Music

Guests Galore at Cross Creek Gig

History of Syracuse Rock’n’Roll Music: Then and Now

It was another night of reunions, music and dancing on Sunday, April 12, at Pensabene’s Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Blvd., as the recent edition of the History of Syracuse Rock’n’Roll Music Then and Now series presented a pair of longtime favorites. Harmonica impresario Skip Murphy and his Merry Pranksters first took the stage to entertain the sizable crowd, followed by the rockin’ bluegrass sounds of Cross Creek, one of Mike Greenstein’s all-time favorite local acts.



Fresh Music Friday: Mount Kimbie

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Five Questions, One Minute: Oliver Wood

Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers

On Friday April 10, The Westcott Theater welcomed back The Wood Brothers to Syracuse. I saw them for the first time a year and a half ago at the same venue. Although a healthy attendance encouraged their return, this proved to be a sold-out show that kicked off with Willie Watson. Watson did join the trio in the middle of their show, but his one-man high-energy show proved to be more than just a vital opener. His switching from acoustic guitar to banjo almost every other song paired well with his charismatic stage presence.



Vinyl Floors the Sound Garden for Record Store Day

Saturday is National Record Store Day, hosted locally by The Sound Garden

In what is becoming an annual sign of spring in Armory Square, the resurgence of vinyl will again be celebrated on Saturday, April 18, during the eighth annual National Record Store Day, hosted locally by The Sound Garden at 310 W. Jefferson Street.



Fresh Music Friday: Known To Collapse

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Fresh Music Friday: Phantom Chemistry

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BettyElm Records Celebrates with 2nd Annual Showcase

2nd Annual Betty Elm Showcase on Friday April 3

Jen and James Bort, founders of bettyElm Records, should be herald as rock n’ roll missionaries.



The Center of the Movement: Did Dre’s Chronic Steer Hip-Hop Wrong?

(Part 1 of 2) Khalid Hussein El-Hakim is a Hip-Hop scholar, author, educator and collector.

Khalid Hussein El-Hakim is a Hip-Hop scholar, author, educator and collector.  He authored the book “The Center of the Movement: Collecting Hip-Hop Memorabilia” and founded the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop. His love for Hip-Hop music and culture can be traced back to the late 70s. He has strong ties to the Detroit 8 Mile rap scene and a short career in the music industry managing the late rapper Proof (Eminem’s childhood friend and member of the platinum rap group D12). He has been featured in magazines, served on college panels and have traveled all over the country to display the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at the University of Illinois where his research is heavily focused on Hip-Hop history. In this interview we discussed how he got started, the Hip-Hop movement, and a surprising response to Dr. Dre’s legendary The Chronic album.



Fresh Music Friday: ONUKA

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Friday-Night Brass-Kickin’ at OCC with The Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Brass Band performs Friday, March 27

Bringing NoLa North Since 1983, The Rebirth Brass Band has been delivering traditional New Orleans brass band music, complete with second line, funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop. They released their first album on Arhoolie Records in 1984 and were signed to Rounder Records in 1989. Since then, they’ve released more than a dozen albums, tour North America and Europe consistently and won a Grammy Award (for Best Regional Roots Music in 2012).