Pop Music Icon, Teaming Up with “The Prince of Sunshine” is Back with New Single “Need It Tonight” – Out February 22nd

Son and Nephew of Famed Original “K.C. and the Sunshine Band” Members Has Teamed Up With Legendary K.C. Producer/Songwriter/Arranger/Bassist Rick Finch For A Modern Take On His Original Sunshine Sound

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Bringing back the magic of the classic 70s Miami party sound with a fresh new twist is no easy feat. But for producer/arranger/singer/songwriter Ron Louis Smith II, help came in the form of an old friend on his latest track “Need It Tonight” – original K.C. and the Sunshine Band co-founder Rick Finch!

As the son of Ron Louis Smith and nephew of Jerome Smith – renowned for their role as the ‘heart and soul’ of the legendary KCSB horn and rhythm sections (as well as numerous musical contributions outside the band like playing on Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier”, records like Jimmy Bo Horne’s “Dance Across the Floor” and Betty Wright’s “Explosion”), Ron Louis Smith II is no stranger to his family legacy. Steeped in everything from Disco to Funk, Reggae to Soul and much more – he’s bringing some of that magic right back with his latest single.

Taking the helm on “Need It Tonight”, famed producer/songwriter/arranger/bassist Rick Finch is no stranger to hit music. Having co-founded 70s disco hitmakers “K.C. and the Sunshine Band” with singer/keyboardist Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey, the duo co-produced six number one pop hits – “Get Down Tonight“, “That’s the Way (I Like It)“, “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty“, “I’m Your Boogie Man“, and the sweet ballad “Please Don’t Go“. Their collaboration lead to over 150 million recordings worldwide; twelve Grammy nominations (including three Producer nominations on the first round 2010 Grammy Award Ballot); three Grammy Awards; one American Music Award; 15 BMI Songwriter/Arranger Awards; Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum awards; 17 #1 pop singles – including four #1 singles in one 12-month period, and three crossover #1 hits and two albums achieving triple platinum status. Today, Finch’s bass lines are recognized worldwide and have been sampled by artists including 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Ultra Nate and Beyoncé to name a few.

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TOP: (L to R) Ron Louis Smith II and Rick Finch

BOTTOM: Finch with K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Now making his return behind the mixing board, Finch has put the perfect spin on the funky, bass-driven grooves of Smith’s fun, sexy, dance-inducing track that pays homage to the K.C. legacy while staying true to the modern Miami dance music scene.

Ron Louis Smith II has co-wrote with some of the biggest DJs/Producers in the EDM and House Music movement such as Joris Voorn (“Spank the Maid”), Umek (“Spank!”) , Black Legend (“The Word”), along with  Gary Caos, Joe Smooth, Marco Santoro, Luca Guerrieri, Joey Negro, and Sandy Rivera. He continues to strengthen his family’s legacy with a new commercial Funky/pop/rock project called “Part 2“.

Ron Louis Smith II is Dance Music, and now with “Need It Tonight” making its debut on February 22nd, his latest collaboration with the legendary Rick Finch is sure to solidify just that!

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Uncle Frank Drops Latest Single “Looking For A Home”

With Forthcoming Album On Its Way, Long Time Collaborator and Grammy Award Winning Producer Tim Latham Helped Helm The Latest Pop/Rock/Electro/Soul/Alternative Release

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‘Looking For a Home’ is a perfect bridge single leading from the band’s last album ‘Love Lion’ (2017).

The prolific writing force of Frank Benbini and Naim Cortazzi have captured their classy Uncle Frank sound with dark electro pop and hints of Blade Runner like atmosphere.

LISTEN: “Looking For A Home” via Make It Nice Records

Uncle Frank never fail to deliver a sweet and infectious melody, and with ‘Looking’, Frank’s soulful and yearning voice steers the ship through a world full of Post Brexit Blues.

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This track perfectly heralds the sound of their forthcoming album “Soul On the BattleGround” to be released in March, 2019.

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Honey River Bring “Peace, Love” to the Airwaves Ahead of Latest Album release

With The Upcoming Release of Their LP “I Miss America”, The SoCal/Nashville Trio Fronted by Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joey Sykes Continues to Spread Good Vibes Through “Modern Vintage Country Rock”

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With an upcoming album release still on the way, Country Rock trio Honey River are spreading “Peace, Love” to listeners nationwide! With AXS calling it  An infectiously harmonic track that calls for a simpler time in an ever-changing and volatile world” it truly is a heartfelt ballad that begs the question “Is it too much to ask for a little peace, love, and happiness?”.

WATCH: Honey River “Peace, Love” Official Video

HONEY RIVER was formed in 2017 by Joey Sykes, inspired by his many years  of Nashville writing trips, and a love for such Country Rock legends, like The Eagles, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, and more recently, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, etc. Recent additions Jay Mags and Chris Vincent add their vocal and guitar talent, to make the HONEY RIVER sound.

Sykes has been amassing a large catalog of lyrically thoughtful, extremely hooky, relevant songs, such as “Peace, Love” including “Nobody Like Me”, “I Miss America”, and many more that have become their debut album soon to be released. These songs were written, both with some of Nashville’s “A-List” hit songwriters, and Joey Sykes alone, mainly in Nashville or Southern California. Sykes has the luxury of also being a producer, and owner of a recording studio.

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Using classic instruments, such as Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel, 12-string guitars, along with more commonly used piano, organ, real drums,  plenty of Guitars (mostly played by Sykes), and lots of vocal harmonies, the sound can be enjoyed by a wide age range of music lovers- country or rock, anywhere from 18 to 80! The band also had the incredibly fortunate honor of having the late Tom Petty’s drummer Steve Ferrone play drums on a few songs. On working with Ferrone, Sykes said in a recent interview with Rock & Blues Muse “That was epic! To have one of my idols’ drummer spin one of my songs after a Tom Petty song and refer to me as his friend- woah! Love to Steve and miss Tom”.

On putting the group together, he says “The idea of Honey River from day-one was to have three guys who can all sing, write, play different instruments and who will share lead vocals during the set,” notes Sykes. “It’s kind of a modern-day Eagles/Tom Petty/CSNY fusion. There will also be plenty of harmony during the verses. I love lyrics, harmonies, melodies, and cool stringed instruments.

With “Peace, Love” spreading over the airwaves, and their latest album “I Miss Americaset to drop soon, you can certainly expect more from Honey River as they continue to bring their infectious blend of country and rock to new heights!

Check Out “Peace, Love” via Spotify HERE: https://spoti.fi/2OQ300e

Listen via Google Play HERE: https://goo.gl/dE4eha

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Jesse Eplan Releases Latest EP “Purple Wave”

Following the release of his last video for the single “DANK”, Singer/Songwriter and Producer Jesse Eplan is bringing new meaning to “4/20” as he just dropped his latest EP “Purple Wave” which features a collaboration with non other than trap/hip-hop heavyweight Famous Dex!

LISTEN: Jesse Eplan “Flight” Ft. Famous Dex Off Latest “Purple Wave” EP

Having linked up with Famous Dex and collaborated on the hot new trap infused hip-hop banger, Eplan has been grinding it out in the studio since the beginning of the new year. Dex is widely known for his 2017 hit “Pick It Up” which also featured SONY Music’s own A$AP Rocky which hit the Billboard 100 Charts and was certified GOLD in 2017. Chicago’s young turn-up prodigy is known for his flamboyant heavy beats and vibrant party lyrics, bringing to the table a dynamic, vivid flow to music’s popular culture, which surely adds to Eplan’s own fiery vocals in “Flight

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 Discovering a knack for music at a very young age, Jesse learned how to play multiple instruments from drums to bass, guitar, keyboards, and polished his vocal talents playing in local bands on his home turf – Long Island, NY. Eplan’s music consists of genres anywhere from Hip-Hop to Pop and R&B, and able to blend them in a unique way and make it his own has come from years of immersing himself in music.

Having first heard Led Zeppelin, ACDC, The Beatles and many of the world’s top music revolutionaries in early adolescence through his teen years – it influenced him immensely as he began performing in bands as a lead singer, drummer and lead guitar player. When he began playing throughout Long Island and Manhattan in various gigs and charity events which raised thousands of dollars helping to fight crohn’s disease, colitis, and breast cancer, he was then able to really cut his teeth as a live musician.

As he began developing perfect pitch from his guitar and piano playing, it helped him immensely with his next stage of music: writing, producing and recording. Purchasing Logic X Pro, he was able to learn the digital audio workstation and music production software with ease, teaching himself every facet of the program and figuring out how to make beats to record his own vocal tracks over. This brought him into a new world of exploring Hip-Hop, R&B and Trap Music which would be where he ultimately found his niche as a successful singer/songwriter and producer.

Since then, he’s made appearances on My Long Island TV’s Rick’s Rising Stars (which airs on Verizon FiOS1), as a guest on Live It Up! with Donna Drake, and performed LIVE on the world famous Jones Beach Bandshell stage for the 2017 “Live at the Shell” Summer Concert Series.

Following his widely praised “Trap Harmony” EP, Jesse Eplan fans once again have reason for excitement as “Purple Wave” is OUT NOW on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify!

Purchase “Purple Wave” via iTunes HERE

Hear “Purple Wave” via Spotify HERE

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LISTEN: Jesse Eplan’s “Trap Harmony” EP via Spotify

Purchase “Trap Harmony” via iTunes

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Woodstock Revival Concert to Rock Old Bethpage Restoration Sunday, June 10th

Woodstock Revival Concert to Rock Old Bethpage Restoration Sunday, June 10th

The classic rock scene on Long Island is surging, and this phenomenon has fueled a growing popularity among the many tribute bands who breathe new life into this music at venues across Nassau and Suffolk. The 6th Annual Woodstock Revival is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th and will feature live music by Wonderous Stories, Half Step, Milagro, Jellyband and Dave Diamond Band, who will be recreating the music of The Who, The Grateful Dead, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, The Band, Hendrix, CSNY, Creedence, and more!

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Along with all the tie-dyed regalia and familial hugs, the event will showcase live painting and exhibiting by dozens of artists, plus vending, kids’ activities, food & beverage, yoga, massage, and hula hooping.

Says festival producer, Rich Rivkin, “Woodstock Revival is one of my all time favorite days. It’s where I get to dance and hang out at the park with a thousand of my closest friends, and you can see from the expressions on everyone’s face that happiness abounds. There’s clearly a peace & love kind of vibe that is unique to this event, and the music is just amazing.”

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Communities of devoted fans have coalesced around these bands during recent years, sparking new friendships and a tangible sense of camaraderie among folks who share a common passion for the music that they grew up with.

When these fans converge to see their favorite bands perform, the energy of the event seems to exceed the sum of its parts. It often becomes more than just a music experience. At its peak, there is a sensation of shared knowingness – something that’s conveyed by a simple glance or smile, among those who find themselves dancing, high fiving, and singing in unison.

This joyous brand of social harmony plays out in spectacular form each summer when Long Island’s annual Woodstock-themed music festival takes the stage at Old Bethpage Village Restoration (1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage) June 10th from Noon until 7:30 pm!

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Brooklyn Power Pop Outfit LUV DOT GOV Set to Release Debut LP “At Least We’ve Got This Madness” Friday, May 18th

Brooklyn Power Pop Outfit LUV DOT GOV Set to Release Debut LP “At Least We’ve Got This Madness” Friday, May 18th

With influences ranging from Weezer to Grandaddy, ELO, The Beach Boys and more — NYC/U.K. based rockers LUV DOT GOV have been bringing their unique brand of indie rock to both sides of the pond since their 2016 inception and growing their fanbase from Edinburgh to Brooklyn. Now, as they get ready to unleash their debut LP “At Least We’ve Got This Madness” recorded “in the land of unicorns and castles”….the world will get a better chance to see what the band is truly all about with with TWO upcoming NYC gigs at PIANOS Thursday, April 19th and their RECORD RELEASE at The Local Friday, May 18th at 8PM!

