Patrick Jaouen- best Solo Artist of Rochester
Ummm Brandon, are you not aware that there is a separate category for best original band???
Just gotta throw this out there...Cover bands are a joke. If you vote a cover band the best of Rochester, You're basically saying our city is best represented by a lack of originality. We have some amazing and ORIGINAL talent here.Think before you vote!
EVERYONE SHOULD be aware that a young Rochester artist has made it onto The Voice (on NBC). Watch beginning September 22nd, when the new season debuts. The singer/songwriter is AMANDA LEE PEERS. I happen to know her well and she is very deserving. The program does not allow contestants to divulge details, but she has publicly announced her involvement. I have reason to believe we will see her on the televised portions, and my hunch is she advances beyond the blind auditions.
Tune in on 9/22 but also check out her work online in the interim: http://thedriftwoodsailors.com/ She is also on YouTube, Facebook, ReverbNation, etc. Hooray for Amanda and for Rochester. More local musicians are poised to break out soon (like my pal Alyssa Trahan of East Rochester) SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC - help these artists hold onto their dreams!
The Skycoasters have my enthusiastic support. I (almost) never miss them in the Roch. area. They are a band of diverse backgrounds (yes... they're old like us) But... as old as they are, they keep us smilin and remembering the "GOOD OLD DAYS)
As much as the ride freaked me out, the rock-o-planes were a family favorite. The enchanter(the haunted house ride) was awesome. These were late 70's early 80's rides down by the bobsled. The goofy house was by far the best. The giant spinning cylinder to run through. Crazy and zany slanted floor. I'm 38 now and a mother of two. Seabreeze has always been a crowd pleaser and always will be!
I still have a brass ring from the merry go round. I remember leaning out reaching for them...I wonder if it would be allowed today. Probably not...the good ole days :)
I will always remember it as Dreamland Park. My parents first took me there when I was six in 1955. When I turned ten I was allowed to ride the Bumper Cars, my favorite. I would have to stay on for a second time. I always saved one ticket so on the way out I could ride the Merry-go-round. As a teenager I took my wife of 44 yrs there for our first date on the Tunnel of Love! When we left we rode the Merry-go-Round. Alan C
The 13th Edition of the Jazz Fest was one of the best. This year many of the groups I found the most interesting were from overseas. On the last day Gwilym Simcock and the Norma Winstone Trio were both terrific. Norma Winstone is an absolutely top flight singer and this trio featuring an Italian pianist and German reeds player do more than play music, they create art. Can anyone forget Belgium's Flat Earth Society. In the same tradition as groups like the Willem Breuker Kollektief, Pierre Dorge's New Jungle Orchestra and the Italian Instabile Orchestra they gave us a new slant on what a big band might be. Brian Kellock and Tommy Smith from Scotland played tunes from the Great American Songbook with humor and great facility in a memorable show. The Shai Maestro Trio at the Rochester Club was great but didn't get much press.
Other outstanding shows were the Sun Trio from Finland, Nels Cline and Julian Lage, Harris Eisenstat's Golden Gate, Manuel Valera, Bill Frisell and the Pat LaBarbera Quartet. Featuring his brother Joe on drums and fellow Toronto musicians on piano and bass this group was the festivals best example of what straight ahead jazz was and could be. After finishing the set, two Rochester musicians, trumpeters Clay Jenkins and Mike Cottone came on stage for two additional numbers. They sent the already 20 foot high ceilings of the Rochester Club into near earth orbit. A great set.
Can't quit without mentioning Cecile McLoren Salvant and Vijay Iyer. Both played great sets and proved they are artists who are redefining their genres and bringing original voices to the music we call jazz.
There were other show I liked and I am sure many outstanding acts I couldn't fit into my schedule. Anyone have other favorites to add?
I would recommend Flat Earth Society. I saw them in Xerox last night and they play again in Lutheran tonight. Pretty large ensemble, five brass, five reeds, piano, guitar, bass, drums. A lot of rock beats, which I might in another case complain about, but the compositions and solos were really interesting. A lot of positive energy, too.
I remember saving Coca Cola bottle caps for discounted rides on certain days each year! Lots of memories!
My family loves Seabreeze we get our season summer passes every year. It's always a fun filled weekend happy ppl happy kids what more can anybody ask for. I would like to Thank the family whom owns the park and the staff that works every year... I would love to see the gyrosphere come back.... but keep up the good work that u all have put in....
Love the "old time" kiddie rides that you don't see anyplace else!!! My grandkids love them because they have never been on them anyplace else. Hope you didn't replace them.
I live in New Jersey and came here with a good friend last year. I'm happy to say it is one my favorite parks, between the rides, the atmosphere, the emplyoees, and the wonderful history. I love these little family owned parks and I cannot wait for my next visit.
Love Seabreeze! Close and affordable, I used to take my kids every summer, now I look forward to taking my granddaughter!
I miss the days when you could just go and hang out there. There were no gates or admissions you just hung out in the arcade all day. I remember 1 summer my friend and I got bracelets and road the Jack Rabbit over and over non stop. Those were great days. Miss them.
I love the park with trees and shade where families can rest a bit before their next adventure. Some Parks are just paved lots where there is no respite. Thanks Seabreeze.
How about the "Monkey House" and the ride through haunted themed house. At the bottom of park next to arcade.
i remember the jack rabbit had 2 trains running
Thanks for the history tidbit, Elaine! Seabreeze was named Dreamland Park for close to 30 years following World War II. The park switched back to Seabreeze in the 1970's.
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