Monday, December 4, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC- "OFFICIAL SITE- CHAPTER 201- A HOST OF NEW PERFORMERS DOT THE HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC ROCK N ROLL "CLASSIC CANTEEN" LIVE CHRISTMAS SHOW - DECEMBER 3, 2017

Sunday December 3, 2017- History of Syracuse Rock N Roll "Classic Canteen" held its great new Live Christmas show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn Ballroom 3-7 PM. And amazing lineup of Syracuse Music stars that included Joe Whiting and the Joe Whiting Band Band with special guest Loren Barrigar with Brian Barrigar. Rick Basha, Tony Schizzi, John Martellaro,  CNY Songbirds (Joanna Jewett, Donna Colton, Maureen Henesey) with Kristopher Heels, Frank Neubert, Sam Paterelli and Jim O'Mahorey... PLUS- The History of Syracuse Music All-Star Jam with a lineup that included Dave Novak, Bill Weiss, Joe Whiting, Gary Branch, Steve Schad, Ed McBarron, Don Williams and CNY Songbirds. Event MC- Dinosaur Radio's Nick Caplan. A Ron Wray Production.  This show was #20 in the continuing Live Music Series.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC - "OFFICIAL SITE" - Chapter 199 - SYRACUSE MUSIC HISTORY LOSES ANOTHER GREAT - BILLY ELMIGER PASSES AWAY IN VIRGINIA ,OCTOBER 26 AT AGE 75.

I am sad to report the passing of one of Syracuse Music history greats- Bill Elminger on October 26, 2016 at age 75.  Bill was born in Bayonne, New Jersey where he attended Tenafly Middle School (1954-57) followed by Teanfly High School (1957-60). During his New Jersey High School years he played and recorded with schoolmates Gary Wright (Dream Weaver), Buddy Randall of the Kockerbockers (Lies) and Dave Palmer (of Steely Dan).

It was then on to Syracuse University (1961-66) where Bill studied Industrial Design. At SU be became of member of the popular bands- The Vanguards, The Techinques, Headliners, All Night Workers that became Otis And the All Night Workers (w/ Lloyd Baskin, Herb Flower, Steve McCord, Otis Smith and Bill),  he playing bass and adding backing vocals. During this period Bill also appeared on the Palmer Record label single "Love Is Happening To Me Now" by The Girls From Syracuse" that included his All Night Worker bandmates Lloyd Baskin and Herb Flower. This session was fronted by the Freeman Brothers and produced by Jerry Vance. 

Otis and the All Night Workers released three singles with Bill, "Don't Put All Youe Eggs" (Round Sound label a Jerry Vance production), Honey and Wine" (Cameo Parkway label) and "Misery" (Mercury Records) between 1965-68, Upon the breakup of the "All Night Workers" Bill returned home to the New York City music scene where he recorded three albums for Perception Records- J.C's 'Fire; (1969, who was Jimmy Curiss of the Hobbits), The Albert, 'The Albert"(1970) with old Syracuse University friends- Otis Smith, Howie Wyeth, Mike Gibson, Mike Mattia, Jon Huston, Steve McCord, Paul Petrucelli,  and others . He also appeared on the James Moody recording "The Teacher". 

Bill Elmiger wrote the famed hit "Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket" (Round Sound label) that reached #1 on Syracuse's WOLF Radio chart on December 4, 1965. 

Bill did return to Syracuse along with band mates Steve McCord, Herb Flower for Otis Smith's induction into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Through these years Bill called Lynchburg, Virgina home. He was kind enough to send me a wonderful photo of the All Night Workers and shared many Syracuse music memories that I still use to this day.

The sad ending came on October 26, 2017 with the supprising new of his passing at age 75. He was be deeply missed by many.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 198- DAVID "ROCK' FEINSTEIN RELEASES NEW TRIBUTE CD TO HIS COUSIN RONNIE JAMES DIO "HAIL and FAIRWELL" ON HOLLYWOOD ISLAND LABEL - OCTOBER, 2017

World known guitarist and vocalist David "Rock" Feinstein has release his long awaited tribute cd to his cousin legendary Ronnie James Dio. Titled- "Hail and Farewell" A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio has been release on Hollywood Island Music label in October 2017. It contains 10 new original tracks written by "Rock" Feinstein and features the following performers and vocalists- Lonnie Park (Grammy Noninee), Carl Canedy (The Rods), Freddie Vilano, Nate Horton, Shawn Albro, Garry Bordonaro (The Rods), Eleanor Feinstein Phalan and Alex Otrey.

Cd can be obtained through CD Baby,

Tracks- A Prophet Is Born, March of the Elves, Give It To Then Hard, Chasing Rainbows, Hold On For Your Life, Song of Woe,  Kill The Pain, Witches Brew, Hail And Farewell, and You Are My Hero.

It contains 39 photos of the great Ronnie James Dio and Rock Feinstein through the years, many have never been seen before. Logo and cover design by the famed Eric Philippe. This great tribute Cd was recorded, mixed and mastered by Lonnie Park at Barncastle Studio, Freeville, NY.

David "Rock" Feinstein was a member with Ronnie James Dio in the following Central New York bands through the years - Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, Electric Elves, Elves & ELF. He currently performs Worldwide with The Rods. Both Ronnie James Dio & David "Rock" Feinstein were inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame.

Friday, September 22, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE' - CHAPTER 197 - PAUL MCCARTNEY PERFORMS IN SYRACUSE'S CARRIER DOME- SEPT 23, 2017, BEFORE OVER 35,000 +++ FANS.

Paul McCartney's One on One Tour rolled into Syracuse's Carrier Dome before over 35,000 +++ fans Saturday night September 27, 2017.

On a very hot Saturday 82 degree evening Sir Paul McCartney filled the jam packed Carrier Dome for one of Syracuse's  greatest concerts of All-Time.  His setlist below started at approx 8 PM finishing almost 3 hour later. Note- Carrier Dome's "Most Successful Concert" ever..

1. A Hard Days Night    2. Junior's Farm   3. Can't Buy Me Love   4. Jet,  5. All My Loving,  6. Let It Roll w/ Foxy Lady jam (talked about Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton), 7 I've Got A Feeling,  8. My Valentine (talked about Nancy),  9, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty- Five,  10. Maybe I'm Amazed (talked about Linda),  11. We Can Work It Out, 12. In Spite of All The Danger (talked about the Quarrymen days), 13. You Won't See Me, 14. Love Me Do,  15. And I Love Her, 16. Blackbird, 17. Here Today, 18, Queenie Eye, 19. New, 20. Lady MaDonna, 21. FourFire Seconds, 22, Eleanor Rigby, 23, I Wanna Be Your Man (talked about Keith Richard and Rolling Stones getting thsi song) 24, Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite, 25. Someting (Tribute to George), 26. A Day in the Live (talk Paul siad they almost never Do), 27, Give Peace A Chance (Tribute of John Lennon) 28. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La Da, 29, Band on the Run, 30. Back in the U.S.S.R. 31- Let It Be, 32- Live and Let Die, 33. Hey Jude

Encore-
34. Yesterday, 35, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise), 36- Helter Skelter, 37. Birthday, 38. Golden Slumbers, 39, Carry That Weight. and ending with 40. The End

Available to purchase - One on One Programs, Tote bags, T-shirts (many diff), Coffee mugs, Beach Towels, arm bands and so much more. Just a great time had by all. We will talk about this McCartney show for years+++.

