The O-town Scene

January 20, 2011

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Scene the O-Town Vol. 1, No. 16 102 Chestnut St., P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820 (607) 432-1000, ext. 255, Editor Cassandra Miller Associate Managing Editor Adrienne Wise Publisher Armand Nardi WRITERS The O-town Scene is looking for contributors to write music, theater and film reviews; feature stories; restaurant and bartender spotlights; and columns. If you’re interested in contributing, send: • two related writing samples • resume • short bio to Scene Editor Cassandra Miller at 2 O-Town Scene Jan. 20, 2011 Editor of The Daily Star Sam Pollak Cover photo by Genevieve Pedulla of the Crown Studios group Contributors Mark Boshnack, Simona David, Shannon Gregory, Terry Ludwig, Jim Koury, Genevieve Pedulla, Emily Popek, Jeremy Redlein, Christopher Ryder, Adam Sisenwein and Danielle Tonner. Circulation Director Fred Schmidt Advertising For info: 432-1000, ext. 222 The O-Town Scene is published Thursdays by The Daily Star Inc. Free copies are distributed throughout Oneonta, as well as parts of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Member of The Associated Press and CNHI News Service Editor’s Note When I first met Garrett Cadwallader, the head of this week’s featured Crown Studios, we were working together at a restaurant a year and a half ago. He was always charm- ing and upbeat. Even if he had a bad table, he would still be smiling, and not in a fake, I-hate-my-life way. I think he’s genuinely a happy, optimistic guy. Until a couple of weeks ago, he was a barista at the coffee shop I go to every day (sometimes two or three times a day). He always greeted customers with a smile and some bit of friendly small talk _ giving a wink to the ladies, and sometimes a “You look radiant.” I knew he was in the local band Lets Tokyo, but I didn’t really get who he was or what his passion was until last month when he told me about his new project _ a one-stop-shop recording studio. And he didn’t just off-handedly tell me about it while ringing up my cappuccino. He came over to my table and scheduled a time to talk about it. At the appointment, he brought photos of the studio, which looked very professional. I also learned about his ex- tensive experience recording musicians. Even though he’s never finished college, Garrett is what I’d call a “go-getter.” He knows how to market himself and his projects, and he follows through. Although there are certainly area bands that have been together longer than the two-year-old Lets Tokyo, the group is probably one of the most well-known bands by young people in the area. That’s because Garrett has made it known. He knows how to do his own PR and how to make connections. When the band released its first album about a year ago, Garrett went around to area businesses getting sponsorship and deals. He got a local artist to create the album art, and Lets Tokyo temporary tattoos even exist. His enthusiasm and dedication for his new project, which he’s working on with his Lets Tokyo bandmates, is infectious. Even though Garrett is indeed a charmer, he walks the walk in addition to talking the talk. It seems like he’ll be a great resource and example for the young musicians he’s hoping to attract to Crown Studios. _ Cassandra Miller

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