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Sea Cliff Rockers Perform In Bayville

Sea Cliff-based band Dijon will take the stage on Bayville’s West Harbor Memorial Park on Friday, Aug. 8 as part of the weekly Music Under the Stars concert series, from 8 to 10 p.m. With their music careers on the rise, Dijon’s hard sound, good reputation, and passion to perform ensure that they will provide one of Bayville’s highest energy shows of the series.

Lead vocalist Chris Dijon, along with his brothers Max and Damian Ross on guitar and drums, respectively, plus bassist Simon Janusas and guitarist Carl Ferrara, have had a busy summer and are looking forward to playing a venue is that close to home, yet not too close.

“The problem with playing local is that you get stuck - we’re trying to get outside of the area,” says Dijon. “In Bayville, we’ll play for people we’ve never met before. I want people to hear our music and love it.”

Dijon says he and his brothers were “born with music.” His grandmother was a Blues singer and his father was a roadie. He describes his brother Max as a “musical prodigy” who can play multiple instruments.

Though they have been playing music pretty much their whole lives, the band formed about six years ago as a cover band. It naturally progressed into an original band as they began writing their own songs. Dijon explains that while the band as a whole does have input, he generally writes the lyrics and melody, then Max takes over and “brings it to life.”  

“We started writing and got great feedback,” says Dijon.

Their style can be compared to U2 and Kings of Leon; Dijon says U2 is one of his favorite bands, and he does draw inspiration from their music.

“Everything inspires me, life, love, music,” says Dijon. “I’m always writing, singing or playing guitar. I can’t turn it off.”

Dijon, 44, is a graduate of North Shore High School and has lived in Sea Cliff since he was 4. He’s been a personal trainer for the past 22 years, a career path that he says, “enables me to be a musician.” With two sons (Chris, 12 and Jack, 8), he likes having the flexibility of setting his own work hours and being able to travel for gigs.

The band has played large venues like New York City’s Hard Rock Café and locally at Sea Cliff Beach, MiniMart and the Sea Cliff Firehouse for benefit concerts. They play about three to four shows a month, ranging from Brooklyn to Philadelphia to Massachusetts, and are planning a tour for next July after their debut album is released in April. Their newest single, “I Come Alive,” was produced by famed Dream Theater technician James Meslin, who is also producing the band’s next single at Cove City Studios in Glen Cove, owned by Richie Cannata. With their music careers on the rise, Dijon’s hard sound, good reputation, and passion to perform ensure that they will provide one of Bayville’s highest energy shows of the series.

Though all of their songs have been released independently so far, he says they are in the midst of talking to record labels.

Recently, Dijon played at the Cutting Room in New York City, a venue that hosts big name artists as well as independent musicians.

“I noticed the waitresses dancing toward the end of the show,” Dijon says. “One of them told me, ‘You’re the best band I’ve ever seen.’ That’s all I need to hear.”

In addition to Bayville, upcoming shows include the Trash Bar in NYC on Aug. 13, Tammany Hall on Sept. 13 and The Space in Westbury on Sept. 25. Their music can be heard on iTunes, Spotify and Reverbnation. Visit chrisdijon.com.

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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