Girls Rising and Capital One present 4th Annual BeachFest Weekend, Sea Cliff NY featuring ANTIGONE RISING Friday, September 15th – Saturday, September 16th

2017 Kickoff Fundraiser and Free Music Festival Hosted By All-Female Alt-Country Rockers Celebrating the Global Work of Nonprofit “Girls Rising”

World renowned country/rock group Antigone Rising, known for their Billboard Heatseekers chart topper ‘Don’t Look Back’ and touring alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Rob Thomas and more, are making history again with their non profit Girls Rising and their BeachFest Weekend! Now in its fourth year, this musical celebration of the global work of Girls Rising (a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization started by the band) will once again come to Sea Cliff, NY on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

BeachFest is a free event for the community and a trailblazing festival where all the performers are women who are constantly marginalized on festival stages. Our Youth Spotlight Stage gives up and coming female performers a chance to gain experience alongside our Capital One Main Stage national touring artists.

WATCH: Girls Rising (Official Trailer) Antigone Rising’s Nonprofit For Gender Equality

“The Girls Rising mission is to inspire and elevate girls and women to reach their full potential. Though the power of music and example, we work to build their skills and confidence to excel in life, which in turn builds stronger communities” – Antigone Rising

Through engaging conversation about their own experiences as women in the music industry, performance and the power of example, Girls Rising outreach programs aim to entertain, educate, encourage and inspire young women to go beyond the boundaries society places on gender and become Game Changers.

Antigone Rising feels girls and women need to see strong, empowered women succeeding in non-traditional roles. The mainstream media is failing at providing enough adequate examples and visibility of these inspiring women role models, and the Girls Rising outreach programs demonstrate to girls (and boys) that strong women exist and have much to contribute to art, culture, sports, finance, business and the world around them.

With BeachFest, this mission is brought to life showcasing the band’s truly inspiring work. Expected to attract over 4,000 people over the course of the two day event with live music performances on 2 stages by national touring female artists, youth performers, a celebrity panel discussion, local artisans and food/drink vendors.

The 2017 Kick Off Fundraiser, for those donating $75 or more to Girls Rising, will be held Friday, September 15th at the Sea Cliff Firehouse (67 Roslyn Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579). Girls Rising will award the first annual Sheila Primont Scholarship and the Milt Okun Scholarship to 2 very deserving young women from Long Island. The Sheila Primont Scholarship will be presented by the inimitable broadway star, Linda Eder, who will perform alongside our amazing, talented BEACHFEST performers in an intimate, acoustic and what is sure to be a collaborative night of music. Live music, open bar, comedy, raffle and light fare will sustain our organization from 7-10pm on Friday 9/15, the eve of BEACHFEST.

On Saturday, September 16th, beginning at 12:00PM the FREE all day BeachFest music festival will host the Capital One Main Stage & The Youth Spotlight Stage. The Capital One Main Stage will feature Antigone Rising, Williams Honor, Garrison Starr, Edie Carey and Julia Weldon. The new Youth Spotlight Stage will allow aspiring artists to benefit from a real stage experience alongside main stage national acts.

The high profile outreach workshop / Q&A panel beginning at 2:00PM will be the centerpiece of the day.  Antigone Rising and selected women across a spectrum of other industries come together to discuss women in business, gender bias and succeeding in male dominated industries.  Last year’s panel was a great success moderated by Emmy award winning TV personality, Carolyn Gusof.  This year’s panel will include former New York Liberty and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Sue Wicks, among other high profile women to be announced soon!

Throughout the year, Girls Rising partners with school districts, youth centers, and corporations to create empowering and innovative programming that inspires young girls and women through live performances, presentations and workshops. BeachFest also serves to raise funds and awareness for these continued efforts.