Some on Syracuse & CNY musics finest were seen in attendance- Gary LaVancher, Nick Caplan, Mike Ferrante, Ted & Shane Storto, Dave Novak, Ed McBarron, Mark Doyle, Frank DeFonda, Dale Randall, Pete McMahon, Liz Strodel, David Soule, Bob Kane, Dave Wellner, Todd Stiles, Kevin Farrell, Steve Becker, Joe Donelen, Holly Gregg, Gayle Sweeney, Robyn Stockdale, Jerry More, Greg Tearney, Chuck Scheile, Danielle Rausa, Amy Hebert, Sheela Tucker, Joe Altier, Paul Shedd, Garry Bordanaro, John Martellaro, Scotty Trudell, Jason Mudge, Andrew Frazo, Ron Wray, Sandy Bigtree, Paul Case, Gary Frenay, Arty Lenin, Paul Davie, Bob Halligan maybe a lot more but I didn't see you. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - REACHES 283,733 HITS TO 152 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD - Honduras (8/7), Tanzania (12/12), Turkmenistan (6/26).

We now have 283,733 hits on our History of Syracuse Music "Official Site" coming from the following (152) different countries around the world.

Russia (26,317), Germany (10,804), France (8,243), Italy (5,509), Ukraine (4,480), United Kingdom (2,619), Poland  (2,195), Spain (1,582) China (1,453), Canada (998), Ireland (713), Netherlands (620), Japan (586), Australia (574), Brazil (523), Indonesia (522), Turkey (490), Latvia (452), Armenia (399), Malaysia (369), Vietnam (364), India (339), Singapore (303), Morocco (280),   Romania (246), Philippine Islands (233),  Thailand (226), Mexico (182), Pakistan (175), So Korea (163), Greece (141), Sweden (130), Portugal (126), Czech Republic (122), Israel (119), Switzerland (117), Argentina (99),  Finland (92), Denmark (91), Belgium (86), Serbia (82),  Taiwan (77), Hong Kong (72), New Zealand (64),  United Arab Emirates (62), Bulgaria (49),  Hungry (48), Norway (47), Australia (45), Egypt (44), Moldova (42), Nicaragua (38), Columbia (34), Venezuela (34), Algeria (28), Belarus (28), Lithuania (27), Macedonia (25), Croatia (24), Bangladesh (21), Cambodia (21), Chile (19), Costa Rica (19),  Czechia (19), Lebanon (19), Peru (19), Bahamas Islands (18),  Saudi Arabia (17), Dominican Republic (16), Bosnia- Herzegovina (15), Mauritius (15), Eceudor (12), Iraq (12), Puerto Rico (12), So Africa (11), Kazakhstan (10), Georgia (9),  Jamaica (9), Nigeria (9),  Slovakia (9), Cyprus (8), Macau (8),  Panama (8), Slovenia (7),  Iceland (6),  Kenya (6), Kuwait (6), Sri Lanka ( 6), Estonia (5), Luxembourg (5), Tunisia (5), Albania (4),  Bolivia (4),  Iran (4), Jordan (4), Yeman (4), Antigua & Barbuda (3), Barbatos (3), Ghana (3),  Nepal (3), Palestinian Territories (3), Panaguay (3), Senegal (3),  Tajikistan (3), Uzbekistan (3), Belize (2), Benin (2),  Bermuda (2), Cameroon (2), Guaremala (2),  Haiti (2), Libya (2), Liechtenstein (2), Malta (2), Mongolia (2), Namibia (2), Trinidad-Tobago (2), Turks & Caicops Islands (2), Montenegro (2), Mozambique (2), Syria (2), US Virgin Islands (2) and one each from the following countries- Andorra, Angola, Azerbaijan, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gambia,  Gabon, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guinea, Honduras, Jersey, Madagascar, Myanmar/Burma, Oman, Qatar, Reunion, St Martyn, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistain, Zimbabue, also- unknown areas (185) and across the United States (193,467).


We send our thanks, and hope you have enjoyed reading all about our Syracuse Music History- Ron Wray

Thanks to our other fantastic research team members - Pete Shedd & John D'Angelo along with Jessica Amidon, Nick Caplan, Lee Goodman, Bill Weiss, Don Shoudy, Dave Novak, Frank Rhodes, Mike Ferrante, Ted Storto, Joe Rao.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 194- CNY HOLDS BENEFIT AND CONCERT FOR LATE DRUMMER- MIKE SECRETI

Our friend longtime Syracuse area drummer Mike Secreti passed away back on August 11, 2016 at age 63. Sunday August 20, 2017 bandmates, family and many-many friends gathered to honor Mike Secreti's 50 years of music at Sharkey's Rt 57 in Liverpool, NY.  Secreti performed in many Syracuse area bands including Garrland, Kane, Chocolate Chips, Pyckett Fence and Zoid to name just a few.

He also perform with Bloodline with Joe Bonamassa (touring the USA), Erin Davis (son of MilesDavis), Waylon Krieger and Barry Dunae Oakley (son of Berry Oakley).

Bands that will perform at this memorial event include - Lawless Brothers,  Kane, Windsong, Super Hero, AlecStar, and Zoid (reunion with Harold Mantor, Lou Segreti, Jim Richer, Todd Troubetaria and Jon Celi).

Suggested donation $10 at the door to benefit Mike's family.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 193 - THE RODS PERFORM IN TOKYO AT THE JAPANENESE ASSAULT FEST 2017 NOVEMBER 4-5. 2017.

The Rods (David "Rock" Feinstein, Carl Canedy & Garry Bordonaro) announce this week that they will perform at the Japanese Assault Fest at Club Seata in Tokyo, Japan, November 4-5, 2017. Although they have toured the World, this will be the Rods first trip to Japan.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC 'OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 192- MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY - 1986

Jan 4, 1968      Dr. Blue                                               Copperfields

Jan 14, 1968    Dick Cavett                                         Civic Center

Jan 18, 1986    Salute to Jimmy Van Heusen              Civic Center
                        Tony Randall- MC
                        Tony Bennett, Jack Jones,
                        Margret Whiting, Sammy Cahn

Jan 26, 1986    David Lee Roth                                   War Memorial

Feb 7, 1986     Sid Caesar & Carol Lawrence             Civic Center

Mar 6, 1986     James Cotton Blues Band                   USA Sams

Mar 19, 1986   Aerosmith & Ted Nugent                    War Memorial

Mar 20, 1986   Dickey Betts & Gregg Allman            USA Sams

Apr 2, 1986     Judy Collins                                          Landmark Theater

Apr 13, 1986   Metallica                                                War Memorial
                        Ozzy Osbourne

Apr 18, 1986    Doyle- Whiting Banf                           Homestead Inn- Ct Square

Apr 20, 1986    Mighty Clouds of Joy                         Southwest Com Center

