Here is the transcript of the story that inspired this page from The Messenger Post. Find the original here. 

AUDIO:From the mosh pit to the stage

Brighton-Pittsford Post
Posted Dec 04, 2008 @ 11:50 AM
Last update Dec 04, 2008 @ 11:51 AM

Rochester, N.Y. —

Lauren Ciarpelli remembers going to the Harro East Ballroom for some big shows when she was growing up. She saw major rock bands like Coheed and Cambria and Taking Back Sunday.

Now Ciarpelli and her band, Lights of Autumn, will take to the same stage Dec. 27 for the Holiday Havoc concert.

“It’s a huge deal,” the Greece Olympia High School graduate said of the opportunity. “My high school had our prom there. The last time I was there I saw huge shows, now I’m playing there.”

Lights of Autumn is composed of Ciarpelli, 20, on vocals; Danielle LeBeau, 20, of Irondequoit, on bass; Andy Collister, 22, of Irondequoit, on drums; Chris Manzella, 17, of Honeoye Falls, on guitar; and Darren Shelton, 20, of Pittsford, on guitar.

If you go
WHAT: Holiday Havoc
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: The Harro East Ballroom, 155 N. Chestnut St., Rochester
TICKETS: $10. Contact the band through its MySpace ( or at

LeBeau and Ciarpelli started the band in January and they’ve quickly formed a chemistry despite most of the band members not knowing each other at the start.

“We’re just not going to be another band that sticks together for a few months and then fizzles out because they have an argument over ‘who put too much butter on toast?’ and ‘who took my guitar pick?’” said LeBeau.

Local DJ Michael Gately — of WDVI (100.5 FM) The Drive — brought the band onto his show Oct. 10 for his weekly feature on local bands after discovering their pop-punk sound through MySpace.

“Frankly, they just blew me out of my freaking chair,” said Gately. “They may be one of the best local bands around. There is something special about that group of kids.”

On the show, Gately played their first single — “Anything” — and put them through a fun trivia game.

Lights of Autumn is getting more radio attention this month, as they’re going on WZNE (94.1 FM) The Zone’s local show — Zone Grown — for an interview and to play a live acoustic set.
The band is now working on finishing their debut album. LeBeau hopes it will be available in March.

In their 10 months of playing shows, Lights of Autumn has played smaller venues like the Penny Arcade and Montage Music Hall in Rochester. With small venues come small stages and for a five-piece band, that can lead to trouble when they try to keep the crowd energized with moves like guitar spins.

“I’ve been hit with a couple things. I’m not going to lie,” said Ciarpelli.

The bigger stage will mean they can perform like the bands they saw at Harro East while they were growing up.

“Nothing is going to get held back at this stage,” said Shelton. “At other shows I’m trying to do something and I’m like, ‘I can’t, Lauren is right here.’ This time I won’t have to think about it.”


Here is a media alert that PRIMA Connections sent out that led to some news coverage on Time Warner’s RNews channel.

The story it generated can be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   

October 24, 2008  

For more information, contact:

Steve Pasquarella



Media Alert / Photo Opportunity



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