When my good friend Dave Kaspar gives me the heads-up that a trip to Shifty’s is needed to see a new band on the Syracuse scene, I believe him.
After all, over the last quarter century, I’ve stood next to the guy hundreds of nights, appreciating the best our city has to offer. And then there are all those days we’ve sat together appreciating the band’s brought by founder and executive director Frank Malfitano to the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest.
The B-Sides, they’re called.
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Sharon Allen sings. Lee Tiffault plays lead guitar. Tom Navagh takes the foundation on bass. Lee’s brother Mark keeps the beat on drums. Tom and Mark lend back-up vocals.
I know them well singularly, what with my 21 years covering the scenes in my past life with the big daily, Sharon singing with her cousin Donna Colton, Lee and Mark the Syracuse Area Musica Awards hall-of-fame sons of the wonderful man and player Sox Tiffault and legacy carriers with Cookbook and Los Blancos, respectively. Tom’s a familiar face as well, having worked with so many great players in town.
They’re a fine new addition to the scene I cherish, rocking with old-school aplomb and blues power. There’s a touch of Jerry-adoring jam in there, too.
“I knew you’d like them,” Kaspar says.
Kaspar has some skin in the game as well.
He’s booking gigs for the band. Navagh is taking a deserved break down south after this gig. The next show is April 15 at Flat Iron, followed by May 6 at The Ridge and a return to Shifty’s on May 12. All shows are 8 p.m.
Kaspar can be reached for event booking at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a video I shot of The B-Sides playing a cool cut, My Mother-in-Law.
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