LIST MIGHT BE MODIFIED
updated Sat., 4-12-08
* Roster for dinner music band,
JEN ALLEN BIG BAND
with vocalists, to follow ...
4 P.M. WORKSHOPS SUN., JUNE 1, 2008, LITCHFIELD INN
for state finalists.
Reception begins @ 5 p.m. sharp in courtyard behind the Inn.
Cash bar and servers.
Book vendor, The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot
The Positive Downside
Ska / Reggae / Reggaeton
"NEW EP NOW OUT"
WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut
Alex Roderick - Drums/Vocals/Vibraphone
Dave Ma - Guitar/vocals
James Logue - Bass
Scott Rodd - Guitar/flute
Derick Dolloro - Aux. Percusion
Peigeng Liu - Trombone
Kerry Lowry - Tenor Sax
Katie Ronan - Baritone Sax
About The Positive Downside
The Positive Downside has been together in multiple forms for roughly 4 years. Starting off as a Blink-182 and Greenday rip-off, their sound has significantly evolved into something they believe is their own.
They first gained recognition after the release of their debut album entitled "That's Cool... But Not Really" and have since broken up, reunited, gained members, lost members, gained members back, made instrument rearrangements and somehow through all the madness have put out a second self-produced and recorded 5 song demo entitled "This Case Must Be Returned To.." This album embodies the direction in which The Positive Downside intends to move and is a preview of an 18 song full length which will be released in early 2008 and will also be self-produced and recorded.
Alex Roderick, the songwriter/lyricist/drummer/vocalist of TPD lists his influences as The Slackers, The Skatalites, Dizzie Gillespie, Buddy Rich, The Specials, and a wide array of music from hardcore punk like the Dead Kennedys to the most in-the-pocket jazz and swing like Modern Jazz Quartet. While incorporating elements of jazz, punk, two-tone and traditional ska and reggae, he shares a belief with the other members of the band that their sound obviously will remind a listener of a certain band or a certain song, but that they add an element that is their own. They play a brand of neo-traditional ska which is blended with the intensity of two-tone and punk to create a whole new mix of urgent, extremely danceable music, while also including styles of reggae and slower paced rocksteady and ska.
They try to put an emphasis on freedom in their music, with loose song structures and an abundance of live and recorded improvisational time, and they all agree that playing instrumentals at a live performance and taking a nice long solo section and beating it until the song comes to a climactic finish is the most fun part of playing music.
IMPAC-Connecticut State University System
Young Writers Trust
231 Beach St.
Litchfield, CT 06759
* 800-814-6931 * Fax- 860-567-9119
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