Thanks to All for a Great Festival!

Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Canandaigua Art & Music Festival a great success, including our Artists, Musicians, Food Vendors, Attendees, Merchants, Chamber Representatives, Volunteers, Suppliers and Staff Members who contributed to the success of this year’s event!

The Kids Korridor was busy all weekend long

The Kids Korridor was constantly busy, despite the threat of rain, which never came


Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite

Renowned artist and scultpor Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite


The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend

The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend


For some of the Artists, Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family event

For some of the Artists, such as Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family affair


For local attractions, such as Ganondagan and Sonneberg Gardens, the Festival was an educational opportunity

For local attractions, such as Ganondagan State Historic Site and Sonneberg Gardens and Mansion, the Festival was an opportunity to share insights and information


The Festival offered many unique exhibitors

The Festival offered many unique products


Attendees enjoyed non-stop exceptional entertainment

Attendees enjoyed a variety of non-stop exceptional entertainment


Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend

Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend


Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...

Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...


...And Far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)

...And far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)


Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival

Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival


Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular

Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular


The Canandaigua Chamber helped visitors discover Canandaigua and find lodging throughout the Festival

The Chamber was on hand to help guide visitors throughout the Festival


Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!

Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!


See you all next year on July 16-18, 2010!

A great Festival, right to The End!

 We look forward to seeing you next year at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on July 16-18, 2010!

All photos courtesy, Carol White Llewellyn, Finger Lakes Travel Maven. 


The Scandals, Serious Fun

The Scandals started in 2005 as a group of students from Finger Lakes Community College who got together to play music just for fun.  Now, 4 years later, some of the members have changed, many of them have recently graduated from college, and although they play professionally now, the fun still remains.


“We play out as much as possible,” confesses the group’s vocalist, Monica Hall.  “We’re starting to write our own music and right now, we’re playing blues and funk with an undercurrent of rock.  We’ve been doing colleges, festivals, coffee shops, music halls, bars…. We just love playing together and when we’re giggin’ out someplace, people enjoy it and we get invited back.”

“Us” includes Monica, Leo Medler on Guitar, Joe McNinch on Bass, Tristan Greene on Drums and Nash Bock on Keys.  During their performance, you’ll catch covers by such artists as B.B. King, Soulive, Susan Tedeschi, The Beatles, Norah Jones, and Galactic.  Throughout the music Ms. Hall’s sultry voice glides fluidly across the top of the masterfully-woven instrumentals deftly performed by the other members of the band.

What’s next for the group?

“Well, I hope to become a professional singer.  As for the group, it would be nice if someone with connections sees us.  And we’d really like to tour, maybe Miami or someplace else.  But wherever we play, we just really love performing.  It’s great to know that we  touch people of all ages with our music.”

Join the Scandals for some serious fun on Friday, July 17 at 11:30, performing at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.

Jack Swift, a Band of Epic Talent

Jack Swift just returned from  their 19 city, 4 state “You Don’t Know Jack” tour that took them through the Northeast and returned them home in time to play the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.


“The tour was amazing!” said JC  Mothersell. “We had some great shows!  One of our best was right here in Rochester at the Lovin’ Cup.”

The group that toured includes Ben Sheron (bassist), Jeremiah “JC” Mothersell (vocals, guitars and harmonica), Chris Daniels (drums), Darryle Brown (alto saxophone) and Pat McDermott (keyboard). Tom Ward (trumpet) is also part of the band, but is on temporary leave.

During the tour, the group wrote their first totally collaborative piece.

“We stopped at a Walmart and Ben noticed an ice machine.  When he got back to where we were staying, he started playing this bluesy funk that we all got into and he said, ‘I wanna call this Ice Machine.’  Then Darryle came up with some verses, I threw in the chorus and Chris added the groove.  It’s about a woman who’s cold and unfeeling, like an ice queen.”

The members of Jack Swift write almost all of their own music.  They are known as a jam band and have been compared to Blues Traveler as well as Dave Matthews because of their heavy use of improvization and horns.

“We’re a jam band with structure,” explained JC.  “We write story-like lyrics with a plot, a climax and characters and then we do improv solos around the framework.  We have two pieces right now that we call our ‘Epics’ — stories put to music that are about 8 minutes each.”

You can catch Jack Swift jammin’ at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Sunday, July 19 at 12 Noon.

Spanky Haschmann Orchestra, a Swingin’ Good Time

Terry “Spanky” Haschmann grew up in a musical household where his father  played sax and clarinet.   He initially wanted to be a sax player but turned to drums when the keys of the sax weren’t a good fit for his hands.


Spanky got his nickname  in 1968 when four of the members of the group he was playing with were named Larry, Jerry, Barry and Terry.   A guy named   “Weed,” who was the club’s bouncer at the time, said he looked like the character Spanky from “Spanky and Our Gang” and that name stuck.

