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An Interview with The Big Takeover: A Small Town Band with a Large Sound

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By Lauren English Very aptly named, The Big Takeover is making just that impression all over upstate New York. Big. This reggae/ska band, consisting of NeeNee Rushie on lead vocals, Rob Kissner on Bass, Sam Tritto on drums, Jon Klenck on guitar, Andy Vogt on trombone, and Chas Montrose on the sax, is in the business [...]

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Syracuse-Based Musician Michael Casale and the Power of Music

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If anyone knows a little about overcoming obstacles, it’s bass player, Mike Casale. He’s been jumping hurdles since the day he came into this world. Fortunately for us, he is one tough cookie. Although less than average in height, he stands taller than most people you’ll meet, with a heart as big as all outdoors. [...]

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An Interview with Singer/Songwriter Rich Ortiz

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By Lauren English Lake George native Rich Ortiz describes his sound as a mixture between funk and folk. He says you get a feel of both singer/songwriter and funk band all in one. Rich has been playing the guitar since high school and his lyrics are rich and heartfelt. In addition to guitar, Rich plays [...]

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An Interview with Chandler Travis of the Chandler Travis Philharmonic

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By Jessica Nicosia Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a band whose music defies definition. It encompasses countless genres, from alternative rock to pop, and jazz to Americana. Born in the fall of 1996, the Philharmonic is a nine-piece Massachusetts-based ensemble that includes a string bass, mandocello, guitar, keys, drums, accordion, and horn section, and valet. When [...]

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All the Way from Woodstock: An Interview with Aaron Hurwitz, aka Professor Louie, of Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Playing at Caffe Lena 10/9

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By Monica Sirignano and Dave Bower Professor Louie & the Crowmatix is an Americana/Roots musical group based in Woodstock, NY. Comprised of Aaron ‘Professor Louie’ Hurwitz on keyboards, accordion and vocals, Miss Marie Spinosa on percussion, piano and vocals, Gary Burke on drums, Frank Campbell on bass, vocals and Josh Colow on guitar, their music [...]

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An Interview with Electro-Acoustic Violist Martha Mooke

Electro-Acoustic Violist, Martha Mooke
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By Joe Portes Innovative electro-acoustic violist, composer, and clinician Martha Mooke will appear at the Hand House Parlor in Elizabethtown on September 18th and 19th as part of the Rites of Strings concert series. Over the years, Mooke has developed a unique musical voice, blending classical music with modern digital effects. Her permutation in the [...]

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On the Road: An Interview with Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti of SIRSY

Rich Libutti and Melanie Krahmer of SIRSY
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By Sarah Cramer Billed as a “fiery, sultry, soulful indie pop rock duo” with “hook drenched songs” that are “infectious and lyrically run the gamut from wildly joyful to utterly heartbreaking,” SIRSY is band not to be missed. Formed in 1999 in Albany, New York, the band features Melanie Krahmer on vocals, drums, flute, and [...]

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A Microcosm of the Universe: An Interview with Joziah Longo and Tink Lloyd of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams: Tink Lloyd, Joziah Longo, Sharkey McEwen, Tony Zuzulo
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By Monica Sirignano and Dave Bower The music of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been classified as “Punk Classical Hillbilly Floyd.” Their sound is, without doubt, an eclectic mix of folk, rock and philosophical influences. The band is comprised of singer-songwriter/guitarist Joziah Longo; his wife, Tink Lloyd, on accordion and cello [...]

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The Soulman of Bluegrass: An Interview with James King, Playing at the UH Bluegrass Fest

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By Dave Bower and Monica Sirignano James King is considered one of the greatest bluegrass musicians working today. His first album, James King Sings Cold, Cold World, was released in 1998, soaring on the bluegrass charts and establishing King as an up and coming star on the bluegrass circuit. Rounder Records’ Ken Irwin took an [...]

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Getting Lost in the Ozone with George Frayne, aka Commander Cody: An Interview with the Man Behind the Music

George Frayne, aka Commander Cody
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By Monica Sirignano and Dave Bower Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen took the music industry by storm in the early 70s, with their hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln,” which reached the top ten on the Billboard charts in 1972. One of the first to incorporate Western swing into its style, the band was known [...]

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