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Week in Review

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

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

When the Second Line Comes Marching In…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Melissa Gardiner and Second Line Syracuse band marched through the Landmark on Friday.

Melissa Gardiner and her band marches on!

These days a party’s just not a party until Second Line Syracuse meanders on through. They did just that during the Festival of the Fantastical Follicle last Friday. When they show up it’s always Mardi Gras or Carnival!

March On!

Mike Heagerty kept time for the band as they descended to the lobby.

Dan Fields

Dan Fields tried to blow the roof off the Landmark.

Downtown Funk

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Week in Review: Fungiere

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Gregory Collins

Gregory Collins: The Mr. Please, Please, Please of the local Funk Scene

We wish you knew what it was like to experience something this funky. We’re not talking uptown, but strictly some downtown, alleyway, outside of Armory Square, dumpster funk. Emanuel “never miss a beat” Washington organized “Doin It to Death,” a tribute to James Brown and the show had people nearly climbing the walls inside Funk-n-Waffles (downtown) on Thursday. We don’t know if the band (including a killer horn section) rehearsed or had a previous gig, but on this night the force (of funk) was with them indeed. The only thing that would have made this a better outing is if they had been scheduled during the NCAA Regional Finals weekend.

Making short cameo appearances during the two-hour plus show were Washington’s band mates from Sophistafunk, Adam Gold and Jack Brown.

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Eman Washington, drummer and now concert producer

E. Washington, drummer, and a crowd jammin’ on the one.

The multi-generational crowd also roared when Washington announced that he would be putting together a Beastie Boys Tribute in June.

This was a first show at the new Funk-n-Waffles location and the place definitely has the potential to make some noise on the Downtown music scene.

The horn section for the show, featuring trombonist Melissa Gardiner (right) was tight.

The tight horn section was a Fields sandwich (Dan on trumpet and Nick on tenor sax) punctuated by the  book ends of  Melissa Gardiner (trombone) and 17-year old Dunham Hall (alto sax).