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Street gaze (part 43)

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Peer Effect

The Pursuit of Happiness

It’s a Love Thing

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Donna Alford and Reggie Seigler led the Donna Alford JaSS band brought some brand new funk to the Sitrus Lounge on Friday night.

The Donna Alford JaSSBand features Donna Alford on vocals and Reggie Seigler on bass.

Fresh off their headline gig at Jazz in the City, The Donna Alford JaSSBand (featuring the husband/wife team of Reggie Siegler and Donna Alford) came to The Sitrus Lounge Friday and unleashed a brand new funk.  One of the highlights of their set was a Michael Jackson medley, which carefully blended “Rock with You” and “Love Never Felt So Good.”  The MJ set was so smooth we expected to see a hologram appear on stage.

Unfortunately, this was their only appearance at the Sitrus showcase this season.

The Das Effect

Friday, September 19th, 2014
SU Alum (Newhouse) and music exec, turned entrepreneur and author visited campus to speak to students on Thursday.

SU Alum (Newhouse) and author Shanti Das visited campus to speak to students about the value of networking on Thursday. Das parlayed hard-work and a passion for hip hop culture into an internship, and eventually a career as a music executive. This ATL-native helped launch the careers of Outkast, Usher and TLC.

Das set up what she calls the “College Chat Room” during her visit. The College Chat is an Oprah/Charlie Rose table-type conversation for students. She encouraged students to get and stay out of their comfort zones. She also talked about her “Strait A’s” for college success. To learn more about her program, click here.

Throwback Thursday: Jimmy Who?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014
Syracuse-native Jimmy Cavallo returned to town to play a two-day set at the Italian Festival.

Syracuse-native Jimmy Cavallo returned to town to play a two-day set at the Italian Festival.

We got to meet Jimmy Cavallo over the weekend. On stage he plays a mean sax, and has an energetic show with great jokes for someone almost 90. During his Saturday set he talked about appearing in the film “Rock, Rock Rock!”

He later told us he was the first white rock musician (with an all white band) to play Harlem’s Apollo Theater in 1956.

Sitrus Four Play

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

Jazz at Sitrus kicked off the 2014-15 season by hosting the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly.  She was joined last night by retired Ithaca College educator  Steve Brown on guitar, Dino Losito on keys and Rochester’s Mike Melito on drums.

This is the fourth season for the series.

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Ladies in Motion

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Tinashe

Tinashe

For the first part of today’s Juice Jam 2014 the ladies took center stage.  The show was opened by Misterwives on the indie stage, followed by Broods, featuring Georgia Nott. Tinashe, who ignited things on the main stage, has an album coming out October 7.

Broods also has an album due out in October.

Mandy Lee

Mandy Lee of Misterwives

Ladies catch a groove near the indie stage

Ladies catch a groove near the indie stage

Georgia Nott, lead singer for Broods

Georgia Nott, lead singer for Broods

Cuse before Cali

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Mandy Lee revs up the crowd at Juice Jam 2014

Mandy Lee and Misterwives revved up the crowd at Juice Jam 2014

Misterwives, featuring lead singer Mandy Lee, got a great send off today from the students during Juice Jam 2014. The band was the opening act for the music festival (which celebrated it’s 10th year).  Tomorrow Misterwives will make their national television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in L.A.

Crowd Reflection

Crowd Reflection

Return of Jazz in the City

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Encore

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
DJ Shakim, DJ for BBD, kicked off the show with a medley of tunes that spanned nearly 40 years of Hip Hop and R&B. We wish he would have went on much ealier in the day.

DJ Shakim, the kinetic DJ, kicked off the show for BBD last night with a medley of tunes that spanned nearly 40 years of Hip-Hop and R&B. Many in the crowd wished he would have came on much ealier.

3-in-1

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Ricky Bell, Ron Devoe and Mike Bivins, aka Bell Biv Devoe, turned in a legendary performance at Chevy Court on Saturday night.

Ricky Bell, Ron DeVoe and Mike Bivins, aka Bell Biv DeVoe, turned in a seasoned and funkdafied performance (including their smash hit "Poison") at Chevy Court last night

Probably no of us thought that within the New Edition franchise it would be Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD) who emerged as the most consistent spin-off.  And to make sure we don’t forget, Michael Bivins announced during the show that in 2015 BBD would be recording a new album, going out on tour, and even doing a television project.  How’s that for poison control!