local music

Don't be fooled, it's getting to be that time of year when music venues around Syracuse are going to be filled with touring musical acts. On this episode of The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss are joined by singer and songwriter Kevin Gordon. 

He'll be performing at the Nelson Odeon on Sunday June 23rd but before that, he stoppped by the WAER studio to discuss his latest album 'Tilt and Shine'. They also chat about what sets him apart from his peers, and what environments help shape musicians.


It's true Syracuse tries its best to offer its resident a diverse array of music. But it's also true that Syracuse has a robust Jazz and Country scene thriving throughout the area. So what happens to young aspiring artists trying to do things a little different?

This week on The 315 Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss chat with up and coming hip-hop, pop, & rap artist Furco. He talks about how he first got his feet wet in music, how the hip-hop scene is growing in Syracuse, and he performs a freestyle rap.

DISCLAIMER: This episode contains portions of mature language. 


For over 40 years, the incomparable Nancy Kelly has wowed audiences all over the world.  Her trademark swing/bop style has kept toes tapping and fingers snapping while staying true to the music she loves.  Her latest record pays tribute to the late great jazz vocalist Mark Murphy.  Murphy, a Syracuse native, passed in October of 2015 leaving behind an astounding body of work.  With “Tribute to Mark Murphy”, Nancy Kelly pays homage to Murphy’s unique style and most beloved songs.  She sat with The 3-1-5’s Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss to talk about the music and her early introduction to the legendary jazz singer.

Note:  Songs heard on this episode include Song for the Geese, Sunday in New York, and On the Red Clay from Nancy Kelly’s Tribute to Mark Murphy available at https://www.nancykelly.com/.  Information for the CD release celebration at the Wunderbar Theater on June 9th can be found at https://www.nancykelly.com/shows.

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.


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.


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The two-day Jazz music event that’s part of Syracuse’s Arts Week will be back for its tenth year … as part of a series of summer concerts. 

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival gives jazz music fans their only major event, since the former M-and-T Jazzfest was cancelled for this year. 

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! 

No one would argue that Syracuse, New York is an entertainment hotbed. But, that doesn't mean there aren't things happening for CNY residents to enjoy. This week on The 315  we are joined by Kathleen Mason of KMase Productions and Charley Orlando from Funk 'N Waffles. 

What is the state of the local music scene in Syracuse? How did it get there? And where are we headed? We'll break it down this week on The 315 with Joe Lee and Kevin Kloss.

You also connect with us by visiting The 315 Facebook Page.

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A little music in the afternoon at M-and-T bank in downtown Syracuse had to mean only one thing.

The line-up and dates of the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest were announced Wednesday.  The 35th edition of the popular jazz concert will feature Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis and his electric quintet on Friday. June 9th.  They’ll be followed by the high-energy group The Mavericks.

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