Meet the Smooth, Alternative Trio of Speak Easy Three

By Kelly Sabetta

Speak Easy Three is a band of three young guys (all the age of 23 by July) from Buffalo, NY who started playing music together since last year, having their first performance in September ‘09. The band consists of Clint Manning (vocals/guitars), Andy Reardon (bass), and Mike Ruben (drums). Their music – smooth, alternative, and carrying a positive note – has been spreading fast throughout the region.

“Our music is diverse and upbeat,” said Clint. “We classify ourselves as an alternative band, but our music combines influence from rock, blues, jazz, and pop.”

Throughout the past year, Speak Easy Three has performed at a number of venues in their hometown, and is now planning to expand their horizons. As the trio embarks on their first full tour, they will be performing throughout the summer to a stretch of venues along the East coast, from Upstate, NY all the way down to Orlando, Florida; all of which were booked by the band members themselves.

“We are excited to get on the road and bring our music to new locations and audiences,” said Clint. “We expect to build a lot of useful contacts, have a great time, and turn some heads away from home.”

With clever lyrics, catchy melodies, and an upbeat groove, the band is quickly moving forward and making a name for themselves. With contrasting, yet fun personalities, their styles combined form a bond that helps them propel forward.

“We have a good time and a strong connection. This comes out in our musical styles as each member brings a different mood and influence to our music. Combined, we offer a one-of-a-kind blend with a positive feeling,” said Clint.

Their one-of-a-kind sound is also the product of vast musical influences, as well as the feedback they receive from fans and other musicians.

“Some specific acts that have had a big effect include Led Zeppelin, Dave Grohl, Our Lady Peace, The Beatles, Dave Matthews, and an array of 90’s music that we were exposed to growing up. Music that carries heart, soul, and energy has affected us the most,” Clint continued. “The great feedback we’ve received from individuals about our CD and live performances has really inspired us. Many times people have made it clear that they’re really into our music, passed the standard respectful compliments. The music we play feels great amongst ourselves when we practice and seeing that people can relate really takes it to the next level.”

Their debut album, which features the music they’ve been receiving praise for, is called, “Would It Matter,” and was released March 26th, 2010. “We have received a lot of positive remarks from fans, other musicians, and people in the industry alike,” said Clint.

The album can be purchased from their Web site and their live performances, as well as iTunes, Amazon, and other Online retailers.

“Music is something that we plan on being involved with indefinitely,” said Clint. “It’s not just a hobby, its part of our lives. We are committed to taking our music as far as opportunity allows.

For more information about Speak Easy Three, please visit their Web site,, and check out their live performance at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival, Friday, June 16th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the Main Stage.

What to Expect at This Year’s 2010 Canandaigua Art and Music Festival

By Kelly Sabetta

This year’s annual Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival is almost underway, and is expected to be even bigger and better than previous years. The Festival, which will be held July 16th – July 18th, will feature not one, but two stages of musical talent performing for those who attend.

Similar to previous years, there will be a main stage, Commons Park Stage, where the majority of acts will be performing. Unlike previous years, there will now be a second stage, Time Warner Stage, which will only be active on Saturday July 17th and Sunday July 18th. The second stage will feature a Country and Bluegrass theme, and will continue to add to the Festival’s quality and diversity of music performances.

The musical acts, booked by Rainbow Talent Agency, continue to grow each year. There are more than 20 bands performing throughout both stages this year, with incredible talent from around the Upstate NY region.

Carl Labate, Producer and Agent of Rainbow Talent Agency, is responsible for booking all of the musical acts and making sure they are a good fit for the venue.

“The bands must be a good quality act and very good at what they do,” said Labate. “This is our fourth year doing this and we now have a good waiting list of bands who want to play.”

Labate, who believes in providing opportunities for original bands who create their own material, makes sure he also provides the audience with a wide variety of music, different from year to year.

“This year is really exciting, because we’re adding a new stage,” Labate said. “This year you’ll hear some of the best bluegrass and country bands playing on that stage. And on the main stage, you’ll hear a great variety of bands, from jazz to rockabilly to Latin.”

Along with Rainbow Talent Agency, we must also thank Canandaigua’s Business Improvement District for putting this event together. This year with the expansion of musical talent and second stage for performances, people should expect to see more high-quality acts and vendors, and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere.

“We were very impressed with the quality of artists who came in and were accepted, which benefits the community in numerous ways,” said Denise Chapel, Owner of Sweet Expression and Co-Owner of Mobile Music, with her husband Tim. “The festival helps our stores and restaurants during that particular weekend, provides great exposure for the community, and keeps people coming back,” Chapel continued. “It offers another outlet that residents can enjoy that’s free, and is always family-friendly.”

Whether you join the festivities for one day or all three, it’s guaranteed that you will enjoy the variety of music, vendors, and the friendly atmosphere.

“No matter what time of day people come, they are going to catch good, top-quality entertainment,” said Labate. “I refuse to have anything else.”

For those of you who plan on attending this year’s events and activities, festival hours are:

Friday, July 16th: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 17th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 18th: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To see this year’s musical acts, please take a look at the schedule of performances.

Friday, July 16th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Sam & Levi

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               It’s My Party

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               Steve Grills & the Roadmasters

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               NEVERGREEN

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.               Speak Easy Three

Saturday, July 17th:

Commons Park Stage

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.           Legacy

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.               Out of the Blue

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.               Dirty Bourbon Blues Band

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Matt Homan & The Bluegrass Disciples

Time Warner Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Ruckus Juice Jug Stompers

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Josie Waverly

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The DixieKats

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Dang!

