Performing for the first time at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival is a classic rock band not too far from Canandaigua with a simple concept yet edgy sound, Vintage. We talked to Chuck Hixon, one of the band members.
Guitarist Doug Montececchio came up with the name and it just stuck. The band formed when they were teenagers but was halted when they were in their twenties (marriage, families and jobs were a priority). Twenty years went by and they decided to put the band back together. It all started when they decided to perform a couple of songs on a summer camping trip and during that trip “several campers from other sites asked us to keep playing and even ‘paid’ us with free beer.”
They have a full band and acoustic band (they will be performing as an acoustic band) and perform classic rock from the 70s through today. Vintage’s covers include music from David Bowie and Neil Young. Most requested songs? Standards like “What I Like About You” from the Romantics and “A Hard Day’s Night” from the Beatles. Chuck mentions that one of his inspirations for band are The Beatles because their songs were full of energy, passion and “gusto.”
It might be 90 degrees the day of the festival but do not be surprised if Vintage shows up wearing leather vests and fedoras. “It’s a Vintage look,” Chuck tells us. Most of their fans, friends and family are in Victor, NY so they are excited to perform in a familiar location close to home. To find out more about Vintage, visit their site: rockwithvintage.com, their Facebook page and their YouTube channel. They take on the stage (hopefully with their leather vests and fedoras) Friday 18th July at 5:30PM – 7:00PM.
Want a little of rock for your Canandaigua Art & Music Festival experience? Be ready for some Brian Lindsay, a singer – song writer who is heavily influenced by rock and roll. Brian composes original songs and boasts having one of his songs, King of the Mountain, hold a #1 spot on a radio station in Ocean City, Maryland for 2 weeks in a row. He finds inspiration from the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, and his surroundings of the Finger Lakes.
The audience should be ready for some classic rock and roll sounds that “does not rely on gimmicks.” They are ready for their fans, friends and family in the Canandaigua area to come see them at the festival! To hear more stuff from Brian (which include his newest album “The Monkey, The Tango, and the Boogaloo,”) check out his website: brianlindsay.net. He is up on stage ready to rock on Saturday 19th July, 1:45PM until 3:00PM at the Commons Park Main Stage.
After performing in 2012’s Canandaigua Art & Music Festival, Automatic James is back with a new name and a new sound. We talked to Eric Manzler who plays guitars and vocals in the band and mentions that the band came together with “old friends and new ones.” The band consists of John Goodnow on bass, Jimmy Burns on drums, Manny Gaspar on keyboards & vocals and Jeff Longcore on guitar & vocals. According to Eric, the name is “more fun if people use their imaginations!”
The band plays a mixture of covers, which ranges from The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Incubus, Jack Johnson and even the Dixie Chicks (yes, the Dixie Chicks). They also compose original pieces and one of their most popular numbers is titled Memphis Blue, which was written by Jeff. Their musical inspiration is eclectic with a little bit of blues, and rock and roll with notable sounds from James Taylor, Bob Dylan and the Beatles.
Festivalgoers have been warned; these guys may go on a 20-minute improvisational jam if the mood hits them. Eric, John and Manny has lived in Canandaigua before and the band is excited to come back home to perform for those who have enjoyed hearing them perform!
Get to know the band on their Facebook Page, their band website, and watch them perform on Saturday, July 19th at 12 P.M. at the Commons Park, Main Stage (in Main Street).