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Curbside fusion is a band from the suburbs of Philadelphia that was founded by Fred Ciabittoni (guitar, drums, and producer) Brian McCarty (bass) and Peter Chalmers. It took several years and couple of evolutions before they became the band you know of today.
Several years ago, Fred was a guitarist in a band called Salmon Caddies that had a big local following in the Philadelphia area. After several years of playing the bar scene doing covers of southern rock and hits from the sixty and seventies he bought himself a four track to start recording his own original music. While he was forming his first all originals band Box of Joy with Jayson Wild and his cousin Jason Diliberto, Fred needed a space to learn his craft without bothering his neighbors. This is where Pete’s yellow walled attic came into legend.
Pete Chalmers was familiar with Fred and his band Salmon Caddies. He became friends with Fred at the time and when Fred asked to use his attic as a space to record and learn his craft he was happy to help. The Yellow Walled Studio Hall was born. That’s where the first recordings with Fred and Pete began. Pete was no stranger to music. Having been in chorus and musical all through high school he was more than willing to sing and write lyrics with Fred. Peter had performed as a guest vocalist with his band the Salmon Caddies most famously their cover of Shakedown Street by the Grateful Dead.
During these recordings he started working with Jayson Wild and Bott as box of joy. Eventually Pete moved out of his apartment but made sure that some day they would work together again.
Box of Joy recorded an album that Fred recorded and even did work at the famous studio four in Conshohocken Pennsylvania. They had one of their songs Fall Away get radio air play at 100.3 a radio station that was out of Philadelphia in the yearly 2000’s. When Fred and his wife Leigh (Pete’s sister) started their family box of joy was put on a hiatus which they never returned.
Several years later, Fred was ready to pick up his axe and start using his new recording suite. While working with Pete in his basement they started making songs for the first time in ten years. At the same time, Fred was getting together with Jayson Wild and his friends from Quakertown. That’s where he met Bryan McCarty a bass player who was in a band, called Image 9 and Vertigo, they had a nice following playing many of the local clubs in the Philly area. When he left the band he started meeting up at these jams at Dominic house with Fred and Jayson. An instant chemistry and bond formed with Bryan and Fred and he decided to ask him to come over to his house to jam with Pete and himself with a couple of his friends.
After those early sessions and lineup changes it became just Fred, Brian, and Pete. They decided to call themselves Curb Side Fusion and they instantly started working on songs together. Several months later they had formed a great working collaboration and enough material for a full album which they named it is was it. It was released in February of 2011.