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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

With a general discontent about the view-blocking pedestrian railings recently installed along West Shore Road, the discussion at the Oyster Bay Civic Association meeting on Sept. 18 focused on the possibility of having the road designated as a scenic highway.

This concept was suggested by Gregory Druhak of Centre Island, a regular traveler along West Shore Road, who said, “I believe this is the most scenic drive on Long Island west of the Hamptons, perhaps on all of Long Island itself, and it is not being treated as such. I feel we are being given the Lefferts Boulevard [down by JFK airport] expressway extension instead. For all you can see, it might as well be the Belt Parkway below the fence instead of Oyster Bay. This is wrong.”  

This year you can expect to see the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Connecticut’s flagship, tied up on the Western Waterfront Pier at the Oyster Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The ship is a Baltimore Clipper that is 129 feet in length and weighs 96 tons. Its home port is New Haven, Conn.

The tall ship visits ports worldwide, as an ambassador for friendship. It serves as a floating classroom, icon and monument to many souls that were broken or lost as the result of the transatlantic slave trade.

The original Amistad, which means friendship in Spanish, was made famous in 1839 when 53 African captives (men, women and children) transported from Havana revolted against their captors. The captives gained control of the ship under the leadership of Sengbe Pieh, later known as Joseph Cinque, who commanded the ship’s navigator to return them to Sierra Leone. Instead, the ship headed north, landing in Long Island, and was taken into custody by the United States Navy.


Sports

The Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and a generous group of alumni have hit one out of the park with their assistance in upgrading the high school softball field.

Throughout the process, former and current Falcon softball players worked together for a good cause.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts:

The Peanuts hosted the Uniondale Knights. It was hard fought battle and the Generals gave their all. Terrific performances by JR Hill, Joseph Travaglia and Kody Gehnrich The defense played strong. The Peanuts are working hard and the results are paying off.

7- and 8-year-old Midgets:

The 7- and 8-year-old team did battle with the Floral Park Titans. In a tough battle, the Generals’ offense was powered by a big offensive line led by Declan Trainor, Joseph Gotti, Owen Parlante and Jake Hargrave. In an impressive hurry-up offense, the General’s Jayden Marshall scored a last second touchdown to end the first half.


Calendar

Plein Art Exhibit

Wednesday, Oct. 1

College Discussion

Monday, Oct. 6

Collecting Manuscripts

Thursday, Oct. 9



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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