10TH ANNUAL SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL STARTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 20 THROUGH JUNE 27

10TH ANNUAL SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL STARTS THIS THURSDAY JUNE 20 THROUGH JUNE 27

Includes Leading Independent Films Worldwide Along with Q&A Sessions from Writers, Producers, Directors and STARS Making Red Carpet Appearances

 

New York, NY (June, 2019) – With the 10th Anniversary of the SOHO International Film Festival  (SOHO IFF) occurring June 20th – 27th, 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 Village East Cinemas – (189 2ND AVENUE NYC)

 

Opening night kicks off Thursday, June 20th with “Empty By Design”, written & directed by Andrea A. Walter and features Asian-American stars Chris Pang (Crazy Rich Asians), Dante Basco (Hook), Osric Chau (Supernatural) and known Filipino actors Madeleine Humphries & Rhian Ramos. Also showing is “Burning Bright”, a stylized, animated thriller produced in partnership between IMG Models and filmmaker Aaron Bierman. Inspired by noir classics like The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep, the film features the talents and likenesses of supermodels including Chanel Iman, and Elsa Hosk both scheduled to attend.

 

As a part of the 10th year celebration, SOHO IFF will celebrate films of socially conscious backgrounds.

 

“We had another record breaking submission year and an overwhelming alumni submission.  Being our 10th year, we felt it important to celebrate independent filmmaking,” said SOHO IFF Executive Director & Head of Programming Sibyl Santiago.  “We watched and rewatched many films to make sure we made the right decisions. As filmmakers, we know firsthand what hard work goes into making these films; often with little to no fiscal support… a true testament to an independent filmmaker who will do whatever it takes to create these gems.”

 

SOHO IFF closes its 10th year Thursday, June 27th with Tim Realbuto’s “Yes”, telling the story of washed up child star Patrick Nolan played by Nolan Gould (Modern Family). Other notable premieres include “You Go To My Head” a film by director Dimitri de Clercq, a documentary by legendary photographer Platon, “My Body Is Not A Weapon”, “Auggie” starring Richard Kind  short films “Lillian” with Jonathan Fernandez (Lethal Weapon) & Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Michael Learned & John Wesley in “Second Acts”; Reed Birney & Billy Magnussen (Aladdin) in “W4M” and the world premiere of  Daniel Keith’s “Love in Kilnerry” to name a few.

 

SOHO’s film lineup is accompanied by Q & Answer sessions with cast and celebrity guests, the Filmmakers Lounge and other Festival activities at www.sohofilmfest.com

 

The 2019 SOHO International Film Festival is announcing the launch of the SOHO Film Forum, a non-profit arts organization that will serve a 501c3 foundation serving NYC filmmakers.

 

Past attendees to the festival include actors/actresses/writers/directors such as Octavia Spencer, Armand Assante, William Sadler, Dominic Purcell, Danny Aiello, Richard Kind, Frank Vincent, Luis Guzman, Carrie Preston, Beth Grant, Sean Young, Kevin “Dot Com” Brown, Alysia Reiner, James McCaffrey, Joe D’Onofrio, Kevin Jonas, Margaret Colin, Mark Feuerstein, Charlie Bewley, Luke Guldan, Melissa Archer, Constancce Schulman, Yara Martinez, Adam Brody, Josh Lawson, Matthew Daddario, Franky G, Coach Tom Coughlin, Lans Kinsey, Grant Shaud, Spencer Graham, Jessica Hecht, Zach Grenier, Patrick Fischler, Sam Underwood, Neal Bledsoe, David Zayas, Michael Imperiolli, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, and Vinny Pastore, just to name a few.

 

By enticing filmmakers, journalists and cineastes from The US and across the globe, SOHO Film Fest draws audiences to New York City–known for its artistic community and cultural sophistication–helping boost the profile, the sense of pride, and the economy of the local community and the city itself. Panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved will feature leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media, who will also be in attendance.

For more information on the SOHO International Film Festival, please visit:

www.SohoFilmFest.com

 

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Twitter: @SohoFilmFest

Facebook.com/SohoFilmFest

For Media Requests, Please Contact Rick Eberle at: RICK@RICKEBERLEAGENCY.COM OR 516-729-6872

More About the SOHO International Film Festival:

 

The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.

