Hail, hail, Mr. Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry died last week, and I of course bowed my head to a major man of my musical past. Before my time, certainly, this guy who rightfully took his place as one of the first inductees when they openedthe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for helping shape that form as well as R&B…

Yes, the music scene in Syracuse is lovely

Joe Driscoll smiled widely from the podium on the stage of The Palace Theatre on James Street during Friday night’s Syracuse Area Music Awards show. He gripped his shiny black Sammys trophy for best Jam Band recording with Sekou Kouyate and told the capacity crowd of 600 or so how he always laid claim to…

Here’s to the memory of Syracuse drummer David Read

Veteran Syracuse drummer David Read has passed away. Fellow drummer Mike Donahue, an important player in the Syracuse Area Music Awards as well as curator of the the significant CNY Music Archives Facebook site, sent me a Facebook message this weekend noting that he’d posted the video I took of The Works’ reunion at the…

The Grammys Is Still Worth Watching, and Mulling Over

People love flashing out over the Grammys. That’s what I like to call the immediate reactions on all sorts of social media during the midst of a big event. You know, flash-lashing. Host James Corden even poked fun at it with a spool of fake tweets roasting his performance Sunday as he announced the Grammy…

I’m drawn in again by the pull of the Sammys

They announced a lot of cool news about the Syracuse Area Music Awards at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood. I was lucky enough to have a good reason to take the time from my job at the library to get there. The news included that jam band moe. was…

Bridge Under Fire lets it all out with Gluttons Before Grace

Syracuse punk-rock band Bridge Under Fire doesn’t hold anything back with the album Gluttons Before Grace. The 11-cut album released this month by L.R.S. Records is an interesting collection of contrasts. Mark Turley, Jeff Walker, Chris Whitmore and Steve Lowe collaborate for a musical stew that can be rock with a tender sweetness. Guitars ring…