With the extraordinarily empowering Festival now in its fourth year, BeachFest brings an educational, informative, and most importantly ROCKIN’ experience to Sea Cliff on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

CLICK HERE: DONATE TO GIRLS RISING

 

For More Information on Girls Rising, VISIT:

www.GirlsRising.org

Facebook.com/TheGirlsRising

Twitter: @TheGirlsRising

Instagram: @TheGirlsRising

For More Information on Antigone Rising, VISIT: www.AntigoneRising.com

Twitter: @AntigoneRising

Instagram: @AntigoneRising

Antigone Rising YouTube Channel

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

More About Antigone Rising:

Antigone Rising catapulted into the national spotlight in 2005 with a groundbreaking major label debut that landed them in the top 20 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart for an entire year. Best known for relentless touring and masterful musicianship, the band played upwards of 280 shows a year in their early days. Whether it was an open mic on a Monday night or a jam packed New York City hometown show, the ladies and their infamous Vanna White (the band’s beloved 15 passenger van) eventually blazed a trail straight to arenas alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Rob Thomas, The Bangles and Joan Jett among others. The women of Antigone Rising were born and raised in Glen Cove, NY and are currently living in Sea Cliff and Locust Valley.  Long Island is and always has been home and we are dedicated to our work and service to this community.

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RECAP: Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) 20th Anniversary Closing Night Awards Ceremony

This Past Thursday, The 20th Annual Festival Celebrated Its Final Night Presenting Awards In Categories Ranging From Best Student Film to Best Actor/Actress Along with Star-Studded Appearances by Actors/Actresses/Producers/Musicians

 

 

With the 20th Annual Long Island International Film Expo wrapping Thursday Night after an amazing week that saw 168 short and feature-length films of every genre showcased, LIIFE presented its Closing Night Awards Ceremony at the historic Bellmore Movies where celebs from both Stage and Screen presented honors to those in the film industry for their hard work.

 

The night began with stars, filmmakers, and producers taking to the red carpet for photo ops and interviews with the Awards being kicked off by performances from Broadway Star Ciarán Sheehan (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) who dazzled the audience with his incredible vocal talent. Host Kevin Brown (30 Rock, Did you hear about the Morgans?) MC’d the evening with presenters including actor William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) who received the Best Supporting Actor Award for Shoot Me Nicely, Actress Ilene Kristen (Ryan’s Hope, One Life to Live), Comic/Radio Personality/Actor/Author Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling (The Howard Stern Show, Private Parts), and Actor/Producer Brian O’Halloran (Clerks, Dogma).

 

From Top Left: Stars William Sadler, Brian O’Halloran, Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling, Ciarán Sheehan, Ilene Kristen, and Host Kevin Brown at the LIIFE 2017 Closing Night Awards Ceremony (Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

FULL LIST OF 2017 LIIFE WINNERS AND NOMINEES:

 

CATEGORIES

*WINNER(S)

Best Student Film

*The Pixie Fighters

Choices Satellite

Runaways

Concurrence

Tyler Cam

Best Trailer

*Alfred J. Hemlock

The Lurking Man

Gold from the Sky

Best Animation (It’s a tie!)

*The Basket (Tokri)

The Velvet Abstract

Hope

First Bloom

Stars

*The Pits

Best Webisode/TV/New Media

Gogol

*Shoot Me Nicely

Home is Where the Farm Is

Top Photographer: Season One

High Road: Season 3

Real Mommy Confessions

Best Music Video

Come Down

Boring I Love You

*Chopin’s Fantasie Impromtu

One Take More

Delightful

Mius-Stroke & Noise

Best Documentary

*Pay It Forward – Best Documentary Short

Don’t Sell My Guitars

No Free Walls

In the Eyes of Children

Blind Sushi

Art of Courage

*Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio – Best Documentary Feature

Big Fish Blues

Alan Fortunoff Humanitarian Film Award

*Roll Call: A Dance Story

Finishing Fund Grant

*Power of Prayer

Best Actor

*Steve O’Brien – The Cartographer

Honorable Mention – Derek Wilson – Life Hack

Best Supporting Actor

*William Sadler – Shoot Me Nicely

Best Actress

*Suchitra Pillai – The Valley – Best Actress in a Feature

*Amanda Brooke Lerner – The Cartographer – Best Actress in a Short

Best Supporting Actress

*Agneeta Thacker – The Valley

Best Long Island Film

Like Me

Roll Call: A Dance Story

Blue Violet

A Quaker Sound

To Have You Here

*Working Poor

Life & Sand

Best Foreign Film

Alfred J. Hemlock

Whoever Was Using This Bed

The Baby Shower

*Mariam’s Day Off – Short

Oltre Le Finestra

Shakes

*An Evening of Eternity – Feature

Best Short Film

The Hobbyist

Sharks Vs. Minnows

Eggs & Soldiers

Working Poor

Pasquale’s Magic Veal

*The Last Hunt

Hotel Bleu

A Comfortable Distance

Jury Award for Best Short Film

*A Comfortable Distance

Best First Feature

*Pinch

Best Story

*Life Hack

Best Director

*Groove

Best Feature Film

*The Valley

Pinch

Life Hack

Groove

Yellow Fever

Four Bottles

Good Bones

Audience Award

*One Take More

Screenwriting Competition Winner

*”Powder, Pencils and Eraser”

Andrea Cavalcanti

 

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which showed 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo also offered networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge, and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, SAG contracts and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

 

Some of this year’s films included Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.

