Posts Tagged ‘Michael Joe Jackson’

Week in Review

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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!

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.

Live from Syracuse, It’s Saturday Night

Monday, February 9th, 2015

If you are one of those people who says there is nothing going on in Syracuse…we simply are not going to listen to you any more. Period.

Here was one of our favorite scenes from Phi Beta Sigma, Inc.’s Saturday Night Live: Showcase featuring the soulful and jaunty violinist Damien Escobar. His layered riffs definitely excited the crowd on this cover of a Michael Jackson classic.

Poetry in Motion

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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.

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

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.

Future of the Funk

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Here is a short video clip of the McGriff brothers playing one of the songs from the Great American Modern/Pop Songbook during their set at Jazz & Wine (at CFAC) last night. The McGriffs, who have played many venues along the Corridor, opened for Mimi Jones.

Syracuse’s Bandstand

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Here is a short video re-mix from the Blowin’ In The Wind show at the area’s newest concert venue, DestiNY USA’s Canyon.