All articles by Micha L. Crook

Phantom Chemistry’s latest release: Whiskey Slurs

High energy and intensity mark the latest release from Phantom Chemistry

Phantom Chemistry seems an apt name for this Syracuse band.

Charley Orlando’s Musical Vision Ascends with the Release of StarSeed

Charley Orlando: CD Release Party at Sparkytown on December 13

Charley Orlando is a gifted talent. Molded by the Central New York music scene, this nationally recognized artist has 15 albums to his name and a career in the music industry spanning over 25 years. In his time of development and discovery he has transformed from musical journeyman to a wisdom imparting sage. He shares his next offering of music and enlightenment on December 9, with the release of StarSeed, the final chapter of the Organica trilogy.

The Healing Power of Sound

With the Monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery

Sound is powerful.

Cocktails in Purgatory

Inclusive Or brings an elixir of catharsis with the release of their album

Inclusive Or releases their first album, Cocktails in Purgatory, on local label bettyElm Records. The Syracuse based band’s line-up is made up of Trevor Grant (guitar, piano, and vocals), Tim Clark (keyboard), Mike Russo (bass guitar and vocals), Dave DelFavero (guitar), and Danny Capucilli (drums). Together the members of Inclusive Or have created a musical soundscape on their album that illustrates the psychological and philosophical plight in the everyday post-modern life. Inclusive Or's album release gives an unnerving sense of ennui while simultaneously being so self-aware of angst that they can admit their misanthropic tendencies with a wry smile of acceptance and disbelief.

40 Below Shifts into High Gear for Cycle Syracuse

Cycle Syracuse is Sunday, September 7

The newest branch of Syracuse’s 40Below organization, The Transit Task Force, holds its first major event “Cycle Syracuse” this Sunday, September 7. The day’s free event will feature several group bicycle rides throughout the city of Syracuse and a festival on West Fayette Street in Armory Square featuring; food trucks, a kid’s bike rodeo, walking tours of downtown and the Connective Corridor and the screening of a bicycle documentary, The Long Bike Back.

You Don’t Know Jack Until You Know Joe Driscoll

Interesting facts you’ve always wanted to know about Joe Driscoll.

Joe Driscoll is a man of immense talent and passion. This Syracuse-born musician has taken the world stage by storm; accumulating a global fan base that ardently adores him and his music. Nowhere is that love of Joe Driscoll more evident than with his fans back home in good ol’ Syracuse, NY.  Joe is reciprocating that affection by playing a show at the Westcott Theater, this Friday, August 22, with collaborator, Sekou Kouyate, and bandmates James Breen (percussion) and John Railton (bass).

Charley Orlando Brings Sunshine to The Ridge

The Ridge is an amazing place to enjoy a meal and with the addition of Charley Orlando’s performance, it was the perfect place to make your own sunshine.

As summers go, this has not been the sunniest. Rain and overcast skies have been par for the course this year and with the less than perfect weather for our much needed annual boost in vitamin D production, maybe our moods have not been as sunny either. Central New Yorkers are a resilient type of folk and we always seem to find our own way to make blue skies and bring a little joy into our lives. A fine way to do so is by the partaking of good music, good food and good company. I found a plethora of all three when I had the chance to see Charley Orlando perform at the tavern of The Ridge Golf Club in Chittenango on Wednesday July, 23rd as part of their summer music series.

Tradition Reinvented

The old and new greeted each other at the edge of an apple field in LaFayette this summer.

On Saturday, July 19th, the last of the summer concert series was held at the tasting room of 1911 Spirits (the distillery of Beak and Skiff apple farm). The breezy summer evening showed that tradition is an important marker of cultural identity but also a building block to create something newly dynamic - while feeling grounded in familiar territory. This balance of the established and the new was demonstrated in a perfect marriage of the location of 1911 Spirits and the Americana band, Hackensaw Boys.

The Blacklites Kicked It Off

The Blacklites Kicked off The Nationals Celebrations in Washington Park

The party like atmosphere that is shared at The Syracuse Nationals, was welcomed in a night early on Wednesday, July 16th, as The Blacklites held a free open air concert at the gazebo for the public at Washington Park in Liverpool, NY. The fun and family friendly event was sponsored by Dinosaur Radio and was used as a fundraiser for the Wander’s Rest Humane Association, in Canastota. Classic car enthusiasts were invited to bring their vehicles to show off as part of the radio station’s weekly Car Cruz at the Park. The Blacklites provide classic Rhythm and Blues tunes as the soundscape to the visual feast of classic vehicles’ craftsmanship and beauty.

Live Music and Local Eateries in Syracuse this Summer

Find out when and where to listen to local music while eating great food around Syracuse.

Oh, glorious summer! A season of fun and frivolity, long days and warm evenings, of festivals and dancing until the early rays of a new day’s light. Well… that’s at least what we will hope it will be. For many of us, summer still holds the same daily structure of life prior to the changing of seasons. There is work to get to, early meetings and a need to be productive. While nothing seems more tempting to venture out and enjoy the impromptu celebrations that many of our live music locales offer, the restrictions of needing to be up and out the door before 7 a.m. means many of us have to be home and in bed far earlier than before the music even gets started.