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Local Syracuse, NY Music Scene


Syracuse is known mainly for its education, which is the leading career field in the area. In the 2010 Census the metropolitan area had a population of over 742,000. Campuses include Syracuse University, Cornell University and Ithaca College. The local scene is covered by The Post-Standard. The history of Syracuse music scene artists include Vanessa Williams, Gym Class Heroes and Grace Jones.

Syracuse Music Acts

Infinite Ego * Brand New Sin * Caroline Blue * KHYM * Sophistafunk * Steve Odum Trio * Max Skyliner * Elefante * the Fulton Chain Gang * Seth Horan

Local Highlights

The 25th annual Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMYS) were held March 3, 2017 at the Palace Theater in Syracuse. The ceremony issued awards in 18 categories and was hosted by Syracuse DJ Dave Frisina. It was followed by a three song set by Hall of Famer moe then performances at F Shed. The SAMMYS was originally organized by Frank Malfitano in 1993 and is now run by Liz Nowak. The two day event began with dinner at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Inductees for 2017 included moe, Meegan Voss, Jukin' Bone and Paul Case. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Vincent Falcone while Anthony and Patricia DeAngelis received awards for Music Educators of the Year.

The Wescott Theater reopened its doors in October 2008 under the leadership of Sam Levey and Dan Mastonardi. The theater was originally built in 1919 and went through several name changes over the year. It hasn't gone though many changes since 2008. The theater has helped the development of the electronic music scene in the area. In 1993 the theater became Westcott Cinema under the new ownership of Nat Tobin, who made it a single screen movie theater that lasted 14 years before closing in October 2007. As one of the few mid-size venues, it has helped showcase a wide mix of music.

Rock band Crows Cage was listed as the number one music act in Syracuse on ReverbNation in February 2014. The band defines their music as rock, metal and hard rock. EJ Carrara is the vocalist along with other members Clint Greer, Tommy Rose and Aaron Bellows. The band was formed by drummer Greer and bassist Rose. The band's latest CD us called Forgiven Sins. Some of their standout songs include "Derivation," "Grindstone" and "American Monster."

Creative Colours the #1 ranked indie/rock/alternative artist in Syracuse in February 2014. It sounds like very stripped down acoustic music by Steve Sbiroli and Sean Dougherty. The song "A Reluctant Love Song" sounds notable. The duo performed at Schine Student Center on Dec. 6, 2013. It sounds like laid back music for studying. it's what you might expect at a coffee house. Other local artists who fit this vein include Woodworks, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Butternut Creek Revival.

The 2016 Syracuse Area Music (SAMMY) Awards will be held on March 4, 2016 at the Palace Theatre. Fifty-one nominees were announced in February, as this year's ceremony will feature awards for eleven categories. Hall of Fame Inductees include George Rossi, Jam Factory, Bells of Harmony and Savoy Brown. The annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to the late jazz singer Mark Murphy. The awards are based on votes from the public.









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