Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Familiar Faces?

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Bass Player

James, guitarist for Angie Stone

At this year’s Juneteenth we had to do a double take. The guitar player for Angie Stone looked so much like Rod Little from the Blacklites…Glance again, the resemblance is uncanny.

R Little, the Blacklites

R. Little, the Blacklites (Jazz in the City event).

Cuse’ Got Talent: Seeing Stars

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Kerryanna Kershner

Here are a few of the vocalists who participated in last night’s OCPL Masterclass Finale. Another show is scheduled for tonight at Lemoyne College.


Keith Dallas Ward


Rochelle Gilbert


Maka Rouge

Cuse’ Got Talent : C is for Czajkowski (or Tchaikovsky)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Lawrence Czajkowski performs his original composition "Electric Fancy" at the Onondaga County Public Library Masterclass finale 2 last night at Lemoyne College.

Lawrence Czajkowski performed his original composition “Electric Fancy” at the Onondaga County Public Library Masterclass “Finale 2″ on Monday.  Czajkowski (chy-KAWF-skee ) was the closing act.  The event featured nearly 20 artist performances and was held at Lemoyne College. The third finale will be held tonight.

Thanks to Larry Luttinger for inviting us to this event last night. The OCPL Masterclass sounds like a great way to expose emerging and under represented talent.  We also found out that the Masterclass is a free program. Check out below, as Larry (Luttinger) introduces another Larry (Czajkowski), and reminds us that CNY is also home to some great composers.

The program will be available via video/audio at

Week in Review

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

Let's Go Get Stoned from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Angie’s (Syracuse) List

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Angie Stone, Syracuse Juneteenth

With cameras rolling for an upcoming BET special, Angie Stone sang some of her greatest hits (including “Funk You Up” from her Sequence days) and brought some neo-soul veneer to Syracuse last night.  For about an hour or so in Clinton Square every man became a king, and every woman a queen, thanks to her direction.  Backstage many local musicians and politicians also fell under the spell of Stone’s soothing summer sounds.

Welcome Committee

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Beats & Rhymes from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

The President has a theme song; Syracuse Football has a fight song, but we think this would be a great welcome to summer song for our city. In fact, maybe Sophistafunk and the 315 Elks Pride Drumline could play the next Hancock Airport musical showcase or open up the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.

Conceptual Metaphor (IV)

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Michael Doing Michael

Michael Doing Michael

Lebron. Kobe. Sting. Prince. Marvin. Oprah.

Some people are just cool enough to be mentioned by first name alone. Here Michael (Heagerty) does his best Michael (Jackson) dance moves during a set by Joe Driscoll (accompanied by DJ Afar) at the Taste of Syracuse.

No Ordinary Joe

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Syracuse’s favorite Hip Hop/Folk singing/guitar playing/Human Beat Box, aka Joe Driscoll, closed out the Express Mart Stage for the Taste of Syracuse last night. His show caught the attention of stalwart driscollites, innocent by-standers, TV and radio personalities, as well as local musicians. The well-traveled Driscoll, who was bred in the Westcott Nation, recently played gigs in California.


While on stage Driscoll sported a Wes Johnson (Lakers) jersey. This guy always represents.


While in town Driscoll will also play shows at the Westcott Theater and Funk-n-Waffles (downtown).


Ace of the Bass

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Syracuse's Ace of the Bass played the Delta Air Lines Clinton Square Stage at the Taste of Syracuse on Friday.

Stroke’s Israel Hagan chopped it up on the Delta Air Lines Clinton Square Stage (Taste of Syracuse) on Friday.

Hagan in Kangol: the proper topper

Syracuse’s Ace of Bass cool in Kangol.

Bring that Beat Back

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Jack and Maxwell Brown:  Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage, Taste of Syracuse (Friday)

Having a Brown night: Jack Brown (left) and Maxwell Brown front and center at the Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage, Taste of Syracuse (Friday)

We thought it was generous and down right classy for Sophistafunk to yield some of their Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage performance to the 315 Elks Pride Drumline last night.

The brief musical collaboration caused a pleasant ruckus.

The Beat of 315: Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage

The Beat of 315: Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage