Rockin’ the Redhouse and Remembering Mike Casale
Last year the 6-year-old Rockin’ the Red Cross fundraiser took new shape when it morphed into Rockin’ the Redhouse. Bill Hider, chairman of the Redhouse board of directors and head of the fundraiser committee, realized that the transition year was tough for everyone. But this year’s event is stronger than ever.
(Music) Helping bands reach the next level.
Ulf Oesterle was working toward his Ph.D. at Syracuse University in 2003. His dissertation would focus on the impact independent labels had on the music of their artists. Oesterle envisioned working for a bigger major label down the road; after all, he had already studied media management, mass communications, music and marketing and worked extensively in radio.
Jessica Novak reports on headliners B.B. King and Trombone Shorty at this summer’s M&T Jazz Fest
The M&T Jazz Fest 2014 is all about the big and the new. Over the two-day festival to be held Friday, July 11, and Saturday, July 12, two 18-piece bands, two 11-piece bands and one 10-piece band will cross the busy stage. And with gigantic names like guitar legend B.B. King and New Orleans favorite Trombone Shorty headlining the free summer festival favorite, “mega” -- a word festival founder and producer Frank Malfitano uses often -- might be a more appropriate term.
Byron Cage is a different story.
The normal story goes like this: Musician starts playing as a child, studies music during his or her wonder years, forms a band, tries to make it big and scrambles for press, gigs and possibly fame. The musicmaker either works his or her way up to a point of success, which varies in definition -- or else gives up trying.
The week includes events that take place throughout the city
Lisa Butler promises that the Syracuse Fashion Week, happening April 9 to 12, will be something this city has never seen before. Not only will the event combine fashion, art, food and music (while benefiting the Food Bank of CNY) – it will also feature everything from body painting to magic tricks, burlesque dancers to nude sushi.
Who is Mark Tiffault?
Drummer Mark Tiffault has a band record that would make any musician jealous. He’s played with some of the best groups in Syracuse music history: The Kingsnakes, Built for Comfort, Little Georgie and the Shuffling Hungarians and, today, Los Blancos and the Barking Loungers. He’s entertained fans for years, yet drawn no attention to himself, always emphasizing the importance of staying out of the way of others musically, allowing the song to breathe. And he’s not a drummer that needs a Neil Peart-approved kit: He can do it all with a snare, hi-hat and brushes, as he did on Austin Jimmy Murphy’s CD A History of Blues.
Porgy and Bess ‘resonates musically within our culture,’ says singer in upcoming Syracuse Opera production
First premiered in 1935, it took until 1976 for Porgy and Bess to be largely accepted as a legitimate opera, when the Houston Grand Opera mounted a critically acclaimed production. And it wasn’t until nine years later that New York City’s Metropolitan Opera first performed the work. Fast-forward to 2014, and the piece is still one of the most popular, well known and powerful in opera.
Velvet-voiced Cyrille Aimee closes OCC’s Legends of Jazz Series with a Friday showcase
Cyrille Aimee’s voice has been compared to whiskey, one fine and smooth, smoky and rich. Her style matches: mature, but youthfully adventurous. And her attitude completes the combo: one unafraid, and beyond that, yearning to be the new kid on the block and learn from the best.
Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Indoor Warrior Triathlon is back for more
Although triathlon season doesn’t usually start until late May and early June in this neck of the woods, an upcoming event will get triathletes moving earlier. The Central New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s second annual Indoor Warrior Triathlon will take place at Gold’s Gym, 7455 Morgan Road, Liverpool, on Sunday, April 6, 1 p.m.