August 2008 -


August 2008 -
Music & Entertainment
CNYLIVE is a brand new publication
dedicated to LIVE MUSIC and
Entertainment in Central New York.
CNYLIVE will include features on
bands, venues, concerts, festivals,
special events and community
A new issue will be printed each
month on the 15th and will be
distributed throughout the Central
New York region. The distribution
nucleus will be the city of Syracuse
and it’s subarbs, with the outer
boundary being Auburn, Oswego,
Pulaski, Utica, Hamilton and
Cortland. CNYLIVE’s mission is to
combine these areas into one
Copies of CNYLIVE will be available
at music venues, music stores,
tattoo shops, boutiques, cafes and
coffeehouses, theatres, etc. Copies
will also be distributed at festivals
and community sponsored events.
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ad rates, calendar submissions,
article request, and distribution
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CNYLIVE : News & Events
Our CNYLIVE news report
highlights upcoming CNY events
BAND PROFILE : Soul Risin’
Check out our interview with
Soul Risin’ vocalist / guitarist
Bryan Weinsztok
PHOTO REVIEW : String Fling
Photographer Selena Hodom
spent July 4th weekend
at Sterling Stage and she
was kind enough to share
some of her favorite images
CNYLIVE : Music Calendar
Our music calendar is full of
upcoming CNY events, including
the State Fair’s Grandstand
and Chevy Court lineups.
To submit your calendar dates email
[email protected]
CNYLIVE : News and Events
The 7th Annual “Jazz in the Square” festival will be held
July 24-26 in Clinton Square, Hanover Square and across
downtown Syracuse. This year's festival will also be the
anchor for the inaugural "Syracuse Artsweek" festival.
Appearing will be the Blues Brother “Bones” Malone, Arturo
O’Farrill’s Latin Jazz All-Stars, "The Saxtress" Pamela
Williams, NEA Jazzmaster Curtis Fuller and his Superband
with Randy Brecker and Jason Marsalis, the National Youth
Jazz Sextet led by Noah Kellman, and the CNY Jazz
Orchestra, among many other great bands....The third Hanover
Square Club Crawl is again sponsored by Hollerback
Productions and 40 Below Public Art, featuring cutting edge
funky jazz bands that will appear on stage in Hanover Square,
strolling in Armory Square, and in select clubs across
downtown, in an expanded three-day schedule. For more info
check out the event website at :
The Lost Horizon continues to roll through summer with many
national acts confirmed, including The Devil Wears Prada on
July 21, Tantric on July 25, Chiodos August 10, and Keith Caputo
(Life Of Agony) on August 22. As always they have the top
local and regional bands on tap as well. Check out their myspace
for complete show info:
Harborfest returns to Oswego’s Waterfront July 24-26, and
this year’s lineup includes Starship with Mickey Thomas, Joan
Jett & the Blackhearts, and B.D Lenz on the main stage. Local
and regional bands will be performing all weekend so keep
your ears and eyes open.
Middle Ages Brewing Co. will host their 13th annual Middle
Ages Anniversary Celebration August 3 at Leavenworth Park
with help from Hollerback Productions. Musical acts include
Dark Hollow, Raisinhead, The Delinquents, and Sophistafunk,
and admission is FREE. For more info check out Hollerback's
new website at
The 9th annual Musefest returns to Newhart Lodge, just
outside of Ithaca. Musefest is a celebration of music, art and
community. Musical acts include Ekoostik Hookah,
Seepeoples, and many of the Ithaca areas finest talent. For
info visit :
Saranac Brewery and Eastern Artists continue the Saranac
presents music series on August 1 with a Grateful Dead Tribute
by Dark Star Orchestra. DSO recreates the Dead experience
by picking a past show from the Dead catalog, and then
playing it in it’s entirety note for note. Rusted Root will then
visit the Brewery on September 19 and should be a sell out.
