them live,your jaw can’t help but dislocate itself, as their intensity and enthusiasm takes you on a ride that is only equivalent to a roller coaster with no safety harness.

The boys are Long Island-bred and have played almost every dive bar this Island has to offer. They’ve also performed alongside a handful o299279_10151321243496332_1651641063_nf larger-than-life bands, exposing them to new audiences throughout New York and the east coast. Their debut “KillerDaydream” EP was welcomed to positive reviews last year.  So much, in fact, that AfroPunk.com listed their upcoming album at #4 on their “Top 13 Albums to Get Psyched About in 2013″ahead of Janelle Monae and Tyler The  Creator.
They’re currently home in LI, recording their new album with Matthew Einsidler, with a few track leaks floating around the internet. You can stream their new single here: www.echosoniclives.com, download their entire first EP here: www.echosoniclives.bandcamp.com, and “Like” them here: www.facebook.com/echosoniclives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

559866_864324485006_2116370132_n Raj Tawney is a child of media. From working in the music industry since age 14, Tawney has helped guide the careers of several musical artists, as well as his own band (with a 2008 release on WMG). During his musician days, he was also a blogger for Russell Simmons’ GlobalGrind.com. He currently operates a small music management firm and was most recently Director of New Media for Book Revue in Huntington, NY, where he established Book Revue TV (via YouTube). He filmed and produced exclusive video content for notable authors, including: Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Al Roker, and more. He is a big supporter of the Long Island music scene and proudly supports SPARKBOOM in their effort to bring the local art community together.

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