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Vic Dias

Vic Dias

by Julie DeNeen

Vic Dias, the drummer for the Sandy Connolly Band, has been around the block in the last few years. Playing in the New Haven area, he’s performed and recorded with at least ten different bands including RSVP, In+Sight, The Stingers, King Street Band, Moody Blossom Band, and The Elm City Blues Band, to name a few.

Vic’s band mates describe him as, “A gifted drummer, absolutely rock steady, and blessed with a light touch.”  His most memorable venue to date included a gig at the House of Blues in Boston, a stepping-stone that brings him closer to his “bucket list” venue, Billy Bob’s Texas- The World’s Largest Honky Tonk.

In addition to knowing and playing virtually any style of music, he is also a singer and songwriter. With 30 years of music experience, he has played with Lee Andrews and the Hearts and Muddy Waters pianist, Pinetop Perkins. He’s taught drumming lessons at the Professional Music Store in Fairfield CT, proving he is a patient musician as well!

He plays a makeshift drum kit, full of his favorite slingerhand drums and other old stuff that, according to him, “Just sounds good to me.” Influenced by musicians like Tony Williams and Steve Gadd, Vic’s style is very similar to Ginger Baker. You can find him along the shoreline with the Sandy Connolly Band, drumming the blues.