Alternative Reggae/Hip-Hop All-Stars Oogee Wawa, Lyrical Jam-Rockers Gnarly Karma, and Singer/Songwriter Mark Newman All Gearing Up to Play May 19th-22nd at Various Venues On Long Island’s East End
May, 2016 (Montauk, NY) — With the Montauk Music Festival gearing up for an exciting 7th year May 19th-22nd it has been announced that THREE Rick Eberle Public Relations bards/artists are set to rock the 30+ bars, restaurants, and venues included throughout Long Island’s legendary East End hamlet! Oogee Wawa, Gnarly Karma, and Mark Newman will be among the 100+ artists in this year’s festival presented by the Montauk Sun which boasts a wide variety of musical styles from alternative rock, folk, pop, Americana, reggae, blues, jazz and bluegrass to flamenco, rap, hip-hop, country, metal and more! JUST ADDED – our friends Bunktown Falls will also be performing on Friday May 20th at 12 Midnight @ The Point too!
The Montauk Music Festival is a volunteer-run, grassroots live music event designed to celebrate, support, and promote the thriving Montauk music scene while showcasing and stimulating the burgeoning artistic, commercial and pedestrian activity in Montauk. The festival would not be possible without the generous support by businesses and individuals who, like the festival organizers, are dedicated to nurturing this vital component of the area’s culture. Past performers include: Urban Sun, One Love, The Folkadelics, Love In Stockholm, Split Tongue Crow, Jonathan Fritz, Zap & The Naturals, Chris Merritt, Otis, Eleanor Dubinsky, Oogee Wawa (returning for another great year), Kaydi Johnson, Swamp Cabbage and many more.
Firstly, with their recent return from the Island Hopper Tour which saw them hit stops in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands spreading their Hip-hop infused reggae vibes along the way, 2016 has been an exciting year for Oogee Wawa. Having played in the past with the likes of Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, Sublime with Rome, The Dirty Heads, The Wailers, Badfish, Ballyhoo!, Passafire, rocking the 2015 Beer Fields Craft Beer & Music Festival alongside Collie Buddz, and hitting the road with a touring schedule of over 200 shows a year, Oogee released their second LP “More Sand Than Money” in April of 2015. After rocking with 311, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Green at The Great South Bay Music Festival this past July and the Long Beach International Film Festival’s “Taste On the Beach” in August, they filmed a LIVE taping of “Rick’s Rising Stars” at Revolution Bar & Music Hall which aired on Verizon Fios Channel 1 and made history headlining The Paramount in Huntington, NY to a roaring crowd of over 1,200 in late September 2015 as the first unsigned headliners to rock the venue! Continuing with more Long Island performances and a stop over in Ocean City, MD in early September, the band filmed an episode of “Live It Up!” with Donna Drake at IndiMusic TV Studios and did an interview with Orlando at 94.3 The Shark promoting their Paramount headliner, and even rocked NYC’s famed The Bitter End in December. As they gear up for more live dates this Summer, they’ll be a welcomed returning act and crowd favorite at this year’s MTK Music Fest!
Secondly, having recently been featured on Reverbnation.com’s “CROWD PICKS”, Eastern Surf Magazine’s On the Record, premiered their video for “Grey Street” (Dave Matthews Band Cover) via Elmore Magazine, AND been mentioned in a recent New York Times article regarding their studio: Montclair Records – Long Island’s own Gnarly Karma seem to be spreading their good vibes to bigger and bigger audiences as they head further into 2016! With their debut album “Classic Breeze”- released via iTunes last September – as the catalyst for their recent growth, the group consisting of members Mike Renert (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica), Jarrod Beyer (Drums, Percussion), Ryan McAdam (Bass), and Billy Hanley (Alto & Tenor Saxophone, Keyboard, BGV’s) brings a wide and varied range of influences to the table equating to their unique sound, which is most often associated with that of Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, and Mumford & Sons, but not restricted by genre. Originally starting in 2012 with Renert and Beyer, McAdam and Hanley later came into the mix having gone to school together with Beyer, who’d also performed with McAdam in Alt band “We Love Radio”. This being the band’s first year rockin’ MTK, they’ll be a welcomed addition to the eclectic mix of music.
Finally, Mark Newman’s musical prowess has taken him around the world several times over, playing with an eclectic mix of noted musical talents from Sting to Elvis Costello, and Travis Tritt as well as his own solo work. A multi stringsman, Mark has mastered electric/acoustic/lap steel guitar as well as the mandolin and dobro, and with a voice reminiscent of many rock and bluesmen before him- it has the familiarity of an old friend yet the power and soul of many of today’s rock, soul, folk and R&B icons which is sure to set the spirit of MTK music lovers aflame. For over five years, Newman and fellow songwriter Naomi Margolin have run the “Music From the Hive” Singer/Songwriter Series, and for the past two years- “The Original Music Series” for bands, in an attempt to keep original music alive on Long Island. Newman also records and produces local artists in the Long Island/NYC area, and recently had the privilege of opening for The Eagles’ Don Felder and Bluesman Delbert McClinton earlier this Fall along with shows at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan and Brooklyn Bowl!
With such an amazing group of talented artists and bands represented by REPR getting ready to take to various stages throughout the four momentous days of the 7th Annual Montauk Music Festival May 19th-22nd, this year’s festival is sure to be a hit!
Oogee Wawa Schedule:
Thursday May 19th: 11:20pm-12:00am @ Gurneys
Friday May 20th: 5:00pm-8:00pm @ Atlantic Terrace
Friday, May 20th: 10:00pm-11:00pm @ Montauket
Saturday May 21st: 1:00pm-1:30pm @ The Green-Pavillion
Gnarly Karma Schedule:
Saturday May 21st: 6:00pm-8:00pm @ Shagwong
Saturday May 21st: 8:00pm- 8:50pm @ Zum Schneider
Saturday May 21st: 12:00am – 2:00am @ The Point
Sunday May 22nd: 6:00pm-7:00pm @ Sloppy Tuna
Mark Newman Schedule:
Sunday May 22nd: 4:30-5:50 @ Zum Schneider
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