A band from the 1950s, The Madisons, took home a trophy from the founder Frank Malfitano.
A band that started in the 1970s, The Flashcubes, took home a trophy for induction into the Hall of Fame.
A band starting out, Rabbit in the Rye, took home the trophy for the Brian Bourke Award for best new band.
The Syracuse Area Music Awards again connected the dots between past and present with its ceremony Friday night at The Palace Theatre in Syracuse.
Musicians and fans mixed and listened, gabbed and watched, as the shiny black awards were handed out, interspersed with knock-out musical sets.
This party started in 1993, and with this second year at the 700-seat Palace Theatre, appears to have found a happy place.
There’s plenty of great music that calls Syracuse home. Longtime radio host Dave Frisina, a member of the Syracuse Area Music Awards hall of fame himself, told the audience that his weekly local music “Soundcheck” show is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
Frisina said he’s now playing Syracuse music from the children of musicians he used to feature at the beginning of “Soundcheck.”
How cool is that?
If you’d like to read my story about the Syracuse Area Music Awards ceremony on the Syracuse New Times site, click the link below.
Who’s your favorite band from your hometown?
9 thoughts on “Generations of Syracuse musicians celebrate past and present”
it is so, so great that you have a hopping music scene in syracuse )
It was a big time, Beth.
this has to be one of the highlights of the year for you
Yes, always, Beth.
“How cool is that?” Elton John says it’s the circle of life.
And Elton ain’t Lion about that, Kerbey. Music grows and changes and keeps making folks happy.
I am always pleasantly surprised at the way you sum up your thoughts and the warmth of your interest in music shines through. I appreciate how you broke the article down into different styles of music, so that ones who are not familiar with the bands, can get information. This is cool, how the ones who were the parents have taught their children ‘well’ in music, so now they are being featured on the “Soundcheck” radio program. It is nice to celebrate new faces and musical talent, too. In Cleveland, we have the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which has concerts and programs that are very exciting to read about (I have gone through the museum twice now) but you get to attend these kind of great programs! Lucky you, Mark! There is always room for more inductees!
I loved my trip to the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Robin. So much to look at and listen to for anybody who grew up with music. You are fortunate to have gone twice!
What an awesome article. I’m not surprised by your coverage, but it’s heartwarming to read about the long lasting and new sounds that stir up the Central New York air.
Of the bands listed, I really dig on the Pale Green Stars. I love that “gritty” (you said it best) and rockabilly sound they incorporate into their music.