 

(Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

Other premieres included Emma Thompson like you never saw her before as a boisterous agent with colorful language  in the web series, High Road; the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter – winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 

The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Mineola’s Nugent Cantileno, Valley Stream’s Robert La Rosa and Marc Riou, formerly of Huntington, and it follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarda- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate a beautiful but damaged thief; the world premiere of Like Me from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face; Keith McMahon from Brentwood has two short film premieres at LIIFE – The Ruins of Villastrigo which is a Nassau County Premiere, and Forgive Me which is a Long Island premiere; Patchogue producer Drew Henriksen’s short film Power of Prayer making its Long Island Premiere, which is directed by Bellport’s Andrew Damon Henriques and also produced by Patchogue’s Donna McKenna, NYC’s Rich D’Angelo and Tony Simonetti from Islip Terrace; Producer/Director Leslye Abbey from Bellmore with her documentary Big Fish Blues with a host of incredible performances by top Long Island blues greats; Pasquale’s Magic Veal – starring Vincent Pastore, Danny Grimaldi, Artie Pasquale, Joe D’Onfrio, and The Long Island Premiere of One Take More, a Hofstra student film from Merrick’s own Jonathan Leiner.

 

(Photos Courtesy of Mike Lizzi)

 

The program also included other notable films from Long Islanders like the Long Island premiere of Family Drama Working Poor from New Hyde Park director Steven Bozga; TylerCam from Seaford director Jacqueline Xerri; The U.S. Premiere of documentary short The Satellite from Greenport Director Anne Johnson; the Long Island Premiere of Roll Call: A Dance Story from Northport Director Anthony DiFranco; Short/Drama Road Kill from East Patchogue Director Campbell Dalglish; The Nassau County premiere of Remembered from first time Director and Manhasset’s own Chris Armienti; the World Premiere of D.I.Y.L.I. from Seaford Director Brian Stieglitz; Documentary Short Days and Nights at Duck Island from Cold Spring Harbor Director James Redford, and SO MANY MORE!

 

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.

 

For More Information on LIIFE, Visit: www.LongIslandFilmExpo.com

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick [AT] RickEberleAgency.com

Rising Star Sammi Rae Murciano Bringing Wide Range of Musical Influences and Powerful Vocal Talent to the Masses

The Young Star Has Dazzled Audiences with Dynamic Renditions of Songs by the Likes of Adele, Ella Henderson, James Arthur, and Zara Larsson & MNEK Along with Bold Original Tracks

Having just released a brand new video for her cover of Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa’s “Scared to Be Lonely” and currently working on new tracks both original and in tribute to some of her music idols, Singer/Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano is poised for a long and fruitful career in music.

The Long Island native has been singing for three years, and garnering a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. As a recent review by Digital Journal stated – “Her breathy vocals are expressive, and reminiscent of a young Demi Lovato”, and for Murciano, singing is her passion.

Inspired by a wide range of talents before her, the singer has cited her major influences as everyone from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, and many more. Her strong and soulful voice is well beyond her years at the young age of 16, and knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra.

On her early beginnings as a singer, she’s said of her musical awakening in school “I always loved to sing. I was in chorus, and had a solo. Being  in front of everyone performing, was an amazing feeling. I knew this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” continuing “I would love to tour all over the world, and my dream is to perform at Madison Square Garden.” And with her continued drive and incredible voice, she certainly seems to be on the right path.

Having recently opened for Nick Cincotta and Rapta on their North East tour, Sammi Rae is currently working on new music, cover videos, and a number of live dates soon to be announced!

With an incredible sense of motivation for following her true calling, Murciano has said she owes it to “Knowing that I get to get up everyday, and do what I love, which is singing”, and with that amount of drive, there will certainly be more to come.

For More Information on Sammi Rae Murciano, Go To:

www.SammiRaeMurciano.com

Facebook.com/Sammi.Murciano

Twitter: @Sammi_Murciano

Instagram: @Sammi_Murciano

YouTube Channel

For Press Inquiries, CONTACT: Rick [AT] RickEberleAgency.com

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers Set to Rock NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club Sunday, August 6th Opening for INDIGENOUS

Together for Nearly Three Decades, The Band Recently Signed with The Wing Agency and Re-Released Songs Off Their 1996 Album “Ready, Willing & Able”

 

 

July, 2017 (New York, NY) — On Sunday, August 6th at 7:30PMPhil Varca & The SlamJammers are set to bring their raw energy and BIG sound to a discerning New York City audience as they rock the famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill opening for blues/rock legends INDIGENOUS!

 

Having recently announced that they’ve joined The Wing Agency stable of performing artists, the band recently re-released TWO songs off their hit 1996 album “Ready, Willing and Able”, — the gritty blues-rockin’ “Cash” and the more smooth funky grooves of “Don’t Push Me” — true staples that have helped the band power through almost thirty years of bringing music to the masses.

 

While PVSJ have played thousands of shows of all types/sizes over the years, the past few years have been focused primarily on festivals and support/opening slots for established national touring acts including: Robin Trower, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, Dave Mason, NRBQ, Double Trouble, Shemekia Copeland and Popa Chubby.

 

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers are a powerful trio that continue to thrill audiences with their brand of hard rockin’ blues. The group can rock thunderously with driving rhythms that will shake you out of your seat then quickly downshift and display sensitive, evocative playing with their soulful emoting. Audiences identify and respond to this energy. For them, it is truly a cathartic experience.

 

Dynamic songwriting and performances have earned the band praise from critics such as Skope Magazine, who noted: “Make no mistake – Phil Varca and company are very interesting and a little dangerous. [They] have offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music.” and The Island Ear, who wrote; “Guitarist Phil Varca is clearly a descendent of the Hendrix/Vaughan tribe, but his outstanding skill and technique have allowed him to forge a style all his own….any who watch and listen are immediately swept along for the ride.”  Rock & Roll View stated: “How shall I sum up the sound of Phil Varca & The SlamJammers for you? How about ground breaking? Don’t underestimate these guys for one second! Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive. This CD may be the most impressionable playing style (Especially guitar) I’ve heard this year.”  Good Times magazine added; “Varca charms you with throaty vocals…..in addition to masterful guitar playing.”

 

Performing together since 1989, the band’s live shows have become one of their greatest assets. Extended improvisational jams and musical interplay have come to define the group’s live performances and reflect their experience. They are a solid working unit that consistently delivers. The Musicians Exchange also noted; “…..the trio displays a finely tuned ability to listen to and play off of each other so that the interplay of musical ideas is a constant flow.”

 

 

“There’s nothin’ I like more than opening for an act and playing to a crowd that is there to see someone else. Their people don’t know you & they don’t owe you! We only get one chance to make a first impression…so I love playing for those people …turning them on to our music for the first time & seeing their reaction!” – Phil Varca

 

VIDEO: Phil Varca and the SlamJammers Celebrate 25 Years of Rocking Long Island

 

In May of ’92, Phil Varca & The SlamJammers released “Lightning & Thunder”, an original five-song collection. Based on the strength of the collection, the band was chosen to appear at The New York Music Seminar in 1992 and the 1993 South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. 1997 brought the first full-length release titled “Ready, Willing and Able” on Groove Tone Sound Recordings. The track “Skin on Skin” was featured in the movie “Evil Streets”, a horror cult classic which debuted in 1998. 2004 saw the release of “Live at Riverhead” – recorded live (naturally!!) at the 2002 Riverhead Blues Festival in Riverhead N.Y. Plans are underway to re-release some earlier recordings currently out of print & sought after by fans. The band is also writing and rehearsing new material slated for future release and have several east coast and south-east dates planned for 2017/18.

 

Having joined The Wing Agency- The Clinton, CT based agency, lead by Andy Morrison provides Artists, Venues and Corporate Clients in the Northeast U.S. with booking services for musical acts of all genres, and the band is excited to begin yet another new journey in their already stellar career.

 

Now, as they get ready to hit the stage at B.B. Kings along with INDIGENOUS on Sunday, August 6th you can catch the band LI Pulse has called “the best of what Long Island has to offer in the blues department” and get your adrenaline fix of rip-roaring, soulful, dynamic, gut-busting blues rock!

