Dan Eaton Band: Musician in the Kitchen

Many of our recent posts have featured the many talented artists you will find at this year’s festival, but it’s high time that we started talking tunes.  With ten groups from wide ranges of backgrounds and styles, this year’s musical entertainment is sure to be the best the festival has seen yet. (See the full line up here)

We sat down with Dan Eaton of the Dan Eaton Band to talk a bit about his music and his interesting life outside the band, as well as his upcoming first appearance at the Canandaigua Arts & Music Festival.

Dan tells us that he did not start playing guitar until the age of 18, but that his love of creating music reaches back several years further.  In his early teens, he spun original melodies in his head and wrote his own lyrics, just one example of the creativity he exhibits in his music today.

“From early on I had friends that were in bands and they were a great inspiration but, more than that, I think I have always had songs in me. I still don’t quite understand where they come from…sometimes I just get out of the way and they flow through me.”

Though he played a lot of coffee house gigs in college, Dan soon followed his culinary passion and became a professional chef.  His new career left him much less time to play with his band, and most of his public events were put on hold.

Dan now hosts Cooking at Home, a segment on YNN, (check out the page here) and is able to make music with his band and play live events like our festival (lucky for us).

The Dan Eaton band has a very diverse set of inspirations, as Dan himself appreciates a very wide variety of musical genres and styles.

“I’d have to say that my music is an American roots-rock blend with a little pop sensibility mixed in for good measure. It definitely runs the gamut of emotions and, in my mind, mostly speaks to real adult life situations and relationships.”

Dan says festival attendees can expect “great sounding original music that relates to people’s lives.”  The Dan Eaton band is also in the process of recording their very first full-length CD with Phil Geiger at Spirit East Studios.  To hear some of the band’s music, visit their Facebook page and head down to the festival stage on Friday July 13 between 3:45 and 5:00pm.

“I’m a big believer in the power of love and I try to put a little into everything I do . . . from the songs I write to the meals I cook and everything else in between.”


India House: A Family Tradition

India House join the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival for the first time this summer, bringing a new style to the food offered this year.  The restaurant has two popular locations at 998 S.Clinton Ave in Rochester and 7343 Route 96 in Victor, as well as a grocery and imports store at 999 S.Clinton Ave.  We talked with owner Amit Sud about the restaurant’s history, specialties, and plans for the upcoming festival.

The restaurant was established by Amit’s family in 1984.  His family started the business in the Park Avenue area of Rochester with the hopes of bringing new food and a stronger presence of Indian culture to the city.  The India House restaurants specialize in traditional Indian dishes focusing around chicken, lamb, vegetarian, sea food, beef meals, and freshly baked bread from their clay ovens.

“The goal was to bring an Indian cuisine presence to upstate New York and share the Indian culture with the area.”
Between the restaurant’s two locations and their imports store, the Sud family offers spices, gifts, canned goods, ready-to-eat foods, beverages, health and beauty supplies, natural herbs and medicines and more.  With this extensive list, the Sud family has certainly accomplished their goal of sharing Indian culture in our area.

Stop by India House’s booth in the food vendor area near the Commons Stage on Main Street at the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival between July 13 and 15.  Amit says that festival goers can expect a large array of fine Indian cuisine, and that the food is “not spicy as a lot of people think!”  He explains that overall, Indian food is very flavorful, and can be prepared without a lot of heat, depending on preference.

You can visit India house at either restaurant: 998 S.Clinton Ave in Rochester or 7343 Route 96 Victor, or stop by their grocery store at 999 S.Clinton Ave.  View their menu on their website for an idea of their cuisine and what to expect from their booth at the festival.

E-Art Tie Dye: The Grateful Artist

E-Art Tie Dye is a husband and wife apparel company that has long been creating a strong presence in our festival, as well as many others.  Errett and Vanessa Brown will return to Canandaigua again this year, and we talked with them about their clothing art and what we can expect to see in July.

Errett Brown has been making his own tie-dyed products since 1987. Though E-Art sells most of their products online and at festivals these days, he started off in a very different scene in Tahoe, California.

“I wanted to go on tour with the Grateful dead [and] pay my way selling tie-dye shirts.”

Perhaps with one of the most interesting histories, Errett’s business would soon combine with his now-wife Vanessa’s tie-dying endeavors to break into a slightly different market.

Errett says that the combined company’s name, E-Art Tie Dye, is a secret clue having to do with the ‘E’. He  cryptically alludes to the fact that it has “something to do with more than one thing.” Perhaps anyone attending the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this July could do some investigating.

Regardless of the mystery enshrouding the company’s name, Errett says that one of his favorite aspects of the Canandaigua festival is the great feedback and repeat customers who look for their booth each year.  Errett describes the clothing as “fun,” “bright,” and “unique,” which we agree has an eye-catching appeal.

Errett’s wife and business partner, Vanessa Brown, says that she gets the most positive feedback from mothers. They love the clothing because it is durable and their children love wearing it.  She asserts that the clothing stands up to hundreds of washes while still maintaining its appearance.  Even though children especially love the tie-dye, she says that she sees the same joy in customers of all ages.
“Our tie dye will help bring a smile to your face and a youthful fun feeling to your heart!”

For those who have not had the pleasure of seeing E-Art’s work yet, it offers bright and fun clothing in sizes and styles for all ages. Errett tells us to expect some new items and styles this summer, including new tie-dye dresses. If you want to get a sneak peek of what’s in store, stop by E-Art’s website.

For the Love of Family: Lizzy Candles

For the Love of Lizzy Candles, owned by Darcey Elias, will make its debut at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival.  With a recent move and new products, Darcey talked with us about what we can expect in July.

The company’s name comes from Darcey’s eldest daughter, Lizzy, and the name for her new line of soy-based  candles (“Blondies…by Olivia Grace”) comes from her second daughter, Olivia.  Both namesakes are a testament to why Darcey started the business in the first place:  to spend more time with her children.

“Our business name, For the Love of Lizzy Candles, was inspired by the birth of our daughter Elizabeth in 2001. I started the business out of my love for her and as a way to spend more time with her so it seemed like the perfect name!”

Darcey began making candles ten years ago as a hobby, but through the interest and support of friends and family, she turned it into a business.  At first, she sold her candles at the local farmer’s market, which she says gave her the opportunity to connect with other business-owners and customers alike.  After a few years of going to market, Darcey opened a mall store in Elmira, and has recently moved to Canandaigua.

“I really credit that venue for creating my local presence in our community and our initial success! It gave me the opportunity to meet fellow business owners and customers and collaborate with them.”


Darcey’s candles are all hand-poured in signature glass jars, with a dash of dazzle dust on top for “that extra special touch”.  She makes candles in all shapes and sizes of jars and tins, as well as favors for parties and weddings, and themed gift sets.  It’s no surprise that her most popular gift set is called the “Wine Lover’s” set that includes an assortment of the best-selling aromas inspired by fine wine: Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz and Grape Vineyard.

Aside from her candle business and her time spent with family and friends, Darcy tells us that she has a strong interest in the humanities.

“I am very passionate about helping others. I am a strong advocate for people with disabilities and the poor. I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate my passion for helping others into my business.”

She tells us that festival-goers can expect a wide range of high-quality and hand-poured candles in fantastic scents and “hopefully lots of noses in jars having fun smelling the aromas!”  You can see and purchase For the Love of Lizzy candles during the 2012 Festival from July 13-15, on their website or at ARTIQUES at 37 South Main Street in downtown Canandaigua.