local arts

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.


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.


Juhanna Rogers

March is Women's History Month and WAER is bringing it's celebration to The 315. For this special episode WAER's Katie Zilcosky and Cora Thomas chat with Dr. Juhanna Rogers, creator of the web series, "Behind the Women."

They'll chat about what inspired her to start this series, what makes Syracuse women special, and what role she hopes to play in the community.

To the music industry Joanne Shenandoah is known as a composer, performer, and Grammy Award winner. She's all of those things to us as well, but in Central New York she's also a local icon.

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with CNY legend Joanne Shenandoah about her latest project and the important story she's telling. She was even gracious enough to sing a song for us during her visit. Without a doubt this is an episode you want to hear in it's entirety! 

Welcome to The 315

Mar 7, 2018

The 315 is a brand new WAER original podcast hosted by Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss. The purpose of The 315 is to foster a positive view of the region by highlighting local individuals, businesses, and organization that are bringing life to the Syracuse area. 

On the first episode we get a guided tour of the new Redhouse Arts Center and talk about what this new space means for downtown Syracuse and the arts community.

Visit The 315 Facebook Page for a visual tour of the new Redhouse Arts Center.

Chris Bolt/WAER News / Point of Contact

  One of Syracuse's more conceptual art galleries celebrates its 40th anniversary tonight.  Point of Contact is as much about the ideas as it is about the works of art and writing.

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  Not all of the art in Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood was meant to be observed on an easel this past weekend. Ask any of the artists, and most will say they wanted to inspire spectators, or strike a chord with them...


Patrick Hosken

As the rain fell outside, a pair of imposing, lanky puppets slumped silently in the corner of the Castle-like building at 518 Prospect Avenue. The edifice's main tenant, Open Hand Theater, had changed its plans in light of Saturday's ugly morning downpours.

The International Arts and Puppet Festival took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, though many of the events and performances scheduled to occur on the closed-off North Salina and Ash streets had to be moved indoors. Others, like Open Hand's giant puppet circus, were canceled entirely.