Mary Fahl Rises to the Occasion

Mary Fahl performs Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Redhouse Arts Center

Mary Fahl doesn’t believe in following the rules. A singer since childhood, Fahl had her first big break with the October Project in the early 1990s. But after leaving the pop group in 1996, Fahl had to figure out how to keep competing against the odds.

Local Hop (Album Review)

The whole disc bumps with positivity

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Guitar Project Passes the Six-String to Syracuse

The Acoustic Guitar Project takes place Sept. 26 at May Memorial

When Syracuse-based singer-songwriter Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers first heard about The Acoustic Guitar Project, it was as a journalist. Rodgers, founding editor of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, wrote about the venture for the issue published last March and he has since become involved in other ways. He’s producing a Salt City version of the showcase in which 10 area songwriters will perform their project pieces (and more) on Friday, Sept. 26, at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, 3800 E. Genesee St.

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.