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LIC Bar music director, vocalist for new cable TV series

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Gustavo Rodriguez aka Silbin Sandavar

May 10, 2013 By Bill Parry

A Long Island City man, who makes his living booking recording artists for local music venues, has joined their ranks.

Gustavo Rodriguez, best known for his work at LIC Bar, is the vocalist on a single called The Poisoned Well  that got picked up as the theme song for the new cable series Maron. The dark comedy, based on comedian Marc Maron, made its debut on The Independent Film Channel last Friday night.

“I’m thrilled, it’s wonderful,” said Rodriguez. “I hope it leads to bigger things.”

He credits his job as a music booker at several nightspots like LIC Bar and Queens Kickshaw for surrounding him with what he calls: “Good people who do great stuff.”

Rodriguez gives the credit to Astoria musician Anthony Rizzo who wrote the song for the show. “He’s gotten more into movie and television composing and he always calls me in for vocals,” Rodriguez said.

The song was cut this past December while Rodriguez was spending much of his time helping Brian Porter’s LIC Bar get back on its feet after Hurricane Sandy. The club was closed for 20 days after seven feet of salt water from the East River destroyed the clubs sound system and instruments.

“It’s been a great year despite that terrible episode with Sandy,” Rodriguez said. However, even the hurricane had its positives, he said, “like the help we [LIC Bar] got from The Who.” The rock and roll super group donated replacement equipment after hearing of LIC Bar’s plight.

The 40-year old Rodriguez, who performs under the stage name Silbin Sandavar, has been a guitarist and vocalist since the age of 14. He says his current brush with fame is “a testament to the power of late bloomers everywhere.”

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