Thursday, March 31, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 164 - THE SUDDEN LOSS OF SINGER, ACTOR, ENTERTAINER - FRANKIE MICHAELS ON MARCH 30, 2016

We are sad to report the sudden passing of  Central New York singer, actor, dancer and musician- Frankie Michael at age 60 March 30, 2016 at his home in Chittenango, NY. Born Francis Michael Chermesky in Bridgeport, Conn on May 5, 1955.

The son of  Michael & Mary Chermesky. We knew Frankie best as being co-owner and musician of the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Syracuse . But he was so much more...here's a brief bio.

Appeared on the television series " As The World Turns" (1964-65) as Tom Hughes for 22 episodes. Followed by "Our Private World" (1965). At age 10 recorded the Glady's Shelley theme song for the "Little Miss America Pageant" held at Palisades Park in New Jersey. This theme song would be recorded and released on Spiral Records #9744 in September 1965.

Michaels landed some off-Broadway work in "Happily Ever After" & "A For Adult". It was in 1965 that Broadway came calling as Frankie landed a roll in the Broadway production of "Mame" starring Angela Lansbury & Bea Arthur.  He auditions performing shows in Philadelphia,  Boston (Shubert Theater) and others in April 1966. Then on to the Broadway stage at New York's Winter Garden Theater for 1,508 performances starting on May 24, 1966. During 1966, Columbia Records release a soundtrack of "Mame" #KOS-3000.
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Frankie became the youngest actor to win a 'Tony Award' as "Best Supporting or Feature Actor" in a Musical. He received the award at the 20th Annual Tony Award Show. This led to national television appearances with Joey Bishop, Mike Douglas and the "King of Sunday TV"- Ed Sullivan.

He graduated from the Fannie A. Smith School in 1973.

Through the many years Frankie continued to work clubs, casinos, resorts and even in Las Vegas (Sands Hotel & others). He was also the vp/co-owner at the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Syracuse. He performed  many nights with Mike Carletta, Anthony Perra and many others

Frankie Michaels performed at the 2010 Angela Lansbury Tribute held at Drama League Gala in NYC. In 2013 you could find Frankie worked at United Radio Service in Syracuse, NY.  And finally I found Frankie performing at the Georgian Lakeside Resort Dinner Theater April 13, 1915 . His show was titled "Celebrate Frank Sinatra's 100th Birthday". He still preformed this his passing. Frankie Michaels though the years resided in Liverpool, Canastola, Chittenango & others.

Friday, March 18, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 163 - "ROCKIN THE REDHOUSE" 2016 BENEFIT EVENT AS 8 BANDS HITS THE LANDMARK THEATER STAGE , MARCH 11- RESULTS

Friday evening  March 11, 2016,  We spent at the Landmark Theater enjoying this years version of "Rockin The Redhouse IV" (Benefit concert for the Redhouse Arts Center). It's hosts this year were Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplin & Melissa Midgley. The eight band performance lineup included in-order Petty Cash (BNY Mellon), Six Pack (Anheuser Bush), Old School (Manlius Pebble Hill), Defense Mechanism (Lockheed Martin), Cx Tec Dinosaurs (CxTec), The Actuators (Young & Franklin/ Tactair), The Verdicts (Bouguet Holstein), The Chillerz (Carrier Corporation). The concert started shortly at 7 PM and  Tickets were $14 in advance and $20 at the door.

The judges included Sammy Hall of Famer- Joe Whiting along with the great drummer Kevin Dean and media member Katrina Tulloch.

2016  Best Band Award went to- Defense Mechanism ( Greg Gannett, Matt Gray, Kate Kolb, Dan Morrison, Jim Murphy & Bob Volk (lead vocals).

Second place Runner Up Band- there was a tie between CxTec Dinosaurs and The Chillerz (both former winners). CxTec lineup- Mike Featherstone, Ashley Cox (lead vocals), Shawn Sullivan, Josh Taylor Keith Capano, Lori Mertel and a host of other dancers and shakers. The Chillerz musical lineup included- Amy Herbert (lead vocals), Dave Dufresne, Rich Walikis, Dave Marr & Ralph Vito.