Tickets for both events are available at ticketmaster locations
and For Saranac Brewery directions and
info visit
The musical acts for the New York State Fair have been
announced. Mohegan Sun Grandstand acts include Daughtry,
The Goo Goo Dolls, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, and Rascal
Flatts. Chevrolet Court will feature Joan Jett & The
Blackhearts, The Outlaws, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Eddie
Money and Ted Nugent. Complete NYS Fair info can be found
moedown 9 returns to snow Ridge in Turin in what promises
to be another jam packed Labor Day Weekend. Joining moe.
for their annual event is Yonder Mountain String Band, The
Levon Helm Band, The Sparrow Quartet featuring Abigail
Washburn and Bela Fleck, The Presidents of the United States
of America, Fishbone, and many more. For complete
moedown info check out moe's website at
Sterling Stage, located 15 minutes west of Oswego and only
minutes from Lake Ontario, will host their first annual ‘Last
Daze of Summer’ music and camping festival September 1214. Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux will appear
with her new band The Tricksters on Saturday September 13.
Other weekend acts include U-Melt, The Buddhahood,
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Family Dawgz,
Assassins of Hip, and many more. For festival info visit or
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CNYLIVE: How did you meet the other members of Soul
Lead vocalist and guitarist for Soul Risin’
BRYAN: I had met our original drummer through a series of
strange coincidences, and it just so happened he was starting
a project with a couple other guys (our lead guitarist, Jeff
Pazer being one of them). It worked out for a short while,
and a good number of shows, but when Jeff and I parted ways
with him and the original bassist, Jeff knew John Capozzolo
(drummer) and I knew Adam Fisher (bass). Everything just
seemed to fit a bit better - the musicianship was there, and we
were really able to grow a lot more as a cohesive group. Then,
back in September 2007, when Adam invited Mike to come
play keys for us, the sound I’d always envisioned was finally
there. Now if I could only find a full-time, backing gospel
CNYLIVE: How did you get started playing and performing
CNYLIVE: Any new recordings in the works?
CNY BAND PROFILE : Bryan Weinsztok
BRYAN: I’ve always been overrun by music. My father is
self taught on a number of instruments, my uncle is also a
musician and always pushed me to write, play and record,
and there was never a shortage of good music to listen to or
being played at home when I was a kid.
I started writing at a very young age, jotting down lyrics to
melodies I’d develop in my head. When I started playing guitar
it just seemed natural for me to put words to music, and
I always had an urge to perform in front of people. Any time
I had some sort of project or presentation to do for school I’d
often put it to song and it was pretty much a guaranteed A.
I suppose I always took advantage of any opportunity I could
to showcase myself.
When I got to the University of Florida is when I was really
able to start performing regularly in front of good-sized
crowds... and getting paid for it too. I met my good friend
Dan Maloney there within our first couple days and we just
hit it off musically. He’d played in a popular Tampa-based
band all through high school, and they let me sit in with them
a couple times during our first year of school. We were both
into the same types of music, and before we knew it, we were
playing regular acoustic-duo gigs multiple nights per week,
in the biggest and most popular bars in Gainesville. From
then on I was hooked and always itching to play shows.
CNYLIVE: Why the move to Syracuse?
BRYAN: I dare say for the weather, but why else would a
guy move from sunny South Florida to Upstate New York...
the real answer, my wonderful and stunning fiancé, Alaina.
She was finishing up her master’s degree up in Oswego, so I
just came up this way. Florida can wear on you after 25 years,
so it’s been a nice change. I suppose I just gave up golf for
snowboarding for six months out of the year.
BRYAN: Yes. We’re in the process of laying down some preproduction tracks to our second album (a follow up to our
first, When The Bridges Begin To Burn). Three rough takes
are currently up on the MySpace -,
but we’ve been testing out quite a few new originals at our
shows. It seems like we’ve had at least one new one sneak its
way out every couple shows now, and I think we’re pretty
sure on the 10-12 tracks we’ll include on the new release.
CNYLIVE: What’s on tap this summer and fall for live
BRYAN: Some upcoming shows include: Syracuse Dinosaur
BBQ on August 2, Bull & Bear Pub on August 15, we’re
back at Shifty’s on August 29, and we’ve got a couple dates
at The New York State Fair (8/21 & 9/1 - opening and closing
nights). Some other cool gigs include the Second Annual
Cazenovia Ski Club Mountain Jam on September 20 - set
right at the bottom of the ski hill with a handful of other bands.
