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.
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.
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.
Guitarist Joe Louis Walker performs in support of the Blues Festival
Joe Louis Walker has been called fierce, gritty and ferocious on guitar. The San Francisco-born trailblazer, known for his domineering style and impressively versatile chops, will bring those traits to Upstairs at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Sunday, Feb. 16, during a benefit for this year’s New York State Blues Festival.
High and Inside
Walking into a house, you’ll always find the typical quirks that define the resident, such as posters, color schemes, photos, furniture and wall decorations. Walk into the Eastwood apartment of Bryce Moore and Rob Leffler, however, and you’ll easily recognize what these guys are into. In fact, they’ll probably ask you to take part in their very obvious hobby. Instead of ellipticals in their living room or a guitar sitting in the corner; they’ve got a climbing wall.
It’s something different. Anyone can buy flowers or candy.
There are plenty of ordinary ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day (think chocolates, flowers and dinner), but local singer, songwriter and guitarist Mike McKay has figured out a new V-Day plan. Last year he started Love-O-Grams, a personal song-delivery service, in which the traveling troubadour entertains girlfriends, wives and significant others via song. On Valentine’s Day he’ll average about 30 love-o-grams within the 12-hour day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It was a difficult show to produce.
It’s been Beatle-mania all over again, as fans recognized the anniversary of the fab four’s legendary first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964. It was a performance that would change the course of music history for the rest of the world, an influence that is undeniable.
Jason Aldean is booked for the grandstand.
Though Central New Yorkers still have plenty of winter ahead, it doesn’t mean they can’t dream of summer and pleasant-weather concerts, like those at the New York State Fair. Announcements of fair acts are starting to roll in, with Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down Tour” topping the list.