 

FOR TICKETS TO PVSJ LIVE AT B.B. KINGS SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, VISIT: http://bit.ly/2uBgoPs

 

For More Information on Phil Varca & The SlamJammers, VISIT: www.PhilVarcaandtheSlamJammers.com

 

OR

 

FACEBOOK – Phil Varca & The SlamJammers

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers on SoundCloud

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@rickeberleagency.com

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers Set to Rock NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club Sunday, August 6th Opening for INDIGENOUS

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers

Set to Rock NYC’s B.B. King Blues Club

Sunday, August 6th

Opening for INDIGENOUS

 

Together for Nearly Three Decades, The Band Recently Signed with The Wing Agency and Re-Released Songs Off Their 1996 Album “Ready, Willing & Able”

 

 

On Sunday, August 6th at 7:30PM Phil Varca & The SlamJammers are set to bring their raw energy and BIG sound to a discerning New York City audience as they rock the famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill opening for blues/rock legends INDIGENOUS!

 

Having recently announced that they’ve joined The Wing Agency stable of performing artists, the band recently re-released TWO songs off their hit 1996 album “Ready, Willing and Able”, — the gritty blues-rockin’ “Cash” and the more smooth funky grooves of “Don’t Push Me” — true staples that have helped the band power through almost thirty years of bringing music to the masses.

 

While PVSJ have played thousands of shows of all types/sizes over the years, the past few years have been focused primarily on festivals and support/opening slots for established national touring acts including: Robin Trower, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, Dave Mason, NRBQ, Double Trouble, Shemekia Copeland and Popa Chubby.

 

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers are a powerful trio that continue to thrill audiences with their brand of hard rockin’ blues. The group can rock thunderously with driving rhythms that will shake you out of your seat then quickly downshift and display sensitive, evocative playing with their soulful emoting. Audiences identify and respond to this energy. For them, it is truly a cathartic experience.

 

Dynamic songwriting and performances have earned the band praise from critics such as Skope Magazine, who noted: “Make no mistake – Phil Varca and company are very interesting and a little dangerous. [They] have offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music.” and The Island Ear, who wrote; “Guitarist Phil Varca is clearly a descendent of the Hendrix/Vaughan tribe, but his outstanding skill and technique have allowed him to forge a style all his own….any who watch and listen are immediately swept along for the ride.”  Rock & Roll View stated: “How shall I sum up the sound of Phil Varca & The SlamJammers for you? How about ground breaking? Don’t underestimate these guys for one second! Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive. This CD may be the most impressionable playing style (Especially guitar) I’ve heard this year.”  Good Times magazine added; “Varca charms you with throaty vocals…..in addition to masterful guitar playing.”

 

Performing together since 1989, the band’s live shows have become one of their greatest assets. Extended improvisational jams and musical interplay have come to define the group’s live performances and reflect their experience. They are a solid working unit that consistently delivers. The Musicians Exchange also noted; “…..the trio displays a finely tuned ability to listen to and play off of each other so that the interplay of musical ideas is a constant flow.”

 

 

“There’s nothin’ I like more than opening for an act and playing to a crowd that is there to see someone else. Their people don’t know you & they don’t owe you! We only get one chance to make a first impression…so I love playing for those people …turning them on to our music for the first time & seeing their reaction!” – Phil Varca

 

VIDEO: Phil Varca and the SlamJammers Celebrate 25 Years of Rocking Long Island

 

In May of ’92, Phil Varca & The SlamJammers released “Lightning & Thunder”, an original five-song collection. Based on the strength of the collection, the band was chosen to appear at The New York Music Seminar in 1992 and the 1993 South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. 1997 brought the first full-length release titled “Ready, Willing and Able” on Groove Tone Sound Recordings. The track “Skin on Skin” was featured in the movie “Evil Streets”, a horror cult classic which debuted in 1998. 2004 saw the release of “Live at Riverhead” – recorded live (naturally!!) at the 2002 Riverhead Blues Festival in Riverhead N.Y. Plans are underway to re-release some earlier recordings currently out of print & sought after by fans. The band is also writing and rehearsing new material slated for future release and have several east coast and south-east dates planned for 2017/18.