“I always loved jazz and the big band sound, but I got my start playing Rock and Roll.  I’ve played rock and roll…Gospel…I played with the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose…then about 11 years ago, I decided to go for the music I always loved, the big band sound,” shared Spanky, explaining how he started the Spanky Haschmann Orchestra.

Today, Spanky plays at every chance he gets, performing not only with his own orchestra, but also with five other bands including that of Warm 101.3’s Disc Jockey, Tony Infantino.

When he’s on stage with his orchestra, Spanky brings the energy of rock and roll to his big band sound and, unlike many big bands, he incorporates a heavy focus on vocals, often using four-part harmony.

“It’s not easy to find places to play where you can fit a 17 piece orchestra. I’m a little worried about  falling off the stage in Canandaigua,” he laughed.

Come down and listen or even dance to the swingin’ sound of the Spanky Haschmann Orchestra at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Sunday, July 19 at 4:30 P.M.

Blue Jimmy, Music with the Feel of Americana Heartland

So where does a group of guys who are self-proclaimed “Band Geeks” go after they graduate from Bloomfield Central High?  Off to start their own band, of course!


Blue Jimmy is made up of five long-time friends – two sets of brothers and one best friend – who have been together 20 years writing, playing, engineering, mixing and recording music together.

Their music is an amalgam of country, rock, pop and folk and has been compared to Son Volt, The Eagles and the Band.  Overlaying their liquid harmonies, lush lyrics and masterful musicianship is the feeling of Americana heartland.

Blue Jimmy is composed of Brian Ayers (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals), Chad Ayers (electric guitar, mandolin, harmony vocals), Steve Nelson (drums), Mike Nelson (bass guitar), and Greg Gefell (electric guitar, pedal steel, resonator, harmony vocals). 

In addition to their musical and on-stage talents, a number of them are also accomplished creators of musical instruments.  Steve made his own drums and owns a company that constructs custom drum kits.  Chad built one of his guitars and Greg plays a pedal steel that he built from scratch.

When that much TLC goes into the instruments, you know you can expect great things from the music.  It’s not a wonder the group has successfully cut four albums to date, including their most recent, South Ave. Sessions.

Don’t miss Blue Jimmy’s performance at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Sunday, July 19th at 1:30 P.M.

String Theory, for Foot-tappin’ Festival Fun

String Theory is probably one of the most diversified musical groups you’ll ever hear. 


They are best known for their lively and captivating Bluegrass, but their reportoire  also includes everything from Gospel to Metallica and from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones.  Oh, and let’s not forget to add in Classical music, just for good measure.

String Theory has been performing together for about six years and includes A.J. Noto on Bass Fiddle, Jim Barbero on vocals and mandolin, Terry Kedley on guitar, dobro and vocals and Mike Kedley on banjo, guitar, fiddle and vocals.

During the winter months, the group “holds court” on Tuesdays from 7-10 P.M. at Johny’s Irish Pub in Rochester, NY where they host the Bluegrass Open  that attracts both regulars and newcomers who show up to jam.

But this talented quartet is as comfortable playing at festivals and weddings as they are at Irish Pubs.

“We get hired for a lot of weddings because, as a string quartet, we can play classical music for the wedding, switch to fiddle ballads and waltzes for cocktails when the bride and groom are having photos taken, and then play a combination of bluegrass, popular tunes and dance music for the reception.”

 You can catch the fun and foot-tapping tunes of String Theory at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival at 1 P.M. on Friday, July 17.

John Cole Blues Band, Whole Lotta Music Goin’ On

John Cole grew up in Union Springs, Alabama and was encouraged to play music by watching his  brothers.


“I watched how they played and I just picked it up.  I grew up listening to old blues records but I wasn’t inspired by any particular artist.  I guess if I had favorites, they were in country music.  I was listening to the Grand Ole Opry in the early ’50s when I was in fifth or sixth grade.  As a kid, I knew more about country than I did about the blues.”

John had always played guitar, but he became a vocalist overnight when, during a performance with the band “The Flaming Rockets,” the vocalist walked off the stage over a dispute with the band’s organist.  John realized he had to sink or sing. 

After playing with a number of bands, including that of the legendary Joe Beard, John now has his own band composed of Ted Mosher on Bass, John Chaffer on drums and Gian Carlo Cervone on piano and organ. 

 Although a few country pieces have made their way into his band’s reportoire, the John Cole Blues band is known primarily for their heartfelt blues accompanied by rich and soulful vocals and dynamic musicianship.  Songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Mustang Sally” explain why his music appeals to a broad audience.

“My older brother told me whether you have a room full of people or just one person in the room, you gotta give ’em your best.” 

That philosphy has made the John Coles Blues Band one of the best-loved and most well-known bands in the region.

Don’t miss the John Cole Blues Band when they perform at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Saturday, July 18 at 7 P.M.