Photographer Patricia Overmoyer Shares her Exhibit of Nature

By Kelly Sabetta

Patricia Overmoyer is one of the many artists who will be featured at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival. She is a photographer based in Bloomfield, NY, who specializes in photographing nature, and providing her audience with a little bit of local flavor.

“A lot of people say I’ve got an eye,” said Patricia, who captures flowers, close-ups, ice, snow, landscapes, animals, and all kinds of things. She is also inspired by compositions such as lighting, color, and small details, in which she can capture digitally to share with the world.

Patricia began her career in photography since the age of 16, but more earnestly about four years ago, which is also when she began photographing digitally. She prepares the final product of her images by placing them in specific frames.

“I place a color border on everything, which makes a difference in how the image is presented,” said Patricia. The colored borders not only enhance the images, but eliminate the need for matting.

Patricia graduated from Cornell’s School of Architecture, Art & Planning with a BFA in Fine Arts, and has received the Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for exceptional merit in art.

Her work has been featured in many different shows, festivals, and displays across the region, including Honeoye Falls, Cayuga, Penn Yan, Canandaigua, and Geneva. Patricia’s work can be purchased at her live exhibits, festivals, retail stores such as Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame on Main Street in Canandaigua, as well as Web sites such as Etsy, and by contacting her personally.

For more information about Patricia Overmoyer, please visit her Web site, http://www.povermoyer.etsy.com, and visit her exhibit at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, Friday, June 16th through Sunday, June 18th.

Nevergreen Brings Their Roc-City Reggae Blend to Canandaigua

By Kelly Sabetta

The band, Nevergreen, has been creating and playing music for more than ten years. The origin of the band includes Justin Passamonte (drummer), and Mike Ortolaza (guitar), who started playing music together since 1997. With their origins in punk rock and metal, they went on to form a few different bands throughout the years before officially forming Nevergreen in 2005.

Justin and Mike decided to bring in new band members to form the evolving group, including Sara Passamonte (lead vocals), Eric Pedersen (bass), and Dylan Emerson (guitar), who played with the founders in previous years.

Their style has been labeled, “Roc City Reggae,” which infuses progressive rock and reggae, and creates a sound that has a driving groove, dynamic riffs, and catchy vocals of both male and female band members. Their unique sound combines many different, yet complimentary, types of music, just as it does its individual personalities.

“J and I are siblings, so we’ve been ‘complimenting’ each other since we were kids,” said Sara. “He is educated in music and music business, so he is usually exploring ways to enhance our talent and the band as a unit. I enjoy performing and recording most, so I benefit from being in the moment in front of our fans. Guitarist Mike is equally passionate about art and music, and he and our other guitarist Dylan are very creative.”

Sara continued, “They are responsible for writing the riffs that become the groundwork for most of our songs. Eric, our bassist and only member from outside of Rochester is extremely committed to the reggae feel, helping drive the songs along with J in the rhythm section. We all enjoy various types of music, and we all contribute to our songs.”

Nevergreen has continued to grow and recently released their first album, “The Lightshow EP,” in 2009. Recorded at Blackdog Studios in Rochester, NY, the album includes songs, “Keeps on Rockin’,” “The Synergistic Effect,” “This Town,” and “The Lightshow.”

“People tend to ask when the next one is coming out!” said Sara. And one is currently in the works. Nevergreen’s second album, “The People to Paradise EP,” is scheduled to be released soon.

As they continue to play venues around Rochester, they are also looking forward to performing around the country and beyond. “We are booking shows in nearby cities this summer, and hope to expand nationwide in the next two years,” said Sara. They plan to continue creating and releasing more music, as well as plan a tour worldwide. “In 10 years?” she added, “Maybe touring outer-space?”

Fans can listen to and purchase their album by visiting their Web site, local stores such as Record Archive, or by coming to visit them at their live performances. As they continue to grow, Nevergreen is also interested in looking for additional members to enhance their sound.

If you’re interested in hearing more of their current sound, visit their Web site, www.nevergreenband.com, or check out their live performance at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, Friday, July 16th, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on the Commons Park Stage.

Meet the Smooth, Alternative Trio of Speak Easy Three

By Kelly Sabetta

Speak Easy Three is a band of three young guys (all the age of 23 by July) from Buffalo, NY who started playing music together since last year, having their first performance in September ‘09. The band consists of Clint Manning (vocals/guitars), Andy Reardon (bass), and Mike Ruben (drums). Their music – smooth, alternative, and carrying a positive note – has been spreading fast throughout the region.

“Our music is diverse and upbeat,” said Clint. “We classify ourselves as an alternative band, but our music combines influence from rock, blues, jazz, and pop.”

Throughout the past year, Speak Easy Three has performed at a number of venues in their hometown, and is now planning to expand their horizons. As the trio embarks on their first full tour, they will be performing throughout the summer to a stretch of venues along the East coast, from Upstate, NY all the way down to Orlando, Florida; all of which were booked by the band members themselves.

