New Times photographer Michael Davis captures the 2014 SAMMY Awards.
Since the inception of the SAMMY Awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards) in 1994 - musicians, fans, family and friends gather annually to celebrate the Syracuse music scene. Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis was on hand to capture the sights from the 2014 SAMMY Awards at the Palace Theater.
SAMMYS 2014 Coverage
Art Robins Born in South Carolina as Art Robinson, he was brought north, and eventually to Syracuse, through music. He was introduced to singing in church when he was 13; by age 17, he was in a group in Pittsburgh, Pa., when he was discovered by a touring band in 1957 and joined Willie Love’s AllStars. “We traveled all over creation,” Robins recalls. “Cleveland, Boston, Montreal, New York City, we just went everywhere.”
There are always plenty of reasons to attend the Syracuse Area Music Awards.
A lot of musicians will be holding their breath Friday, March 7, at Eastwood’s Palace Theatre, 2384 James St. They'll be hoping for a triumphant march to the stage to collect the shiny black Sammy, a tradition that started when founder Frank Malfitano hosted the first edition of the event at the Landmark Theatre in 1993.
Bands, fans and promoters stay connected with the online Syracuse Music Scene bulletin board
In November 2010, drummer Kevin Dean had a rare Friday night off. “I thought, ‘What’s going on? I’m not playing!” he remembers. But when he went to see which of his favorite bands were playing, he couldn’t find a single comprehensive listing.
World of Music has been serving up grooves to the community for 16 years
Walking into World of Music is like walking into a hip-hop safe haven.
The two began collecting the pieces of the band, as they moved from their home in the Catskills to New York City
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds have got a vicious energy built up over years of doing things the old-fashioned way: playing their asses off in tight shows as they deliver an authentic big-band sound that’s so hard to find in modern music. Led by the effervescent Arleigh Kincheloe, aka Sister Sparrow, the eight-piece powerhouse will bring their punchy music to the Lost Horizon, 5863 Thompson Road, on Saturday, March 1, 9 p.m.
He loops to conquer…
Georgia-born Zach Deputy calls his music “island-infused drum’n’bass gospel ninja soul,” which, amazingly, makes sense when listening to his live-looping shows. The multi-instrumentalist, soul singer and songwriter mixes styles and uses his vocal acrobatics to create a unique experience. When Deputy visits the Westcott Theater, 524 Westcott St., on Thursday, Feb. 27, as one of his 200 annual dates, he looks forward to revisiting a venue he played at the beginning of his career.
Bonnaroo released its 2014 lineup which features festival foe Kanye West.
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The organic rock of Hammond Jammin’ returns for its 10th anniversary Sunday at the Dinosaur
The Hammond B3 organ is one of the most distinct and powerful instruments in popular music. It’s also one that is widely overlooked, however, and rarely played given its massive size and weight. But for the last decade, B3 maestro Gerry Testa has put together a local day of celebration for the big instrument with the even bigger sound: Hammond Jammin’.
Cowboy Junkies visit Ithaca after more than 20 years on the road
Cowboy Junkies’ songs are beautiful and ethereal, or gritty and dark, with Margo Timmins’ angelic, sometimes haunting vocals floating over the melodies. The Canadian band’s 1988 album, The Trinity Session, also lives on as one of the best of its time. More than 20 years later, however, the group is still searching for new ways to keep the music fresh.