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Yes is Coming to the St. George

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yesTo all the Yes fans out there. The Yes, the Album Series tour is coming to the Staten Island on Tuesday, August 9.  The band that everybody knows as Yes is coming to the St. George Theatre.  If you want tickets, go to the St. George Theater Website, or go to their box office.  If you want to see the show, have a good time.  They’re going to perform their 1980 album Drama and their 1973 album Tales from Topographic Oceans.  If you want to see Yes, make sure you get there and have a good time.

  • Chris Bungay, reporting for Life-Wire News Service, edited by Edward Gregory.  Originally featured on Lifestyles Radio‘s Totally 80’s Chris Show.

Local Stars to Shine at Concert for Karlus Trapp

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Go enjoy a lot of local Staten Island talent  at the Karlus Trapp Got Ripped Off Fun Raiser, September 19, 5 to 9 p.m. at the Flagship Brewery, 30 Minthorne Street in Tompkinsville.  Fourteen acts will come out to help Karlus Trapp recover equipment that was recently stolen from a car outside his West Brighton home. Alexa, Leila Hegazy, comedian Pauline Herveaux, singer songwriter Matt Wilson, Queen Tipsy, Byron Kimbrough and Rudy Mwongozi, Joan Caddell Band, Cara Lanzi, Living through Movement Dancers, Jeanine Otis & Larry Marshall, Nanci Richards, and the Tom Cintula’s Buffalo 24 will perform along with many others.

“Staten Island artists who I have played are coming together, giving their time and energy to help me recoup some funds so I can get back on my musical feet,” said Trapp.  “When something like this happens, you find out who the angels in the community are.”

Trapp has been playing and teaching guitar on Staten Island for more than 30 years.  Some of the people who have helped Trapp at this time include Steve Schwall, who is the energy behind this event and John Castellano at Castellano’s House of Music, who provided temporary equipment for his performances.  Tickets are $30 each, including food and open bar, and can be purchased at the door or online at KarlusTrappFunRaiserTix.

Article written by Samuel Stone and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service.

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Anthony DeFato (left) interviewing musician Karlus Trapp.  Photo by Anthony Pabon for Life-Wire News Service

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Check out Lauren Steussy’s coveage of the Karlus Trapp concert on SILive.]

Sky View Studio with Edwin Santiago

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Staten Island musician Edwin “Pupa” Santiago has been playing in the New York City area since arriving in 1970 when he gathered a group of musicians under the name A Band Called Losiada. Since then he has played in many bands and now operates Sky View Studio in St. George.

Santiago will celebrate his 60th birthday on August 1st, 2015 at Alor Café, 2110 Richmond Road, playing guitar with his current band, Five Myles Utopia.  The band also features James Ceribello on vocals, JoAnn Aliseo on drums and their new bass player, Moby Medina.   Other local musicians are expected to join in the jam. Call Alor Café for details at (718) 351-1101.  You can learn more about Santiago at the Pupa Santiago Official Website.

Life-Wire News Service interviewed Santiago in his studio about his music, including his current band. Five Myles Utopia.  Please enjoy and share our video.

– Anthony Pabon and Eddy Gregory for Life-Wire News Service

Little Water Radio

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South Street Seaport’s free-form radio station, Little Water Radio, features the best and latest alternative music, live performance, comedy and more. Life-Wire News Service interviews Stephen Dima and Paul Megna about their new netradio station. Live at http://www.littlewaterradio.com

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Little Water Radio. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
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Little Water Radio. Photo: Sam Villalobos.
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Little Water Radio. Photo: Sam Villalobos.

Small Island, Big Dreams – the Music of Karlus Trapp

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One small place that is known for making people’s big dreams come true is a little island called Manhattan. Right across the water from Manhattan is yet another little island called Staten, where people’s dreams also come true. One dreamer who comes from Staten Island is Karlus Trapp.

Trapp recently visited the radio station of Lifestyles for the Disabled for an interview and a performance.  This recording includes the radio premiere of his song “Island Boy,” which talks about growing up on Staten Island and people’s assumptions. Trapp started his musical career at the early age of five, when he started taking piano lessons. Since then, his love of music had continued to grow.  By the age of eleven, he and his friends had started to teach themselves how to play the guitar. Now Trapp plays both the acoustic and amplified guitar. Describing his style, he says, “It’s Karlus Trapp music. I’m influenced by the music of Kansas City and California and England, Motown, the Beatles, New Orleans, rock and roll, jazz from the 30’s, so my music can’t be classified.”

Today, Trapp plays his music around the Island and the New York City area. He can be seen performing at Staten Island’s Burrito Bar and Bayou Restaurant as well as at many local events, including weddings, festivals, and other parties.  You can find more information on Trapp online at www.Karlustrapp.com. Listen to Trapp’s interview at the Lifestyles Audio Vault on SoundCloud.  

– Gregory Perosi with Teresa Cannon for Life-Wire News Service