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The Great South Bay Music Festival, Long Islands largest, and longest running, four day, Music & Arts Festival, returns to the picturesque waterfront at Shorefront Park in Patchogue Village  Celebrating it’s 13th. Anniversary, the four day fest presented By King O’Rourke, runs from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21st, and will feature over 75 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indy, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres.

Quintessential Irish-American Celtic punk band FLOGGING MOLLY and legendary American punk rock band SOCIAL DISTORTION are teaming up for the ultimate Summer tour.

As we’ve seen lately on UMC, there are fresh, new shades of country pop coming out of the New York market right now, powered by women whose voices and willpower are equally strong.

Add Raquel de Souza to that list!

The Disco Biscuits' Aron Magner unplugs his formidable stack of keyboard gadgetry to introduce his new band SPAGA, and in doing so, takes his 20-plus year musical journey back to where it all began—the piano. The keyboardist, who is best known for trailblazing a fusion of jam-rock and electronica with his Disco Biscuits' bandmates, has come full circle by returning to his jazz upbringing.

Nowhere Else Festival aims to bring together over 1,000 fans and friends for a weekend of music, art and conversation. By continuing this festival each year, Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist (aka Over the Rhine) are creating a legacy, ensuring that the traditions of folk music endure for years to come. Read more about the festival here: http://www.nowhereelsefestival.com/about

Classically trained DJ and Producer Douglas Appling, better known as Emancipator played a cleansing set to a sold-out house at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall that was nothing short of hypnotizing. His music, if not genuinely describable as trance, was certainly trance-esque, and highlighted electronic music’s evolution and maturity in recent years.

The music began early on the final day of the Skull and Roses Festival in Ventura. A hot offshore wind heated up the day by the time the drum circle started at 10 am. Overhead waves from a late spring storm exploded across Ventura point buffeted by the strong sideshow winds sending long plumes of salt spray high int the air. The strong winds stirred up a cloud of dust that helped turn the sunny day into an eerie orange haze.

The sun came out bathing the Ventura fairgrounds in a beautiful orange glow as sleepy festival goers woke from a long night of music and partying. The noontime drum circle was the wake-up call for many. But it wasn’t until about 3 PM, when Northern California’s premiere Grateful Dead cover band, the China Cats took the stage, that most people finally gathered together for a dance jam. The group formed in 2008 in Santa Cruz California and has garnered a loyal following since.

Today Pepper drops a tasty dubby new single “Warning” Ft. Stick Figure with tastemaker imprint LAW Records. The new song is due to premiere today with SIRIUS XM’s The Joint and is available everywhere you stream music.

Our friends at Shakedown Gallery are celebrating the anniversary of Dr. Albert Hofmann's magical 1943 bicycle ride by releasing a series of beautiful and unique blotter art prints. 

Many of the artists will be no strangers to the Grateful Dead community. 

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