Music

Jackie Greene: An Old Soul with New Tricks

Greene taking the stage at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20.

At 33 years old, Jackie Greene has already accomplished the kind of things that most musicians only fantasize about. He’s toured with the Black Crowes and Phil Lesh, played with Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the late Levon Helm, and has emerged as one of the premier singer, songwriter and guitarists of the past decade.



Chick Magnets

The Legends of Jazz music series is now in its sixth season

Music writer Jessica Novak profiles Onondaga Community College’s Legends of Jazz series, which starts Friday with Chick Corea and the Vigil



Guitar Hero

Tommy Emmanuel chats about his songwriting and performing styles

A song is a composition comprised of parts - bass, beat and melody - wound together to create a piece that has a beginning, middle and end. Beyond that, songs are also pieces of art that causes or captures an emotion in the listener.



Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Return to Smith Auditorium

The 2014-2015 season begins on Sept. 20

Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, which sold out its series two of the past three seasons, this season hopes to enlarge its audience by moving back to H.W. Smith Middle School’s renovated auditorium.



Granny 4 Barrel’s Shock Theater

Granny 4 Barrel creates its own genre of music

The undeniably original Granny 4 Barrel created its own genre. Terry LeRoi, who wears a dress and gray wig when he performs, labels the act “shock country” with its blending of Charlie Daniels, AC/DC and vaudeville.



Leave it to Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves performs at May Memorial on Friday, Sept. 12

He’s a Maine-made man, but Slaid Cleaves’ music carries a country twang resulting from two decades in Texas. While the singer, songwriter and guitarist comes equipped with a warm, inviting voice and capable fingers for his ax, Cleaves’ clever way with words put him above and beyond.



Cocktails in Purgatory

Inclusive Or brings an elixir of catharsis with the release of their album

Inclusive Or releases their first album, Cocktails in Purgatory, on local label bettyElm Records. The Syracuse based band’s line-up is made up of Trevor Grant (guitar, piano, and vocals), Tim Clark (keyboard), Mike Russo (bass guitar and vocals), Dave DelFavero (guitar), and Danny Capucilli (drums). Together the members of Inclusive Or have created a musical soundscape on their album that illustrates the psychological and philosophical plight in the everyday post-modern life. Inclusive Or's album release gives an unnerving sense of ennui while simultaneously being so self-aware of angst that they can admit their misanthropic tendencies with a wry smile of acceptance and disbelief.



Connective Corridor to get Arts and Culture Kiosks

Motion-controlled kiosks will be installed in the city.

Software developers and Connective Corridor planners gathered in a downtown Syracuse office recently for a demonstration of new, motion-controlled arts and culture kiosks that will be installed in the city.



In A Jam

Music superstars join with local legends to create real reality TV

Under Pressure Some of the most accomplished musicians in the world consider it a pressure cooker: jamming with the best in a studio in front of television cameras. Some amazing musicians come to town without fanfare for the experience, and music writer Jessica Novak was there, too.



Workshop Helps to Empower Girls in Music

A week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University

The campers' shirts read “Redefining what it means to be GLAM.” It’s the mission statement of the Girls Leadership Academy for Music, GLAM, a week-long music camp held recently at Syracuse University that encourages young women to be leaders in an industry that is predominantly male.