Last year was a lot of fun, with Los Blancos headlining, and
we’re really looking forward to being a part of it again this
year. Also, we’ll be at Dinosaur BBQ Syracuse again on
Halloween (10/31). We’re thinking of taking a page right out
of Phish’s book and trying to tackle a complete album cover.
We haven’t made the final decision yet, but we’re tossing
around the idea of doing what is probably my favorite Beatles
album... we’ll officially announce it sometime soon.
For more information on Soul Risin’ be sure to check out
their website:
Sun July 20
Mark Knopfler @ Landmark Theatre - Syracuse
Mon July 21
The Devil Wears Prada / Alesana / Pierce The Veil / Unholy
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Tue July 22
Bouncing Souls / Four Year Strong / The Briggs / Mayflower
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Wed July 23
The Heavy Pets @ Al’s Whiskey Lounge - Syracuse
Thu July 24
Starship Starring Mickey Thomas @ Harborfest - Oswego
Paul Barlow @ Greene’s - Oswego
Charley Orlando @ Suds Factory - Syracuse
The Fabcats @ Shifty’s - Syracuse
Choke Slam / Brand New Sin @ Electric Company - Utica
July 25-27
Great American Irish Festival
@ Herkimer Cty Fairgrounds - Frankfort
Fri July 25
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts @ Harborfest - Oswego
Thousands of One @ Old City Hall - Oswego
SkyHigh Underground @ Greene’s - Oswego
The Sharp Dressed Penguins @ Shifty’s - Syracuse
Funk Gotham @ Coffee Pavilion - Syracuse
Turnip Stampede @ Bull and Bear - Syracuse
Sophistafunk @ Downtown Manhattan’s - Syracuse
Los Blancos @ Kelley’s - Syracuse, NY
Tantric / Fosterchild / Vayden @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Sat July 26
B.D. Lenz @ Harborfest - Oswego
Shades End @ Greene’s - Oswego
Born Again Rebels / Brace / 27 Stitches / Circle of Red
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
The Z-Bones @ Shifty’s - Syracuse
Dark Hollow @ Bull and Bear Pub - Syracuse
Jeff Bujak @ Downtown Manhattan’s - Syracuse
On the Sly @ Quigley’s - Syracuse
New Day @ Coleman’s - Syracuse
Led Yard / Searching for More @ Electric Company - Utica
Acoustic Assassins @ Edgewater Grill - Baldwinsville
Caroline Blue / Stix & Stonz
@ The Checkpoint Tavern - Cleveland
Wed July 30
Same Blood Folk @ Barge Canal Coffee Co - Hamilton
The Soulmine Band @ Meghan MacMurphy's - Liverpool
Thu July 31
The Goonies @ The Electric Company - Utica
Los Blancos @ Harpoon Eddies - Sylvan Beach
McCardell & Westers @ Shifty's - Syracuse
Fri August 1
Dark Star Orchestra @ Saranac Brewery - Utica
The Buddhahood @ The Electric Company - Utica
Grey Tide / Awesomer / Crosstown Rival / Seeking
Through Silence / Awaken The Hero/ Township Rebellion /
Honor Bright @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Lisa & Mojo Filter @ Shifty's - Syracuse
Charley Orlando @ Lake Effect - Baldwinsville
Sat August 2
Mike Estep Band @ Shifty's - Syracuse
Colors In The Air @ Half Penny Pub - Syracuse
Dead Rose @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Lisa and Mojo Filter @ Coopers Landing - Cicero
Sun August 3
Dark Hollow, Raisinhead, The Delinquents, Sophistafunk
@ Leavenworth Park - Syracuse
Mon August 4
These Green Eyes / Callahan / Jackson Kids Summer /
Torment The Vein @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Thu August 7
The Mere Mortals @ Coleman's - Syracuse
Fri August 8
The Goonies @ Bull and Bear Pub - Syracuse
Dark Hollow @ Empire Brewing - Syracuse
Krooked Kain / Lockdown @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Sat August 9
Merle Haggard / Red Light District @ Cortland
Country Music Park - Cortland
Big Eyed Phish @ Bull and Bear - Syracuse
Dark Hollow @ Dinosaur BBQ - Syracuse
Ledyard / Elevator Death Squad / Lethal Dose /
Ruination @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Blue Sky Mission Club
@ Cayuga Summer Music Series - Cayuga
Sun August 10
Forty Lashes @ Funk n' Waffles - Syracuse
Chiodos / The Sleeping / Merrimac
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Thu August 14
Sirsy @ Shifty's - Syracuse
Fri August 15
Unholy / Cicada / seven50seven
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Japhy Ryder / Pia Mater @ Funk 'n Waffles - Syracuse
Dark Hollow @ Lake Effect - Baldwinsville
Sat August 16
Caustic / DropClutch / Stemm / S.A.N.E.