Apr 23, 1986    Robin Williams                                    Civic Center

Apr 24, 1986    U.S. Navy Band                                   War Memorial

Apr 25, 1986    John Raitt                                             Landmark Theater

Apr 29, 1986    Robert Cray Band                                Lost Horizon
                         Kingsnakes
                         John Lee Hooker
                         Elvin Bishop

May 9, 1986    Peter, Paul & Mary                              Landmark Theater

May 19, 1986  Stevie Wonder                                     War  Memorial

June 6, 1986   Hank Williams Jr                                  War Memorial
                       Merle Kilgore

June 14, 1986  James Montgomery Blues Band          Lost Horizon

June 21, 1986   Louise Mandrell                                  War Memorial

June 22, 1986   James Cotton                                       Long Branch Park
                         B.B. King
                         Stroke

July 15, 1986   Monkees                                               Landmark Theater

July 23, 1986   Fats Domino                                        Cayuga Country Fairgrounds
                         Jerry Lee Lewis

July 27, 1986   Eddie Money                                         War Memorial

July 27, 1986   Nils Lofgren                                          Lost Horizon

July 28, 1986   Peter Frampton                                      USA Sams

July 29, 1986   Santana                                                  USA Sams

July 29, 1986   Mick Taylor                                            Lost Horizon

Aug , 1986       Masters of Reality  (Chris Goss)           Lost Horizon

Aug 10, 1986    Spyo Gyra & Al DiMeola                    Long Branch Park

Aug 15, 1986    Stevie Nicks                                         Cayuga Country Fairgrounds
                          Peter Frampton

Aug 22, 1986     Petula Calrk                                          NYS Fair
                           Charlie Daniels
                            Dickey Betts & Gregg Allman

Aug 23, 1986     Stevie Ray Vaughn                                NYS Fair

Aug 24, 1986     Amy Grant                                             NYS Fair

Aug 25, 1986     Aerosmith                                              NYS Fair

Aug 25, 1986     Donny & Marie Osmond                       NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1986     Willie Nelson & Emmylou Harris         NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1986     Anne Murray                                          NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1986     Whitney Houston                                    NYS Fair

Aug 28, 1986     Three Dog Night                                    NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1986     Kenny Rogers & Tanya Tucker             NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1986     Commodores                                          NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1986    Wayne Newton                                        NYS Fair

Sept 13, 1986    Neil Sedaka                                              Civic Center

Sept 14, 1986     Weather Report                                       Civic Center

Sept 19, 1986     Stevie Wonder                                         War Memorial

Sept 20, 1986     David Bromberg                                     Long Branch Park
                           Kingsnakes
                           The Works

Sept 25-Oct 5     Al Martino                                             (New) 3 Rivers Inn

Sept 30, 1986     The Monkees                                          Landmark Theater
                           Gary Puckett & Union Gap
                            Hermans Hermits

Oct 1, 1986         Triumph                                                 War Memorial
                            Yugwie Malastein

Oct 9, 1986        Gregg Allman                                          USA Sams

Oct 16, 1986      Bob Segar                                                War Memorial

Oct 16, 1986     Gerry & Pacemakers                                Landmark Theater
                          Searchers
                          Chad & Jeremy
                          Freddie & The Dreamers
                          Mindbenders

Nov 2, 1986      Chick Corera                                            Civic Center

Nov 9, 1986       Peter Gabriel                                           War Memorial

Nov 11, 1986    Stevie Winwood                                       War Memorial

Nov 14, 1986    Roy Clark                                                 War Memorial

Nov 20, 1986    Cheap Trick                                              Uncle Sams

Nov 31, 1986    Air Supply                                                 Landmark Theater

Dec 15, 1986     Alice Cooper                                             Landmark Theater

Dec 26, 1986     Benny Mardones                                      Landmark Theater

Dec 28, 1986     Tony Trischka                                           Harvard Court

Dec 31, 1986     Lou Monti                                                (New) 3 Rivers Inn

Saturday, June 10, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 191 - ROCKIN THE REDHOUSE EVENT HELD AT THE LANDMARK THEATER- JUNE 9, 2017

Another great "Rockin The Redhouse" Benefit Concert was held at the Syracuse Landmark Theater on Friday evening June 9, 2017 from 7-10 PM. This even benefits the Redhouse Art Center. Seven band were judged by a panel consisting of Jeremy Johnston (SubCat Studio) along with Syracuse Music Hall of Famers Joe Whiting & Dave Porter. MC-  Gomez Adams & Lisa Chelenza (TK99)

Judging Categories were- Best Look, Best Vocalist, Best Instrumentalist, Best Showmanship, Best Audience Participation and "Most Rockin Band'.

The Bands- in the order they appeared

The Actuators- (Young & Franklin Corp)
       Tim Burns.  Fran Bouziden, Steve Ciricillo, Rob Isbell, Jeff Murray,
       Doug Nolan, Mike Obleman, Chris Yeckel, Joe Frateschi)\

Defense Mechanism (Lockheed Martin)
      Kate Kolb, Bob Volk, Dan Morrison, Matt Gray, Jim Murphy, Greg Gannett

CX Tech Dinosaur  (CxTech)'
       Ashley Cox, Shawn Sullivan, Mike Featherstone, Josh Taylor

The Verdict (Bousquet Holstein PLLC)'
         Aaron Frishman, Phil Bousquet, Louis Dettorm David DiNiro, Mike Tyszko

The Chillerz (Carrier Corp)
         Amy Hebert, Dave Dufresne, Scott Fleming, Dave Marr, Ralph Vito

Six Pack (Anheuser Busch)
        Sue Alexander, Nick Offredi, Rebecca Bennett, Keith Renfew, Gio Pettigrass,'
        Kevin Kiniry, Adon Allen

Salamanders (Arcadis)
        Doug Nodine, KElly. Hendrickson, Mike Jones, Jim Blasting, Doug Weaver, 
        Fred Kirschenheiter

Note opening and closing band- Douglas Mason, Jack Goodfellow, Eric Opett


2017 AWARDS Presented

Most Rockin Band -  Defense Mechanism (1st), 
                                   Dinosaur Cx Tech (2nd)
Best Instrumentalist- Gio Pettigrass (Six Pack)
Best Vocals- Ashley Cox (Cx Tech Dinosaurs)
Best Look- Amy Herbert (Chillerz)
Best Showmanship- Bob Volk (Defense Mechanism)
Best Audience Partisapation-   Chillerz (Carrier Corp)

Friday, June 9, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 190 - SYRACUSE JAZZ FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 35 GREAT YEARS-

The 35th Annual M & T Syracuse Jazz Fest was held on Friday & Saturday June 9 & 10 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Productions- Frank Malfitano. The largest free Jazz Festival in the Northeast. This years 35th Jazz Fest was dedicated to the memory of Oscar L. Peterson, longtime Syracuse Jazz Fest Board President

Lineup and Musical Performance Schedule was as follows
Friday June 9th, staring at 5 PM

UAD Kings of the Fall
Marc Broussard
Nick DiMarta & The Manhattan Jazz Alliance
Ramsey Lewis Electric Quintet
(Fireworks)
The Mavericks

Saturday- June 10th, starting at 5 PM

Soft Spoken Band
Rebirth Brass Band
Canen
Asleep At The Wheel
Todd Rundgren

Friday, June 2, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 189 - SO SAD TO REPORT THE PASSING OF CNY MUSICAL GREAT AND LONGTIME FRIEND- BOB LINDBERG

Our friend Bob Lindbery sadly passed away on Thursday June 1, 2017....Services for Bob Lindberg were held at the Maurer Funeral Home in Liverpool, NY on June 7 from 4-7 PM.