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Sammi Rae Murciano & Los Vegas Performing LIVE at The Rail in Smithtown Saturday, June 15th

Sammi Rae Murciano & Los Vegas Performing LIVE at The Rail in Smithtown Saturday, June 15th

She’ll Take to The LI Stage with The Reggaetón Artist To Perform Their Latest Escápate” and MORE

Long Island, NY (June, 2019) — With her recent Reggaetón-infused hit Escápateadding a whole new dimension to her already dynamic sound, Singer-Songwriter Sammi Rae Murciano and Los Vegas are bringing more of their Summer heat to Long Island as they prepare to take the stage at The Rail (281 W Main St, Smithtown, NY 11787) on Saturday, June 15th from 8-11PM ($5 Adv, 21+)!

 

The magnetic collaboration brings to life the sentimental romance often featured in Reggaetón hits with an energetically pumping backbeat and laid-back flow that is sure to make it a club hit. Trading lyrics like “If I leave with you, I want to be there with you through the night // I want to feel your arms around me, hold me tight // Your body next to mine, you make me feel so high” with Los Vegas, and the refrain “Never mind what anybody says, I just want to dance the night away, I just want to know if we can escape”, Murciano shows off her vocal prowess in a new genre which she seems just as at home in as her past pop-driven tracks. On working with Vegas, Murciano says “It has been amazing to work together. To collaborate with someone who has the same passion and dedication for music as I do. We are very excited for what’s to come and have a lot of new music coming soon.

 

LISTEN: “Escápate” from Sammi Rae and Los Vegas via Spotify

 

Further Upcoming Performances:

 

Thursday, July 11th, 7:00PM @ Adventureland, Farmingdale, NY

 

Saturday July 27th, 8:00pm @ Bridgehampton Benefit, Southampton NY

 

Friday, August 2nd, 8:00PM @ Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell, Wantagh, NY

 

Friday, August 2nd, 6:00pm @Long Beach Intl Film Festival Music on the Beach, Long Beach, NY

 

Saturday, August 10th, 2:00PM @ Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY

 

A Long Island native, Sammi Rae Murciano has been singing for four years, and has been getting a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. Her strong and soulful voice shows an incredible amount of talent and dedication, yet knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra. On her single “Unpredictable”, Murciano continues this mantra saying that the song “talks about not letting anyone stop you from following your dreams”. Rising above any criticisms, she continues “I’ve never let anything that anyone has said to me change me or bring me down, and I like to talk about that to inspire other people who may be going through the same things”.

 

Her single “Dream Bigger”, released earlier this year, follows a similar story of empowerment through knowing your worth in a relationship, which Murciano elaborated on saying “I have been broken and I have had my heart ripped into pieces. The hardest battle is what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart. Never settle for anything less than you deserve and choose what will make you happy.”

 

WATCH: Sammi Rae Murciano “Dream Bigger” Official Music Video

 

Now as Sammi Rae and Los Vegas prepare to bring “Escápate” along with some brand new music to The Rail in Smithtown LIVE on Saturday, June 15th – fans can get ready to dance the night away to their newly inspired tracks!

 

For More Information on Sammi Rae Murciano, VISIT:

www.SammiRaeMurciano.com

Facebook.com/Sammi.Murciano

Twitter: @Sammi_Murciano

Instagram: @Sammi_Murciano

YouTube Channel

 

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

 

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Bridgehampton Benefit Hosts 5th Summer Gala at Southampton Art Center Saturday, July 27 at 6:00PM

Bridgehampton Benefit Hosts 5th Summer Gala  at Southampton Art Center  Saturday, July 27 at 6:00PM

 

The Exclusive Charity Event “Operation Rise Up” Brings Together Two Charities with One Goal – Operation International and the Carlos Beltran Foundation

 

June, 2019 (SOUTHAMPTON, NY) — On Saturday, July 27th from 6p.m.-11p.m. (with after party to follow) at the Southampton Art Center (25 Jobs Lane, Southampton NY 11968) – Bridgehampton Benefit Presents “Operation Rise Up” to help patients in Puerto Rico receive much needed medical care after the devastating effect of Hurricane Maria on their hospitals’ infrastructure.

