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Have You Seen Chelsea Lately

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Singer, songwriter and Lemoyne College senior Chelsea Balan showed off her brand of folk soul during the Party in the Plaza series. She is pictured here playing with artist/producer Todd Hobin.

Singer/songwriter Chelsea Balan showed off her emerging talent in folk-soul during the Party in the Plaza series last week. The NYC-native and Lemoyne College senior was joined in performance by artist/producer Todd Hobin.

Mr. Versatility

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Jon Seiger played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening.

Jon Seiger played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening.

The more we see Jon Seiger play (or sing) the more we enjoy his artistry. We read this story and also became impressed with his bravery.

Week in Review

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Dynamo (part deux) from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Something Had to Give

Friday, November 4th, 2016
Ryan Connors

Ryan Connors led the Dynamo Crew

When saw first saw Nashville-based Dynamo at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q. we couldn’t believe so many musicians could fit onto the cramped stage. The band featured two drummers (including SUNY Oswego grad Nate Felty), two guitars, two keyboardists, three horns, and smooth vocalist (Dain Ussery). On the surface, this was just supposed to be a tour stop on the way to Buffalo, but the band spent some time here working on an album at Sub-Cat Studios in September, so it quickly morphed into a half juke joint, half back yard party.

We talked with one concert-goer who said he’d heard so much hype about the band that he had to come see for himself. He said left his girlfriend home (she was sick) to catch the show.

And what a show it was. Sometime after 9 pm, the crowded stage also gave way to crowded tables and walkways (including waitstaff bobbing their heads as they squeezed through the crowd) as music thundered from the ceiling mounted speakers.  Dynamo’s blend of funk, jazz and hint of reggae) featured incredible musical interplay and solos showing off the incredible dexterity of Ryan Connors on keys. Not to be outdone, the tight horn section of  Andrew Golden (trumpet), Kevin Gatzke (sax) and home-girl Melissa Gardiner (trombone), put in some major work.  Meanwhile, the rhythm section conjured up memories of The Brand New Heavies.

Dynamo is a band’s band and you could tell by the generous contingent of musicians in the audience. One middle-aged fan danced for nearly entire show at stage right.

RJ Bracchitta

RJ Bracchitta opened the show

Next time we’d love to see the band play the larger performance venue upstairs at the Dino.

The show was originally scheduled to begin at 8 pm, and to his credit opener, RJ Bracchitta had a great set, including a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke.”

For more information on Dynamo, click here. For info about RJ Bracchitta click here.

 

Back for Bar-b-que

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Nate Felty and Dynamo gave off a funky aroma at the Dinosaur BBQ this evening.

Dynamo, with Syracuse’s Nate Felty on drums, gave off a funky aroma at the Dinosaur BBQ this evening. The Nashville-based band’s tour takes them to Oswego and Buffalo next.

A View From the Last Pew

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Joe Acuri at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church

Joe Arcuri at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church

The inspirational Jazz Vespers series is a great way to check your spiritual pulse.

Playing on the Patio

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Great Expectations was showing inside, but outside melodious introduction by this street musician.

Great Expectations was showing inside, but outside Syracuse Stage this musician was giving theater goers a melodious prelude.

Week in Review

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Work the Room from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Jazz is…Performance on Tap

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
Veteran guitarist Steve Brown is scheduled to perform at the Jazz on Tap Series in Skaneateles on Sunday.

Veteran guitarist Steve Brown is scheduled to perform at the Jazz on Tap Series in Skaneateles on Sunday.

A Taste of Mardi Gras (in October)

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Melissa Gardiner

Melissa Gardiner: bandleader

Second Line Syracuse’s appearance at the Community Folk Art Center last night was like a hearty bowl of well-seasoned gumbo to warm the autumn chill. The song list for the evening included a dash of Mongo Santamaria, a sprinkle of Ellington, a side of Fela Kuti and Vulfpeck, and even a pinch of Trombone Shorty.

Trumpeter Dan Fields and Melissa Gardiner played leading roles, and even marched through the crowd during one number. Their rendition of “Night Time Is the Right Time” also featured some robust vocal sparring.  The quintet was rounded out by Byron Cage (drums), Deyquan Bowens (keys) and Matt Rossi (sousaphone).

The show was held at the Community Folk Art Center.

Nick Fields

Dan Fields: cooler than Chet Baker in a snowstorm