Luv Dot Gov, the brainchild of Matthew Pop (vocals/guitar) and Stevie Seaweeds (drums/vocals), was born on a rooftop in Brooklyn in the summer 2016 as a response to dark, trying times — both personally and politically. The band would quickly become a vehicle for some of the best emotionally honest power pop this side of the 90s. Thankfully, they were armed with the finest collection of tunes penned by Pop over the course of his decades-long career, marrying heartbroken but hopeful lyrics to sticky-sweet melodies — all set to precisely arranged, chunky down-tuned guitars.

By fall 2016, the fledgling Luv Dot Gov had recruited Sean Egan on bass, and had a few local gigs under their belts. However, stressed and depressed in a post-election US, Pop ran away to Scotland for a brief respite in November. It was here he linked up with Graeme Young, a producer and operator of Chamber Studio in Edinburgh. A plan was soon hatched to record Luv Dot Gov’s debut album abroad, taking advantage of Young’s top notch equipment, expertise and extensive network of first-class musicians. After another smattering of stateside and UK shows, Matt and Steve decamped to Scotland for the spring of 2017 to lay down tracks for the record. Here, isolated from the stressors of the States, the songs blossomed into intricate but accessible pop-rock anthems, equally suited for blasting out a car stereo or headphones-on introspection.

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Upon Matt and Steve’s return to New York that summer, the band rounded out its roster by bringing in Brandon von Fehr (lead guitar) and Patrick Fischer (keyboard/synth). Now equipped to capture the record’s expansive arrangements live, the new five-piece lineup started honing their skills, sharpening their set into a muscular, airtight slice of indie rock. Soon thereafter, they began booking gigs at venues both trendy and historic (Pine Box Rock Shop, the Bitter End), winning over audiences with their lively stage presence and nostalgic yet forward-thinking sound.

Meanwhile, Young continued refining tracks across the pond, and the resulting album; the hooky and bittersweet “At Least We’ve Got This Madness,” is ready to make its debut on May 18th. In honour of its release, the band will perform the album in its entirety at The Local in Queens, NY! But before then, you can catch them live at PIANOS on Thursday, April 19th. They’ll also be performing a number of shows during the UK’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with more UK and US dates to follow.

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Ian Erix Set to Release Empowering Anthem “Raise Some Hell” Featuring Survivors of the Recent Parkland, FL School Shooting

Ian Erix Set to Release Empowering Anthem “Raise Some Hell” Featuring Survivors of the Recent Parkland, FL School Shooting

Misfit Mindz Entertainment, an imprint of Nordican Music Group/The Orchard/Sony Music Entertainment is set to release a benefit record from Ian Erixfeaturing survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting — with 100% of all profits going to victim’s families and survivors of gun violence in addition to non-profits that support social justice movements, such as the student formed March For Our Lives and #NeverAgainMSD organizations. The recording, “Raise Some Hell“, pays homage to the recent lives lost, but is not a sad or sappy song. It is, instead, an up-tempo and empowering battle anthem calling the youth to hold truth to power and rise up against injustice anywhere they see it.

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TOP: Ian Erix (Center) with Fellow “March For Our Lives” Supporters In Los Angeles this Past Saturday BOTTOM: Ian Erix with Stoneman Douglas High School Students and Broward County Community Members Recording “Raise Some Hell”

 It’s up to all of us to RAISE SOME HELL until real change comes…we will not let our voices be silenced.” – Ian Erix

Actual student survivors from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took part in recording the song, lending their voices to background chants at a local studio near Parkland, Florida. The recording also includes soundbites from some of the most outspoken and high profile student survivors from MSD, namely Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg and Cameron Kasky.

The song is written and performed by rising int’l pop star, Ian Erix, who himself is a survivor of a shooting incident that left him desperately in fear for his life at a US airport, while departing for a tour last year. Erix has toured the world extensively, most recently appearing in the UAE at a pre-show for Katy Perry and performing in the MTV pre-show at Justin Bieber’s Purpose tour in India. Ian’s music has appeared in various charts across Europe and Asia, his last single, “Footprints In The Sand” rose to #5 on the dance radio charts in Japan. With his debut American album coming this summer, Erix has been named “Top Emerging Artist” for 2018 in a recent social media poll conducted by MTV Networks.

Raise Some Hell” Will Be Available This Thursday, March 29th!

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