Nonstop to Cairo hosts this event twice a year and it’s starting to gain a lot of traction. Friday, February 27, 2015 was the fourth bi-annual Nonstop Party and it was probably the best attended to date. Hundreds of people packed out Revolution in Amityville to check out seven LI up-and-comers.
The diverse line-up included acts crossing various genres: from hip-hop to hardcore to reggae to ska to punk to progressive. It was the type of night that made me proud to be from LI and to be a part of it’s music scene. Here are some of my shots of the bands in order of appearance:
Kicking the night off was Dr. Baby. The former members of Code Anchor and Lost Kingdoms describe themselves as “Hard-Rock/Punk/Metal/Comedy/Prog/Noise Pop”. They impressed the shit out of everyone.
Bill Burns, Bass/Vox (above)
Terry Edelman, Guitar/Vox (above)
Dan Keller, Guitar/Vox (above) and Pete Scarlata rounds out the line-up on Drums/Vox.
When Whiskey Hotel disbanded late last year, frontman Shawn O’Connor (above) joined up with the punk-hardcore group Adiron.
The band has recorded seven songs since Shawn came on board which they plan to release this Spring.
Go Big, led by Jason Rutcofsky (above), is a punk rock and roll band with a big sound. They released their debut album The Story From Our Side in 2014.
The highlight of their set was Jessica Rutcofsky (above) belting out their song “Answer My Call” – this girl’s got pipes!
Lead Guitarist Stephen Saylor (above)
TK The Architect
I’ve been a fan of this dude for a while now so I was so pumped when I heard he was part of the line up. I featured TK in 10 Songs You Should Hear Part I back in August and have had his mixtape Life in Stereo playing in my studio ever since.
He’s got a great raw, underground sound and it translates really well into his live performance.
Performing with a full backing band definitely elevated his set.
The Offshore Regulars
The Offshore Regulars are fun as hell to watch – they’re a four-piece Rock/Reggae/Funk band out of West Islip. They released their debut album The New Guy in 2013.
Andrew Culmo, Guitar/Vox (above). They brought the house down with their cover of the Isley Brothers “Shout” – seriously, a scene out of Animal House.
Jon Eiseman, Bass/Vox (above)
Brendan O’Hara, Lead Vocals (above) and Bobby VanNostrand rounds out the line-up on Drums.
I’ve worked with and posted about these guys so many times, I doubt they need an intro – Oogee’s dropping their sophomore album “More Sand Than Money” April 3rd at Nappers in Smithtown. Stay Loose will be there – come hang with us!
JP Aceto, Guitar/Vox (above)
Chad Chadwick, Bass (Above)
Jesse Lee, Vox/MC (above) and Nick Loiodice on Drums.
Nonstop to Cairo
Nonstop to Cairo is the band that puts this all together – much respect for the hard work that goes in to making this happen. The guys previewed a bunch of new material they’ve been working on for their new album and their live performance was off the chain as usual.
Matt Ezzo, Bass (above)
August Harris, Vox/MC (above)
(above) August showing some love to the rest of the band rockin’ out behind him: Nick Diamond (Guitar/Vox), Haja Tama (Trumpet), Andrew Joseph (Tenor Sax) and Alex Turner (Drums).
Next Nonstop Party will probably be sometime in August – follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Thanks for reading – until next time, #stayloose