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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

This holiday season, Oyster Bay will once again be home to unique, homemade, scrumptious confections from The Chocolate Lady, in the form of a mobile chocolate boutique set up at Buckingham Variety Store on Audrey Avenue. She arrived on Sunday and plans on staying throughout the holidays, and possibly longer.

“I have been developing this concept for the last year and a half and am excited to be coming home to Oyster Bay for this year’s holiday launch,” says Lee Perrotta, aka The Chocolate Lady, who had her shop across the street from Buckingham’s for about five years before she was forced to shut her doors on Christmas Eve in 2012 due to excessive water damage at the rental space.

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.


Sports

Long Island Lutheran High School senior Samantha Horton of Oyster Bay signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Siena College and compete on the Girls Division I Lacrosse Team in the goaltender position next year. Samantha will be receiving a full athletic scholarship. Horton is pictured with her family.

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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