Through the years Bob a Liverpool High grad and later Buffalo State University has performed with the following CNY bands- he started as a drummer with High School bands The Imperials & Casuals,  then switched to keyboards with great CNY bands- Carnage (1970-75), Coconuts (1975-76), Penguins (1976-77), The Limit (1985-96), Smokin (1995-2016) and The Strangers (2016-17).

Bob also had a amazing knowledge of all music  & an avid record collector as well as working at both Record Theater & Media Play.

Bob a great guy with be truly missed by many

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 188- ALLMAN BROS, DUANE ALLMAN, GREGG ALLMAN, DICKEY BETTS, DEVON ALLMAN PERFORMANCE IN SYRACUSE & CNY

There have been so many email, calls, test about the Allman Brothers and it's members performing though the years in Syracuse and Central New York. So here's a list...if any others please advise.

Dec 2, 1970- Duane Allman performed w/ Eric Clapton- Derek & The Dominos- at Syracuse War Memorial.

April 7, 1972- Allman Brothers at SU Manley Fieldhouse with Wet Willie & Dr John.

April 7, 1974  Gregg Allman Band- Syracuse War Memorial, John Scher production

April 29, 1979- Allman Brothers Band- SU Manley Fieldhouse- Syracuse $8.50
                          with New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cedric Kushner Production

Mar 20, 1986 - Gregg Allman & Dickie Betts- USA Sams Club- Syracuse

Aug 22, 1986- Gregg Allman & Dickie Betts - NYS Fair w/ Charlie Daniels

Oct 9, 1986 - Gregg Allman- USA Sams Club- Syracuse

Mar 19, 1987- Gregg Allman & Dickie Betts- USA Sams Club- Syracuse

May 24, 1987- Dickey Betts Band- Memorial day Concert- Long Branch Park

Dec 10, 1988- Dickey Betts Band- Lost Horizon Club- Syracuse

July 9, 1989- Allman Bros Band- NYS Fairgrounds- Empire- w/ Stevie Ray Vaughn

Sept 23, 1990- Allman Brothers Band- Syracuse War Memorial w/ Meatloaf

Aug 30, 1991- Allman Brothers Band- NYS Fair- w/ Blues Traveler

Aug 15, 1993- Allman Bros Band w/ Gregg Allman & Dickey Betts
                         Cayuga Country Fairgrounds- Weedsport w/ Spin Doctor, others

Aug 30, 1994- Allmanm Brothers Band- HORDE Fest- NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1995- Allman Brothers Band- NYS Fair w/ Rusted Root

Aug 25, 1997- Allman Brothers Band- NYS Fair w/ Mark May

Oct 19, 1998- Gregg Allman at Landmark Theater, Syracuse

Aug 31, 1999- Allman Brothers Band - NYS Fair w/ Lucinda Willaims

Nov 17, 1999- Derek Trucks - Styleens Club- Syracuse

Aug 4, 2000- Allman Brothers Band- P&C Stadium- Syracuse w/ Hot Tuna

Oct 18, 2000- Gregg Allman - Turning Stone Casino

Nov 1, 2000- Derek Trucks- Armory High- Syracuse

June 19/29, 2002- Dickey Betts- Turning Stone Casino

July 20, 2003- Dickey Betts- NYS Blues Festival- Clinton Square- Syracuse

Aug 27, 2004- Allman Brothers Band- NYS Fair w/ Bottle Rockets

Aug 27, 2005- Allman Brothers Band- NYS Fair w/ Southside Johnny

June 2, 2007- Dickey Betts & Great Southern- Taste of Syracuse Festival

July 15, 2009 - Dickey Betts & Great Southern- Syr Inner Harbor w/ Ripcords

Nov 1, 2009- Derek Trucks- War Memorial- Syracuse

Nov 12, 2009- Greg Allman at Turning Stone Casino

July 25, 2010- Dickie Betts- Syracuse Inner Harbor w/ Kane & Simplelife

Aug 3, 2010- Devon Allman & Honeytribe at Westcott Theater- Syracuse

May 5, 2011- Derek Trucks- Dinosaur Bar B Que-Syracuse

June 5, 2011- Gregg Allman- Taste of Syracuse-Clinton Sqaure

July 22, 2011- Devpn Allman & Hineytribe Band- Paper Mill Island- Bville

Aug 21, 2012- Dickey Betts & Great Southern- Turning Stone Casino

Jan 9, 2014- Dickey Betts & Great Southern- Turning Stone Casino

Aug 7, 2014- Dickey Betts- Papermill Island- Baldwinsville, NY

Sept 23, 2014- Tedeschi Truck Band- Mullroy Civic Center Aud- Syracuse

Oct 1, 2015- Devon Allman - Funk N Waffles - Syracuse

June 16, 2016- Devon Allman Band- Westcott Theater- Syracuse

May 10, 2016 - Tedesci Trucks Band- Mullroy Civic Center Aud- Syracuse

July 9, 2016- Butch Trucks- NYS Blues Festival- Syracuse

Nov 17, 2016- Butch Trucks- Mullroy Civic Center Aud- Syracuse

Aug 16, 2017- Devon Allman- Center for the Arts- Homer, NY

If anyone has others Syracuse dates please adavise. Ron




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE- CHAPTER 187- CNY ARTISTS PERFORM ON HISTORIC STAGE AND AROUND THE WORLD IN 2017

During 2017, here is a list of CNY Musical Artists traveling around the World and on some of the most historic stages are awesome. Here's some.to enjoy....

Dave Northrup-  with the Oak Ridge Boys performed at the the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Then in June 2017 went on tour with Boz Scaggs.

Savoy Brown- our friends Kim Simmonds, Pat DeSalvo & Garnet Grimm playing the historic Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on the evening of  June 3, 2017. What more historic venue than the stage that Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper had there final performance back of Feb 2, 1959.

Mickey Lee Soule- with Deep Purple- Out touring with  Purple with stops in Russia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Belgium, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada and in the United States (Aug 12-Sept 10) with stops in Las Vegas, LA, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas, Camden and others through September. Check your area for dates near you. They are teaming with Alice Cooper on may of these dates.

