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Human Nature

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
D. Bowens on keys

D. Bowens was a thriller on the keys

When you say you are going to do a Michael Jackson tribute, it had better be good, really good.

Everybody knows the music; everybody recognizes the man behind Off the Wall, and enhancer of the Moonwalk.  Drummer Emmanuel “Never Miss A Beat” Washington brought together a groovy collective, including vocalist Brian Michael, and they nearly shook the foundation of the Clinton Exchange and Amos block during the Taste of Syracuse last night.

Fans were white and they were black; they were young and they were old. They all knew the lyrics and for a few hours along a small strip of Erie Boulevard they celebrated the King of Pop and his musical legacy.

BMichael’s falsetto and high leg kicks were enough to make a side man cry. He definitely proved himself worthy of covering the MJ classics. We were also impressed with guitarist Jay Lock and his Van Halen impression during “Beat It.”

Although the set 20 minutes late, the group exceeded expectations. In short, EMan has done it again (we witnessed his Tribute to James Brown last years). He continues to prove himself as a bandleader and fuser of talent.

The show ended with a drama-filled, dance to “Thriller” and it drove the crowd wild. We wish they would have had time to do “Smooth Criminal.”

We overheard one lady, when she heard the fine and mellow voice of Gabby Gorman say, “she sounds like Teena Marie.” So of course we are hoping E-man does a tribute to Rick James next (and brings back Gabby for the duets).

Brian Michael...won't stop til' you get enough!

Brian Michael…won’t stop til’ you get enough!

Mikes on the Mike

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
Brian Michael (Taste of Syracuse)

Brian Michael (Taste of Syracuse)

Friday night at the Taste of Syracuse became a literal Mike Fest as Michael Heagerty and Brian Michael commanded the Tenacious Sound Listening Lounge and the Mess’s Fireworks Erie Boulevard Stages respectively.

Michael Heagerty aka Tots

Michael Heagerty aka Tots (Taste of Syracuse)

LeMoyne Season Finale

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Jazz is…Collaboration

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Guest vocalists Kara Shidemantle and Rev. Shidemantle perform "What a Wonderful World" during the Pentacost Jazz Vespers at Pebble  Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon.

Guest vocalists Kara Shidemantle and Rev. Shidemantle performed “What a Wonderful World” during the Pentecost Jazz Vespers at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon. In the background Darryl Pugh (bass).

Jazz Is…Movement

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Sitrus Lounge

Joe Ferlo of Utica played the Sitrus Lounge with Laurie Dapice last week.

Small Town Lady, Big Time Voice

Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Laurie Dapice was the most recent guest to grace the Sitrus Lounge Sound Stage. She sang standards and cuts from her new CD "Parting the Veil." She has won awards from ASCAP and Billboard Magazine. Dapice is a native of Utica, New York.

Laurie Dapice was the most recent guest to grace the Sitrus Lounge Sound Stage. She sang standards and cuts from her new CD “Parting the Veil” last night. Dapice has won awards from ASCAP and Billboard Magazine. She is a native of Utica, New York.

Here is a review of her debut CD.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Gospel Weekend, NYS Fair

Gospel Weekend, NYS Fair

Week in Review: Get Shorty…again

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Frank Malfitano announced this week that Trombone Shorty is coming back for an encore performance. This time you have to see it in person.

Week in Review: Purple Reigns in the land of Orange

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
A few downtown buildings were illuminated in Purple on Saturday to honor the memory of the artist who will be forever known as Prince.

A few downtown buildings were illuminated in Purple on Saturday to honor the memory of the artist who will be forever known as Prince.

The Good News

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
BCCE Concert this evening will celebrate their 39th Year of spreading the Good News.

This evening the Black Celestial Choral Ensemble of Syracuse University will celebrate with their 39th Anniversary Concert. Current and alumni members, we wish you continued faith, favor and fulfillment.