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Oyster Bay Grad Releases Single

Gianni Paci of Oyster Bay recently released his first single, “Goodbye,” and has been steadily making his name known and voice heard across the airwaves.

Produced at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove by Eren Cannata, the electro-pop artist is exploring a new sound as a solo artist.

“‘Goodbye’ is an introduction to my new sound, which features a contemporary-pop spin on the more retro-minded songwriting I honed under my old pseudonym, The Pine Hollows,” says Paci.

The song is catchy with a danceable beat, indicative of his songwriting style. His songs are about relationships - platonic and romantic- though he says Paul McCartney is his “hero.”

“I’m not really a second-person narrative type of writer...I could never do what he does,” says Paci. “For me it’s always about what happened; I write to figure out I’m feeling...it’s a cathartic thing.”

Paci, who graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 2010, says he was actively playing music in high school, participating in the talent shows and playing in the jazz band. He started playing guitar at age 11, an instrument that he picked up as a result of his sister’s lack of interest.

“She got a guitar for Christmas one year, but never learned how to play. I picked it up out of her closet and started taking lessons,” he recalls.

As a senior in high school, he joined the chorus and chamber singers, and started writing songs the summer before starting college at New York University. He entered school with an undeclared major, and after taking music classes during his first two years, decided on musicology at the end of his sophomore year.

“Once I started taking classes, there was no way around it,” he says.

Before recording his latest songs as a solo artist, he finished two full-length albums as a member of The Pine Hollows. He heard about Cove City Sound Studios through a friend and called them up to discuss the project last April, and enjoyed recording so close to home. He recorded 10 songs between June and October last year, and is still shopping around for a label and trying to figure out the best way to release and promote his songs. He hired his bass player and drummer for the recording at Cannata’s suggestion, who he says has also been giving tips on promotion.

“Richie has been a huge help this past year,” says Paci. “He and the rest of his team have been invaluable.”

Paci performs regularly in NYC at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, Pianos and Arlene’s Grocery. He will be doing an acoustic show at Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington on March 21 at 7 p.m. and will be part of the SUNY Oswego showcase on April 25.

His live shows vary depending on the venue; some are just acoustic sets with him and his guitar in a more intimate setting, while those on a big stage are “more exciting” with an electric band backing him up. He had the opportunity to open for Cannata at last summer’s Downtown Sounds in Glen Cove, which led to meeting the concert series host Joe Manfredi, who happens to be the station manager for SUNY Old Westbury Radio. With his help, Paci has gotten airplay for his song on college station. “Goodbye” is currently in rotation on SUNY Oswego Radio as well, and both schools will be hosting him for an on-air interview and acoustic performance in the coming weeks.

He graduated in January and has decided to focus entirely on his music. With his parents and friends, he says he has a great support system.

“This is my time to do this 100 percent; Eren Cannata told me, ‘Fake it ‘til you make it’ and I think it will work.”

To listen, visit giannipaci.com.

News

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.

 

“I had this idea for a festival years ago, and when I finally nailed down a date, people are coming out of the woodwork to be a part of it,” says Losee.

When Danielle Taylor decided to compete in a six-mile civilian military obstacle course last September, she knew two things: she did not want to do it alone and she wanted the challenge to have a purpose. She found a partner in Jeannine DelPozzo and a worthwhile cause in the Morgan Center.

 

Both Taylor and DelPozzo are entrepreneurs; Taylor, of Bish Bash Books in Oyster Bay and DelPozzo of DelPozzo Foods, in East Norwich. Each have a history of using their businesses to support local charities. Bish Bash Books used the iPad give back program to support at-risk children while DelPozzo Foods has supported Island Harvest in their efforts to combat hunger.


Sports

Former football coach and NFL player Bill Curry recently brought a wealth of experience, knowledge and history to a wide audience of student-athletes and coaches at Hofstra University for a lesson on diversity, tolerance and respect in high school athletics.

 

Director of the NYS PHSAA Sportsmanship Committee and Manhasset High School Athletic Director Jim Amen Jr. established the summit and invited Curry as keynote speaker.

Amen Jr. and Section VIII Executive Director Nina Van Erk introduced Curry to a crowd representing more than 37 local high schools.

Hard work paid off for local athletes Christine Grippo of Locust Valley, Kelly Pickard of Oyster Bay, Bernadette Winnubst of Locust Valley, Steven Quigley of Bayville, Catherine Soler of Oyster Bay, Maria Elinger of Oyster Bay, and Armand D’Amato of Oyster Bay Cove, each of whom won awards in a field of some of the best triathletes from all of Long Island and beyond in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon, held in and around Oyster Bay’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 23.

Grippo earned top honors in the women’s 30-34 age group with a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 36 seconds. Pickard (1:17:39) scored first among the women in the 35-39 age group. Winnubst scored in 1:38:48 to earn third place honors in the Masters Athena Weight Division. Quigley earned the second place award in the Masters Clydesdale Weight Division in 1:23:23. Soler (1:29:12) scored 5th among the women in the 20-24 age group. Ehlinger (1:39:23) was the 4th place award winner in the women’s 55-59 age group. D’Amato (1:42:44) earned top honors in the 70-74 age group.


Calendar

MSA Party - September 17

West Shore Rd. Update - September 18

Harbor Beach Cleanup - September 20


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