All articles by Jessica Novak

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).



Plucky Charmer Bridgid Bibbens

Weedsport-bred violinist Bridgid Bibbens displays her music gifts during her homecoming week

Bridgid Bibbens is one of the most sought-after violinists in the United States. She plays a bright pink, seven-string, fretted electric violin (Bibbens calls it “the viper”) yet is also completely proficient in classical music. She’s been written about in Guitar World, is in high demand as a studio musician and has performed with artists spanning Christina Aguilera to Mary J. Blige to Jay-Z.



Perfectly Franklin

Music writer Jessica Novak previews the 33rd Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest, featuring Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as a headliner

If the 2014 Syracuse M&T Jazz Fest was a tribute to the past and future with Trombone Shorty and B.B. King bookending the theme, the 2015 edition’s theme offers one for the ladies.



Class Act: David Rezak

Dave Rezak receives this year’s Sammy Hall of Fame award for music educator

On Thursday, March 5, Upstairs and the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, the Syracuse Area Music Awards (Sammys) will host its annual Hall of Fame ceremony, featuring inductees Bobby Comstock, Chris Goss, Loren Barrigar, The Works and Phish’s Jon Fishman.



Appice Brothers: They Got the Beat

Carmine and Vinny Appice’s drumming master class takes place Wednesday, March 11

When many drummers today list off their influences, names like Phil Collins, Neil Peart and John Bonham may come up. But on Wednesday, March 11, a drummer is coming to ton who has been named as the influence of those skin-hitters.



Folkus Hosts Pine Hill Performing Pair

The Pine Hill Project performs Friday, March 6

Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell made themselves independent careers that have resulted in extensive discographies and recognition around the world. But put together, the two equal a sum much greater than the parts.



You Gotta Wanna Help Donna

DonnaPalooza – a fundraiser on Sunday, March 1 at the Westcott Theater

On Oct. 27 local singer, songwriter and guitarist Donna Colton (Visconti) went to her primary care doctor to have a bump looked at on the back of her head. She’d felt its presence for a year, but assuming it was nothing, didn’t act on it until it started to bother her.



Local Label for the Love of Music: L.R.S. Records

Music writer Jessica Novak on the success of L.R.S. Records

Mark Turley started playing in bands while at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. He studied sound recording and production at SUNY Binghamton and interned with Ulf Oesterle at Aux Records in Syracuse. Yet starting his own record label still seemed like an elusive dream when he graduated in 2007.



Tech & Effect with Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond to play the F Shed on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Paavo Siljamäki was 6 years old when he started playing classical cello; soon after he was playing piano. He grew up in Finland with his extended family (more than 20 cousins), with all members forced to play an instrument.



Local Hop: Music Reviews

Jessica Novak reviews Pat Shaughnessy and Nick + Noah’s latest releases.

Pat Shaughnessy. The Mighty Cromwell (independent).