Syracuse blues, from the Onondaga Nation band Fabulous Ripcords.

Fabulous Ripcords, Gunrunners, Joanne Shenandoah up for Native American Music Awards

No doubt, Fabulous Ripcords can rip with the blues. I’ve been appreciating these guys’ talent for years, since my time covering the Syracuse scene for the big daily. I remember walking around the outdoor festivals, spying them on an outdoor stage, and stopping for a song. Two. Three. Half the day. Well, that’s a bit…

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Santana's trademark dove on the video screen.

Carlos Santana soars, with no obstructions

It had been while since my dear wife Karen and I had gone to a concert in the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center, but when I heard the word that Carlos Santana was bringing his guitar to the 5,000-seat room just 30 miles east of Syracuse, I knew that would make one heckuva…

Seth Faergolzia and 23 Pseasz.

Mick Fury, Seth Faergolzia back for Syracuse shows

When I posted the link to last Friday’s piece about Jason Teska’s return from Nashville to play a homecoming show for his Syracuse area fans, friends and family on my Facebook page a week ago, Mick Fury was quick to comment. Why he’d just run into Jason in a Nashville bar, Mick told the world…

Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl, formerly of October Project. (From maryfahl.com)

Mary Fahl sounds great with Syracuse’s backing

Mary Fahl sounds great playing with musicians from Syracuse. Mark Doyle told me so this spring, when we were talking about his “Guitar Noir” performances coming up at the Auburn Public Theater and the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest. One of the important musical elements in the veteran Syracuse musician, band leader, arranger and producer’s life…

The latest album from Jason Teska, "Forward and Back." (Provided photo)

A trip home from Nashville feels right for Jason Teska

Back in the day, Jason Teska was one of the hardest working guys in the Central New York music scene. The guitarist and singer for country-rockers The Back Alley Boys was always putting in the effort to be the best he could be. I admired, respected and liked him a lot in those years when…

Paul Carlon, center, leads Rhumba Is a Lovesome Sound in Catherine Cummings Theater.

A return home from the Big Apple pleases CNY jazz fans

It’s been awhile since he’d played his saxophone in his hometown, Paul Carlon said while we corresponded about his trip up from New York City with his band La Rumba Is a Lovesome Thing to perform Friday night at Jazz-N-Caz. Yes, Carlon grew up in Cazenovia. Well, to be technical about it, his family’s home…