“We are excited to get on the road and bring our music to new locations and audiences,” said Clint. “We expect to build a lot of useful contacts, have a great time, and turn some heads away from home.”

With clever lyrics, catchy melodies, and an upbeat groove, the band is quickly moving forward and making a name for themselves. With contrasting, yet fun personalities, their styles combined form a bond that helps them propel forward.

“We have a good time and a strong connection. This comes out in our musical styles as each member brings a different mood and influence to our music. Combined, we offer a one-of-a-kind blend with a positive feeling,” said Clint.

Their one-of-a-kind sound is also the product of vast musical influences, as well as the feedback they receive from fans and other musicians.

“Some specific acts that have had a big effect include Led Zeppelin, Dave Grohl, Our Lady Peace, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, and an array of 90’s music that we were exposed to growing up. Music that carries heart, soul, and energy has affected us the most,” Clint continued. “The great feedback we’ve received from individuals about our CD and live performances has really inspired us. Many times people have made it clear that they’re really into our music, passed the standard respectful compliments. The music we play feels great amongst ourselves when we practice and seeing that people can relate really takes it to the next level.”

Their debut album, which features the music they’ve been receiving praise for, is called, “Would It Matter,” and was released March 26th, 2010. “We have received a lot of positive remarks from fans, other musicians, and people in the industry alike,” said Clint.

The album can be purchased from their Web site and their live performances, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and other Online retailers.

“Music is something that we plan on being involved with indefinitely,” said Clint. “It’s not just a hobby, its part of our lives. We are committed to taking our music as far as opportunity allows.

For more information about Speak Easy Three, please visit their Web site, www.speakeasythree.com, and check out their live performance at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, Friday, June 16th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage.

What to Expect at This Year’s 2010 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

By Kelly Sabetta

This year’s annual Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival is almost underway, and is expected to be even bigger and better than previous years. The Festival, which will be held July 16th – July 18th, will feature not one, but two stages of musical talent performing for those who attend.

Similar to previous years, there will be a main stage, Commons Park Stage, where the majority of acts will be performing. Unlike previous years, there will now be a second stage, Time Warner Stage, which will only be active on Saturday July 17th and Sunday July 18th. The second stage will feature a Country and Bluegrass theme, and will continue to add to the Festival’s quality and diversity of music performances.

The musical acts, booked by Rainbow Talent Agency, continue to grow each year. There are more than 20 bands performing throughout both stages this year, with incredible talent from around the Upstate NY region.

Carl Labate, Producer and Agent of Rainbow Talent Agency, is responsible for booking all of the musical acts and making sure they are a good fit for the venue.

“The bands must be a good quality act and very good at what they do,” said Labate. “This is our fourth year doing this and we now have a good waiting list of bands who want to play.”

Labate, who believes in providing opportunities for original bands who create their own material, makes sure he also provides the audience with a wide variety of music, different from year to year.

“This year is really exciting, because we’re adding a new stage,” Labate said. “This year you’ll hear some of the best bluegrass and country bands playing on that stage. And on the main stage, you’ll hear a great variety of bands, from jazz to rockabilly to Latin.”

Along with Rainbow Talent Agency, we must also thank Canandaigua’s Business Improvement District for putting this event together. This year with the expansion of musical talent and second stage for performances, people should expect to see more high-quality acts and vendors, and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

“We were very impressed with the quality of artists who came in and were accepted, which benefits the community in numerous ways,” said Denise Chapel, Owner of Sweet Expression and Co-Owner of Mobile Music, with her husband Tim. “The festival helps our stores and restaurants during that particular weekend, provides great exposure for the community, and keeps people coming back,” Chapel continued. “It offers another outlet that residents can enjoy that’s free, and is always family-friendly.”

Whether you join the festivities for one day or all three, it’s guaranteed that you will enjoy the variety of music, vendors, and the friendly atmosphere.

“No matter what time of day people come, they are going to catch good, top-quality entertainment,” said Labate. “I refuse to have anything else.”

For those of you who plan on attending this year’s events and activities, festival hours are:

Friday, July 16th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 17th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 18th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To see this year’s musical acts, please take a look at the schedule of performances.

Friday, July 16th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sam & Levi

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               It’s My Party

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Steve Grills & the Roadmasters

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               NEVERGREEN

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.               Speak Easy Three

Saturday, July 17th:

Commons Park Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.           Legacy

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.               Out of the Blue

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Dirty Bourbon Blues Band

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples

Time Warner Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Josie Waverly

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The DixieKats

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Dang!

Sunday, July 18th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lake Effect

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Bachata Jazz

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               GRÜVOLGY

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Kristen Maxfield Band

Time Warner Stage

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             The Skiffle Minstrels

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Gone Fishin’

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The McCarthy-Paisley Band

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Grand Canyon Rescue Episode