Music

Syracuse Pops Chorus to Premier Musical in Colorado

How Green Was My Valley

A Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer has invited local amateur singers from the Syracuse Pops Chorus (Syracuse Symphony Pops Chorus) to premiere his new musical next month in Colorado Springs.



Cohn to Kallet: Walking in Pulaski

Cohn has toured more in the past six years than the 10 previous years. He emphasizes that the rise in tour dates is dependent on the people he’s found to join him, such as Patscha.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Marc Cohn is on the road again, this time with Glenn Patscha, performing a more stripped-down, improvisational, acoustic show than in the past.



A Fistful of Festivals

This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest.

Summertime schedules get overwhelming in sunny Syracuse as every festival packs into the short and sweet season. This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest.



Fancy Some Fiddling?

Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27

Craig Duncan, who has been featured on more than 90 record albums, will be among the performers at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum’s 42nd annual Fiddlers’ Picnic in Osceola Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27.



Blues Festival Returns to Clinton Square

Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites

After a 2013 hiatus, the New York State Blues Festival is back and under the direction of former fest planner Jim Murphy. The two-day event will retake its 2012 home of Clinton Square, bringing a solid mix of local, national and international names. Here are a few 2014 Blues Fest favorites:



Starry Nights

Jessica Novak covers this year’s impressive Jazz Fest highlights, from budding talented songbirds to seasoned blues legend B.B. King

The 2014 edition of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest was defined by the juxtaposition of new and legendary, blossoming and concluding. These qualities were obvious throughout the two-day festival held at the Onondaga Community College campus on Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12.



Local Bands Rock Again for Retro Reunions

The one-night-only events at Liverpool’s Carnegie Café, located at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., will feature local bands from the 1960s and 1970s as they rock once again.

On Sunday, July 13, 6 p.m., the inaugural edition of “The History of Syracuse Rock and Roll: Then and Now” series begins with reunion performances from the Livin Ennd with Sandy Bigtree, plus Don Barber and the Dukes. The one-night-only events at Liverpool’s Carnegie Café, located at the Maplewood Inn, 400 Seventh North St., will feature local bands from the 1960s and 1970s as they rock once again.



Get Shorty

An exclusive interview with Trombone Shorty, appearing at Jazz Fest

From Obama to OCC The 2014 M&T Jazz Fest brings Trombone Shorty, a White House guest more than once, to the stage this weekend. He shares a few exclusive words with Jessica Novak and The Syracuse New Times.



Live Music and Local Eateries in Syracuse this Summer

Find out when and where to listen to local music while eating great food around Syracuse.

Oh, glorious summer! A season of fun and frivolity, long days and warm evenings, of festivals and dancing until the early rays of a new day’s light. Well… that’s at least what we will hope it will be. For many of us, summer still holds the same daily structure of life prior to the changing of seasons. There is work to get to, early meetings and a need to be productive. While nothing seems more tempting to venture out and enjoy the impromptu celebrations that many of our live music locales offer, the restrictions of needing to be up and out the door before 7 a.m. means many of us have to be home and in bed far earlier than before the music even gets started.



Points of Reference: June 27

Music news blog and album release dates.

POINTS OF REFERENCE is a music news blog for people with actual lives and/or short attention spans: a weekly selection of topical, pop music talking points fit for bars and break rooms. It’s divided into three sections: NEWS (duh), ALBUM RELEASES (once more with feeling), and STUFF AND THINGS (random, music-related crap from the internet). So, I’m all finished up here. Scroll down, won’t you?