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
The Soulmine Band @ Meghan MacMurphy's - Liverpool
Mon August 18
Mercy Mercedes / The Summer Set / Go Crash Audio /
Lannen Fall @ Mezzanotte Lounge - Syracuse
Tue August 19
Cracker / Soul Asylum / Everclear
@ Turning Stone Casino - Verona
Wed August 20
Walls Of Jericho / 36 Crazyfists / It Dies Today /
Sea Of Treachery / Flatline @ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Thu August 21
Daughtry @ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Asleep at the Wheel @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Soul Risin' @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Dark Hollow @ Coleman's - Syracuse
The Goonies : Oswego Riverfront Festival - Oswego
August 22-24
Musefest @ Newhart Lodge - Enfield
Fri August 22
Goo Goo Dolls / Gavin DeGraw
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
The Spinners @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Bernie Clarke and the Rhythm Sharks
@ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
After the Fall @ Syracuse University
The Goonies @ Empire Brewing - Syracuse
Keith Caputo / Just Joe / Wil Ridge
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Sat August 23
Journey / Heart / Cheap Trick
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
@ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Chris Terra & Blue Smoke
@ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Marc Broussard @ Landmark Theatre - Syracuse
Sun August 24
Def Leppard @ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
The Outlaws @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Charley Orlando @ Lake Effect - Baldwinsville
Mon August 25
Brooks & Dunn / ZZ Top
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Panhandle @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Tue August 26
Boston / Styx @ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Eddie Money @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Panhandle @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Pat Benatar / Neil Giraldo @ Turning Stone Casino - Verona
Wed August 27
Vanessa Hudgens and Corbin Bleu
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Poco @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Cousin Jake @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
The Beach Boys @ Turning Stone Casino - Verona
Thu August 28
Toby Keith / Carter’s Chord / Mica Roberts & Trailer
Choir @ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Ted Nugent @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Cousin Jake @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
The Goonies @ Inner Harbor - Syracuse
August 29-31 :: moedown9 @ Snow Ridge - Turin
Sun August 31
Rascal Flats / Taylor Swift
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Los Blancos @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Mon September 1
Soul Risin' @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Fri September 5
Angelo Terrero Band / Feeding Affliction / The Influence
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Fri August 29
The Jonas Brothers / Demi Lovato
@ Mohegan Sun Grandstand - NYS Fair
Royal Crown Revue @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Chris Terra & Blue Smoke
@ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
Acoustic Assassins @ Edgewater Grill - Baldwinsville
Soul Risin' @ Shifty's - Syracuse
Same Blood Folk @ The Blarney Stone - Norwich
Sun September 7
Talib Kweli / Ra Ra Riot / Walter Meego
@ Syracuse University
Sat August 30
Extreme @ Chevrolet Court - NYS Fair
Brass Inc. @ West End Bar and Grille - NYS Fair
New Day @ Coleman's - Syracuse, NY
Grain Elevator @ Cortland Cooperative Venue - Cortland
Same Blood Folk @ Colgate Inn - Hamilton
Sat September 13
O.A.R @ Utica Auditorium - Utica
King Snyder / The Drylung Whiskey Binge / Undergang
@ The Lost Horizon - Syracuse
Thu September 11
Ryan Montbleau Band @ Fillius Events Barn - Clinton
September 12-14
Last Daze of Summer Festival @ Sterling Stage - Sterling
Fri September 19
Rusted Root @ Saranac Brewery - Utica