Loren Barrigar & Mark Mazengarb-  This very talented duo has performed around the World in such countries as Canada, Russia , USA and across Europe. They have just come back from a tour of New Zealand May 10-20, 2017.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 186 - SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY- CARRIER DOME ANNOUNCES THAT SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY WITH PERFORM A CONCERT IN THE DOME ON SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23

 Note. Paul McCartney  tickets for the general public went on sale Monday April 31 for the September 23 show at Syracuse's Carrier Dome... Ticketmaster is there outlet of choice for this event. Tour sponsor is American Express.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE- CHAPTER 185- SADDENED ONCE AGAIN WITH THE PASSING OF ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME ICON- THE GREAT CHUCK BERRY AT AGE 90- March 18, 2017 , HIS EIGHT SYRACUSE & CNY APPEARANCES THROUGH THE YEARS 1956-2001

We were very saddened to learning of the passing of Hall of Fame Music Icon Chuck Berry on March 18, 2017 at age 90. Chuck performed in Syracuse and CNY many times. Here is a listing of them.

Oct 27, 1956 - Biggest In Person Show 1956- Syracuse War Memorial with Bill Haley and the Comets, Clovers, Frank Lymon & Teensgers, Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Flaires others

April 11, 1957- Biggest Star of Stars Show- Syracuse War Memorial w/ Fats Domino, Clovers,
Ella Johnson, Platters, Clyde McPhatter, Buddy Johnson, Flaires, Shirley & Lee and others

Sept 16, 1957- Biggest Show of Stars 1957- War Memorial w/ Buddy Holly & Crickets, Paul Anka, Everly Brothers, Bobbetts, Drifters, Frankie Lymon, Spanielsm, Johnny & Joe & others.

April 11, 1959- Star of Stars Show- Syracuse War Memorial w/ Moonglows, 5 Satins, Five Keys,
Clyde McPhatter, LaVern Baker, Schoolboys, Eddie Cooney, Charles Brown & others.

October 1963- Syracuse University Frat Party- w/ Coasters, Otis Smith & Headliners (Lloyd Baskin & Bill Elmiger)

March 27, 1971- Richard Nader's 50's Rock & Roll Revival Show- w/ Belmonts, Coasters, Dovells, Shirelles, 5 Satins, Bobby Lewis, Gary "US" Bonds and Bobby Comstock Band & others

July 26, 1985- Cayuga County Fairgrounds- Weedsport, NY - w/ Waylon Jennings, Jessie Colter

August 23, 2001- New York State Fairgrounds Grandstand- Syracuse, NY- Berry backed by Pat DeSalvo, Larry Luttinger, other. w/ Mid Life Crisis Blues Band (Frank DeFonda)

Chuck Berry hits aired on WOLF & WNDR include- Johnny B. Goode. Maybelline, School Days, Carol, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Rock & Roll Music, My Ding A Ling, Sweet Little 16, Route 66, Little Queenie, Reelin & Rockin, Roll Over Beethoven, Run Rudolph Run, No Particular Place to Go.

Friday, March 17, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 184 - DIO DAY CORTLAND CELEBRATES "RIDE FOR DIO EVENT" TO BENEFIT THE "RONNIE JAMES DIO MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND" JULY 9, 2017 AT NIGHTOWLS IN CORTLAND, NY - SIX BANDS TO PERFORM




Bands to perform at "Ride For Dio Event"- Sunday July 9 at Nightowls 
in Cortland, NY (Rt 11 in Polkville) to benefit the "Ronnie James Dio-
 Music Scholarship Fund". A ride and great day of fun and concert for a
 great cause......Music starts at 1 PM- till.... On a beautiful sunny day
Over 140 riders attended the jam packed event....Mc- Kat Walters (I-100 FM)

Dio Day Committee-
David "Rock" Feinstein, Dick Bottoff, Vince Faroni, Mimi Griswald, 
Kat Walters, Ron Wray

Nightowls- Larry Baker

Music starts at Nightowls at 1 PM in this order

1pm- Essentials, 2 pm- Joe Whiting Band, 3:30 pm-Pull, 
5 pm- Tailor Made Band, 6 pm- Schell-Austin & Company, 7 pm- Cafferty Band.


All six bands and its members that will perform July 9

Cafferty Band - (7 PM)
Joe Leo, Steve Corey, Brian Miles, Dan Austin, Jim Regan, Danielle Rausa,
Bill Strong, Mark Baxendale, Al Cutri

The Essentials - (1 PM)
Dick Bottoff, Mike Shawn Bob Halstrom, Larry Baker

Pull (3:30 PM)
Nate Horton, Jeff Garrale, Ed Kinney, Mike Bell

Rick Schell- Dan Austin & Company - (6 PM)
Rick Schell, Dan Austin, Garry Bordonaro, Lonnie Park, Bill Strong

Tailor- Made - (5 PM)
Tink Bennett, Chad Bennett, Caleb Lazenby, Mike McMullin, Derek Gasque

Joe Whiting Band- (2 PM)
Joe Whiting, Brian Barrigar, Tony Schimizzi, Rick Basha, John Martellano

Sunday, February 19, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 183- SYRACUSE AREA MUSIC AWARDS TO PRESENTS VINCENT FALCONE WITH "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD"- MARCH 2, 2017..UPDATE- MARCH 25, 2017

Where do all great musical artists stories begin, well in there home town. In Vince Falcone case this Nottingham High School graduate went on to continue his education at Syracuse University graduating in 1960. A note- Vince was a boyhood friend of another great SAMMYS Hall of Famer- Sal Nistco who fame spanned the world in the field of jazz. Falcone then joined the Gabe Garland Band making $75 a week after ending his military service in the fall of 1963.

The Vince Falcone Trio was formed with Tony Leonardi, Pete Lulis and Falcone while playing at Syracuse's Coda Restaurant during 1963. It was then on to engagements at Soo-Lins, Luigi's, The Birches and Clef while taking a full-time position at the Clark Music Company. During this time frame Falcone replaced keyboard great Bill Rubenstein backing the amazing jazz singer Anna Marie (Genovese) who performed many-many times at The Casablanca in downtown Syracuse and appeared nationally on the "Tonight Show".

Vince Falcone left Syracuse for the bright lights of Las Vegas in January 1972. His first gig was with Jimmy Hassel at the Thunderbird Hotel (paid $298 a week). The following year Vince became the pianist at the Dunes Hotel for a two year weekly salary of $323 and stayed three years. Also during this period he also started a two-year stint at the Marina Hotel. Playing both lasted some two years. Then it was on to Caesar's Palace fora two-week engagement with a 39-piece orchestra backing Frank Sinatra. This led to Falcone musical engagements with such amazing performers as- Diana Ross, Lena Horne, Tom Jones, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, Ann Margret, Shirley Mac Lane and Sammy Davis Jr.

In the spring of 1977, Vince started his first road trip with Frank Sinatra at Lake Tahoe. Conducting the Sinatra Orchestra landed him a $35,000 contract. Vince returned to Syracuse on August 28, 1978 with Sinatra performing at the New York State Fair. Then it was on to Egypt to perform a charity event for Mrs. Sadat in 1979, Next a major tour of South America visiting Brazil, Argentina and Rio. Another major event happened in Santo Domingo billed as the "Concert of the Americas" on August 20, 1982. The event featured Sinatra with the Buddy Rich Orchestra. Note- Vince Falcone also arranged Frank Sinatra's "Trilogy Lp: (1980), and the singles releases of "Say Hello" (1981) and "To Love a Child " (1982), The all of a sudden everything ended as he was fired after seven year by Sinatra.

He returned to being house pianist at Caesar's Palace and started working with vocalist Pia Zadara in the spring of 1983. With Pia they were invited to perform for George W. Bush's inaugual celebration (note he \had also performed for President Ronald Reagan). Vince then teamed with Andy Williams on his 1st Christmas Tour in late 1984. Finally after three years with Pia Zadora he was rehired by Sinatra and Frank recorded one of his greatest tunes, the "Theme from New York New York; (1985), Needing his independence, this second stint with Sinatra lasted about a year. Between 1995-97, Falcone teamed with songster Eddie Fisher, In 2003, saw Vince in Barcelona, Spain with Jerry Lewis with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

Vince Falcone- a magnificent conductor, bandleader and performer played shows at some of the world greatest hotels and resorts in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He would then publish a book in late 2005 telling of his fantastic years with Sinatra entitled "Frankly Just Between Us, My Life Conduction Frank Sinatra's Music".

Vince Falcone played as well as conducted for the following national acts during his amazing music career- Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Robert Goulet, Paul Anka, Eddie Fisher, Diahann Carol, Connie Francis, Jerry Lewis, McGuire Sisters, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Frankie Valli, Mike Curb Congregation, and Steve Lawrence & Eyde Gorme to name a few.

Vince conducted and performed with Frank Sinatra at Syracuse's Carrier Dome for New York Gouvenor's Hugh Carey' fundraiser then included Wayne Newton. Falcone returned again to Central New York on October 6, 2012 to play at the AmeriCo Jazz in Caz Festival at Cazenovia College, NY. At that event we caught another great CNY musician Danny D'Imperio.

On the evening of March 2, 2017- Vince Falcone was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame at the Dinosaur Bar B Que by given the SAMMYs "Lifetime Achievement Award" there highest honor.. His induction speech was given by Michael Davis (Syracuse New Times) himself a SAMMYs Hall of Fame member. A truly great story of a great man that all CNY's can cherish.

In a very sad note to this story - the great Vince Falcone passed away of Friday March 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm in Torrance, Ca at age 79. He was a true Syracuse Music Legend who will be deeply missed by many.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

SO VERY SAD TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF A GREAT DRUMMER AND GOOD FRIEND- DAVE READ

Sadly we report the passing of the great drummer and friend Dave Read. Dave  performed in such Syracuse & CNY bands as Public Eye, Reckless Driving, The Works (Sammys Hall of Fame), Fabulous Ripcords, Viceroys, Don Barber & The Dukes (reunion) and many others. He will be deeply missed.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC - "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 182- MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY- 1985

Jan 4, 1985        Ronnie Leigh and Alliance                     Lost Horizon

Jan 5, 1985        Roger McGuinn                                      Jabberwocky

Jan 24, 1985      Soda Ash Six                                          Dinkler

Jan 26-27          Bruce Sprinsteen                                     Carrier
                          "Born in the USA Tour"

Feb 6-7              Peanuts Hucko                                        Dinkler

Feb 16, 1985     Lee Greenwood                                       Landmark Theater

Feb 21, 1985     805                                                           USA Sams

Feb 22-23          Mitch Miller & SSO                                Civic Center

Feb 23-24          Bobby Hamilton                                      SU Sheraton Inn

Feb 23, 1985      REO                                                        War Memorial

Feb 24, 1985      Ricky Scaggs                                           Landmark Theater

Feb 26- Mar 3    Martin Landau as Dracula                       Landmark Theater

Mar 12, 1985     Roger Whittiker                                       Civic Center

Mar 14-17          The Coasters                                            Marriott

Mar 15-17          Jack Holton's Blues Band                        Tiffany Lounge

Mar 16, 1985     John Hall Band                                         The North

Mar 16, 1985     Kingsnakes                                                Nappi's

Mar 16, 1985      Stroke Rn B                                              Rolling Stone

Mar 30, 1985      Prince & Revolution                                 Carrier Dome '

Apr 10, 1985      Sammy Hagar                                           War Memorial
\                          Dokkan

Apr 17, 1985      B.T.O                                                        Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1985      Julian Lennon                                           Landmark Theater

Apr 20, 1985      Solid Gold Show                                      War Memorial
                           MC- Wolfman Jack
                           Belmonts, Tokens, Danny & Juniors.
                           Shirley Austin Reeves (of Shirelles)
                            Dan Elliott & Montearys

Apr 23, 1985      George Thorogood                                   Landmark Theater

Apr 25, 1985      Los Lobos                                                USA Sams
                           Kingsnakes

Apr 27, 1985      Masters of Reality (Chris Goss)              RollingStone
                           Unholy Wives

May 1, 1985       Roger McGuinn                                      Jabberwocky

May 2, 2985       James Brown                                          Jabberwocky

May 5, 1985       Del Shannon                                           Gordys Doubleplay

May 5, 1985       Triumph                                                  War Memorial
                            Mountain

May 9, 1985        Southside Johnny                                   USA Sams

May 26, 1985      Todd Rundgren & Utopia                      Jamesville Beach

May 28- June 2    Mickey Rooney in Sugar Babbies        Landmark Theater

June 14, 1985       Janet Jackson                                        NYS Special Olympics
                             Donny & Marie Osmond

June 17, 1985       Santana                                                  Weedsport Fairgrounds

June 30, 1985       Pat Methany                                          Long Branch Park

July 4, 1985         Alligators                                               Beginnings Club

July 9, 1985         Air Supply                                              War Memorial

July 10, 1985       Huey Lewis & News                              Weedsports Fairgrounds

July 11, 1985       James Montgomery Blues Band             Landmark Theater
                             Kingsnakes

July 12, 1985       Paul Case Band                                       Mad Hatter

July 12, 1985       Too Loose                                                Beginnings Club

July 13, 1985       Doyle- Whiting Band                               Lost Horizon

July 14, 1985       Kris Kristofferson                                     Long Branch Bark

July 16, 1985       Robyn Trower                                          Lost Horizon

July 18, 1985       David Sanborn                                         Landmark Theater

July 26, 1985       Waylon Jennings                                     Weedsport Fairgrounds
                             Jesse Colter
                             Chuck Berry

July 28, 1985        George Carlin                                           Civic Center

Aug 2, 1985          Etta James                                              

Aug 4, 1985         George Thorogood                                     MacArthur Stadium

Aug 9, 1985         Benny Mardones                                         Weedsport Fairgrounds

Aug 23-24            Four Topps                                                  NYS Fair

Aug 24, 1985        Pointer Sisters                                             NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1985        Bryan Adams                                              NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1985        Crosby Stills & Nash                                  NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1985        Captain & Tennille                                      NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1985        Chuck Mangione                                          Landmark Theater

Aug 28, 1985        Charlie Daniels Band                                  NYS Fair
                              Outlaws

Aug 30, 1985        Rick Springfield                                           NYS Fair

Aug 30-31            Helen Reddy                                                 NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1985         Johnny Rivers                                               NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1985         Spinners                                                        NYS Fair

