Posts Tagged ‘Second Line Syracuse’

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. ┬áThe 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.

Urban Reverb

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Second Line Syracuse

Second Line Syracuse

We salute Melissa Gardiner and her mates for taking Second Line from concept to execution,and now award-winning recognition. They were named Best Jazz Band in the latest Syracuse New Times Best of Syracuse survey. Here’s the band showing some reggae flavor during one of their neighborhood visits from the summer:

There Goes that Band Again…

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

It was great to see that Second Line Syracuse made an appearance in the daily parade at the New York State Fair. The band really gets around. Here is a picture of Byron Cage, <a href=

Then & Now (Means of Production)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Means of Production: Change is inevitable. What was once a work field has become a mixed-use business, arts and residential district. We wonder if they sang work songs back when they took salt production literally on the Near West Side.

Means of Production: Change is inevitable. What was once a work field has become a mixed-use business, arts and residential district. We wonder if they sang work songs back when they took salt production literally on the Near West Side.