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Martini Garden / Press

"Their mission is to “bring peace, healing and love to the world, one song at a time” – can’t argue with those sentiments."Of course, such a statement brings to mind the hippy ideals of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and I’m sure the group wont mind being identified with a movement that inspired so much fantastic music. Martini Garden certainly look back to the ‘60s and ‘70s on their debut offering “Give A Little Love”, a 15-track mix of blues, rock and Americana styles. For the most part their songs are upbeat and lively, with Christine’s vocals mixed high in the mix and a hustling harmonica adding bluesy leads and emphasis. They kick off with “Meaning of Rock and Roll”, and all their unique elements fall instantly into place – their fun rolling blues rhythm, the mesh of guitar and harmonica giving way to strong vocals, and a catchy lyric that sticks around.Their approach is gentler and more reflective, on songs like “In Love” and “Key to My Heart”

“Breezy summer sunset at The Hamptons, good company, sipping a Martini -- what could make a beach party better? Well, how about listening to Martini Garden, a sharp-dressed band from Long Island that makes for a delightful blend of folk, rock and jazz that’s so easy on the ears. Led in song by Christine LoPiano and backed by a tight five person group making every note count around the Greater New York market, Martini Garden is a simple pleasure of sound. Songs in its set include “If You Don’t Love Me” (Somebody Will), the smooth acoustic “Give a Little Love”and “Meaning of Rock and Roll.” The band is now in its fifth year and more impactful songs round out an A+ playlist. It is always difficult to accurately do a “sounds like” reference but Christine reminds me somewhat of Bonnie Bramlett. The the important point is that her voice is the “signature” of Martini Garden and defines the band’s personality, and that’s something to toast, for sure! ”

"Heart On My Sleeve goes down easy like a shot of bourban"

“Dynamite sound and great tracks! Astonishing music achievement just love it to listen and I will pass again in future to listen again.Much respect to your excellent work!!!! ~ Fefe”

"Martini Garden was also original and they had a unique sound with good writing."

“I humbly submit corrections to my last column regarding the soon-to-be famous local band Martini Garden. Featured vocalist Christine LoPiano's husband is Jim LoPiano, rhythm guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire. Rich Cunningham is the bass player, Mike McBride the drummer. Steve Clout is on lead guitar and Mike Clout plays harmonica. Stay tuned for upcoming gigs.”

“The housewives of Miller Place (and I include myself) were out in full swing, literally, last Sunday night at Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett to see "Martini Garden," a band made up of Miller Place musicians. Fronting the band is Christine LoPiano, whom you may have seen at her other gig, cantoring at St. Louis de Montfort Church. Her husband, Mike LoPiano, writes all the music and plays guitar. They performed all original music that I'd call Stevie Wonder meets the Eagles. You can find out more at MartiniGarden.com. Catch them on Saturday, Sept. 4, 4-7 p.m. in Chandler Square, Port Jefferson. I have to mention Gail Storm also, a blues musician who played before Christine's band.”

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