Sept 13, 1985       Heart                                                              War Memorial
                             Cheap Trick

Sept 17, 1985        Dio- Scared Heart Tour                                 War Memorial

Sept 20, 1985       Wynton Marsalis                                            Civic Center

Sept 27, 1985        Cab Calloway                                                Civic Center

Oct 2, 1985            B.B. King                                                      Landmark Theater

Oct 3, 1985            Ratt                                                                War Memorial
                               Bon Jovi

Oct 10, 1985          Jean Luc Ponty                                              Civic Center

Oct 16, 1985         Barry Manilow                                               War Memorial

Oct 24, 1985          Sha Na Na                                                     USA Sams

Oct 27, 1985          John Lee Hooker                                           Lost Horizon

Nov 1, 1985           New York Flyers                                           Lost Horizon

Nov 4-5                  Shirley Jones                                                 Civic Center

Nov 9, 1985           Doyle-Whiting Band                                     Copperfields

Nov 18, 1985         Red Hot Chili Peppers                                   Lost Horizon
                               Robyn Fear

Nov 13, 1985         David Copperfield- Magic Show                  Landmark Theater

Nov 18, 1985         Henry Mancini                                              Landmark Theater

Nov 20, 1985         Jefferson Starship                                          War Memorial
                               Night Ranger

Nov 24, 1985         Stevie Ray Vaughn                                         Landmark Theater

Dec 29, 1985          Benny Mardones                                            Landmark Theater

Dec 31, 1985          The Works                                                      Rolling Stone
                                Cause
                                Zip Digit
                                Moving Targets..                                        

Thursday, January 26, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC- "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 181- MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO HAVE PERFORMED OR SPOKE IN CNY - 1984

Jan 4, 1984       Todd Hobin Band                                    USA Sams

Jan 7, 1984       Out of the Blue                                        Beginnings Club

Jan 13, 1984     Dinah Shore                                            Civic Center

Jan 13, 1984     Tony Bennett                                           Landmark Theater

Jan 25, 1984      Stray Cats w/ Brian Setzer                     Landmark Theater
                           Fabulous Thunderbirds

Feb 4, 1984        String     (attn 40,575)                            Carrier Dome

Feb 24-Mar 4     Lena Horn                                             Landmark Theater

Mar 4, 1984       Ricky Skaggs                                        Landmark Theater

Mar 5, 1984       New York Flyers                                   Lost Horizon

Mar 10, 1984     Miss Syracuse Pagent- Vanessa Williams

Mar 24, 1984     Roger McGuinn                                      USA Sams

Mar 25, 1984     Sergio Franchi                                         Landmark Theater

Mar 30, 1984     Tammy Wynette                                      Landmark Theater

Apr 1+ 1984       Jesus Christ Superstar w/ Bob Brown   Salt City Center

Apr 4, 1984       Judas Priest                                               War Memorial
                          w/ Great White

Apr 13, 1984     Conway Twitty                                         War Memorial

Apr 13-14          Gap Mangione                                          Landmark Theater

May 1, 1984      Ozzy Osborne                                           War Menorial

May 17, 1984    Pink Floyd                                                 Landmark Theater

May 30, 1984    Motley Crue                                              Landmark Theater
                           Ratt

June 1, 1984      The Works                                                Poorhouse North                                              
June 2, 1984      Screen Test                                               Lost Horizon

June 27, 1984    Aerosmith                                              Weedsport Fairgrounds

July, 1984          Pete Seegar                                               Long Branch Park

July 5, 1984       805                                                            City Limits

July 13, 1984     Alecstar                                                     Lost Horizon

July 29, 1984     Joe Whiting                                               Lost Horizon

July 30, 1984     Kingsnakes                                                Jabberwocky

Aug 22, 1984     Scorpions                                                  War Memorial

Aug 25, 1984     Everly Brothers                                         NYS Fair

Aug 26, 1984     Yes                                                             NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1984     Frank Zappa                                               NYS Fair

Aug 27, 1984     Orleans                                                        NYS Fair

Aug 29, 1984     Julio Iglesias                                               NYS Fair

Aug 30, 1984    Willie Nelson                                               NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1984     Beach Boys                                                 NYS Fair

Sept 1-2             Temptations                                                 NYS Fair

Oct 8-9               Louis Jourdon                                             Landmark Theater

Oct 10, 1984       Diana Ross                                                 War Memorial

Oct 23-24            Freda Payne                                               Landmark Theater

Nov 18, 1984     Culture Club w/ Boy George                      War Memorial

Nov 23-24          Anna Marie Alberghetti                              Civic Center

Nov 27, 1984     Kiss                                                              War Memorial
                           Queensryche

Dec 1, 1984        Molly Hatchett                                             USA Sams

Dec 4-5               Bill Doggett                                               Dinkler Motor Inn

Dec 12, 1984      Kinks                                                           War Memorial
                            Tommy Shaw

Dec 16, 1984      Bill Cosby                                                    Landmark Theater

Dec 26, 1984      Benny Mardones                                          USA Sams

Dec 30, 1984      Monterays                                                    Beginnings Club

Dec 30, 1984      805                                                               Tip Redux Club

Dec 31, 1984     Atlas Linen Company                                   Lost Horizon  


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE'- CHAPTER 180 - MORE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO PERFORMED or SPOKE IN CNY - 1983

Jan 2, 1983      Atlas Linen Co                                     Copperfields

Jan 7, 1983     Monterays                                             Beginings Club

Jan 7, 1983     Velcros                                                   Old Mug- Bv

Jan 18, 1983    Kiss                                                       War Memorial
                        Night Ranger

Jan 23, 1983    805                                                        Lost Horizon

Jan 23, 1983    Kingston Trio                                        Civic Center
                         Tom Paxton

Feb 6, 1983      Johnny Cash                                          Landmark Theater

Feb 11, 1983    Ozzy Osborne                                        War Memorial
                         Vandenburg

Feb 12, 1983   Phil Collins                                             War Memorial

Feb 18, 1983    Tearjerkers                                              LeMoyne College

Feb 19, 1983    Grassroots                                              Beginnings Club

Feb 21, 1983    Aerosmith                                               Carrier Dome
                         Ted Nugent
                         Anvil

Mar 3-5            Bill Doggett                                             Dinkler Motel

Mar 12, 1983   Chubby Checker                                       Beginnings Club

Mar 19, 1983   New York Flyers                                       Poorhouse North

Apr 2, 1983     Rush                                                          Carrier Dome

Apr 22, 1983   Rich Little                                                  Landmark Theater

May 11, 1983    Triumpf                                                     War Memorial
                          Foghat

June 4, 1983      3 Dog Night                                              NYS Fairgrounds
                          Mark Doyle & Joe Whiting

June 19, 1983    Papa John Creach                                      Long Branch Park
                          Jonathan Edwards
                          David Bromberg

July 2, 1983      Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings,               Carrier Dome
                          Stray Cats, Linda Ronstadt,
                          Emmy Lou Harris, Mele Haggard
                          David Alan Coe

July 24, 1983    Roger McGuinn                                         Long Branch Park

Aug 23, 1983    Def Leppard                                               War Memorial
                          Uriah Heep

