Clinton’s Ditch: A blend of sounds that is truly American

Stage. Joe, Sean, Chris and Max of Clinton’s Ditch want us to “Dig” the Ditch Saturday, July 16 at 3:15pm at the Country Bluegrass Stage.

When did you realize you wanted to be a musical artist?
We have always been interested in music. All members of the band are self-taught on our current instruments, but have played various instruments since a young age.

What sparked that passion?
Great bands such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Grateful Dead, just to name a few.

Joe

Sean

Chris

Max

When did you first start pursuing your passion/career?
We all have been in previous bands going back since 1997 that have played out professionally. Clinton’s Ditch formed in the fall of 2009 and has been evolving ever since. In 2010, we began playing a monthly show at Artisan Works, a 40,000 square foot art space in Rochester, NY. Since then we have been playing bars and parties around the greater Rochester region.

 

 


How would you describe your music?

Clinton’s Ditch seamlessly blends together elements of blues, rock, bluegrass, reggae, and folk to create a sound that is truly American. We play mostly original music written by two songwriters, and everyone chimes in on harmonies.

Where is your music featured and sold?
Our music has been spreading by word of mouth and by fans sharing our recordings. We have played throughout the Rochester area and as far as Geneseo and Fairhaven, NY. We also have music on our website, http://clintonsditch.blogspot.com/

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?
We consistently receive positive feedback from new listeners. Many claim we have a very unique and new sound yet adhere to a certain vintage appeal. One of our more memorable experiences was to be complimented by an 18-year-old Goth-rocker and an 80-year-old art lover at the same show!

What has inspired you the most and why?
We draw inspiration from everything around us … nature, family, friends and of course the music of other artists!

What projects are you currently working on?
We have several albums worth of original material. We recently recorded our first EP, and are looking into recording our first full length album in the fall.

What do you feel you will bring to the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival?
We will bring a unique blend of American music that will keep your feet moving and your head bobbing!

What should attendees expect to see from your performance at this year’s Festival?
We don’t know what you’ll see, but we can guarantee that you will hear over an hour of original music that will keep you “Digging” the Ditch!

What’s something people may not already know about you?
We all grew up around Rochester, and wanted our name to reflect our local heritage. Clinton’s Ditch refers to one of our favorite fishing spots … the Erie Canal. NY Governor Dewitt Clinton broke ground on the Erie Canal in 1817. At the time, many people thought that it was an impossible task, and negatively dubbed the project “Clinton’s Big Ditch”. Time would tell.

CFN: 5 guys who make beautiful music together

Clearly from Negligence is a pop group of 5 guys who draw their inspiration not only from classic pop bands, but also from Rochester’s music scene, and they are on their way to becoming a national hit. Check them out at Commons Park Stage Friday, July 15 (2011) at 1:45pm.

Alex

Luke

Marc

 

Danny

 

Ryan

How did you get your start in music and what do you play?
All the guys were into music at a young age. That has continued into high school.
Alex plays drums and a bit of guitar, and he’s been working on the bongos lately for some of our acoustic endeavors.
Luke plays sax in the school band, plus guitar, songwriting and vocals for CFN.
Marc plays violin in the school orchestra, plus guitar in the school’s jazz band.
Danny plays sax in the school jazz band and for CFN, plus he’s a monster on keys, and now he’s playing some guitar, too.
Ryan is going to take his bass talents all the way to Eastman school of music next year, where he’ll play double bass, just like he did in high school orchestra and for Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Of course, he handles the bass work for CFN.

How would you describe your music?
Our sound is straight pop, drawing inspiration from The Beatles, Coldplay, Keane, Arcade Fire …

Where is your music featured and sold?
You can find all of our music and some video on our website: cfntheband.com. Our CD and singles are available on our site and via iTunes for download. We also have some t-shirts on our site. You can find the CD at House of Guitars and Record Archive in Rochester, NY.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?
Having been named one of the Top Ten Teen Bands in the country by SchoolJam USA and invited to play at Disney this year has probably been our most noteworthy accolade. However, we’ve won a lot of battles of bands, been invited to play live on a number of radio programs, and Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle featured us recently. However, the best feedback is when we hear from new fans who have stumbled upon us and write to tell us how much they appreciate our music. That’s always the best feedback.

What has inspired you the most and why?
Being from a music town like Rochester, it’s inspiring to have so many people in the community who are musicians, or who have an appreciation for music and actively seek out new listening experiences. That makes for a vibrant music community, and it makes us want to be a contributing part of it.

What are you working on now?
We just got out of the studio at the House of Guitars, where Bruce generously donated time and space, and with his encouragement we’re releasing a new single soon. We collaborated with a producer, Sam Conjerti, at Bruce’s urging to create a song that’s a bit edgier for us but maintains the pop hook and sensibilities we love. We’re very excited about this song, and we hope our fans are, too. Stay tuned …

What will you bring to the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival?
We will bring youthful exuberance matured with age … whatever the heck that means. We’re still kids, but we think we’ve got a pretty well-honed sound.

What can we expect from your performance this year?
From our live performances, fans should expect our best effort to give them a great musical experience. Of course, it’ll help if they’ve got a funnel-cake with a lot of sugar on it!

What is one thing people don’t already know about you?
Alex
is an emerging magician and recently joined the Sea Cadets.
Luke is a baseball pitcher and had the lead in the high school musical.
Marc is a skateboard instructor.
Danny plays about 6 different instruments.
Ryan will attend Eastman School of Music to perfect the double bass, and he also performs some solo acoustic guitar regularly.
So, we’re an eclectic mix of guys, who play beautiful music together . . . we hope.

The Beaumonts: Bringing…sandwiches?

The Beaumonts play music you have to hear to be able to define. Steve (vocals and guitar) told us what got him started in music and how the band works together for inspiration.

When was the exact moment you realized you wanted to be a musical artist?

The first time I ever actually SAW someone doing it…as opposed to just listening. I was on vacation in Cape Code in 1974 and my parents stopped at a restaurant on the way home to Avon, NY. There was a band on a small stage there, and when I walked back to our table from the bathroom the guitar player winked at me. I was mesmerized by the sight and sounds of live musicians.

What sparked that passion?

I have been moved by music since before I could walk. I remember hearing songs on the radio even back then that seemed to take me to another world; the combination of the melody against the chords was like a complete language to me. The idea of being able to create that was the most exciting idea I’ve ever had.

When did you first start pursuing your passion/career?

My friend’s parents had a country band, and in 1979 I would go downstairs at their house and play the drummers kit. One day his father came in the house while I was playing and asked “Hey, where’d you learn to play drums like that?” I said, “On your kit….” So he gave me his old kit which I played on for about a year and a half until my brother brought home the first Van Halen album. I sold my drums 3 days later and bought a guitar. I was 15 years old.

How would you describe your music?

I describe it as alternative pop rock … but what does that mean? I always have to describe it using elements that make it up in terms of what most people might already know. It’s old Chicago meets Bob Marley meets the backing band to Amy Winehouse meets Doves with some Elvis Costello and Cardigans thrown in. It’s all original music. You have to just hear it and make up your own label I guess.

Where is your music being featured and sold?

We play all over. We opened up for Michael Franti two years ago, Eddie Money last year. You can buy our music at our shows, or just get a hold of us through www.beaumontsmusic.com. We also have videos on YouTube and will have songs on iTunes soon.

What feedback have you received from showcasing your music and performances?

Most people who have never heard us assume we’re from out of town because we have a killer horn section and a very tight rhythm section. It’s tough to be an all-original band in Rochester but we have gotten some great reactions to our songs over the years. 

What has inspired you the most and why?

We seem to inspire each other. Everyone in the band is very talented at what they do and we get excited about what everyone brings to a song. In the end, it’s about emotion and connecting with others through that emotion.

What projects are you currently working on?

We are headed into the studio in the next month to begin a full recording project.

What do you feel you will bring to the Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival?

Probably some sandwiches…is that ok?

What should attendees expect to see from your performance at this year’s Festival?

A polished band with some amazing original music.

What’s one thing that people may not already know about you?

We like great conversations, walks on the beach, and are just as comfortable in jeans as we are in, say, a classic evening gown.