 

Together, Operation International and the Carlos Beltran Foundation has planned this long term project to work with struggling hospitals in the hardest hit areas to provide support where it is needed the most.

 

Bridgehampton Equities Founder Jason E. Zimmerman brings you the Bridgehampton Benefit, an annual celebrity driven charity event. Jason E. Zimmerman, an avid philanthropist, has cultivated the Bridgehampton Benefit to promote humanitarian organizations and help to raise awareness for charitable institutions by organizing and hosting this exclusive charity event in the Hamptons. Bringing together the two incredible foundations this year, Operation International and the Carlos Beltran Foundation will help save and change as many lives as possible while aiding in the rise of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. All revenues from this Benefit will go to support this humanitarian effort.

 

Live Music & Dancing in the spirit of “Old San Juan” plus a Performance By Sammi Rae & Los Vegas of Their Hit Song “Escápate

 

Along with many Celebrity Guests!

Dress Code: Colorful Dresses for Ladies, White Pants and Colorful

Shirts for Gentlemen

 

For additional information and ticket purchases, please visit www.bridgehamptonbenefit.com

 

Carlos Beltran, Founder of Carlos Beltran Foundation:

 

The former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball from 1998 to 2017 for the Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, and Texas Rangers.

 

Medhat Allam, MD, FACS, Co-Founder of Operation International:

 

Medhat Allam is a board certified general and bariatric surgeon at Southampton, NY. He is the Chairman and a co-founder of Operation International. Dr. Allam has traveled to numerous countries in Africa, Asia and South and Central America and operated on hundreds of patients worldwide.

 

About Operation International:

 

Established in 1996 for the purpose of providing free medical care to poor patients in developing countries, Operation International (OI) is a steadily growing international charity with chapters in the USA, Europe, and Asia. OI has grown to become a United Nations-recognized charity and to receive the Donald MacRae Peace Award by Rotary International.

 

Since its inception, OI has provided care to thousands of patients, trained hundreds of healthcare providers, and improved the infrastructure in many hospitals across the globe. OI is also involved in many projects to assist poor children, orphans, women, and underprivileged

individuals in its partner countries.

Operation International is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit 45-0523129.

 

About the Carlos Beltran Foundation:

 

CBBAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to realizing the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy’s educational programs and priorities through financial, volunteer, and community support. Its primary objective is raising funds for the CBBA so that is can continue to offer exemplary

academic and sports education to the youth of Puerto Rico. In other words, the Foundation raises the funds necessary to support the CBBA’s mission and objectives sustainably. The funds raised by the CBBA Foundation support the academic curriculum, college counseling and placement, facilities maintenance and improvements, the sports and athletic program, gymnasium, daily transportation to and from the institution, pool, Technology, including computers, software , Wi-Fi, personal counseling, extracurricular activities, etc. Each student at the benefits in some way from the generous donations made to the Foundation.

The Carlos Beltran Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit 66-0726399.

 

For More Information, or Press Inquiries CONTACT:

Rick@RickEberleAgency.com

 

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ETERNAL CON: The Long Island Comic Con Comes to NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum June 22nd – 23rd

The LARGEST Pop Culture Event on Long Island is BACK with the 50th Anniversary Tour of Sesame Street Along with Stars from The WWE, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, The Walking Dead, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Power Rangers, and So Many More!

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Now in its 7TH YEAR, ETERNAL CON: The Long Island Comic Con is once again bringing Comic and Sci-Fi lovers of ALL AGES together again on Saturday, June 22nd (10:30AM-7PM) and Sunday, June 23rd (10:30AM-5PM) at NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum (1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553)!

Dedicated to bringing fans a more intimate convention experience, Eternal Con is the place where fans can get up close and personal with their favorite stars and comic book celebrities. Offering a weekend full of educational seminars, the convention not only has so much too look at, but fans can learn from accomplished professionals working in their respected fields as well. Eternal Con is a family friendly and safe place for children of all ages (Kids 8 and under FREE all weekend)!

