The 315

The alternative hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas once said "let's get it started in here." Here's the problem, they never really told us how to get "it" started. This week on The 315 , Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are going to discuss what it's like trying to launch a music career from Central New York.

For this week's episode they're joined by up and coming musician TANKSLEY. They'll discuss how he got started in music, where he played his first show in CNY and he gives us a live performance as well.

The Syracuse New Times turned 50 this year and while it's constantly served the Central New York area as a source of informaiton, this spring there are changes coming to the historic publication. They will be going from a free publication to a paid subscription model.

This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss sit down with Bill Brod, Publisher and Owner of the Syracuse New Times to discuss the changes and how they plan to continue serving CNY readers.

Each year The New York State Brewers Association names the best in brewing and craft beers throughout the state. This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss hit the road to visit The Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn, NY. 

The guys have the chance to taste some of the award winning beer, grab a bite to eat and chat with owner Mark Shultz about what makes his brewery so special.

In 1999 the film The Matrix was released and changed the way we thought about science fiction. This year is the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking film and to celebrate WAER has a special episode of Pop Life.

Joe Lee is joined by Charisse L'Pree , Assistant Professor of Communications at The Newhouse School at Syracuse University, to discuss the film. L'Pree is especially qualified on the subject as she is the host of The Critical and The Curious, which in it's 2nd season is focusing on Keanu Reeves

How is this movie different than other works of science fiction around that time? And how does a hacker named Neo make for such an attractice protagonist? You'll find out this week on Pop Life.

Music popularity comes in waves. What was immensely popular in the 90s is different than what dominates the radio waves today. One of the genres that has had it's fair share of ups and downs is Jazz. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by culture reporter, music critic, and lecturer Larry Blumenfeld. He's serving as the 2019 Jeanette K. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University. 

He'll outline what he intends to address during his time at Syracuse, whether jazz is thriving or just surving, along with  how jazz fits into our culture today.

Syracuse Stage

As local theatre fans continue to flock in for shows in the current Syracuse Stage season, it's never to early to think about what's coming next. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with Bob Hupp an Kyle Bass from Syracuse Stage about their 2019-20 lineup of shows.

Their season follows the theme, "Voices Live in Light". We asked them what that theme means to them, what makes this upcoming season special, and we talk about their selection process.

Jess Novak

Each year musicians from the Central New York area are honored by the Syracuse Area Music Awards.  The awards ranage from the best in Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop and many others. This week on The 315, Joe Lee sits down with Jess Novak who is a finalist for Singer/ Songwriter of the Year. 

Along with The SAMMYS they also  discuss her musical journey, inspirations and listen to a little bit of her latest album, Fear is the Cage Love is the Key.

More information about the award show can be found at The SAMMYS website.

Grab yourself a snack, don't forget a nice cold drink, and most importantly get comfortable. This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss spend some time with Hunter Foster, the new Artistic Director at The Redhouse Arts Center to talk about their lineup of shows for 2019. 

You'll hear about the mixture of dramas, comedies, and musicals scheduled to hit Central New York in the coming year, as well as the artistic vision for Redhouse moving forward.

Noodle Time in The 315

Jan 16, 2019

One of the best experiences one can have going downtown is finding a new favorite restaurant. If you've been itching to try something a little different for your dining experience, this episode of The 315 is for you! This week Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss visit Kasai Ramen, the newest  ramen restaurant in Armory Square. 

The guys enjoyed a meal and then invited Owner and Chef Kyle Mastropietro into the studio to talk about what makes his spot unique.

The art of improvisational comedy is truely a sight to behold. But, it isn't something that the inexperienced need to feel  intimidated about. This week on The 315, Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by members of the Syracuse Improv Collective.  They hold classes that help indivduals better understand the concepts of improv, while developing skills that can be applied to other areas of life.

On this episode they share the story of how they got started, talk about the basic elements of improvisational theatre and perform a special scene just for WAER.