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Better to Give than Receive

Monday, March 16th, 2015
A spoonful of the waffle makes the funk go down.

A spoonful of the brownie waffle makes the funk go down.

Mike Heagerty makes no excuses when it comes to hospitality as he shares a James Brownie Waffle Sundae with musicians at Doin’ It to Death (DITD) last week.

Emanuel Washington gets a taste of the James Brown Waffle Sundae during the second set.

Emanuel Washington gets a taste of the James Brown Waffle Sundae during the second set.

Week in Review: Fungiere

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Gregory Collins

Gregory Collins: The Mr. Please, Please, Please of the local Funk Scene

We wish you knew what it was like to experience something this funky. We’re not talking uptown, but strictly some downtown, alleyway, outside of Armory Square, dumpster funk. Emanuel “never miss a beat” Washington organized “Doin It to Death,” a tribute to James Brown and the show had people nearly climbing the walls inside Funk-n-Waffles (downtown) on Thursday. We don’t know if the band (including a killer horn section) rehearsed or had a previous gig, but on this night the force (of funk) was with them indeed. The only thing that would have made this a better outing is if they had been scheduled during the NCAA Regional Finals weekend.

Making short cameo appearances during the two-hour plus show were Washington’s band mates from Sophistafunk, Adam Gold and Jack Brown.

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Eman Washington, drummer and now concert producer

E. Washington, drummer, and a crowd jammin’ on the one.

The multi-generational crowd also roared when Washington announced that he would be putting together a Beastie Boys Tribute in June.

This was a first show at the new Funk-n-Waffles location and the place definitely has the potential to make some noise on the Downtown music scene.

The horn section for the show, featuring trombonist Melissa Gardiner (right) was tight.

The tight horn section was a Fields sandwich (Dan on trumpet and Nick on tenor sax) punctuated by the  book ends of  Melissa Gardiner (trombone) and 17-year old Dunham Hall (alto sax).

Week in Review

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Anjela Lynn

Anjela Lynn, ladies first

When it comes to bringing the crowd to the Sitrus Lounge, and making them get off their feet and dance, or in some cases sing, nobody does it like Michael & Anjela Lynn. Their second show for the season at the Sheraton Hotel was a perfect celebration of the roots of smooth R&B and the gift of musical enjoyment on Friday. They were backed up superbly by the next generation, aka the Talented Ones.

Deyquan Bowens

Deyquan Bowens

John Buda Bowens

John Buda Bowens

Mike Houston

Michael Houston

Al Cutri

Al Cutri

Anjela gets some help on vocals during the second set

Anjela gets some help on vocals during the second set

Cold Sweat

Friday, March 13th, 2015
“Funk is not fast, it’s not slow…it’s just funky…”
-Gregory Collins
Gregory Collins captured the energy, moves and mannerisms of Mr. Please, Please, Please, Mr. Dynamite and the Hardest Working Man in Show Business at the Tribute to James Brown at Funk-n-Waffles (Downtown) last night.

Gregory Collins captured the energy, moves and magnetism of Mr. Please, Please, Please/ Mr. Dynamite, and transformed into the Hardest Working Man in Show Business for the Tribute to James Brown at Funk-n-Waffles (Downtown) last night.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Dwele at Awful Al’s Cigar Bar (circa 2003)

Dwele at Awful Al’s Cigar Bar (circa 2003)

Freemium

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Free event + Premium content=Freemium.

Bravo to Frank Malfitano for putting together what sounds like another great line up for Syracuse Jazz Fest. This year’s festival features Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, and Lake Street Drive.

Once again the festival is free.

The Friday night shows at Jazz Fest have become legendary (Trombone Shorty, Gregory Porter, Preservation Hall Jazz Band), and this year we are particularly interested in seeing the evening sizzle with a combination of Marsalis and Buckwheat Zydeco.

To see Buckwheat Zydeco at a New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest back in the day check this out:

To get some background on Creole music and the culture of SW Louisiana, listen to one of our favorite DJ’s, historian Cowboy Texas Fred:

Live in Consort

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Vocalist Cookie Coogan accompanied  J.T. Hall for Jazz @ Sitrus on Friday.

Vocalist Cookie Coogan accompanied J.T. Hall (right) and his Jazz Consort for their return to the Sitrus Lounge on Friday.

Time seems to move faster as spring approaches. It’s hard to believe there are only four more Jazz @ Sitrus shows remaining for the season. The next band to keep the groove in place on the Hill, Michael & Angela Lynn.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Guitarist Gil Parris will return to Central New York this month for a concert for the CNY Jazz Cabaret Series. Parris is pictured here with Syracuse' number one music fan, Bobbie Jean Willis.

Smooth jazz guitarist Gil Parris (left) will return to Central New York this month for the CNY Jazz Cabaret Series (March 15). Parris is pictured here with one of  Syracuse’s best music fans, Bobbie Jean Willis.

Expression

Friday, February 27th, 2015
Writer/lecturer Feminista Jones speaks during Delta Week at Syracuse University.

Writer/lecturer Feminista Jones speaks during Delta Week at Syracuse University.

Eyes Wide Sharp

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Magnante, Sherer and Vacanti (aka ESP) played the Sitrus Lounge into a mellow mood last night.

Magnanti (guitar), Scherer (drums) and Vacanti (bass), aka ESP, played the Sitrus Lounge into a mellow mood last night.

The group will return to the Sitrus Lounge again with vocalist Kirsten Tegtmeyer on April 24.