This year’s celebrity guests include a wide range actors/actresses, voiceover personalities, and WWE stars including – The 50th Anniversary of Sesame Street with Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Bob McGrath (Bob), Emilio Delgado (Luis), and Roscoe Orman (Gordon); “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” and “Avengers: Endgame” Star Pom Klementieff; “Happy Days” Star Anson Williams; “The Walking Dead” and “Avengers: Endgame” Star Ross Marquand; “Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Voice of Obi Wan Kenobi)James Arnold Taylor; “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” Stars Johnny Yong Bosch and Austin St. John; “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes BackRichard Oldfield along with WWE Legends Devon Dudley, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Manager Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart!

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Following the recent untimely death of former WWE Legend Ashley Massaro, Eternal Con will pay tribute to her career and lasting legacy with a tribute including those who knew her well, a collection of merch, and an area for fans to leave their own messages on the impact she’s had on their lives throughout her time as a beloved wrestling star.

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Ashley Massaro. (Courtesy of WWE)

Eternal Con is home to some of the biggest names in Comics and Anime, and attendees will be able to meet many of their favorite Artists, Writers, and publishers with the opportunity to purchase some great artwork as well. Some of these artists include Billy Tucci (“Shi”); “Kiss” Cover Artist Ken Kelly; Sean Chen (“Iron Man”, “X-Men”, “Nova”); James O’Barr (“The Crow”); Mike Zeck (“Captain America”, Secret Wars”) and many more.EternalCon5.jpg

Home to some of the best cosplay in the world, Eternal Con is where guests will find all the best Cosplayers showing off their unique creations. The Official Eternal Con Cosplay Contest returns this year, with a pre-judging session and a walk-through display with judges looking at the costume itself, the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open to groups and individuals, experts and novices, and costumes from mainstream or self-creative. All genres are welcome, including film, television, theater, comics, video games, sci-fi, anime, horror and original creations! The contest draws hundreds of fans every year with individuals groups including The 501st Legion, Rebel Alliance, Droid Builders, Ani-Mia, and Casterly Fox along with plenty of other events, seminars, activities, and meet-ups to keep fans busy all weekend long!

Throughout the weekend attendees will have the opportunity for Portfolio Reviews, Gaming Tournaments, informative Panels, a Car Show, and a vendor room that includes everything from toys to jewelry, clothing, and collectibles!

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For the Kids – there will be different activities all weekend long for all the little superheroes looking to have some fun. Many participating libraries, museums, and cultural attractions will present free craft projects for kids, costume parades and contests, and other “SUPER” surprises. Activities include the Eternal Con Kids Costume Parade, the Costume Contest, the Jedi Academy where a group of Jedi will teach Lightsaber techniques to kids-12 and under, Balloon Artist Mr. Poppintwist, and the cast of the North Bergen High School theater whose production of “Alien” became a viral sensation earlier this year will be doing a Q&A with costumes from the show! This and tons more activities!

With all this and so much more on its way, the LARGEST Pop Culture Event on Long Island – Eternal Con comes to NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum Saturday, June 22nd (10:30AM-7PM) and Sunday, June 23rd (10:30AM-5PM)!

FOR TICKETS TO ETERNAL CON 2019, VISIT: Eternalcon.com/Buy-Tickets

For More Info on Eternal Con, VISIT:

www.EternalCon.com

Facebook.com/EternalCon

Twitter.com/EternalConExpo

Instagram.com/EternalConExpo

Rick Eberle Agency & All Music Inc. Present Rising Stars Tour 2019 At Walt Whitman Shops® Saturday, June 8th

Following Two Successful 2018 Shows, The Tour Returns with Up-And-Coming Talent Including Singer/Songwriters Sammi Rae Murciano, Penelope Robin, Jackie Romeo, and Robert Eberle for the “Long Island Day 2019” Celebration

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With the official start of Summer almost here, some of the top music talent from Miami to NY is getting ready to invade one of the area’s premier malls once again as Rick Eberle Agency and All Music Inc. present their third installment of the Rising Stars Mall Tour on Saturday, June 8th 12-4PM right outside of the Walt Whitman Shops® (160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington, NY)!

The “Long Island Day” event will feature live performances by Pop Singer/Songwriters including Long Island’s own Sammi Rae Murciano with Los Vegas, Jackie Romeo and Robert Eberle, and Miami’s own Penelope Robin! The artists will take the stage in the parking lot outside of Macy’s and Lord & Taylor, and each perform some of their hit songs along with a car show, food trucks, and more!
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A Long Island native, Sammi Rae Murciano has been singing for four years, and garnering a ton of praise from audiences nationwide. Her strong and soulful voice shows an incredible amount of talent and dedication, yet knowing that you have to believe in yourself and have confidence to be successful has been her continued mantra. In her brand new single “Escápate the magnetic collaboration with Reggaetón artist Los Vegas  brings to life the sentimental romance often featured in Reggaetón hits with an energetically pumping backbeat and laid-back flow that is sure to make it a club favorite. “It has been amazing to work together. To collaborate with someone who has the same passion and dedication for music as I do.” says Murciano, “We are very excited for what’s to come and have a lot of new music coming soon”. Another recent single “Dream Bigger”, was released earlier this year and follows a  story of empowerment through knowing your worth in a relationship, which Murciano elaborated on saying “I have been broken and I have had my heart ripped into pieces. The hardest battle is what you know in your head and what you feel in your heart. Never settle for anything less than you deserve and choose what will make you happy.”

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Penelope Robin is an 11-year-old singer-songwriter from Miami, Florida. She began acting as well as developing her musical calling at the age of 5. Her professional journey began to blossom after writing her first song ‘Little Bitty Heart’ which appealed to young audiences, and in turn, opened many doors in her career. The young artist has a loyal and growing fanbase that she has penned as her ‘Little Robins’ and is known on her social media as @thepennyrobin. Her YouTube channel has reached over 10 Million views and her social media continues to grow. This young talent has already shared the stage with music icons such as Phil Collins, Karol G, Yandel, Fat Joe, amongst others. Currently, she is working on new music she will be releasing this year for her fans to enjoy. She is also actively involved with various Foundations such as Crystal Academy, 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, and Celebration of the Sea; engaging, educating, and inspiring others about autism awareness, animal cruelty, and protecting our environment.

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Jackie Romeo is a 16 year old vocalist from Massapequa New York. She’s been singing since she was born but three years ago Jackie’s life changed when she attended the Debbie Gibson Electric Youth Workshop.  There she truly found her voice and impressed everyone in the room including Debbie who has since become a mentor and calls Jackie the next Adele. Right after that she won her Middle School Talent competition and at 14 she decided she was ready to pursue a career in music.  This year alone she has performed on the legendary Apollo stage and was a finalist and audience favorite at the Gold Coast Arts Center Your Big Break competition. Jackie has been accepted and is excited to attend to the Long Island HS of Performing Arts this fall. You can follow her on all social media @JackieRomeoMusic.
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A long island native, Robert Eberle has been singing for most of his life. At only 13, he began writing his own original music. His debut single “collect & change.” will be released really shortly. (Will be available on ITunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music) Robert Eberle is currently training in acting and voice. Make sure you stay tuned!

So on Saturday, June 8th, 12-4PM make sure to catch some of today’s newest and brightest rising music talents and MORE for the Rising Stars Tour on “Long Island Day” at the Walt Whitman Shops® (in the parking lot outside of Macy’s and Lord & Taylor)!

 

For More Information on Sammi Rae Murciano, VISIT:

www.SammiRaeMurciano.com

Facebook.com/Sammi.Murciano

 

For More Information on Penelope Robin, VISIT:

www.PenelopeRobin.com

Instagram.com/ThePennyRobin

 

For More Information on Jackie Romeo, VISIT:

Instagram.com/JackieRomeoMusic

Jackie Romeo YouTube Channel

 

For More Information on Robert Eberle, VISIT:

Instagram: @RobertEberle1

Robert’s YouTube Channel

Brooklyn’s Makes My Blood Dance “Beaming Right Up” Music Video

Following Their Single Release This Past March, The Band Is Set to Release Their Visually Explosive New Video Combining Elements of the 1920s with an Otherworldly Dynamic

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Coming off the release of their first single with select fans getting their hands on the select newly minted USB dog tags that featured all 6 songs from their forthcoming EP along with bonus material, lyrics, and album artwork – Disco/Symphonic Metal band Makes My Blood Dance is getting ready to deliver even more! As they continue to add new live shows throughout the Northeastern U.S., the band just released their new “Beaming Right Up” Music Video exclusively via Medium, which called it “unquestionably terrific, full of unbridled, reckless dynamism and muscular tumescence”!

