All articles by Micha L. Crook

Lotus is ready to bloom at the F Shed

Lotus plays Jan. 24 and 25 at the F Shed

Electronic band Lotus is coming to the F Shed this weekend - playing Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, followed by after party performances at the Westcott Theater.



Michael Glabicki Closed out the 2014 music series at 1911’s Tasting Room

A look back at the end-of-season concert

Traditionally, in agricultural areas at the end of a growing season, the surrounding community would gather to celebrate the harvest. Together they would come, congregating in a large field or barn, gathering to lift their voices in song and share spirits to keep the cold at bay for just a little while longer.



4 Great Places for Live Music on NYE

Live Music for New Year’s Eve

At this time of year, there are more “where to go for New Year’s Eve” lists than you can shake a stick at. Everyone has an opinion and I’m no exception. So, in no particular order, here is a list of my four favorite places to hear live music and shake your booty to ring in the New Year!



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.



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.