Wednesday, April 30, 2008

*********** YOUNG WRITERS MUSIC HYPE & Links

Dinner Music Fare, Young Writers Annual Bash 6-1-08

As performed by The Jen Allen Big Band,
featuring vocalist Laura McCabe

  • Duffy -- Mercy

  • I've Got To Use My Imagination

  • Also,
    For Your Dining Pleasure:
    Jazz Standards

    The Jen Allen Big Band

    JEN ALLEN, keyboard
    KRIS ALLEN, alto
    LAURA TELMAN, trumpet
    JAKE THIBAULT, tenor / alto
    STEVE BROOKES, tenor / alto
    GEOFF BROOKES, trumpet
    KEITH GIBSON, guitar
    BEN BILELLO, drums
    PETER McEACHERN, trombone

    LAURA McCABE, Siena College

    Back-up singers (Wamogo HS students)
    courtesy Maurice Steinberg


    Reception Band,
    The Positive Downside

    Ska / Reggae / Reggaeton
    WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut
    United States

    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 2008 and will also be self-produced and recorded.

    Alex Roderick, thesongwriter/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 tothe 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.

  • Positive Downside Home Page

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    Seating Limited

    You are cordially invited to attend the

    11TH Annual IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers
    Statewide Ceremony &Dinner

    Sunday, June 1, 2008
    The Litchfield Inn and Bistro East

  • Litchfield Inn Web Site

  • 4 p.m. Workshops
    5-6:15 p.m. Outdoor Reception Rear Courtyard
    6:30 p.m. Dinner

    Special Guests:

    Maya Polan, 2007 State Poetry Champion,
    Freshman, Univ. of Redlands [Calif.], Writing Major

    Lionel Bascom,
    Writing Professor,
    Western Connecticut State University

    Master of Ceremonies
    Rand Richards Cooper, Author

    Reception Entertainment
    The Positive Downside

    $35 per person*


    Dinner Music By The Jen Allen Big Band
    Featuring Vocalist Laura McCabe

    RSVP by May 23, 2008

    IMPAC-CSU System Young Writers Trust
    231 Beach St.
    Litchfield, CT 06759

    800-814-6931 or 860-690-0211

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  • CSU System

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  • International Young Writers

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