WATCH: Make’s My Blood Dance – “Beaming Right Up” Official Video on YouTube

We wanted to do something elegant and sexy so the theme of the video mixes elements of the roaring 20’s with a middle eastern aesthetic that could be on Mars.  Sort of Great Gatsby meets Blade Runner 2049.” says lead vocalist Evan Russell Saffer. Set in a incredible designer loft in Tribeca, NY, the video was shot in an other-worldly room dripping with details in red and velvet with purple ottoman and a flashing “B” for “Beaming”. With the band and four beautiful model/dancers elevating the environment to match the energy and message of the song, they harness it effortlessly in the captivating visuals, essentially Beaming Right Up themselves. “We all worked very hard and in the end came up with something super fun and riveting to watch” continued Saffer, adding “The biggest blessing was the team of people that we had working on this, all of them. Director Derek Soto (Sinestra Studios) is full of life and had amazing creative angles and equipment that we put to use along with Marisa Ann (Scryer Photo), Mollie Dananberg (Hair), Susan Simmons (Makeup), and our models Cat Ross, Savannah Vinson, Barbara Ramos and Vika Dove.

“Beaming Right Up” is the first of SIX new singles to be released by the band, mixed by Dave Ogilvie (Tool, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie), produced by Kallie Marie (Explosives For Her Majesty, rainMKERS), recorded and engineered with Paul Ritchie (Parlor Mob). The high-octane hit features powerhouse vocals laced melodically through their signature disco metal groove with masterful guitar work. The vibe is Saturday night fever meets guitar hero 2099.

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LISTEN: “Beaming Right Up” from Makes My Blood Dance via Spotify

Disco metal – think Rammstein meets The Bee Gees with a touch of symphonic greatness flooding the room amongst an orgy of head banging, dancing and grinding” – Makes My Blood Dance is the latest and greatest new band to come out of Brooklyn, NY’s ever burgeoning music scene. Fronted by powerhouse vocalist/frontman Evan Russell Saffer (Fixer, ERS, RainMKERS) and the guru of technical/witch of the west/guitarist/programmer John Polimeni (Proxima Control) MMBD started taking shape in late 2017. Through patience and determination they began working out arrangements and adding lyrics and melodies as the new music began to flow naturally. Adding a whole new roster of talented musicians, they built the beast one by one enlisting Alex “Mother Russia” Nikitin (Bass) and finally landed Carlos “CK1” Gordillo (Drums) after hiring several fill-in drummers along the way. “John and I knew we had something special and took our time until the family felt complete. I feel lucky to play with these guys” ~ Evan Russell Saffer

Already garnering tons of praise from their masterful live performances, they’ve recently been featured in New Jersey’s The Aquarian with Saffer speaking on everything from the band’s influences to specific tracks on the forthcoming EP.

Makes My Blood Dance Upcoming Shows:

Saturday, May 25th, 8:30PM @ The Fire – Metal for Children’s Literacy Initiative CHARITY Show, Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, June 1st, 8:00PM @ Dingbatz – Metal Fest Explosive with Empire On Fire, Clifton, NJ

Friday, June 7th, 8:00PM @ Cherry Street Station – Metal for Distressed Children International CHARITY SHOW, Wallingford, CT

Thursday, June 13th, 7:00PM @ Blackthorn 51, Queens, NY

Wednesday, June 26th, 9:00PM @ BrickHouse Brewery – SPOTLIGHT OPEN MIC, Patchogue, NY

Saturday, June 29th, 7:00PM @ Starlite Bar & Gallery – Metal Nitro, Southbridge, MA

Saturday, July 6th, 8:00PM @ Jones Beach Bandshell – Summer Concert Series, Wantagh, NY

Friday, July 12th, 7:00PM @ Brooklyn Bazaar – L’Amour Presents Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY

Tuesday, July 16th, 8:00PM @ Snug Harbor – Dive Bar Rock Stars – FREE SHOW, New Paltz, NY