 

Having joined The Wing Agency- The Clinton, CT based agency, lead by Andy Morrison provides Artists, Venues and Corporate Clients in the Northeast U.S. with booking services for musical acts of all genres, and the band is excited to begin yet another new journey in their already stellar career.

 

Now, as they get ready to hit the stage at B.B. Kings along with INDIGENOUS on Sunday, August 6th you can catch the band LI Pulse has called “the best of what Long Island has to offer in the blues department” and get your adrenaline fix of rip-roaring, soulful, dynamic, gut-busting blues rock!

 

FOR TICKETS TO PVSJ LIVE AT B.B. KINGS SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH, VISIT: http://bit.ly/2uBgoPs

 

For More Information on Phil Varca & The SlamJammers, VISIT: www.PhilVarcaandtheSlamJammers.com

 

OR

 

FACEBOOK – Phil Varca & The SlamJammers

Phil Varca & The SlamJammers on SoundCloud

 

For Press Inquiries, Contact: Rick@rickeberleagency.com

Girls Rising and Capital One present 4th Annual BeachFest Weekend, Sea Cliff NY featuring ANTIGONE RISING Friday, September 15th – Saturday, September 16th

2017 Kickoff Fundraiser and Free Music Festival Hosted By All-Female Alt-Country Rockers Celebrating the Global Work of Nonprofit “Girls Rising”

World renowned country/rock group Antigone Rising, known for their Billboard Heatseekers chart topper ‘Don’t Look Back’ and touring alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, Rob Thomas and more, are making history again with their non profit Girls Rising and their BeachFest Weekend! Now in its fourth year, this musical celebration of the global work of Girls Rising (a certified 501.c.3 non-profit organization started by the band) will once again come to Sea Cliff, NY on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

BeachFest is a free event for the community and a trailblazing festival where all the performers are women who are constantly marginalized on festival stages. Our Youth Spotlight Stage gives up and coming female performers a chance to gain experience alongside our Capital One Main Stage national touring artists.

 

WATCH: Girls Rising (Official Trailer) Antigone Rising’s Nonprofit For Gender Equality

 

“The Girls Rising mission is to inspire and elevate girls and women to reach their full potential. Though the power of music and example, we work to build their skills and confidence to excel in life, which in turn builds stronger communities” – Antigone Rising

 

Through engaging conversation about their own experiences as women in the music industry, performance and the power of example, Girls Rising outreach programs aim to entertain, educate, encourage and inspire young women to go beyond the boundaries society places on gender and become Game Changers.

 

Antigone Rising feels girls and women need to see strong, empowered women succeeding in non-traditional roles. The mainstream media is failing at providing enough adequate examples and visibility of these inspiring women role models, and the Girls Rising outreach programs demonstrate to girls (and boys) that strong women exist and have much to contribute to art, culture, sports, finance, business and the world around them.

 

With BeachFest, this mission is brought to life showcasing the band’s truly inspiring work. Expected to attract over 4,000 people over the course of the two day event with live music performances on 2 stages by national touring female artists, youth performers, a celebrity panel discussion, local artisans and food/drink vendors.

 

The 2017 Kick Off Fundraiser, for those donating $75 or more to Girls Rising, will be held Friday, September 15th at the Sea Cliff Firehouse (67 Roslyn Ave, Sea Cliff, NY 11579). Girls Rising will award the first annual Sheila Primont Scholarship and the Milt Okun Scholarship to 2 very deserving young women from Long Island. The Sheila Primont Scholarship will be presented by the inimitable broadway star, Linda Eder, who will perform alongside our amazing, talented BEACHFEST performers in an intimate, acoustic and what is sure to be a collaborative night of music. Live music, open bar, comedy, raffle and light fare will sustain our organization from 7-10pm on Friday 9/15, the eve of BEACHFEST.

 

On Saturday, September 16th, beginning at 12:00PM the FREE all day BeachFest music festival will host the Capital One Main Stage & The Youth Spotlight Stage. The Capital One Main Stage will feature Antigone Rising, Williams Honor, Garrison Starr, Edie Carey and Julia Weldon. The new Youth Spotlight Stage will allow aspiring artists to benefit from a real stage experience alongside main stage national acts.

