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Iggy, Strokes, Dolls Hit The Garage

Iggy and the Stooges, the Strokes, the New York Dolls and Bo Diddley lead the lineup for Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival. An offshoot of Little Steven’s Underground Garage radio show, the event will be held Aug. 14 at New York’s Randall’s Island. Tickets are $20 and are available through Ticketmaster. Rounding out the lineup is the Raveonettes, the Pretty Things, the Mooney Suzuki, the Romantics, the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, the Electric Prunes, the Contrast, Cocktail Strippers, the High Dials, the Chains and Flaming Sideburns. The winner of Little Steven and Dunkin’ Donuts’ Underground Garage Battle of the Bands, to be held July 23 at New York’s Irving Plaza, will also get the chance to perform at the festival. The Garage Festival stage will be created by Pink Floyd production designer Mark Brickman. Organizers also claim the event aims to “set the world record for most go-go dancers appearing in one show.” Little Steven said in February he has grand plans to spread the good word of garage rock. “It has taken a little longer than I would have liked but we’re trying to put together a circuit of clubs around the country that all of our bands can plug into and play and keep playing,” he said. “We would have ‘Underground Garage’ nights in each club. And we would work it out on a circuit, where every week we would just put another two bands on the road.” Some of the bands Kingblind congratulated were pleasantly surprised to see themselves listed as confirmed performers. With Ticketmaster’s website listing different performers than Little Steven’s site, one of the bands in this listing discrepancy commented, “we noticed on the (Underground Garage) web-site that we are not listed and wondered if we had been bumped. I was totally bummed out – I’m glad we’re still on!” It looks like this is all coming together quickly with new bands confirming daily. For $20.00, we think it’s totally worth it for Iggy and Stooges and the re-united New York Dolls alone.