Other Awards that evening were presented to
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Best Guitarist- Gio Pettigrass of Six Pack, Best Audience Participation Award- The Chillerz & The Actuators.  Best Instrumentalist-  Jim Murphy of Defense MechanismBest Showmanship- Ted Curtis of Old School,  Best Vocalist Award- Tim Burns of The Actuators.

Congrats to all the great bands +++The "Big Winner" of the night was "The Redhouse Art Center" and the Syracuse Music Scene

Event sponsors- Beat Street Music, SubCat Studio, Nojaim Bros Supermarkers, lofo,
and Dinosaur Radio.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 162 - 2016 SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS RESULTS FROM PALACE THEATER- MARCH 4, 2016

2016 Syracuse Area Music Award Show @ Palace Theater, Syracuse, NY 
March 4, 2016......This event was SOLD OUT........ Show Time 7 to approx. 10 PM

MC - Skip Murphy

Presented By -  World of Beer

Dave Frisina introduces 2016 Hall of Fame Class on stage- Bells of Harmony, George Rossi, Savoy Brown w/ Kim Simmonds, Jam Factory.  Also named Music Educator-Mark Copani and Lifetime Achievement Award selection- jazz great Mark Murphy


SAMMY AWARD PRESENTED IN THE FOLLOWING CATAGORIES.

Best Alternative                        Professional Victims

Best Americana                        Early Bird Trio

Best Country                            Lonnie Park

Best Folk                                  Austin MacRae

Best Hard Rock                        After Earth

Best Hip-Hop/Rap                   Mafioia

Best Jam Band                         Jam Factor

Best Jazz                                  Andrew Carroll

Best Other Style                       Josh Dekaney

Best Pop                                   Elizabeth Canino

Best Rock                                 Joe Whiting

Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist         Lightkeepers

People Choice- Favorite Band                           Horn Dogs

People Choice- Favorite Festival or Music Series     NYS Fair

People Choice- Favorite Music Venue              Dinosaur Bar B Que


LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY- In order

Carolyn Kelly Blues Band
Ohne-ka and the Burning River
Savoy Brown
Joe Driscoll
Jam Factory  (reunion)

Guest Celebrity Sammy Award Presenters (A-Z)


Joe Altier, Buke Babikan, Bill Baldwin, Mark Boialczak, Julie Briggs, Kaye Burke, Charles Cannon, Kokoa Chanel, Ricky Chisholm,  Skip Clark, Eric Cohen,  Ashley Cox, Jordan Davies, Senator John DeFrancisco, Dino,  Scott Dixon,  Dan Elliott, Chris Eves, Tim Fox, Dave Frisina, Adam Gold, Joanna Jewettm Bob Kane, Ron Keck, Sam Levy, Ted Longo, Langston Masingale, Eric McElven, Jeff Molesky, Kim Monroe, Charley Orlando, Edgar Pagan, Neil Patel (WOB), Amy Robins, George Rossi, Steve Schad, Fritz Scherz, Jeff Schoenfeld, Taylor Smith, Greg Spencer, Scott Sterling, Robin Stockdale, Mrs New York- Alison Trenk   MC- Skip Murphy

SAMMY COMMITTEE MEMBERS-

Liz Nowak, Deborah Foley, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Ron Wray, Dave Frisina, Mike Donohue, Julia Briggs, Melissa Boileau, MaryJo Spilane.

Friends of the Sammys (A-Z)

William Baldwin, Melissa Boileau, Julie Briggs, Mike Donohue, Debbie Foley, Indigo Productions, Joshua Johnson, Liz Nowak, Jack O Bocchino, MaryJo Spillane, Stevefay Inc, Carol Thoryk-O'Leary, Ron Wray,
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2016 SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS HALL OF FAME CLASS

Held Thursday Evening- March 3, 2016  Upstairs at Dinosaur Bar B Que

Event MC-      Dave Frisina

Hall of Fame

Bells of Harmony
George Rossi
Jam Factory
Savoy Brown

Music Educator Award     Mark Copani

Lifetime Achievement Award-    Mark Murphy


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 161 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY - 1982