Saturday, August 3rd, 7:00PM @ Bleachers – Youth Of America YMCA Charity Show, Bristol, CT

Friday, August 9th, 7:00PM @ Parish Public House – Early Childhood Education Center CHARITY show, Albany, NY

Saturday, August 17th, 7:00PM @ Mother Pug’s Saloon – Seaman’s Society for Children CHARITY SHOW, Staten Island, NY

Friday, September 13th, 7:00PM @ Golden Street Carriage House – Horses For Healing CHARITY Show, New London, CT

With further live shows added, and the “Beaming Right Up” Music Video OUT NOW, fans have even more chances to get their fill of the band Earmilk recently called “A bonafide high-octane hit”!

Get “Beaming Right Up” via Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, and Deezer HERE: https://bit.ly/2ERCC3l

For More on Makes My Blood Dance, VISIT:

www.MakesMyBloodDance.com

Facebook.com/MakesMyBloodDance

Instagram.com/MakesMyBloodDance

MMBD YouTube Channel

Songwriter Tommy Botz Drops Latest Country Single “Maggie”

With A True Honky-Tonk Country Feel, The Song’s Story Goes Deeper – Showing Botz’s Lifelong Struggle with Alcohol and The Heartbreak It Causes

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With a lot of today’s modern country music often glamorizing cold beers and heartache in an ever-continuous chain as a way to deal with pain  – Songwriter Tommy Botz is instead bringing his true-to-life struggle and its consequences to life through his music. Though prominent in many of the songs off his latest release “Family & Friends”, a powerful light is shined on his struggle with the bottle and the lives it can impact in his latest number one single “Maggie”, out now.

With the perfect amount of country twang, brilliant guitar and fiddle work and a deep crooning vocal arrangement a’la vocalist Billy Sullivan, it can be easy to forget the sad story behind the struggle in Botz’s lyrics in “Maggie”. From family life to living in a train car because of the bottle, the song paints a picture of the fall from grace many can suffer from the effects of alcohol and its tightened grasp on those afflicted. The heartfelt refrain says it all “Maggie I’m sorry, tell the kids goodbye // You know I gave it a hell of a try // Maggie I’m sorry, you don’t understand // That a drunk will sell his soul for just one bottle if he can” and goes even deeper with harrowing lines like “What do I do with the memory, that haunts me every day // Lord forgive me, I couldn’t see what the drink was taking away”. But with the songwriters true-to-life story of redemption in recent years, “Maggie” plays out not just as a story of woe but more as a warning to those who should seek help in dealing with the struggles of substance abuse.

LISTEN: “Maggie” via Tommy Botz’s Website

Tommy Botz has come a long way. Now sober for 14 ½ yrs, he’s lived in a halfway house after having “crawled through the doors on May 3rd 2004 of The Ed Keating Center a homeless drunk with nowhere to go”. There he met a kind old man named Jack Mulhall who told him that if he followed some direction he would never have to live like that again. “I wasn’t always a homeless drunk. I had dreams and goals like every young man has. I always loved country and gospel music.” says Botz, whose early interest lead him to become the lead singer in two bands – The Chevells and The Caesars 5 early in his music career, winning a Battle of the Bands and winding up with an RCA recording contract. But after the loss of their guitar player and their contract being pulled, Botz’s drinking got worse and soon penitentiaries became a way of life.

From broken marriages to lost jobs, no car, and no licence – living to drink and drinking to live became his routine. Finally, with several years of sobriety and working under his belt  – he made the decision to go for his dream and finally record some of the over 200+ songs he had written over the years.

One night while I was praying I heard in my heart – go for you dream and I will put someone in your life who believes in your music”, and after contacting Ante Up Studios owner Michael Seifert, the two began a collaboration that would become his 6-song EP “Family and Friends”.

As he continues to receive praise for his songwriting talent in the hopes that his music finds its way to Nashville and a potential collaboration with further established artists, “Maggie” and all of the songs off “Family and Friends” are sure to build a true fanbase for Tommy Botz in the coming year!

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MusikandFilm.com/Artists/Tommy-Botz

Reverbnation.com/TommyBotz

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