Our area offers so much for every music fan. There are tribute bands galore of every style of music, some with very involved stage shows. One of my favorites would be Childhood’s End, they are note for note dead on and give a show that has energy and feeling. The stage show features light and media to enhance the experience. New energy abounds with original fresh faces such as Silent Fury and Capricorn Black that visits the harder edge of the rock spectrum. Musicians with years of experience and the sound to prove it are bands such as Gridley Page, Reloaded, and Under The Gun. Rock and metal classics done with style, flair, and talent.
The list goes on and on and it is important to get out there to support these local offerings. Here are just some of the names that are playing all the time and are more than worth the measley cover or price of a few drinks to see; Gary Frenay and Arty Lenin, Born Again Rebels, Donna Coulton, Michael Crissan, Letizia and the Z Band, Smart Alec, Stroke, Isreal Hagan, Dan Elliot and the Monterays, Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook, F5, Southern Comfort Band, Dirty Little Secret, Kat Tale, and so many more that it would take days to name them all.
The point is, maybe, just maybe we have gotten spoiled by the goddamn awesome talent that surrounds us here in the Syracuse area. When free shows featuring National names with local bands opening up have a sell out issue…..well, it just makes no sense, does it? Ten- twenty bucks. Listen to that again, $10- $20 bucks. Everyone complained a bit about the Fair show costs, well? For a quarter of those prices or less you could have seen damn good shows and had a beer on the house to boot. The point is this. So many talented musicians are busting their collective backsides every week here and the crowds are down. I see people leave when there is a lousy $5 cover to pay the band. Seriously? That’s a drink and your gas trying to find a free walk in the door for a jukebox. I wonder what the percentage of guys having better luck on a date is from a live band night to a cheap jukebox night? I’m betting the guys hitting the live shows have a better ending than those playing whatever on a music box.
Get out there and see some bands. Personally, I have seen a major want for earlier shows out there. I think the clubs and bands need to heed the major concerts lead of 7:30-8pm starts to try and catch peoples attention and imagination. I will forge on getting our homegrown and national talent interviewed and reviewed for you all, but, pay the lousy $5 and go see a band!