Sunday, July 18th:

Commons Park Stage

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lake Effect

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.               Bachata Jazz

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               GRÜVOLGY

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Kristen Maxfield Band

Time Warner Stage

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             The Skiffle Minstrels

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.               Gone Fishin’

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.               The McCarthy-Paisley Band

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.               Grand Canyon Rescue Episode

Thanks to All for a Great Festival!

Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Canandaigua Art & Music Festival a great success, including our Artists, Musicians, Food Vendors, Attendees, Merchants, Chamber Representatives, Volunteers, Suppliers and Staff Members who contributed to the success of this year’s event!

The Kids Korridor was busy all weekend long

The Kids Korridor was constantly busy, despite the threat of rain, which never came


Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite

Renowned artist and scultpor Dianne Dengel painted her lovable characters onsite


The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend

The Crowds were steady throughout the weekend


For some of the Artists, Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family event

For some of the Artists, such as Crystal Creations, exhibiting is a family affair


For local attractions, such as Ganondagan and Sonneberg Gardens, the Festival was an educational opportunity

For local attractions, such as Ganondagan State Historic Site and Sonneberg Gardens and Mansion, the Festival was an opportunity to share insights and information


The Festival offered many unique exhibitors

The Festival offered many unique products


Attendees enjoyed non-stop exceptional entertainment

Attendees enjoyed a variety of non-stop exceptional entertainment


Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend

Everyone was glad that the rain held off all weekend


Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...

Exhibitors came from near (Finger Lakes Jewelry, Canandaigua)...


...And Far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)

...And far (Hudson River Inlay, Hudson Valley)


Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival

Karen Miller, artist for Wick-edly Sent's Karen Miller line found time to paint landscapes at the festival


Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular

Works by local artists and photographers, such as Dewey Fladd, were popular


The Canandaigua Chamber helped visitors discover Canandaigua and find lodging throughout the Festival

The Chamber was on hand to help guide visitors throughout the Festival


Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!

Spanky Haschmann's Big Band Orchestra swung the festival to a close in style!


See you all next year on July 16-18, 2010!

A great Festival, right to The End!

 We look forward to seeing you next year at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on July 16-18, 2010!

All photos courtesy, Carol White Llewellyn, Finger Lakes Travel Maven. 

The Scandals, Serious Fun

The Scandals started in 2005 as a group of students from Finger Lakes Community College who got together to play music just for fun.  Now, 4 years later, some of the members have changed, many of them have recently graduated from college, and although they play professionally now, the fun still remains.


“We play out as much as possible,” confesses the group’s vocalist, Monica Hall.  “We’re starting to write our own music and right now, we’re playing blues and funk with an undercurrent of rock.  We’ve been doing colleges, festivals, coffee shops, music halls, bars…. We just love playing together and when we’re giggin’ out someplace, people enjoy it and we get invited back.”

“Us” includes Monica, Leo Medler on Guitar, Joe McNinch on Bass, Tristan Greene on Drums and Nash Bock on Keys.  During their performance, you’ll catch covers by such artists as B.B. King, Soulive, Susan Tedeschi, The Beatles, Norah Jones, and Galactic.  Throughout the music Ms. Hall’s sultry voice glides fluidly across the top of the masterfully-woven instrumentals deftly performed by the other members of the band.

What’s next for the group?

“Well, I hope to become a professional singer.  As for the group, it would be nice if someone with connections sees us.  And we’d really like to tour, maybe Miami or someplace else.  But wherever we play, we just really love performing.  It’s great to know that we  touch people of all ages with our music.”

Join the Scandals for some serious fun on Friday, July 17 at 11:30, performing at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.

Jack Swift, a Band of Epic Talent

Jack Swift just returned from  their 19 city, 4 state “You Don’t Know Jack” tour that took them through the Northeast and returned them home in time to play the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival.


“The tour was amazing!” said JC  Mothersell. “We had some great shows!  One of our best was right here in Rochester at the Lovin’ Cup.”

The group that toured includes Ben Sheron (bassist), Jeremiah “JC” Mothersell (vocals, guitars and harmonica), Chris Daniels (drums), Darryle Brown (alto saxophone) and Pat McDermott (keyboard). Tom Ward (trumpet) is also part of the band, but is on temporary leave.

During the tour, the group wrote their first totally collaborative piece.

“We stopped at a Walmart and Ben noticed an ice machine.  When he got back to where we were staying, he started playing this bluesy funk that we all got into and he said, ‘I wanna call this Ice Machine.’  Then Darryle came up with some verses, I threw in the chorus and Chris added the groove.  It’s about a woman who’s cold and unfeeling, like an ice queen.”

The members of Jack Swift write almost all of their own music.  They are known as a jam band and have been compared to Blues Traveler as well as Dave Matthews because of their heavy use of improvization and horns.

“We’re a jam band with structure,” explained JC.  “We write story-like lyrics with a plot, a climax and characters and then we do improv solos around the framework.  We have two pieces right now that we call our ‘Epics’ — stories put to music that are about 8 minutes each.”

You can catch Jack Swift jammin’ at the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival on Sunday, July 19 at 12 Noon.