 

The high profile outreach workshop / Q&A panel beginning at 2:00PM will be the centerpiece of the day.  Antigone Rising and selected women across a spectrum of other industries come together to discuss women in business, gender bias and succeeding in male dominated industries.  Last year’s panel was a great success moderated by Emmy award winning TV personality, Carolyn Gusof.  This year’s panel will include former New York Liberty and Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Sue Wicks, among other high profile women to be announced soon!

 

Throughout the year, Girls Rising partners with school districts, youth centers, and corporations to create empowering and innovative programming that inspires young girls and women through live performances, presentations and workshops. BeachFest also serves to raise funds and awareness for these continued efforts.

 

With the extraordinarily empowering Festival now in its fourth year, BeachFest brings an educational, informative, and most importantly ROCKIN’ experience to Sea Cliff on Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th!

 

 

CLICK HERE: DONATE TO GIRLS RISING

 

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Long Island International Film Expo (LIIFE) Continues This Week

The 20th Annual Festival Includes Film Screenings, Panels, and an Award Ceremony Honoring Those Who’ve Made an Impact on LI Film

 

 

Bellmore, NY (July, 2017) – With the 20th Anniversary of the Long Island International Film Expo continuing this week through Thursday, July 20th, this year’s schedule includes some of the best short and feature-length independent films from around the world, which will be shown at the historic Bellmore Movies (222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710)!

 

LIIFE is the premiere filmmaker community on Long Island sponsored by the Long Island Film/TV Foundation (LIFTF) and the County of Nassau, which shows 168 short and feature-length films of every genre. The expo offers networking opportunities, a 350 seat historic theater, press and media opportunities, a convenient filmmakers lounge and several discussion panels with topics ranging from distribution to scriptwriting, legal music, and a filmmaker panel/breakfast.

 

Some of this year’s films include Long Island premieres such as Shoot Me Nicely written and directed by Elias Plagianos, which has won awards all over the world and stars John Behlmann, Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), William Sadler (Shawshank Redemption), Jackie Martling (formerly of the Howard Stern show) and Josh Burrows (Captain Morgan), as well as New Hyde Park writer/director Bianca Jamotte LeRoux’s short film Flush the John and her web series Real Mommy Confessions.

 

Other premieres include the New York premiere of animated film Church of Superman from Pete Bune with former MTV and VH1 Host and VJ Jim Shearer as the voice of Superman, who has no problem with being the Savior of Metropolis, but when a small group of people show their appreciation by starting a “Church of the Son of Krypton”, Clark Kent himself is at a loss for words; the world premiere of The Last Letter – winner of the 2017 Locust Valley High School Student Film Festival from Alec Miranda of Lattingtown, and the New York premiere of documentary Where Have You Gone, Lou DiMaggio? from director Brad Kuhlman where Comedian Lou DiMaggio contemplates a comeback after a 20 year absence from the stage and seeks advice from a collection of comedy greats including Larry David, Ray Romano and Colin Quinn; the world premiere of short film Runaways from Wantagh’s Ryan Campbell, which was filmed in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

 

The New York premiere of Pinch from Jake Lloyd tells the story of the chance to own a rare and valuable baseball collectible bringing two strangers together as they’re tasked with stepping out of their comfort zones and onto a baseball field; the world premiere of Long Island documentary short Pay It Forward from Nugent Cantileno follows a girl scout troop going out to research the stigmatism of the homeless population on Long Island while making a difference along the way; In the world premiere of Tess from Port Jefferson’s own Russ Camarada- a hired hit man gets more than he bargained for attempting to eliminate and beautiful but damaged thief, and the world premiere of “Like Me” from Hempstead’s Larry Strong, which deals with young women and high school bullying and the everyday challenges that teenagers face, and SO MANY MORE! (Full Schedule Below)

 

2017 LIIFE Schedule This Week:

 

Monday, July 17th, 2017

You must have a ticket to attend. You will be assigned a time. This fills up fast.

Go to www.LongIslandFilm.com, then Film Festival,  then Panels and Events.

10:00am-12:30pm: Directors Audition Panel – Free

8 Minutes or less to impress (includes feedback from judges if any)

Directors: Lukas Hassel, Debra Markowitz, Jeremiah Kipp,

Have a chance to read for appx 6 Working Directors for free!! They may or may not have a project now, but they will! MUST have a spot secured online to attend.

Bring two short sides of your choice, or a short monologue.