More famous people who performed or spoke in CNY- 1982

Jan  8, 1982      The Kinks                                           War Memorial

Jan 25, 1982     Country Tavern Bar  (Iona Corners) in Warners, NY - Burns

Jan 27, 1982      Bryan Adams                                     Lost Horizon
                            Whizz Kidds

Feb 6, 1982      Rodney Dangerfield                            Landmark Theater

Feb 13, 1982    Hall & Oates   (SOLD OUT)              War Memorial

Feb 13, 1982    Waylon Jennings                                 Carrier Dome

Feb 25, 1982    King Crimson                                      Landmark Theater

Feb 26, 1982    J. Geils Band                                       War Memorial

Feb 27, 1982    95X Benefit for Kenny Ruschia of Country Tavern      Lost Hor

Mar 27, 1982   Kingston Trio                                       Landmark Theater

Mar 28- Apr 4    Ice Folies                                           War Memorial
                             Tai Babilonia & Randy Gardner

Apr 3, 1982      Foreigner                                             Carrier Dome

Apr 8, 1982      Jerry Garcia- Grateful Dead                War Memorial

Apr 16, 1982    The Police w/ String                           Carrier Dome
                          "The Ghost Tour"

Apr 30, 1982    Rick Springfield                                  War Memorial

May 9, 1982     Ozzy Osbourne                                    War Memorial

May 22, 1982   Black Sabbath w/ Ronnie James Dio   War Memorial

June 17, 1982   Lionel Hampton                                   Hotel Syracuse

July 13, 1982    Frankie Valli & 4 Seasons                  Landmark Theater

Aug 19, 1982    Elvis Costello                                     Landmark Theater

Aug 28, 1982    Charlie Daniels                                   NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1982    Cheap Trick                                        NYS Fair

NYS Fair          Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Barbara Mandrell,
                         Marshall Tucker Band, The Lettemen, Johnny Rivers,
                         Nancy Kelly

Sept 3, 1982     Association                                           NYS Fair
                          Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 4, 1982     Richard Nader's Rock Revival              NYS Fair
                         Little Anthony, The Diamonds
                         Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 5, 1982     Richard Nader's Rock Revival              NYS Fair
                         Bobby Vee
                         Jr. Walker
                         Bobby Comstock Band

Sept 24, 1982   Grateful Dead                                        Carrier Dome

Sept 25, 1982    Rockin The Ballpark                           MacArthur Stadium          
                          805, The Works, Screentest,
                          Tearjerkers, My Sin, The Velcros,
                          Mink Milk, Machine & Hummer,
                          Fear of Stranger

Oct 7, 1982       Chuck Mangione                                  Landmark Theater

Oct 9, 1982      Van Halen w/ David Lee Roth              Carrier Dome 30,000+

Oct 14, 1982    Heart                                                      War Memorial
                         John Cougar

Oct 16, 1982     Judas Priest                                           War Memorial

Oct 27, 1982     Aerosmith                                             War Memorial

Nov 1982          Huey Lewis & The News                      USA Sam's

Nov 10, 1982     Statler Brothers                                     War Memorial
                           Ricky Scaggs

Nov 16, 1982     Iron Maiden                                          War Memorial

Nov 24, 1982     The Belmonts w/ Dan Elliott                Beginnngs

Dec 10, 1982      The Who                                               Carrier Dome- 47,319

Dec 11, 1982      The Drifters                                          Beginnings

Dec 31, 1982      New York Flyers                                  Lost Horizon




Tuesday, March 1, 2016

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" CHAPTER 160- THE RODS HIT THE ROAD TOURING THE NETHERLANDS & GERMANY DURING APRIL 2016

The Rods "Touring the World" again starting in April 2016.

The Rods- David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro once again travel aboard starting April 22-23 hitting the stage at the Very 'Eavy Festival in Stadskanaal in The Netherlands

Then shifting to "The Ballroom' on the evening of April 27, 2016 in Hamburg, Germany

And conclude their German trip by performing at "Keep It True XIX" in Lauda Komgshofer, Germany