Aug 24, 1983    Iron Maiden                                                War Memorial
                          Loverboy

Aug 26, 1983    Jefferson Airplane                                      Weedsport

Aug 27, 1983    Air Supply,                                                 NYS Fair
                          Don McLean

Aug 28, 1983    James Taylor                                              NYS Fair
                          Del Shannon, & Marvelettes
                          Bobby Comstock Band

Aug 29, 1983    Loverboy                                                    NYS Fair

Aug 30, 1983     Neil Young                                                NYS Fair

Aug 31, 1983     Santana                                                      NYS Fair

Sept 1, 1983       Bobby Rydell                                            NYS Fair

Sept 2, 1983       Beach Boys                                               NYS Fair

Sept 3, 1983      Gary Puckett & Union Gap                       NYS Fair

Sept 6, 1983      David Bowie                                              Carrier Dome

Oct 8, 1983        Maria Muldaur                                           Landmark Theater

Oct 16, 1983      Joan Baez                                                  L andmark Theater

Oct 20, 1983     Oak Ridge Boys                                          War Memorial

Oct 22, 1983     Grateful Dead                                              Carrier Dome
                          The Band

Oct 29, 1983     Grassroots                                                   Beginnings Club

Nov 16, 1983    Huey Lewis & The News                           USA Sams

Nov 18, 1983    Twisted Sister                                              Lost Horizon

Nov 25, 1983    Righteous Brothers                                     Carrier Dome
                          Kenny Rogers
                          Helen Reddy'

Nov 29, 1983     Romantics                                                  Club 37

Dec 12, 1983     Genesis- w/ Phil Collins                             Carrier Dome

Dec 28, 1983     Todd Hobin                                                 USA Sams

Dec 31, 1983     Alecstar                                                       Poorhouse North                                      


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE"- CHAPTER 179 - GREG SPENCER'S GREAT SALT CITY BLUES CONCERT "ROCKS" THE PALACE THEATER- DEC 26, 2016

Greg Spencer with the success of his 2015 Blue Wave 30th Anniversary Concert featuring The Kingsnakes the band Greg started the Blue Wave Records label with in 1985, the idea was born of the Great Salt City Blues Concert.

On December 26, 2016 came the fruitation of the idea at the Palace Theater December 26, 2016. That evening, 22 of Central New York Best Blues Musicians took the stage in celebration of the CNY Blues Community past and present honoring  4 CNY Blues icons- Kelly James, Roosevelt Dean, Kyle Shirley and David Olson. A sell out crowd of over 700+ people witnessed a historic concert featuring the following 22 artists that still live and play in Central New York. These were the musician that Greg Spencer felt contributed most to the success to the Syracuse Blues scene. These included the following-

Colin Aberdeen, Bernie Clarke, Mark Doyle, Dan "Cato" Eaton, Todd Fitzsimmons, Mark Gibson, Mark Hoffmann, Carolyn Kelly, Pete McMahon, Ross Moe, Terry Mulhauser, Skip Murphy, Jerry Neely, Mike Petroff, Phil Petroff, Bob Purdy, Ron Spencer, Matt Tarbell, Morris Tarbell, Tom Townsley, Joe Whiting, Steven T. Winston.

These were the musicians that played in such Syracuse legendary bands as- The Kingsnakes, Built For Comfort Blues Band, Backbone Slip, Cold Shot, Ron Spencer Band, Carolyn Kelly Band, Dr. Blue, Mark Hoffmann Family Band, Phil Petrooff & Natural Fact, Bernie Clarke & Rhythm Sharks, Out Of The Blue and Los Blancos.

With the overwhelming success of this amazing concert, Greg Spencer has announced that this will become a annual event with a rotating cast of musicians in celebration of the Syracuse Blues Community. Please stay tuned for more information for next years show. To view video highlights  of last years concert please checkout the Great Salt City Blues Concert page on Facebook.

Many thanks to- Greg Spencer and all the CNY Blues Musicians that participated in this historic event.







Saturday, January 7, 2017

HISTORY OF SYRACUSE MUSIC "OFFICIAL SITE" - CHAPTER 178- SYRACUSE VOCALIST DON FORBES BECOMES THE 18TH SINGING RINGMASTER FOR RINGLING BROTHERS & BARNUM BAILEY CIRCUS IN 1958. Also with Tommy Dorsey & Les Elgart Orchestras

Another in a long line of great Syracuse vocalist is Don Forbes.  Forbes a Syracuse native was born on December 4, 1929 and educated attending Central High School. He was the stepson of famed jazz singer and bandleader Johnny Kamels  John Camerota). Don Started his singing career at age 15 and became one of the areas top commercial vocalist. He would continue his education studing voice at Syracuse University.

Don fronted his his-fathers band for parts of three years (1946-48) playing weekly at Lugi's Club Flamingo and Club Rendezous before great a big break joining the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in 1952. That led Don to become narrator in the Hollywood motion picture "The Sea Around Us".

He returned to Syracuse to sing lead with his father's band the Johnny Kamels and Kamels Caravan in 1954. A year later was performing with the Johnny Francher Band. In late 1954, at age 24 he was spotted by famed bandleader Les Elgart while performing at the Hotel Syracuse. December 1954 he joined the Les Elgart Orchestra as featured vocalist.

This led Don into the recording world appearing as lead vocalist on the Elgart Bands Columbia Records albums- "For Dancers Only", "The Elgart Touch:, "More or Less", "The Happy Fella" and the 45 rpm single "Ever Since You Went Away" b/w Night Train" released January 14, 1955. The Elgart Band with Don Forbes also performed at the Hollywood Palladium (Feb 1955), the Statler Hotel in New York and back in Syracuse at the War Memorial on October 12, 1956. This event was sponsored by the Syracuse Fire Department.

Don was heard playing such Syracuse area clubs as- Lugi's, White Elephant (Canastota) , 3 Rivers Inn, Flamingo Club and Andre's Tic Toc Club,

He then became the 18th singing ringmaster for the world famous Ringling Brothers & Barnum Bailey Circus during there 1958 season. Ringling Brothers released a circus music album on Cricket Record in June 1959 with Don Forbes singing four songs (Children of All Ages, Encore, The Drums Majorette and My Heart Beats in Time To Your Music).

Don also recorded a number of 45 rpm singles for other labels including "My First Emotion" for Syracuse's Premiere Records (1959), followed by "Four Walls, No Love" on Neptune Label (1960) and "Will You Be My Only Love" for York Records (1960). He would entertain fans across the USA and in Puerto Rico playing such popular night spots as the Copacabana in New York City and the Playboy Club in Chicago (1962), During his early career Don Forbes also recorded for London and Muzico Record labels.

Forbes returned to CNY for ten days in late September 1963 showcasing his vocal talent with national recording artist Brenda Lee at Three Rivers Inn. With family still in the area Don returned again on January 19, 1966 to appear on WSYR's  Denny Sullivan Gang television program.

Don Forbes was married to Syracusan Vivian Falkawitz. Then residing in Bradenton, Florida Don Forbes passes away on March 3, 2010 at age 80.