Directors:

Lukas Hassel

Jeremiah Kipp

Bianca Jamotte LeRoux

Debra Markowitz (more to be added)

 

Monday, July 17th, 2017

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 1 Hour, 59 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Butterfly

15 Minutes

Perception

19 Minutes

An Evening of Eternity

85 Minutes

 

Monday, July 17th, 2017

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 44 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Cellphone Journey

3 Minutes

South Coast

5 Minutes

Watermark

7 Minutes

A.D. 67

7 Minutes

Top Photographer

23 Minutes

No Free Walls

32 Minutes

Groove

87 Minutes

 

Monday, July 17th, 2017

7:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 6 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Remembered

5 Minutes

So SOHA Season two

6 Minutes

One Take

6 Minutes

Second Escape

7 Minutes

Everything is one Thing

20 Minutes

Four Bottles

82 Minutes

 

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 1 Hour, 55 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Days & Nights at Duck Island

13 Minutes

The Baby Shower

16 Minutes

Symposium

19 Minutes

Eggs & Soldiers

20 Minutes

Brooklyn in July

21 Minutes

Posture

26 Minutes

 

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 2 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Concurrence

5 Minutes

Delightful

5 Minutes

Stars – (Animation)

6 Minutes

Gemma

6 Minutes

Real Mommy Confessions

7 Minutes

Home Invasion for the Holidays

8 Minutes

Life on the Ganges

10 Minutes

A Quaker Sound

11 Minutes

Momtress

12 Minutes

Not Quite White

14 Minutes

D.I.Y.L.I.

16 Minutes

Art of Courage

22 Minutes

 

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

7:30pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 12 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

On The Edge

7 Minutes

Subculture

9 Minutes

Flush the John

9 Minutes

Infidel

10 Minutes

Amerika

14 Minutes

Frame of Reference

18 Minutes

Addictions

20 Minutes

Whoever Was Using My Bed

20 Minutes

Adaptation

25 Minutes

 

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

1:00pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 1 Minute

Film:

Film Duration:

Boring I Love You

3 Minutes

Come Down

3 Minutes

Oltre La Finestra

5 Minutes

Dose

6 Minutes

The Last Letter

7 Minutes

Mister Famous

10 Minutes

The Sheikh of Mussafah

10 Minutes

Addle Strife

10 Minutes

The Long Haul

15 Minutes

To Have You Here

15 Minutes

The Cartographer

17 Minutes

King’s Highway: The Story of Malcolm Fairfield

20 Minutes

 

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

3:45pm Showing:

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 12 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Mom

10 Minutes

MWah

13 Minutes

I Am Here

26 Minutes

Word: Exploration of Identity

83 Minutes

 

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

7:00pm Showing

Total Duration: 2 Hours, 52 Minutes

Film:

Film Duration:

Mariam’s Day Off

44 Minutes

The Pits

4 Minutes

Choices

9 Minutes

Cartoon Characters

10 Minutes

I Love New York

11 Minutes

Shoot Me Nicely

19 Minutes

Where Have You Gone Lou DiMaggio?

75 Minutes

 

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Filmmakers Lounge, 228 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710

Awards Ceremony in the Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore, NY  11710

For Tickets Please go to www.LongIslandFilm.com,

Film Festival, then Panels and Events.

5:00pm-6:45pm: Food and Drinks in the Filmmakers Lounge

$65 General Admission

$55 for 2017 LIIFE Participating Filmmakers, Gold Pass Holders, Students and Seniors.

7:00pm-9:00pm: Closing Night Party and Awards Ceremony!

Tickets for Awards Ceremony Only are $25.00

 

LIIFE this year will also be holding a showcase, (not in competition) of student films from the Long Island High School of the Arts and the Not Yet Legal Films club.  Laughing through the Fear is a documentary on stand up comedian, CBS’s “Kevin Can Wait” star and Long Island Native Chris Roach, which was filmed by the local high school film students group “Not Yet Legal Films.”

 

With a heavy celebrity presence, visits in past years have included a wide range of noted actors and actresses including Ed Asner, Steve Buscemi, Ralph Macchio, and Ally Sheedy! Named “One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, LIIFE is one of Long Island’s most prestigious film festivals and the Long Island Film/TV Foundation, a not-for-profit, is also the foremost group providing support to the film/TV and commercial industries on Long Island.

 

FOR FULL FILM SCHEDULE AND SYNOPSIS’, VISIT: www.LongIslandFilm.com/Events

 

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