Music

Jazz in the City Takes Sides

The traveling music series Jazz in the City returns to Syracuse in August

A reinvigorated Jazz in the City returns on Thursday, Aug. 6, for its first stop at Syracuse’s South Side. The traveling music series, which features national and local jazz artists, is designed to reach urban residents by placing the free shows in their backyards. The four separate music programs will take place on Thursday nights in different parts of the Salt City.



The Evolution of Mixtapes

What is a mixtape? How have they evolved?

Before smart devices, music streaming services, and even MP3s and CDs, there were cassette tapes.



Jazz Fest Case Scenario

A roundup of the lineup featured at this year’s Jazz Festival which took place at Onondaga Community College last weekend

Midway through his climactic set during the Friday, July 17, portion of the Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis launched his solo on Duke Ellington’s “Braggin’ in Brass,” a frenetic post-bop big band number. Sitting — not standing, as is the conventional deportment, Marsalis raced over the spiky contours with a wild, notey ride, a dense, accelerated filigree of minute detail, as if there was barely enough space for all he had in mind.



Harborfest Weighs Anchor in Oswego

The annual Harborfest in Oswego will take place July 23 through July 26

The 28th annual Oswego County Harborfest promises food, fun and fireworks during the free festival’s weekend run, slated for Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26.



Fests and Furious

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.

The 2015 edition of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival features much more than its name suggests. The event, first inaugurated as Jazz in the Square in 2002, has brought all types of jazz and soul to the stage. But this year’s expanded fest will include a variety of vibrations with a trio of themed days: Funky Friday on July 24, Jazz Saturday on July 25 and Blues Sunday on July 26.



Fab Four at Fest

Music writer Jessica Novak previews Jazz Fest outfit Lake Street Dive, which blends classic soul with sultry swing

In an era of Auto-Tune and bubble-gum pop, sugary image over solid substance, sometimes the masses get hungry for something more satisfying. And every once in a while a band comes around that can fill their bellies. This year, the 33rd annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest will feature one of those groups: Lake Street Dive, slated to perform Saturday, July 18, 7:45 p.m., at the Onondaga Community College campus.



2015 Blues Fest Photo Gallery

Michael Davis captured Blues Fest on Friday, June 10 in photos

Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse played host to the New York State Blues Festival on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured the essence of the Festival on June 10 in photos.



Bring on the Blues

Blues Artists will perform at the annual New York State Blues Festival on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11 in Clinton Square

The annual New York State Blues Festival returns to downtown Syracuse’s Clinton Square on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, with a schedule of local rockers and premier national talent. Spanning Los Blancos to Robert Randolph, this celebration of the blues brings all flavors to the stage. The event is free and open to the public.



Mark Hoffmann

Local guitar guru Mark Hoffmann reveals his rockin’ resume to music writer Jessica Novak

As a fixture of the Syracuse music scene for more than five decades, guitarist-vocalist Mark Hoffmann has been involved in major productions (such as the Salt City Waltz and Beatlecuse) and was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammy) Hall of Fame in 2008. Yet his legacy goes far beyond the city limits.



Civil Servants Pass the Test

Civil Servants will be at Rosie’s Corner for the Brewerton Fireworks on July 3 at 6 p.m.

Rock and roll has always been associated with youth. It is a symbol of righteous rebellion, each generation coming to the fold of the music’s power of self-expression, passion and vitality. So, it is only fitting that one of the risings acts in the CNY music scene is a collective of young guys who call themselves Civil Servants. There is an interesting twist that makes this band stand out from many others, the average age of the band members is 16 years old. Rock may be associated with the young, but seeing this band play brings to mind the phrase, “out of the mouths of babies."