All articles by Jessica Novak

Fall Music Lineup Sounds Good

A few highlights for fall 2014

Colder weather doesn’t mean a slowdown in shows. While outdoor festivals get traded for indoor seasons from groups such as Symphoria and the Legends of Jazz Series at Onondaga Community College, music fans have plenty of reasons to keep their coats handy for a night out.



Driscoll and Kouyate Speak a Universal Language

Driscoll and Kouyate will headline a show on Friday, Aug. 22, 8 p.m., at the Westcott Theater.

So many musicians and bands fall victim to “trying too hard,” by pushing flashy vocals, lyrics and instrumental licks as they flit in and out of genres. But Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate push musical boundaries by not trying too hard.



Local Hop

Jessica Novak reviews new releases from The Flashing Astonishers, Donna Dennihy and Mike Ryan Coyotes.

The Flashing Astonishers (Koala Syndicate).



Dan Baird and Homemade Sin Rock the Dino

Baird visits the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Monday, Aug. 25

Most people will recognize the name Dan Baird from the Georgia Satellites, the chart-topping 1980s-era rock band he fronted as lead singer and rhythm guitarist. But when Baird visits the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que on Monday, Aug. 25, he’ll be rocking alongside Homemade Sin, a lineup that also features former Satellite drummer Mauro Magellan, bassist Micke Nilsson and the ever-animated guitarist Warner Hodges from Jason and the Scorchers.



Play On Brother

Alan Evans’ New Group, Visits Funk ’n Waffles.

Central New York is a familiar place for Alan Evans. The multitalented dynamo has played with Soulive since 1999 with his brother Neal Evans and Eric Kranso and has ties to both Woodstock and Buffalo.



Tim Herron Corporation: 15 Years of Making Music

Keeping a band together for any period of time is a challenge. Keeping a band running for 15 years is a miracle.

Keeping a band together for any period of time is a challenge. Keeping a band running for 15 years is a miracle. The Tim Herron Corporation will celebrate 15 years with an outdoors performance at Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.



Raising Cain in Syracuse

Chris Cain’s blues roots go back to his upbringing with a father who had an impressive record collection and love of live performances.

Chris Cain loves the Salt City. “Syracuse is one of my favorite places in the world,” he says from his phone at his California home. “I spilled beer on the mayor once. I was really popular for that. It was years ago. Guys were giving me high-fives and stuff.”



Can’t Spell Fundraiser Without F-U-N

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Unforgettable Comedy Challenge will take place at Funny Bone Comedy Club at Destiny USA.

Comedy is a fair medium. Given nothing but a stage and a microphone, it’s up to the performer to make the audience laugh however he or she can. And when a prize – and pride – are on the line, the stakes are sure to rise.



Cohn to Kallet: Walking in Pulaski

Cohn has toured more in the past six years than the 10 previous years. He emphasizes that the rise in tour dates is dependent on the people he’s found to join him, such as Patscha.

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Marc Cohn is on the road again, this time with Glenn Patscha, performing a more stripped-down, improvisational, acoustic show than in the past.



A Fistful of Festivals

This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest.

Summertime schedules get overwhelming in sunny Syracuse as every festival packs into the short and sweet season. This weekend’s downtown double-fest, presented in conjunction with Syracuse ArtsWeek, offers the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival and the Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest.